Tips from Hamptons Home Builders: Building the Ideal Guest House in the Hamptons

 In Hamptons Custom Homes

One of the many perks that comes with living in the Hamptons is the ability to host your friends and family in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. In order to provide them with a sense of privacy, as well as a luxurious get-away, many people add a guest house to their estates. These can be as small as a single bedroom, or a fully decked out cottage your guests can luxuriate in. 

In addition to the extra space for hosting, guest homes can add significant value to your estate. As Hamptons home builders, South Fork Home Development can add a custom guest house to your build. Whether you’re building a home from scratch or renovating an existing house, your dream is our goal. 

Ways to Use Your Guest House

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A traditional use of a guest house is, of course, using it as a separate small home for your guests. This gives them some privacy and the ability to have some downtime while they’re visiting. A guest house is really a versatile space, though. Aside from guests having a place to stay that’s separated from your main living space, you can use it in a variety of ways. 

  • Let your children use the guest house as a playhouse
  • Transform your guest house into an office space where you can focus solely on work without having to drive to an office
  • Take advantage of the serene atmosphere of the Hamptons and turn your guest house into a yoga studio for just you, or friends and neighbors
  • Rent out the space during the off season for extra income
  • Use it as a multi-generational space for in-laws or adult children

Whatever your goal is, our team of  Hamptons home builders can guide you through the design process and keep your dreams in mind as we plan the layout of your guest house. 

Design Aspects of Your Guest House

The first thing you’ll need to determine is the size of your guest house in the Hamptons. We can work with a studio size apartment to a full-size home with multiple bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, and bathrooms. Our design choices will incorporate light, and will be open and modern, just like our primary home designs. 

Consider whether you will have a separate driveway leading to your guest house, or if guests will walk from one place to the other. 

Your guest house can serve as a pool house as well; or, you could build one of each!

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While our interior designs are modern and distinctive, they do pay homage to the traditional lines and accents of older homes in the area. However, when it comes to your guest house, you can mix up the architecture, or keep it in line with your traditional exterior. As one of the most sought-after Hamptons home builders, we set trends and are open to a wide variety of ideas. 


The sky is the limit when it comes to your options. Want your guest house to have a net zero carbon footprint? Talk to us about ways to make that happen. Looking for a place to enjoy luscious gardens and beautiful views? Let’s work together to choose the ideal location and landscaping options. 

Working with South Fork Custom Home Development

No matter what route you take when it comes to building or renovating a guest house, you’ll have the opportunity to design it from scratch with our team of designers and builders. When you choose our team of  Hamptons home builders, you get everything you need to build your guest house, including designers, electricians, and more. That means your project will get completed on time and as expected.

Many neighborhoods in the Hamptons also have rather strict regulations, which can be confusing to navigate on your own. Building something as significant as a guest house on your Hamptons estate will involve staying compliant with local rules. Our decades of experience as builders in Southampton and beyond means that we fully understand what can and can’t be done, and how to build in compliance with the individual townships and hamlets.

We own multiple estate sites in the Hamptons, allowing you to begin your new build immediately. This results in a faster turnaround time from the time you dream up your home to when you actually live in it! Alternatively, we can renovate older homes in the area to live up to your ideal home in the Hamptons, including a guest house. 

​​At South Fork, we specialize in conceiving, designing, and developing custom homes with distinct attention to detail and quality of life. If you’re ready to begin building the home of your dreams with a builder that prioritizes luxury, satisfaction, and style call us today at (631) 204-8184 or schedule your one-on-one consultation here.

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