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Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

When my parents decided to buy this beach house about 13 or 14 years ago, we were thrilled. Our girls were young and we really couldn’t afford to go on regular vacations involving planes and hotels. This house is about an hour and a half drive from our home, so it has provided many weekend, summer and holiday trips for our family. The house wasn’t fancy (it was a 1970’s style with no character!), but it was a place to gather and escape from the world.

One of our favorite traditions at the beach house centers around the 4th of July. We barbecue in the afternoon on the back deck, and then head to Manzanita (another cute beach town just down the road) and sit on the beach to watch a fabulous fireworks display. We build a fire to roast marshmallows and build S’mores. We lay on our backs all huddled together to see the fireworks. I wouldn’t trade those simple cherished memories for anything. We’ve had many sweet escapes to the beach, with our extended family, vacations with just our own family and times alone as a couple.

As promised yesterday, we will now tour the upper level, which serves as the main living area. Let’s head up the stairs for THE BEACH HOUSE TOUR, PART TWO! If you missed PART ONE, click here! Remember, this is still under construction and my daughter’s wedding is just two months away! The reception will be at the beach house.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

That little black thing dangling from the railing is a dog leash. Notice the dog nose in the corner of the photo.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

This is where you land when you get to the top of the stairs. Looking this way, you can see into the “sunroom.” If we just arrived at the top of the stairs, we would be looking at the view in the next photo.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

So far, there is a dining table and china hutch here in the main room. The kitchen, dining and living area is all basically one room. More furniture will be here to make it cozy around the woodstove. The woodstove is covered in soapstone. The walls are Devine Paint in Dust.

Sweet Escape: The Beach HouseHere is the little woodstove, sitting on the pebbled surface. Perfect to warm up those blustery nights on the Oregon Coast.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

So, if you look to the left at the top of the stairs, here is what you see. The kitchen and to the left there is a bathroom.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Here is the view from the dining table looking back towards the stairway. The big hole in the wall is for the video equipment and the bracket is for the flat screen. Yes, we considered having no TV at all, but sometimes you just want to watch a movie on a stormy night.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Another view looking back into the room, towards the stairway. That china hutch nearly didn’t make it up the stairs.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

The kitchen was remodeled back when the house was first purchased so with the exception of a new fridge to match the appliances, not much needed to be done right now. Stuff is just sitting around on the counters so we’ll have to work on the layout. There is still some fixing going on with the paint, thus the white splotches.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

If you step back to the other side of the room, you enter the “sunroom.” Now you can get a more sweeping view of the space and how it all connects. There is a tiled surface there above the bookcase so we can put plants or in the case of the wedding, a beverage station or food area. We’ll come back to this sunroom in a moment.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

This is one end of the great room, by the staircase, with another little bookcase tucked in. To the right is a bathroom.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

The door to the bathroom is a pocket door to save space. The walls in here are Devine Paint, Manzanita.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Here is the shower in this bathroom.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

And for those detail minded folks who want to see everything, here is the floor, which is heated to keep our toesies warm.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Now, my favorite spot (and Cubby’s favorite too), the window seat. Nice and wide, nice and long. Kids could have sleepovers here. We are going to have some cushions made to lean up against so we can while away the day reading magazines and sipping drinks. It was very hard to take a photo of this space because the sun was streaming in. The cushions are striped on top but I couldn’t capture that. The flat screen was sitting in this room but won’t be here forever. This is a quiet space for lounging.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Here is the view from inside the room looking towards the window seat. For some reason I forgot to take a photo from the other side, but it has windows along that right wall too.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Here is the other beach boy, Winston, snoozing on his own side of the window seat. Dogs love a sunny place to sleep. Notice the assorted action heroes strewn about.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

Here is a view from the window seat area, looking to the bookcase on the half wall near the stairs, and into the bedroom. My parents will have this room, as they are the lucky ones who get to actually move in and stay here most of the year now. Up until now, it has been only a vacation home. But now it is going to be an every day home too.
Sweet Escape: The Beach HouseThere are pocket doors to this room so they can have some peace and quiet when my son arrives.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

I didn’t get a very full photo of the other main bath, but here is part of the room!

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

This bathroom has a shower. There are three full bathrooms now, up from the original two. Much more convenient for our family gatherings.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

This is one side of the back of the house, the new addition is on the left.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

A few of you have asked about the garage doors, so I will show them again and tell you a bit more.

