Oregon Beach Bungalow, Before Friends Pam and Lois found this beachfront home in Arch Cape, Oregon, and began a total overhaul with the idea of sharing weekends by the shore. Built in 1972 at the end of a winding country road, the house had good, modern bones and a spectacular beachfront setting – but it also came with poorly planned spaces, a depressing vibe, and small windows.
Marshfront Cottage, Before Vanita and Harry Morgan found this rundown, 800-square-foot, late-1920s cottage, which once belonged to auto pioneer Henry Ford, while touring the Ford Plantation. Though it was going to be torn down, the little place -- with its terra-cotta roof, board-and-batten siding, and livable floor plan -- oozed charm.
Oregon Beach Bungalow, After Pam and Lois resurfaced nearly all of the shack’s dark-wood paneling with wallpaper, tile, and painted drywall. They opened the space, removing a partial wall that separated the kitchen from the living room, and left the wall opposite the beach-facing windows bare as homage to the house’s original mid-century origins. They converted unused attic space into a sleeping loft and expanded the oceanside deck.
Marshfront Living Room, After The stripped original poplar tongue-and-groove boards, heart-pine flooring sealed with a clear polyurethane, and a beeswax-polished pine mantel lend a warm, welcoming glow. The off-white trim is a crisp touch.