Designing a Unique Guest Home

Designing a Unique Guest Home
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    Having a guest home or bonus space in your backyard does not have to take up a lot of space or create an eyesore for the neighbors ...

    ... but it can add valuable space for when relatives come to visit or when you want to escape.


With the rise in tiny house building, it is easier than ever to find a unique way to turn a small space into a luxury place to stay. You can even find ways to turn existing or historic sheds into the right guest house.

Unique Shape

One of the most unique shapes you can get for your out-building is a Quonset hut. These huts were originally mass-produced by the military during World War II because they are lightweight, sturdy and easy to ship and assemble. You can find many of these buildings repurposed into civilian homes and sheds throughout the nation, but they are still unique enough to give your guest house that pop.

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You can even get a new one from SteelMaster Buildings to fit the size you need as well as your budget. Because of the unique curved building style, you can get lightweight strength and a low profile without sacrificing headroom or the bulk of your backyard. You can even choose between different styles and sizes to help you find the right fit for your needs.

Unique Exterior

The shape of your guest house is not the only thing you should consider, the landscaping around the exterior can really add to the unique beauty of your space. Incorporating a variety of green spaces with raised flower beds and materials similar to the guest house and the main one can help tie the space together as a refreshing place to play and relax.

For example, if you go with a steel building for your guest house, then you can find steel flowerpots, swing supports and even statues to help blend it into the landscaping.

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Unique Interior

The interior of your guest house will need to look and feel like a relaxing place to stay, even if the building itself is small. This means the cleaver use of layouts and space-saving furniture as well as calm color tones. You can find sample layouts online for help designing this space as well as talk to the builders and designers before you purchase to see what your options are.

You can also take some tips from tiny house style blogs for the right furniture and storage solutions. One good idea to have is furniture which has more than one purpose such as fold-out beds, tables which can tuck away easily and benches with plenty of storage.

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Having extra space for guests, or to entertain, can be one of the most relaxing ways to have people over. They can have their own space without having to reserve a hotel room and you get the benefit of separate bathrooms, kitchen areas and bedrooms for them.

Finding a unique guest house that still fits your aesthetic can be relatively easy with Quonset huts and tips learned from tiny house living style blogs. You can even plan out your landscaping to seamlessly incorporate these buildings into your aesthetic.

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