The Donato Dr. Belleair beach project was an interior and exterior remodeling project of a 4000 square foot house with three stories including a master suite on the third floor. The house was built in the late eighties and was in very bad shape when we started. No one had made updates to the house since it was built, so this project required a multi-tier approach with interior and exterior aspects of the house being remodeled separately.
For the exterior, the original stock was in bad shape and had started cracking and falling apart. To repair it, we remove damaged parts of the stock and hand-painted the whole house again. The dock was also in very bad shape, so we replaced all of the planks and rebuild a brand new sea wall which was about 60 feet long.
The pool was left in a very bad shape as well and was worked on. The deck around the pool was remodeled with French pattern travertine. Pavers were installed on the second-floor balconies and all of the handrails were replaced with new ones. There were existing pavers on the driveway which were refurbished, repaired, and sealed again- this had a great effect, essentially bringing them back to life as if they were brand new. This approach allowed us to save the owners a lot of money by keeping the same pavers and just making repairs where they were needed.
The front door was stripped down, resealed, and stained again to match the new design. Once again we were able to save the door, which was worth close to $10,000 and we did so by bringing it back to life at very little expense. All other exterior doors and interior doors were refurbished as well.
For the interior of the house, there was much to do as well. The before the state did not match the style of the house and it looked very old and dark with columns and stucco walls that looked beyond their time. The goal of the owners was to turn this house into a beach house and so they wanted to brighten it up and bring in some light.
Starting with the kitchen, we installed white Shaker cabinets with Cambria quartz countertops and an Anne Rice upscale backsplash. White Oak hardwood wide plank floors were installed in all the living areas, bedrooms, hallways, and kitchen. The stairs were redesigned with white oak treads to match the new hardwood floors.
All of the walls were skimmed with a smooth finish and we installed chrome moldings in all living areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Bathrooms were redesigned with a simple, yet sophisticated look. White subway tiles were put in the showers and hexagon white tiles were put on the floors.
The fireplace and entertainment center were completely redesigned as well to be more modern and a new gas fireplace was installed to replace the old electric one. We also installed a coffered ceiling in the media and dining rooms.
Finally, the windows were made to be hurricane proof using tinted film that helps conserve energy and reinforces them.
Overall, the remodeling project was a great success and the beach house looks much more in its time.