As I was looking through the August issue of This Old House magazine I came across an article about cottage style which centered on a home located on Tybee Island which is less than 20 miles from Savannah, Georgia. It’s a community of over 2,500 year round residents and boasts a unique collection of beach cottages, ocean front condos and million dollar single family homes. Although I’ve never visited this beach, having spent time in Savannah I hope to visit soon, as I haven’t quite gotten over my cravings for pecan pralines. On the next trip the plan is to buy twice as much having devoured this delectable treat on the drive between Savannah and Hilton Head on my last trip. I’ve coped by topping my Greek yogurt with Trader Joe’s Pecan Praline Granola each morning (it also makes a great crust over a blueberry cobbler). But I digress (sweets are one of my indulgences).
So the cottage that was featured was a small dark mess of a home built in 1946 with the word teardown written all over it according to the homeowner, a local interior designer and serial renovator. What intrigued me about the property, given my interest in sustainable design, was the fact that the owner decided against tearing the property down but instead renovated and decorated it entirely with vintage, salvage and flea market finds that she was able to creatively tie together through the use of paint, custom designed slipcovers and other coordinating fabrics. The thing that I’m most curious about is when planning a beach vacation would the average person be inclined to stay in this type of cottage as shown below or is the luxury of a more modern open concept condo more appealing? Take a look at the two homes below and decide which works best for you. If you care to share please do.
If a cottage doesn’t suit your taste an open concept condo is another alternative such as the one below.