Google+ House Revivals: Raising the Beach House and Razor Clam Recipes

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Raising the Beach House and Razor Clam Recipes

For those of you who are following the beach house renovation, we have exciting news!  The house raising company has begun prep work for lifting.  For those of you who are new to House Revivals blog, here is a quick catch up:

We bought a beach house, and it was a big mess.  It had been a foreclosure that was bought by a contractor/ flipper.  It was in rough shape when the contractor/ flipper bought it.  The flipper ran out of money or mojo or something, and sold the house to us after making an even bigger mess of it.   When the house was built, it had an expansive view of the ocean.  Then the sand dunes began to grow, and only very tall people could see the water.  So we decided we would raise the house.  So everyone can see the water.

All caught up?  Okay.  Right now, huge steel beams are being placed under the house.  These beams will support the house and will rest on "cribs", or "cribbing" when the house is in the air. In a few days, passers by will have a view something like this when they see the house.

And, a day or two later, it should look something like this.

Gradually, the house will go from looking like this....

... to looking like this.

And people standing in the house will go from looking at this....

... to looking at this.


Do you want to look inside the house?   Here is a "before and after" of a guest room.   And here is the 2010 Christmas Home Tour of the beach house. 

Of course, when we eventually move into the house we will need to eat, but will have missed the clamming season to due to all this renovating.

So, we will fill the freezer with razor clams harvested by the Quinault Tribe.

Have you ever had razor clams?  They taste very similar to abalone, and can be prepared the same way.

Here is a basic recipe for preparing them:

 Fried Razor Clams


  • 1/2 cup oil for frying, or as needed
  • 1 (4 ounce) packet saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 large razor clams, cleaned and dried


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix crushed crackers with black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Place eggs in a separate bowl. Dip clams into eggs, then into cracker mixture to evenly coat.
  3. Fry clams in the hot oil until golden brown. Do not over cook.
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Here are a few more recipes from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Do you have a favorite seafood recipe?  Do you even like seafood?

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  1. This has been fun/will be fun to watch...
    (Clams... not so much... :)

  2. I love seafood! The recipe sounds wonderful and I'll bet it's fun getting out and gathering them.
    Your house is going to be just wonderful when it's finished. It's so interesting to see it happening.

  3. So EXCITING! The razor clam pictures bring back my childhood on the coast. We used to go clamming a lot. As a kid I didn't like them, but am thinking I should try razor clams again as I like abalone. I can hardly wait to see how it rolls out!

  4. Can't wait. This is all reminding me of summer!!!

  5. wow, very exciting undertaking! The end result will be so spectacular! My tummy would be doing somersaults until the house was steady. But I guess the people who lift houses are in that business because they know how to do it. Best wishes :)

  6. I am so thrilled for you..

    I can't wait until I am doing my own beach renovation.

    Whenever I go to the coast, I dig razor clams and I make them just like you do...They are so wonderful with a little squeeze of lemon...

  7. I'm not a fan of seafood, but your house plan looks amazing!

  8. Raising houses is quite the thing to do in Victoria - every time I walk a new neighbourhood I seem to notice a house that has been lifted up or is about to be. What a change it will be - you will have a wonderful beach retreat!
    I've never tried razor clams, but I'd like to. I wonder what the season is up here.

  9. I love a clam/garlic/butter/wine sauce on fettucine noodles! Can you even imagine how wonderful it will be to eat your clams with a full view of the ocean?!!!! I know you can hardly wait!!!

  10. WOW! What an undertaking...but super cool. Hope all goes well, and good for you for being willing to make something old new again.

    Happy AlphabeThursday!

  11. I love clams but have never had razor clams. What an industrious venture! I will be tuning in to see the remodel.

  12. Sounds exciting and love the look of the house when complete! good luck!

  13. Wow! I am glad I found your blog at Alphabet Thursday. I hope we get to see the end results someday.

  14. This is TOTALLY amazing! I can['t wait to see more. I love the renderings of the future look of the house too, btw!


  15. what a dream to own a cottage on the beach

    I will be headed out to Oregon beach soon the claming remined me of that


  16. Looks to be a huge project, but you'll have a beautiful beach house when all is done. It will be fun to watch.

  17. You are brave to take all of this on! We all want an invitation to the open house! Portlandia Vintage

  18. It will be grand to go clamming and cook 'em up in your beachfront kitchen!

  19. So exciting- I just love all your posts about your beach house! Love it!! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  20. Love it! Never knew you could eat them, I have a few that I have collected on the beach. I love your house adventure!

  21. There used to a show on TV about moving houses and buildings and I was always fascinated by that.

    I've always been intriqued by the idea of buying a house they are going to tear down and rescuing it.

    Your new home is going to be spectacular!

    And don't forget I have dibs on that guest room!

    Thanks for a Quite a wonderful stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday this week.


  22. That looks AMAZING!!! Keep us posted even if you are crying with exhaustion (no you can go lie down if you get that stressed!).
    It is such an amazing place to live. Will do a house swap with you - how about the middle of Aussie bush with kangaroos and echidnas in a mud brick house?
    What happens to the fireplace and the stone floor when the house is lifted? Do they stay on the ground floor and you add another floor upstairs?
    Are you going to live here permanently or just for holidays? (Sorry if this has been covered in other posts but I only just discovered your blog, and have already spent ALL DAY reading other people's amazing work after being flooded twice the last few weeks with all out floods here. Bit over rain...).
    Hugs from Down Under, Jasmine

  23. Wow! What a project! I'm sure it will be amazing when completed!

  24. I have never had razor clams..sound tasty! I thoroughly enjoy watching this looks magical.


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