Transitional Homes


Transitional Homes

With an aging mother, a developmentally delayed daughter, and an unemployed spouse at home, I have often quipped that I need a 'menstrual hut' to which to escape to get some work done.  Lo and behold, along comes the Transitional Home.

transitional homeWith a targeted market of Baby Boomers with aging parents, the Transitional Home is a new and 'booming' business.  A manufactured kit that costs approximately $17,000 for the pieces and goes together like a jigsaw puzzle.  It may end up costing upwards towards $75,000 for this home that is less than 700 square feet when all is said and done (electrical, plumbing, drywall, appliances, etc.).  In the long run, however, that is MUCH cheaper than the cost of assisted living.

Depending on your local building codes, the home can be erected on your property and is geared with the elderly in mind.  Wheelchair accessible, windows that can be opened from a sitting position, extra large windows to let in more light for aging eyes, a 'Smart House' with Internet controls, it is a brilliant idea whose time has come.

The Transitional Home can be used in any number of ways, not the least of which are those children that REpopulate our empty nests.  It can be rented for income, or the owner can live in it and travel and rent out the main house.  It would make a wonderful guest house, an office, or any number of uses to maintain your privacy but keep loved ones nearby.  I have a client who wants one as a menstrual hut - for HIM.

I love the idea of using a Transitional Home as a Writer's Cottage.

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Cheryl Thomson, REALTOR, U.S Army-Veteran
Jobin Realty (703.216.5635) - Woodbridge, VA
Real Estate in Northern Virginia

Hi Mimi.  Some years ago I would of said no way!  Now that kind of looks good to me:)  Just peace and quiet with all the conviences.

Feb 02, 2012 12:46 AM #39
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

A personal sanctuary for whatever reason is something that we all need from time time.  These transitional homes look like they provide a lot of utility. 

Feb 02, 2012 12:58 AM #40
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

I like the idea of these transitional homes.  Perhaps we'll see more and more of these as boomers continue to age.  Thanks for sharing this!

Feb 02, 2012 01:07 AM #41
Judith Sinnard
SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas - Houston, TX

Mimi, we are seeing them increasingly in Texas; we call them Casitas (spanish for small house). It's not uncommon to see listings with "Quarters" which are frequently small apts. built over the garage. Increasingly the Casita is becoming more popular as it is generally understood to be a ground-level separate and independent little house. Why are they popular?  For all the reasons you said.. and also for an international city like Houston.. many cultures favor properties with living space for extended families often spanning many generations. And .... many home owners families are from other countries and the expense for them to come visit is often justified by the intention to visit for LONG periods of time -- 3-4 months at a time --- so the Casita is quite nice for extended "visiting" space, as well as the afore mentioned living space. 

Feb 02, 2012 01:21 AM #42
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Mimi, there was a company here just 2 weeks ago demo-ing these small homes. Some still had wheels so you could travel with it. They were not handicap accessible though. Love it!

Feb 02, 2012 01:23 AM #43
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Oh, of course, Marge, and it will be so much fun to furnish it!

Isn't it EVER, Debe?  We love our kids dearly, but there are seasons of life :)

Yes, Greg, no matter how close you are, there are always appropriate times, right??? :)

Feb 02, 2012 01:24 AM #44
Angela & Stephen Hardiman / - Spokane, WA
When first impressions count...

When I first saw your blog title I was thinking, "Oh, transitional" (the cross between traditional and contemporary styles in design). It is how in our world of staging design, takes the baby boomers interiors (mainly traditional) and incorporates contemporary style to reach the younger demographic of buyers.  

Example: like this one from Candice Olsen (Designer and a master of transitional styles).


Now, that you have brought into the light "Transitional Homes", I'll have to be careful on how I explain this to my clients.

Thanks for the great blog. 

Feb 02, 2012 03:09 AM #45
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Mimi, Seems as though there would be many uses for a traditional home.  I like the idea of a writer’s cottage or a private gym.

Feb 02, 2012 03:55 AM #46
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Did you read the Red Tent? If not, do it! ;)

I love this idea and just found my dream home in Bend Oregon last weekend. It's a lovely European inspired craftsman, cobblestone courtyard with fireplace and a covered walkway to a guest hut - for writing? guests? office? 

Congrats on another star - your sky is filled with a number of shining twinkling reminders of your talent. Have a good one! xxooo D

Feb 02, 2012 04:10 AM #47
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mimi-Many of my friend's husbands have their "I love me" rooms, so why couldn't we have an "I love me" house.  You could call it the Foster Compound!  I love this and it makes an awful lot of sense!  I want you to have one so you will have a place to write!!

Feb 02, 2012 05:21 AM #48
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

Having a transistional home on the property, as you say if zoning allows, makes a lot of sense to keeping an aging parent close, but allows them independence.  I can see a lot of value from these.

Feb 02, 2012 07:10 AM #49
Teaching Amanda Fische
Teaching Amanda Fische - Denver, CO
Offering 30 plus years of sales insights

That's it! Sign me up, I am ready for my own transitional house.

Feb 02, 2012 08:01 AM #50
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Mimi,

What a neat idea. I would love to have a separate  house to work in and get my work done quietly with the dogs barking at the FedEX truck, the phone ringing constantly and just other distractions. Did you get one? I know if my mother was still alive, she would be mad and say I was ignoring her! But it is a great idea and looks like an enchanted cottage.

Feb 02, 2012 03:07 PM #51
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Love your new picture.  You look very elegant.  That transitional would be a great idea, especially for the kids who keep coming back to the family home.  I think they are call boomerang kids.

Feb 02, 2012 03:31 PM #52
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Congratulations. Your post is now featured in the group "Americana." :)


Feb 02, 2012 03:44 PM #53
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
Wow! The photo is lovely! Who would ever guess that it was a kit? Very cool!
Feb 02, 2012 11:54 PM #54
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Like Debb mentioned, that's what your term, menstrual hut, brought to mind - The Red Tent. Seriously, I've never heard of this. This is amazing. I could see it being just perfect for lots of folks.

Feb 03, 2012 06:33 AM #55
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Mimi, This is such a smart solution to a longer range problem for many.  Sadly in much of CA, the communities have way too strict zoning laws. The $75K would easily turn into $150,000 if they would even allow it. The building fees are travesty here.

Feb 03, 2012 08:42 AM #56
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Mimi-call it what you may but I love it! I have a large bohemian painting studio out behind my home nestled in the tropical foilage with a stereo and a half bath and that is my favorite place in the world! The dogs don't even bother me out there except when they come call me for dinner:)

Feb 03, 2012 10:38 PM #57
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Mimi ~ I want one, I need one, to escape, to be me....  Frank said I can have one when I sell a few more houses ...  What a great idea. It's that or finish the attic in my home...  Tell me more about your book....

Feb 09, 2012 03:44 PM #58
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