Next time you get the urge to load up the car for a family weekend at the beach, consider an alternative route to sun and fun. Think of the time and effort saved by dashing just a few feet from your backdoor to the entrance of an in-town, year-round guesthouse and pool.
This 2003 Southern Living Home Award winner for new construction--a fully equipped, 2,200-square-foot, two-bedroom home and pool--shares its rear yard with the homeowners' existing residence in Metairie, Louisiana.
Meme and Bertrand Wilson purchased a lot directly behind their existing property, creating a through-lot to the adjacent street. The project began as a pool house, but before long, it developed into an amazing loft cottage surrounded by water.
"We are very sociable people," Bertrand says. "At the very least, we wanted a private place so that our family and friends could enjoy the beauty of the home without having to travel long distances."