Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 9

The welcoming front door is just one of many architectural features that make this North Bethany home shine.

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(Editor’s note:  This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After visiting a North Bethany community for many years, the owners of this home eventually purchased there in 2016 and began planning a home that would comfortably serve multiple generations of their family, completing it just in time for this year’s tour.

The 4,500-square-foot house incorporates a modern mix of industrial, coastal and organic elements to create a transitional twist on the traditional gabled beach cottage.  A dramatic floating oak staircase ascends from the entry to reveal a towering bank of windows designed to flood the home with natural light from the southern exposure.

 The upper level is designed to maximize ocean views and cross ventilation, with a 16-foot wide bank of folding doors that open the main living area to a screened porch and adjacent deck.  A vaulted ceiling with exposed ductwork and wooden rafters tops the great room, adding to the bright and airy open floor plan.

Reclaimed woods and woven textures in the furnishing soften the industrial elements. A master suite with a walk-through closet of custom cabinetry sits at the back of that level, capped by an ocean-view balcony.

The entire middle level is dedicated to houseguests, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, laundry and a communal sitting room anchored by a custom wood-slat wall.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Volunteers are still needed to serve as hostesses and hosts in this year’s 10 tour homes. Anyone who can give some of their time on either one or both of the tour days is being asked to send an email to or call (302) 537-5828.

Tickets cost $30 and may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at  The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.