A Family Retreat on Island Time

The exterior features a solid masonry facade on the first level that gives way to warm wood siding above. The side gate allows access to outdoor seating and the beach.

Text by Lydia Somerville | Photography by Emily Followill

For more than 50 years, a beloved family retreat in Amelia Island, Florida, served as the site of many treasured memories for three generations. The house offered beautiful views and unparalleled access to a private beach. Eventually, the family outgrew the quaint, understated cottage, but they didn’t want to part with the treasured scene of so many memorable gatherings. Rather than look for a more accommodating house in a new location, the owners opted to undertake a major overhaul with the help of architect John Dodd and interior designer Kristen Biagini.

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