When we first decided to build a garage, we went back and forth about if it should be a 1 car so we could have a bigger backyard or if it should be 2 car to increase the value of the home. I wanted the bigger yard, but obviously I wasn't going to win against my engi-nerd of a husband. I am SO glad that I lost that argument.
Phil & I really love entertaining. We take it as a compliment when people opt to stay with us and have always done our best to make sure our guests are totally accommodated. When we chose to build a 2 car garage it was a no brainer that a guest suite above it would be super great. And honestly, it turned out even better than we expected.
We wanted to make this space as comfortable and practical as possible. We wracked our brains and came up with a big list of things that make a guest space desireable. The majority of the things made it into the space, but some things had to get vetoed (ummm...a cigar humidor? not exactly necessary, honey, but A for effort!)
I am super proud of my hubs for designing this "carriage house" and was so excited to have a blank canvas to decorate. As usual, I had a vision and he brought it to life.
Check out our new space below and please come visit us anytime!
First thing on our list of "musts" was a king size bed. Who doesn't love a king bed? This is a knock off tempurpedic and so far our guests have reported that it's super comfy.
Next on our list was at least 1 nightstand as well as phone chargers on either side of the bed. I am guilty of forgetting my phone charger every.single.time we travel so this one was big for me.
An adequate amount of towels & washcloths was also high on our list. Always better to have too many than not enough!
Also, we have had this little suitcase stand forever-- it seemed fitting to put it up here.
Eeek! I love this little kitchenette nook. I have never designed a kitchen before so it was really really fun picking out cabinets, counters and fixtures for this little space. I went out of my comfort zone with a slate blue color for the cabinets and I LOVE the way they turned out.
We opted for gold fixtures because again, they were something less traditional and they were a fun touch. We made the shelves out of leftover wood from the ceiling beam and I spray painted the hardware to match.
We wanted this little suite to feel like a Bed & Breakfast. We agreed that it should be fully stocked with coffee/tea & breakfast goodies so that if our guests were early risers, they wouldn't have to feel uncomfortable coming into our house when they woke up.
This is where Phil came into play. His mind was mostly on potential libations so stocking the fridge was his job (other than those cute lemon drinks, duh). We tried to think of anything guests might want when traveling-- beer, wine, mixed drinks, soft drinks, water, etc. We obviously had to get an ice bucket, a bottle opener, a drink shaker, and a few other things. We probably went overboard with the wet bar items, but just like the towels, better to have too much than not enough.
This bathroom is the nicest one in our whole house! Again, I have never designed a bathroom so this was SO MUCH FUN. We got to pick exactly what we wanted and went with a simple yet chic look. I am in loooooveee with these black fixtures and keep meaning to actually take a shower in here.
After our first guests stayed here while we were still in the middle of construction, we asked them what we needed to add in the future. They mentioned toothpaste & Q-tips (and a bigger mirror-- sorry Evan, we kept the small mirror!). We added mouthwash, lotion and bathroom spray, because, duh. We also bought lots of extra TP, a blowdryer, and other extra toiletries that we stuck in the closet.
The last thing we needed to complete our guest space was a floor length mirror. Here ya go, Ev...here is your bigger mirror ;)
Is there anything else you can think of that should be added to a guest space?