Local Architect and Builder Team Up for Their Seventh Cottages For Kids

November 20, 2013 by Audrey Johnson

Davis Dunn Construction and Studio A Architecture's Andrea J. Plunk have teamed up for their 7th Cottages for Kids fundraiser. Every year the team has created fun and imaginitive cottages for a good cause. This year their creation is entitled Live it Up. The enchanting cottage has taken up residence on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach.

“It’s a great program to help local kids, and it inspires kids to use their imagination too,” Andrea says.

Each façade of Live it Up incorporates a sub-theme that encourages children to do just that. Ham it Up acts as a stage complete with curtains for little performers. Serve it Up resembles a take-out window to stimulate the culinary imagination. Climb it Up features a climbing wall with a bell at the top for little adventurers. And Romp it Up provides an access ramp for the wild child. 

Live it Up’s overall theme teaches important life lessons through creative play. By serving others, staying active, and keeping a sense of humor, children learn key components to living a fulfilled life.

An unlikely source inspired the design behind this year’s cottage. Andrea said, “This year we are co-hosting with a restaurant sponsor – CUP, Food you Pick Up. The owner also has a heart for children’s charities and we thought it was a good fit. They are providing samples and will offer a portion of proceeds through a Compassion Cup available in their new flagship location in Blue Mountain Beach.”

Andrea works from her Santa Rosa Beach office located in Redfish Village. It’s apparent that her work with Cottages for Kids stays true to her design sensibility, as she draws inspiration from her body of work along the Scenic 30A corridor.

“We have always tried to make sure our cottages are in context anywhere on 30A initially as a kid’s playhouse and with minor modification as a functional addition to any home as the children grow,” Andrea says.

Davis Dunn Construction brought the Live it Up concept to existence. Partners Will Dunn and Whitney Davis build luxury homes that reflect the surrounding natural environment along the Emerald Coast, from Destin to Rosemary Beach.

The Destin-based team pushes the envelope by keeping up with new building materials and modern practices. Their commitment to quality craftsmanship enables them to create truly unique structures that withstand the test of time. 

The duo uses a well-rounded team to establish a real sense of community through their charity work. Andrea says, “This year [the promo materials and final renderings] are fantastic. We use Redfish Rendering for the 3D drawings and they are the best.”

To learn more about Cottages for Kids and to donate to Children’s Volunteer Health Network, visit Contact Andrea at Studio A Architecture and view her portfolio at Visit Davis Dunn Construction on the web at 

Cottages for Kids event in Rosemary Beach is open on weekends during November for kids and families to tour and enjoy the cottages. Although there is no entrance fee to the event, donations for CVHN are accepted. Come on out for a fun day at the Cottages, purchase raffle tickets, and make an online bid on your favorites!

Proceeds from the Cottages for Kids raffle and online auction support CVHN’s ongoing efforts to make sure every child in the community has access to the health and dental care they need and deserve.

For more details, event schedule, to purchase raffle tickets or bid on a Cottage, please visit or call 850.622.3200.


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Upon realizing that life is too short not to follow her dreams, Audrey moved to the beach and became a writer. SoWal’s pristine beaches inspire her to explore further, look deeper, and do better.

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