A Beach House Tour One Year Later and Sunday Morning Coffee

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we finished the remodel of our beach house. It’s crazy to look back and see how much has changed.

We bought our Ventura home in 2013 and did a small remodel before we moved in. We replaced a few windows, updated the kitchen and bathrooms, and painted the inside. Our family loved the house and spent a lot of time with our boys enjoying the amazing beach. But over time our family grew and we needed more space.

The beach house in Ventura where we celebrated the new year.
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The beach house in Ventura where we celebrated the new year.

In 2020, we talked to an architect and realized we could remodel our beach house and make it even better for our family. So moved forward with the plans and survived a very lengthy plan check during the pandemic.

Construction began in 2022 and we added two more bedrooms and baths, raised the ceiling in the family room, expanded the kitchen, and added a third-floor deck.

Of course, it took longer than we expected but we love it. And I cannot believe it’s been a year since we refinished the remodel!

At times it feels like the remodel took years and at other times it feels like it flew by.

The finished beach house kitchen with white cabinets, countertops, appliances, a wood table, and an island.

When I look at the before and after photos, it is almost hard to believe it’s the same house!

The Exterior

The exterior went through quite a change! We wanted a more modern look and added the third-floor deck. It’s such a dramatic change.

The Main Living Area

As I mentioned, we did a mini remodel when we bought the beach house ten years ago, as you can see in the second photo below. In the remodel last year, the smartest thing we did was raise the ceiling which allowed us to increase the size and height of the view window in the living area.

The Kitchen

Of course, the kitchen expansion is so dramatic! We finally made it larger (you know how much I love to cook!) by removing an adjacent bedroom.

The Bedrooms

The house originally had three bedrooms and two bathrooms and last year we expanded it to five bedrooms and four baths.

Bedroom #2

The Bunk Room

Since we extended out the front of our home, we were able to build a bunk room and new bathroom in the back of the old garage space. What a difference!

The Primary Bedroom

The original primary bedroom was small and the front deck was off our bedroom. Of course, since we ate dinner every night on the deck during the summer we had to go thru our bedroom to get to the deck.

Our new bedroom has no deck but wonderful views!

The Third Floor Deck

We added a third-floor deck last year and we love it up here. It really is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy our family.

I could go on and on and share more, but I won’t.

We are so thrilled with the remodel of our beach house and it’s primarily because of one thing.

Our family.

This is the place where we gather and create memories of a lifetime.

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My Latest Project

My Latest Project

Last year I collaborated with a very talented woman Nicole Burke and her company called Gardenary. She offers an online class called Kitchen Garden 2.0 and I have watched every video at least twice. I am obsessed.

I love that she believes in a full garden with lots of plants. She suggests there shouldn’t be any soil showing because it dries out plants! I finally found someone who can help me create a garden style I love that flourishes with everything I want for our kitchen table!

Nicole’s book, Kitchen Garden Revival, explains everything you need to do to grow your own kitchen garden. It’s a great read and I have read every word!

I built these raised garden beds about five years ago (with my handyman) and it’s time for more quality soil. I cannot believe the soil level is down over 12″ in each bed!

Look at the photo below! I think our 14″ of rain this month washed out a lot of the soil!

Preparing the raised vegetable beds for the new season of planting.

With one call I was able to find just the soil I needed with all of the nutrients for vegetable gardening. (This is four cubic yards of soil, by the way.)

Vegetable garden soil getting delivered to our home.

I can’t wait to share more progress on the garden in the next few weeks. Next week I am going to finalize my planting plans for each raised bed and buy and plant my plants!

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My Biggest Challenge This Week

This past week has been all about soreness.

I have been really good and worked out a lot this week. We started on Sunday with a 38-mile bike ride to Oaji. When we got off the bikes I could hardly lift my legs. Let alone walk.

Yesterday we took a 30-mile bike up the coast from Ventura to Rincon. It was so gorgeous day! At our turnaround point, I took this photo.

I also worked out four times this week in our new gym (in the Carriage House).

I love it so much but I am sore of course! Will this end or is this a new lifestyle thing I have to deal with? I know it’s a good thing but ugh!

Our new weight room in the Carriage House.

This week's to do list.
  • Finalize the layout for all of the vegetables and flowers in the raised beds.
  • Research buying vegetable plants in Ventura County (it’s the agricultural capital of So Cal).
  • Install the three arched trellises for climbing tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • Buy the plants and seeds for the kitchen garden.
  • Plant the raised beds.

I am always asking friends and family, What Are You Watching These Days? This show looks good!

These Taco Cups look so good and easy to eat!

What a week we had last week! I shared recipes for a new healthy chicken and arugula salad, a Meyer Lemon cream pie, and some fun spring flower cookies. I also shared tow DIYs using terra cotta pots and my favorite faux flowers for spring.

Just tap on any of the links to see more.

Martha shared a Southern Living article titled 8 Mistakes To Avoid When Prepping Your Garden For Spring. I avoided them all!

This week I am sharing an Easter pillow, baby shower ideas, recipes for healthy Caesar salad and deviled eggs, my upcoming trip to Round Top, and a new bridal registry.

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This Week’s Top Sellers

We shared a lot of our favorite home items this week and here are the top sellers!


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Our beach house living area with the kitchen and family room.

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  1. Gosh Leslie I can’t believe its been a year already! Seems like you just blogged about it finally being done. I’m sure you and the family are still thrilled with the results. Can’t wait to see how your garden does. I plan on doing some raised beds in my 1\4 acre backyard, in a couple of years when I finish inside projects.

  2. Simply STUNNING!♥️ So serene🙂 And so inspiring🌹I’m loving your blog and all that you share! Thank You🌹

  3. Leslie, I love love your beach house. Wow what an amazing transformation inside and out! I would never want to leave.
    I’m going to check out the Garden lady you spoke about.. I love the idea of having no soil showing to keep my plants moist. Utah is very dry and I need all the help I can get.
    Sheesh you are a bike riding gal now! I could do it on an electric bike but not on a regular bike… no way! We ride quite a bit when we are in Italy and it is so fun on E-bikes. You would love the views… here is my post about one of the rides https://karinskottage.com/2021/06/biking-touring-dining-vasto-beach-town-in-italy.html
    Thank you for always inspiring!


  4. Beautiful remodel! Ahh… Rincon brings back memories of my high school days. I’m a So Cal Santa Barbara native. Still have family in Goleta, Santa Ynez, Ojai, and SB.. Hubs and I live in Portland in the Pacific “NorthWET”, but we return to SB as often as possible! The “coast”, as it’s called here, is rough—nothing like my SB Butterfly and Leadbetter beaches!

    1. Thanks so very much Lulu. I’ve heard such great things about Portland. I do have a bias towards So Cal though, hehe ☺️

  5. Your beach house remodel is stunning! I was wondering if you could share a link to the exact cabinet hardware you used in your kitchen. I believe you included a link to something similar in an earlier post but it wasn’t the same pull. Thank you!

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