Design Secrets for Coastal Cottages

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

Photo: Tria Giovan

Reimagine an Old Favorite

The architect, Joe Paul, took all of the features the family loved from their old home's exterior—white cedar-shingled siding, a red cedar roof, and white-painted trim—to create a cottage that is as charming as the one it replaced, but with some much-needed updates. For a fresh twist, the new design also called for two banks of dormer windows to let in extra light upstairs, and a balcony just off the master bedroom, which was tacked on to the simple gable of the roofline.

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