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kaywestmaas

Our family of ten (and then 30 with spouses and children) was never happier than when we were together at the summer cottage or our winter vacation home in Florida. The main rooms were large and comfortably accommodated the entire gang. At bed time we dispersed to two small bedrooms, one larger bedroom with two full beds and a crib, the sleeping porch with two single beds, and out came the hide-a-beds.

"Home" for the initial 10, was a 5-bedroom, 2-bath house.

When we reminisce, our memories center around the times when we were snuggled together at these smaller residences. No one wondered-off to a bedroom and closed the door. Nobody became immersed in a T.V. and oblivious to the family. There was no telephone to draw someone away from the card tables or game boards.

I feel for the people that are raised in the homes where they have their own bedroom, bath, T.V., and car. Everyone centered on their own life in lieu of their family's is missing a rich heritage.

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sarbear44

@sbkh- I love the term "cabbage"! I may have to steal it for my house. Between an open loft and lots of windows, I have daylight from all directions- which really makes it feel like a giant screened porch when all of my windows are open. I love this, but from the outside, you can see all the way through the house (read- no privacy!).

Organization is definitely key with a small, open space (at least that's what I hear, I'm still working on it!).

   
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jtagert

I have 7 tiny 'Old Florida' cottages by the beach. All were built in the 1940's. Renovated 4 cottages in 2014 and now doing 3 more. It is so challenging but sooo much fun making all space functional and finding furniture and decor making each cottage uniquely different. Ripping out the large closets to make a comfortable bathroom. I love it that wallpaper is 'back in' style as i found a couple of Thibaut beach themed wallpapers that i hope to use along with shiplap. An armoire offers plenty of storage. Creating the outdoor living space with a salt water pool/spa, authentic tiki with a grill, large dining table and bar in lush landscaping. Keeping it very simple but upscale.

   

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