TIKI ONE & TIKI TWO
Galveston-area Island Compound Delights Three Generations
BY MARSHA CANRIGHT • PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM SCHROEDER
Hugging the tip of Tiki Island with a panoramic view of Galveston Bay, two white-and-cream beach cottages sit side by side, joined at the breezeway by wide plank porches and a 50-foot fishing pier below the living quarters.
Together the houses — one new and one a redo — create an airy island retreat large enough for Houstonians Ed Bajorek and Mary Ann McCulley to comfortably accommodate Bajorek’s four children and seven grandchildren on holidays, summer birthdays and fishing vacations.
It seems sedate, almost sleepy, but when all 14 family members convene, it’s anything but that, says Jennifer Bajorek, a daughter who worked on the cabinet designs for both houses.
“It’s a special place that we all love and appreciate,” she says.
Her father and stepmother bought the original house, called Tiki One, in 2000, and family has been coming ever since. As a teenager, Jennifer’s first fishing expedition at Tiki One snagged two handsome trout. Afterwards, she was hooked on fishing, an activity that brings their extended family together.
In those days, the house was a simple structure with less than 1,000 square feet. An expansion plan was in the works when Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in 2008. Although the original house faces the open bay, it survived the storm without significant damage. Only the stairs and boathouse were damaged, and interior carpets had to be replaced.
But the neighbors were not so lucky. Their house sustained major damage and when they decided not to rebuild, Ed purchased the lot. Tiki One was remodeled in 2009, and the brand-new Tiki Two, the large main house, was completed last year.
Both houses are lined with deep windows to showcase the sweeping bay views. The rooms are white and cream with accent shades of blue and green to reflect the coastal waters and sky. Designer Peggy Stirman worked with McCulley and Jennifer to create a family compound to delight the three generations.
The two-story main house sits 16 feet above ground with a light-filled family room and kitchen combination that opens onto Jones Bay, a subset of Galveston Bay. From the deck, there is an unobstructed view of the wide, blue stretch of water, and in the distance, you can see the outline of South Deer Island, a nature preserve.
Beneath the houses is a service area for bikes, jet skis and vacation gear. A mechanized boat ramp makes launching the fishing boat a breeze. A large outdoor shower is a convenient place for clean up. There’s also an outdoor grill for cooking the catch of the day.
A favorite gathering spot is the main house kitchen, which is white with deep blue accents and gray-washed wood floors. The Brookhaven cabinetry by Wood-Mode has a lace finish with a charcoal glaze meant to complement the white Okite quartz countertops. The kitchen island is painted a vivid ocean blue and echoes the colors of the kitchen cabinets in the sister cottage. The Miele refrigerator is hidden behind a matching door.
Well-equipped for family gatherings, the kitchen features a floating glass breakfast bar and a Miele built-in coffee system to provide the morning brew. A deep-green Bertazonni gas range and a Miele convection steam oven are stylish tools for a family that enjoys cooking together. To keep ingredients at an easy reach, the couple installed Sub-Zero freezer drawers under the counters and a tall pantry with pullout drawers.
Perched on the second floor, three bedrooms with ensuite baths offer wide views of the bay.
The master bath is a nod to spa-like luxury. It has Brookhaven frameless cabinets with louvered doors, painted in a white finish. The vanity holds dual sinks and has a separate sit down make-up area. The counters are silestone quartz with Toto plumbing fixtures and sinks. A large, walk-in shower has multiple functions including an overhead rain showerhead, a standard shower and a handheld fixture. The bath floor has ceramic tiles in earth tones.
In keeping with the coastal theme, the artwork portrays seabirds, seashells, sailboats and other beachy scenes. Most are the works of local Galveston and Houston artists, but some were collected on family trips.
Tiki One, the original quarters, now serves as a guesthouse to accommodate the family overflow. The cottage redo began by opening the space between the kitchen and living room to create a more modern, open concept, and the kitchen was completely renovated. The bathrooms were updated, windows replaced and new furnishings brought new life to this sturdy survivor.
Kitchen cabinets are painted the same deep blue as the main house, and the floors are ash-gray wood. The old cedar wall siding in the living room is now painted a warm gray.
One element remains the same: The original cottage corner stone fireplace, which adds warmth, character and brings back memories.
“It’s like an old friend,” Jennifer says.
Bertazzoni 36-inch gas range
Bosch single oven
Jenn-Air electric smooth glass cook top
Miele 30-inch refrigerator, coffee system and steam convection oven
Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and undercounter freezer drawers
Zephyr range hood
ARTWORK & DECOR
Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor
2202 Ship Mechanic Row Galveston
Numerous artists, including:
Post Office Street galleries
CABINETS, KITCHEN/BATH DESIGN, SPACE PLANNING
(Brookhaven by Wood-Mode)
1401 Shepherd Drive
Le Bouquet Interiors
710 Sugar Creek Blvd.
2221 Strand St.
423 25th St., Galveston
3802 Cove View Blvd.
Old Strand Emporium
2425 Strand St.
Dennis Wright & Associates
1029 W. 21st St.