The Beach Shack

9:15 AM Katy 6 Comments

At the end of 2011 I purchased a disgusting wreck of a house by the beach, which I tore down and then rebuilt a tiny house (using as much salvage from the original as I could). This page is an organized record of the whole process, which took me about 2.5 years because I had to save up money and I was a single mom of 3 - this was NO JOKE the hardest thing I've ever tried to do.



The Beginning: How Building a Tiny House Opened the Door to a Dream
 The Beach House Nobody Wanted
(and some more nasty pics of the original rotting structure)

beach shack (all posts)

Salvaging from the wreckage: Crap from the Shack
Using Auto Paint on an Antique Iron Bed
{Refinishing the old clawfoot tub and sinks:
The magic cleaner
How to patch porcelain and color matching}

My Brother & The Tetanus Video

Phase 1: Demolition


Phase 2: Meeting the Architect & Engineer
and: The Finished Plans!



Phase 4: Building the cottage!!! We finally started in Sept-Oct 2013, and we finished in April/May of 2014. This is an approx. 850 sq ft "tiny house" built to hurricane/FEMA code, on Tybee Island GA.










the barn-style sliding doors (before barn doors were everywhere and totally overdone.  ha!!)  over the Washer/Dryer:

Powder room - all the plumbing fixtures in the house are refurbished vintage (pre-war):

kitchen sink -


main bath - top floor - (I have since switched out the door so it swings into the hallway instead)




(refurbished clawfoot tub, subway tile, schoolhouse light fixtures, and vintage reproduction fabric. I am a little obsessive but I do not regret it. The floor is plain white hex tile.)

the front balcony, where I drank wine out of my plastic cup and soaked up all the UV rays - (mostly I think I was trying to recover from the stress of this build) -

I think this is my favorite picture:

kitchen! the place where all the wine and shrimp were kept:



my mom, my 3 nieces (who, along with my 3 kids, were always on my mind when I designed this house) -- and TURTLE PURSES. yes.


next... bedrooms?



and gotta get a shot of this railing, designed by my builder - George Feehley and his awesome supervisor, Missy!  (this was before the track was covered with trim):



It was a long, hard, stressful 3 years. It didn't end well - I lost my job suddenly, right before the house was done, and this caused me to almost lose it. But in the end everything worked out. All 6 kids (and the rest of my family) totally enjoyed it! (Before I sold it, that is...)

I'm not sure what the lessons are in this saga. Looking back on it, I think I was too hopeless. I was trying to build some hope into my future with my own skills - which is not a truly solid foundation.

I don't operate in panic attacks or hopelessness anymore, because my "lens" has been corrected. The Lord is faithful. That's all I've got to say about that.

6 comments:

  1. Would love to see more pics of how the beach house is coming along!

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  2. OH MY GOD what a wonderful blog and what a lovely time you all must be having in your new "shack"! Love the colors, the textures, the whole thing! Congrats!

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  3. I am beyond impressed!! I stumbled upon your blog as you were just deciding to purchase the land. I remember being scared for you and praying for the best. Life took over and I stopped checking in, today something jingled a memory and I searched/found your blog again.
    A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you on a job well done, a dream realized, and an outstanding example you are to yourself, children and countless web folks!

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  4. Katy, I was just flipping through an old issue of HGTV magazine (June 2015), when I turned the page and found your house! I was like, "Wait a minute! I know that house!!" What a little cutie! Proud of you, friend!

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    1. Hi Kristie!! HAHA I think the house will live on in doctors' offices all over the country, just from that little picture in that magazine! :) thank you <3

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