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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20 Beautiful Beach Cottages

From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, browse through this roundup of beach cottages to find your favorite coastal style.

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