Extreme Makeover 11

Beauty, Style & Function Converge to Create an Amazing Cocoa Beach Makeover

Cocoa Beach has come a long way from the funky little beach town dotted with “surf ghettos” it once was. Over the years, a gradual transformation has taken place. Now, you can find a number of architectural designs throughout the community that reflect contemporary trends.

One such example can be seen in the home of Alicia and Tim Phillips, owners of Phillips Development & Design. The couple took an outdated and inefficient property located on South Tropical Trail and transformed it into the kind of sleek, modern living space resembling that of beachside residences south of Melbourne Beach on your way to SBI.

Stripping the nearly 5,000-square-foot structure down to the studs in January 2016, the extensive rebuild included a major reconfiguration that changed the entire look, inside and out. The home was designed in large part for entertaining, and the goal was to create an open floor plan flooded with natural light that would convey a comfortable, homey feel, rather than a sterile environment sometimes associated with contemporary builds.

While the style might be referred to as midcentury modern, the couple achieved what they think of as a European contemporary. The result is a less formal, more adaptable living space that provides dazzling views from every room in the house. The outcome is also their way of fighting the predominant “Florida-tarian” look Alicia hopes will one day fade away.

If you’d like to get the look they’ve created in the dining room, you can find the single-slab rectory table made of reclaimed wood at Restoration Hardware. The oversized apothecary jars, perfect for centerpieces and displaying collections, are available at Pottery Barn.

For area rugs, Overstock.com and Wayfair offer a variety of contemporary designs, and both are excellent sources for light fixtures as well. As for colorful art, visit the Studios of Cocoa Beach and Debrilcha Gallery in Cocoa Beach.