We set out to design and build a guest house for friends and family, which now doubles as a modern Airbnb.  We have three acres of land that had a perfect site at the back of our property with a beautiful view to a pond and surrounding trees.  However, unknowingly, we were about to build on granite ledge. This made things much more challenging.

Structural Challenge

First, we sought help from two Yale architecture grads, who were also friends, with the structural challenge of building on ledge.  We did not want to blast.  And, we did not want to cover the stone.  So, we built the guest house on steel legs, exposing the granite ledge underneath.  In the end, it is about 580 square feet.  There’s enough room for a front living room that overlooks the pond; a modern bath with shower; and a large bedroom with a king size bed.

Simple, but Elegant

Fletcher Cameron Design designed all cabinetry and interiors.  For example, the bathroom features teak cabinetry; wall mounted toilet; heated towel rack; heated slate floor; and yellow laminate wall for cleanability.  The kitchenette bamboo cabinetry is simple, but elegant.  In addition, all rugs are custom wool/silk woven by Tibetan weavers and designed by rug designer, Marcia Weese Rugs.

The Garden of Eden

Field stone from the site was used to build stone walls and planters.  In addition, sculptural elements are installed around the property and in the pond.  In fact, it is referred to as “The Garden of Eden.”  There is a plethora of birds to watch; frogs that croak and owls that hoot.

Your Modern Airbnb

As time passed, we found it was a perfect fit for Airbnb guests looking for a modern, private retreat. It gives them access to hiking trials, shell beaches, swimming beaches, bird watching and just plain relaxation.  For this reason, couples, families, and singles from around the world grace the steps of our guest house during all months of the year.  Check it out at Airbnb.