Many of the most stylish beach houses we see were once just shacks with a lot of potential. Discover how simple modifications, such as adding windows or enlarging kitchens and baths, can shore up a sagging home and make it a cheerful seaside retreat for generations to come.

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Tricks for Bringing Back Charm

Dilapidated and down-and-out, a house on Tybee Island regains its soul after an ambitious redo reveals timeless seaside style.


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Maxing Out a Small House

A derelict Manhattan Beach home with a rental past becomes a charming cottage and regains its 1920s splendor.

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Top 21 Beaches, Coast to Coast

Plan your summer getaway now: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

The Cove Beach, Cape May, New Jersey