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November 18, 2015
It would be tough not to overstay your welcome at these cozy hideaways.
Modern Sea Ranch home with a modern guesthouse

A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the spirit of its surroundings. Sea caves on the property forced the architects to split some of the living space into a 483-square-foot guesthouse.

 

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kallesco cottage exterior

On the Danish island of Zealand, Copenhagen-based architect Martin Kallesø was tasked with a simple program: create a freestanding guest room so that visitors have a private and cozy place to lay their heads. What ensued was a mashup of local influence, Japanese styling, and irregular geometry. 

Originally appeared in Guesthouse in Præstø, Denmark
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Cedar-clad guesthouse in upstate New York

Jason and Suzanne Koxvold commissioned Studio Padron to design a 200-square-foot guesthouse on their Ellenville, New York, property. The geometric structure’s dark cedar cladding contrasts with the inviting interior, which is heated by a cast-iron Jøtul stove. A layer of built-in bookshelves made from felled oak lumber also helps insulate the building in winter.

 

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Originally appeared in This Snug Guesthouse in Upstate New York Is Good Enough to Live In
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Podere 43 allows for an endless array of leisure activities like ping-pong.

A complex of Italian farm buildings was transformed into a sophis­ticated yet kid-friendly retreat, complete with a freestanding guest apartment.

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hill container studio exterior side

Architect Jim Poteet created a whimsical backyard studio and guesthouse from a shipping container in a San Antonio artists' community. 

 

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Modern bed pod staircase area with wooden flooring

Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green was reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse. A lofted sleeping pod offers a bit of privacy and helps maximize the 485-square-foot space. 

 

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brick house sectional exterior

Tasked with transforming a 93-square-foot brick boiler room, built in 1916, into a guesthouse, architect and metalworker Christi Azevedo flexed her creative muscle. The architect spent a year and a half designing and fabricating nearly everything in the structure save for the original brick walls.

 

 

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A cluster of off-the-grid prefabricated units.

Located 120 miles east of Albququerque, it's not hard to see why these buildings needed to be self-sufficient. Designed by MOS Architects, the off-the-grid structures were comissioned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts to host guests visiting a nearby installation: artist Charles Ross' Star Axis, a massive outdoor stellar observatory.

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Originally appeared in Prefab Units Cluster Together in this Off-the-Grid Guesthouse
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Mora appliances and Franke sink in kitchen of Prague guest apartment by Mjölk and DDAANN.

For a client in Prague who needed to house family from abroad, the architects of two Czech studios, Mjölk and DDAANN, joined forces to design a minimal 522-square-foot guest apartment

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Guest suite with sliding glass doors leading to garden

This guest room in Virginia may look simple, but it sits just around the corner from a massive pool and deck area, ideal for lounging and barbecuing.

 

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Julia Heine
Originally appeared in Striking Pool and Guest House in Virginia
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Modern Sea Ranch home with a modern guesthouse

A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the spirit of its surroundings. Sea caves on the property forced the architects to split some of the living space into a 483-square-foot guesthouse.

 

Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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