Earlier this year I featured a new house that was built with some wonderful Turn-of-the-Century details in Ocean City, New Jersey.
So I was happy to hear from the builder Mike Buck again today, who told me that he “just finished an extensive renovation and addition to a century-old beach cottage.”
Take a look!
According to their website: “Created with the craftsmanship of a bygone era, this seaside escape has both timeless glamour and modern comfort. A perfect luxuriously laid-back beach retreat.”
The wood-topped island in the kitchen and floors add warmth to all the blue and white in the room.
The house has 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths.
This shower has a nautical feeling with a beautiful wood ceiling:
A view of the water from the windows:
For more photos, floorplans and information, visit Buck Custom Homes.
WO’W! This is one spectacular house. Could it be any more perfect? Probably not.
Absolutely breathtaking!!!! LOve, love, love this!!! This could absolutely be my dream house!!!
Kathy :) says
Julia it’s a beauty !!!
e. george says
Hi Julia what can I say PERFECTION….. love the colour scheme. Thank you for sharing such beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney (a little warmer today).
Leo Windham says
I think my favorite room is the wooden ceiling in the bathroom. Spectacular.
Love it! Love it! Love it! I am so digging the board and batten and the criss-cross panes in the sliding doors!
Love it and so glad that not every wall is white. So bright and light inside and also welcoming.
Kelly @ Talk of the House says
The architectural details in this home are absolutely perfect!! Can I just pack my bags and move on it?? I love EVERYTHING about it – everything!!
[email protected] Designs says
Oh my Julia…that house is gorgeous!..It is just perfection in every way..from the interiors to the view…..I’ll take it!!..
WOW just amazing !!
Does anyone know the name of the blue color in the kitchen. Love that blue…it is the perfect shade.
Luciane at HomeBunch.com says
Oh… I’m sure they built this for me!!! 🙂
I love every inch of it.
Thank you for this beautiful post, Julia.
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Christine Droney says
If anyone has questions about color etc just email me. We decorated this house.
Mike Buck, Buck Custom Homes is a one of a kind builder……building dream homes
Thank you for featuring it!
The Other Sue says
Ooh, great! Where’d you get the couch? I’ve been looking for an upholstered (not leather) Chesterfield.
Christine Droney says
Custom from Bassett
The Other Sue says
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
The wood ceiling in that bathroom is a show stopper. Great tour!
Christina from Dallas says
Such a lovely house. Perfect in every way. I love all the white trim and details. The furnishing look great too. One lucky homeowner!
The renovation is gorgeous! Any chance we can sneak a peek at the “before” pic??
Stephanie Durdan says
I LOVE that house! Beautiful colors.
The Other Sue says
*sigh* Lovely. Just lovely!
Black Eyed Susans Kitchen says
This could be one of my all time favorites! The only thing I would change is the too bright blue walls in the bedroom. Love, love, love this and the Jersey Shore (not the show…living here on the shore)
Beautiful job! I really love that wooden shower ceiling too. Ocean City is great – it’s where I used to go when I was a child to visit my grandmother. Such fun memories of the beach and boardwalk with all of my cousins.
another beautiful home by Buck Custom Homes – I don’t know which one I like better? Hey, I’ll take them both.
I really love this! Gorgeous, family dream home by the sea!
How do I fall in love with another house…again? This is just beautiful!!!
wOW this is stunning!! I’d love to have a house like this by the sea!! 🙂
Cathryn @ CARO Interiors says
So, the real question is….
How could you ever leave this beach home and go back to real life?
Just gorgeous work! There is nothing quite so beautiful as the loving touch of true craftsmen. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!!
The Country Girl says
Wonderful house! The kitchen/living area color scheme of blue, white and yellow is a classic that still looks so fresh.
Oy. Yes, please. In love with all the blue (maybe not so much the bright blue, but the rest, yes). Love the white woodwork. The round nautical mirror. The open flow. The view. A great share!
House Crazy Sarah says
That bright blue bedroom is certianly something that will make you want to jump out of bed in the morning! It is GORGEOUS!
I just featured a “new-old” Victorian house today as well…
It was built in 2002 in Nebraska, but based on house plans from 1885!
another magnificent gem. is this also in ocean city new jersey?
A few questions:
1. How do you screen all the sliding/double opening French doors? I don’t see any in the photos.
2. Was the renovation done for the current owner such that it is not for sale?
3. If its not divulging too much personal information, what was the ballpark figure for the renovation? I guess upwards of $750k, especially if it meant keeping to hurricane code for being that close to the ocean. Does Ocean City requires metal hurricane blinds?
Exquisite attention to detail.
Christine Droney says
You can reach Mike @[email protected]
Re No 1: They may have screens that retract into the door jams. This is becoming more common with french doors. Or, they may have left them off for the photos. I don’t see any screens on the regular windows either.
I’ll take one, please!
I’m with everyone else – I’m in heaven! Love this one. You show a lot of big fancy houses that, while I wouldn’t turn one down, are just not me. This however, is so beautiful and cozy – I’m swooning! Any chance we could find out the color of the light blue pain the first pictures? That color in the living room is to.die.for.
Wow what an incredible house. I love the colors. The openness and gorgeous light makes this house so desirable. Just beautiful!
Bridget from Refined Vintage says
Gorgeous house, the inside is just as good!
Beautiful house!! 🙂 Unlike some others, it would be too much blue for me. Especially the bright blue used in some rooms.
I have heard that 60% plus of the population are “blue” people and the rest are “green” preferring people. Guess I’m in the minority. 😉
Jessica: Thanks for the statistic. Add me to the green column. Most definitely not blue, although I can appreciate the serenity of some blues, like very pale blues but I find deep blues very cold.
