By Mary Hughes
Photos by Kelly Zabder
Staging by Angela Karges
In the Fall of 2011 my husband and I were faced with a decision. Let me fill you in on a few details: we have an investment property. Behind the main house, was a large garage that had once been a re-upholstery shop. These days, it has just been used for storage. (It also was home to some raccoons and squirrels!) Our contractor had said to us, ‘You need to decide to fix this building up, or tear it down!’
So, we asked him for a quote to turn the space into a luxury bed and breakfast suite. It had all the bones, water, hydro and sewage all within it. With some design decisions and our fingers crossed, we went ahead and decided to resurrect the space into something wonderful.
We decided on 700 square feet. That would still leave us a space on the end of the building for storage. The tearing out of the old wood, fixtures – walls upon walls of damaged drywall and insulation filled four dumpsters. Surprising what you find in a Reno isn’t it? What went back in filled two pick-up trucks. As the renovation started to take shape, I decided where the walls and rooms were going to be. It was very exciting. The good news is that there weren’t many glitches, and the contractors worked fast. In fact it took only a month to have the space totally transformed!
I was a frequent shopper at the Reuse store and at the local building stores. We found a five foot luxury shower for half price. The windows came from a window company, which was putting new samples in the showroom. Our best friends gave us the beautiful front door that they had never used. We bought a cosy furnace that fit
perfectly between the studs. Before we knew it we were at the painting and finishing stage.
We love the Eco paint line, as it is a recycled paint that is inexpensive and goes on like a dream. My husband, John, is a great painter and went to town painting the suite. We put an electric Dimplex Featherston fireplace in the living room – it adds great ambience without the hassle of a wood fireplace.
Time to stage the suite. The bedroom was so large, 22 x 16, it easily accommodated a Serta King bed, a chaise, and desk and chair. The kitchenette was furnished with a lovely wrought iron set that I bought from an estate sale. I covered the chairs with Surefit cotton chair covers. The living room was a grouping: a sofa bed that I bought from a friend, and two comfy chairs, one from a neighbor, and the other we scored at the Reuse store. We saved a great deal of money as the kitchen we put in came from our house. (We were getting a new one.) Our budget was for 20k and it came in at 30k due to unexpected surprises and the many dumpster loads that were removed.
So it all came together! Our first guest booked for Christmas Day. Then, our cottage was booked by two professionals for four months solid. We were off to a great start and thanked our lucky stars that it went smoothly!
Slipcovers can be Relaxed Fit Slipcovers or Form Fit Slipcovers. Surefit products are machine washable, fit most styles of furniture, and are fabric tested for fading, shrinkage and durability.
WHAT WE USED
Stretch Pearson Recliner
Stretch Furniture Cover $79.99
Logan One Piece Chair
Furniture Cover $49.99
Matelasse Damask / Linen Sofa
Furniture Cover $129.99
Lexington Multi T-Cushion Sofa
Furniture Cover $89.99
Stretch Leanne 1 Piece Box Cushion Sofa
Furniture Cover $119.99
Featherston Fireplace by Dimplex
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