Warning Signs You’re Outgrowing Your Jackson Hole Home

Colby Murphy


There’s a long list of reasons why a Jackson Hole luxury homeowner might need more space. For starters, a growing family, new hobbies or activities, elderly parents who need full-time care, or maybe a work-from-home schedule that requires secluded office space.

Whatever the reason, if you’re finding it hard to make space for the people and possessions in your life, it may be time to upgrade to a larger home — or maybe a larger plot of land.

A Growing Family 

Having kids requires more living space for their sake — as well as separate space for “adulting.” Families often try to stay in the house they started with, opting for renovations, offsite storage, and for kids to share bedrooms. However, upgrading to a larger space can make for more comfortable living, without the time and energy commitment of large renovations.

Sometimes, of course, there are financial restrictions that will inhibit someone from upgrading, but there is no money better spent than on getting that additional square footage to make life a bit more spacious. In Wyoming, there’s currently a wide variety of Teton Village homes for sale and Jackson Hole luxury homes to accommodate the extra space families need — and selling your home now is almost certain to deliver a high-profit margin.

Working From Home

With more people having the flexibility to work from home, many have found they require dedicated office space in order to focus. It can be difficult to balance a room in which there are two primary functions, such as a bedroom and an art studio, or a living room that also acts as an office. Upgrading to a home with another bedroom (or other bonus room) in order to compartmentalize the working life from the rest of life at home can make everyone in the family more comfortable.

Outdoor Space

Another way to outgrow a home is by having limited outdoor space. For example, with boundless energy and the need to work it all off, if kids growing up don’t have enough space to run and play safely, family time can feel claustrophobic. It’s for this reason that you may want to think about a larger lot size with a bigger backyard to give the kids space to move and create their own fun. This will also compound the benefits of having a quiet, at-home office space to focus on your own work.

Despite their indulgent price tag, Jackson Hole luxury homes and Teton Village homes for sale offer a wide variety of outdoor amenities, especially when compared to major urban areas. And with a growing family will often come other additions in the form of pets. In particular, dogs need outdoor space to live well, and you can benefit everyone in the family for years to come by investing in your own piece of Wyoming’s natural environment.

The Bathroom Situation

When raising kids, bathrooms can become highly guarded spaces — especially among teenagers. Whether it’s getting ready for school each day, or going off to hang out with friends, your kids will need time and space in the bathroom, as well as a willingness to share. Of course, adding more bathrooms is a luxurious way to work around this territorial issue between kids. Having more space in your home for everyone to use a bathroom, simultaneously, is an often overlooked luxury in the process of upgrading your home.

Adding bathrooms to your existing home is expensive, but will also provide a high return on investment upon selling your home. Likewise, upgrading to a larger home with more bathrooms all but guarantees a good future resale value, but requires no stress over remodeling, and provides the pleasant benefits of happier children in the meantime.


Not all decisions about upgrading to a new Jackson Hole luxury home come down only to pure square footage. It’s perfectly possible to have the exact same square footage in a new space but have the house serve the demands of your family in a much better way. Kitchens are a good example of this phenomenon. A better kitchen layout can yield more efficiency, more enjoyment, and more storage without being much larger in terms of space. Upgrading to a newer Jackson Hole home for sale can provide enhanced amenities and livability, without demanding a remodel of your current space.

Ready to explore Jackson Hole luxury homes?  

If you’ve decided you need more indoor and outdoor living space in Wyoming, reach out to experienced luxury realtor Colby Murphy. With local expertise, Colby will guide you through both Teton Village homes for sale and Jackson Hole luxury homes, helping you achieve your goals without undue stress or overspending. Alongside an experienced team of Wyoming real estate professionals, Colby can help pinpoint the best home for your needs and your budget. When you’re ready to learn more about Jackson Hole real estate, contact Colby Murphy!

Colby Murphy

Colby Murphy

About the Author

Born in the land of the Delta Blues, Colby Murphy grew up as a nationally ranked cyclist and avid outdoorsman. Colby's addiction for competition took his amateur cycling career through college, capturing silver at the USAC National Championship and a spot on Team USA for the 2013 UCI World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. While attending Middle Tennessee State University, Colby volunteered coaching youth athletes in addition to interning with the D1 NFL Combine Camp in Nashville, Tennessee. It was freshman year when Colby was exposed to the magic of Jackson Hole. Instantly attracted, he began splitting his time to ski Jackson every year thereafter.

Upon publishing research in the International Journal of Exercise Science and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Colby immediately relocated to Southern California in pursuit of his professional cycling career. Once retired from competition, Colby quickly found himself as a top producing sales professional serving owners of high end luxury real estate in areas of San Diego including Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Coronado. With his affection for luxury property, history with Jackson Hole, and prior connection to Christie's International Real Estate, Colby saw a clear path and executed a move to Jackson. In his spare time, he now enjoys turning laps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and giving back at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.

Colby is fortunate to have been raised around admirable examples of what drive, tenacity and resilience can yield. His father, a self-made entrepreneur, and uncle, an owner of the Christie's affiliate brokerage in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, both inspired Colby's ambitions from an early age.

Now, Colby has positioned himself among some of the most respected networks in the industry. He feels proud and blessed to have established relationships with multiple Christie’s affiliate owners and associates spanning multiple cities, states, and countries. Colby has also recently become a member of REALM™, the first globally collaborative real estate collective designed to empower the real estate professional by curating new relationships and matching qualified buyers based on lifestyle experiences and passions rather than search criteria.

In a market where there are as many agents as annual transactions, Colby represented clients from Australia, the UK, Mexico, and several U.S. states in his first year alone. He applies the principles and work ethic he learned through sport and his impressive circle of mentors to ensure he creates the highest value for his clients. Always elevating, always seeking excellence, his acquired values and attributes provide a successful combination that will ensure your selling or buying experience is a win.

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