My Country Farmhouse – Old Carriage house turned Air BNB Rental ‘La Petit Maison’

At the very beginning of the year one of my favourite people (Natasha – @quinterealtor) told me that her tenant had decided to move out of her long term rental unit (an old carriage house conversion) and that she absolutely wanted to turn it in to a short term Air BNB unit. BUT it would need a big renovation to bring it into this decade.

I don’t know about you but I can see the potential in any space as ugly, oddly layed out or colourful as it may be – and this space was dirty and tired. It would require a full gut from top to bottom but would need to keep some of the original charm (Beams and wood ceiling).

The tenant had built a loft for storage on one side of the room which closed in the space and created a dark dungeon space for the “bedroom”. It along with the kitchen, carpet, bathroom, windows and door had to come out.

During the spring Natasha and I created a plan and budget for the space. We created mood boards and researched other units and what they rent for in the area. ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN!!! Natasha found a contractor, Thomas and his wife Patricia from J Houservice All In One LTD. They came in and quoted the project and in August they began the demo and a 6 week Reno began.

Before Pictures:

As the work was underway Natasha and I had fun shopping for all the necessities. This is a rental unit that comes fully furnished and would require a good amount of stuff. Bedding, toiletries, furniture, kitchen ware and window coverings.

Splurge items included a hotel quality bed and mattress – you cannot skimp out on this, your guests will never want to come back if the bed sucks. All the bedding is cotton so it breathes and offers a more comfortable sleep. There are 3 types of pillows for guests so they have a choice to really make their stay luxurious.

The bathroom was a full gut. Floors were levelled and walls were taken out to open up the space. It was out with the claw foot tub (Yes, I know — we loved the tub and we got $$$ for it) but it was so heavy and bulky in the space and with the modern design we opted for a full glass enclosed tiled shower. The mirror was a great find at an antique store. Beautiful solid wood and a great size for $40. Unfortunately the natural wood tone looked awful in the space so I (with a heavy heart) painted it white.

The kitchen went from ugly and outdated to shinny and new with a head to toe reno. All new stainless steel appliances, Granite countertop, peninsula and tons of storage. White cabinets on top, light grey on the bottom make the kitchen feel a bit taller than it actually is. The dark granite grounds the entire space so perfectly.

A cozy living room with a walk out to a private patio (Oh, did I mention pool and hot tub access?) A couch, chair, coffee table, TV and fire place make this tiny accommodation feel so grand. It is the PERFECT retreat.

Located in Brighton, Ontario – You can escape to La Petit Maison at:

La Petit Maison

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