A Guest Room with Style

Jul 07, 2017 |  Building of the Month

Home renovations and additions can be great solutions for extra guest space. But what about a separate space for guests altogether? Josephine Taylor and her husband were in the market to find just that. Josephine had a plan in mind but needed the right company to turn her dream to reality. Tuff Shed provided the perfect structure for their backyard guest house.

The Taylor’s were bitten by the Tuff Shed bug after touring a few display buildings at their local Home Depot. When they told a contractor they were thinking of purchasing a Tuff Shed building, he told them he could build something similar for a lower price and better quality. Josephine challenged him to check out a display building before he made that promise. “He called me back half an hour later and said he couldn’t build something at that level of quality for that price,” laughs Josephine. That conversation sealed the deal for the Taylor’s future Tuff Shed plans.

Their new 12×24 Sundance Series TR-800 was the perfect start for the guest house. The Taylor’s building features a 9-lite entry door and two windows (3’x3’ and 3’x2’). But the real story can be found in the interior. Josephine’s son-in-law, a contractor and self proclaimed perfectionist, helped with the interior finishes including a bathroom and kitchenette. The “Shabin”, nicknamed by Josephine for it’s dual use as a She Shed and backyard cabin, has become a welcome addition to the Taylor’s backyard.

The interior design was inspired by Pinterest and blogs across the internet, but Josephine wanted to make the space her own. “I love shiplap, but everyone is doing that and dark wood floors. Why stick with the trends?” She kept true to her own style with new white wood plank linoleum flooring and repurposed décor from her home. The one thing you won’t find in the guest house is a closet, which Josephine has a great explanation for. “It’s not an apartment and I don’t need anyone moving in permanently!”

Throughout the whole process Kymberly Lucero, Tuff Shed Area Sales Manager, helped the Taylors get the building of their dreams. Josephine couldn’t have imagined working through the process without her. “Kym helped us so much it felt like she adopted us for a while. She’s become a family member.”

All the time and hard work Josephine has put into the “Shabin” has paid off. The guest house has become an ideal place to relax for the Taylor’s as well as their guests. “I’ve never done anything I’ve been this proud about,” says Josephine, “There’s so much you can do with these buildings to make them really special places.”