Scott McGillivray Vacation Home Rules Created With Charming Waterfront Rental

Today, Canadian entrepreneur and real estate expert Scott McGillivray returned to HGTV in the new series Holiday house rules. In the series premiere, he helped husband and wife Katharine and Jason renovate their California cabin on the lake into a stunning coastal rental.

The cottage, owned by Katharine’s parents, had been in her family for 44 years. Knowing that she and her brother John would eventually inherit the property worried him. While they wanted to keep the house in the family, maintaining such a large property would become a huge Financial responsibility. She asked McGillivray to not only help her fix the cottage – which was in desperate need of an update – but to learn how to effectively market the property to potential tenants when it wasn’t in use. She needed some Holiday home rules.

But first, McGillivray had a huge renovation to do. To name a few of the cottage’s most glaring problems: there was only one bathroom (for 10 people), the stairs were not up to code, the interiors were very sober and the small kitchen separate from the rest of the first floor.

Alongside her designer, Debra Salmoni, McGillivray transformed this sinking lakefront cabin into a beach-inspired oceanfront rental. McGillivray estimates that the chalet, which had never been rented before, could cost $ 500 a night. If the family rented it out for 50% of the year, she would earn $ 75,000, which would allow her not only to keep the property in her family and use it, but also to profit from it when she was not. is not there.

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McGillivray has undoubtedly given Katharine’s family home a huge facelift. He transformed the depressing brown exterior into a radiant blue, added an additional bathroom and outdoor shower, upgraded the staircase to standards, and gave the interiors the ultimate aesthetic of coastal living. While we loved the whole renovation, there were a few pieces that really caught our eye, so we decided to look for some of these products. Take a look at these gems!

  • The cool blue wavy wallpaper on the feature fireplace wall is called Ontario Kate Golding and can be purchased here
  • Light blue kitchen backsplash tiles are made by Ceragres and can be found here
  • Artificial plants found throughout the house are from Décor Véroneau and can be purchased here
  • The outdoor shower is made by Zippity and can be found here
  • The bathroom vanities are from the McGillivray furniture collection and can be found here
  • The bathroom fixtures are wall lights from DVI Lightning and can be found here
  • Gigantic Inflatable Beaver and Loon Pool Floats are from Float-Eh and can be found here

    You can catch Holiday home rules every Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET / PT on HGTV. Also, pro tip: McGillivray greeted Katharine and Jason into the house during the final reveal with a gift basket and suggested they pay the tenants for it. Perfect idea!

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