Real Reno – Byron Beach Hideaway


When we first saw this runned down sleep-out near Byron Bay, owned by a lovely family from Brisbane, we knew we had our work cut out for us.  However, with a little love, creative renovating and some clever styling, we managed to turn it into the perfect beach hideaway!

byron beach hideaway

Before our renovation mastery, this studio in Byron Bay was a rundown building full of asbestos and had water leaking issues. The owners wanted a complete update that included extra bedding options for the extended family and all on a limited budget. With teenagers and being placed at the bottom of the block surrounded by grass, our main concerns were to provide finishes that would wear well.

Firstly, the front facade was completely updated, using a neutral colour palette of grey (Haymes Gunpowder Smoke) and white to give that coastal chic vibe. We added heavy duty fly screens as the boys play cricket here on the driveway.

byron beach hideaway

The interior walls of the studio were painted white, with light coloured timber-look tiles for flooring, the light colours help the space feel larger than it is. Pops of blue and green add colour and give that beachy feel, just perfect for the area. We added an extra internal wall to create a separate master bedroom, creating privacy for guests.  As requested by the clients, there is extra bedding in the living area to accommodate more people if needed during busy holiday times.

 byron beach hideaway

By building the internal wall and redesigning the window placement, the main bedroom has it’s own space now, which creates a sense of luxury for guests. We went with the neutral colour scheme but added pops of colour with the cushions and throw, which can easily be changed when the room needs updating.

byron beach hideaway

Keeping things white in the bathroom made it appear larger and we added some greenery to make it feel fresh. The glass wall brightens the space, allowing natural light from the window to flow into the shower recess so the space doesn’t feel too tight.

byron beach hideaway

We used ‘white on white’ in the little kitchenette and added a simple wooden open shelf for storage and for a contrast with the white. This space has everything guests need on their beach break. Plus, we built a large deck area right outside the kitchen, which creates another entertaining area and once the trees grow for privacy, it will be the perfect beach side oasis!

We suggested the owners list the studio on airbnb to help pay for the maintenance of gardens and cost of running a holiday home, the clients loved the idea! Overall we gave this rundown studio life and managed to achieve all our clients needs within a limited budget, making this studio an inviting holiday home for their extended family and guests.

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