At just under 1,000 square feet, designers had a lot of function to fit into a small space. The homeowners wanted to keep the original structure of the home their grandfather built, but they wanted it updated to include a functional kitchen, living areas and bedrooms, so designers created living spaces with an open concept on the beach side to take advantage of the home's magnificent beach view. Then, they tucked as many beds as possible in the second half of the house so that the entire family would have a place to sleep when the family visited the house.
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.
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.
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 airy living room takes advantage of its location near the water with large windows providing an ocean view. A sectional affords plenty of seating and the coffee tables and end tables bring more light to the cottage through lamps and candles.
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.