Cottage Remodel Creates a Place to Make Memories
With this Anna Maria Island Remodel, our client now has the room to make memories with family. The couple loved the location of their small getaway cottage; a one-story bungalow. When their family grew to include grandchildren, they needed more space to accommodate everyone. Adding a second story created a place for vacations and holiday gatherings where three generations can happily spend time together.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce describes the island as “a place where “old” Florida charm can still be found, flip flops are a way of life and the speed limit never exceeds 35mph.” This description is spot on. A casual lifestyle attracted the couple in their initial search for a weekend place to relax and recharge. In the beginning, the small bungalow was ideal. As they spent more time there, visiting family and friends fell in love with the island too. After considering other options, expanding their existing place with a second story addition was the best decision.
The new upstairs area serves a dual purpose. In the living room setting, two drop leaf farmhouse tables hold books and accessories. When the family arrives, the tables are moved out and opened up so the entire group can enjoy dinner and conversations. Woodwork ties the room together. It is used on the fireplace wall to create a flow with the other architectural elements. The cedar ceiling on the interior is the same as the deck. Exposed collar ties mimic the texture of cedar cladding on exterior walls. Wood look tile flooring is used throughout the second story including the deck and bathroom. Finishes, furniture and fabric in coastal colors give the home a relaxing atmosphere. The blue paint was chosen because it is the color of the Gulf of Mexico on a sunny day.
In our next Anna Maria Island Remodel blog post, we will talk about the design challenge presented when you make the choice to have a TV and a fireplace in the same room. The next phase of this project will be moving ahead soon. Our clients want to give the original downstairs the same openness and architectural elements as the new addition upstairs. We look forward to spending more time with them, the slow pace of island life and enjoying a priceless view of the blue Gulf of Mexico.