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This Renovated 1924 Craftsman-Style Cottage Is an Old-Meets-New Gem

published Aug 30, 2023
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Exterior of white Craftsman style house
Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

If you can’t decide between the allure of a modern home or the built-in beauty of an older one, this Galveston, Texas, home is for you. Built in 1924, the original Craftsman-style cottage is still standing, but a 2021 renovation brought in a new addition — and a second story.

Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

The Details

  • Where: Galveston, Texas
  • Price: $529,999
  • Size: 1,630 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

Exquisite woodwork characterizes the original house, from the rich wood floors to the shiplap ceilings painted white. Beadboard cabinets and sparkling stainless appliances mix the old and the new in the kitchen, making it feel equal parts lived-in and fresh.

Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

Once you’ve prepped dinner, you can bring it into the dining room, where an Art Deco-esque chandelier hangs above the dining table. Even if you’re just defrosting a Trader Joe’s frozen meal, enjoying your food below a chandelier instantly elevates it.

Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

The new addition comes into play when you reach the 18-foot atrium. The sun-soaked space offers an ample blank canvas for a sprawling gallery wall or the oversized art pieces you’ve been wanting to showcase. 

Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

Head up the staircase to enter the second-floor living space, which features birch veneer flooring, plentiful recessed lighting, and a stylish kitchenette with a sink, microwave, mini fridge, and quite a bit of extra cabinet space. 

Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

Speaking of cabinet space, the upstairs bathroom is chock-full of it, between the below-counter drawers and floor-to-ceiling closets. And the traditional-meets-modern through line remains: Light wood cabinetry and a contemporary vessel sink bring in the new, while an ornate vanity mirror and wallpaper harken back to the old. 

Credit: Laura Weinberg, Texas 96 Photograph

The outdoor space, meanwhile, is timeless. The home surrounds a landscaped brick courtyard filled with greenery — most notably a beautiful, massive oak tree that branches between the home’s original structure and its new addition. 

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