2008 Idea House

Get inspired! Located in Beachtown, on the sandy shore of Galveston Island, our brand new Idea House has a timeless style you'll love.

Galveston Idea House Seating Area

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Welcome to our 2008 Idea House

How do you design a beach house that perfectly blends the charm of historical Galveston with modern-day conveniences? Just take a few cues from our tireless design team, who combined the latest in technology with the best of classic style to create a home that feels like a haven.

Developer Tofigh Shirazi of the Beachtown Galveston Corporation worked with Atlanta-based interior designer Susan Bozeman and San Antonio-based architects Michael Imber and Brandan Moss to forge a look that combines traditional and modern, highlighting the beauty of Galveston's architectural history and balancing it with light, fresh interiors.

Galveston Idea House - Living Room

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Living Room

In the living room, Susan created layers of texture with sheer draperies, wicker furniture, and a metal table. "I wanted the house to look more 'evolved' than 'decorated,'" she says. "This room has a great mix of old and new with the contemporary paintings and slick rope chair, and then the crusty shell box. It reads as collected rather than stylized."

Susan anchored the living room with slipcovered furniture and plaid rugs that unite all of the colors, then added accents such as a cork table and custom pillows appliquéd with sea life. "We used sand tones, soft blues and greens, and a little pop of aqua on the lamps for contrast, so everything didn't seem the same," Susan says. "I didn't want any one thing to stand out and be too strong. I wanted it all to flow. At the beach, you don't want your vision to stop anywhere. It should go straight through to that fabulous view off the porch."

Galveston Idea House Porch

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Outdoor Living

Off the living room, a porch overlooking the dunes and Gulf of Mexico invites visitors to gather. "It's so fabulous, because you're right there on the beach," Susan says. "It's a great place for the whole family to hang out."

She selected a teak sectional with creamy-white cushions, and then introduced playful blues in the welting, throw pillows, and outdoor rug. A rustic coffee table crafted from driftwood and metal looks light and beachy, but has the weight to stay put despite strong winds off the ocean. "This is an intimate seating area where you can have your cocktail before serving dinner at the table," Susan says.

Durable Decking
Positioned right on the ocean, our Beachtown Idea House required building materials that could withstand the humid weather and harsh coastal elements. Because prime outdoor living space was a must, the team selected a decking product made of cellular PVC. Though it has the look and grain of real wood, the material resists mold, scratches, and even wine and food spills. The trim on the house is composed of the same PVC-based material.

Galveston Idea House Kitchen

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In the kitchen, the team focused on details to achieve a classic beach cottage look, choosing a farmhouse sink, beaded-board accents, vintage-style pendant lights, and engineered wood floors with an authentic hand-scraped appearance. Streamlined white cabinetry, with a mix of solid and glass-front doors and open shelving, enhances the cottage appeal and makes items easily accessible. Plus, "the glass visually expands the kitchen," Susan says.

Not everything was meant to appear old. Susan selected chic natural quartz countertops that mimic polished concrete, and cutting-edge stainless steel appliances. On the kitchen island, a sleek, flat, gas-through-glass cooktop is just 16 inches deep, allowing for more counter space while still offering full cooking capacity.

Galveston Idea House - Dining Room

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Dining Room

Susan carried the kitchen's clean, simple palette into the dining room, where she paired a faded wood table with feminine slipcovered chairs. "I love how the table's color connects to the driftwood mirror, and I think round is a wonderful shape because the room is almost square," she says. "The slipcovers make the room feel more relaxed and inviting." She also continued the theme of mixing old and new, adding a narrow, distressed console and a modern glass centerpiece. "It gives the room a bit of sparkle and makes it a little more contemporary," Susan says.

To soften the space and to stay consistent with the color scheme in the adjoining living area, Susan hung paisley draperies in soft blue, green, and sand tones. But because the room gets ample natural light, she also installed woven shades to filter the early-morning sun. "The different textures relate well to each other and make the room feel cozy," she says.

Michael and Brandan separated the dining area from the living room with columns rather than walls to keep the space light and airy. "[The columns] give the house rhythm and structure but open it up for modern living," Michael says. "And they open up views from one space to another."

