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  • Writer's pictureKeith Groninger

Guest Bedroom Suite Ideas and Recommendations

Updated: Jan 16

Guest Bedroom Suite Design Ideas for your new custom home in Winter Park, Orlando and Central Florida.

We jokingly tell our customers that if their guest bedroom suite is too nice, their guests might not want to leave. For some, that is the desired choice. To me, a guest bedroom has the distinction of being something more than just a spare bedroom. It needs to be in a part of the house that's separated from the main bedrooms. To call it a suite means it has its own bathroom, at a minimum.

Following is a list of questions and ideas that are worth considering as you plan for a guest suite in your new custom home.

To start with, who is going to be staying in the guest suite?

An Aging Parent probably needs to be on the ground floor level. Their space may need it's own thermostat to control the temperature. Wider doorways and an accessible shower with grab bars, are a good idea. If they are going to be there for an extended stay, they may have personal belongings that require extra storage space and of course a private entry would be nice. Consider their daily activities and how much interaction they will have with the rest of the family.

An Au Pair suite might have some of the same requirements without the accessibility concerns. Perhaps it's located near the children's bedroom but keep in mind this could make a private entry and separation challenging.

Rebound Children have perhaps just finished their schooling and entered the working world. A comfortable place to stay can help them save some money and prepare them to venture out on their own. A desk for a good space to work from home is a nice feature for this guest. This is who we are referring to when we joke about the space being too comfortable.

Adult Children may have already left the nest but we want to encourage them to return for a visit, especially around the holidays. Their old bedroom may not be adequate if they have partners or children. If they have choices where they might stay when they come into town, we want to make this the place they prefer.

Grandchildren are special guests and should have a unique experience when sleeping over. A special place they can call their own, adds to their experience. A bunk room or a small hideaway under the stairs or under a sloped roof, makes their stay feel different than when they are at home.

Out of Town Friends should also have a special space when they come to visit. Since they may not be part of your family, separation and privacy are high on the list of preferences. A detached casita or cabana with a kitchenette and some living space would be nice.

A Rental Apartment is the last type of guest suite on our list. A rental guest would likely be someone that you really don't know so separation and privacy for you and your guests becomes even more important. A rental suite would have numerous additional amenities that are probably more than we want to discuss here.

What are some additional considerations and features for your guest suite that you should think about?

  • Private entrance

  • Accessibility

  • Separation

  • Office or work space

  • Kitchenette

  • Laundry

  • Parking

We are currently working on designs of a beach home for a combined family that expects an assortment of regular guests. Look for more on our Boho Beach Home soon.

Little is more meaningful and personal than a home, and the experience of designing and building your own home should be rewarding and enjoyable. Choosing a builder is difficult. The process of designing and building a home involves numerous decisions about components, systems and services selected from criteria that includes price, quality, appearance and performance. How can you possibly understand everything unless the builder is willing to share all of the information?   

Allow us to introduce you to The GCH Way of building your next home. Please let us know if you have any questions. Keith Groninger

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