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Tackling home design in your backyard guest house

March 17, 2013

Most homeowners are more than prepared to tackle room design and major renovation projects in their houses - albeit with a little help from a handy internet source or two.

Most homeowners are more than prepared to tackle room design and major renovation projects in their houses - albeit with a little help from a handy internet source or two.Engineered Hardwood Flooring But sometimes, when it comes to taking on smaller projects or odd job renovations, the next step is mystifying. For instance, perhaps you know that you want one of Anderson Floors' collections in your newly designed guest house, but can't decide which one. And what might the best layout be for this mini-sized home? Is a kitchenette an absolute must? What about bathrooms? Consider these helpful tips for taking on home design in your backyard guest house.

Which flooring collection should you go for?
When it comes to hardwood floors, the designers and craftsman at Anderson definitely know their stuff, so almost any of the flooring collections are sure to look elegant and stylish in your guest house. But one particularly great choice is the Brevard collection, which mixes sophistication and style with incredible durability - and a greener method of production. Brevard floors use enCoreā„¢ technology to create boards that require 50% less timber. Meanwhile, thanks to a revolutionary finish, each board in the Brevard collection is six times more resistant to scuffing and abrasions, so your flooring will last for ages.

Is a kitchenette necessary?
If you're going to go through the trouble of equipping the guest house with plumbing, the kitchenette shouldn't be your first goal. While it's a nice touch, especially if you'll be having friends or family staying long-term at some point, a bathroom is far more essential and worth the time and effort.

What about space?
Depending on whether you're converting a garage, barn or just building your guesthouse from the ground up, how you divvy up the space is your prerogative, but when there's limited room, avoid throwing up walls that will shrink the guest house into a series of tiny boxes. Instead, consider how a small loft bed might save room on the space's main floor.

What kind of decor is best?
This is entirely up to you, but take advantage of having an entire tiny home in which to craft a new style and design scheme. Perhaps you'll want to choose a favorite motif or find a color scheme based on a memorable locale. No matter what you do, make it inviting.