Client Recap: Kure Lighthouse Inn Design Project



Here goes my recap of my biggest design project to date from Design to Install to Final Pictures!


First, a bit of history to get a better idea of the property as a whole. It opened in the 1990's and up until Nov of 2019 before it closed for renovations under new owners. The building had previously been a 5 room hotel + a penthouse suite for the previous owner on the entire 3rd level.

It's now been renovated into 9 modern and clean rooms to be used as short-term rentals, each offering contact-less keypad entry. There is also an outdoor space with a gas fire pit and outdoor shower (to rinse off sandy feet) with plans of a business center and an indoor community space to open later in 2021.




(View from the Lighthouse in Room 9 shown above!)

I decided to design the whole space with a Modern Coastal feel. Kure Beach has such diverse options of places to stay when you come to visit. We wanted to offer something luxurious in the area, something new! So all the details were chosen in an effort to keep each room unique and feel unlike anything else in the area. If you love all things style and design, a post is coming soon all about the 'Modern Coastal' look and what I got inspired by.



I made sure to include some before and plenty of after pictures to get a feel for how much this place got turned around! Starting here with Room 3. Below is the before shot and then you'll see after renovations. Same rooms, same angle, just a completely refreshed space!





Picture of the kitchenettes (previously crowding the entryway) and then after renovation below (moved into the room). This way every room offered a kitchen counter, mini-fridge, and of course a coffee maker. Hidden in the tall cabinet is a microwave as well as ironing supplies and hanging space.




The bathrooms were very outdated and needed to have a smaller footprint without making it feel small. First, you'll see the before pictures and then the renovated bathroom vanity as well as a glass door shower with rain head fixtures






Lastly, we wanted to offer a small seating area like before. We focused on finding pieces that could handle lots of use, especially with any wet bathing suits (we are on the beach) as well as look clean and modern.





After renovations by Elm Builders were complete from top to bottom (seriously, rooms added and new flooring throughout most of the building) we scheduled a day to move the furniture on-site! By that point, after months of shopping and ordering, I had 7 storage units full of items and it took a crew of 8 movers all day to get everything loaded and moved down to the site.


Fast forward a few weeks and hours of work to getting all the furniture made and placed in the correct rooms, wall art hung straight, linens on the beds, amenities set-up, final touches complete, here are some more pictures of details around the place.














Thanks for looking and following along on this adventure for me! If you want to visit CLICK HERE to book Room 9 because you just can't wait to see the sunrise over the ocean from the lighthouse :)






*All pictures shown are owned by The Final Stage. Please send a written request if you would like to reuse any for your own purposes.*

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