The Riverside Retreat is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Exactly two years ago we were moving boxes out of an apartment and into our first home in Florida. Two solid years of DIYing, countless nights and weekends of blood, sweat and tears, living in dust for weeks and without a bathroom while pregnant, from planning a wedding to welcoming a baby into the world… this house is intertwined with some of our greatest memories and milestones, and completing this renovation marks the end of an era.
Today, we can finally open the doors to the Riverside Retreat to welcome new friends and families who will make their own memories here. For the past eight days I’ve been reposting each room reveal on my Instagram, sharing the Before + After photos and highlights from every project. Now that the house is complete and the listing is live, I wanted to post one final house tour with all the photos and project details in one place. This tour will also be a permanent page on my blog (under Houses + Sources > Riverside Retreat) so you can reference it at any time!
If you want to continue to see updates from the house, along with photos from guests, follow our new account over on Instagram: @theriversideretreat.
You’ll notice the Bunk Room is incomplete. That’s because we’re still missing a very important piece, which I custom ordered from Russia in March, right before the pandemic. International mail was shut down but has since reopened and I’ve been assured that it will be arriving (soon, maybe?) so I’m waiting to officially reveal that room once it arrives. And once that happens, I’ll do a complete video tour for you as well. Don’t worry, this isn’t the last you’ll see from the Riverside Retreat 😉
Let the tour begin!
- DIY Fire pit
- DIY Stenciled patio
- DIY String Light planters
- Backyard Reveal (Phase 1)
- Dining area reveal
- One year update + new landscape design
- The Final Reveal
Living Room: Before
Living Room: After
- Design plans
- Cabinets, counters + paint colors
- Custom trim, appliances and finishes
- Finishing touches
- The Reveal
Main Bathroom: Before
Main Bathroom: After
Master Bedroom: Before
Master Bedroom: After
Dining Room: Before
Dining Room: After
In the Clouds Bedroom: Before
In the Clouds Bedroom: After
Rainforest Room: Before
Rainforest Room: After
Laundry Room: Before
Laundry Room: After
The Bunk Room: Before
The Bunk Room: After
And that wraps the tour! Doesn’t even look like the same house, right? I’m pretty sure every single square inch, floor to ceiling, was changed over the past two years. The best thing we did was add a second bathroom, and I think converting the former carport to a TV room with a loft bed was the coolest idea to maximize the space. Do you have a favorite before/after? I’m still on Cloud 9 from finishing the backyard so that might be my choice.
Before you go, I need your help to choose the main listing photo! This image is critical because it has to grab your attention and make you want to see more. Currently we’re using a photo of the living room because I think it captures the whole vibe of the home, but I’m debating on switching to a backyard shot. Which of these would make you want to see more?
Or is there a different photo that stands out to you? I’m all ears, let me know in the comments!
A special thank you to everyone who has been following along and cheering us on since Day 1. There were some pretty rough patches and low points for us along this renovation journey, but your support and kind words have helped us to push through. We’re so excited to be able to share this space with you guys, and we really hope that we’ll get the chance to host you and your friends/families someday. For everyone who has taken the time to read, watch or comment, you’re a part of this transformation too, and you deserve a seat at that fire pit with a cold drink in your hand ?
Next week, it’s back to work at the Heights House to kick off our latest project!