Got reno plans for a modestly-sized phase three home?
Then browse through Coastal Living's 2015 Idea Cottage for a big hit of smaller-scaled renovation and decorating inspiration.
Fresh out of the pages of CL's December issue, this 2,500-square-foot Seagrove, Florida home is the first of its kind: A charming, fully renovated---not built from scratch--Showhouse.
It's hard not to fall in love with its quaint, local flavor and tons of comfy, modern decor. But for me? It's all about how this fixer-upper draws from tried-and-true remodeling basics that easily translate to any home renovation plans...from cozy beach house to phase three downsize.
Here are a few ways you can transform a so-so small space into a larger-than-life retreat.
1. strengthen siding
First impressions matter. Add a fresh, inviting new look to your home by replacing an old or worn exterior with low-maintenance, energy-efficient materials that look great and stand up to the elements. I love the wood look-a-like composite cement boards used to replace this home's tired wood siding. Easy care and perfect for blending today with the look of old Seagrove from years past.
2. play up original details
When restyling an exterior, consider elements that reflect on the home's unique character. The Idea Cottage's geometric railings were a central element in this home's original exterior design. No surprise the design team felt they were essential to maintain a bit of the home's authentic personality. A fresh coat of white paint brings them back front and center....and makes them pop against the siding's charcoal color palette.
3. replace windows with glass doors
Swap glass doors for small, outdated windows to add architectural interest and a bright, airy vibe to a boring, dark interior. The porch of this Florida bungalow, before, was tired and restricted light into adjacent rooms. Now these gorgeous french doors add a much-needed style upgrade and fill the space with light.....and create the perfect transition between outdoors and the home's interior.
4. blend old and new
To extend an older home's charm into new or renovated areas, choose finishes and materials that give an appearance of age--- like these to-die-for white washed oak floors and tongue-and-grove walls. Exceptional! The Idea Cottage's solution to adding modern space without compromising the home's current footprint? An addition on the rear of the house that transitions seamlessly with the look and feel of the original home. I also love how the design team used the same clean, crisp coastal palette to connect both old and new spaces.
5. make walls work harder and utilize every corner
Make the most of less square footage by maximizing storage and squeezing every possible inch out of living areas. Here open shelves use tight wall and floor space to its best advantage...and offer additional storage for larger items below. No place for a full-sized dining table? Here designers show how a down-sized circular cement table (LOVE) can transform a small corner into a fully functional dining area.
6. double a room's function
When space is limited, rooms need to work double duty. Create the feel of separate living/work areas with pieces that transition from day to night. I especially love how this built-in wall desk goes from work zone to guest room accent when this gorgeous daybed invites overnight guests to settle in.
7. build a wine garden!
Outdoor rooms expand a home's livable square footage. Why not make them live large? To transform this otherwise unused backyard into an everyday retreat, designers created an inviting outdoor room filled with comfy, causal seating, fire tables and a knock-out cabana as the focal point. Who wouldn't want to settle in and relax in this fully functional and super stylish extension of the main home.
All photos: Jean Allsopp & Tria Giovan for Coastal Living
Idea Cottage architecture & design: Mark & Paige Schnell for Coastal Living