From the fun exterior colors to the awesome living space extension on the deck, this house is made for vacation. When we first purchased this house, the only way to access it was by putting a ladder up to the half falling down porch! We added a new front porch, new stairs, metal roof, huge raised deck, and an outdoor shower which is perfect for after a long day at the beach. At just 656 sq ft this little house packs some serious punch!
Everyone loves taking showers outdoors, and this saves all your interior plumbing from the sand you bring home from the beach. Putting together this shower under the deck couldn’t have been a simpler DIY. You can purchase these pre-cut pressure treated louver rails, and then just cut your deck boards to size and use a mallet to get the boards into the pre-cut grooves. We put up three walls with an opening towards the house and it instantly provided privacy, and was super affordable!
Links for artwork – Juniper Print Shop:
Left – Cove https://juniperprintshop.com/collections/all-prints/products/cove
Right – Coral https://juniperprintshop.com/collections/all-prints/products/coral
The living area and dining area share space in this main room, and we wanted it to feel cohesive with a natural, beachy feel throughout. The basket style coffee tables were a one-off find, but we found some great dupes at an affordable price point. Adding a DIY picture ledge behind the sofa was a great way to get layered art on the walls, and add a ton of style without feeling too busy in this small space. The sconces complete this wall and give some definition to the living area. In an effort to make this home the ultimate getaway, we were sure to include a compact sofa that also is a sleeper. The coffee tables can double as baskets, if flipped over, to hold all the sofa pillows while being used as a bed. Finding furniture that can do double duty in a small space is a must!
Another view of the main living area shows you that the front door enters right into this room. The first thing that you see is the fun hanging chair! Most hanging chairs are a bit larger than this one, and we knew that we would be tight on space. The World Market chair we used comes with a base, but we decided to use a hanging kit and make it swing. We get asked all the time about the blinds we used, and I love them. These woven blinds we used throughout the house are a great quality cordless option that add privacy with no fuss.
Wasting no space, placing the dining area in this corner of the main living room gives great access to the kitchen and also a great spot for doing other things like card games, puzzles, and providing extra seating. The unfinished dining table and bench were such a great option. We liked the natural look with the rest of the beachy accents, and by choosing unfinished meant that we could have stained, painted or white washed – endless options! The bench was a great choice because it can easily be pushed under the table when not in use. The DIY banquette opposite the bench also doubles as storage – no wasted space! The white wooden bead chandelier defines the dining area, and ties in all the natural textures.
One of the best layout changes that we did in this house, was to use this pass through space for a generous sized galley kitchen. We defined this space by adding an old sidelight from our stash that acts as a narrow transom. The amount of counter space and cabinet storage for such a small amount of square footage feels like a luxury. The opposite wall from the cabinets includes a peg rail for extra storage on an otherwise blank wall. We chose butcher block countertops that can be purchased as one large slab, and cut down to size. Butcher block offers such a nice natural look that compliments the original oak floors that we uncovered and refinished. Pairing affordable butcher block countertops with unfinished wood pulls and knobs make this kitchen set up very budget friendly. By throwing in some hanging plants and a surfboard shaped cutting board, this kitchen feels fun and fresh.
This main bedroom is the only original room of the house. We were able to keep most of its size and still have a large closet. By keeping the wainscoting light, it adds a spacious feeling and interest to the walls. The subtle wallpaper in a neutral color way and tropical pattern adds another layer, and continues the beachy feel of this home. The wallpaper is peel and stick, which is a great option for easy application and removal when you decide that you want a new look. We continued the layered look by using two rugs in this space. The Terracotta Sky rug is one that we have used often, and honestly looks great in so many different spaces. Layering a thinner rug over a larger jute rug is a great way to add color and pattern, and is easy on the budget by using a smaller more expensive rug over a larger rug or even carpet. This room feels like such a retreat.
Links for artwork – Juniper Print Shop
Here With You https://juniperprintshop.com/products/here-with-you?_pos=1&_sid=995d490d2&_ss=r
The addition of a second bedroom in this house made it so much more functional and marketable. We were even able to get a fairly large closet in this room, as well. The wallpaper in this room was our splurge for this space, but is so fun! A great tip for a splurge paper is to include a wainscoting – like this board and batten – that goes a little bit higher up the wall. The height of the wainscoting in this room showcases the surfer wallpaper and also doubles as a great art ledge. We found these wall sconces with a nautical look, but decided we wanted another pop of color in this space. Spray painting a fixture is a great way to customize it, and is a super easy DIY project.
