This Laguna Beach Home Will Convince You to Build a Fireplace in Your Kitchen
What started as a simple kitchen and master bathroom remodel quickly spiraled into a full-on home renovation.
The client, an entrepreneur and single mother of two teenagers, had lived in the 3,000-square-foot Laguna Beach home for five years. Initially, she recruited designer Tania Cassill for a quick overhaul, wanting to make a few changes before potentially selling. What followed was an extensive makeover of almost every room in the house.
“Overall, the home was a bit dated,” recalls Cassill of the original home. “The bones were so good: high, open-beamed ceilings, beautiful oak floors, and a master suite on the second level. The house was calling for a modern beach cottage aesthetic with crisp white walls.”
Being that the house is situated mere steps from the beach in the area’s Emerald Bay neighborhood, incorporating the sunny California vibes was a must for Cassill. This directive meshed well with another source of inspiration: the family itself. They love to entertain, so having space for communal gatherings needed to be factored into the remodel. Additionally, all three are avid skiers, surfers, and volleyball players—to play off this trait, Cassill brought in natural elements that recalled the outdoors in every part of the home.
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