Remodeling a Historic Coastal Cottage from Shack to Chic

This historic coastal cottage in Georgia was taking from shack to chic.

remodeling historic coastal cottage Georgia

The cottage once belonged to auto pioneer Henry Ford and was saved from being torn down. The remodeling included moving the house to higher ground (see brick foundation) to protect it from flooding. In other words, this late 1920s coastal cottage needed a little more than just TLC. But look how charming it is now, with its bright white picket fence.

historic cottage remodeling before picture
Signs of neglect.

historic cottage living room
To get to this point, the original wall and ceiling boards were stripped and scraped of more than 70 years of paint layers. Not a quick fix! For the owners, remodeling the historic coastal cottage was a lesson in devotion. The painting above the couch is by local artist Bellamy Murphy.

cottage bathroom after remodeling
Vaulted ceilings were added in the master bath, as well as in the kitchen, and a larger window was installed too. As said, from shack to chic! This bathroom now feels spacious and bright.

coastal cottage porch
And from the dining room you can open the French doors to a new screened porch with water views. Feel free to hang out for a little while! To read more go to Coastal Cottage Remodeling Before and After at My Home Ideas, and Historical Concepts.