Manchester-by-the-Sea Coastal Remodel

Our clients loved the prime seaside location and exterior of their new home, but inside, spaces were spec-built and bland. Using the existing architectural vocabulary of the house, we added layers of subtle detail to bring character and cohesion to this coastal gem.
Modern Coastal Style


Working around the location of the existing windows, we removed partition walls, relocated appliances, and opened up traffic flow for a more balanced, accessible floorplan. In a nod to the nearby seashore, the color palette was kept organic, soft, and simplified. We reinterpreted Craftsman millwork details in a modern coastal style, where the corbels at the range have softened edges and the cabinet doors are plain glass and mullion-free.

Seaside Special


Everywhere, we used the same easy, unfussy millwork to delineate space and create character - interior windows, coffered ceilings, built-in bookcases, and applied mouldings. There’s no longer any visible wallboard on the first floor. And the house feels grounded, rooted, and special. Quite an upgrade for a former Builder's Special.  

Project Team

Interior Design: Kathy Marshall Design

Builder: Covenant LLC

Appliances: Sub-Zero Wolf

Paint: Farrow & Ball

Photography: Michael J. Lee