Galveston Idea House Guest Bedroom

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Guest Room

The blue-and-green vine-pattern fabric inspired this room's sophisticated look. "The colors were just so soft and pretty―I thought they would make for a wonderful guest room," Susan says. She had the headboard upholstered in the fabric and made a bed skirt to match, then had linens custom made with borders in corresponding colors.

Susan filled the room with dainty, feminine details, including curvy bedside tables and lamp shades trimmed with glass beads. On the windows, she "kept the curtains unlined and flowy," combining blue gingham draperies (edged in a green version of the same pattern) with white twill Roman shades.

Bunk Beds

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Bunk Suite

The finely appointed bunk room is as stylish as it is fun. Board walls and marine-style light fixtures give this space a lighthearted feel, while navy houndstooth fabric puts a polished spin on the nautical motif. "It feels like you've just gone below deck," Susan says.

tub sink on nautical blue vanity

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 Bunk Room Bath

The adjoining bath features a low cabinet positioned under the window and a well-worn galvanized bucket for a sink. Traditional white subway tiles in the shower and soft blue pennyrounds on the floor are classic choices that never go out of style.

Galveston Idea House Master Bedroom

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Master Bedroom

High ceilings call for high design, so Susan suspended luxurious draperies around the master bed. For a nautical touch, she used ropes to hang the canopy. "I wanted to make the bed enveloping and cozy," she says. The mattress is designed for ultimate comfort, featuring an allergen-free organic cotton cover and foam support system.

Galveston Idea House Master Bath

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Master Bath

Touches of elegance also make their way into the master bath. Though the board walls, small white tiles, and antique-style faucet say vintage, the spa tub speaks of modern luxury.

Galveston Idea House Master Porch

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Master Porch

Playing off the bedroom's neutral color palette, Susan chose a rich chocolate scheme for the adjoining balcony, which soars high above the shoreline. A deep-brown shade gives the wicker-style furniture a more updated look and ties in with the outdoor rug. The galvanized coffee table makes the perfect spot for a newspaper and propped-up feet, and vibrant throw pillows finish the space.

Because connectivity to the street level is an important element in this traditional neighborhood, the team placed palms and other plants around the porch to further unite it with the ground below.

Strong Support
Inside each of these graceful columns lies a core of stainless steel, lending the home the look of historic Galveston with the strength to survive a hurricane such as September's Ike, which pummeled the island. In addition to the steel portals, the house is built on concrete pillars that won't deteriorate in the coastal climate the way wood pilings do. "What we're doing here goes above and beyond the coastal fortification requirements to give our owners peace of mind," says developer Tofigh Shirazi. "Not just with this house, but in every house at Beachtown."

Galveston Idea House cabana

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Outdoor Shower Cabana

Galveston homes―particularly those built close to the water―are raised to avoid flood damage. Our team took advantage of the space below the house to create a fabulous spot for entertaining, with just the dunes separating it from the sandy beach.

The dining area includes a teak table and chairs, while the outdoor kitchen boasts more than just your average grill. "You can fix your entire meal and enjoy it outside," Susan says. "You don't have to go up and down the stairs 25 times to get things, because you can have it all right there."

She also designed a cabana for desanding after a play day in the surf. "At the beach, everyone loves outdoor showers," Susan says. "They're fun, and it's great not to bring all the sand inside."

Cooking outdoors has never been so carefree. With a grill, several burners, and a prep sink, this stainless steel kitchen helps you elevate the outdoor dining experience from blasé to gourmet (or just make especially good hot dogs). Best of all, it's on rollers and separates into smaller units for storage.

Galveston Idea House - Exterior

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All in the Details

Inspired by Galveston's rich architectural past, Michael and Brandan designed a Carpenter Gothic-style home, taking into consideration the necessary elevation requirements. "This isn't a typical house on stilts," Michael says. "We wanted to create a house that stays true to its style in scale while relating to the neighborhood." 

The duo maximized the number of windows in the project, flooding the house with light and ocean views. They also added a cupola, which brings light into the interiors and allows for natural ventilation when the doors and vents are open.

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