Google+ House Revivals: Beach House Update

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Beach House Update

I've been so busy working on, and posting about, these...

That you might have forgotten (or not have known about, if you're a new follower) this...

But trust me when I say, it's been on my mind!  This is our beach house.  The fixer upper we bought because we like a good challenge -- and because we love the beach. 

This house has great bones, and is structurally very sound.

It just needs a little TLC... okay, it needs a lot of TLC....

... and it needs to be lifted over nine feet!  Okay, "need" is a strong word, but the view will go from this...

... to this.  Can you see why we feel we "need" to do this?  We're a couple of romantics.

I met with our contractors last week, and the lifting prep is scheduled to start in two days.  It's been a long haul just to get to the hard part of this journey! We found this place last spring, and spent months negotiating to buy it.  Then it took months to close on the property.  Then it took a couple more months to finish the engineered drawings and to get the permit (I did the other construction drawings myself, since that's part of what interior designers go to school for, but the "lift" had to be engineered to meet all the new earthquake and wind requirements). 

By the middle of next week the house should be up on cribbing!  Just in time for the hard rains to start here in the Pacific Northwest..., but our contractors are hardy souls.

And the ultimate result will be worth the wait, don't you think?

Be sure to watch for updates, as we continue the beach house renovation.   Also, I hope to have the tutorials up for the woven stars tonight or tomorrow, so watch for that, too!
 And for all my beach blogging friends, there is some beach inspired Christmas decor in the works, as well.

Be sure to click "follow", in the my sidebar, so you don't miss out on any of the fun!
Enjoy your Tuesday!

This post is being linked to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Tuesday


  1. How incredible. And yes, I can completely see why you want to move the house. Hang on....move the house? I didn't know you could move in physically pick them up!!

    Even more incredible!


  2. Hi Amanda-

    OMGosh you are the luckiest girl alive!! Oh how I would love to have a beach house someday. Yours looks lovely even in it's current state. It will all be worth it when it is done to have that view to enjoy. Best of luck and I hope all the renovations go smoothly.

    Being in the Pacific Northwest have you ever found any glass fishing floats on the beaches there. I read that they sometimes show up in November.

    I also love the star ornaments. Very pretty and unique. I have never seen any like these before. I have an on-going Christmas project link up on my site. Thses stars would be perfect to link.

    My best- Diane

  3. That's awesome! I didn't know you could lift a house either. Here in California they would never let you do that. You have to have what they call story poles just to add another story in case you might ruin someone's view. Your beach house will be amazing. I just did one, and I lived to tell. Can't wait to see your future posts.

  4. Just when I was wondering what was going on - up you pop with a post. Good luck with the lift - you are brave souls!

  5. It will be all so worth it -what a great cottage and improvement plans!!!

  6. Glad you liked my toile from Goodwill...thought it was a great find! (I can't wait to see what I do with it either...cause right now I have no clue!) lol
    That is gonna be SOME beach house when you're done...and oh what a view! LOVE IT! I adore the beach, but we don't get to go very are crazy expensive when they're right on the beach! But we have a ball when we do get to go!
    Have a great day!

  7. What a huge project. That view is to die for though. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress.

  8. That is going to be AWESOME!!!! I couldn't believe the difference that 9 feet made in your view! Definitely falls in the "NEED" category!

  9. I can totally see why you want to lift your house. The higher view is so much better! Fantastic. I hope all goes smoothly :)

  10. I would LOVE to have a beach house. Unfortunately there is no beach in Tucson. I really am jealous, though.

  11. It certainly will be worth the effort & expense~ what an amazing view you'll have! The logistics in lifting a house boggles my mind :-)

  12. What a wonderful view you will have! What a project! Good Luck with all....your designs are really neat!

  13. The beach house will surely be wonderful once it's all shining and "new." :)

    Greetings from Munich,

  14. Looks like your beach house is going to be fantastic!

  15. Beautiful stars! The house will be so wonderful for you when it is finished. Great H post.

  16. The house will be wonderful. I love the layout. The view is awesome.

  17. beautiful...the view just i want one too :P

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  19. Quite an undertaking!

    Please please please keep us updated!~

    I am excited to see how it all turns out!

  20. Incredible project! So looking forward to seeing more. What a view indeed!

  21. Oh wow. I love how you shared the before and after view with us. I hadn't seen that before.

    And I really like the architectural rendering on this.

    You are definitely going to living in a showhouse when you're done. And I love that you will be able to sit on your deck and watch the waves! I'm a teensy bit envious.

    OK, OK. A lot envious.

    Thanks for the Happy stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter 'H'!


  22. Wow! I'm having serious house envy. That will be a masterpiece when it's finished, I have no doubt!

  23. i love that you keep sharing about the beach house ... it has captured my heart so i am living a bit vicariously through your blog ... i cant wait to see this project finished!


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