Located in the idyllic community of Rio Del Mar, this beach bungalow was in need of a few remodeling updates. The clients’ particular pain points included failing appliances and dated finishes in the kitchen, as well as a plumbing leak in the primary bathroom that had never been finished. They also wanted to add a separate half bath upstairs.
The design team at Talmadge Construction was able to divide the main bathroom upstairs into one primary bathroom and a separate half bath. Given the open beam ceiling framing beneath the bathroom, we had to maintain the position of the tub.
Tailored to the homeowners’ desired “bungalow” look, the kitchen design was created within the existing footprint. The standing pecky cedar wood ceiling, wood paneling, and original wood floors were preserved in the space, while the kitchen received a few modern upgrades, to include white shaker style cabinets, IceStone recycled glass countertops, a fun bowtie-shaped tile glass backsplash, and new appliances. Slab remnants were used in the bathrooms to save on costs.
The open beam ceilings posed a few challenges, as it was tricky to run plumbing and electrical through them. We also needed to vent the hood out the side wall, as it hadn’t been vented before. To preserve the existing finishes on the floor, ceilings, and walls, we needed to take extra precautions to protect the surfaces during construction.
The biggest challenge was dealing with a few supply chain issues. In particular, the appliances took over a year to receive.
The result is a beautiful ‘beach bungalow’ style renovation that creates a light and bright open living space for the entire family. Adding a new half bath provided the added convenience for the homeowners and their guests, and reduced the need to share a full bathroom.