Welcome to our elegant coastal home tour! We moved out of this home last year. You can check out our new home building series here. I have to say I was sad to say goodbye to our home, but the new homeowners were lovely which made the whole process easier knowing they would love the home just as much as we did.
When we originally built this home, we built it as a spec house (A spec house is a home built for the general home buyer, as opposed to a custom home in which the home is built customized to the homeowners’ needs who prepurchased the home). As we built this home, I was praying our own home would sell so we could move in:). After having our home listed for a few months and many prayers later, our home sold with multiple offers and we were able to move in!
OUR ELEGANT COASTAL ENTRYWAY
HOME FLOOR PLANS
We have built this same house plan a few times now for a few clients. We love this floor plan and works perfectly with a long narrow lot. Our particular lot we were building on, was slightly pie-shaped, so we needed a little more width for the front of the house to look balanced from the front of the house. But we needed the back to remain narrow. A great solution was to add a double garage to the front of the house, and being that the front master bedroom was over the garage we ended up with a double sized master bedroom! This bedroom sitting area was a great place to survive life with teens running around all evening long…why does it take them so long to get to bed?
We happened to have built this similar layout for my brother and sister-in-law as well a few years back. I asked my sister-in-law if there were any changes she would make to her house layout and she said to make the island bigger. So we did! We added storage to the backside for the kids coloring and craft items and my recipe books. There is also room for the bar stools to come around the sides of the island to be able to hang out more comfortably with friends…because who doesn’t want to visit around the island?! The great thing was we could comfortably eat together around the island.
During the building process, Ryan and I argued for an hour about how to set up this glass cabinet while the cabinet guy waited for us to make up our minds. There was a beam across the ceiling there, so there was no way to keep the consistency of the uppers. Thats the joy of building, always make room for the unexpected. But the trick is to make it look intentional. It usually works out to be the prettiest parts of the house too!When home building or renovating, go in being very very flexible.Click To Tweet
I just loved the idea of having the glass cabinet to the counter top as I had seen in other inspiring kitchen images. So after the embarrassing mini battle in front of the cabinet guy… we finally decided to go ahead with the cabinet coming down to the counter with the glass door. It became the perfect coffee area and a completed the cabinets perfectly. It became well worth the “Discussion”;).
TWO STOREY LIVING ROOM
The floor to ceiling fireplace was a must with this floor plan. We have built this layout a few different ways. One with a bedroom above making the upstairs larger. But we love the grandness (is that a word?) in this space! With the view of the trees in the back, it became such a peaceful space to spend time and hangout as with family and friends.
As we had built this layout for our brother and sister-in-law as well… It has been very surreal to walk into their home being it laid out similar to ours. It is amazing at how different theirs looks with different decor though! They also happen to have the same vehicle as us… and it has not been the first time we have shared similar vehicles either. I am still not sure who copies who? We have a lot of crazy fun with our Ryan’s brother and his wife. Our kids even get to be in the same classes at school. It is so special to have family that you can be friends and grow up with:).
I absolutely love this laundry room! Being directly off the kitchen it makes doing laundry simple. It was a great place to plunk all the lunch kits and messy school papers to keep them out of my kitchen.
I made the countertop multi-functional with cabinet space and an open area for a stool for the counter to be used as a desk or storage for a laundry basket. But the best part? It made for a really great change cloth diaper station for my baby niece when my sister and her family lived with us for a short time. Where was this laundry room when my kids were in the diaper stage?!?!
COLORS USED IN THIS HOME
One thing about being an interior designer is there is a lot of pressure to get your own decor just right! I love being able to play and try new things in my own home, much to my families dismay of forever changing out and selling furniture. That being said, I use a lot of furniture and decor I already own or find used to work within our small budget. I will paint it or recover it to make it work within my space. It sometimes is just how your decor is styled more than the furniture you own.
It sometimes is just that simple! You don’t have to spend a lot of money on furniture and accessories to have a functional well designed home.
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