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.

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

To maintain the integrity of their 1960s kit house, the homeowners kept the original plywood walls, floors, ceilings, and glass windows. But old, mangy carpet and mismatched upholstered odds and ends had to go.

Living Room After

Photo: David Anger

Living Room After

The original plywood walls, uncovered beneath layers of cheap paneling, were stained a semitransparent version of the exterior stain.

Living Room

Photo: David Anger

Living Room

A left-behind daybed that was destined for the dump became a super-comfy sofa with a new mattress and cushions and custom pillows in cotton and linen.

Kitchen Before

Photo: David Anger

Kitchen Before

The original plywood floors got a coat of white satin enamel to match the barstools, appliances, and wood-burning stove, and to set off the sand-colored cabinetry. Since the front of the house is one open space, the refrigerator’s not-so-pretty side is concealed in a custom built-in.

Kitchen After

Photo: David Anger

Kitchen After

The original plywood floors got a coat of white satin enamel to match the barstools, appliances, and wood-burning stove, and to set off the sand-colored cabinetry. Since the front of the house is one open space, the refrigerator’s not-so-pretty side is concealed in a custom built-in.

Bedroom

Photo: David Anger

Bedroom

The bungalow’s original sleeping quarters were cut in half to make room for a master bedroom and a guest room. As the rest of the house, the furnishings and linens are soft and monochromatic, and the windows are left bare in deference to views of the water.

Exterior Before and After

Photo: David Anger

Exterior

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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