Oregon Living Room, Before A giant hearth overtakes this Oregon coastal room, and seating turns its back on the water view. Outdated beach house living room in Arch Cape, Oregon
Oregon Living Room, After A concrete-and-tile fireplace surround doesn’t crowd the space, making for comfy spots to watch the waves.
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.
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, Before Rotten window frames and peeling paint made the Morgans’ cozy cottage house look sad and gloomy.
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.
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.
Marshfront Cottage, After- All this Georgia cottage needed was TLC. The Morgans updated fixtures, replaced decaying siding, and added extra space.