If you have extra space in your yard, building a guest suite is a great way to make use of that space. It’s also a perfect solution for visiting friends, family, or even renting it out for additional income. From knowing the size and local zoning laws to the purpose of the guest suite, these steps will ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment.
Check your local zoning laws and regulations
The first thing you will want to consider before starting any construction is to check the zoning laws and regulations in your area. Each municipality has specific rules and regulations that must be followed for building a guest suite. It’s important to check for permits, building codes, and zoning regulations to avoid any legal issues in the future.
Purpose of use
The purpose of the use of the guest suite will determine what features you include in the design. For example, if it’s intended for multigenerational living, then accessibility features like ramps or grab bars should be considered when designing the space.
Plan the design and layout
Once you have researched and obtained the necessary permits, it’s time to plan the design and layout of your guest suite. Consider the purpose of the guest suite, the number of guests it needs to accommodate, and the amenities it should have. You can work with an architect or design build firm to develop a design that meets your needs and complements your backyard.
Start the process of building
Once the site is prepared, and the design is finalized, it’s time to start construction. Building a guest suite is a complex process that requires various skilled carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. Work with a reputable contractor who has experience in building to ensure that the project is completed correctly.
Adding the finishing touches
After the guest suite is built, it’s time to add the finishing touches. This includes landscaping the area around the guest house, adding furniture, and installing the necessary amenities. You can then add decorative touches, such as curtains, furniture and artwork, to make the space feel welcoming and comfortable.
Questions to ask about your guest suite
What should the project cost?
Adding a guest suite to your backyard is an investment, and it’s essential to determine the cost before starting construction. The cost of the guest suite will depend on the size, materials used, permits, other fees and the features you want included. Talk to friends or family who have done similar additions to get a better idea of the estimated cost you should expect. With preparation and foresight, you can stay within a realistic budget and have your contractor start building a guest suite with no added stress or financial hardship.
How long will the process take?
When preparing to build a guest suite in your backyard it’s important to get a good grasp of the project timeline. Ask your contractor for an estimated completion date so you can plan ahead for hosting visitors or prepare for building inspections. They should also provide insight into any reported delays due to time-consuming building codes or sometimes weather conditions. Once the timeline is established, this will help ensure the building project goes as smoothly as possible and that you efficiently meet all milestones.
How should I prepare the site?
Preparing the site for the construction of the guest suite is crucial. Clear the area of any debris or vegetation, level the ground, and make sure that the area is stable and able to support the structure. You may need to leave the area or remove any trees that could interfere with the construction. It’s important to also consider your neighbors. Give them advanced notice that you have a construction project upcoming. Talk to your contractor about respecting the construction hours allowed in your neighborhood.
The Benefits of working with Thomas Custom Builders
Adding an attached or detached guest suite is an excellent way to increase the value of your property while providing a comfortable and private space for guests. By following these steps, you can ensure the process of building a guest suite is hassle-free.
Working with Thomas Custom Builders on your guest suite addition will be well worth it. We are a design-build firm that prides itself on customized attention, painstaking craftsmanship and a commitment to quality. We deliver excellence by providing quality workmanship at competitive prices. As a design-build company, designing and building additions is our specialty. We will dig deep to learn what’s making you spend your time and money on a guest house. We can discuss the costs associated with your goals, making sure to cover all expectations.
Contact Thomas Custom Builders today for your home addition!