Turning a “Shabby Shack” Into a Family Beach House

by hookedonhouses on August 7, 2013

beach house makeover in HGTV magazine BEFORE

If you saw this “shabby shack” on the market, would you have the vision to turn it into a bright and happy beach house for your family? I’m not sure I would, but real estate agent Lisa Marie Brooks did: “This house actually had a lot of pros–a pitched roof and a sunroom with lots of windows, plus great big oak trees all around.” She and her husband Scott put a lot of work into fixing it up, and here’s how it looks now…

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They bought the house in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, in a short sale for $270,000—a steal considering the original asking price was close to a million. They spent a year and $120,000 on its remodel.

Here’s an interior photo they took of the main living area when they bought it:

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It only had plywood on the floors then. And here it is now, after adding hardwoods and replacing the wood-burning stove with a fireplace, among other things:

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The doors in the dining area lead to the wraparound deck where the family likes to eat breakfast most mornings:

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The kitchen was kind of a wreck before:

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They reworked and reconfigured it, adding maple cabinets and marble countertops:

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Together the Brookses have built or renovated 25 houses, mostly for resale. They love this one, though, and plan to stay put: “No chance we’re selling this one anytime soon.”

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The house was featured in HGTV Magazine, so check it out for more photos and information (article by Laura Fenton; photos by Alexandra Rowley). Then come back tomorrow for Day 4 of “Before & After Week!”

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Kay August 7, 2013 at 7:54 am

You’ve just posted our future!
In my mind, anyway!
My plans are that our next re-do will take place somewhere near a beach + will involve something shack-esque, just like this!
This post is going to be a “must-share” with you-know-who, later today!
KAY @ redbirdv.wordpress.com

Anne@DesignDreams August 7, 2013 at 7:55 am

Omigosh – my perfect house and at the beach too. Where do I sign up?!

My fave of everything you’ve ever shared. There isn’t a thing I would change…

Beth C. August 7, 2013 at 7:59 am

Wow! Now that’s an after! How ya gonna top that? Can’t wait to see. Best, Beth C.

Alyson August 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

Wow! What a transformation! That is awesome.

Sarah In Illinois August 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

With that view, I could have lived in the shack! 😉

Absolutely gorgeous reno!

Catherine August 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

I saw this in the magazine and drooled over it there too. Just not a thing I would change – it is absolutely perfect! Sigh.

Karen Larson August 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

If I could move to Florida I would live in that home in a heartbeat. Love everything about it.

jen August 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

how beautiful and cozy it looks

Lauren August 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

Wow what an amazing reno! I’m sure it was tons of work but this is such inspiration for seeing the diamond in the rough. I love everything about it.

Lindsey August 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

Wow. Loved seeing the before and afters on this! Thanks for sharing!

Maddie May August 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

Delightful in every way……. Love it. The beach is icing on the cake. Congrats to the Brookses on a wonderful reno.

Margie Ford August 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

I have loved mid century modern houses for as long as I can remember. The Brooks did an amazing job on the renovations. This has to be one of my very favorite homes I have ever seen on your blog. The fact that is beach front at Santa Rosa Beach is incredible. Surely the house is worth 1.5 million now.

Maria August 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm


I’ve only been trolling beach RE for years looking for something like this and who would pass up that location, location, location! A friend has something like it near the beach, but not on the water. I told her if I ever win lotto I’m paying off that house because it’s a must keep. This is my dream house, thanks so much for sharing!

Jane Susan August 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Wow, beautiful job (although a little too modern for me). I have sat in the type of chairs they have at the outside table – very uncomfortable (especially in summer). But lots of nice touches!

stef August 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Absolutely delightful, with just the right balance of white and colors.

Laurie August 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Holy cow! This is such a great example of location, location, location. You can’t build a view like that!

The house is amazing. I don’t blame them for wanting to keep it.

karen August 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

LOVE this house!!

Eric Ross August 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Amazing Job! Love it! Great vision!

Julie August 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm

So so lovely! What a transformation!

Marcela August 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

This is a dream !!! Beautiful. Congratulations !!

Tracie August 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

That went from icky-ew to delicious-wow! Wouldn’t it be fun to just move around and do this and then keep a little treasure by the beach once in a while? Sounds delightful!

Jonia August 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

Actually, I really don’t know what to say haha. It’s sooo beautiful!!

Carolyn August 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

Wow! Great transformation – I particularly love the planked wood ceilings and floors – and that is definitely a million dollar view. Wonderful that it has trees, too.

Connie Nikiforoff Designs August 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

I saw this in the HGTV mag and fell in love with it too! Thanks for sharing it again.

Elvira August 9, 2013 at 3:49 am

What a beauty! Everything is just right, the place exudes peace and relaxation. Love the colours and the large porches, decks, verandahs and the views. I’m getting a real hankering for glazed-in wraparound porches and sunrooms. Sigh.
Great series of before & afters, Julia!

Patience August 9, 2013 at 5:11 am

Beautiful! Obviously, this house is in a prime location, but I still had some palpitations over the idea that that shack was originally priced at nearly $1 million.

Tracy August 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

Now that is one stunning home! I could never tire of that view for sure! What impresses me the most as that they didn’t knock down the existing shack and build a McMansion as I’m sure a lot of people would of done.

Becky August 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

How did I miss this one? That is incredible. The other dream I have. Beach shack. .

MissFifi August 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm


Cobalt August 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

That was so cool! Most people can’t see past their own eyesight. You saw a diamond in the rough. Excellent

Alie B September 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

Wow! What an incredible makeover. I love that they put so much natural wood into the interior, as opposed to the usual white woodwork normally seen in a beach house.

Nancy Austin March 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I just returned from a week in Santa Rosa Beach. I used to have a condo there and it is beautiful. The beaches can’t be beat. They bought their “shack” at quite a bargain, as most everything on the beach is now well over a million. They made an extremely smart investment.

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