The coffee shop flip
Hilary opened her own cafe in 2013 -- by buying & remodeling an old, tired sandwich shop. The transformation involved demo, re-building the service counter in the front of the cafe, and design elements such as coastal-inspired beadboard walls and a 'lobster shack' looking shingle accent wall, as well as new flooring and a full interior paint job. Hilary worked with a contractor for the plumbing, electrical, and carpentry components of the project while handling the design, project management, painting, and decorative installations.
The dated townhouse
This 80's townhouse condo was in great shape; just very dated. Using the old carpeting downstairs as a 'drop cloth' during renovations; we painted ceilings, walls, trim & doors, added faux shiplap in the dining nook, replaced light fixtures, gutted & renovated the kitchen & bathrooms, and finally -- replaced the flooring throughout the downstairs.
We also transformed boring hollow-core doors with trim & paint, and opened up a doorway into the kitchen to create a better flow of the main living areas. Finally, we built a faux fireplace in the living room, with an electric insert.
The dirty beige chalet
Built in '04; this chalet in the NH Lakes Region had good bones but everything was 15 years old. And worse; the previous owners had let it get very, very dirty.
We transformed this bland, dated home into a vacation rental -- getting creative with finishes & fixtures to avoid unnecessary expense. After extensive deep cleaning, painting, new flooring, and the addition of rustic wood accent walls; we furnished & decorated the house in a blend of 'lake house' and 'mountain cabin' styles to add tons of charm and coziness to the previously 'beige' space.
The little cabin in the woods
Working with an investor who's goal was to retire with the help of rental income; we helped our client through the search for the right property to buy, and then took over on her closing day. We moved into the vacant cabin to get to work immediately; living there for 5 weeks during full days of painting, installing window blinds & curtain rods, updating fixtures, installing beadboard & a cedar-lap bathroom ceiling, and updating door & cabinet hardware.
We also handled the complete furnishing & decorating of the cabin; taking breaks from the physical work to scour the internet for the right furniture, products, & decor. Living onsite during the project allowed us to manage daily UPS deliveries & dump runs -- plus it gave us the opportunity to get to know the cabin & local area very well; a key advantage when we launched our client's Airbnb listing.
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