Treehouse Boathouse

Quirky, coastal, warm

Wilmington, NC

The clients wanted to make the best use of the smaller footprint. Once-used houseboats became the bones of the three-story house, which is set within beautiful, old live oak trees and on the water’s edge of the Intracoastal Waterway. The “houseboat” dimensions of low ceilings and smaller clearances meant strategy was key. We revived the interior shutters at the dining room window that faced a public landing by painting them a color that enhanced the area, giving the breakfast nook character and integrating it with the adjacent living room and kitchen. The strong accent color of the kitchen island became a focal point and an expression of color in an otherwise very light and crisp palette of whites and coastal hues. We had a great experience with the owners and contractor; one that was always positive problem solving given the quirky nature of the project and the budget. The Big Sky team even decoupaged nautical maps and hung them over horizontal wood plank wainscot at the stairs. This was our most interesting wallpaper installation to date!

From the client: "Jennifer Kraner and her team at Big Sky Design did a phenomenal job designing and decorating our home. Our renovation project was as tough as they get. I have built four houses and this is my fourth major renovation. The dwelling was two wooden boxes (Prior floating house boats) sitting on pilings. It was a rundown and outdated duplex rental property that we owned for 10 years. Jennifer and her team created the theme of an old style beach cottage that turned out amazing. In addition to design work, they also helped select all the interior finishes, hardware, furniture and accessories – all the way down to the blankets on the beds. This was a very unique project and we knew we only had one chance to make it right. We could not have done it with out their help and guidance throughout the entire renovation process. It was such a success that our home was featured in a local high-end magazine. I strongly recommend Jennifer and her team at Big Sky design to anyone.” This project was featured in the October 2014 issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine; find the article on our press page.

"We could not have done it with out their help and guidance throughout the entire renovation process." - Treehouse Boathouse client
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