While it's too late for this year, the holidays are a great time to start thinking about your guest accommodations. Chances are, you'll be visiting family during the holiday season or housing visitors of your own. For those lucky enough to have a little extra room in their backyards, adding a guest cottage or garage apartment can be a good way to keep your guests comfortable while giving them (and you!) some space. And when you don't have company, you could consider using the space as an office or renting it out seasonally.
This garage apartment at a Louisiana cottage features a Murphy bed that folds up when not in use. The area expands into a dining room area perfect for meeting up for cocktails or appetizers before or after a get-together.
This garage apartment in Texas has all the conveniences of a full-sized home -- bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining -- packed into a 700 square foot space. The space would be perfect for a visiting family or larger group.
If you're feeling particularly ambitious, an addition of a guest cottage behind your home is a lovely way to add more space for visitors. This little cottage would be a perfect fit for a Florida home.
The bedroom in these cottages open right to the backyard, making for a lovely view.
For those without the space or budget for a full-blown addition of a guest house or garage apartment, a few adjustments or renovations can make an ordinary guest room into something special. This bedroom featured in Lonny looks like it was transformed from an attic space into a comfortable place for weekend guests.
The breezy doors and large shutters added to this guest room double as a second entrance for guests who keep different hours than their hosts.
And in this guest room, the owners had built-in bunk beds installed above two double beds, creating an ideal space for a visiting family.
Guest rooms and guest houses are a great place to try something different in your home. They can act as a test space for new designs or color palettes before you pull the trigger in the rest of your home, giving you the chance to experiment and see how it works. If you're on the fence about making a change to the major rooms of your house, consider doing something a little different with your guest room first.
Jessica Lipscomb for Walter Price Design Build