One of the best ways to continue loving your home is to add onto it; a new feature can take your home from something that you can live with to something you love. A backyard mini cabin or guest house will free up space in your home when overnight guests come to stay, and can act as an extra bedroom or entertaining space when you don’t have overnight guests.

Looking for tips that will take your backyard guest house from a simple cabin to a luxurious place to stay? Keep reading for some of our favorite ideas.

Make the Bed

We all know what it’s like to stay the night away from home and struggle to get comfortable. Make sure your guests don’t have this experience by making the bed in the guest house something that is on par with a luxury hotel. Don’t skimp on the bedding, and opt for a comfortable mattress that will stand the test of time.

Even in a small space like a mini cabin, you can make sure there are a couple of extra pillows and blankets to help your guests feel right at home.

Stock the Guest House with Snacks

“Hospitality is often best displayed through food. Who wouldn’t be happy to walk into a guest house that is stocked with some treats? Consider adding a mini fridge to the cabin, where you can store some water bottles or your guest’s favorite beverage. Set up a little coffee maker and a basket of breakfast goodies on a table to take your guest house to the next level, helping your guests wake up slow.” – Tip by Madison NJ Realtor, Maggee Miggins

Channel your Favorite Hotel

Think about an experience you’ve had at a favorite hotel; it was likely the little touches that made all the difference. Recreate that feeling of luxurious hospitality by stocking the guest house with some toiletries and essentials your guest may have forgotten, like:

  • A phone charger
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
  • Floss
  • Lotion
  • A reusable water bottle

Keep the Kids in Mind

Will there be kids staying with your guests? Don’t forget about them as you prepare the guest house. Stocking the house with a few kid-friendly items is a great way to make them all feel welcome.

Consider grabbing a few simple items, like:

  • Coloring book and crayons
  • Building blocks
  • Sticker books
  • Something they might use on the trip, like binoculars for a hike or a water bottle for the beach

Related: Should you let pets in a vacation rental?

Make the Guest House a Getaway

Just because the guest house is a small building doesn’t mean your guests won’t want to spend more time in it than just when they are sleeping. A tiny home can be completely comfortable and accommodating, no matter how petite. Make sure there is something fun for your guests to do in the guest house if they’d like to getaway and recharge by themselves, equipping the guests house with a TV, some magazines, or even a game console.

To learn more about building a guest house on your property, contact your local custom tiny house contractor. It might be more attainable than you think.