Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Coming Soon - Willard Beach Beauty: The Ugly Duckling Becomes a Swan

This project started 10 months ago and thanks to the black and yellow color scheme, we nicknamed it 'The Ugly Duckling'.  It had already been gutted by a previous owner - so we only had the shell of a building to start with.

Now, thanks to the skill of our craftsman, it's been transformed to a 'Swan'.  We're still finishing up the last few touches, but it will be completed soon!























This is the quintessential beach cottage, with all the charm of its 1906 heritage and all the amenities you want for today's lifestyle.  The exterior is all low maintenance, from the Hardie Plank siding (won't need painting for 15 years!) to the mahogany decks.

Think of the entertaining you can do, with this open floor plan.  Vintage features include the cottage ceiling with reclaimed lumber beams.  And reproduction lighting has been used throughout.
Photo:  Jamie Salomon
Your guests can join the cook during meal preparation on the new professional range.  Informal meals are easy at the large walnut topped island.
Photo: Jamie Salomon
Bring the whole family together for celebrations in the large dining room.
Photo: Jamie Salomon

The living room is the perfect place to curl up with a book in front of the gas fireplace, surrounded by an antique mantle and custom bookcases.
Photo: Jamie Salomon

Photo: Jamie Salomon
And this is Maine - so you need a place to come in from the garage and drop all your stuff.  There's a large mud bench to remove your boots and plenty of storage for coats, beach stuff and more!











A powder room is located conveniently next to the mud room.  And check out the glass top,  that accents the sea glass beach style.
And when the day is over and you're ready for some rest, there are four bedrooms with room for everyone (or a home office, if you need it).

The master suite provides lots of privacy from the rest of the household.  It's located off the main hallway and provides a big, bright space to get away from it all.  There's room for a king size bed, a sitting area














Photo: Jamie Salomon
and a desk that overlooks Casco Bay (which might make it hard to concentrate).

The walk in closet is a dream, with lots of storage thanks to custom built-ins.

And the master bath has a spa-like feeling with a big double vanity, marble floors, and large shower.
Photo: Jamie Salomon

This is the perfect cottage bedroom with tall ceilings and lots of windows.
Photo: Jamie Salomon


The middle bedroom is flooded with sunlight and provides lots of space for sleeping and playing.
Photo: Jamie Salomon
The back bedroom has large windows, overlooking the large backyard.  This could be the perfect home office, tucked away from all the noise of the household.

Think how lovely it would be to have a cocktail on this rooftop deck at the end of a long day.  Watch the ships go by Spring Point Lighthouse and Fort Gorges.  The guys are finishing the deck and if the weather cooperates, it will be completed next week!
Soon the grass will be coming up in the big, sunny backyard.  It's perfect for a vegetable or flower garden.

Interested? Want to see the before photos, floor plans and more of the transformation?  Just click here.   The completed home will go on MLS soon.  All this is offered at $790,000.  



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9 comments:

  1. What a beauty, Laurel! You have certainly outdone yourself with this stunning and charming renovation. I'm sure this gorgeous home will sell immediately. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Janet!!! This was a huge project, but we are thrilled with the results!

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  2. What a transformation! I love the end result - it's absolutely beautiful!

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  3. I'm so impressed, I watched it develop from the early beginnings (online) and it's a success story, Laurel. What a great job you did!

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    1. Thanks so much Mascha - I think we're ready for a simpler project next time, but despite all the challenges, this was a good one!!!

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  4. So beautiful!! I love how you always go the extra mile to not only make your houses so pretty and inviting, but also done properly and with the highest quality as if you were doing it to live there yourself. The buyers will certainly be very lucky people indeed to have found such a special home. Amazing job! Looking forward to your next. :)

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    1. Laurel C - thanks so much! I'm so glad you noticed the quality level that we do, because we would be happy to live in any one of our houses!
      Laurel L

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  5. Sooooo beautiful!!! Our Willard Beach neighborhoods are lucky to have you!! I'm almost ready to gut out what was a den as I was growing up and will now be a bathroom/laundry room area. I would sure love your input/thoughts ! Would you have anytime between now and the next project? πŸ˜‰

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