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Ideas for creating beautiful self-contained guest houses

Looking for an easy way to add guest accommodation to your home?

If you love hosting family and friends overnight, but your couch can't take another sleep over, it may be time to consider having a separate sleeping space for your guests - and that doesn't necessarily mean renovating. Thanks to the continued success of the tiny homes model, home owners are able to buy a small, self-contained cottage and place it as a semi-permanent fixture on their property, without spending a huge amount of money.

Available in various sizes from a studio to three bedrooms, these tiny home models will give you and your guest the space they need, and ensure everyone gets a good night's sleep. 

If you're interested in installing one of these in your home, here are some options of what you can do:

The three-bedroom granny-flat


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The beauty of this design is the effortlessness of the process. You can order a three-bedroom cottage on wheels and it's delivered to your door. While a roomier tiny home will cost you more than a regular one-bedroom model, the versatile design allows you to transport it to any property you choose, making it a great long-term investment. This particular model by Designer Eco Tiny Homes offers your guests a complete luxe living experience complete with a fireplace and luxurious interiors. Plus, this makes a great family 'glamping' solution.

The accessible house


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If accessibilty is a concern, then the WheelPad is a great option. Featuring adjustable ramps and height-specific fixtures and furnishings, each house is completely wheelchair-friendly. The tiny home can be put on land or attached to an existing structure, allowing your friends and family both privacy and independence. The 200 square foot space does not sacrifice style for practicality, as each home has a cool, modern aesthetic, utilising pine and corrugated metal. 

The simple flex space

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Sometimes simple is best, and in this case, you can't beat the Allwood Solvalla in price per square meter or versatility. The DIY wooden structure kit comes with the materials and instructions, promising to take just eight hours to construct and only requiring minimal tools. With one bedroom and an indoor/outdoor living area, it is perfect for a guest room/studio flex space. Left bare, the tiny home is a minimalist Scandi hang out, but the DIY design also allows for complete personalisation. 

The fun family wagon

If you'd like to have a bit of fun with your self-contained home, then this Living Vehicle caravan is the perfect model. Completely sustainable, this model may use simple materials but by no means does it lack on luxury. Complete with a shower, hallways, living areas, a full-height fridge and sleeping space for six, this really is a home on wheels. With this as your guest accommodation, your guests may never want to leave.

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The ultra-chic luxury home


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Tiny homes don't just refer to a cabin in the woods - as this luxurious modern home proves. If style and sophistication are a priority, then the Drake by Land Ark RV is where you can go. The sleek, black house is as functional as it is beautiful. It can sleep up to six guests and features a loft specifically for storage, so large groups of long-term visitors won't be a problem. Not to mention that it is a functioning hitched caravan, creating endless opportunities for stylish and comfortable family road trips. 

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