Google+ House Revivals: The Beach House is Moving Up!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Beach House is Moving Up!

We went out to the coast to see the beach house progress this weekend.  It was incredible walking around under the house and seeing the amount of work that has gone into getting it raised!   It has now gone up about three feet, with another six feet to go.

The contractors had to punch holes in the existing stem wall to get their steel I-beams under the structure.  While we were there this weekend, workers were already building forms to patch the holes.  The photo here shows where new reinforcing bar has been placed prior to pouring the new concrete.

For the wing of the house that used to be a garage, the contractors ran their gear right through the middle of the space, since they couldn't get underneath this part of the house, as it was sitting on concrete -- the old garage floor, which will be a garage floor again soon!   If this space looks familiar, it is because I shared about it here, discussing before and after concepts.

In the hallway, you can see where the floor transitioned from the old garage and workshop concrete slab to joist framing.  There is simply no floor where the house was lifted off the slab.  New floor joists and a giant steel I-beam will be added to this wing.

And speaking of steel beams, here she is!  Isn't she a beauty?  And yes, this is my inner geek speaking.  You will find most interior designers have an inner geek.  We don't usually fit into "right-brained' or "left-brained" categories, as we have to have a strong working knowledge of building and mechanical systems, in addition to having a strong appreciation for beauty and art.  And speaking of beauty, this little number is going to be the center support for the entire east wing of the structure. 

This is one of many jacks being used to raise the building.  They are connected to one control panel, and the house goes up very evenly.  As the house goes up, cribs are stacked under these beams to support it.

The ocean facing deck is going up with the house, as its roof is integral to the house.  All the other decks were removed prior to lifting.  See the stack of cribbing that supports an I-beam running under the house?  That I-beam supports several other I-beams running the other direction.  There is a lot of steel under the house right now!

We have a beautiful brick chimney and fireplace that we wanted to preserve, so they are lifting that, too.

This is the view from the courtyard.

You might also notice that we have a new neighbor.  We knew it would happen, and had studied their building plans before buying this property to make sure they weren't going to build something strange, as well as to study how it would affect our day lighting and views.  We really don't mind having neighbors this close on one side, because to the west the only thing between us and God is ocean and sky. 

Above, is an exterior view of the garage wing of the house.  When it goes up another six feet, a new garage will be built underneath it.  Below, is an interior view of the back part of the garage wing.  There are two doorways shown here.  One (on the right) led to steps to a grade level exterior door.  The door on the left led to the world's grodiest bathroom.

Those two spaces will be combined to create a den/ fourth bedroom.

Above is another view of a jack, an I-beam, and a stack of cribbing.

And this is all that stuff we talked about earlier that lies between us and God.

They are supposed to resume lifting tomorrow, so hopefully by the end of the week we will have more pictures to bore you with!


  1. That is awesome! I'm just amazed they can do something like that. I wish I were there to see it.

  2. OOO That is going to be so awesome, I can't wait to see it when it is all done and the process getting there.

  3. What an amazing project. How exciting. And your view - it is unbelievable. I look forward to following along!

  4. Your inner geek is hilarious. I'm sure that the I-beam is feeling very appreciated and loved! LOL. But your ocean....sigh....that is an ocean of love!

  5. That was so interesting. Raising a house is quiet common along the Victoria waterfront, but I have never been able to get such a good view of the 'workings' of the whole process. You are going to be SO happy when you're sitting on that deck watching the sunset.

  6. Wow! So awsome to see! Houses are built so differently then here in Holland! Here all houses are built on beams going deep into the ground, because Dutch ground is too soft to built on.
    Isn't it scary to see your whole property lift up like that???
    It is going to be soooooo nice to see the ocean from your house!
    Thanks for sharing, very cool!

  7. Wow ~ what an undertaking! I would be very nervous. Can't wait to see it all done.

  8. It fascinates me how they can engineer the lifting process, it seems daunting! What a wonderful view!

  9. It was amazing to watch them raise your roof. Actually it is the whole house going up that is cool.

  10. oh that view is worth every bit of it .... you are going to experience such peace .... and the neighbour ... did they have to build so very close??? never mind, no more comments from me on that .... what a glorious view ...

  11. Interesting. Are you raising it because the ocean is encroaching?~Ames

  12. Wow, this is actually pretty cool to watch! I can see why you're so interested in the process because lifting an entire house just sounds like a lot of work! Glad you took so many photographs to document this process because it's not everyday that you see a house get hoisted up like that!

  13. That must be something else to see in person. I watch a lot of shows doing the same thing on TV and I'm always awed.

  14. Wow. This is quite an undertaking, isn't it? Glad it's going along so well.

    Loved that last photo, too!


  15. How will be an absolutely amazing home....I love that last shot...


  16. simply amazing how they can lift all that house and keep it all together at the same time!

  17. Amanda, this is absolutely fascinating to me.

    It will be such a neat pictoral history of your renovation if you could turn this into a blog book when you're done.

    I am envious of the 'fun' you're having with this.

    The single thing I miss about my ex-husband is doing building renovations with him.

    But I shall continue to do it vicariously through your terrific links to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "T".

    Thanks for linking.


  18. Yeah for it moving! I am always so amazed that you can actually move a whole house! It looks so scary but so awesome too! lol
    Thanks for linking up!

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