Near Death Valley, a Vacation Rental Gets the Designer Touch

Near Death Valley, a Vacation Rental Gets the Designer Touch

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Near Death Valley, a Vacation Rental Gets the Designer Touch

You wouldn’t think that one of the hottest, driest places on Earth would attract many visitors. But Death Valley National Park — home to snowcapped mountains, rolling sand dunes, curious wildlife and, yes, extreme heat — has seen visitation double over the past nine years. In fact, a record 1,678,660 people visited the park in 2018, according to the National Park Service. And the month with the most visitors was August, when temperatures often top 120 degrees Fahrenheit — in the shade!

Recently, designer Karen McAloon and business partner Mikel Hubbard took note of this, er, hot spot and decided to get in on the 282-feet-below-sea-level ground floor. They bought a run-down ranch-style house and used Houzz to turn the property into a fun, funky and design-minded short-term vacation home for travelers looking to stay minutes from the park entrance.

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Linda Boyer

Love it!

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Becky R
Fantastic, one of the best remodels ever!
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springlering
Are you kidding? I could LIVE here!
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terra_marcarelli
Really good!!!
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liz
grandma meets cowboy love the space
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Beth

I'd like to visit and stay for a few days or even a week.

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Minor Miracles
Love it all! Forward thinking with tile floor expansion.
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Cape Town Sriracha

so nice

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Jeannette Moore

Beautiful remodel! I am curious why the exterior was painted a dark blue which absorbs the heat usually causing higher utility bills...I didn't read anything about extra wall insulation in the article. Did this change increase the load on the HVAC system and utility bills?

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mitsybaby2

Like the structural changes made to the period of the home opening it up, they did great with that aspect. In terms of decor find it quite busy for a rental property in that it's lots to maintain, and the marrying of the 2 styles in some ways didn't work for me. It definitely has a homey cosy feel that you can appreciate when on holidays.

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RedRyder
Los of really good, economical decisions were made here. This house looks amazing now!
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maggielou362

Nothing to do with Houzz or this story, but WHY would anyone name a place "Death Valley"?

WEIRD.

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Evelina Fuhrmann
Love every single room
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nan2ljm

Such a great remodel. So cozy and rustic! Love the black appliances in the kitchen. Stainless is outdated in my opinion. Would love our vacation home in CO to look like this -- Grandma meets mountains??? :-)



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Ivan Lopez
Love the whole concept you guys created! The idea of remembering the place one stayed during vacations is amazing, especially since it has everything or more one could enjoy at our own place!
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aca1998

Love all of it but was wondering if the fencing doesn't obstruct the fabulous views???

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kimmylouwho1

Super house! very cool place to visit! I LOVE so much of it especially that couch!

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Jan

Maggielou362...read the story about Death Valley...lots of history through that part of the county...


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v90272

to maggielou362-

Death Valley was given its forbidding name by a group of pioneers lost here in the winter of 1849-1850. ... As the party climbed out of the valley over the Panamint Mountains, one of the men turned, looked back, and said "goodbye, Death Valley."

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Emerald Tile and Stone

Really loving this remodel for the area! Totally getting the grandma-meets-cowboy-meets-Fear&Loathing in LV- feel and they nailed it.

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Deb Harris

I wish I had this kind of vision!

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kvandenbroek

Fantastic. I love the black and white scheme. The floors are wonderful as are the tile(s), counters, and the muted blue tones of the bathroom. Again, fantastic vision.

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Victoria

@Maggielou362 - Google Death Valley, then you will know

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Lori

Love this! Great contrast. Especially love the floor, the black cabinets, and the countertops. Only thing I would do different is no leather pulls/knobs. I would think they would permanently stain.

   
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ggsandiego

Gorgeous! Kitchen and dining room are my favorite rooms.

   
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ggsandiego

Camped under the stars and hiked through Death Valley in Feb one year which was an awesome experience, but, beware of extremely deadly snakes - especially the sidewinder rattlesnake. Also lots of coyotes and scorpions. Could be the reason for the fence around the house, although scorpions are quite good at getting into houses. - GGsandiego: desert born and raised - moved to the coast.

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riverbendessentialoil

I love your new style to tell the decorating story. The old "formula" was getting predictable. Thank you! It is a beautiful place where I would love to vacation!


   
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Karen McGrath

This grandma would like to meet that cowboy!


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flopsycat1

How do you arrange to rent it? Contact information?

