Before & After: Vacation Home on Lake Lanier Gets New Look

by hookedonhouses on March 5, 2010

Lake Lanier before-exterior front

A reader named Faith sent me an e-mail about her husband, Steve Guello, who designs, builds, and remodels homes. She says, “He’s the most talented man in the world.” As proof, she provided the before and after photos of a beautiful vacation home he remodeled on Lake Lanier.

I thought the transformation was pretty amazing and thought you’d like to see it, too. That’s what it looked like to begin with (above). And here’s how the exterior looks now:


But even that doesn’t give you an idea of how different the interiors look. Check it out.

The Family Room Before:

Lake Lanier before-family room

The Family Room After:

Lake Lanier house 3

A view of the family room from the loft above:


The kitchen was sleek, red, and contemporary before:

Lake Lanier before-red kitchen

It’s warm and rustic now:

Lake Lanier house 5

I love everything about this kitchen–even the stools that are all slightly different heights:

Lake Lanier 6

The master bedroom was dated and uninspiring before:

Lake Lanier before-bedroom

But look at it now–it’s a roomy and restful retreat:

Lake Lanier house 8

Looks like a wonderful place to spend a family vacation to me!

front door-entryThanks to Faith for sharing these photos with us. You can see more photos, get information about buying or renting this vacation home, and see others on Lake Lanier on Steve Guello’s website.

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Today I’m joining Susan’s Metamorphosis Monday party at Between Naps on the Porch. Head over there to see more makeovers!

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Kelly March 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

Cool, I live across the street from Lake Lanier! Beautiful house! Love the rustic ceilings in this house!
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..1879 Colonial, Humboldt, NE =-.

Misti England March 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

What a beautiful home! I live very close to Lake Lanier. What in the world was up with that contemporary red kitchen? It was so wrong for that house! I am in love with the green and black cabinets. (I think they were black, maybe really dark brown?) Anyway, thanks for sharing. That is an AWESOME remodel!

.-= Misti England´s last blog ..My Sister in Law is saving like crazy! =-.

emily March 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

So impressive. It is all so warm and lovely. I just love what you feature here, Julia!
.-= emily´s last blog ..a glimpse of home =-.

Meg March 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

Wow! It was so sad and frumpy before. Now it looks like a suave lake home! Really love the kitchen.

Carmen March 5, 2010 at 9:12 am

Wow! That’s really amazing. I can’t believe how ugly the kitchen was before, it didn’t go with the style of the house at all.
.-= Carmen´s last blog ..Window Shopping Wednesday =-.

Jessica at LAvender and Lilies March 5, 2010 at 9:16 am

I love Lake Lanier. It’s a great area and they did an amazing job on that house.
.-= Jessica at LAvender and Lilies´s last blog ..Featured Blogger: Good Girl Gone Glad =-.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad March 5, 2010 at 9:22 am

Looks great – but do you really want to be reminded that you are an “antique” when you go to bed?
.-= Trish @TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..Getting Organized =-.

Deidra March 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

Wow! That’s beautiful!
.-= Deidra´s last blog ..On A Budget::Prayer =-.

susie March 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

What an amazing transformation!!!! It’s hard to believe it’s the same house. I love the new kitchen!
.-= susie´s last blog ..~ MY FIRST GIVEAWAY ~ =-.

Etta March 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

Stephen did a grate job!! It’s beautiful now!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions March 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

Gorgeous! You don’t realize how big it is from the outside. So glad he changed that kitchen ~ it looked so totally out of place. Also, while I’m a big fan of trees, I’m glad a few were removed from the front of the house. I’m a little nervous personally to have trees so close to my house {especially during hurricane season}.

Michela March 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Vacation? Uh, I’m pretty sure I want to live there.
.-= Michela´s last blog ..just joyful =-.

Pam @ Design Fanatic March 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

Wow! Steve Guello is very talented. Gorgeous remodel. The after fits so much better with the setting.
.-= Pam @ Design Fanatic´s last blog ..I’VE GOT A PAINTING BUG … =-.

pattie and allie March 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

Absolutely beautiful. Every detail was obviously thought out
.-= pattie and allie´s last blog ..Pizzaiola, Arancini, and Citrus Mousse Cake- a "Southern" Foodie Friday! =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints March 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

Wow!!! Loved the after kitchen. They did an amazing job. Have a great weekend Julia. Hope it’s sunny where you are:)
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..Toothfairy…yay or nay? =-.

