13 June 2017

Backyard Guesthouses Are the New Trend: Here's How to Build One!

If you are lucky enough to have a lovely big backyard, then you may be thinking about building a guesthouse in it. Today, backyard guesthouses are all the rage-- everyone wants to build one, which is why if your yard has the potential to house an external living facility, it’s an investment that you should consider making.

Whether you would use the guesthouse as a small business and charge guests to come and stay or simply for housing your friends and family when they visit, it doesn’t matter, building a garden guesthouse can be a fantastic investment to make. Sure, it will cost you and may take a while to complete, but as it adds value to your home and gives you an extra place to house your guests, or can be used for running a business, surely it’s a worthwhile project to embark on?

Love the concept of building a backyard guesthouse, here’s everything that you need to know about building one.

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Get Inspired--

First things first, it’s a good idea to take the time to get inspired. You may already have some ideas of the kind of design you would like to use, but even so, it’s still worth taking the time to get inspired. One of the best places to find outdoor building inspiration is via Pinterest-- there are so many fantastic designs on there. Take the time to go on there and have a browse and see what types of buildings appeal to you. You might fall in love with log cabins or may be crazy about the ultra-modern slate building designs, either way, it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you get inspired, as this will help you to create a beautiful outhouse.
Talk to Others Who Have Built Backyard Guesthouses--

Once you’ve got some ideas that you like the sound of, the next step is to talk to other people who have guesthouses in their backyards. Ask them to share what they love about having an outhouse for guests in their garden, as well as what the cons of it are. Ask them for any advice when it comes to building your guesthouse. You might think that you’re as clued up as you could be but there will be plenty of things you can learn from other backyard guesthouse owners. Such as the fact that using a company like Heat-Line to protect the pipes from freezing in the winter is worthwhile. Or that double-glazing is a must if you want your guesthouse to be usable all year around. Ask as many questions as possible, to ensure that your guesthouse is as well designed and built as possible.
Think About Your Options--

In terms of the actual creation of your guesthouse, you have various options to think about. Do you want a one story building or somewhere with a second floor? Will you need planning permission for your building? Would you like to build your outhouse from scratch or would you prefer to use a flat-packed ready to build product? Think about the size of your budget and your time frame and use these two factors to help you decide what is the best option for you.

There you have it, everything that you need to know to build your own backyard guesthouse for friends and family or to run as a small business.  

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