When I sit on my back porch and rock on the porch swing, I feel the stress of the day drain away. The change is so great that I consider my porch a mini-vacation spot.
Clients of ours fell in love with Italy. They travel there often and go out of their way to make gourmet Italian food. When they decided to build a guest/pool house, one of the important features had to be a sense of relaxation with an Italian flair and an authentic brick pizza oven. Although the structure is only a few hundred feet from the main house, when you go there, you feel like you have traveled very far.
With homage paid to Italian architecture, our clapboard-clad destination makes the perfect get away. French doors open onto the terrace above the pool while a side door allows a quick exit to the pizza oven. On the first floor there is a kitchen, and a dining room, a living room and bathroom. Upstairs is a sleeping loft that overlooks the living area. I understand it is sometimes hard to give up the guesthouse to the guests.