Design Secrets for Doubling Your Space

With a clever addition, a modest house in Rosemary Beach, Florida, becomes a functional, modern beach pad.

Exterior Before

Exterior Before

The dogtrot cottage’s two floors, each with two rooms connected by a center hall, was not large enough for this family.

Exterior After

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn

Exterior After

The house now has a revamped kitchen and family-friendly living spaces. Louvered shutters look great from the outside, breaking up the mass of white stucco, and helps keep air flowing inside.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

The small kitchen was outdated and cramped. To recycle what they could, the homeowners refurbished and repurposed the kitchen’s old cabinets for use elsewhere in the house.

Kitchen After

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn

Kitchen After

Custom details, such as 12-inch deep base cabinets (about half the depth of typical cabinets) along one wall, give the small kitchen more space. The island and cabinet doors are veneered with stacked pieces of oak. A minimalist display on open wooden shelves adds to the room’s serene feel.

Master Bath Before

Master Bath Before

The space behind the tiled half-walls was the original bath, which was so small that the sink had to be in the old bedroom.

Master Bath After

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn

Master Bath After

One entire upstairs bedroom became the master suite’s bath. Wide-plank paneling, mosaic tile, reeded wormy-oak cabinets, glass shower walls, and river rocks surrounding a soaking tub make the master bath feel naturally indulgent.

Living Room

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn

Living Room

The new two-story space connects the original cottage (through the doors to the right of the fireplace to a new wing containing bedrooms and baths. A mix of stone and teak, rattan and grasscloth all work together throughout the space to give the house a modern, environmentally conscious edge.

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