Google+ House Revivals: Raising the Beach House

Friday, March 11, 2011

Raising the Beach House

Okay, I know I promised these pictures days ago, where did the week go?   This is what the beach house looked like last week.  It's quite a bit farther along today, and the house raising company is scheduled to come back on Monday to lower the structure three inches to rest on the new pony walls.

Remember what it looked like the previous weekend?

And where it was before the lifting began...

Here are a few more pictures of how the house looked last week.  While it was on cribbing my general contractor came in with his framing crew, his welder, his concrete guys, and his mason.  They worked pretty fast, getting most of the structural work under the house done in about a week in a half.  Of course, during this time, we have had a snowstorm, a wicked wind storm, and now a tsunami advisory!

This is the view as you enter the courtyard.  There will be stairs leading up to the front door, as well as a new deck off the kitchen.

Here's a peak under the living and dining rooms, standing in the world's tallest crawl space.

The back of the house, which is considered the front of the house, since it faces the beach.  This deck went up with the house, as the roof was integral to the structure.

Our house raisers, Dent National, out of Pacific, Washington, have a great reputation for lifting masonry structures, so we knew our brick chimney was in good hands.

The back front of the house.

We've actually made a few design changes since I created this model, which we'll reveal as we go along.  These models were created as "conceptual models" before we even made an offer on the house, to communicate ideas to my husband, our structural engineer, our contractors, and to study the spaces.


Underneath the chimney.

This is what is looks like where the chimney was "detached".

Remember the conceptual guest bedroom I posted about, here?

There it is, nasty wallpaper and all!  And see the new steel beam under that wall?  It was chained to the structure and lifted with the house.

Remember the courtyard concepts I posted about here?  It's a far cry from that right now!

And just for fun.....

Does anyone else want to chant "Jen-Ga, Jen-Ga, Jen-Ga!"  when looking at all these stacks of cribbing?


  1. Really cool. The eaves really seem to be scaled perfectly on the larger house. This must feel good to that this phase is almost done.

  2. oh complete & total Jenga! lol
    this is looking wonderful ... i bet you are glad that this is going so well.

  3. funny. Here in the Netherlands we build houses from stone, mostly. When we build extra, we build up- tear up the roof and put a layer on.
    It wouldn't accur to us to raise a house and put a layer under...
    It's all in the mind, isn't it :).

  4. It's really pretty amazing that an entire house can be lifted up and set back down. I know you've got to be excited to see it come together.

  5. I do! But it's really coming along!

  6. jenga! LOL. It is just amazing what they are doing and managing to keep the chimney intact is pretty amazing to me! Do you know how easy it would be for the chimney to just crack and fall at the slightest misadjustment? Those guys are obviously good!

  7. Wow - this is amazing looking....can't wait to see the next step. What a huge undertaking.

  8. coming along nicely. can't do that with English houses though - not made from timber.

  9. Jenga for sure! I'm so glad you commented on my blog, you've got some interesting things to post about!

  10. This is amazing!! It just floors me that they can do things like this. It is going to be so beautiful Amanda!

  11. Amazing! What a huge project you have going on! And, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll have pics of the chair I painted later in the week - got it finished tonight!

  12. Looks like everything is coming along nicely! You'll have such a nice view with the house raised. I love all your drawings! It's cool to be able to envision a space and see what it will look like.

  13. Wow, that is so cool that you raised the house like that. Can't wait to see it all finished.

  14. I am just LOVING watching the progress each week...! It's so exciting.

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  16. Wow! It is really coming along, isn't it!!!

  17. I will continue to support you, come on!Heartfelt hugs
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  18. Wow - what a phenomenal amount of work. It is amazing to see the progress - thanks for sharing!

  19. Wow. You are rolling right along here. I am loving the right now and someday pictures immensely.

    This is going to be amazing.

    Hope everyone is safe with the tsunami watch. How frightening.

    Thanks for another wonderful link.


  20. Wow! Those are quite impressive photographs! What a process!

  21. Your home will be amzing when finished. Looks like you have a lot of work ahead of you. I'll be following the progress.

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  23. This is the good blog with good images and good details. Please keep on posting more stuff. I will like to hear more from you. :)

    I really love the design of this house specially the front.

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