Gentlemen, start your bulldozers
As of last night we are under contract on a beachhouse in New England. I posted before to solicit opinions on whether we gut reno or teardown; leaning toward the latter. Have not chosen an architect yet.
1. We have a 44x24 foundation that is in good shape. We like the siting on the lot and don't want to go through zoning and coastal permitting, so we will probably stick with that. We can build 32' high and have a porch 8-10' wide.
2. We want a casual beach vibe. All sorts of au courant "must-haves" are not on our list .... no granite no marble no recessed lighting no glass shower doors no mudrooms no garage etc etc
3 Our "Must haves" - cedar shake siding, allowed to grey, lots and lots of windows and french doors, best quality and hurricane rated
4 Hopes - to find creative ways to keep costs down and keep a simple feel true to the vernacular. No budget per se.
5. We just finished a gut reno and large addition on our primary home, so we feel better educated then last time and have learned a few things ... hopefully
6 We have had a second home for a number of years so I feel that I have a good sense for what we need (and don't need) in a 2nd home
This plan is very much the look we like. It is slightly larger at 48x28, and in our case the porch would wrap around to the right, for a view of the cove. It would be in cedar shake unpainted.
Excuse my crude plans; ignore crooked lines. Note that I don't know where chases and systems would need to be so I left them out. Lack of closets not an oversight. Kitchen is unfitted. Large open rectangular rooms on 1st floor desired. Can't seem to keep my dimensions to multiples of 4, unfortunately.
I know it's a lot to digest and not a good day to be asking for help probably, but the clock is ticking to get us in for Summer 2014! And and all comments welcome, and thanks in advance.