• Virginia DesRoches

Before & After: Beautiful Renovation in Westport, Massachusetts


Before I came onto the scene this was a newly purchased waterfront home that needed major updating. The clients really needed someone with a vision and ideas on how to transform it into a dream vacation home. I was recommended by the Contractor, Eddie Ribeiro from E Ribeiro Corp who I had worked with on a prior project. Eddie felt I had the skills and creative vision to pull together a Design Plan they could easily implement.

I'll be showing you the transformation, before and after scenes, the process and how the result achieved the project's initial goals. #beachhouserenovation #remodel

GOALS: Our goals for this project was to come up with a practical & well executed design plan they would absolutely love while also being extremely functional for an active young family who also loved to entertain.

The Process

I have systems & processes that allow me to present 1 design plan at Presentation. It includes drawings, vision boards, samples, all finishes, furnishings including window treatments, tiles, flooring, wall treatments, fixtures, cabinetry, hardware, architectural details and color scheme.

This allowed the clients to envision the transformation to see how all of our selections were intentional, well thought out and worked together to create a cohesive design they would love.

Because the clients did not provide me with a budget at the beginning, we did have to make some cutbacks in order to prioritize. We were able to modify in some areas which allowed us to stay on budget.

The After Reveal

We took this house from drab to fab. Incorporating White U-channel Groove walls and coffered ceiling in the Breakfast area really enhanced and brightened up the space. The newly installed wall-to-wall sliding doors and windows provides a full exterior water view allowing the outdoors to become the main attraction. Photography by Michael J Lee #beachhouserenovation #coastalinspired #coastalliving #coastalremodel

The kitchen got a major make-over with all new cabinetry, layout, updated appliances & show-stopping accent tiles over the range. While we did add updated lighting throughout the home we were able to salvage the existing hardwoods but gave it an updated look with a dark grey wash stain. Photography by Michael J Lee #coastalinspiredkitchen

The Transformation

We replaced the old soaking tub with a large walk in shower and removed 2 existing large windows and replaced them with above transoms to allow light to filter through while still allowing privacy. A beautiful sky blue double vanity with a linen tower provides additional storage. Photography by Michael J Lee #beachhousebathinspo

We wanted the kids bath to be a fun space and this whale wallpaper really set the direction to make that happen. Updated herringbone tile floor, new shower unit with glass doors and additional storage gives this vacation bath everything it needs including some smiling faces while bathing! Photography by Michael J Lee #serenaandlilymelvillewallpaper

The Guest Bedroom is small and with 2 original doorways it left little room for even a bed. By closing off 1 doorway it allowed us to fit a King Sized Bed for guests to have a cozy space of their own to retreat to. The subtle wall color brings the outdoors in while the rustic wood character gives it a cozy feel. Photography by Michael J Lee #cottageinspired #rusticdecor

Photography by Michael J Lee

My clients love coming to the beach house with their kids to get away & relax in a coastal inspired setting which is personalized to reflect who they are. This transformation has given them modern updates, a fun and beautiful space they can be proud to show off to family & guests. #beachdecor #coastaldecor #beachlife

Thanks for joining me in this project transformation. I hope this inspires you to transform your own space for your best living, or new chapter in life! #beachhousedecor #kidsroominspo #beachhousedecor

Special thanks to Eddie Ribeiro Corp for his team's outstanding work and Tapper-Richards Interiors for styling.

For more After Photos on this Project visit https://www.virginiadesrochesdesign.com/westport-beach-house

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