Eye-Catching Upcycled Design Inside and Out

Discover unique design details at DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2017 — from built-ins fashioned from reclaimed materials to furnishings flipped into vanities — that make this home truly one of a kind.

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Paddle Lounge Chairs

The two custom Adirondack chairs that sit on the back deck were made using canoe paddles. The paddle part was used to form the back of the seat and armrest, while the hand portion of the paddle forms the leg and top of the seat. The horizontal seat surface was made from Western Red Cedar.

Creative Canoe Seating

A Huron canoe that was purchased in Northfield, Vermont was used to create the upcycled canoe bench between two posts underneath the main deck. Western Red Cedar was used to create the slat seating in the canoe.

Special Grill Station

The lower deck includes a new black steel charcoal grill with wings and cart removed that was placed inside a gabion span as part of a DIY Network special project.

Clever Storage Crates

Rustic wood crates hang on the mudroom area wall to create open storage for hats, shoes and decorative accessories, including a wood perpetual calendar.

Must-Have Open Storage

A piece of the ambrosia maple, live-edge bench was cut off and used to create the mudroom's upper open shelf with art and a collection of vintage bowls.

Custom Dining Table

The dining table was made using oak flooring from the existing home laid in a diamond pattern for the top, paired with a set of four industrial strength brushed stainless steel hairpin legs with leveling feet and a mid-century modern feel.

Island Style

The kitchen’s custom island that was a DIY Network special project has a hammered black metal base with bottom shelf and small overhang countertop height bar that was softened up with a white oak top with a polyurethane finish. Western Red Cedar beams added to the already vaulted ceiling for visual interest were treated with a combination of steel wool, vinegar and black tea for a weathered look.

Local Flavor

White oak from a local shop all joined on site was used to create the island top, with an organic feel waterfall on the side of the island creatively designed to resemble the shape of the state of Vermont.

Upcycled Modern Vanity

A midcentury modern dresser found at an auction was upcycled to create the master bathroom's vanity with fully operable drawers, wood top with a clear stain and alabaster white-painted base. "I choose that vanity cabinet because it’s really shallow," says designer Elizabeth Demos. "We wall-mounted the faucets, because I knew I wanted the bathroom to feel like it had a lot of foot space.”

Warm Wood Built-Ins

The nightstands and built-in bookcases in the master bedroom made from white oak and exposed butternut wood on each side of the bed were a DIY Network special project. The nightstand and bookcase cabinet doors include hand notches in place of traditional hardware for a handmade look.