Every year, This Old House partners with their favorite home-improvement brands to create the ultimate “Idea House”. This year’s location: a beach house in East Matunuck in South Kingston, Rhode Island. The goal was to create an inspirational coastal home complete with smart-home tech, weather-resistant, and energy-efficient materials.
As a multigenerational home, the Beach House was designed in such a way that all living can take place on the ground floor. This includes an open-plan dining and living room, large kitchen, mudroom, study, powder room, and master suite. Let’s take a look inside!
The first rule in creating a nautical home: incorporate lots of blue. Here, the maple cabinetry was painted a deep blue with a contrasting glass mosaic tile backsplash with varying shades of blues and greys. To brighten the space, the perimeter features Caesarstone Organic White countertops. The island is topped with a driftwood-inspired counter atop creamy coconut cabinetry.
Throughout the kitchen, you can find stainless steel appliances and fixtures with a sprinkle of bronze pulls and pendant lights. Our favorite part is the custom-crafted stainless steel and antique-satin brass vent hood!
No entertainment home is complete without a wet bar, but we’ve never seen one quite like this. There’s a bottle rack for room-temperature wines AND a seven-bottle cooler for perfectly chilled beverages! To top it off, it includes wireless mood lighting, a deep wash sink, and lots of storage.
Just around the corner is a guest powder room that’s as chic as can be. While the patterned wallpaper reminds us of ocean waves, the Nebbia countertop is reminiscent of a rocky coastline.
Bath time anyone? The side entry includes a combination mudroom, laundry room, and pet-washing station. While the dirt may pile up, it’s easy to keep the Raw Concrete countertops clean with a quick swipe.
After a day at the beach, there’s nothing better than stepping on heated tile flooring and into a curb-less shower or washing up at the double-sink Blizzard vanity.
The second floor includes an airy common space, two guest bedrooms, and a shared bath. Each of the rooms are filled with color, which was extended to the bath. The spacious Pure White countertop is designed for folding laundry as a washer and dryer are hidden in the bathroom closet.
The tile is a subtle blend of pink, blue and oyster that create a rainbow-like effect.
“The Bunk Room” is located on the third and final floor, filled with built-in bunks and a suspended swing chair. The nautical theme is seen throughout with shiplap walls and bright décor. You can also sail the seven seas in the boat- lover’s bath with blue penny floor tile, fun wallpaper, and a Shaker-style door.
The Beach House boasts an impressive 3,200 square-foot flexible floor plan created and designed by Union Studio Architecture and Community Design, Sweenor Builders, and Denise Enright Interior Design. Head over to This Old House to take a 360-degree tour of the home!