Would you believe that this bathroom is a space that didn’t even exist in the original floor plan? This space used to be a set of interior stairs that led to the storage area under the house. We knew we could put this space to better use, and make the bathroom placement much more functional for the house. This full bath opens off the kitchen and additionally to the main bedroom, both by space saving pocket doors. We found this great vanity that was not too large but still had great style and most importantly storage. Taking the tile and the striped shower curtain all the way up to the ceiling made the space feel bigger.
We really couldn’t be happier with how this place turned out. Shouldn’t have a favorite, but this one might be it. Love getting to work on the smaller spaces. I hope you enjoyed this post with all the styling links. Styling these houses really helps them come to life and show off all of their character. Hopefully you can find some tips, tricks, or new to you products to help you get these looks in your home!
Any questions about this charmer?? Ask away in comments ❤️
Do Y’all get TDI Certification on all your houses?
Our homes aren’t new builds. Often old structures in coastal areas get Historic Windstorm exemptions. This is how they are allowed to have old windows and doors with obviously don’t meet today’s windstorm ratings. But when we put on say a new roof we always get them WPI8 certified. All new add ons and decks also get structural engineering and city permitting/approval.
What are the colors of the exterior of the house? Please & thank you!
Still wondering if there will be another season so much look forward to your work
Love you guys!!!!
Please tell me there is a season 3!!!!
Love y’all. Love your show !
Precious baby girl looks just like her Daddy!
Where did you get the bathroom tile?
Any chance I could get the name of the exterior colors? The door color goes well with the others, great job 🙂
When you build in a historic district do i you have to abide by certain colors, etc? Do they approve what you can do?
There are no restrictions on paint colors in any areas. Though this house isn’t in a historic district. But even in the districts there is no restrictions on colors. On the Strand I do believe they have some color guidelines. But that’s just for those buildings
I love this! So great that we can shop these homes now. This one has to be my favorite from Season 2. The surfer wallpaper was so fun!
Thanks!! It’s such a fun little house
I just found your show! I absolutely love it. I signed up for Discovery + just to watch your show on demand. Thank you for being so inspirational- the one where you fix up Michael’s first house was so wonderful. The penny was heartfelt. Much love for the entire Cordray family from Aggieland USA!
Thank you so much for watching!!
Love this home. What color are the cabinets and exterior paint?
Love your show!!! Will there be a third season?
PLEASE tell me how to order these outdoor shower louvers. They’re perfect for my place in Palm Springs. Thank you Ashley, LOVE YOUR SHOW. xoxo
The links to the products are under the pictures in the post. They are awesome!
Still waiting to find out! Stay tuned
Love what you have done on this one! And all the outdoor spaces! Will this house be available for sale? We are from Houston 🙂
This house sold long ago! After we filmed season 2.
Just found your show, I love it! I hope you come back for another season. Love what you’re doing for Galveston.
My husband and I love your show! We lived in Galveston from 1982-1987, he owned an ad agency and I was Development Director for the Historical Foundation. We love seeing familiar places, and changes that have occurred since we left. Is your office in The Wentletrap? It looks like the first office we had in Galveston! Keep up the good work! We loved our time on the island.
Love your show, I’m from Long Island,NY.
Loving your show from Lake Charles Louisiana.
Is there a listing of all of the locations that were featured on the show?
We visit Galveston often and would love to see them all.
Brian – did you find addresses? I too visit Galveston often from Lake Charles and would really love to see them!
We found your show a couple weeks ago and have watched every episode! We are hooked!!
Please bring back more seasons!
Just curious if you ever have problems with lead paint with these older homes and does that have an affect on the decision process of choosing to restore one of these homes. Love the show! Thank you
Is possible to have the address if the homes you have completed. My wife and I just finished season two and would love to ride by and enjoy the exterior oof the homes. Although we live in league city now we are both BOI and enjoy riding through the various neighborhoods to enjoy.
We were both born in 1953 and most of the neighbors were run down and to see what you and others have done is incredible.
love to tour galveston to see these beauties. can we get listings of homes you and ashley
How much did the reno cost?