Even the guest cottages in the waterside community of River Dunes, near New Bern, N.C., use high-tech, low-maintenance AZEK materials, whereas traditional Craftsman-style buildings have used wood for the exteriors. The advantages of this material are numerous for homes near the water.
Designers wanted to help keep the homeowners organized, so they designed a beach themed mudroom. The space has storage for shoes and beach bags, as well as racks for towels and swim suits so that all of the sand and water from a trip to the beach stays in this space instead of getting tracked through the rest of the house.
Black roofing provides contrast against this beach cottage's white exterior. As night falls, the home's warm interior light floods outside. French doors open up to a large front patio surrounded by a low privacy wall.
Beautiful Florida landscaping, including palm trees, surround this updated beach cottage bungalow. Bricks laid in a herringbone pattern lead up a welcoming porch, surrounded by classic columns and railings.
This waterfront beach cottage boasts an open floor plan, creating a seamless flow from the living room to the kitchen and dining room. A gorgeous wood ceiling, which matches the wood floors, unites the spaces and lends warmth to the light-hued color palette.
This adorable beach cottage is in the heart of California's La Jolla village just outside San Diego. When its renovation started, the goals were to brighten up the space and create the perfect beach getaway.
When guests come through the home's front door, they are greeted by a calming, light blue foyer that mirrors the peaceful surroundings of the home. Closets on either side of the entryway add storage to the space, providing easy access to coats and shoes, while a bench and work of art are elegantly framed by the doorway of the foyer, creating a focal point in the space.
Designers wanted to create a traditional, shingle style summer home for the family in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Since the home sits on a rectangular, corner lot, they needed to address both sides of the street, so they added an oversized porch to the front of the home as a nod to the summer cottages that dotted the coastline at the turn of the century. To address the other side of the street, a smaller garage was built. This space adds storage to the home as well as adds a pleasant aesthetic to the home.
This sunny stairwell gets its distinction both from its big picture window and its unique, coral-inspired chandelier. The hardwood landing is decorated with a graphic rug in a bold yellow that complements the colors used throughout the house.
A graphic tile fireplace with a rustic wood mantel makes for a striking focal point in this cottage living room. The open floor plan combines the living area and kitchen with a clean white meets warm woods palette. Extra cabinets flanking the fireplace provide much-needed storage.