The New Hampshire Getaway

New Durham, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Getaway was always planned to be a vacation rental, although I lived there for a year while renovating the house top-to-bottom.  Located up on Copple Crown Mountain on the northern end of New Durham; it's just 15-minutes to Lake Winnipesaukee and even closer to downtown Wolfeboro.

The house was built in 2004 and the older couple who lived there for 15 years didn't invest in the property very much.  I saw it as a great price and great potential both as an investment property and as a vacation rental.

It's main offenses were being very very bland, and very very dirty.  It took a lot of deep cleaning, and the painting and/or replacing of every surface in the house... but in the end, it's a perfect blend of woodsy, mountainside cabin and modern lake house with tons of coziness, character, and color.

Some ways that I saved money were to repurpose the laminate flooring from the main level as the new flooring for the upstairs bedrooms, and to keep the original wood kitchen cabinets.  I was also able to keep the fridge and dishwasher; and just painted them black to match the new gas stove.   Why black and not stainless steel?  Ask me sometime :)

Main Bedroom

The smallest bedroom is also the most conveniently located across from the bathroom, so this basically makes it the main bedroom.

Lake-Inspired Bathroom

The smallest bedroom is also the most conveniently located across from the bathroom, so this basically makes it the main bedroom.

The Open-Concept Living/Dining Room

This super bland space got a very cabin-y upgrade after I bought a bunch of rough-cut pine from a lumber mill.  The old fishing poles came from a nice old man's garage.

Budget Kitchen Remodel

By keeping the original wood cabinets, painting the fridge & dishwasher with appliance paint, and installing beadboard as a backsplash, there was room in the budget to splurge on these recycled glass quartz counter tops!

The 'Acadia' Bedroom

I forgot to take true "before" pictures, but there was cranberry-colored carpeting and a bunch of kid's stickers all over the walls.  I repurposed the laminate flooring that had been downstairs for the lower-visibility bedrooms.

The Loft Bedroom

I forgot to take true "before" pictures, but there was bright blue carpeting in here.  By putting just a full size bed tucked in the corner, I saved space for a large office/workspace area.

The Basement

This horrible orange basement was a large open room with no definition.  Since the front door enters into the basement, I walled off a mudroom, created an area for darts, and made a cozy bonus living room.