The construction of this pool house with benefits was completed in late 2018. The basic structure cost about $ 350,000, according to Bearak, which is exactly what the couple had budgeted for. However, the pool cost more than $ 200,000 – far more than expected. Together with the cost of the construction site, a hot tub, the smart home system, and the finishing touches, they spent a total of around $ 1 million.
When the pandemic hit New York in March, Mr Bearak and Mr Moore stayed in Manhattan with their children – they now have three daughters: Madison, 4, Lily (2) and Margaux (1) – also because they rented their house on Airbnb.
“There was this really nice couple and they were only supposed to be there for the weekend,” said Mr Bearak. The guests were expecting a baby, so he and Mr. Moore did not want to end the rental when they asked for an extension. “You stayed two and a half months.” (The couple are currently working on their own home with Mr. Bearak.)
Mr. Bearak and Mr. Moore with a growing family already need more space. This spring, they plan to start building the guest house so they can accommodate overnight guests and the standalone office for working from home.
The plan is to take time to complete a link that will stretch over many years. Construction of the main house, said Mr Bearak, was “likely 15 to 20 years later”.
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