If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I did not want to sell our previous home and move.
We had lived their seven years (the longest we had ever lived anywhere), and had put a lot of love, blood, sweat, and tears into that property.
One of my favorite things about that home was the two car detached garage with a “guest house” above it that we built from scratch.
My husband built the cabinets, installed the floor, painted the walls, installed the plumbing, laid the tile, hung the lights, and more.
I decorated the guest house with treasures from thrift stores and garage sales. I painted all the furniture and was able to incorporate more of a cottage style decor, which was loads of fun!
My blog actually started with a lot of my guest house projects.
So when I knew that we were going to have to move, I just knew that we would not be able to afford a home with a guest house. It took us a lot of time and money to create the guest house at our last home.
And I knew we would not have the money to create another guest house right away at our new home.
Maybe we would have a guest “room”, but not a guest house.
So imagine my surprise when we looked at the property of our future home, and in the back yard, I saw this…
My husband said I literally ran up to the front porch in excitement, but I like to say that I walked briskly. :)
I just couldn’t believe my eyes! This property already had a guest house!
The owner who built our home was an artist.
So he created a studio for him to paint in.
I love this little sign on the side of the guest house…
“Studio & Poutin’ House!”
What a great idea. When my kids start fussin’, I can just send them to the Poutin’ House! :)
Here is the front of the cottage (I think I want to call it my guest cottage, doesn’t that sound quaint?)
We hope to maybe add hardyboard siding to the front, and paint it a different color. Of course, we would get a new door!
This is what the side of the cottage looks like…
We are going to possibly add on to the cottage where the deck is. We want to add a bathroom to the cottage. Right now, there is storage under the deck.
Here is the view from the deck…
When you walk in the sliding glass doors from the deck, you see this…
As you can see, the cottage is full of the guest house furniture from our previous home, and a whole lot of other stuff that wouldn’t fit in our home!
I do not know what we would have done without this extra space to store things in!
There is wood everywhere! Wood walls, wood floors, and a wood ceiling…love it!!
Won’t it be fun to decorate this little space?!!!
It will be a while before we can do anything. No funds, of course. :)
I am dreaming of spaces like this…
(Sarah Richardson’s Bunkie)
When we are finally able to renovate this little guest cottage, we will share all the fun with you!
As a side note…
Just a little reminder that this Thursday is my linky party!
(I had to skip my party last month due to my move, but we are back in action now!)
I cannot wait to see your best DIY project of June (home decor and home improvement related)!
If you need a refresher of the party rules, click HERE.
Have a blessed day!