Where are your guests staying? Do you have additional rooms in your home for your guest, just a couch in the family room that makes into a bed, or do you have a guest house?
Let’s take the least favorite. Guests that will be sleeping in the family room on a fold out couch. Think about making their stay more comfortable by having a TV available. Also, try not to get up and disturb them too early, or keep them up too late. If you have guest coming a lot, you might want to think about adding on to your home or adding a guest house to give them more privacy.
If you have additional rooms available in your home, set one up for guest. Just a simple configuration will work. Bed, TV, Clean sheets, Towels, Bathroom, and additional toiletries are perfect. If you are building your house, you might want the guest room on the opposite side of the house from your bedroom. This helps with privacy for you and your guest. Also good to include with your new construction is a bathroom for your guest to access verses using yours. Add a closet or cabinet for those linens and towels. Sometimes, if you have the space available, a small coffee bar is always a nice treat.
The last option is the separate guest house. Lately, more and more people are doing this. Here the designs are unlimited. If you are designing one, think about what you would like if you were going to stay with someone. Guest houses can be 1-3 bedrooms, 1-2 bath rooms, small kitchen to full kitchen, laundry area or not, one or more Televisions, telephone, and wireless capabilities for those that can’t leave home without computer access. Think about matching the guest house design with your current home design for esthetics. Guest homes can be right next to your home, or they can be somewhere else on your land. Concepts can be similar to a bed and breakfast configuration. Are you setting up your guest home for short term guest or long term guest? If long term, you might want to consider full kitchen with large stove and refrigerator. Don’t forget that you need to equip the guest home with kitchen utensils, linens and towels, hair dryers, and whatever else they might need. Short term guest, might not need that full kitchen, meaning no stove, just a microwave and small refrigerator.
Talk to your builder about the various ways to add a room onto your home or build a guest house for your guest when they come for a visit. Enjoy those guests!
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