Google+ House Revivals: Beach House Courtyard Concepts and a Curveball

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beach House Courtyard Concepts and a Curveball

Yesterday I spent part of the morning working on some courtyard concepts for the beach house remodel.  Partly because I am SOOOO ready for spring, and partly because the concept we decide to go with will impact the entry stairs which will impact the "man door" placement for the new garage.  So, after about an hour of CAD, I opened up SketchUp to play with some courtyard furniture placement ideas in 3-D, including an outdoor kitchen, and a fireplace.

Did you visit the Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House in Seabrook last year?

I loved that courtyard!  The fireplace, the seating area, the dining area -- it was perfection.

Now back to reality.

This is kind of what our courtyard looks like right now (minus the rotting decks... and the house is partially jacked up right now but I will share more on that next week).  As you can see, anything would be an improvement!

When my husband got up and saw the models I'd created, he felt I'd gotten everything ALL WRONG.  I was thinking of a quiet tranquil space, out of the wind, to retreat to with a glass of wine and a magazine.

The thing is, our daughter and son-in-law have recently informed us that life is throwing us a delightful curve ball.  Soooooo, my husband took one look at the concepts and said  "where is the swing set and what about a slide?"

Just for fun, I hodge-podged together a little play yard for him.

He even had this kind of cool idea to put in a tube slide from one of the decks!  I haven't put a model of that together, yet, but why not?  If I have time to whip one up, I'll post it on the House Revivals facebook page.

Of course, now when I look at the original idea for the courtyard, it seems a little dull and boring... as if something is missing....

Oh, there it is!

A sweet little tricycle just waiting to trip up an unsuspecting grandpa as he steps out the door with a platter of steaks.

Life is so good!

Edit:  We have some new progress on the beach house, that you can see here!

To see a concept for one of the guest rooms, click here, and to see more of the beach house and some concepts for the renovation, click here.

Be sure to hit "follow", in my side bar so you won't miss the upcoming posts on the house raising, and lots of cool pictures of our castle in the air.  Also, if you are on facebook, come check out our new page and click "like" for lots of mini-updates and links!  And for all my crafty peeps, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve, and some projects on my work desk :)

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  1. Wow. It's beautiful. I can't wait.

  2. When we planned our backyard, we sorta forgot about the future kiddos. There's room for stuff, but it just doesn't fit the way I'd like.

  3. It looks great. The tricycle adds just the right touch.

  4. That was so cute. Congrats on the new curve ball.

  5. Sweet S post! Congratulations on your curve ball. Life is indeed good.

  6. Very cute. The tricycle makes it so much for "realistic"!

  7. I'm very exited for the curve ball's arrival as well - but probably almost as excited to see the Beach House evolve into reality. When can I come cook dinner in the kitchen to be? :)

  8. oh, one more thing - that last picture where you added the tricycle reminded me that when my Dad wanted children he and my mom were walking window shopping and he pointed to a tricycle and said "Want to make a motor for one of those?" they ended up making six motors!

  9. What a "Grand" post! Congratulations Amanda! If ever there was a perfect place to rock a grand baby to sleep, it would be in a warm cozy home overlooking the ocean!

  10. A tube slide would be really run for the grands.

  11. I love the red tricycle ... that is the best addition yet! what wonderful news!!!

  12. That's the loveliest news!
    Every time the grandsons come from the east we seem to add another piece of equipment to our place - and it makes me happy to look out and see it all waiting for the next visit.

  13. Congratulations! I'm guessing this will be your first?

  14. How wonderful! Is this your first??

    Being a grandma is the most amazing thing in the's just love on top of love..

    Maybe when I finally get around to buying a beach house, our grandkids can play together!



  15. Wow, I love it! and who cares what the courtyard looks like right now. Even if you had rotting decks, you have a beach house!! And congrats on your surprise (right?) upcoming addition! Stopping by from Shabby Chic Cottage
    Scissors & Spatulas

  16. I am new to your blog. I am so glad that I found it. I really like this post and how awesome to have a beach house to remodel!

  17. A grandbaby! A grandbaby! OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY!

    Sorry. I just love babies and Grands are the most amazing baby fest of all!

    Loved the integration of your life changes into your designs.

    You're right.

    The tricycle is definitely needed!

    Thanks for the smile and the anticipation.

    Congratulations to all.

    Thank you for linking to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "S".

    This was superb!


    Still smiling here!

  18. Aww, what a great post!!! And I love all of your anticipated's all so neat! I am your newest follower and I look forward to visiting you on Alphabet Thursdays...this was my first week doing fun!!!

  19. I love your plan and your inspiration. Congrats on the new grandbaby! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun.

  20. Congrats on the grandbaby! Your plans look great! Thanks for linking my Flaunt it Friday party, come back soon! :)

  21. It looks beautiful! And congrats on the curve ball! :)
    Thanks for linking up! I always love to see your plans!

  22. Looks beautiful~ we are thinking about a fireplace in our backyard this year too - can't wait to see more of your project! Congrats on the little tricycle in the yard! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!:)

  23. Congratulations, Amanda! I became a grandma just over two years ago, and my little granddaughter has been one of the greatest joys of my life! As you are already anticipating, that little " delightful curve ball" will be sooo well worth any change in design plans. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party. Be sure to enter the giveaway, if you haven't already.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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