Our Best Coastal Makeovers

The best before and after coastal makeovers.

Easy Updates to Bring Back Modern

A 1960s kit house on a Florida island had lost its luster, but a budget-savvy redo brought out the best of its bungalow design.

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Exterior Before and After
Photo: David Anger


A top priority was safeguarding the 1965 house, a 680-square-foot tent-shaped plywood structure on the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh coats of paint and stain helped stabilize and protect the wood exterior. The cement board siding and a peeling deck were coated with solid acrylic stain.

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