Google+ House Revivals: The Beach House is on It's New Pony Walls!

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Beach House is on It's New Pony Walls!

Okay, here is one last "beach house raising" post!  I feel like I need to apologize to my crafting peeps for not posting small projects for the last couple of weeks -- I promise I have several things "in the works", but this remodel has consumed the days recently, as things started picking up speed. 

This week the beach house was lowered onto the new pony walls!  If you are new to the House Revivals blog, you can read more about our beach house remodel here.

The picture above shows how the house looked early Tuesday morning.  It took the crew hours to prep for the final positioning of the house.  As you may know, we were raising the house nine feet.  This meant the house needed to go up nine feet three inches,  so my contractor and his crew would have room to build new pony walls.  Once the pony walls were up, the house could then be lowered that last three inches.

We had a mason come in last week to build a new foundation under the chimney and fireplace.  Remember how the fireplace looked last week?  It's so amazing that they were able to lift this chimney!

This is what the three inch "gap" looked like before the house was lowered.

This picture is from the north side of the house where the garage wing meets the house.  The garage was on a slab, while the house was on floor joists, which is why you see a break in the floor line.  The new upstairs floor will hang from the walls and from the new steel I-beam we showed here. 

When the house was finally lowered, it went down slowly and smoothly.  The east (left) side of the house was a fraction of an inch lower than the west side, as you can see in the picture below.  When the east side made contact with the new pony walls, I think I was expecting a huge crash and shaking or something, but it just made the gentlest tap!

They brought the west side of the house down, literally about a sixteenth of an inch a time!

 This control panel was the "nerve center" of the whole operation.

These hydraulic hoses went to the various jacks located under the house.

This process was incredible to watch.  Everyone knew their job, and the whole thing was like a perfectly choreographed ballet.  Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration.  One member of the house lifter's crew did make me laugh, as he would grab beams and joists and swing from ladder to scaffold to cribbing, as he worked!

For comparison's sake, here are some images of the beach front of the house, including the "before", the "concept" and the "progress to date".

Just for fun, I added grass and sky to the concept picture:)  So, what do you think?  The concept was not too far off from where reality is shaking out, wouldn't you agree?

Tickled Pink at 504 Main


  1. Wow, I had no idea about the intricacies of these kinds of building details. This is amazing! I can see that everything is coming together beautifully. It won't be long now...

    Best wishes,

  2. Oh how awesome! Like I've said before, I love watching this happen.

  3. This has been so fun to watch. I have never heard the term "pony wall" before...very interesting process... Will be fun to see what/when you get to work on the inside..
    Soon you are going to have that amazing view..
    Thanks for taking us along on this adventure

  4. No kidding! The concept pic looks pretty much spot on to what you got thus far (especially with the added grass and sky! LOL)! I am so glad it went without a big crash/boom. And look at how much more house you have now!!!! WOW. What a huge job! I'll bet you are just chomping at the bit to get to the inside now! Sooooo fun. Getting closer to getting done!

  5. Yeah for new pony walls and for the house sitting on them! :) That's big progress!

  6. It is really amazing that they can just lift up a house. It looks like it is going to be fabulous!

  7. that must have been a bit nerve wracking to watch ... your dream is getting closer and closer to becoming reality!!!

  8. Awesome. Things are coming together. Sounds like you guys had decent contractors.

  9. Wow! I've just read your last two posts - it's really something to see the progress toward the fulfillment of the concept. Please don't feel that you have to limit these posts, as I find them very interesting. You must be so gratified to see everything coming together.

  10. I just found you - I love that you're showing all the remodeling and lifting a house! Awesome! We see lots of crafts & decorating but to see a house lifted is amazing! Following you! Have a great weekend!

  11. This looks amazing- Lifting a house up and building underneath it is such a huge project! It is incredible how it is turning out! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  12. It's coming along amanda! It won't be long now 'til it's home!

  13. This is totally awe-inspiring...thanks so much for such an intimate look at this awesome happening!

  14. I will continue to support you, come on!Heartfelt hugs
    This is a wonderful article. Thank you for sharing, very exciting.
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  15. I love this - it's so interesting. I like seeing the process.

  16. Simply amazing what can be done when you have a vision! I love the progress that has been made. I can surely believe being there to see it in real time must be a sight to see! - Karen

  17. I'm so excited to see this! Definitely in July maybe sooner if the travel gods align....

  18. Amazing project to take on....reading a couple of your posts & fascinated by your remodel. Look forward to seeing your transformation...

  19. Wow. Just, wow. I found you from Btwn Naps on a Porch and I'm so excited I did. I love a remodel, but I can't say I've ever seen a house raised before. I'm now addicted and will be along for the ride.

  20. Oh my gosh Amanda that still just amazes me!! It looks so beautiful!! I bet you are so excited, heck, I am so excited for you too!!! :) I can't wait to see more!

  21. I hate to use the word amazing, cause that's what everyone else is saying, but I can't help it!
    This amazes me! I would have been a nervous wreck!
    It's looking great!

  22. Hi Dude,

    Beach house is a dream pop duo formed in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pony wall is easy to build and serves it's purpose well. With minimal effort you can build the wall and upgrade it easily by placing an upgraded cap on it. Thanks a lot....


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