Dramatic Transformations: Charming Bungalow on the Coast

A complete renovation by DiMauro Architects turned this formerly drab bungalow on an island off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, into a charming and functional cottage, complementing the owner's love of the outdoors.

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

Photo By: Nat Rea

Rhode Island Coastal Cottage 'Before'

Before its total renovation, this bungalow in Jamestown, Rhode Island, was dark and drab. In a stunning overhaul, the exterior was transformed into a charming green-trimmed white cottage with a gabled dormer and lush gardens.

Coastal Cottage with Green Trim

A complete renovation turned this formerly drab bungalow in the heart of Jamestown, a small island off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, into a charming and functional cottage. The design team added a gabled dormer and covering above the front door, as well as a master suite at the rear. The home's style complements the owner's love of gardening, as well as its East Coast locale.

Green and White Jamestown Cottage

This once-drag bungalow is enlivened with a new gable dormer and petite front porch, turning it into a charming summer cottage with a storybook appeal. The design team added a small master suite to the original structure that provides privacy for a lush garden at the back of the house. A sage green picket fence ties in with the exterior trim and adds to the charm.

Blue and White Mudroom with Built-In Shelves

This functional entry serves as a mudroom, complete with built-in seating for putting on shoes and built-in shelves and cabinetry for added storage. Rustic tile floors are durable and appropriate to the cottage setting. White trim, including a white-painted plank ceiling, is crisp and bright against pale blue walls, creating a cheery space that reflects light and feels airy and open.

Charming Foyer in Cottage-Style Bungalow

The entry to this quaint Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage is both charming and functional, with a built-in bench that's perfect for stopping to put on or take off shoes. Nautical-style light fixtures hang from the peaked, beamed ceiling. Copious white-painted woodwork fits with the bungalow's East Coast cottage style, giving the home a sense of place from the moment a visitor steps inside.

Coastal Cottage Kitchen 'Before'

Before its renovation, the kitchen of this Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage featured dark red cabinets and a single small window. During the renovation, the design team lightened and brightened the entire home, embracing its coastal locale with a breezy, cool color palette.

White Cottage Kitchen with Hardwood Floors

The kitchen of this charming Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage was once dim and closed off, with a narrow window. Post-renovation, it's light, bright and open, with integrated appliances, a petite island and crisp white cabinetry that extends to the ceiling for maximum storage. Hardwood flooring adds to the charm.

Coastal Cottage Fireplace 'Before' Renovation

This "before" photo shows the living room and floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace of a Jamestown, Rhode Island, bungalow before its total renovation. During the project, the design team redesigned the entry and front facade, added a master suite and reconfigured the interiors to take advantage of its square footage and reflect the homeowner's love of the ocean.

Pastel Living Room in Jamestown Cottage

Soft pastel tiles surround a flickering hearth in the living room of this charming cottage situated at the heart of Jamestown, a small island off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Ice blue walls, pale wood flooring and whitewashed millwork are breezy, cool and beachy, reflecting the homeowner's love of the ocean.

Cottage-Style Bedroom 'Before' Renovation

This "before" photo depicts a small bedroom and home office delineated by built-in shelving painted a deep red. The quaint Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage received a top-to-bottom makeover, during which the design team used each nook and cranny of the home, adding character and storage space with ample built-ins.

Blue Cottage-Style Master Bedroom

This bright and breezy master bedroom is an addition to a formerly drab, dated bungalow in Jamestown, a small island off the coast of Rhode Island. The whole-house renovation turned the space into a bright and charming home painted in bright whites and soft blues, reflecting the owner's love of the ocean. In this space, a sitting area leads to a cozy bedroom nook with white furniture and ample light.

Cottage Bathroom 'Before' Renovation

This "before" photo shows the bathroom's original clawfoot tub. Prior to its total renovation, this Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage was drab and dated. Now the entire home is open and airy, with a bright color palette of blues, whites and grays.

Blue Cottage-Style Master Bath

This cottage-style master bathroom, an addition that hugs the existing structure of this charming Jamestown, Rhode Island, bungalow, features soft blue walls, white wainscoting and built-in cabinets that flank the mirror. Lighting is installed directly on the mirror inside a built-in niche, adding to the room's cozy ambiance. Nautical-style light fixtures and beadboard paneling are among the many details that tie this room to its location and give it a breezy, coastal vibe.

Coastal Cottage Rear Facade 'Before' Renovation

Before its total renovation, this Rhode Island coastal cottage featured a brown shingled exterior and dark green trim. During the renovation, the design team added square footage, lightened trim and made exterior changes that embraced the surrounding gardens and coastal locale.

Charming Cottage with Covered Porch, Sunny Patio

The exterior facade of this charming coastal cottage was previously a drab, shingled brown. During the whole-house renovation, the designers reconfigured the exterior and lightened the color of the formerly dark green trim, embracing the region's prevailing architectural style and taking maximum advantage of its lush, wooded lot. A sunny brick patio offers a perfect spot for morning coffee.

Cottage Shed 'Before' Renovation

The shed behind this Rhode Island coastal cottage was brown with dark green trim, matching the color and style of the original structure. After the renovation, both buildings feature white exterior with sage green trim, as well as a charming coastal cottage vibe that reflects the character of the area.

Quaint Cottage with Ample Outdoor Seating

Multiple seating areas allow the owners of this charming Jamestown cottage to take advantage of both sunlight and shade. A brick patio takes advantage of this shady lot's one sunny spot with a pair of spring green Adirondack chairs, perfect for morning coffee. Meanwhile, the covered back porch offers an ideal spot for dining al fresco and enjoying the lush back garden view.