Do you have clients who need more space but can’t move in the current market?
With rates reaching 8% for the first time in 20 years, plenty of people are stuck in the home they’ve got.
What if you could offer a solution that would give them the space they need and add value to their current home without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on an addition or ADU?
Anthony Taylor-Weber is Founder and CEO of Outdoor Office, a business that designs and builds custom, fully finished backyard studio spaces for home businesses, work-from-home employees and creatives.
On this episode of The Portland Real Estate Podcast, Anthony joins hosts Joe Fustolo and Steve Nassar to explain how he was his own first customer and why you might consider building an outdoor office.
Anthony discusses the distinctions among additions or remodels, ADUs, tiny homes and sheds, describing why his outdoor offices fall into the regulatory category of sheds—and how that’s beneficial.
Listen in to understand the potential return on investment for building an outdoor studio and learn how to make potential clients lifelong fans by recommending Outdoor Office.
Anthony’s background working in the Department of Defense and as a home inspector
How building an outdoor office for himself led Anthony to found Outdoor Office, Inc.
The distinctions among additions/remodels, ADUs, tiny homes and sheds
Why Anthony’s outdoor offices or studios fall into the regulatory category of sheds (and why that’s beneficial to his customers)
How to install a toilet or sink in your outdoor office without changing its regulatory status
Uses for an outdoor office beyond a traditional workspace, e.g.: yoga studio, home gym, bar, etc.
Why Anthony’s business grows during dips in the housing market
Strategies for financing an outdoor office and why Anthony is building an in-house option
How Anthony navigates HOAs that are hesitant to approve an outdoor office
Why you might consider building an outdoor office or recommend it to your clients
How building an outdoor office adds significant value to your home
How Joe and Steve advise their clients around pricing in the current real estate market
Why Joe and Steve predict an exodus from the business in the next 6 to 12 months