19 Coastal Kitchen Makeovers
Build your dream kitchen with inspiration from these beachy makeovers.
This Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, kitchen was located in a one-window room, making it feel dark and cramped, so designer Andrew Howard moved it into a brighter area of the home with more natural light.
Now the family spends most of their time in the airy space. "Andrew truly opened it up, and the flow is excellent," the homeowners say.
The original kitchen of this Galveston Bay, Texas, home was in good shape, but new owners were ready to take it to new heights with updated appliances and well-curated finishes and furnishings.
While the layout didn't change, the space got a much-needed face-lift thanks to a fresh coat of paint, updated cabinets, shiplap paneling on the walls and island, and new concrete countertops, which were poured in place on site. Glass-front doors on the upper cabinets and open shelving display colorful glasses and dinnerware that bring a dose of color to the mostly white room.
"It looked like an old hunting lodge inside," says Fred McWhorter, a home renovator who purchased an old Bald Head Island, North Carolina, beach house with his wife Tiffany. The home’s layout was perfect for the couple and their two teenage daughters, except for one minor setback: a small, galley-style kitchen. "Our world centers around cooking," says Tiffany. "If we're not outside, we're usually in the kitchen, so we needed enough room to work." To increase square footage without taking away from the living and dining rooms, the McWhorters took down an exterior wall and borrowed space from a screened-in porch.
The kitchen was completely gutted of its dark-pine cabinetry, replaced with modern materials like a granite-topped island, stainless steel countertops and appliances, and a mosaic backsplash. "We chose a shimmery white tile because it reminded me of the pearly shells we pick up at the beach," says Tiffany.
A 1950s home overlooking Malibu’s brilliant blue waters had an A+ location, but its interiors were past their prime. The small kitchen opened to the living space via an small pass-through, and old cabinetry made the space feel even smaller than its already modest size.
Enlarging the kitchen’s footprint would have eaten into the narrow dining area, so the homeowners did their best to make the minimal square footage appear airy and spacious. They switched out full-size appliances for smaller, apartment-friendly versions, introduced subtle texture and sparkle with clay tile, and expanded the pass-through to the main living area.
You wouldn’t know that this Hermosa Beach, California, condo featured sweeping views of the beach just feet away from the old kitchen. To allow natural light to enter the kitchen, and extend the cook space, the renovation team removed the large cabinetry partition.
The updated open galley kitchen, now flooded with sunshine, was outfitted with lacquered cabinetry and a custom backsplash reflect the hues outside. Island seating was designed to face out, toward the ocean and the living area, rather than the interior of the kitchen.
This tiny, dated kitchen in a 1,150-square-foot cottage on Bald Head Island, North Carolina, sat in a dark corner of the home and was in need of a fresh look. Luckily, its new owners, an architect and design duo, were ready for the challenge.
In this modern Southampton vacation home, the kitchen had the best view—through one tiny window.
To maximize the panorama potential, the architects switched the location of the living room and kitchen and added floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. The new kitchen isn’t larger, but it feels more spacious thanks to a smarter layout. Appliances occupy one wall, while most of the storage is on the opposite wall, under the waterfront windows.
This Amagansett kitchen needed major TLC in the form of a total gutting. And that’s just what it got, thanks to its intrepid homeowners.
Higher ceilings, larger windows, and open shelving gave the weekend retreat kitchen a much more airy and welcome feel. The homeowners removed a wall separating the kitchen from the living room to form one large, efficient cooking, dining, and living area that’s light-filled and perfect for entertaining.
1922 bungalow in Manhattan Beach was stuck in the 70s, and designer Jill Johnson had a vision to give it new life with a major overhaul. In the renovation, the one-bedroom house turned into four, just by enclosing some indoor/outdoor spaces and tinkering with underused interior spaces. The old kitchen became her son’s bedroom.
Johnson raised the ceiling, flooding the entire space with new light, and she splurged on countertops, since the open concept means they’ll get a lot of use. Wainscoting was added to the walls and capped with a picture ledge for a slim spot to display art.