Including a guest house when you make plans to build will most likely pay of nicely in the long-run. The following, taken from InHome by Brian C. Baber, are some wonderful tips on why guest houses are a good idea and some things to keep in mind once you decide to include one.
A bonus room above a detached garage is an ideal location to create a guest suite, adult child’s bedroom, in-law suite, or home office. There are many possibilities for utilizing this space, and it is a wonderful home feature. For example, you may have a distant relative or a friend from college you haven’t seen in many years, but your spouse and family have never met this person, and they would probably feel more comfortable with a detached lodging arrangement.
Sometimes guests may feel they crowd their host’s lifestyle. By locating this space apart from the main living quarters of your home, visitors–and you and your family–enjoy added privacy. Your guests can join you for breakfast, spend the day sightseeing, come home and take nap, and, then return home for dinner. At the end of the day, they can retreat to their private space. This feature appeals to anyone with a large extended family or circle of friends, or who entertains out-of-town business associates.
A brilliant way to design this space is to create a sleeping area separated by the bathroom and living area. The bedroom can be designed effectively for a queen- or king-size bed, minimal furniture, and closet space. The bathroom can be entered from the bedroom, as well as from the hallway connected to the common living area, which could include a small kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, and sink. This space is perfect for your visitors.
Consider other uses for a guest house above your detached garage. Your older children may really enjoy this planned space apart from the main living area (and you may appreciate a little extra peace and quiet). Later you can convert it into an in-law suite or guest house. Depending on your local zoning or association rules, you might also be able to rent this space to a local college student or young couple.
The least expensive staircase to a guest house is a straight-run stair that runs along the exterior of the building that is serviced by an exterior door that allows access into the guest house. This is commonly built using a pre-manufactured aluminum system that can be fabricated off-site and then delivered and installed in a matter of hours. This staircase system is low-maintenance, as it can be pre-primed and painted, versus a staircase that is built onsite from lumber and requires preparation for caulking, priming, and painting. Over time, the wood splits, cups, and warps and can be costly to maintain.
EXTRA PARKING SPACE
When planning your hardscape for your guest house, please allow at least one additional parking space for your guest. There may be a need for your guest to park their car on a temporary basis, and you want to avoid the trouble of having to move and maneuver vehicles to accommodate your family driving to and from work. When planning this space, allow enough room for your guest to comfortably park to avoid the mishap of backing out of your garage and accidentally, colliding with your guest’s vehicle.
IF YOU HAVE A LIMITED BUDGET FOR THE GUEST HOUSE, THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER ARE: (1) PLANNING FOR A GUEST HOUSE ABOVE A DETACHED GARAGE THAT IS “ROUGHED IN” TO SAVE MONEY NOW BUT CAN BE FINISHED OFF LATER, AND (2) UTILIZING THE SPACE FOR STORAGE OR A TEMPORARY WORKOUT ROOM.
THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE IS NOT EVEN CONSIDERING A GUEST ROOM ABOVE A DETACHED GARAGE, BECAUSE NO ONE SUGGESTED IT DURING THE DESIGN PROCESS.
Excerpt From: Brian C. Baber. “InHome.” Builders Publishing Group, Llc. iBooks.
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