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David Price stands in the "nest," which now serves as his office.

Longboat Key couple finish renovation on historic Whitney Beach cottage

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

David Price stands in the "nest," which now serves as his office.

Historic photos and sailing gear decorate the nest.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Historic photos and sailing gear decorate the nest.

Lori Price uses one of the bedrooms as her office now.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Lori Price uses one of the bedrooms as her office now.

The Prices stayed in the small guest house for about a year and changed little about its layout during renovations. They added a window.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices stayed in the small guest house for about a year and changed little about its layout during renovations. They added a window.

The Prices keep touches of New Orleans around their new home.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices keep touches of New Orleans around their new home.

Lori and David Price

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Lori and David Price

The living room smells of the pecky cypress that makes up the walls.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The living room smells of the pecky cypress that makes up the walls.

The kitchen renovation benefited from newly vaulted ceilings.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The kitchen renovation benefited from newly vaulted ceilings.

Putting a roof over the walkways to other buildings meant that the house is now one entity.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

Putting a roof over the walkways to other buildings meant that the house is now one entity.

The Prices refinished the bathrooms with Floridian touches.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices refinished the bathrooms with Floridian touches.

The kitchen ceilings are higher.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The kitchen ceilings are higher.

The home is set back from the road and shrouded in trees.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The home is set back from the road and shrouded in trees.

The entryway used to be open-air.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The entryway used to be open-air.

The Prices' nautical treasures greet them when they enter.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices' nautical treasures greet them when they enter.

The Prices vaulted the ceiling with cypress.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices vaulted the ceiling with cypress.

They proudly display the old photos and articles about their home.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

They proudly display the old photos and articles about their home.

The Prices redid the fireplace for use when it potentially gets chilly.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices redid the fireplace for use when it potentially gets chilly.

The window in the living room looks out over mature palms, giving it a treehouse feel.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The window in the living room looks out over mature palms, giving it a treehouse feel.

The Prices used cypress for the living room walls.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices used cypress for the living room walls.

The entryway used to be open-air.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The entryway used to be open-air.

The home is full of Floridian touches.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The home is full of Floridian touches.

The master bedroom was redone, but they kept the small window.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The master bedroom was redone, but they kept the small window.

The porch outside the master bedroom has touches of the beach.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The porch outside the master bedroom has touches of the beach.

The Prices screened the porch outside their bedroom.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices screened the porch outside their bedroom.

The Prices kept as much of the cypress as possible and used it around the house, like in this door.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices kept as much of the cypress as possible and used it around the house, like in this door.

The Prices installed a twisting staircase to the nest.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Prices installed a twisting staircase to the nest.

The rough cypress siding is still abundant in the home.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The rough cypress siding is still abundant in the home.

The backyard is still undone, but David Price appreciates that it leads to his boat.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The backyard is still undone, but David Price appreciates that it leads to his boat.

The home moved across the street in the 1950s.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The home moved across the street in the 1950s.

The Longboat Observer covered the home's elevation in 1984.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The Longboat Observer covered the home's elevation in 1984.

The home started on the beach in the 1930s.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 |

The home started on the beach in the 1930s.

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