Another Key West Renovation Inspiration

Real Estate Agent with Preferred Properties Key West


Earlier today I was clicking through Instagram photos until I saw the photo above. I stopped and took notice. I thought to myself "Self, this could work in Key West".  I clicked  back through the link and found the Instagram feed for the designers of this property. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this property and other projects of chensuchartstudio.


I borrowed a few photos from the designers which show the concept, framing, wrapping, and finally the completed addition.  This home was built in Arizona which is high desert and does not have the heavily seasonal rains we get in Key West. The house has no gutters nor water diversion that I can see. It is the concept of twin-like additions with a combination of wall to wall and floor to ceiling glasss doors and windows that just that awed me. 


The first photo shows the framing of the addition at the rear of a twentieth century bungalow that looks to be about 900 square feet in size. The original gabled roof  off the living room was extended to provide a large covered patio. The new wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling doors and windows were added at the rear of the living room. The new master bedroom addition was similarly framed and has a wall of windows and door opening to a private covered rear patio. A separate large window has views out toward the common area. 


In Key West a pool would be placed where the dog in the photos is napping. A pool or fire pit would require a lot deep enough to comply with building code setbacks. Many Old Town lots are too small to allow a pool of any size. Lots in other parts of the city are often 5,000 sq ft and larger and might work well with this kind of renovation. Fixer houses on lots large enough to do a project like this would be over $500,000. Add the cost of renovation and pool installation the finished property would be around a million dollars. That's not bad for Old Town or Casa Marina. But the renovated house would be over-priced in other parts of Key West. Regardless, I would love to see someone do a project like this. It looks awesome.


Looking for  a project house? Consider calling me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West




Comments (9)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gary. I would have pressed "like" but it takes too long to process. Wow is all I can say. With modification, this would be stunning in Key West. Enjoy your day!

Aug 13, 2020 05:29 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

It could work in Key West, and I'm a fan of modern, but I would personally pass on to something that fits in a little better. 


Aug 13, 2020 08:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gary- love this post. And yes, put a pool in where the dog is and that would be a perfect fit in Key West. 

Aug 13, 2020 07:03 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Gary - that is really unique.  I would really love a bedroom like that provided that the outside is private.

Aug 16, 2020 05:44 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

COngrats on your feature from Kathy this week!  Great post!

Aug 16, 2020 06:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a interesting concept for building a home. I enjoyed the explanation. A

Aug 16, 2020 06:59 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Beautiful room.

Aug 18, 2020 06:19 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Looks very small, but efficient...and a bit exposed to passers-by!

Aug 19, 2020 12:37 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Nice design!  In any home, the biggest energy loss is via windows as they are big holes in the walls.  That wall of glass in Arizona would need to be highest level of Low-E or even commercial grade due to our high temps.  Gutters aren't needed, but rain water run-off is key due to our quick short rains.  I could see it in Key West fur sure.  Privacy might be an issue for some.  Great post!

Aug 24, 2020 02:13 PM