Challenge: To update and brighten this 1960s ranch on the Intracoastal Waterway. Designers removed walls to open the floor plan and brought back original terrazzo floors. New windows take advantage of the view. Judges appreciated: the textural contrast of the stone wall as a dramatic kitchen backdrop.

Location: Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Contractor and Designer: Phil Kean Designs, Winter Park, Fla.

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