Boomerang kids and sheds, and what does Boomerang mean and what has that to do with sheds? Boomerang is the term for the kids out of college, can’t get a job, and living back at home. They probably go as nuts living back home as the parents do having them back. One solution for the Boomerang is a miniature home in the backyard that is somewhat off the grid, inspired by none other than your backyard shed.
George Hemminger of the YouTube channel Survive and Thrive did just that. Inspired by sheds sold at places like Home Depot, he built this small house for $1,200, which is a doable price tag for the Boomerangs to do themselves while they job hunt and/or pay off their college debt. This can give them hope and control over their life. George states “85% of college grads are living at home these days.”
The link to the above video doesn’t show what he did inside his sheds, but a DIY handy person can expand on this idea by including a kitchenette, bedroom (raise the ceiling), and a bathroom. Run the electricity and plumbing in your shed and your all set.
Stuck at home college grad is now living independently. But, that starts to cost more and is not off the grid. Two boomerangs could split the cost and have quite the place. So let’s look at more sheds.
Summerwood.com offers sheds, pool cabanas, home studios, and more. This is their cabin style that could easily be used for a college grad, house guests, or grandma or grandpa who can’t live alone anymore and you don’t have the room for them.
Converting sheds into livable space is taking off. Shedshop.com offers sheds as studios, home offices, workshops, and hobby rooms, but state their studios are not suitable for use as a bedroom. Above is a happy converted shed owner showing off his TV room. Sheds are now shedtastic!
Some before and after sheds and a shed turned into a man cave:
HGTV Rate My Space shows an owner’s existing shed before.
New York Times talks about sheds turned man cave and this one is packed to the gills. I know, the term man cave is overused, but there is something to be said for a place for your husband to have all the things around him that he enjoys. It’s a great space to bring his buddies, and wouldn’t you be a coup (coo) of a wife for his buddies to be jealous of to have partnered something like this!
Tatertotsandjello.com is a DIY decorating and craft blog. She has a neighbor who transformed her shed for free by trading her scooter to someone who turned her shed into a beautiful space via a Craigslist ad.
If you have a shed (or imagine one) in your backyard, stand up, (are you standing ?) go look at it, and re-imagine what it could be for you and let me know what your shedtastic conversion dream would be.
Check out these books to for ideas to build your own:
The Tumbleweed DIY Book of Backyard Sheds
or buy a little kit and start small:
Build your own Garden Shed idea
For more small sheds-type living on HK head over to Small Space Living.