Design Around This #22: Background for Beach Houses

cawapsJuly 6, 2013

We used to have a recurring thread around here called Design Around This, where we would propose a design theme, and folks on the board would come up with a kitchen design (either in the form of an organized mood board or just a collection of pics of various kitchen elements) in keeping with the themes.

We are reviving the threads with the theme of "Beach House." This thread is just to introduce the topic so that folks can discuss and share inspiration pics, and get started on designs. In about a week I will post a new thread for folks to post their designs. Splitting up the threads gives people time to work on designs before the topic goes "live."

If you weren't around for the earlier Design Around This threads, please check out About the Design Around This threads. It has information on how to construct a design board, and also has a list of all the past topics we did, so you can see what it is all about.

Everyone is encouraged to participate. A lot of people seem to have the impression that you have to be "talented" to do this, but most of us had never done this before attempting it on one of these threads (even if you don't do a design, we'd love to hear your comments). The how-to thread helps with technique, a little bit of reading and research helps with the topic, and learning by doing is the rest of it. When I started with these threads, I didn't even know how to post pics, but the threads were great for forcing me to climb the learning curve on pics, HTML, etc., and ultimately made me a more active participant in the boards, since I was able to give visual design feedback.

As I said, the the theme of the next thread will be beach houses. There's a lot of flexibility there--your house could be anywhere from Nantucket to Florida to Santa Cruz to Hawaii (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter). The home can be modest to magnificent, vintage to modern. Here are a few examples I found. I tried to choose pics that represented a range of designs, but at the same time were "beachy" enough that they didn't look like they could be in just any kitchen. I probably let my my biases come through (white, aqua, rustic, shiplap), so chime in with your own opinions and pics of what says "beach house" to you.

Traditional Kitchen by Howard Lake Cabinets & Cabinetry Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Traditional Kitchen by Savannah Interior Designers & Decorators Joel Snayd

Tropical Kitchen by Denver Photographers Brenda Olde

Eclectic Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes

Eclectic Kitchen

Traditional Kitchen by Howard Lake Cabinets & Cabinetry Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Contemporary Kitchen by Berkeley Architects & Designers WA design

Traditional Kitchen by Brisbane Kitchen & Bath Designers Interiors By Darren James

Contemporary Kitchen by Seattle Architects & Designers Rhodes Architecture + Light

Eclectic Kitchen by Santa Barbara Architects & Designers Simmons and Company

Contemporary Kitchen by Los Altos Interior Designers & Decorators Viscusi Elson Interior Design - Gina Viscusi Elson

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Moontide Rentals

Hughes Architects

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Holly- Kay

Wow! I just totally fell for that vintage pink and white kitchen. If I found a summer home that had a kitchen like that I would just have to have it!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 10:11AM
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Holly- Kay

My design would have to include the baby turtles backsplash that c9pilot just posted a few days ago.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 11:24AM
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Love the first two kitchens, but that view in the last one is just gorgeous!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 11:34AM
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Perfect timing! I'm renovating a condo at the beach.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 12:23PM
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Bumping back to page 1.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 6:15AM
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Well, I started trying to figure out Olioboard by doing. While I was looking for something I've always liked to kick off my sandy old kitchen imaginings, though, my fancy was yanked in a bizarrely different direction. Also bizarrely, apparently I needed someone else to choose what I never would, because next thing I know a cream-and-taupe Chicagoan named Christine is making these decisions, eyebrows in the air and muttering, "Well, why not?" (Seemingly even my emotional surrogate has to be someone whose tastes I can sort of identify with, although I'd love a sandy old kitchen in Florida and she'd never even imagined visiting one en passant.) Where this stuff is coming from and where we're going with it, I don't know, but neither of us are taking any of it too seriously. :)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 12:13PM
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Rosie, one thing I've always enjoyed about the DATs is that they let you take "you" out of the equation and do a design that you never would have chosen for yourself. Designing for yourself, you have to worry about living with the consequences for 20 years, and I think that most people tend to lean a bit conservative as a consequence. Doing a purely theoretical design for a purely theoretical client who exists only in your mind is very freeing.

