A reader named Allison wrote me about the (kinda sad, very brown) 1950s duplex that she and her family recently renovated in Kure Beach, North Carolina.
After 10 months of working on weekends, they transformed it into a colorful “Caribbean-style cottage” they dubbed Latitude Adjustment.
Keep scrolling to see how much happier the beach house looks today!
Updating a 1950s Beach House in North Carolina
It made me smile to see how much brighter and beachier it looks now.
The house is “only a 28-second stroll from the sand,” so they painted it with bright and beachy colors both inside and out.
Allison says that she and her husband Kelly, along with his brother and sister-in-law, have renovated a number of rental properties in downtown Raleigh, “But this was by far our biggest adventure.”
This photo of the kitchen gives you an idea of what they had to work with when they started:
“The home is a top/bottom duplex built in the 1950s. We rent the bottom apartment to long-term tenants, and the top apartment is what we renovated for friend/family use.”
“We would work in Raleigh during the week at our regular jobs and then make the 2 1/2-hour drive on Friday nights to work ALL weekend. It was exhausting! It was definitely a labor of love, and we’re so happy with how it turned out.”
Thanks to Allison for sharing their beach house makeover with us!
Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Is it a law that residents must paint their beachside residences pretty sherbet colors like this one?
Don’t tell my beau, but this sort of happiness is next on my — I mean his — agenda!
What a happy renovation for that beach house. I bet it is smiling inside.
This is such an inspiration. My husband and I have been looking for a weekend getaway in Rockport, Texas. Anything close to the beach at an affordable price for a second home is pricey which leaves us looking at places like the “before” pics. Thanks for the encouragement.
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley
…made me smile…for i know exactly where this is…having spent 29 summers on holden beach…just south of kure beach…love the happy look…the little house looks a bit like a boat…what fun is that…blessings laney
ahhhhh, happy colors. No stress zone they have there. Love the re-do. I could look at the exterior all day, well, when I wasn’t staring at the ocean 🙂
Laurel @ SoPo Cottage says
I love all that color!!! So happy and it makes me think about spring and warm weather!!! Thanks for sharing Julia.
My dad was an avid fisherman at Kure Beach in the 70’s and 80’s. I could almost swear that we stayed in this house before. Really brings back memories. Love the new life Allison has breathed into the place!
Kelly Edwards says
Thanks Julia for posting…and to all for the nice comments! If you’re ever around the North Carolina coast we would love to give you a tour of Latitude Adjustment!
-Kelly & Allison 🙂
Thanks, Kelly! I’d love to get to NC someday. 🙂
So its official I have been tainted by moving back to Santa Barbara; I has expecting the “after” pix to be some faux med-tuscan-MCM lot filling stucco box “villa”, not a great accessible redo.
The only change I would of done is redoing the shy boy kissing girl Hummelesque cut-outs that are ghosted on the front porch railing
Alie B says
So fun and whimsical! Looks like a great place to chill. 🙂
Super cute. What a transformation.
If I had a beach house these would be the colors I’d use…retro fun! In fact, it looks a bit like the old brown dingey dollhouse I fixed up…I painted it pool aqua with an apple green shake roof and white gingerbread trim..its happy now!