For some of us, tending to the comfort of guests means bucking the tradition of the "good enough" guest room we recall as kids. This is a room thrown together by our parents, _1_
who believed sofa beds just got better with ages, and that _2_
any guest who got a shock from the Tinkerbell lamp would know not jiggle it next time. _3_These days, we're more likely to offer our guests a well-appointed and often luxurious oasis. Concerns over practicality, adequate storage or even cost are being trumped by the creative urge in the guest room, where Americans spend more on improvements than in any bedroom _4_
including their own, says a 2002 survey from Home Depot.
"Right after the kitchen, the guest room is the hot spot," says Vickey Ward, a Dallas designer for Expo Design Center, the home-décor arm of Home Depot. The survey shows homeowners spend on an average $3,790 for materials and _5_
Installation of flooring, wall coverings, window treatments, light fixtures and the like for the guest room, comparing with _6_
$2,320 for the master bedroom and $960 in children's rooms._7_
"A wonderful guest room is the ultimate nicety," says design maven Chris Madden. She says the trend is used to create _8_
a permanent guest room when children move out or when building a new home. "The big thing is used to be the home office. Now it's the guest room. "This means never have to cut _9_ the family off from the computer, or worse, displace kids from their beds. Yes, Aunt Eunice looks funny with a Gummi Bear sticking to her backside, but it's easier on everyone when she _10_ has her own room.
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