Room for 19 in this downtown Bethany home

Date Published: 
July 8, 2016

Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.(Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home have called Bethany Beach their part-time home for 35 years. When the family of six grew to a family of 19, including nine grandchildren, the owners realized that they had outgrown their cozy townhome on Parkwood Street. Soon thereafter, they discovered that a lot was for sale in downtown Bethany, within a stone’s throw of their old house. They bought it in one day.

Bruce Mears guided them in the design and 2014 construction of a 3,700-square-foot home that was open, informal and big enough, with six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, to fit the huge clan. The trapezoid lot provided an opportunity for some unique architectural features, including a cozy hexagonal reading room.

On the main floor, white walls and cabinetry showcase the owners’ extensive art collection. Upstairs, vintage furnishings mesh with new finds to create a casual space with lots of personality. Favorite gathering spots for the extended family include the great room and the screened-in porch, where the swing bed is beloved by humans and dogs alike.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Tickets at $30 may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.