Whether you have your parents coming to stay with you, you have friends visiting from overseas, or the kids are coming home for Christmas, having guests stay in your home is always a good time. If you’re the kind of person who likes to invite guests to stay in your home frequently, then it’s pretty important to have space carved out just for them to make them feel welcome and settled. Below are some of our top tips for designing and building the ultimate guest wing in your home:
Include a Bathroom
When creating a guest wing in your home, including a bathroom in the design is essential. Often guests like to have the convenience and privacy of their own bathroom, and it will also prevent you from feeling a bit overcrowded by your guests. It’s always nice to have family and friends stay with us, but it’s also great if both parties have their own space. If you’re planning on having only one bedroom in your guest wing, then you may want to make the bathroom an ensuite to help your guests feel more at home, but if you include two bedrooms in the design, then it’s best to have a standalone bathroom.
Make it Spacious
The whole idea of adding a guest wing to your home is so that your guests feel comfortable, so a design for a cramped space and stuffy bedroom is pretty unlikely to achieve the desired effect. If you often have guests in your home for more than a night or two, it’s even more important that you allow a lot of room for your guest wing as people often start to feel a bit suffocated when living in small spaces for long periods of time. We recommend creating a large guest wing, with open space and a lot of natural light. This way, your guests will feel welcome and are likely to find it much easier to relax.
Consider Adding a Balcony or Patio
A balcony or patio- even just a small one- can be a fantastic addition to your guest wing. Guests value having an outdoor space as well as an indoor one, especially in sunny Queensland. Including an outdoor space will create more of a ‘home away from home’ vibe and provides your family and friends with somewhere to unwind. Add some plants and fairy lights for the evenings, and you’ve created a little outdoor oasis of calm.
Keep it Neutral
When designing a guest wing, it’s a good idea to keep the interior design relatively neutral. While we definitely aren’t saying that you shouldn’t inject some of your own taste into the space, keep in mind that it’s a space for potentially a wide variety of people, all of whom will have different opinions and preferences. The best way to resolve this is by sticking to a relatively neutral colour scheme, perhaps with some light pastels if you’d like to add a bit of colour. You may also want to err on the side of minimalism so that the space doesn’t become too cluttered when your guests arrive with their belongings.
At Total Lifestyle Builders, we are committed to transforming your house into a home which can be shared with your loved ones. From the early stages of bouncing ideas around to the completion of construction, we help our clients every single step of the way. If you want to learn more about adding a guest wing to your home or building a house extension, get in touch with us today!