Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 10

(Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of 10 previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25 and 26, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home were yearning for a beachside vacation home they could renovate in a style completely different from their 120-year-old home on Capitol Hill. Although the inland property they settled on had been neglected for many years prior to their purchase in 2014, it was situated in a pine grove with views of marshland and easy access to the water for kayaking. It was just what they wanted.

The interior of the 1,800-square-foot mid-’80s home solidly reflected that era, with wood paneling, Pergo floors, blond wood kitchen cabinets and outdated bathrooms — one of them bright red. As part of a total renovation, they updated the entire house, both inside and out, to create an “organic modern” home that comfortably blended into the sylvan setting.

The owner did all of the design, sourcing of material and construction oversight for the entire renovation. Small original windows and doors were replaced with large double sliders to open the house to natural light and create the sense of indoor/outdoor living they were seeking.

Drywall replaced the dated paneling, lighting was updated and engineered hardwood floors were added. In the open kitchen, quartz island countertops replaced dark granite. The original cabinets were reconfigured, painted and varnished to further brighten the space. Collar-ties were crafted from local barn beams to add architectural detail to the vaulted ceiling.

A selection of custom-crafted wood furnishings, antiques and artful accessories mingle with contemporary pieces to warm the cool palette of neutrals. White linen drapes throughout the house keep things simple and bathe the home in soft natural light filtered through the surrounding trees. An owner-designed hanging bed on the small porch adjacent to the master bedroom adds a final touch of serenity to this tranquil woodland escape.

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 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, priced at $30, 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.