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Beach House: Gorgeous Exterior Features

A look at the 2017 This Old House Idea House

Olympic® Paints and Stains is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 This Old House Idea House, a Rhode Island Beach House. An update of a classic seaside architectural style, the idea house is built for easy living, with a flexible layout that can welcome multiple generations. 

Coastal Curb Appeal

The 2017 Idea House uses shingle-style elements: gambrel roofs, a balcony, walls curving into windows, a deep front porch and wood shingle siding. The front porch wraps around as an homage to a traditional style, but built 8 feet wide for plentiful space for furniture and leisure. The front door was painted in Olympic's Chinese Porcelain with the trim in Swirling Smoke.

Entryway Flourish

The satin brass hardware creates striking contrast against the deep blue door, as the gooseneck lights cast a warm glow. A door in the dining room opens toward the wraparound front porch, with direct access to the comfortable swing for two. Seashell-colored shingles and light gray porch flooring in the mudroom are integral to the complete beach-house look. 

Extended Living Space

With its emphasis on ample living space, the screened in porch might end up being the focal point of daily life in the house. With generously sized screened windows and a circulating fan to keep fresh air flowing, the finishing livability touch came in the ample comfortable furnishings.

A Backyard Built for Entertaining

Moving to the rear of the house, its bi-level deck and patio offer casual outdoor space, screened in for privacy. The deck and patio are also tucked neatly into the house, ensuring easy access for all kinds of group entertaining. As a final accent, matching charcoal-shingled gambrels on the house and garage serve to draw the eye across the entirety of this beachy wonderland.

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