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

These doors were custom made, designed to match the front door, just in a set of three! They have special heavy duty hardware and tracks designed to withstand the harsh beach weather. There are drains for water along the top and bottom and a unique locking system. The doors are made out of Alder. The hardware was purchased from Eclipse Architecture in Vancouver B.C. through Loewen Window & Door Center, and the doors were manufactured to fit by Rogue Valley Door. Hope that helps!

 

Sweet Escape: The Beach House

That is it for this edition of THE BEACH HOUSE. Thanks for coming on the tour. Wish you all could pop by for some lemonade (of course, if you did, I’d put you to work assembling wedding programs). Will this house be finished in time?

If you missed PART ONE of THE BEACH HOUSE TOUR, click here.

The Beach House:
Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This post is from June 2008

As many of you know, my daughter is getting married in two months (TWO MONTHS? Holy cow.) Five months ago it seemed like a great idea to have the reception at our family’s beach house near Cannon Beach in Oregon. We’ve vacationed there with our kids for the past 13 years, and now it will be better than ever.

The house has been under remodel for nearly a year and a half, but we thought it would be done perhaps in March. Plenty of time for wedding reception decorating, non? That was optimistic. It is nearly the end of June and the house is finally ALMOST done.

The operative word here is ALMOST. The furniture is not in place yet, people. We have about 7 weeks to move in furniture, decorate the house, set up a wedding reception to serve 100 people following a wedding ceremony at a local church. Are we over ambitious? Can we do it? Can we do it with not enough help and no money? Stay tuned. The countdown has begun. You can be afraid for me. I don’t blame you. I know I am crazy.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

Meet Cubby. Even he is afraid things won’t get done, you can tell by the look on his face. He is one of the beach boys (he and Winston). Doesn’t he look smart in his beach scarf?

It wouldn’t be all that impossible, really, if we didn’t have to hold down jobs to pay for this event in the meantime. Or move my daughter’s stuff into her new home. Or decide on things like cupcakes, shoes and flowers. Or create programs for the wedding. Or if my husband wasn’t interviewing for jobs outside of our state that might involve selling our house and moving soon. No biggie. Not much going on around my house. Just everyday chaos. But I’m not panicked. You’re all flying in to rescue me, right? Good. I love you guys.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

Here is the garage, the doors are finally in. These are folding garage doors that open to reveal a garage suitable for guests, partying or a car.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

The garage floor is heated so once it is all finished it can double as a guest room or game room.
I love rooms with more than one use.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

Front door with reflection of outhouse in window. The outhouse must go before the wedding.
Either that or we’ll have to decorate it.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

The wood walls in the house are hemlock. It will stay light and not change color over time.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This is looking down one hallway towards an office on the first level. The paint is Devine Paint, Manzanita. The stone floors are easy care so we can walk in with wet or sandy feet and not do any damage.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

The whole office top to bottom is lined with hemlock. The antler chandelier is my dad’s choice in lighting. Manly.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

The office has french doors to the hall.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This is kind of dark, but you can see the office has a view looking over the deck, hot tub and the ocean. I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on working, I’d be daydreaming about that hot tub.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This is looking back from the office to the hall. Again, the paint color is Manzanita from Devine Paint.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This is the lower level bath, viewed from the hall. Still the same paint color on the walls.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

The bathroom vanity was made from the lower half of a china cabinet.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This is the curved shower rod. This is the way to go if you like a little more elbow room!

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This is an extra deep soaking tub for those late night bubble baths.
The hand held shower is mounted on the wall.
I like hand held showers for cleaning tubs and washing kids hair.
No more water in their eyes!

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

This is the laundry room, the cupboard is the top of a hutch found at a consignment shop, cut off from the lower cabinet now in the bathroom. We’ll fill it with cute containers and things so it will look nice through the glass doors! It has lights inside for ambience.
Will we have enough time to fluff this space before the wedding? Good thing I work best under pressure.
The wall paint color is Manzanita from Devine Paint.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

The door goes outside to the covered porch and barbecue on the side of the house.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

Coat rack and bench in laundry area.

The Beach House: <br>Wedding Countdown & Utter Insanity

A close up of the laundry sink.

I forgot to take new photos of the two bedrooms on the first floor, but they hadn’t changed much. Next time I go I’ll take photo updates for you. You can see one of them by looking at my last beach house update here.

Come back on FRIDAY if you can, I will finish the beach house remodeling tour (CLICK HERE FOR PART TWO) and take ya’all UPSTAIRS to the main level! I’ll show you our giant new window seat, one of my favorite things (next to the hot tub, that is)!

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