Lori-Anne March 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

“Just… Wow!” was all that she could say.
.-= Lori-Anne´s last blog ..Jazz in a Tea Cup =-.

Janell Beals March 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

Well, I think the wife is right, what talent. A amazing transformation and I for one would LOVE to spend a bit of time relaxing at this vacation home! Janell
.-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..Mystery Design Project – Clue # 3 =-.

Heather March 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

Wow! I am mostly amazed by the kitchen redo. What a difference!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..The Ghost Chair =-.

Hip Hip Gin Gin March 5, 2010 at 10:29 am

I’m not usually one for log cabin type houses, but this I absolutely love! I can’t imagine not having a wonderful family vacation there. Her husband is truly talented!
.-= Hip Hip Gin Gin´s last blog ..Oscar Countdown: The Philadelphia Story, 1940 =-.

Cheryl March 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

I think I’m in love. Faith, you lucky girl! So much character and warmth – I would feel relaxed just walking in the front door. Us single girls dream of finding a guy with enough handy man skills to hang a shelf (level) let alone something this beautiful. Steve has raised the bar.

Alison Agnew March 5, 2010 at 11:09 am

Wow. Rustic Chic at its best! And I adore the kitchen. I recently painted my cabinets black and I love how it looks with the stainless appliances. She’s right. Her hubs is very talented!

.-= Alison Agnew´s last blog ..The Frippery File =-.

Tracy @ Comfort&Luxury March 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

Wow! How pretty. I especially love the change on the exterior and all the opened-up ceilings are incredible. If I had such a cozy getaway, I might go on vacation and never come home.
.-= Tracy @ Comfort&Luxury´s last blog ..Come Flea Marketing with Me… and Eddie Ross! =-.

Rachel March 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Holy Toledo! Absolutely cannot believe that is the same house! I love these blogs with the before and afters! So inspiring.
.-= Rachel´s last blog ..Second of TWO March Give-Aways: One Free Slot at Eastern Music Festival’s Explorers Camp! =-.

Tammy March 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

WOW! Now that is what I call a transformation! I love it all! Of course I loved the sleek red kitchen, but that would stick out like a sore thumb with all the other rustic charm. LOVELY!
.-= Tammy´s last blog ..Pictures from 2 walks =-.

Polly March 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I wanna go!!!!!!!!!!
.-= Polly´s last blog ..Sunday dinner. =-.

Nathan March 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I love the inside but I really dislike the wood facing of the addition over the garage. And I don’t really like the garage doors paired with the rest of the house.

lucianna March 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Love the way small and odd little things -vintage fabrics, stools of varying heights-create the warm atmosphere in this home. Nicely done!

Valerie March 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I think I’ve found my dream home! I love all the different levels of the house. Too bad the website doesn’t have the floor plan. I wish Ohio wasn’t so far away from Washington, then I could hire Steve to build it for me. Very talented.
.-= Valerie´s last blog ..99 Things =-.

Tamara March 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Wow! That is SOME transformation!
.-= Tamara´s last blog ..Workin’ 9 to 5 =-.

Susan March 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Fabulous transformation! It went from 80’s boring to rustic chic. Great job!

Susan and Bentley
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Bentley’s Show and Tell =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now March 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Wow! I love the exposed beams. :) It’s nicer than my “everyday” home. 😉

Sara March 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Wow!! I love the remodel. I want this house!! Or at least that kitchen!!
.-= Sara´s last blog ..I don’t have time to blog today so I’m just going to give you some pictures of adorableness =-.

Sara March 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Cottages/houses on the lake should look rustic like this. I love it! A contemporary interior just doesn’t say “lakeside” to me. Steve Guello, absolutely magnificent work!
.-= Sara´s last blog ..House Fix =-.

Kim March 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

What an amazing transformation! I would love to have a beautiful vacation home like that, I would never want to leave. I wouldn’t be surprised if the home owners moved there.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile March 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

It would pretty amazing to have a vacation place like this. Wow. And I love the black cabinets in the kitchen.
.-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..The right lighting for your bathroom mirror =-.

