Beach House Rental Property Receives Major Transformation

Beach House Living Room Transformation

It’s no wonder 50+ agents and their clients walked away from from this beach house rental only steps away from one of the most sought after beaches.  Every each inch of the cottage needed to be transformed from the structure, layout and of course, the design.  But with lots of imagination, a lot of hard work and a few dollars later, the cottage is now a sought after rental property paying for itself.

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The first step

BEFORE, beach, living room & dining room














This 1930’s cottage was a diamond in the rough.  Only a short walk to one of the most sought after beaches, it should have been rented out all summer, but its poor design and poor workmanship stopped it from being the hot spot it was meant to be.

The entrance to the back hallway to the bedrooms and washroom was right in the middle of the living area.

The shower was backing into the kitchen area – YES! The shower (behind the green chair.)


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The entrance to the back hallway was centred creating a better flow for the living area.  The shower was relocated using some space from the master bedroom.  The cute beach themed dining area replaced the shower.  A much more efficient use of the small space.











The new trendy dining area replaces the shower & microwave stand. A larger sheet of plywood was placed on the top of the table and covered with the co-ordinating fabric and a sheet of plastic to protect the table top.  Two trendy hanging lamp shades adds light to the subject and the retro 60’s bathing beauties artwork completes this trendy beachy eating space.


BH, ktichen, before 1













The kitchen was a mixture of old cabinets, and a make shift dresser for the breakfast bar. The breakfast bar and stools were in direct line of the opening door – not a functional design.  The kitchen needed a total redo.



Brand new oak cabinets including more upper cabinets above the fridge for more storage were installed.  A new laminate counter with soft blue specs to match the beach wall paint color was also installed.


BH, kitchen, after















The suspended false ceiling tiles were removed opening up an expansive ceiling height. Beautiful pine planks were added for a relaxing retreat look.


BH, pine ceiling, after 2















BH living room, west side 2











BH, living room, entrance view 3











The walls were painted a beachy blue.  The color was pulled out the from the new trendy curtains.  A pull out double bed Ikea sofa replaced the old green leather couch & table.  Pillows in a co-ordinating fabric to the curtains and trendy coastal artwork complete the look.  Wide plank de-stressed oak flooring replaced the tacky dated vinyl floor.


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add-value-to-your-homeI’m Debi Collinson.  A Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor.  At the request of a realtor, in 2006, I was asked to stage his client’s home before staging became a “thing.”  Staging was just starting to become popular on HGTV but their were not trained stagers at that time.  I nervously staged my first home.  The sellers liked their newly designed home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price.  I went back to design school and never looked back.  My business over the years has expanded into many areas of design due to a growing demand.

I’m a real estate investor and am currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.”















































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