This South Florida coastal home, built in the late 1950’s, is what can be known as a Kit House. They were called Kit Houses because you could literally order a kit from a department store like Sears, or Montgomery Ward or an individual manufacturer’s catalog complete with everything you needed to build these houses yourself.
LONG – LOW AND MODERN…I love it!
These kit houses are all over the United States and there is a cult following for some of the styles, especially those manufactured by Alladin Homes. While I do not think this particular house was from an actual kit, nor has a cult following, it is a very sturdy and well laid out vacation home. All this house needed was a little design magic. The client who intended to rent the house seasonally wanted a very warm, beachy style that would appeal to most.
This also needed to be done on the cheap. Not my favorite term. The house was empty, but the existing light fixtures had to stay. So we started with a a clean sweep of Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White throughout the house to give it a nice clean backdrop. Then after many trips to HomeGoods, Pottery Barn and Ikea we settled on some cute beach furnishings. This was a rush job as some relatives were coming to stay in the house so I will call it a work in progress. Once they are gone we will go back in and finish up!