Combining the best of both the past and present, the kitchen has the charm of a bygone era but an efficient design and brand-new appliances.
DESIGN TIP: Adding nooks and shelves makes a meaningful difference by making the home more interesting. They add charm and allow personal touches like showing off home-canned pickles.
Between the front entry and the sitting room and kitchen are a bedroom and the main bathroom for the home. Past the entry is the master bedroom suite with an office area and a half bathroom.
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In the master bedroom suite, a built-in desk makes use of corridor space for a home office. A framed doorway and low wall give seeming separation to the bedroom without blocking air circulation or natural light.
A wicker seating area on a covered porch off the kitchen overlooks the roses and out to Puget Sound. he site for the cottage was a natural choice. The homeowner’s family has a vacation cottage in the same small private enclave on Whidbey Island’s curving beach by Greenbank. He grew up exploring and loving the area.
At the turn of the twentieth century, there had been a fisherman’s lodge, the Greenbank Hotel, on this property, where guests came to stay and tried their luck at crabbing and fishing. Photographs and stories presented clear images of what it looked like: a deep wraparound porch, hipped roof, and the traditional island building style popular between 1890 and 1930. The small hotel was painted green, one of just a few color choices to be found on the island at that time. The fisherman’s lodge became