Julie@Organizement March 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm

That is gorgeous. I live maybe an hour away from Lake Lanier, so I’ve never really thought of it as a vacation spot, but that house is gorgeous!
.-= Julie@Organizement´s last blog ..Out Of Hibernation =-.

Julie M. March 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I don’t know, that sleek red kitchen just screams, “Lakeside Retreat!” to me…

Warm, cozy….definitely looks like a fun place to stay!

: )

Julie M.
.-= Julie M.´s last blog ..A New Leaf… =-.

Mom in High Heels March 6, 2010 at 7:37 am

SHUT UP! That is NOT the same house. I can’t believe it. What an amazing transformation.
.-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..In search of the perfect (veggie) burger =-.

Susan March 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

That is quite a dramatic and beautiful change…enjoyed seeing the Before and After pics!
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Shopping at A Classy Flea =-.

Chic Coles March 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Wow! What a difference!
.-= Chic Coles´s last blog ..*Shop Chic Coles* Updates! =-.

Why S? March 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

That took some hard work and some great vision! And I agree with all the comments about the great kitchen. After all, those are my same black cabinets!
.-= Why S?´s last blog ..Shopping for Furniture? =-.

Pam Fitz March 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I must have been living under a rock because I just found you on Nest Files. I’m having so much fun pouring through your old posts!
.-= Pam Fitz´s last blog ..The Good, The Bad and The Ugly =-.

Mr. Goodwill March 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I wonder how much the house is going for?

Mr.Goodwill Hunting

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove March 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

That is absolutely stunning!
.-= Diann @ The Thrifty Groove´s last blog ..Easy Pretty Daffodil Tree =-.

Delores March 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm

OMG, what a difference! Love it all! –Delores
.-= Delores´s last blog ..Sprucing up the Entry =-.

subgirl March 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

What a beautiful transformation!! I would love to have a lake home like that! He is a very talented contractor! Great job!

angela | the painted house March 8, 2010 at 7:45 am

What in the world? That before kitchen was in that house???? Amazing after!
.-= angela | the painted house´s last blog ..Chihuly-esque for the Home =-.

low tide high style March 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

Wow, what a breathtaking transformation!

Kat :)
.-= low tide high style´s last blog ..Room With a View =-.

Scribbler March 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

Wow, the before is really a blast from past! The remodeler really did a fine job updating and redecorating.

.-= Scribbler´s last blog ..An Urn Worth Saving =-.

Rhonda March 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

What a transformation!!! It turned out amazing…just what a lake house should be!

Love the black kitchen cabinets!

.-= Rhonda´s last blog ..Niche Lighting and Sacred Harp Music =-.

Marty March 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Oh my word, this is such an incredible transformation. I think it is just gorgeous. What a lovely home. Hugs, Marty
.-= Marty´s last blog ..Met Monday-All That Tablescape Stuff =-.

Yvonne March 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

This is probably one of the best home makeover’s I have ever seen! So fabulously beautiful! I am so happy for you!
.-= Yvonne´s last blog ..SG WEEKLY MENU =-.

Merrie March 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Holy cow, that is an amazing transformation! And, I may be inclined to agree about the degree of the mans talent. I know for a fact that curved handrails are a monster to create, and the one on that balcony over looking the downstairs is gorgeous! My own husband nearly had a stroke creating ours and it was 1/3 the curve of that one.
.-= Merrie´s last blog ..A new, old Easter decoration- a treasure =-.

Kellye March 11, 2010 at 12:38 am

What a wondrous transformation! It’s not to my personal taste, but it’s really an amazing house.

grissell March 12, 2010 at 10:58 am

OMG he is definitely talents.. it looks amazing…. the interior my goodness! WOW!!! He is fabulous!
.-= grissell´s last blog ..Random thoughts, I have very LOW number of entries of some of giveaways.. ENTER odds are good… :) =-.

Rachel March 22, 2010 at 5:47 am

So talented – my husband is watching over my shoulder – I think he wants to move in here…
.-= Rachel´s last blog ..Back off my car Punks! =-.

Shari April 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

WOW! I am speechless! Is that the same house?? AMAZING job!!

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Country Girl July 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Seeing this for the first time….hmmmm. Lake Lanier is hardly “rustic” by any stretch of the imagination and it looks more like a mountainside retreat. That’s the problem with trends like this— people use them out if context and they look, well, out of context. Not a fan of this renovation.

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