Phase 1- Clean and make it livable

The house had been abandoned for more than an decade when we took ownership so we had our work cut out for us just to clean it up. From the green and blue turquoise shag rug upstairs to the cactus room filled with overgrown plants, we started by simply throwing things out the doors and windows into the yard. Phase one began with our decision to paint all surfaces bright white.

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From the beginning

A story is usually best told from the beginning. So I have found the 1st photos we ever took of our beach house. For background, the house was built in 1915. We know of 2 prior owners to us but have recently learned a 3rd owner/builder may exist. Someone who had a moose head above the fireplace! Wish I had a photo of that. The photos show the house as it was in 2004 and it had not been occupied since 1994.

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Salvage by the Sea

When we purchased our beach house in 2004, we had no idea what we were taking on. 10 years later, we are still restoring and salvaging our True Love cottage. We want to share some of the challenges and results in this blog because we have done all the work ourselves including building some of the furniture. Restoration of a 100 year old home is challenging itself but also faced with a fir home in a very wet environment presents greater problems. With that said, our determination to rebuild her to her 1915 glory continues here…