Beach Home Remodeling

Tour a former ocean-view beach shack in La Jolla, California, after a home remodeling project inspired by the Hamptons beach house in the movie "Something's Gotta Give."


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A Dutch door leads to an elegantly appointed beach house
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Hamptons in La Jolla

    A funky 1950s beach shack gains star quality with a redo modeled after the sophisticated Hamptons beach house in the movie Something's Gotta Give. The home remodeling of this ocean-view house in La Jolla, California, which started with the modest intention of slapping on some paint and replacing a few windows and doors, quickly became eponymous with the movie: Something, indeed, had to give. Walls came tumbling down in the back of the house and new, taller ones soared up. A new contemporary-style Dutch door brings in ocean breezes without sacrificing privacy in the original living room.

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Sophisticated Living Room

    The living room fireplace is outfitted with a marble surround and a new mantel to suggest sophisticated Hamptons style. Millwork is painted a clean, cottage white, making the home as photogenic as a movie set.

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Opening the Kitchen

    Wide halls on both sides of the kitchen, which stayed in its original central location, open sight lines through the house to the great-room. The dining area is tucked into a corner after the kitchen remodeling.

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Kitchen Remodeling

    Completely gutted and rebuilt, the galley kitchen opens to the great-room. Halogen lights, glass-front cabinets, and plenty of marble create the chic Hamptons style the homeowners wanted for the kitchen remodeling project. Columns flank the pass-through, creating definition for the small space. A neutral palette of white cabinets, dark wood floors, and stainless-steel appliances ties the kitchen to the rest of the house.

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Great-Room

    The new great-room, which replaced a shed-roof sunroom, features a built-in entertainment center and bookshelves. A vaulted ceiling, three sets of French doors, and operable transom windows allow for lots of natural light and cooling breezes.

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Master Bedroom

    Every inch of the master bedroom was put to work with built-in bookcases, a window seat, and a combination fireplace/media center.

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Outdoor Room

    This outdoor room is a great place to unwind. It includes an integrated barbecue, hearth, and dining area—all easily accessed from multiple rooms in the home.

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Curb Appeal

    A charming new exterior sets the tone for this Hamptons-inspired home remodeling, providing wonderful curb appeal. Random-cut flagstone steps and river-rock terracing, which terminate at street level with a pair of river-rock pilasters bridged by a bright white lattice-trimmed gate, are cheerful reflections of the home's seaside locale. The lattice theme is repeated at the front door for continuity.

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Complete Makeover

    A beach shack gets a major makeover. In the process of the home remodeling, a shed-roof sunroom was replaced with a vaulted-ceiling great-room that increased the livable square footage and the home's airy, indoor-outdoor style. The tiki-bar kitchen became a classic galley with storage columns that support a pass-through to the new great-room. The roofline gained interest with a widow's walk, a false balcony, a weather vane, and the great-room's high-pitch gable.

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