It’s always nice to have extra room for guests in your home, especially during the holidays when families all over the country visit others and are visited themselves. Few people want to stay at a hotel, let alone pay the expense during these occasions, which is why having your own guest house can be a huge benefit. There are many ways options for adding one, whether you build from scratch or even use a repurposed garden shed, a cool idea showcased in an article by TheGuardian.com. Whatever your approach is, having a guest house provides a comfortable and spacious option for having family members and friends stay at your home.
Whether you’re living in Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, or another city, consider these ideas for creating a successful guest home.
Location is Key
Location is one of the most important factors when building a guest house, as it should offer some privacy while also being accessible. You want your guests to be able to get into the main house with ease and enjoy the feeling of seclusion at the end of the day too. You can help make that happen by planting a hedge between the guest and main house.
Keep the Layout Simple
Since this is a temporary place for your guests to stay, there’s no need to make it incredibly complicated. A bedroom, sitting room, bathroom, and kitchenette are the only real structures that would be necessary.
Your guest house should have at least a small kitchen, and cost too much to add a mini-fridge and/or microwave for those late-night snacks. It’s also a good idea to equip the kitchen with everything guests might need such as plates, dining ware, and a few pots and pans.
Of course, your guest house will need a bathroom, but only one is essential since most people are used to sharing a single bathroom while traveling. It will provide your guests the privacy and comfort of being able to do their morning and evening routines without having to walk all the way to the main house.
Ideally, you’ll want the guest house to include some kind of entertainment your family and friends can enjoy during their time away from the main house. If you can’t get a TV hooked up with cable, consider adding one with a DVD player and a collection of movies to watch.
Since this is a place for your guests to relax and unwind, you’ll want to keep the decor in your guest house fairly simple. You may want to consider decorating it using highlights of the region you live in to enhance the experience, making it even more memorable. For example, if you’re in Seattle, think Pacific Northwest décor, or in Cape Cod, lighthouses and other New England beach themes.