Photo taken in April 2012
My parents bought the little red cabin by the sea nearly 40 years ago. It was a dream come true for my mother, who wanted to provide a get away by the ocean for her family.
Her legacy has served three generations very well. As the family grew with kids and grandkids and cousins galore, more sleeping space was desired. It was finally decided to lift the roof and make a full two story out of the sleeping loft up stairs.
One thing led to another, and as the thinking went "if we can do this, maybe we can do this", until the construction grew into something much bigger. Permits had been obtained, but the city of Rockaway Beach now claimed that the construction had exceeded the original plan, and in fact now added an increase if 50% of the value.
That 50% was a magic number, a number that required the cabin to be lifted above the tidal surge flood stage. This was news to us, and we fought city hall, but lost. Now we were looking at $30,000 to $40,000 in construction costs in addition to the original second story expansion.
The process has taken three years, but it is now nearing completion. The cost was covered by our mother's legacy too, as she lived frugally and saved money to pass on to her children. We returned some of that money to save the cabin.
Photo taken February 23, 2015
The framing of the upstairs and the lifting of the cabin were contracted out. But there was much finishing left to do. President's Day weekend, the crew assembled.
Dads, Uncles, Grandpas, sons, nephews, cousins, the men of the clan came together to spend their vacation working together .
They rewired under the cabin, insulated and finished off the underside.
Upstairs, they installed pine paneling, cutting and fitting all the angles.
Trim will still have to be added, but the results and wonderful.
I wasn't there for the work weekend, of course, but Tom was, and he unintentionally left his Samsung tablet there. That's his reader as well as his email and Facebook source, so of course we had to go back and get it. We just got back from our three day weekend there, with sunshine and beach walks and sunsets and everything you could hope for on a February weekend by the sea.Stopping at the Neakanie Mountian view point on the way to the cabin on Friday.
More beach photos to come.