Sarah's Summer House

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Sarah transforms her home away from home, a tiny island cottage, into a relaxing space with rustic charm.

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  • HSSUH-101H
    Sarah Richardson heads for cottage country to show you how to squeeze the most value from your cherished summer getaway. Sarah's off-the-grid retreat bobs17 miles offshore, light-years away from big city stress and convenience. Borrowing fr

  • HSSUH-102H
    Guests are as certain as black flies at a cottage even if it's smack in the middle of a lake. Sarah Richardson and design sidekick Tommy Smythe whip two tight spaces into shape by dusting off old features and shoehorning in vintage cottage

  • HSSUH-103H
    No bathroom reno is a day at the beach, but with civilization a lengthy boat ride away it's more of an exercise than imagined. With military precision Sarah Richard, design sidekick Tommy Smythe and contractor Vito Colucci create two nature

  • HSSUH-104H
    A prime motivator for updating a time worn cottage is to create sleeping quarters for all. Awkward ceilings and layouts plus dingy lighting rule the bedrooms in Sarah's summer place, and a winter storm unleashed its wrath on the ceilings an

  • HSSUH-105H
    Sarah Richardson proves you can have all the comforts and practicality of home at your cherished summer place. The open concept main level welcomes multi functional style with an energy efficient gourmet kitchen and a light filled dining an

  • HSSUH-106H
    Nobody does a cottage guesthouse like Sarah Richardson! She and design sidekick Tommy Smythe nestle a neglected guest cabin into an away-from-it-all corner of the island. The last room of the cottage project Sarah struggles to keep her budg

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About This Show

Sarah Richardson tackles the renovation of her own weekend getaway. Located 17 miles offshore and purchased by her husband as a bachelor shack, this tiny island cottage is completely off the grid with a combination of solar, wind and propane energy. It's rustic, relaxing and at one with the stunning lake scenery. Character, storage and versatility are key as Sarah untangles the renovation processes with tip after tip on how to handle an out-of-town reno — without having an out-of-body experience.

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