The empty nesters first rented a North End oceanfront property for three blissful winters. “We reconnected with old friends and were happy there, but when the house was rented to a long-term tenant, it forced our hand to find something to buy,” says the wife. During the ensuing year-long search for their perfect home, the husband and wife developed invaluable contacts, including interior designer Ellen Kavanaugh and builder Tim Givens.
By the time the couple saw this pristine beach house, it was love at first sight. They then agreed on a timeline and budget and hired Kavanaugh. “Our client arrived on her beach cruiser bike for the initial walk-through, which we thought was very cool, and certainly defined this energetic, athletic family’s persona,” says Brianne Engelhart, Kavanaugh’s team member on the project. “From there, we all segued directly to our design studio, where we pulled fabric and wallpaper samples and discussed her dreams and aspirations.”