The design of an Airbnb property is not just about making it visually appealing. It’s about crafting a memorable experience for the guests. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the creative ideas I came up with when designing this Airbnb that I’m sure the guests will rave about. The home had good bones, but I had a lot of work ahead of me.
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I have to admit, when my friend asked me to help design this Airbnb, I was hesitant! What in the heck would I do with this hideous fireplace?
I had no idea how to design an Airbnb, matter of fact, I’ve never even stayed in one. Then he told me I would have total control over the Airbnb design, as long as I stayed within budget. I decided I was up for the challenge and told him that fireplace had to go! Now this is a room people can enjoy!
What I Knew About the Airbnb Design Plan
This Airbnb design includes 5 sleeping areas, accommodating 10 guests. 2 full baths, living and dining room, kitchen, sun porch, laundry, bar/game room and a kids hideaway. Not to mention beautiful outdoor spaces which include a grilling area, firepit and hot tub.
The owner initially wanted to purchase the home and turn it over, ready for guests in 30 days. I thought this was a pretty aggressive timeline. Then the city tore the road out and this bought me some time. As you know, renovations, no matter how small, usually come with unexpected issues. We ended up touching almost every square inch of this home, including some not so fun stuff, like a new roof and electrical.
The design process started with the owner sending me images of things he liked and items he wanted to incorporate in the Airbnb design. I kept seeing “blue” in the images he sent. He said it wasn’t intentional, but this started what became our color scheme throughout the entire Airbnb design. Using a color scheme throughout a home will keep it feeling cohesive.
If you have been following me long, you know that blue is not “normally” my color. I am here to say, this Airbnb design has me falling in love with blue.
Airbnb Design for All Types of Guests
Understanding the target audience is the first step in designing a successful Airbnb. I had to consider the type of travelers that might be staying here—whether it’s families seeking a comfortable retreat, business professionals in need of a functional workspace, or adventure enthusiasts looking for a stylish crash pad. Maybe all of the above. So I set off to tailor the design of this Airbnb to cater to needs and preferences of all these traveler types.
I created functional spaces so guests can have privacy when needed. Multiple social spaces, indoors and out, including a sun porch and a bar/game room which will allow for some fun photo ops!
Functional for all Types of Guests
The owner of the Airbnb, knew that the home needed to sleep as many guests as possible, making sure they all have a comfortable place to sleep. Knowing that the guests could range from, business travelers, to families and even those party crowds. So we set out to create lots of spaces in the home that would function in multiple ways.
The original master bedroom had a door that led to the sunporch. Not only did this mess with the overall design of the room, I felt it would cause the guests to feel “exposed”. We made the decision to remove the door.
Once the door was removed, we created this beautiful wood wall as a focal point in the room. Now this is a room you can relax in.
Creating Spaces with Dual Function
Having spaces in the Airbnb that have dual functionality provides for a great design. For example this area of the dining room can be used as a work space for business travelers, function as a serving buffet or used for additional seating for dining.
The upstairs media room can be used as a movie & game area for kids or adults. While the sectional also has storage in the chase for blankets and pillows when the sofa is transformed into a double bed, providing additional sleeping area.
Creating memories, One guest at a time
Designing this Airbnb was a dream come true, a journey that allowed me to channel my passion for design into creating a space where others can find solace, inspiration, and connection. Every corner of this home was crafted with care, and every choice made with the guest experience in mind. Heartland Airbnb is not just a place to stay; it’s an invitation to embark on a memorable journey, where the cohesive design and the warmth of hospitality intertwine, leaving guests with cherished memories that last a lifetime.
I welcome you to experience the Heartland Airbnb, we will leave the light on for you.
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