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Becoming a host: What we recommend. And what not

Quite a few of our readers are considering building a holiday home or renovating an existing property for rental. Again and again, we are asked by future hosts what they should bear in mind when building and designing a holiday home or what mistakes should be avoided at all costs.

First of all, there is – unfortunately or thankfully – no secret recipe. However, we do have a few suggestions.

  • Look for a good architect! It is not only their experience and reputation that are important. A personal relationship is just as essential – after all, you are developing a long-term project together!
  • Define your target group: What kind of guests would you like? Which ones suit you and your house? Are families, groups or couples more in keeping with your expectations? Are you targeting active holidaymakers, bon vivants, dog owners, etc.?
    Try to define exactly what you want to offer your guests, and what needs do you think your target group has.
    Many future hosts try to take too many different target groups into account, even those whose requirements and lifestyles they themselves do not know well enough.
  • Consider as carefully as possible in what environment, with which services you feel most comfortable and what you yourself like. The place where you later accommodate your guests will be much more authentic than if you try to implement some trend. Trends change and also become more and more fast-moving – your project, on the other hand, remains.
  • Leave out what is not necessary. Sustainability is a priority, and a clear concept is usually better than trying to please everyone. Less is more.
    When we receive enquiries from prospective hosts, we often get detailed questions about equipment, such as “Do we need a fully automatic coffee machine?” When such a question is asked, it usually means that the particular detail about equipment is not absolutely necessary for the concept. So, it can be left out.
  • Keyword sustainability: Coherence is required here, and it is worthwhile questioning one’s own product critically. Do coffee capsules go together with a passive house?
  • Even if, like all of us, you already have your favourite colours, objects or designs supposedly in your head: The question remains as to what actually suits the specific location and object. And: Timeless lasts longest.
  • Of course, it is always good to know what the “competition” is doing – be it locally or nationally. Nevertheless, we advise against falling into copy and paste mode. Develop your own concept, it is your house.
  • How much space guests want and need varies depending on the situation. If it fits the concept, combinable or flexibly usable units make sense – for example, apartments that can be joined together or an additional bedroom that can be turned into a study.

The way to being a host is – first of all – to take (self-)critical stock of your own priorities and needs. If you have these clearly in mind, the vision in terms of design and content becomes all the more concretely realisable.


Teaser Image: © Kajetan Sumila / Unsplash

5 Comments

Mathias Jahn sagt:
Es gibt ernsthaft Leute, die auf Urlaubswebsites Kommentare gegen das "Gendern" hinterlassen? Meine Güte: Ich gendere nicht. Ihr müsst nicht gendern. Aber lasst doch bitte Menschen in Ruhe, die es tun möchten – auch für die gilt die Meinungsfreiheit! Euch hingegen steht es frei, einfach andere Websites zu nutzen. Danke ans Team "Urlaubsarchitektur" – schreibt bitte weiterhin, wie Ihr mögt!
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A. sagt:
man kann es halt nicht alles recht machen, nicht beim konzept für das ferienhaus und nicht beim gendern.
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Ingrid Hüls-Overkemping sagt:
Dem Kommentar von Ulrich Adams möchte ich zustimmen inhaltlich finde ich alle ihre Empfehlungen sehr gelungen und durchdacht
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Ulrich Adams sagt:
Immer wieder gerne lese ich Ihre Kommentare und natürlich bin ich nach wie vor begeistert von der vorgestellten Architektur. Nicht begeistert bin ich vom verkrampften "gendern" in machen Beiträgen. Müssen solche Sätze sein: " Der Weg zum Gastgeber:innen-Dasein ist -zuallererst-eine (selbst)kritische Bestandsaufnahme..."? Und warum werden im selben Artikel die "Aktivurlauber, Genießer, Hundebesitzer" nur im Maskulinum erwähnt. Es gibt doch auch Frauen, die Hunde lieben :-). Also: Ich sag es einfach mal mit Elke Heidenreich zum Thema Gendern, denn sie hatte ja auch schließlich gestern Geburtstag: Sie könne es »auf den Tod nicht leiden, die Sprache so zu verhunzen« Und das war noch einer ihrer harmlosesten Bemerkungen zum Thema.
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Irina Rohpeter sagt:
Vielen Dank für diese wunderbaren Empfehlungen. Ich freue mich, dass ihr so viel Wert auf Nachhaltigkeit und Zeitlosigkeit legt. Da ich selbst Gastgeberin auf Urlaubsarchitektur bin finde ich mich in Euren Ratschlägen sehr gut wieder. Auf Grundlage der eigenen Bedürfnisse und Prioritäten findet man zu einer klaren Positionierung und es erleichtert die Kommunikation mit den Gästen. Dazu kann ich zukünftige Vermieter*innen nur motivieren.
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