Apr 28, 2022

Steps to Building a Guest House on Your Property

Guesthouses are more accessible to homeowners thanks to prefabrication. If you’re considering one, here are steps to building a guest house on your property.

Posted by: Amanda Delatorre

Steps to Building a Guest House on Your Property

Once thought of as a luxury only the rich could afford, guest homes are becoming more accessible to homeowners as prefabrication enters the scene. Guest homes are wonderful additions that allow you to host guests for extended stays while providing you both with a healthy amount of space and privacy. If you’re interested in adding one to your property, let’s take a look at the steps to building a guest house on your property.

Local ADU Laws

The first step is learning your area’s local laws on accessory dwelling units or ADUs. Because of the rise of services like Airbnb and VRBO, where people can rent out homes like hotel rooms, many ADU laws have been put in place to prevent residential homes from turning into impromptu hotels.

On the other hand, some ADU laws have opened up to address housing shortages and provide more affordable rental homes. Your local area’s laws concerning ADUs can vary widely.

Defining Your Guest House

The next step to building a guest house on your property is defining the purpose and design of your guest home. Who are the guests you intend to invite? Will you reserve the guest house for friends and family, or are you hoping to rent it out to students and others to generate a source of income? Is someone like a senior citizen intending to move in permanently?

Asking yourself these questions and knowing your intentions for the guest house will help your contractor address your specific needs. It will also help them find a good balance between what you want and what you need to ensure the highest possible quality.

Using Prefabricated Homes

When it comes to building your guest home, we strongly recommend custom-built tiny homes. Not only do they fit comfortably on your property, but prefab tiny homes provide the same utilities as a standard home without sacrificing any of the quality—they’re just smaller.

Prefabricated tiny homes have modular pieces for easy assembly. This is significant because it means construction will be a lot faster and cost a lot less. Furthermore, if you ever decide you no longer want your guest home, you can easily recycle prefab materials, ensuring you don’t create unnecessary waste.

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