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.

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Awards:

Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards - 2006

In the Press:

Most Popular Exteriors and Landscapes in April
Dering Hall, April 2015

10 Ways to Go Coastal With a Modern Edge
Houzz, July 11, 2013

Catch A Splash of Ocean Blue This Summer
Houzz, June 24, 2013

Best Before and After: Coastal Cottage Reinvented
Best Before and After: Outdoor Elegance
Best Before and After: Clean, Fresh Style
Southern Living, October 2008

Renovations: Beach House Beautiful
Washingtonian, July 2008

Ship Shape House Beautiful, July 2007

Coastal Home Renovation
Builder Magazine, October 2006

select below to viewRecognition

Awards:

Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards - 2006

In the Press:

Most Popular Exteriors and Landscapes in April
Dering Hall, April 2015

10 Ways to Go Coastal With a Modern Edge
Houzz, July 11, 2013

Catch A Splash of Ocean Blue This Summer
Houzz, June 24, 2013

Best Before and After: Coastal Cottage Reinvented
Best Before and After: Outdoor Elegance
Best Before and After: Clean, Fresh Style
Southern Living, October 2008

Renovations: Beach House Beautiful
Washingtonian, July 2008

Ship Shape House Beautiful, July 2007

Coastal Home Renovation
Builder Magazine, October 2006

select below to viewTeam Leaders