A down-to-the-studs gut job turns a 1970s Texas sleeper into a charming cottage guesthouse.
Photographer: John Ellis, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
When Houston residents Ashley and David Coolidge built a sprawling, six-bedroom vacation retreat in Galveston's Pirate's Cove, they were looking forward to spending quality downtime there with family and friends. With four children of their own, as well as 11 beach-loving nieces and nephews, though, it wasn't long before they found themselves out of space. Luckily, they discovered a solution within close reach for a For Sale sign went up on the 1970s home directly across the street. They bought it on the spot and, with the help of interior designer Cathy Chapman, oversaw a total renovation. Here, how they turned a small, passé place into an open and airy, modern abode.