A tiny glass house in Georgia is very popular on Airbnb

Rachel and Parker Boyce helped build their little glass cabin, which is a hot commodity on Airbnb.
Photography by Hannah Raymond, courtesy of Rachel Boyce

  • A couple hosts guests at their tiny glass Airbnb in Georgia that went viral on TikTok.
  • The 80-square-foot home is located just south of Atlanta on 132 acres filled with wildlife.
  • Guests can sleep under the stars and swim in the nearby hot tub, which is heated by an actual fire.

Living in a tiny house isn’t for everyone, as Rachel and Parker Boyce know firsthand.

In 2017, the Georgia-based couple purchased a 275-square-foot tiny house on wheels, which they intended to live in full-time with their daughter. Unfortunately, Rachel said, raising their daughter, who was 1 year old at the time but had a “very loud voice,” wasn’t as easy as they thought it would be in such a small space.

“It didn’t work,” she said simply. But instead of selling the entire property, the couple put it up for rent on Airbnb, where it quickly became a hit.

Inspired by the success of their first Airbnb, the couple decided to pursue a new rental venture: building a tiny house made almost entirely of glass so guests could sleep under the stars. take a look.

Rachel and Parker Boyce’s little glass house was built on 132 wooded acres just south of Atlanta.

Rachel and Parker Boyce have been hosting on Airbnb since 2021.
Courtesy of Rachel Boyce

The tiny glass house was built on the same plot of land as their original tiny house, which they continue to rent out via Airbnb.

However, because the homes are separated by acres of land, guests staying in any one of them rarely intersect. “There’s no one even close, which is really nice,” Rachel said. “It makes it really special.”

Although both houses are isolated, they are not completely isolated from the outside world. In fact, they’re just a few minutes’ drive from grocery stores like Walmart and Publix, gas stations, and Dollar General.

The great part is that all the necessities are close by but the property surrounded by nature still feels like a “completely different world,” Rachel said.

The couple initially hired a tiny house contractor to build the glass structure. But they ended up having to finish it themselves, which took five months.

The construction process took five times longer than expected.
Courtesy of Rachel Boyce

Rachel said the concept of the tiny greenhouse was something Parker had been thinking about for years. But it was the success of his first Airbnb that made him want to take the leap.

“He finally said, ‘Okay, this works, so let’s try another one,'” she said.

To do this, the couple worked with a contractor who was able to build most of the structure. But before the tiny house was finished, the contractor had to pull out, leaving Rachel and Parker to finish the project on their own.

“To be honest, he had bigger fish to fry,” Rachel said. Since neither Rachel nor Parker had much previous construction experience, completing the house took longer than expected.

“Instead of it taking a month, it took five months to get done,” she said.

From little things like putting up mesh to keep bugs from crawling in to figuring out how to ventilate the structure and stop leaks after installing the glass, the process involved a lot of trial and error for the couple.

“It was definitely a learning experience,” Rachel said.

Rachel said the couple had some help from friends and family, who took turns staying at the Airbnb to give their opinions before they opened the door to guests.

The tiny glass house will be booked through Airbnb until next spring.
Hannah Raymond Photography

Rachel and Parker finished building the tiny house in February 2022, and the first thing they did after it was finished was invite their loved ones to stay.

The couple asked their friends questions about the house — “What was it missing? What did I need? What was so great?” — and received “honest feedback,” Rachel said. This constructive criticism then allowed them to make some adjustments to the structure before officially opening it for Airbnb bookings in March 2022.

Rachel said the greenhouse was bombed right outside the gate.

Interest in the tiny greenhouse dipped a bit over the summer, but spiked again after Rachel posted a tour of the Airbnb on TikTok.

Two of the four walls of the cabin are made of glass.
Hannah Raymond Photography

From the beginning, Rachel said the greenhouse was always between 75% and 95% booked.

But last summer, she and Parker noticed it had slowed down a bit. But that changed when Rachel posted a TikTok tour of the house in September. As of Saturday, the video has received more than 10 million views.

“It went viral,” Rachel said, adding that as a result, they are almost fully booked through May 2024. “It’s been a blessing.”

They originally listed the Airbnb at a nightly price of $89 plus a $40 cleaning fee. After the TikTok video went viral, they dropped the separate cleaning fee and increased the nightly rate to $139 on weekdays and $159 on weekends.

Although the house is rustic, Rachel said it is well prepared to provide a comfortable experience year-round.

The cabin has sleeping bags and an air conditioning unit that runs with cold water and ice.
Hannah Raymond Photography

With so much glass, you might assume that staying in an Airbnb during the summer would be a bit of a sweaty nightmare. But Rachel said that’s not the case.

“You would think it would have a greenhouse effect and it would get really hot,” she said.

