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Garden City Beach House Design

Hello and happy Friday! It feels so good to be back in the office and in my groove after the holidays! I'm excited to share this week's blogpost all about a new construction project I'm currently working on. This roughly 3500 square foot beach house is what I'm calling California coastal because architecturally it's very California modern... boxy with a low pitch roof. Storm shutters will be added to the exterior windows along with palm trees, landscaping and a pool. The house is being built to sell or used as a vacation rental, whichever one comes first. Located on the inlet just a few blocks from the beach, it will have a brand new dock for fishing and boating. And the sunsets btw are breathtaking over the water!

Because this project is an investment property, a fine line has to be walked design wise. On one hand the finishes need to be beautiful and attractive for potential buyers with main stream appeal and the other they need to be durable and not too expensive in the event of a vacation rental. Speaking from experience, vacation rentals receive a lot of wear and tear and have a unique set of requirements.

Let's start with the kitchen. The cabinet design had already been hired out to a local cabinet company for factory cabinets when I came on board. Here is their rendering of the small but efficient open concept kitchen. There is a small pantry to the left of the refrigerator which could be used as an owners closet and there is another larger walk in pantry next to that with an additional full size refrigerator.

Below is the design board showing the plumbing fixtures, lighting, hardware, tile and flooring selections planned for this space. I love the mother of pearl backsplash tile which will run up and around the large picture window. I'm still shopping for countertops but envision something gray and honed, mimicking the look of concrete. The pendant lights are super fun and offer lots of texture while tying back into the modern CA style.

We went with a laminate product for flooring throughout nearly all of the house with the exception of 6 bathrooms with tile. My flooring rep said they've been having some problems with some of the LVT products due to covid material shortages and substitutions. I chose the Malibu Chestnut from Chesapeake Flooring which has a raw, beachy feel to it. I can't wait to show you the bathroom designs next week! LOVE THEM!

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