Outdoor structures can expand accommodations on bed and breakfast properties. By re-purposing existing structures, this is an environmentally friendly way to make the most of one’s resources.
Sustainable Travel Report
Booking.com’s Sustainable Travel Report 2019 found that almost three-quarters of travelers believe people need to act now and make sustainable travel choices to save the planet for future generations. The report also revealed that 71 percent of travelers think travel companies should offer consumers more sustainable travel choices.
The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program, which launched in 2013, showcases a variety of eco-friendly hotels and bed & breakfasts, from budget to luxury. They’re all committed to green practices like recycling, local and organic food, and electric car charging stations.
Author Erika Kotite
According to Erika Kotite, the author of She Sheds: A Room Of Your Own, “the best way to build green she sheds is to rehab something that already exists on the property. Many older sheds require new roofs, more windows, insulations, etc. to be habitable (not to mention electrical and plumbing). Applying for the right permits must be part of the plan. Local codes are round in the city government website, as well as many other resources for building and safety.”
“I recommend finding a contractor who specializes in tiny homes or small structures to help the innkeeper navigate the permitting process and help with the rehab or construction of the she shed. Another way to build green (from scratch) is to work with reclaimed materials. Some good resources would be craigslist, ReStore (Habitat for Humanity’s construction goods stores) and even local contractors who might being willing to call when there is salvage to be had.”
Author Sally Coulthard
Sally Coulthard, author of Shed Decor: How To Decorate and Furnish Your Favorite Garden Room, recommends using salvage factory lighting and solar panels, as well as eco-paints and finishes. “There are so many fantastic brands out there it’s easy to be environmentally friendly.” She goes on to say, “…guests like the playfulness of sleeping outside, in a small space, and the privacy it offers–they’re great for romantic retreats or writer’s dens. Sheds can also make fantastic dining or entertaining spaces for guests.”
Former innkeeper turned licensed realtor, Rob Sales of B&B Consulting, is able to advise you on your options. As an experienced consultant and appraiser, he helps both Buyers & Sellers of bed and breakfasts, in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Give Rob a call at (912) 655-7674 or email him at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Perhaps you, too, can benefit from outdoor structures.