Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Beach House...Completed for now!

Front View

Finally the beach house is finished. Months of hard work by Mr, painting, rubbish removal (never ending trips to the tip) scraping, floor sanding, lighting and landscaping , it is now finally available as a normal rental. The photos don't do any justice as to how nice it looks compared to the before shots. I now have this great desire to start another project I have wanted to do for many rent it out as a holiday cottage, fully furnished and of course decorated in the Sarah Richardson way.

The kitchen...well, not much we could do at this stage. Just a good scrub, a new oven given to use by our best friends, painted the underneath the bench white and put on some new taps. Eventually, I will get an IKEA kitchen like on this fabulous blog A Beach Cottage

I think give 4 years and we may be in a position to set it up as a Holiday House. I still need to do some research and see if its a viable option for the area. At the moment, we need a steady income flow from a long term renter. Already, we have had a number of people just knock at the door wanting to rent it but not go through an agent. This is just not going to happen as an agent checks references and deals with issues that may arise. I will always use an agent as its my peace of mind. Now its finished (to a tidy up standard) I can see the potential that this little 1960's beach shack has to offer. No longer have we any desire to knock it down but keep the house the way it is just add 2 major outdoor areas with decking, barbecue area and of course beautiful seating so guests can enjoy the views. So many of these type of houses are being knocked down and replaced with big double story contemporary homes that are capable of sleeping up to 12-15 people. I think this narrows your market as these houses rent only to the family market in Summer time. My idea is to appeal to couples as a weekend retreat throughout the year. It will only sleep 6 and I think this is a good way to advertise it.

The curtains are from IKEA and although the photos do not do them any justice, they look fantastic in real life. I wanted to get the big ringlets (not sure of the correct name) so they are easy to open and shut. These windows took 6 large panels with 2 panels worth $50. I got them all taken up professional so the end result looks like they were custom made for these windows. The floors Mr B and his friend did theme selves. almost killed both of them. They are also the most beautiful feature of the house. Not sure if the pics show (Mr b took the pictures of course LOL) but they are red gum parquetry and very expensive in today's dollars. So for a cheap 1960's beach holiday home, it now starting to show its beautiful features.... I just had to look past all the other stuff.
Mrs B


southies said...

Congrats to Mr B on the amazing job on the floors, Mrs B!!! I know what you mean by 'almost killed both of them' ! DH has been in that situation on occasion BUT the end result is ALWAYS sooooo satisfying.

The 'beach' theme will be fantastic when it's done. Good on you for trying to keep the atmosphere of your little gem. That will certainly set it apart from the usual holiday rentals.

Annie@A View On Design said...

place looks fab - great views (just like SR's beach house views!!!) coincidence??? Where is it??? morn pen? great ocean road way???

Kek said...

It looks very sweet, Mrs B. I love that you've kept the original character of the place. 60s beach cottage is a very cute look, and I can just picture it with the additions and decorations you have planned.

Good to see you back, BTW! :)

Sergey said...

Hello Mr B really u have a great blog & these all information about beach cottages hardwood floor & it"s great really thanks for sharing this .......

angelo h said...

Those photos is a great masterpiece. What a beautiful world when you have a beautiful house like that.

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Pia's blog said...

Oh' that's great! this beach house looks so good. It seems so nice to live with. Anyway, I wish I can see that personally. Thanks for sharing.

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