Creative Cottage in Ocean City

Covell House

While the home is only 1,000 square feet, its new design allows it to feel roomy, and it is easy to see that every inch was thoughtfully built with a specific purpose in mind.”

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Location: Ocean City, Maryland

Year built: 1967, fully renovated 2020

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 2

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What Makes It Home – The Details.

Covell House

As you turn from Ocean City’s Coastal Highway onto Bering Road, your eyes will quickly be drawn to a pink dwelling on your left. The single-story home is certainly one of the most vibrantly colored houses in the Little Salisbury neighborhood, and its pastel siding incorporates a mix of Palm Beach-aesthetic and contemporary, coastal undertones.

The front exterior boasts green-filled landscaping and a cozy deck space bordered with sleek white vinyl railings. The front stairs — conveniently located in the center of the deck — embrace an inviting spirit with a direct route to the door.

While homeowners Matt and Seanna Covell have technically owned the property for eight years, they recently decided to overhaul and completely remodel so that it could become the primary residence for their family of four. Prior to that, the property served as a summer rental for J1 students.

The large 6,000-sq.ft plus lot — rare in the town limits of Ocean City — and close proximity to the beach are especially appealing to the Covells. Matt, owner of a successful construction and design company called structure., pulled from his extensive professional background and creative-driven approach to reimagine the space and ensure it was functional for his family’s lifestyle. He designed and contributed to the execution of every detail of the home’s gutting and remodel. While the home is only 1,000 square feet, its new design allows it to feel roomy, and it is easy to see that every inch was thoughtfully built with a specific purpose in mind.

The entry area is comprised of shiplap-covered walls and ceilings. On one side, you will spot a dazzling piece of art by local artist Evan Fitzgerald. The piece, which is both eccentric and coastal, includes three vintage pinup women in their swimsuits with extravagant sea creatures atop their heads. The opposite wall holds three mounted skateboards with modern graffiti designs, a tribute to Matt’s longtime admiration of the sport.

The master bedroom pulls in natural light that makes a quaint space feel quite roomy. The aesthetic is modern with groovy accents, such as brightly patterned pillows. The en-suite bathroom features exceptional cascading white and cadet blue tilework. The master bedroom also leads to a comfortable private deck area that features an open outdoor shower space ideal for cleaning up after a long beach day.

The main hallway incorporates an unconventional, yet eye-catching ceiling design, with gold-leaf etchings and individually mounted gold-dipped light bulbs. The guest bedroom embodies the home’s surrounding coastal vibe, but also adds pops of luminous, modern touches. The additional bedroom, which belongs to the Covell’s two young daughters, has two built-in bunk beds, making it an ideal sleepover destination.

The focal point of the intimate living area is an original mural painted by renowned airbrush artist Peter Frechette. The custom piece highlights Frechette’s street art flair and adds a unique element to the space.

The Covell’s open living area flows into an adjacent kitchen space where the aesthetic is inventive, yet practical for a family of four. The large sleek white counter space can accommodate small weekday dinners, but also larger gatherings. The brown, white, and black geometric chevron backsplash complements the space and plays into the home design’s imaginative themes. The modern cabinetry is a mix of black and white with striking gold accents.

The breakfast nook area with seating for six presents a picture-perfect setting for the family to come together and enjoy meals. The zebra print rug pairs well with the sizable, black wooden dining table. A gallery of drawings created by the Covell’s daughters strung above the nook adds a splash of character. Directly above the artwork is a mounted red-and-black surfboard, an homage to the coastal location and Matt’s love of surfing. Custom white cabinetry with gold pulls surrounds the nook and provides extra storage.

The kitchen and living area overlook the outdoor living backdrop. A pass-through kitchen window can be raised to connect the indoor and outdoor spaces, especially fitting when entertaining guests. The spacious backyard includes plenty of room for lawn games and opportunities for the kids and the family’s Labrador retriever to play. A sand-filled section with an outdoor dining set is featured in the center of the yard. Matt hopes to one day add a private guesthouse to the backyard area.

The Covells are excited to have their newly redesigned, pink beach bungalow featured in this year’s Sand Castle Home Tour. The Art League of Ocean City holds a special place in their hearts, given that Seanna’s grandmother, Gloria Smith, was one of the League’s original founders and played an instrumental role in its launch.

Our Home Team:

Builder: Structure Homes

Realtor: The Windrow Group

Home Portrait: Cheryl Wisbrock

Accessories: Carolina Street

Florist: Ocean City Florist

Writer: Alison Pappas