Can’t Afford a Backyard Guesthouse? Think Again

Hansen Pole Buildings GuesthouseWho wouldn’t want a backyard guesthouse and the endless possibilities it offers? You could use your guesthouse to host friends from out of town or house parents or in-laws. You could earn some extra income by renting out your guesthouse on Homeaway or Airbnb, or you could use it as your very own sanctuary for a relaxing staycation.

Unfortunately, many homeowners convince themselves that the cost of building a guesthouse on their property is too steep to justify the project, no matter how much they would enjoy the additional living space. However, price doesn’t have to be an obstacle when you use a pole building house kit to construct your beautiful pole barn guesthouse.

What is a Pole Building and How Can It Become a Guesthouse?

Pole buildings are cost-effective, easy-to-install permanent structures. As the name suggests, poles play a significant role in the design: pressure-treated timber columns are embedded in the ground to support primary structural frames. The walls and roof of the building are supported and connected with purlins, girts, and sheathing. This is a building style that has its roots in agricultural communities. You may have seen pole barns before! More recently, this affordable, customizable, and versatile structure has become increasingly popular for primary homes, seasonal cabins, hobby buildings, and guesthouses.

While the standard pole building can have a somewhat industrial look, your pole building can be designed with your preferred aesthetic in mind, whether you’re looking for a rustic back garden cottage or a modern, minimalist detached studio. When you order from Hansen Pole Buildings, you can get a custom pole house building kit with each component designed to meet safety, space, and style needs.

Adding a Pole Building Guesthouse

Before you decide to add a pole building guesthouse, you will, of course, need to check your city’s zoning and property laws. Building codes vary from place to place, but in most cities, you will need a building permit to add a new standalone structure to your property.

Once you’ve obtained the proper permitting, the actual construction process is relatively straightforward. Because residential pole barns come in prefabricated kits with detailed instructions, it’s not even necessary to hire a construction crew—many ambitious DIYers choose to construct their own pole barn guesthouses.

With your pole building completed, it’s up to you to decide how you want to use it. Maybe you’ll decide to host more visitors—or to set aside the space for your own work or relaxation. There’s no wrong way to use a pole building guesthouse.

2 thoughts on “Can’t Afford a Backyard Guesthouse? Think Again

    1. Hello Jinx – price will vary greatly depending on features added, building location and the required wind and snow loads. We only design the exterior shell of the building but yes this building was fully finished on the inside by our client.


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