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5 Micro Guest House Design Ideas

When designing their home, most people have in mind their own comfort and well as their guests’. So unless the space is a problem, most homes would have a guest room or a separate guest house for their visitors, a place where they can feel welcomed during their visits. Everyone wants their guests to feel welcomed into their home but not everyone has the space necessary to build a guest house, or at least not a very big one. But what about a tiny guest house? It doesn’t have to be big in order to feel cozy and inviting. These examples will convince you:

Hornby Island Caravans.

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This cheerful structure is the perfect example to start with. It’s tiny but it has a beautiful design. This particular one is being used as an office but it could also serve as a guest house. It was built by Hornby Island Caravans and features built-it furniture including a double bed, a window seat, a desk and lots of storage. This place even has a tiny deck.

Micro Guest Cottage with a Green Roof.

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Here’s another tiny guest house/office that looks very welcoming. It’s a compact structure that measures 200 square feet and that was designed by Russ Hamlet and built by Geoffrey Hobert. It resembles a modern cottage and it was completed in 2009. Inside it features salvaged wood flooring, LED lights, denim insulation and a composting toilet. The structure also has a green roof and rain barrels that collect water.

96-square-foot micro cabin.

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This tiny structure is a micro-cabin that was designed and built by Robin Falck. It can be found in Finland and measures only 96 square feet. The dimensions were intentionally chosen so that the footprint would be small enough to not need permits. In just two weeks, the team built this tiny guest house. It has a 50 square foot loft, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room.

Australian tiny guest house.

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Australia also has an interesting guest house that would perfectly fit into this category. Designed by architects Casey Brown Architecture, this structure is a prefabricated cottage that measures only 10 ft by 10 ft. It is clad in copper and the lower level is enclosed in glass. The overall design is simple and rustic and the interior has a relaxed, casual look. Moreover, this is also an eco-friendly and sustainable structure that uses passive heating and water-harvesting systems.

Tiny Lake Micro House.

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This is the Sunset Cabin which was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects. It’s a 275 square foot structure located near the lake and it’s a wonderful retreat. It has a cedar-slat façade and a green roof and that help it better integrate into the landscape. It also features a composting toilet, custom windows, a wood stove and a charming interior. It has a bedroom and a bathroom and it was built in only one month off-site.

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Posted in Best Of on January 16, 2013

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