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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Mid-century Home With Four Bedrooms and a Huge Deck in Eagle Rock for Under $1M

Bright room with wood beam ceilings, glass walls overlooking trees, and a black fireplace.Photos by Alex Zarour/Virtually Here Studios, courtesy of Vanessa Yan/Soulful Abode

The hillside home has ample walls of glass and exposed beams.

Price: $998,000
Location: Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Nested in the hills of Eagle Rock, this mid-century post-and-beam is one of just a few four-bedrooms listed under $1 million in the neighborhood right now, with its asking price right at the area’s current median sale price. The property is just east of the 2 Freeway and less than a mile from where the main commercial stretches of Eagle Rock and York Boulevards intersect. Most lively these days, of course, are restaurants with outdoor dining patios, such as Max City BBQ and Zweet Cafe on Eagle Rock, and Hinterhof — a vegan beer garden — on York. Occidental College, where Barack Obama spent his freshman and sophomore years, is just a five-minute drive east.

Specs: 4 beds, 2 baths, 1,760 square feet, 0.15 acres

Built in 1963 and on the market for the first time in 16 years, 2727 Dicturn Street is structured like a pair of vertically stacked boxcars. On the upper level is an open-plan living and dining area defined by tongue-and-groove ceilings, exposed beams, and glass walls...


Bright room with wood beam ceilings, glass walls overlooking trees, and a black fireplace.Photos by Alex Zarour/Virtually Here Studios, courtesy of Vanessa Yan/Soulful Abode

The hillside home has ample walls of glass and exposed beams.

Price: $998,000
Location: Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Nested in the hills of Eagle Rock, this mid-century post-and-beam is one of just a few four-bedrooms listed under $1 million in the neighborhood right now, with its asking price right at the area’s current median sale price. The property is just east of the 2 Freeway and less than a mile from where the main commercial stretches of Eagle Rock and York Boulevards intersect. Most lively these days, of course, are restaurants with outdoor dining patios, such as Max City BBQ and Zweet Cafe on Eagle Rock, and Hinterhof — a vegan beer garden — on York. Occidental College, where Barack Obama spent his freshman and sophomore years, is just a five-minute drive east.

Specs: 4 beds, 2 baths, 1,760 square feet, 0.15 acres

Built in 1963 and on the market for the first time in 16 years, 2727 Dicturn Street is structured like a pair of vertically stacked boxcars. On the upper level is an open-plan living and dining area defined by tongue-and-groove ceilings, exposed beams, and glass walls facing the hillside. Also on the main floor is the kitchen, which has been renovated with quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and bar seating. The main floor is rounded out with a master bedroom with a skylit en suite bath. The lower level has three additional bedrooms (all on the smaller side), a full bath, and a family room that opens up to an enormous concrete deck, which comes with a chevron-shaped fire pit and built-in seating overlooking terraced gardens of succulents, Italian cypress, and silk floss trees. The house also has a (small) fully fenced front yard and a detached two-car garage.

Open room with a living area, dining area, and sliding doors to a wooden balcony.
Beamed ceilings and walls of glass overlooking greenery give the home a treehouse feel.
Two bar seats near a kitchen with gray cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen has been updated with quartz countertops and stainless appliances.
A bedroom with two windows, wooden platform bed, and gray armchair.
The top-floor master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bath.
A bright bathroom with a skylight and white tile in the shower.
Dual skylights keep the en suite bath bright and sunny.
A room with a sofa next to glass walls overlooking a terrace.
Downstairs, three other bedrooms sit on either end of the family room.
A small bedroom with light gray walls and a window.
One of the downstairs bedrooms has a window that looks out onto the deck.
A large backyard with wooden fence and built-in seats.
Glass sliders open to a balcony on the upper level. Matching sliders on the lower level open to a spacious deck.
Birds-eye view of a terrace and landscaped gardens on a hill.
Below the concrete deck, a landscaped garden flows down the hillside lot.
Bright room with wood beam ceilings, glass walls overlooking trees, and a black fireplace.Photos by Alex Zarour/Virtually Here Studios, courtesy of Vanessa Yan/Soulful Abode

The hillside home has ample walls of glass and exposed beams.

Price: $998,000
Location: Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Nested in the hills of Eagle Rock, this mid-century post-and-beam is one of just a few four-bedrooms listed under $1 million in the neighborhood right now, with its asking price right at the area’s current median sale price. The property is just east of the 2 Freeway and less than a mile from where the main commercial stretches of Eagle Rock and York Boulevards intersect. Most lively these days, of course, are restaurants with outdoor dining patios, such as Max City BBQ and Zweet Cafe on Eagle Rock, and Hinterhof — a vegan beer garden — on York. Occidental College, where Barack Obama spent his freshman and sophomore years, is just a five-minute drive east.

Specs: 4 beds, 2 baths, 1,760 square feet, 0.15 acres

Built in 1963 and on the market for the first time in 16 years, 2727 Dicturn Street is structured like a pair of vertically stacked boxcars. On the upper level is an open-plan living and dining area defined by tongue-and-groove ceilings, exposed beams, and glass walls facing the hillside. Also on the main floor is the kitchen, which has been renovated with quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and bar seating. The main floor is rounded out with a master bedroom with a skylit en suite bath. The lower level has three additional bedrooms (all on the smaller side), a full bath, and a family room that opens up to an enormous concrete deck, which comes with a chevron-shaped fire pit and built-in seating overlooking terraced gardens of succulents, Italian cypress, and silk floss trees. The house also has a (small) fully fenced front yard and a detached two-car garage.

Open room with a living area, dining area, and sliding doors to a wooden balcony.
Beamed ceilings and walls of glass overlooking greenery give the home a treehouse feel.
Two bar seats near a kitchen with gray cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen has been updated with quartz countertops and stainless appliances.
A bedroom with two windows, wooden platform bed, and gray armchair.
The top-floor master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bath.
A bright bathroom with a skylight and white tile in the shower.
Dual skylights keep the en suite bath bright and sunny.
A room with a sofa next to glass walls overlooking a terrace.
Downstairs, three other bedrooms sit on either end of the family room.
A small bedroom with light gray walls and a window.
One of the downstairs bedrooms has a window that looks out onto the deck.
A large backyard with wooden fence and built-in seats.
Glass sliders open to a balcony on the upper level. Matching sliders on the lower level open to a spacious deck.
Birds-eye view of a terrace and landscaped gardens on a hill.
Below the concrete deck, a landscaped garden flows down the hillside lot.

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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.