Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 5 — Bethany home blends custom touches

Date Published: 
June 2, 2017

Coastal Point • Submitted: This teardrop chandelier contrasts with the distressed table that it illuminates in this downtown home.Coastal Point • Submitted: This teardrop chandelier contrasts with the distressed table that it illuminates in this downtown home.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Years of vacation visits to the Delaware shore led the owners of this home and their children to Bethany Beach, where they found that the happiness level and ready access to the ocean made for the perfect spot to re-create an updated version of their original California surf shack from years ago. Connecting with a builder and architect who shared the husband’s longtime love of surfing made for a perfect alliance.

They opted for a modest three-bedroom, three-bath home of 2,500 square feet, where the spaces are designed to be functional and efficient, and are distinguished by interesting interior nooks and pleasing exterior roof lines. An open floor plan and plenty of windows are designed to bathe the space in natural light, keeping it bright and airy despite the northern exposure and wooded neighborhood.

Bright green shakes on the chimney hint at the colorful touches that permeate the design and décor inside. Soft gray walls serve as a neutral backdrop for pops of color, seen in the mustard-yellow pocket doors, green kitchen tile and multicolored accessories. Other inventive elements include a fireside hideaway for their beloved yellow Lab and a pair of cozy high-perched lofts that connect their college-age kids’ bedrooms.

The husband is an accomplished amateur woodworker whose creations combine with his wife’s refurbished found treasures, adding a distinctly artistic touch to their décor. She enjoys balancing his rustic wood elements with an occasional bit of “bling,” as seen in the glass teardrop chandelier in the dining room, chosen to contrast with the bulk of the distressed wood table below that he created. Just one year after completion, the family is finding their new home has fulfilled their longing to always be near the water.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.

Tickets, priced at $30, may be purchased 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.