homeowner in open kitchen of rustic cottage whole house remodel
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Fortunate Find

Sometimes a house has to wait awhile for the right owner to come along, someone with vision, who can see past a place that looks a little down on its luck. That was certainly the case for the forlorn pink stucco house on a main street that many visitors travel as they arrive on St. Simons Island, just off the coast of Georgia. For eight years, the house sat empty, and the once-pert tropical-colored cottage became an unfortunate local landmark, increasingly hidden from view by a tangle of tall grass and bushes.

Shown: Homeowner Kim Kelly created this inviting open-plan kitchen as the centerpiece of her Georgia cottage.
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