Aiming to refresh the cottage without changing its character, they updated all the functioning parts (wiring, plumbing, air-conditioning, and heating), added a fireplace and skylights, and extended the back for two new baths and a large shower. But the cottage looks the same from the front, and the interior is still lined with charming knotty pine.
Photo: Roger Davies
Move On Down the Road
Found a great house, but it's not in the right spot? Learn from these Florida couples who gave new life to their cottages by first relocating and then renovating.