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Well, we are down to final punch list items.  It is hard to believe this home will be 100% done in just days and this build adventure will be over. 

The house really looks great, particularly with new professionally designed landscaping plan. 

As is our approach to the entire build, we specifically selected plants that would be low maintenance but still look great.  We also added great landscaping details like a stone path to the ground floor living and shower area.  Rather than just going w/ small shrubs, we also planted a variety of palms that provide some much needed visual and height differentiation and interest.

With the landscaping we also had a multi-zone professional sprinkler system installed.  The only hose you’ll need is for washing down your fishing gear!

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The Beachtown Dream Home meets the Fortified...for safer living (R).


As I have documented in early posts,  this house is built to exceed the most stringent building codes.  Today we received our letter confirming that 810 Shiraz Passage (the Beachtown Dream Home) has earned the Fortified…for safer living(R) designation by the Institute for Business & Home Safety.      

I would never build or buy a home on the island that does not meet the requirements of this program.  I am extremely pleased and proud to have achieved it for the Beachtown Dream Home as this truly is the gold standard in quality construction.     

The Beachtown Dreamhome also received its Texas Windstorm Certification on 8/25/2010/

  • Read my earlier post about the Fortified…for safer living program.

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We had some great weather, clouds and sun over the past two weekends.  Such being the case, I took some new photos that really update  showcase how great this house looks against a beautiful blue Galveston sky.  Enjoy the slideshow and check out the updated shots in the gallery

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New Beachtown Dream Home paint scheme viewed from primary dune walkover.


Well, after days and weeks of consideration, we chose our exterior paint scheme and the home is now painted.  And we couldn’t be more pleased.  See if you don’t agee.   New pictures are now posted to the Gallery.    

Because we designed our home to match the look and feel of the homes you will see at Seaside, Florida, we went with a bright blue color scheme.  At first it seemed too bold of a color choice, however, we quickly realized that when the sun is at full strength, it tends to wash out the colors.  So lighter blues ended up just looking white.     

The colors are as follows:    

  • Trim: Lowes Anthem White
  • Hardiplank siding:  Sherman Williams Northern Lights
  • Ground floor: Lowes Smoke Infusion
  • Ground floor louvers: Sherman Williams Teacup

Note:  We only used top-of-the-line Sherman William paints designed specifically to handle tough coastal environments.  

View of Beachtown Dream Home from the beach.

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This "Something's Gotta Give Kitchen" looks great with the new paint.


It is amazing what our builders have accomplished in just two weeks.  All interior painting is completed.  All trim work is done.  Cabinets are fully installed.  And our amazing Barn Door Room divider is finished and installed.      

The interior sliding barn door might very well be one of my favorite surprise features in the home.  When fully opened, the entire first floor flows from front porch to back.  When closed, you have an entire suite closed off from the rest of the home.      

Enjoy the pictures.  I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks as we complete our cabinet hardware, bathroom accessories, ceiling fans, and exterior paint selections.

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While I can’t say these are final just yet, these amazing Circa brand lights are definitely our top choices  for the kitchen and nook area and the Barn Light Electric company galvanized lights for porches, stairwells and to light the ground floor under the home.  These lights have the perfect look and feel for this coastal inspired  Beachtown Dream Home.

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