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Complete Interior Renovation

Orchid Island Complete Interior Renovation

That view, especially at sunset, is our most favorite part of the home. [It] continues to bring such calm, wonder and joy.

In this interior renovation, simplicity was key. However, to achieve the ambiance of serene simplicity, a major renovation was in order. The homeowners fell in love with this piece of Orchid Island real estate’s lot, estuary view, location, and size. But everything else in the home — from the interior layout to the bathroom and kitchen — needed an upgrade. 

Architectural detailing was lacking, the layout was awkward, and the home didn’t feel complete. In this home design project, the original flooring was the only element of the house that remained the same. 

This Orchid Island renovation involved a collaboration with architect Jeff Ray to transform the home and reconfigure the floor plan. The design was balanced by combining rooms, removing walls, and completely gutting the master bathroom and kitchen. 

In the living room, unwieldy cavities were converted into built-in cabinetry and millwork next to the fireplace. The coffered ceiling became one recess instead of multiple. The room is now stylishly decorated with a fresh, neutral palette that emphasizes the home’s waterfront views, while seamlessly integrating pieces of the owners’ furniture from their previous house. 

The kitchen was flawlessly updated to include a beamed ceiling, all new cabinets, appliances, and windows — plus, a second island. A charming bistro table with vintage ice cream chairs and quirky throw pillows were added to create a lovely, sunlit breakfast nook. The formal dining room became a seating area with custom millwork panels, while the office turned into an all-purpose room with a desk, dining table, and built-in storage. 

In the master bathroom, Jill removed shelves to enhance the perception of space and functionality. She incorporated a luxurious freestanding Empire tub backed by a playful — yet neutral-patterned — wallcovering. The clean cream and white color palette and revised spatial layout brings brightness and incredible views to the master bath. 

Connected to the master bathroom are the impressive master bedroom closets. Originally a pair of his-and-hers closets, the separate rooms were reconfigured to create a large dressing room with new wood floors, a modern light fixture, and a center island with drawers on either side. In this Orchid Island home, even the pool was renovated to include an infinity edge and a darkened pool to match the river below it. 

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