However, the house is well ventilated and comes with an air conditioning unit that runs on ice and water.

The house was also built on a plot of land covered with trees. “It has a beautiful tree canopy over it,” Rachel said. “Honestly, during the summer, if you’re in the woods, it’s not that bad because there’s a little bit of a breeze and then it blocks the direct sunlight.”

In the winter, Rachel said staying home can feel more like glamping than glamping.

“Just a few nights ago, the temperature dropped to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can definitely get cold, but we offer sleeping bags rated for those lower temperatures,” she said.

She noted that guests can also stay warm by keeping the house’s front doors closed and packing hand warmers.

“I tell people, like, ‘Bring little hand warmers if you’re really cold,’ and I do,” she said. “I love camping in cold weather, but you have to do some extra preparation for it.”

The tiny greenhouse also comes with an outbuilding with a composting toilet that doesn’t smell if used properly, Rachel said.

The outbuilding contains a composting toilet.
Hannah Raymond Photography

Composting toilets, which don’t use running water, can be quite shocking if you’ve never used one before.

But when set up properly, Rachel said the rustic toilet doesn’t smell like a bed.

“There are two parts, you have the solid waste and then the liquid waste, and as long as you keep those two parts separate, you won’t have an odor because the solid waste, once it sits for a little while, it naturally emits compost,” she said.

The waste eventually turns into dirt that has a “musty, earthy smell,” Rachel said, adding that it is largely indistinguishable because everything else in the house has the same smell.

However, the toilet is just one of the ways Rachel said her Airbnb is an ideal option for those who want to experience the “roughness” of camping without sacrificing all the modern conveniences.

In order to enjoy the hot tub, guests need to know how to make a fire.

The hot tub is heated by fire.
Hannah Raymond Photography

There may not be a shower with running water on site, but there is a hot tub.

To enjoy a hot forest bath, Rachel said guests must first light a fire inside an oven attached to the tub.

It’s a lot more work than just running the bathroom, but Rachel said it’s worth it.

“There’s something special when you get your hands on something and get a reward from it,” she said. “It kind of takes us back to where we were.”

The hot meal also requires guests to get hands-on and build a fire, which Rachel admits isn’t an easy task for everyone.

Guests can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Hannah Raymond Photography

Unlike Rachel and Parker, who have been on months-long camping trips in the past, some guests may find basic wilderness skills difficult, such as making a fire.

To help, Rachel said they offer basic instructions for starting a fire and starting a fire, and encourage people to check out tutorials on YouTube.

“There are a lot of videos,” Rachel said. But even then, there were occasions when she had to drive to an Airbnb to personally teach guests how to start a fire.

“I’ll go out and help them, and they’ll carry a big log and try to light it,” Rachel said. “And I said to myself, ‘This is not how things work. Let me show you.”

During the day, Rachel encourages guests to explore the property’s surrounding wildlife-filled hiking trails and “beautiful” creeks.

The little house is located next to a small stream.
Hannah Raymond Photography

“It’s beautiful,” she said. “There’s a little creek that the greenhouse is next to, and then the little creek runs into a bigger creek that’s on the property, so you can wade in it.”

Rachel said the creek is only a few feet deep, making it completely safe and especially attractive to dogs who love to play in the water. Guests will also find numerous hiking trails that wind through patches of pine forests and open fields, which are home to turkeys, deer, tortoises, foxes, coyotes and some snakes.

“We’ll have some king snakes, which are black snakes. They’re completely harmless. We don’t have really venomous snakes,” she said.

Thanks to Airbnb, there’s also zero chance of a run-in with a bear, Rachel said.

“We’re kind of in a nice spot in the middle of the state where we don’t have bears. There are bears in north Georgia, there are bears in south Georgia that go to Florida, but there aren’t any bears in our area,” she said.

Ultimately, Rachel said she and her husband designed the tiny glass house to give others a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

At night, the small glass house offers a view of the stars.
Hannah Raymond Photography

Using just a 1,000-watt battery — enough power to keep the lights on in the house and charge a few cell phones — guests in the tiny house enjoy a true taste of the outdoors, Rachel said.

She added: But that’s the point.

“When we built the greenhouse, we were going through a very difficult time in our personal lives,” she said. “Often, when we’re hurting, the best thing we can do is do something for someone else, because then it’s like you’re being blessed.”

Building the glass house not only fulfilled the couple’s dream. It was also a healing experience – one they wanted to share with others.

“We both love the outdoors. We both love hiking and camping. You get a lot of clarity when you’re in nature,” Rachel said. “We’ve come a long way. But it’s good to go back to our roots.”

Axel Springer, the parent company of Insider Inc, is an investor in Airbnb.

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