For all the inviting interiors, though, the house's secret jewel is the private courtyard in back, tucked inside the curve of the addition. Landscape designer Joseph Crapanzano planted a 14-foot-tall arborvitae hedge opposite the stone patio, creating a private outdoor room that's ideal for entertaining after a day spent on the beach. Expanding into much of the old backyard had another major bonus: a practically maintenance-free lot. Crapanzano transformed the green space that was left out front by removing old trees that hid the house and adding mixed-shrub plantings.
Shown: Simple, cottage-style beadboard media-cabinet doors conceal a flat-screen.