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 It can also bring challenges, such as outdated design styles or too little room for modern conveniences.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.
OLD AND NEW
Built in 1920 by the daughter of one of the founding members of the town, the cottage holds history of its own. “There are two buildings out back that a previous owner used to build boats in the ‘60s,” Kim says. Mixing the old and new is one of Kim’s favorite aspects of design, and one of the main highlights of her blog and Instagram account. In the 1970s and ‘80s, the cottage experienced a series of renovations, including a room addition upstairs. In spite of the work done, the cottage needed some updating. “Our goal was to make it look like it was still built in 1920—to keep the character, but improve it,” she says. A prime example of this is the shiplap throughout the home. While tearing down one of the walls in the kitchen, Kim discovered that there was shiplap underneath. She decided to incorporate shiplap throughout the cottage in keeping with that look and feel.
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