So you may be thinking…”What? Another project? Didn’t you just finish the kitchen and bathrooms? Are you slightly losing your minds?” And the answer is yes, yes, yes and quite possibly! 😉 Haha As we wrap up some decor projects at the house and after a lot of back and forth we decided to go for probably the biggest project of all: our guesthouse/casita.
Just like many of our remodel plans, this is another that was totally unplanned. Our house is a two bedroom, two bathroom, which is perfect for us. When we first moved in we had planned to turn the second bedroom into a guest room and then the garage into a studio space wayyyyy down the line. After getting our bedroom in order, we began throwing around ideas for the guest room…simple stuff like bedding, artwork, etc. We made mood boards, had furniture lined up and thought we were pretty set. It all looked easy peasy until we decided to double check the measurements on things. Given our house was built in 1930, the hallways and doorways are on the narrow side, which makes it really difficult to get furniture in and out. We had planned on doing a little sleeper sofa, dresser (great for extra storage for us and our guests when friends and family are in town), maybe a bookshelf, you get the idea. Well that idea quickly flew out the window when we realized not much would fit in there. Doorways are narrow and the overall layout just didn’t work.
We decided to completely transform the garage into a guesthouse…carriage house…casita…whatever you may like to call it. When we planned for it to be a studio space, we thought about putting a little kitchenette in there (we’re talking small fridge, coffee maker, counter and stools), small bath and living area. Now that this will serve as a guesthouse, we figured we might as well do it right and add as much equity to the house as possible. Also, my sister might be moving to Arizona during the next year (Yayyy!! We’re trying not to get too excited as it’s still a bit up in the air) and this might be her temporary home while she searches for an apartment. So now we are looking at adding a full kitchen (small but with all appliances), a full bathroom, living area and bedroom. We’re a little freaked out given this will be the largest project to date, and we’ll basically be building a tiny home, but we’re excited about the possibilities!
Currently the garage is a blank slate…well, a blank slate with a whole lot of boxes. We have plumbing and electric, but no insulation with unfinished floors and an unfinished roof. Here’s another peek below. If you are a neat freak, don’t panic looking at these photos, but we totally understand…they give us a bit of anxiety as well. 😉 These were taking during our in home renovation, so the garage became the storage space for just about everything in our cabinets and vanity. Since these photos have been taken, a lot has been cleared out, brought into the house or given away. Some things we’re saving for decorating the guesthouse too. We’re making progress.
We just finalized the layout with our contractor and are looking forward to getting started next month. A small (studio style) kitchen will line one of the walls with a little bistro table/dining area. The living room will be a multifunctional space with a sofa bed, that can be easy to make and fold away when guests are around during the day, along with some closet storage, and the bathroom will have a full shower and vanity. As always we want to keep things fresh and modern, especially in a small space, but we really want it to have a hint of a European feel…something a little rough around the edges with character. We’ll see. We’re super excited to get started!
If you guys have any suggestions on sleek appliances for smaller spaces, or experience with a tiny home, let us know! Looking forward to sharing the process with you all!
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Be on the lookout for IG posts about the process under the hashtag, #newdarlingsCASITA.