Up in the Air
This railway carriage turned guesthouse is a charming respite for a weary traveler. You can keep the vintage exterior intact, working your magic on the inside to create comfortable sleeping quarters. If you don't happen to have an old train car at your disposal, you might be able to source one from a railroad company or reseller.
You may have settled down, but you can still channel your inner nomad by converting a wagon—or vardo, as they were once called—into a small guesthouse. There's no practical need for the wheels since it will no longer be rolling along in a caravan, but you can keep them for aesthetics while stabilizing the wagon itself on a fixed platform.
Far Out, But Close By
If the contents of your garage are creating clutter and gathering dust, it may be time to retool. Turning your garage into a guesthouse is a smart way to expand your living space and it’s proximity to the main house often makes adding conveniences like plumbing, heating and WiFi a no-brainer.
This particular mini house was designed by Texas architect Jim Poteet, after a client asked him to transform a shipping container for his property. But why make your own? The idea is reproducible, using a standard 40-foot shipping container for the framework. To keep the structure from overheating, the roof can be filled with plants—making it as much a work of biotecture as it is architecture.
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Some of the best things really do come in small packages. If a little custom design is in your wheelhouse (or in someone else’s), a freestanding studio can be a welcome addition to your functional space. Part guesthouse, part zen tearoom, part rustic retreat, you'll be just steps away from it all.
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