Rule No. 1: ALWAYS use a reputable general contractor for Coastal Renovations, one that you know personally if at all possible. Like this one at Ocean Isle Beach: http://wbpropertiesofnc.com
|Examples of work by WB Properties|
Coastal communities draw all sorts of folks who have the bright idea to "live at the beach and do some work on the side to support myself". The work comes 2nd. The beach comes first. Always. Getting Sub-Contractors to finish the job on schedule is almost impossible if the fish are biting or the surf is up. Know what I mean? You need a General Contractor who is mean as a snake to get those guys back off the water and on the job.
Rule No. 2: KNOW the language and vocabulary of your coastal home and lifestyle. This way, the millions of choices out there will shrink to a handful, and you will always know you are "in the zone" when choosing paint, hardware, and architectural details. Be authentic to your vocabulary, and you can't go wrong.
You just know from the exterior of this Coastal home what the interior is like - it has to be Tuscan in flavor.
|See the earthy greens, oranges, and golds?|
This Mission/Prairie style Coastal home says that you will NOT find hot pink, lime green, and flamingoes in the bathroom:
|This is the Coastal Living Idea House for 2009.|
Looks like this:
And then, there's the Coastal Style that is best portrayed at this blogspot that I found about a month ago - Lime in the Coconut
|This photo just says it all - very saturated color, ethnic influences in the decor, and an easy/breezy lifestyle with the focus on Mediterranean/Florida Keys flavor.|
See what I'm talking about? You INSTANTLY know what belongs in these homes, and all the other bazillion choices just drop by the wayside. That's the vocabulary that you choose, and you just take it and run with it. Easy, yes?
Next post: The nuts and bolts of ceramic tile and cabinet hinges.