A Guesthouse for Friends
Hosting friends and family has long been an enjoyable way to visit, but many modern families have found it can be difficult. Their children now have schedules to rival that of any important business executive, and upsetting their routine can cause issues. Even those who look forward to an annual visit by friends can see how difficult it is to make room for a new person. The visit might last only a few weeks, but the repercussions can last for years. Adding a guest house to the property could be the answer to everyone’s dreams.
Visitors are often close friends or family of the homeowners, and they try hard to keep out of the way. They know the family has its own routines for dealing with everyday life, and fitting into them is difficult. Staying out of the way as the children get ready for school can be an experience never to be repeated, and blocking in a host’s vehicle might make the visit uncomfortable. Even trying to fit one extra person into the family’s routine can cause a domino effect that will delay everyone’s day.
Families that have the land and money to provide separate housing for their guests are very lucky, and they should feel good they can provide it. They do not necessarily have to make it a completely separate home, and it is probably best to welcome their guests to eat with the family. This is a good time for people to really sit down for a visit, and having them share meals is a good way to make them feel welcome. Sharing sleeping space might be difficult, so providing them with private quarters will ease the disruption a visit can cause.
While not everyone can afford to add an additional building just for guests, it can become a space with multiple uses. When it is uninhabited, it can become storage, a project area or even just a space to relax quietly when the main house is too full.