Design Secrets for Coastal Cottages

These families updated their beloved cottages by injecting luxuries of modern living while still honoring its past.

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Photo: Tria Giovan

Think Thin

Using a new structural system that keeps floors and ceilings as thin as possible, Joe was able to increase the ceiling height on the second floor by two feet without changing the vertical measurements of the house. Before, guests could only stand up straight in the very center of the second-floor bedrooms. "We maximized as many inches as we could," he explains.

The bed is from The Lion's Paw. The pillows on the window seat are from Sunbrella.

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