Posted on May 12, 2013 - 12:02 PM
by Kathleen Floryan
The entire oceanfront home is refreshed and renewed with a new life and spirit capturing the essence of oceanfront living. You can feel it the moment you approach and step inside the entrance. The architectural triangular features are definitely enhanced with new archways, windows and doors, interior stonework, fine carpentry, solid dark stained oak wood floors, all adding to the intrinsic value of the home. The new architectural shingle roof has replaced the wood shake roof that was allowing water seepage into the attic and walls. The entire Heating and Air Conditioning Ventilation system had to be replaced along with much of the wall and attic insulation. Here are some of the before photos as Laurie first saw this house.
Laurie’s vision was to “Open Up" the entire house which included installing windows that would actually open where they didn’t before. She also recognized the entire rear of the home was inaccessible without going out the front door to around the sides of the house or through the backdoor hallway out through the garage portico. Laurie decided that three doors exiting to the backyard would be an answer. Two patio doors were cut out directly off the kitchen; another was cut out through a wall in the redesigned family/media room. The result maximizes their use of outdoor spaces and their 150 feet of ocean frontage. This brilliant solution to the exterior access is further improved with raised wood deck patios just outside of each door, making the decks the perfect setting for a glass of Chardonnay and the best ocean views.
Dramatically different is the kitchen in both space and style. A kitchen is always a magnet in a home for gathering family and friends. So having the kitchen functional and beautiful is essential. Opening up the kitchen with two external doors, plus opening the kitchen to the living areas by knocking down a wall, clearly brought more natural light to the kitchen and really heightened the panoramic ocean views. Dark stained ceiling beams were added and matched the oak floor stain. Arched stonework over the Wolf gas range mirrors the stone on the new archway and the two center columns in the living room and three fireplaces. Together with the contrast of light and dark kitchen cabinetry the décor lends a feel of “old world” charm to the kitchen ambiance. It’s definitely a place that will bring out the creativity of any chef. Enjoy the slideshow of the interior photos where you will see transitions by the sea competed.
All of the finishing touches with the furnishings and other décor have made this house a more beautiful home. Home design and décor has been Laurie’s passion and she has prior experience with eight other homes. Having learned a few things from her father who was in the construction business, Laurie says she identifies what needs to be fixed and has an instinct for improvement. Keep in mind that every room of this house required work and modifications, from the floors to the doors, from the rafters to the studs. The only areas still left untouched from the day of purchase are the master bathroom, the underground climate controlled wine cellar and basement storage areas. Those are on the “to do list” for next year along with the planned swimming pool and the apartment garage. Laurie will certainly use her practical knowledge with this Transition By the Sea to launch her own creative design company. No doubt, she will be very successful in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida or anywhere in the Jacksonville, Northeast Florida region, if she did just that!
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