Collection by Caroline Wallis

A California Cottage Renovated for Easy Indoor-Outdoor Living


Filled with the resident's childhood memories, this quirky home's update kept it true to its San Diego heritage.

Originally purchased by the homeowner’s grandmother in the early 50’s, this San Diego fisherman’s 1,266 square foot cottage now packs modern updates and a new generation’s design preferences. Fisherman’s cottages, so called because of their midcentury popularity in fishing communities throughout coastal San Diego, tend to offer a classic horizontal plan and low maintenance seaside vibe. With the help of the homeowner who actively participated in the design process, Architects Magnus introduced more color, daylight and an open floor plan among other modern touches. Even the garage has been converted to what the architects refer to as “the cube” - a versatile 400 square foot outdoor/indoor entertainment space. The result is a familiar feeling home true to its community’s history with a younger, brighter look to boot.

The existing cottage lap siding was replaced with a rainscreen installation; it does double duty as both moisture...
The architects explain, “This house has tile plank flooring throughout with no transition steps at showers and doors.
Previously a much darker space framed by a low ceiling, the living room now features large glass panels that draw...
"Before" shots of the interior.
Due to the long distance working relationship between the architects and the client, some design decisions were...
Designed for easy beachside living, “the cube” in the backyard—essentially the renovated garage—sports a sleek outdoor...
What this cottage lacks in size is made up for by stunning views of the ocean.
To allude to the nearby ocean, the architects designed a seaweed patterned for the interior of the garage door (seen...
"Before" shots of the exteriors.
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