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Organizing a beach house

Beach organization tips

While remodeling her South Bethany home, Roseann McGeehin mentioned she hated having beach chairs stacked around the outside of her house and requested a closet for them. It led to a plan to turn formerly unused space on the oceanfront home’s lower level into an organized guest service station a few steps behind the dunes.

The McGeehins worked with designer Barry Dixon to make the most of the space. “Summer is about easy living, and this makes it possible,” Dixon says. “Good design is practical, too.” So after a day in the sand and surf, guests can take an outdoor shower and drop off wet towels in the laundry room. Beach bags can be hung on one of many hooks provided. This arrangement saves beachgoers from tracking sand all over the house.

Here are some other amenities:

Food and drinksThe McGeehins repurposed their old stainless kitchen cabinets to store extra serving pieces, table linens and a pot big enough to boil 20 ears of local corn. A refrigerator is stocked with water, sodas, beer and wine, yogurt and sandwiches. (Local favorite Grotto Pizza also delivers right to their beach walkway.)

Towels and coolersA closet outfitted with shelves has neatly stacked Restoration Hardware beach towels. There are also coolers that guests can fill and take to the beach, plus paddle balls and boccie balls.

Rows of beach chairs hang neatly on large hooks in another closet. There is also a shelf of sunscreens.

Sand management
A hose located right off the path to the beach is great for rinsing off chairs or sunscreen-coated feet.

The home and design coverage of Jura Koncius has taken her inside hundreds of homes, from tiny studios in Penn Quarter to country castles in Warrenton. Jura also hosts the Home Front live chat, Thursdays at 11 a.m. ET.



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