Owning and renovating an old home brings a sense of connection to history through the fun and timeless features that add charm and character. It can also bring challenges, such as outdated design styles or too little room for modern conveniences. For homeowner and blogger Kim Robinson of Shiplap and Shells, finding the balance between vintage charm and modern functionality was a key part of the renovations to her lovely home nestled into the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
The cozy 1,600-square-foot cottage is located in a small town aptly named “Home” on the PugetSound. It is a quiet waterfront community about 20 minutes outside the city, which was a big selling point for Kim and her husband. “I love the small community and country feeling,” she says. “Also I love how close we are to the water—we can park our boat right in front of our house.” An avid gardener, Kim especially enjoys tending to the many flowers and vegetables in her raised garden. The gorgeous view, as well as the opportunity to view local wildlife like seals and eagles, are causes for Kim and her husband to spend many afternoons on the large deck they added.
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October -November 2020