Magazine article Sunset

Cottage Reborn

Magazine article Sunset

Cottage Reborn

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A Victorian beach house becomes a collage of old and new

While strolling through the coastal community of Bolinas, California, Jennifer Price spotted the house she'd been dreaming of all her life: a dilapidated little 19th-century country cottage with a peaked roof and a small porch across the front. "I saw it and thought, That's the one," says Price. Growing up in a suburban tract home, she used to fantasize about owning an old beach house that needed fixing up.

The structure had been a rental for many years. Ross Levy, a family friend and architect, deemed it dank and dark. "Despite all that, it still felt like a good house," Price says. "I saw how great it could be as a retreat for my husband and children." That's where Levy came in. Although best known for his modern designs, his challenge in this case was to mesh contemporary style with the Prices' eclectic taste while making the house fit a casual indoor-outdoor lifestyle. …

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