Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peak No. 2

Family’s space ‘grows’ with this recent renovation

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

Four years after purchasing a cozy three-bedroom South Bethany bungalow, the owners of this home realized they had outgrown the dated and cramped 1,200-square-foot space. They loved their quiet location in the Cat Hill neighborhood, just a five-minute bike ride from the beach, so decided to renovate rather than move.

The house was completely gutted, down to the studs, and a second floor was added, increasing the total square footage to 2,100. The rest of the home was completely remodeled, adding a spacious new chef’s kitchen and four en suite bedrooms.

Tongue-and-groove engineered eucalyptus bamboo floors echo the pine tongue-and-groove cathedral ceiling that was carefully preserved from the original home’s living room. The owners recalled that the distinctive ceiling was a key attraction when they bought the original home in 2014 and even now, after the renovation, continues to draw people’s attention.

To counter those rustic wood elements, sheer white drapes diffuse the light in every room to create a soft, soothing atmosphere. Furnishings and décor are transitional eclectic, with many of the choices influenced by the homeowner’s California roots and her artistic touch. The result is designed as a warm and welcoming space that blends the best of the old home with the updated comforts of the new.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Tickets may be purchased for $35 at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.