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jbsilver

This is a most beautiful remodel from the outdoor space and into all of the indoor spaces. I'd love to live here just as it is. My question is how much was spent including the cost of the property. And what is the cost of renting this home.

   
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Alexa

Lovely! What a fun, beautiful space to stay at while enjoying Death Valley.

   
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floggingwally

fabulous!!!!!!

   
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Alexa

a bit of Western History in "Death Valley"...enjoy the Spring wild blooms!

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David

There are good ideas here, but overall it suffers somewhat from clutter and a too frequent juxtaposition of discordant colors and styles. This is a failing that plagues many rennovations right now. They do what is popular in the moment, but a few years hence many of the choices will be recognized as false notes in the composition. It takes a rare sensibility, say an Yves St. Laurent, to do this kind of thing and have it pass the test of time.

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ensenadabajarealtydotcom

Like!


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The Here Company
Right in my husband’s home town! Love it!
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Amy Van Kuijkendall
Love it ♥️
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marialbrasil

Very lovely done. But I am curious: how comfortable it is, given the very hot weather? I did not see any vent on a ceiling. Any AC?

   
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juneusa

I cannot imagine dusting all of those chairs and rails, etc. in that area of the country.

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mrspreece
Damn, that’s gorgeous! Love the kitchen and bedrooms in particular.
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x8 Property and Design
Hi All!

Thank you all for your kind comments! Just wanted to answer some of your questions:

The house can be rented on Airbnb-

https://airbnb.com/rooms/31180416?adults=1&source=explore_tabs&guests=1&ref_device_id=063156ed3b1248dd698626623db758ea88f6645b&s=41&user_id=10181491


Jeannette: The dark blue exterior color doesn’t really impact heating/cooling. We have mini splits in each room for zone temperature control!

aca1998: I have a secret weapon to achieve the perfect fence height- Mikel! He’s exactly 6’ tall, so while I stood in the LR looking at the mountains, he walked around till he blocked the driveway view but I could see those gorgeous mountains over his head! Thats where the new 6’ fence went
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angelvans_426
I like it
   
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maggielou362

Ah, I see. Very interesting , thanks for the history lesson. Death Valley sounds like an appropriate (if unfortunate) name :)

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christymoreland59
Really great space! Wonderful work done here!
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Rain Pineda
beautiful setting an awesome work I love it
   
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winkoo

beautiful. I am surprised there is not some way to shade those outdoor areas. I live in the desert, not too far from here and shade is really important. Many of the folks that visit Death Valley are Europeans. They love it.

   
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spraguedl
Amazing transformation!
   
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brownwilliam art + design
Dark blue!
   
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Anabela Lorenzo
Love it
   
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Mandy Moline
Well Done!!! Where can I find those Windsor chairs? I’d love to have some very similar to the ones used in your project:)
Thank you
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Designe Gallerie

Fantastic!!

   
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pdjh
Very creative, thoughtful design. A beautiful house!
   
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kafehausdiva

Come on guys, tell the truth. Did you really design this all by yourselves?

If so then you’ve got MEGA talent.

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Germy
Love it!!
   
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Stacy Roby
Well done! I love renovation projects and seeing a vision become a glorious finished project.
   
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tinaleibbrandt
Well done!! A fantastic Reno. I am in awe of your practical creativity. Thanks for sharing
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jenajlk
Gonna have to book a stay there. ❤️
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Julie Sheer

Brilliant idea and design near one of the best national parks. There isn't exactly a glut of housing there (unlike J-Tree where people are snapping up shacks and turning them into boho chic rentals) so this vacation re-do is a real win-win. Bravo!

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winkoo

getting out of CA never a bad plan!


   
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agorski924
I think it is really great that they did not paint the fireplace.
   
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x8 Property and Design
Hiya again!

Mandy- those great Windsor chairs came from Houzz!!! Look in the story, they should have a direct link to them! Fyi- the backs are metal and the seat is wood. I chose the metal backs over all wood as I feel like it will stand up to rental use while still being super duper stylish!

kafehausdiva- Yup. All me designing! Some choices were directed by budget rather than my (expensive) first choices, but thats part of design: Looking good & making it fit the budget!

agorski- Glad you think so too! That fireplace was what sold me on the house...it’s gorgeous!!!

XKaren
   
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mitsybaby2

In the after exterior photo (second from top) was the grass across the street photoshopped to make for a better shot......don't think grass grows/grows that color in Death Valley???

   
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mcdb

I loved that black leather Windsor chair with ottoman tucked in the corner. I didn't know I wanted one until I saw this great video.

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