Shiplap and board-and-batten help the modern home blend into the cottage-dominated neighborhood, while a simple wood-and-wire fence keeps the yard looking clean and uncluttered.
Homeowners Jennifer Mathis and Mike Cline
Waterfall steps provide spillover seating for the outdoor patio.
Textiles—some new, others collected over time—brighten the screened-in porch.
In the dining nook, a space-saving built-in bench pairs with chairs upholstered in funky fabric.
Cheerful green patio chairs and Adirondacks made from salvaged pallets warm up the home’s modern exterior.
Yellow aluminum stools, a sparkly red quartz counter top, and a vibrant tile backsplash add doses of color to the kitchen.
Shed roofing allows for ceilings that soar up to 14 feet in the living room; built-in shelves nod to the space-efficient houseboats that inspired the family to downsize.
Mathis crafted these frames from plywood, plexiglass, and binder clips. Hung in a group, they elevate family photos into works of art.
A repeating stencil pattern livens up the master bedroom; the penguin etching next to the bed was a gift from Mathis’ sister.
Mathis installed a door found at The Sustainable Warehouse in the first-floor bath, where it keeps the laundry room out of view.
The brood often watches movies in the cozy space between the girls’ rooms.
A painting by artist Marius Valdes adds color to a grouping of black-and-white family photos.
“I’m a big fan of built-ins,” Mathis says. In the girls’ rooms, she designed desks into the layout.
Wall-mounted ladders made of galvanized pipe are also space efficient.
In the girls’ bedrooms, bunks are lofted to free up valuable floor space; built-in shelves corral books and knickknacks.