Lombardy Lane, Laguna BeachBeach Style Exterior, Orange County
Photo by Grey Crawford
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4. A Beach Cottage Gets Its Vibe BackInterior designer Clark Collins has packed so much charm into his 900-square-foot beach cottage in Laguna Beach, California, that you’ll think differently about what’s possible with a small house. Location: Laguna Beach, CaliforniaSize: 900 square feet (84 square meters); 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsYear built: 1946See the full tour
Photos by Grey CrawfordHouzz at a GlanceWho lives here: Clark CollinsLocation: Laguna Beach, CaliforniaSize: 900 square feet (84 square meters); 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsYear built: 1946“My goal for the exterior was to keep it simple and quaint,” Collins says. He added details like plant pot shelves, latticework and a Dutch door.The city of Laguna Beach has identified homes and other structures with potential historic significance, but the register includes only structures built before 1942, so Collins’ house was slightly too young to be a candidate. However, he was able to research it himself to restore its original charm. His experience and advice regarding Laguna Beach can certainly help guide you no matter where you live.“In Laguna the best place to start researching a property is the city property records. Find out when the home was built, who the builder was, and check the ownership records through the city or your local title company,” he says. “Then check with the heritage committee or the local historical society.” Collins also found that First American Title Company had a thorough collection of old photographs for all parts of Orange County.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
I SO LOVE the charm and detail of this lovely little cottage. The roof showing nicely. The windows with small panes, the wall and fence that mimic the windows and the porch 'rail' mimicing the windows and the little turret.... Really lvely, and the door with matching window, and the flower boxes. Lovely.