When you have limited space, some people choose to move up!
Not everyone has the means to purchase a house with a backyard. Some are forced to live in tight quarters where the square footage is limited and don’t come cheap. New York is a classic example of this. So many people cramped into a city that is full to capacity. You can’t really expand on the horizontal, so many buildings opt now to go verticle. If you are one of the lucky few, the benefit of possibly giving up your own personal balcony and saving a bit of dow in the process, can be to move the living quarters to the rooftop. This may not be The cheapest option mind you but it may still be more affordable than owning a house and all the trappings that come with that. For example, all the repairs such as plumbing, getting your windows cleaned every spring, hiring a snow crew to come plow your driveway in the event of a storm. All these seemingly one-off, small or, somewhat inexpensive expenses at the time add up over time and add up fast. They, the expenses that
For example, all the repairs such as plumbing, getting your windows cleaned every spring, hiring a snow crew to come plow your driveway in the event of a storm. All these seemingly one-off, small or, somewhat inexpensive expenses at the time add up over time and add up fast. They, the expenses that is, just creep up on you and before you know it, You’re House Poor. Happens to the best of us. Even the most responsible of us aren’t immune to this.
This is why some choose to sacrifice a little space for the convenience of keeping a little cash in the pocket. In this day and age where inflation and taxes are on a stead y rise, cash flow is mucho important.
Some rooftops are modest, others go all out. The one featured in the blog post, I would say, is more on the side of all out. This rooftop is decked out with lounge chairs, a pool, and even a hot tub. The one next to it has shading to keep you cool from the harness of the sun and a BBQ grill. All the comforts one would need.
Still again, some building owners may choose to make use of this originally labeled to be unusable space by renting it out to those wanting to set up communal, private or commercial gardens. One company who have done very well for themselves in this space is Lufa. They are basically a rooftop farming business that rents out in many cases abandoned rooftops on a variety of building. They also do rent out spaces of commercial buildings that are currently occupied, and from there they grow all sorts of produce – fruit and vegetables, and then sells them to locals. Great business concept.
So to recap, rooftops do not have to be unused, wasted or forgotten spaces. There is so much that can be done with them, and if you have the opportunity to do any of the things listed above to improve the quality of your life all while saving a bit of money in the process, then I say all the power to you.
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