(Editor’s note: This is the first 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.)
As they looked toward full-time retirement in Bethany Beach, the owners of this house realized that they had outgrown their 1998 vacation home and would have to renovate in order to get the added light, space and storage they needed. The focus of the 2017 update was to completely open up the second floor of their inverted floor plan, with larger windows to maximize natural light and take better advantage of the peaceful views of the wetlands and pond at the back of the house.
A nine-panel glass curtain on the front of the house adds dramatic visual impact both inside and out, spreading light to the stairway, as well as the lower guest level and upper main floor. At the top of the stairs, a centrally located porch with a full-length retractable screen captures the beauty of the natural surroundings and offers a perfect spot for quiet observation of the ever-changing scenery.
Large picture windows in both the living room and master bedroom continue the focus on the outdoors. The main living area is now completely open to the view, whether sitting at the expansive kitchen island, dining at the farmhouse table or relaxing in front of the fireplace.
Original works by a variety of local artists add color and regional interest to the soft neutral palette of the transitional coastal décor. By fully opening the interior of their home the owners have created a setting for casual living and entertaining, and are now able to savor the serenity of their natural surroundings from every vantage point.
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
www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.