When I saw designer and builder Clark Collins’ adorable 950 square-foot cottage featured on Houzz, I had to share. You’ll want to see this one! It was built in 1946 in Laguna Beach, California, but many of its original details had been lost. His goal was to restore its cottage character and give it a relaxed, beach-house vibe.
Collins says these kinds of cottages that were once common in Laguna are disappearing from the area because so many are small and in disrepair, and he’s passionate about “saving” as many of them as possible. This was his 10th restoration project, and he clearly has a gift for it!
They were generally built as weekend or holiday beach houses, so they were pretty small and simple to begin with. Today most are owned by full-time residents, and he wanted it to be functional and easy to live in year-round.
He says, “For me, it’s the older homes that make the charm flow in Laguna and keeps it special. And if I can add to that, if only one cottage at a time, I am happy and satisfied.”
For photos and information: Houzz, Coastal Real Estate Guide,
Collins Design and Development, and the 2013 listing. Photo credit: Grey Crawford.
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