Building an Outdoor Casita in Tempe

Building an Outdoor Casita in Tempe

Looking for the perfect outdoor addition to your home? Look no further. Casita's first showed up in American architecture in the 1920s and was designed as a unique second living space for laborers. In Spanish, casita means “little house” and it refers to a small suite that comes with a single-family home. Casitas typically include a bathroom and a kitchen or kitchenette. The design of a casita is usually based on a Spanish-Mediterranean aesthetic, but can be customized to the design of your choice. Casita's can be used for a wide variety of different things, which is what makes the space so unique. 

How Big is a Casita?

Casita sizes vary based on the size of the home that they're accompanying. Most casitas are around the size of your average tiny home, which can range anywhere from 200 to 500 square feet. The beauty of designing your own unique casita is that you're free to design it in whatever aesthetic and size that suits your needs. The rule of thumb for determining the size of a casita is the sizing restriction of 1200 square feet or half the size of the original homer. That being said, the sky is the limit, depending on how much space you have, and what your budget may be.

As mentioned, some designs are minimalistic and compact, while others can be quite spacious including a bedroom, a bathroom, a separate living room, and a kitchen area. Here are some wonderful ideas to get you brainstorming on your new casita designThe beautiful thing about planning your casita build is that you can tailor every little detail into what your family needs. 

How Much Does a Casita Cost?

The price of a casita depends purely on the overall design of the structure. How big is it? What materials are being used? What furnishings are you putting inside? All of these questions factor into the overall price of your addition. Your typical guest house can cost up to 70k for 1,000 square feet. That amount of space probably might not be necessary for a casita, so you could get away with a smaller footprint- around 500 to 700 square feet.  There are a few deciding factors to keep in mind when planning to budget for your new casita:

  • Quality of materials
  • Square Footage
  • Contractor
  • Time

Why Would I Want a Casita?

This would be a good investment for someone who hosts guests frequently, or simply just want some extra space for privacy. Whether you use it as a guest house or a place to relax, a casita will offer you a comfortable and quiet place for you to enjoy. Having additional space outside of your actual home can be beneficial for everyone in the family. Owning a casita can have several upsides for you and your family.

Why you would want a casita would depend on who'd be using it. Do you have kids? Maybe you'd transform the casita into a game room to get some peace and quiet around the house. Do you have in-laws? Try adding an in-law suite so they can have their own space. Do you have a pool in the backyard? Try adding your own personal poolside bar to spice things up! You get the point. Having a casita gives you more freedom to do what you want in a wonderful new space. 

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Planning Your Build

You might feel the inclination to dive straight into the building process of your new casita. However, if you jump in blindly and don't have a full understanding of what you want, you'll most likely exceed your budget and run into a multitude of problems. There aren't many things worse than dumping thousands of dollars into a project only to wind up frustrated and unsatisfied. Here are the first steps towards a successful casita build:

1. Decide what your budget is
2. Do your research (floor plan types, styles, design, etc.)
3. Find a design-build company that you can trust

Deciding who the space is being built for is also an important factor to consider before starting your new project. Is it for your elderly in-laws? If so, you might need to take additional precautions towards ensuring their safety. Maybe you'd decide to steer away from tiled flooring, especially if you have a pool near the casita. Taking these extra steps during the planning process will be incredibly helpful in avoiding problems later on. It's easy to overlook small details during the planning stages of your project. If you're able to account for small details from the start, you'll deal with less stress trying to fix things later. 

In Conclusion

Building your dream casita in Tempe doesn't have to be a dream. Organizing, budgeting, and designing your new addition will take time and hard work, but it'll definitely be worth it when it's said and done! Try to avoid repeating the same struggles you've dealt with in your actual home. If you don't have enough natural light in your house, it'd be a great idea to make that a focal point of the casita. Planning a new project is the perfect opportunity to capitalize on anything you want to expand from your original build. 

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