I'm looking forward to seeing what "Christine" comes up with.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 12:40PM
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Florida's pulling Christine out of her comfort zone, too. She took a surprising fancy to that Murano glass stove hood on another thread but decided regretfully that it'd probably be more likely to make people notice things like the chip on the old stove and the pantry's otherwise comfortable little cant.

Olioboard turned out to be pretty easy. Thanks to whoever suggested it on the linked thread. It has plain rooms to fill, but I'm just clicking and dropping items off the web to a blank screen.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 9:11AM
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When I think "beach house", I think of various shades of blue & turquoise, yellows and white.
Washed out wood, like driftwood, is okay, too. But that last picture takes it!
Doesn't matter if it's a traditional or modern look, you can't go wrong!

@Holly-Kay - thanks!

This post was edited by c9pilot on Tue, Jul 9, 13 at 10:37

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 10:35AM
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I like this:

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 11:09AM
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Holly- Kay

You are very welcome C9, I love your baby turtles!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 12:31PM
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I tend to think of beach houses as fairly casual--something designed with the expectation that people will be walking in and out with wet, sandy feet. However, in my search for pics of beach houses, I found a lot of highfalutin kitchens--which I guess makes sense given the price of beach real estate. If you can afford the house, you can afford the fancy kitchen. But the result was a lot of real-life beach house kicthens that looked like they could have been in any well-appointed house, anywhere. Nothing said "beach" to me.

Nosoccermom, I like the one you posted. I could see kids tracking sand in there (if that makes sense as a beach kitchen criterion).

C9pilot, the view from that last kitchen is fabulous, almost to the point where you don't notice the kitchen design.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 1:08PM
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I am going to recycle a kitchen I used in the design around a non SGTG white kitchen.
.My design is for a young couple in their late 20's. They just bought their first home in La Jolla, Ca. Small bungalow and they are on a budget. They DIY'ed their own stained concrete counters after seeing an add for a company that did it professionally. there was a learning curve so they practiced first. They used ikea for base cabs and have used all surfboard shelves instead of uppers. They repurposed an old dresser for an island and found galvanized steel pulls to use on the ikea cabs. They refinished all the homes flooring with a driftwood finish and they added a ceiling fan light fixture over island

Over sink light

Surfboards turned upside down for shelves.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 4:03PM
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I was thinking about some of the designs from old threads when I posted this. Leia_in_lalaland also had a surfer beach house in the "White" thread with kitschy hula dancers. And anna_chosak's shagreen and fishscale tile beach house from the animal prints thread was fabulous.

Roarah, I like your aqua just as much now as the first time you posted it. But... this was supposed to just be the introductory thread, not for posting actual designs! (The best laid plans...) When I post the design thread, will you repost?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 10:58PM
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Bumping back to page 1.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 12:31PM
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    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 10:59AM
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Bump. I just though of the perfect lighting fixture....

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 11:21PM
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MrsMortarmixer asked about beach house styles on the other thread--in the context of "what style house are you designing for." Beach house architectural styles can be anything really, depending on when they were built, the owner's taste, and how much money was invested. They all tend to be designed with plenty of ocean-facing windows to capture the view.

Here's a smattering of Hawaiian beach homes, from modest to extravagant and from outrageously ethnic to minimalist modern.

This photo of Kiholo Bay is courtesy of TripAdvisor

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:14AM
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Here are some Florida beach houses:

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:21AM
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Cape Hatteras:

This photo of Barrier Island Station at Kitty Hawk is courtesy of TripAdvisor

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:28AM
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    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:34AM
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Santa Cruz:

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:41AM
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I'm late getting my board together. Just had a quick glance, these kitchens look great! I promise to get mine together tomorrow, will review the others after that. Thanks for starting this cawaps.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 9:51PM
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