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Living Room, Exterior

Sarah and her husband Alexander buy a charming 1950’s cottage on an island to renovate as a rental. Her husband initially tentative, Sarah paints the wood paneled living room white and the floors a showstopper green. She and Tommy check out...

Kitchen, Solar

The dark cottage kitchen gets the heave-ho in favour of something brighter, more modern and practical for renters. After a humorous game of keep and toss. Sarah and Tommy open the space to the living room, for easy entertaining and to capitalize on...

Master Bedroom, Siding

This master bedroom has great bones, with a high vaulted ceiling and lots of windows. Sarah and Tommy use the power of paint to lighten the space and repurpose some of the built-in furniture. It’s a sharp contrast to challenges faced with the...

Bathroom, Sunset Deck

The cottage’s single bathroom has seen better days. Sarah replaces dated finishes and fixtures with stylish, hardwearing solutions. The window is enlarged and Alexander clears trees to bring in more light. Because the cottage’s prime...

Bunkroom, Screen Porch

It’s the perfect kids’ space, with plenty of bunk beds and waterside location. Sarah votes to keep the nautical theme by using the colour blue as a jumping off point, with more space saving fun touches like hanging baskets. Outside,...

Guest Room, Deck

Sarah and Alexander clear out a packed storage room and turn it into an extra bedroom, boosting the number of guests this rental cottage can accommodate. Sarah and Tommy’s choice of cheery yellow and an oar rack project give the space a...


Nobody does a cottage guesthouse like Sarah! She and Tommy nestle a neglected Bunkie into an away-from-it-all corner of the island. The last room of the cottage project Sarah struggles to keep her budget afloat. She salvages pine boards, windows and...

Kitchen, Dining, Lounge

Sarah proves you can have all the comforts and practicality of home at your cherished summer place. The open-concept main level welcomes multi-functional style with an energy efficient gourmet kitchen and a light-filled dining and lounge area....

Master Bedroom, Kids’ Loft

A prime motivator for updating a time worn cottage is to create sleeping quarters for all.  Awkward ceilings and layouts plus dingy lighting rule the bedrooms in Sarah’s Cottage, and a winter storm unleashed its wrath on the ceilings and...

Main, Upper Baths

No bathroom reno is a day at the beach, but with civilization a lengthy boat ride away it’s more an exercise than imagined. With military precision Sarah, Tommy and contractor Vito create two nature-inspired bathrooms, each on a strict budget....

East west guest

Guests are as certain as black flies at a cottage even if it’s smack in the middle of a lake. Sarah and Tommy whip two tight spaces into shape by dusting off old features and shoehorning in vintage cottage style. The dark East Room draws from...

Living Room, Exterior

Sarah Richardson bolts for cottage country to show you how to squeeze the most value from your cherished summer getaway. Sarah’s off-the-grid retreat bobs 17 miles offshore, light-years away from big city stress and convenience. Borrowing from...

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