Nantucket Cottage Makeover
A dazzling pond steps from the back door and a breathtaking vista of the Atlantic Ocean to the south: That's all the new owners of this Nantucket home needed to see before they decided to take a chance on the worn-out summer house. "We knew we could open up this house to the water and sunshine, and make it something special," says the homeowner. With the help of designer Stephen Theroux, they swapped out small windows and sliding doors for French doors that bring both light and charm into the home. They also installed new driftwood-colored oak floors and made a series of smart fixes to help the interiors feel larger. Here's how this dark, dated home got a complete remodel without losing its character.
After years of weathering the salt air, the facade was replaced with the same materials used in the original construction: white cedar for the siding, red cedar for the roof, and mahogany decking.
Living Room Before
To make the home's small footprint feel larger and the ceilings seem higher, Theroux brightened the walls, ceiling beams, and trusses with linen-white paint.
Living Room After
"Painting the interior, including the architectural elements, made a huge impact," he says. "It was like a night-and-day difference. It now feels clean, airy, and beachy."
Dining Room Before
The sea should have been the star of the homeowners' open dining room, but with sliding glass doors that had turned cloudy from years of salt air, the view was muted.
Dining Room After
Function was as important as aesthetics in the small master bath, so Theroux and his team stripped the room down to the studs to establish a harder-working layout.
Master Bathroom After
Back Deck Before
The back deck was always one of the homeowners' favorite spots, but they longed for a more open and less divided space.
Open Up Outdoor Spaces
Removing the partitions that had awkwardly divided the deck allowed the owners to reimagine the outdoor living area as a singular gathering hub. “We have our cofee there in the morning and our lunch there in the afternoon,” says the homeowner, who added a trio of white market umbrellas for shade and a wicker patio set. “We pretty much live out on the deck whenever we’re here.”