The good news: The beach was within walking distance, and the neighborhood was established and communal. The bad news: The ’60s-era house was a poor attempt at Colonial Williamsburg Revival to begin with—and didn’t age gracefully.
Our clients saw its potential, depressing and dark as it was, and we stepped in with designer Jodi Macklin to create a classic American shingle-style beach house. Surprisingly, we were able to achieve this goal with some simple but significant changes.
The house got a major facelift with a front porch, white cedar shingle siding and a red cedar shingle roof. We created a resort-like retreat in back with a dramatic, lattice-covered porch, a reorganized screen porch, and separate pool house. A new pool deck, along with a pergola that shades a row of lounge chairs, completes this transformation.
The interiors got a huge injection of sunshine. We opened the small entry stair hall, and widened all the openings between the entry, family room, dining room, and living room. We then removed the separation between the kitchen and family room to create one large, cohesive space. Upstairs, we reorganized and renovated all the bedrooms and bathrooms, and transformed a low-ceilinged dead-end hallway into an attractive, fought-over bunk area for the family’s three children.
With Jodi in charge of furnishings and fabrics, the architecture and interiors blend to create the private waterfront dream destination that our clients had always envisioned.