BEFORE AND AFTER-LAGUNA BEACH
I feel summer in the air! My daughter came home from school yesterday and said that she only had 8 weeks and 3 days left of school. That shocked me but at the same time, got me excited.
I started thinking about the beach and beach houses and wanted to share a project I worked on in Laguna Beach, CA. The before and afters are great! It shows what a little imagination can do to a home. I did the remodel design and the day to day managing on this project- so the openings of doorways, wall treatment, woodwork, painting and fireplaces as well as the bathrooms, kitchen and deck. My sweet friend, Erin Curci designed the interiors. It was a fun collaboration!
The house has an insane view of the ocean and a ton of light, but the rooms felt dark when I first saw the project. My mantra was, "How can we make it brighter in here?" Tearing down walls always helps:-) In the 7th photo (I put numbers below the photos) you will see a wall that closed the back half to the ocean view. So, down in went. By the end of the project you could see the ocean from the back yard.
Walls were widened and brought up when possible. The kitchen opening is a perfect example. Space is at a minimum, so we kept some upper cabinets but removed most. The open shelving allowed more light into the kitchen.
It is a fresh, beachy home that the homeowner calls her "shimmer house!" Enjoy! The home was featured in Coastal Living. I put a link to my website where I posted the article.
Living room and fireplace
Get your beach on!