Designer and builder Clark Collins’ adorable 950 square-foot cottage in Laguna Beach, California, was built in 1946, 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.
Take a look!
A Laguna Beach Cottage from the 1940s
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.
The kitchen counters are soapstone, which he says were common in the 1940s.
He found the original oak floors underneath old wall-to-wall carpeting and was able to restore them.
They couldn’t salvage the original pine paneling behind the drywall, so he replicated the original look by adding it to both the walls and ceilings.
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 more photos and information: article at Coastal Real Estate Guide,
article at Houzz, Collins Design and Development, and the 2013 listing.
Photo credit: Grey Crawford.