Google+ House Revivals: S is for house by the Seashore

Thursday, May 27, 2010

S is for house by the Seashore

We are still house hunting.  We did find a house in a little beach community that we felt had potential.  It was destined for the wrecking ball, but we think it's worth trying to save.  Did you know it's almost impossible to get reasonable financing for a fixer-upper?  Now, if we wanted to scrape the house and start fresh with new construction, banks would fall all over themselves to give us a loan.  Maybe that explains why so many lovely old houses get scraped?

Ah, well, we are in negotiations for the beach house fixer-upper, but the negotiations are not going smoothly.   So, we are going back to the shore this weekend to look at more houses.  But, I really liked the fixer-upper.  Not the mold growing on the ceiling where the roof leaks.  Not the rotting deck.  Definitely not the rat poo in the gutted kitchen.  I like the house's bones.  And banks of windows.  And it just seems to have heart.

If we buy it, which we very likely won't (since negotiations have stalled, because the seller seems to have forgotten that the housing bubble burst), here is what we would like to do.

We would like to raise the house one level to better take advantage of this view.

Here's another view of the back of the house.  The stairs would need to be moved to meet setback requirements.

Here's a before.

Here is a before of the front of the house...
and an after.

And another before of the front, showing the entrance...

... and here is a concept of how it would look after.

Remember the nasty kitchen?

Well, it could look like this!
I've decided to represent flagstone flooring, even though it isn't my favorite, because it is already there, and would be very expensive to replace.

This plan would leave all the fixtures in the same place, because that's less expensive to do, and it was pretty efficiently designed the first time around.  We would add a small island, however, because there is plenty of room for one!

Okay, I'll only share this one last space...
I'll spare you the rant about how dangerous step up tubs are, and how most building codes don't allow them, because too many people have broken their hips and chipped their teeth trying to climb into these things.

You can see why this is my dream home!

Who wouldn't want this nasty, stained moldy shower?

 Or this ripped out wall?

Seriously, though, without moving any major plumbing, but by thoughtfully planning the existing space, this bathroom could look like this.
Notice that there is NO chandelier over the bathtub.

I'll save that rant for another day, but I will say that I get REALLY tired of wanna be designers placing chandeliers over tubs.  It violates most electrical codes to do this, and can be very dangerous.

Well, there you have it.  The beach house. Could be my dream house.  Could be just another frog I've kissed trying to find my dream house.  Now, I'm off to pack my bags for the seashore to do a little more frog kissing (just in case the negotiations completely fall apart on this one)!

This post is being linked to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday, and House of Grace Best of 2010


  1. Dreamy plans. Dreamy designs. Dreamy location. Hope it does become your dreamy house. Keep us posted.

  2. I would love to live by the sea. I live in Michigan which of course is surrounded by lakes. I tried to talk hubs into a lake house. Not on the big lake of course we could not afford that. But we are living in the middle of the woods instead. Oh well maybe when we retire we will just travel more.

  3. My dream is much like yours except I have no concept of how to design what I'd like. Your designs are perfectly beautiful.

    Good luck with you trek to the shore.

    Thanks for a great S post.

  4. Oh, I hope you get this. You have beautiful plans for it. It would be just gorgeous. Good luck. Great S post.

  5. It takes a special person to see the potential in a house- that's you. It takes a special person to show up after all the work is done and have a great beach weekend- that's me!

    I'm just being cheeky, that looks like a really solid rehab.

  6. Your just-perfect-for-you house is waiting - maybe it's this one and maybe it's one you'll see on the weekend, but it's there. In the meantime, all the searching, planning and dreaming is being stored up for the day when you find your house.

  7. I am amazed at how you can see past the obvious and be able to find the potential! Crossing my fingers for you!

  8. I'd love a house by the sea. I live in Derbyshire, England, which is a great county in every respect, except that it does not have a coastline :(

  9. i would love a beach house ... i hope your dreams become a reality!

  10. Oh...oh...what a dream.

    I love how you do this. This is just the neatest thing ever. This software is just absolutely fascinating to me.

    I never thought about the destruction aspect of loans being so difficult to attain. It seems they would want you to fix things up vs. start from scratch.

    I really hope you get this house.

    And even if you don't I know you will turn whatever you find into an absolute dream.

    My husband and I have our dream architect all picked out for someday. It is a company that specializes in contemporizing (is that a real word? Sorry!) old barns and farm structures. Blackburn Architects.

    Thanks for this dreamy stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "S"!

    You add such wonderufl interest each week on this meme.

    Thank you for participating!


  11. Love the view and your plans! Chandeliers are out? Ooooh noooo! I have a nasty spot over my tub and wanted to change it to a very small chandelier just for fun. I will have to rethink my strategy LOL Thanks for Sharing!


  12. Oh, I wonder if you will do it, I would LOVE to live by the shore.

  13. ohhh, i love that house. i LOVE that house. you're absolutely, right. it's got great bones. :]

    want me to go clonk the owner on the head for you?

  14. What a great beach home...Ah, how awesome to have that scenery to wake up and go to sleep to!

    I loved looking at your creative ideas for the design renovations.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I'm finally have some free time and able to read more S posts :o) I'd love for you to stop over :o)

  15. I can see why you love it so. Location alone makes this home a winner. I hope you get it for purely selfish reasons—I'd love to see the transformation come to life.

    Thank you for stopping over at 3 Sun Kissed Boys.

  16. What a wonderful dream house, by the sea! That's also my dream, to have the house by the water somewhere..

    Wish you all the best with the negotiation part of this deal, and most of all, get your dream house.

  17. ok, I gotta ask...where is this house, cause it sure looks familiar....wouldnt it be strange?

  18. You and I are kindred spirits. I'm always finding homes that others would pass up due to the conditions and I can see it all refurbished and beautiful. I want to save them and make them shine again. I loved all your ideas. I do think if it's meant for you to have it, it will work out. There may be another one that's even better just around the corner for you. Good look with your househunting.
    Happy New Year!


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