Live Large in a Small Space

There is just something alluring about a cozy beach cottage. See how three families make the most of their square feet—one has fewer than 380!

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Bright and Airy Redo
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese, Writer: Elizabeth Beeler

Cottage 2: Bald Head Island

James and Joelle Clark looked past this Bald Head Island home's abundant imperfections (water damage, an outdated kitchen, and an inefficient floor plan) and saw its potential. With the help of an architect and design team, they were able to make the home feel spacious and bright without adding a single square foot.

Outside, the original cedar-shake shingles got a good pressure wash and the porch ceiling and rafter tails got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore's Barely Teal.

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