• Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

Before and after: this spacious California beach house was once a weather-beaten seaside cottage

The property  

First thing you notice about this modern home? There’s two of them. A pair of homes designed to work as one. ‘Fraternal twins’ as the interior designer of the beach house Lucas perfectly puts it.

Ryosha beach house New Zealand

(Image credit: Douglas Friedman)

This huge, seven-bedroom property in Del Mar California, started as a small beachfront cottage that the owner’s bought because the location reminded them of the surfing beaches back home in Newzealand. 

It was a cute single-story weatherboard-clad house, that had all the charm you’d expect from a seaside home. But as the family began to grown, the homeowner’s wanted a space that they could all spend time together on vacations and at weekends. So when the house opposite came up for sale, they bought it with the plan to totally redesigning both homes and join them together. Creating two totally separate spaces that could also function as one. 

Before picture of seaside cottage

(Image credit: Douglas Friedman)

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Ryosha beach house New Zealand

(Image credit: Douglas Friedman)

This property was built to be a vacation home, and a heavily used one at that, so the owners didn’t want to be fussy or feel overly curated, the design and the decoration needed to be classic, hardwearing and stand the test of time.