I’m all green. I always thought my heebie jeebies about blue walls was from reading The Haunting of Hill House at a formative age. The nursery walls (as a chill goes over me…) were blue.
Interesting! I like both blue and green, so I wonder what that says about me? 🙂
There is not one single thing that I don’t LOVE about this house! The only problem is that it’s not mine, and I’ll likely never even see it in person. But I’m so glad you shared it here!
Oh, that’s lovely!
Shabby Chick says
Can houses be delicious???? 😉
It really is beautiful. And it will probably only cost you $30,000 or $40,000 per year in property taxes!
just gonna say WOW!!! shared on Pinterest too – thanks Julia!
So I guess I’m the only person who doesn’t like that porch built out from the second floor. I don’t like the way that feels or looks, no matter how attractive the house might otherwise be. I never want to walk under those porches and I think it makes the house look top heavy. But I can see why so many of you love the house.
Shannon: I’m guessing, but I don’t know for a fact, but where we live on the ocean, any new construction, the main living must be x#/ft above what might be hurricane high tide water levels. That might account for the porch on the second (but main) living level.
I was going to say the same thing. It’s pretty close to the water.
The Other Sue says
I’ve stayed in some of the old houses in OC that were converted into vacation rental apartments. Not sure if the ground level is really supposed to be living space, but you’ll frequently find it converted into an apartment. Low ceilings, somewhat dark, and frequently flooded (aka a cheaper rental than the higher floors). The newer houses have raised first floors above a 3 or 4 foot crawl space.
This house is in the garden district ($$$). In other sections of OC, many of the older, smaller beach houses are being torn down, and cookie-cutter modern houses built. Or condo units. It’s a shame – a lot of the character of the town has been lost. Still a great place to vacation, though.
Kristen @ More Than Mulberries says
That’s a retreat? Oh my. It’s just gorgeous!
cecile aix en provence says
This house is so wonderful. I love the different colored blues and the overall design. If I could have a beach house I would want one just like this one.
I’m drooling! This house is perfect.
I’ve got to add a caveat…
Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t like it when the bathroom finishes (tile and countertop colors and stones, fixture finishes, cabinetry style and colors, etc) in a house don’t at least try to coordinate from one bathroom to another?
I’d still take this house any day 🙂
Feel like I should like this house – it looks impeccably done and quality job, but am I the only one getting bored with this look? — lots of white woodwork, wood floors, mostly white tile, fairly sparse decor, blah, blah, blah — whats wrong with a little carpet or patterned rug here and there, some wallpaper, some more artwork here and there, a few curtains at the windows.
I guess overall, want to like it, but does not feel homey. It’s not that I want some overdone Victorian at all, just getting bored with this look is all. Can’t designers be a little more original?
Well, this house was staged to sell, so I assume the object was to appeal to as many buyers as possible. You also wouldn’t want to have anything that distracted from the major selling features, like that gorgeous woodwork. Then the new owners can add those original and decorative touches to suit their style.
polly dove says
WOWZA!!! The clean crisp look is to die! Love all those blues and whites … and the woodwork! YES, PLEASE!
paula soares says
Again, the magic og the victorian times…everything so fine and balanced! I imagine myself dressed with a long gown walking along the balcony with a lace umbrella…
What color blue was used in the kitchen? The house is wonderful…love the water views.
Christine Droney says
Poolhouse by Sherwin Williams
Ok, so the cobalt scared me for a second, but otherwise WOW. I’ve always had a thing for diamond paned windows. Swoon!
(It does sorta look like the basement rose up from the ground, but now that you explained, it makes perfect sense.)
grace & haven says
I do believe that this is my favorite new/old house of all time. I love both the outside and the inside. In fact, just this past weekend a friend and I drove around some very exclusive communities in Northern New Jersey and marveled at the impersonal look of many of the newer multimillion dollar mansions. So it’s very refreshing to see a high-end house that impresses without having to scream: “I cost a ton of money. I have more square feet than I need. Look at me. I must be royalty!”. Kudos to Mike Buck. He’s a true artist.
Anne C. says
Gorgeous!!!!!! Wouldn’t want to change a thing (haha- not that I will have the chance!!!)
Kim @ Everything Etsy says
Oh my gosh…it’s perfect and I’m sure I’ll dream about it tonight. 🙂 I always enjoy the homes you feature. Great style!
[email protected] says
Nice find, what a great example of a beachy interior which is fresh, modern and not too “done.”
I love it! I don’t think I’d be able to sleep in that bright blue room, but other than that it’s awesome!
I love that you showcase such beautiful houses from my homestate of New Jersey! Makes me proud 🙂
I feel like an elderly curmudgeon (and I’m not really there yet, honest!) but I think that, while many of the finishes and details are pretty (and predictable), the ground floor layout would drive me nuts. I’m SO tired of kitchens and dining rooms that are open to living rooms. Cooking smells travel, and functional kitchens that get actually used rarely look so pristine in real life because cooking efficiently means your tools are out in the open and handy. And who wants a view of all that from the living room?
I’m also distracted by the four different kinds of ceiling fixtures that are together in that space, and that massive island. I love the “bones” of the house, but I’d be trying to figure out how to get rid of all that recessed lighting and that ceiling fan, and then I’d want to put up a few walls and ditch that island for a wall with privacy and lots of storage.
We’re house-hunting, and we spend a lot of time trying to figure out where original walls were, with the idea of putting them back. And is that a TV over the mantel and not a mirror? Sigh… well, I guess that passes for class down the Shore! I’m a big fan of blue and white (not that scary in blue in the bedroom, however). But this house is an also-ran for me.
Wonder if this home survived hurricane Sandy?
I’ve been wondering about this house and others I’ve featured from that area, too! I hope they–and their owners–are okay.