My Shore House

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In the course of our busy lives I feel like we always have the intent to do this and that.  As the owner of a smallish childcare franchise you could say I am busy.  Currently we own 4 schools and are getting ready to launch franchises for sale.  In my spare time and for fun I decorate and renovate houses with my husband.  He does all the construction and I do most of the design…he does get a small opinion.  For the past few years I have been looking for a way to document our renovation and design work.  This blog is going to be my outlet.  Our most recent project was our New Jersey shorehouse.  From the minute I laid eyes on this little bungalow I knew I wanted to gut it and bring it back to life.  Here is a picture of our little gem before we got our hands on it.


Front OF house


See, it was very cute… Very White…but very cute with a ton of potential…

For the past 60 years it has undergone many, many bad and poorly executed renovations.  While I am sure the intent was great the execution was not.  We bought this house knowing that this was going to be a project and not a short one.  From start to finish it was a full 6 months to be exact..and the house is only 1800 Sq Ft.  We are actually still remodeling the last bathroom.  Pics to come later on that one.

So this little shore house started with a ton of potential and I couldn’t be happier with the way it has ended up.  Below are some pics of what it looks like today.  We painted the exterior brick grey to give some contrast to the white trimmed windows, installed a new Shaker door and added blue vinyl siding in a vertical direction to give the illusion of height.  We added the window at the top to add some extra light on the interior.  The grass and wood columns finish the house giving it the feel of a true bungalow.

On the interior we tore down walls and ceilings to create a better flow and add height to the living area which gives the illusion of space.  In a house this small having it feel as spacious as we could was important.  The kitchen before was boxy and cramped with a wall that separated it from the living room.  Throughout the demolition the back kitchen wall was one that got knocked down and rebuilt to make the kitchen bigger…even though we added 18 inches to the kitchen/living room it made a huge difference. Now it is open with vaulted ceilings and a neutral palate that does not darken the room.

The front living area is now open to the kitchen and feels more inviting and comfortable.    We carried the floor all throughout the house to try to keep the flow consistent and again not break off rooms that would give the boxy feeling.

The Master Bedroom was probably the most spacious room in the house.  Since this is a second home for us we didn’t feel the need to keep it so large.  We had the closets rebuilt on the back side of the room and I choose this amazing bold Hibiscus Self-adhesing wall paper for the back drop.  It is the perfect beachy bedroom with tons of storage space!

The master bathroom was a hot mess.  The walls were patched and uneven, there was a huge jacuzzi tub that was just too big for the room and the teal walls are not my taste for a bathroom.  The plumbing and electric behind the walls were an accident waiting to happen.  I was never so happy to see studs and subfloor!  So after our plumber and electrician made the bathroom safe for use my husband applied my design and the result is just gorgeous.

Since we are at the shore the Octopus shower curtain was more than appropriate.  The gold fixtures are the perfect finishing touch for the navy vanity with the navy/gold/greyish patterned ceramic floor tile.  I really Love this room.

Well, that was the front half of the house, I will post soon about the back half of the house.  Thank you for reading my first blog post and I hope you come back to see more of my design work, I have a lot more to post!


Melanie Keller

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