Backyard guest house

Backyard Guest Houses and How You Can Use Them

Are you interested in building a backyard guest house but find that you’re having a hard time justifying one? Thankfully these quaint and useful ADUs are quite helpful for you. Instead of trying to find a reason to put one on your property, let us tell you all about what could come if you decide to build one. From holiday plans to personal getaways, there are a lot of things you can do when you finally have a backyard guest house installed. Is there a real reason as to why you should have one of these houses installed, though?

Why Have a Backyard Guest House?

When you’re trying to set up for an event or reaching out to the family to arrange visits sometimes, it can be daunting to think of that many people in and out of your home. Some people keep coming in and out, newer guests don’t know where things are, and it really can become an overwhelming headache if you have many people visiting at once. There are plenty of reasons to have a backyard guest house, and each is just as valid as the one before it. Your first step is always to ensure you have the right permits. Let’s take a look at all the different ways you can use a guest house to help you maintain peace of mind and maybe make a little side money. 

Holiday Visits

It seems like the next holiday is always right around the corner, and everyone seems to want to congregate at your place. A backyard guest house is a great way to ensure people feel welcome, but still provide a lot of privacy. You can deck these types of ADUs (accessory dwelling unit) out with whatever your guests may need. With a full bathroom, sleeping area and kitchen, you’ll be providing a comfortable place for family to stay longer term without stumbling over each other.

Family Vacation

A family vacation place is another great reason to have a backyard guest house. If your family vacations near you regularly, having a place for them to stay so they don’t have to stay in hotels is fantastic. This minimizes their cost, helps them have a great time, and ensures that when your family vacations, they don’t have to think twice about where they’re going to sleep. If your family members always seem to stay at your place when they’re vacationing, it may be a good idea to invest in an ADU. You and your guests will both be able to get much-needed privacy while staying near one another. 

Private Get-Away Spot

When your backyard guest house isn’t in use, you can always use it as a private personal getaway spot for yourself. Sometimes the day-to-day is so difficult to handle, but having a spot where you can just walk away and rest, or work without interruption, can help you feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Everyone deserves to rest, and when you’re finally able to ease back and truly rest, you should be able to do that in a space of your own. Having a backyard guest house ensures you also have a private retreat any time you may need one. 

A Great Camping Retreat

If you or your family enjoys backyard camping, especially with children, you can be sure that there will be plenty of people in your yard before you know it. Pitching tents and making smores is a great time until someone needs to sneak into your house in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Instead, they can slip into the backyard guest house, ensuring they can go to the bathroom or take refuge from a barrage of bugs. If your family enjoys camping in the backyard or hosting the kids’ sleepovers, having a backyard guest house is a fantastic opportunity. 

Great Outdoor Chill Spot 

If you have teenagers in your house, you know it’s always hard for them to feel like they have privacy while you can keep them safe. A backyard guest house can allow them to have a place to chill and relax with their friends, which will inspire confidence and encourage long-lasting friendships in a safe environment not far from the house. Having a spot in the backyard where your teens can just relax, chat with each other, and do homework together is a great idea and fantastic use of a backyard guest house. 

Rent It Out

If you don’t have family come around often or children to use the backyard guest house, then you can use your ADU to generate passive income. Some communities don’t allow you to rent out your ADU, so you should always check with your code enforcer before you decide to build one to rent out. If you can, though, renting out an ADU is a great way to make a little money while consistently ensuring your ADU doesn’t go to waste. So take the time to ensure you’ll be able to rent out your ADU and then build one that someone may want to stay in temporarily. This option for a backyard guest house works best if you’re in a tourist area. 

Increase Property Value

The last thing a backyard guest house does is increase property value. Once you build an ADU on your property, the value of your property is going to increase quite a bit. That secondary structure does make quite a bit of a difference and will increase your property value by a significant margin, so it isn’t a loss at all if you’re nearly finished building an ADU and decide that you need to move for some reason. In fact, it may work in your favor. 

Regardless of why you may want to build a backyard guest house, you can be sure that if you do, you will get plenty of use out of it for years to come. From being able to relax yourself to giving your children a safe place to be themselves to even housing family for holidays and vacations, so they don’t impose on your home, backyard guest houses really are fantastic ideas. If you’re interested in having a backyard guest house built, feel free to reach out to us at Acton ADU today to learn more about how we can help you!

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