How To Use Garden Suites To Add Value To Your Home And Community
 
As people who have followed my career will already know, I like real estate projects that not only create private value but pay public dividends as well. Developers realize that municipalities and community groups are going to demand additions to the public room and public benefits before approving real estate projects these days. It’s not unique to real estate though—nations have been known to leverage public property like radio spectrum in return for, say, greater Canadian content—but it’s more regularized, in fact, built-in to the process of real estate approvals. But what if providing public benefits could also boost private returns. That would be useful, right? Influenced by California Design Let me tell you a story. When I was a young person, I lived with my girlfriend in a 1-bedroom “garden suite” or “granny flat” at 1011 and ½ Seabright avenue in Santa Cruz, California. My girlfriend was attending UCSC and I was visiting her. The tiny home impressed me. It was located in the backyard of 1011 Seabright avenue, in behind the big house where a lovely lady, an elder, lived by herself. Our flat had its own laneway where we could park our Beetle and a wonderful flower garden. You entered into a front room, which served as living room and study. At the far end was a dining area with a galley kitchen off to the side where a 2nd door led to a herb and vegetable garden, shared by big and little houses. There was a single bedroom accessed off the living room plus a bathroom with pocket door. It was slab on grade construction. Read more at, http://www.spirepoint.ca/how-to-use-garden-suites-to-add-value-to-your-home-and-community/