2010 Ultimate Beach House: Seabrook
Tour our Idea House in Seabrook, Washington for the latest design ideas and style tips. Our room-by-room tours cover all aspects of the house all the way down to the smallest details and accents.
Space: 3,200 square feet spread over three levels, with two bedrooms, a gym/spa, media room, guest cottage, and 1,000 additional square feet of outdoor living space.
Setting: Seabrook, a new development along Washington’s beautiful but oft-overlooked coast between Moclips and Copalis Beach .
View: Dark gray sand, deep blue ocean, and clear skies (more often than you’d think!), through a screen of tall, skinny Sitka spruce trees.
Sandy-gray trim: Tim reversed a more typical paint approach—color on the walls and white for the trim—to frame the views with a hue more in tune with the landscape than bright white. This trim treatment also highlights the room’s Craftsman-inspired architectural details.
Tables with patina: Made from attractively distressed reclaimed wood, the coffee and dining tables add just the right amount of beachy texture to the room.
Vintage light fixtures: The secret? They’re not really aged. But their antique styling gives this new house old soul.
The warm wood island’s oak base has a cerused finish, with white glaze or wax filling the pores of the natural wood to highlight the grain, a rustic touch in the otherwise clean and simple space.
The quartz countertops: The 2-inch-thick surfaces add shine to the space, but they aren’t just good-looking—they’re also naturally scratch-, scorch-, and stain-resistant, with four times the strength of granite.
Made of cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that looks like wood, the decking is resistant to mildew, moisture, splitting, scratches, and stains.
A black metal framed coffee table with wide wood planks will withstand being outdoors, and the industrial heft balances the lightweight sofa and chairs. Casters make rearranging for company a breeze.
That soft gray siding: A peaceful, bleached-driftwood hue belies the structural integrity of the siding and trim, guaranteed to stand up to the coastal environment for decades.
Understated windows: The divided panes on the upper sashes were based on an early 20th century design. The single-pane lower sashes guarantee uninterrupted views.
Charming awnings: The wide stripes and scalloped edges of the outdoor fabric dress up the cool exterior but still stay true to its understated style.
That beachy fireplace: Layers of natural textures—the driftwood mantel, local Oregon stones, and oyster shell-encrusted mirror—pay homage to the moody Washington coastline.
Low-maintenance pea gravel: This stylish but fuss-free groundcover requires virtually no upkeep and looks great year-round. It also becomes a design element in the space, lending depth to all that gray.
The indestructible rug: With its wide stripes, soft ribbing, and 50 percent recycled content, this indoor/outdoor rug is as good for the environment as it is good-looking, and it can handle the wear and tear a gym endures.
Groovy rattan tables: With their midcentury lines and wide glass surfaces, they can accommodate snacks, drinks, and propped-up feet for an army of movie-watchers.
The gallery wall: A grouping of vintage and contemporary artwork, which can change and evolve over time, plays off the wildly patterned rug and the room’s kicked-back, irreverent style.
“I chose these wallpapers for the media room and gym because I wanted to juxtapose all those machines with something handmade,” says Tim.
Sky-blue ceilings: “It’s the first thing you see when you wake up, so it should be pleasing to your eye,” Tim says.
Embellished mirrors: A pair of bone-inlaid wooden mirrors adds a feminine touch to the clean space.
Angular sconces: Pared-down lighting is the perfect simple, industrial contrast to the intricate and embellished mirrors.
Those floors: The cool, dark tiles stay toasty on chilly Washington mornings thanks to a radiant floor heating system.
The simple platform bed: With its woven saddle-leather headboard and bleached-oak frame, the bed adds a lightness that complements the window shades and white trim and ceiling.
That statement-making mirror! The gilded resin frame draws the eye up and adds a hint of sparkle.
Made from sheer, moisture-resistant fabric that still blocks UV rays, the light and flowy draperies dress up the room without weighing it down.