tiny guest house adds charm in 1920s bungalow yard

In a historic district, a backyard guest house has to conform to zoning and building codes as well as receive a certificate of appropriateness.

On this property, a nearly 100-year-old bungalow lends its design elements to the 200 square foot tiny house. There are exposed rafter tails, three over one windows and a front door that’s downsized but identical to the larger home.

Entry into yellow home, adorned with three over one windows. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

Entry into yellow home, adorned with three over one windows. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

The house stays light and bright with large windows, white walls and a cathedral ceiling to the roof-line. The great room is well designed and takes advantage of the space.

Great Room seen behind Peter Hartel, as he ascends to the loft. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

Great Room seen behind Peter Hartel, as he ascends to the loft. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

In the video tour, you’ll see a roomy kitchen, great room, breakfast nook, bathroom plugged into the property’s utilities, queen-sized sleeping loft and storage loft. The sleeping loft is particularly large in this home.

Large and airy sleeping loft features a queen-sized bed and mission-styled lighting for evening reading. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

Large and airy sleeping loft features a queen-sized bed and mission-styled lighting for evening reading. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

Of note, the built-in breakfast area is stunning and where we would spend a lot of time. Owner Peter Hartel built the eastern red cedar slab table along with the chandelier and seating.

Hand-made table and benches are can seat four. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

Hand-made slab table, benches and cushions can seat four. (Youtube, Ben Hartel)

The tiny house is built on pilings, an appropriate and safe choice in a non-earthquake prone, warmer area like Athens, GA. In other locations, a full foundation may be a better choice.

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