Kettler Forlines Homes is now offering the option of adding an attached family guest house to some of our new home designs, like the Kensington, Kenwood, and Potomac. This unique living space provides an expansive suite, complete with a living room and dining room area, full bath, laundry closet, and a private entrance. The Potomac’s guest house also includes a kitchenette, laundry, and a separate HVAC system. The suite is situated so the residents can access the main house through the kitchen.
Many of our homebuyers have been opting for the family guest house in their custom homes. We’re seeing some interesting uses, so we thought we’d share 6 uses for a guest house.
1. Multigenerational living. The lifestyle trend is shifting toward extended families living together. With a family guest house, you offer more than a spare bedroom to an aging parent or an adult child who has returned to live at home. This more complete living space provides ample room for someone to feel at home, where they can get away to enjoy solitude when desired. With the private entrance, this plan offers a sense of independence that is important to the people living in the attached-but-separate home.
2. Office. When you’re looking for more than a “home office”, use the guest house as an office suite. Create multiple offices, a conference room, and even a showroom (e.g., for an interior decorator or caterer).
3. Studio or workshop. Do you have a passion for your art, craft, or hobby? Imagine having a large space where you can set up your tools—from easels to music recording equipment. Your personal studio or workshop enables you to have a ready workspace, not just squeezing into a nook of the house.
4. Home school. Maybe the “guests” in your guest house are your children or students. For a home school or private preschool, the Kettler Forlines’ design allows for multiple classrooms. You’ll have plenty of space for setting up teaching tools, like a science lab, computer lab, smart boards, art studio, and library.
5. Man cave extraordinaire. Be the envy of your friends with a multi-room man cave. Incorporate a home theater, game room, pub, and fitness center. Maybe save the bedroom for when you’re in the dog house for spending too much time in the man cave!
6. Live-in caregiver residence. Do you want to have an au pair or caregiver live with you? Finding a truly qualified professional who meets your needs can be a tough task. When you include an exceptional living arrangement, you’ll have a distinct benefit to offer.
As you’re planning your new home, think about the ways in which you can better use the living space—not just now, but in the years ahead. Talk to us at Kettler Forlines Homes if you’re contemplating a move in the Washington, DC metro area. Explore our communities or we can build on your lot.