At first, designer Marie Flanigan‘s purchasers have been set on constructing their dream seaside home—an ultramodern getaway on the water—from scratch. However then they got here throughout this three,000-square-foot Galveston, Texas, residence, which got here with its personal boat slip and a pool. “When the chance to transform this house on the bay presented itself, they quickly decided they were up for the challenge!” says Flanigan. There was positively a lot work to be completed. The residence was overloaded with ornamental particulars—an excessive amount of beadboard trim, painted terra-cotta tiles—in dire want of an edit. “Our end goal was to update and streamline, creating a fresh new gathering space for their family that pays homage to their contemporary sense of style,” Flanigan explains. Easygoing textures and a refreshing palette of grays, lotions, and tons of white—with the requisite sea-inspired touches of blue and inexperienced—did simply that. “The home is now an inviting escape where the family can breathe deeply and decompress,” the designer notes, and it is proof that sensible upgrades make all the distinction. Learn on to see what we imply.
These new counter tops appear to be concrete, however they are not. “The counter slabs are fabricated out of Neolith, a nearly indestructible materials that may endure busy grandbabies and dinner events alike with out the upkeep different surfaces typically require.”
Lastly, acknowledgement that we use each nook of a kitchen island in a different way. “Split countertop heights create a more functional division between cooking and entertaining.”
Balancing out the open-concept area did wonders. Flanigan switched out the stout authentic higher cupboards with double-stacked variations that attain the ceiling and might stand as much as the towering fire throughout the approach.
Lesson realized: Larger is not all the time higher. “The original fireplace came up short in comparison to the high ceilings, and its busy rock façade protruded deeply into the surrounding seating areas.” Flanigan’s answer: Each elevate and recess the fire and chimney to make them much less outstanding. Now, a contemporary concrete fireplace is topped by the white shiplap that covers the partitions of the complete dwelling area.
There’s a lot on the market past the 8×10 rug. “The expanded furniture plan, anchored by an oversize (23 feet long!) Perennials rug, embraces the scale of the room instead of chopping it into smaller, isolated segments.”
Behold, the marvel that’s the random nook. A tiny sitting room off the authentic master suite was underused area. Flanigan switched out French doorways for a compact sliding one, then tore out the wall of built-ins to make room for a day mattress with a pull-out trundle “chosen for the future grandkids.”
A minor adjustment could make a severe impression. “We rotated the original catty-corner tub by 45 degrees, which opened up the floor plan significantly.”
Severely, take into account Neolith. “Neolith slabs in a Calacatta colorway form the new countertops and frame out the mirrors, offering the illusion of marble coupled with the peace of mind that is much appreciated in a salty, humid climate—virtually nothing short of a hurricane could damage this material!”