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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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Beachtown Dream Home cabinets and oversized island.


Well…it has been a long time since my last blog entry and a ton has changed in the home.  Our builder let the trim carpenter loose and he has done an absolutely amazing job making the cabinet and built-in elevations an amazing and beautiful reality.  We have added and updated pictures on the gallery page.      


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Okay…here are our selections for the Hollywood bathroom (Jack and Jill bathroom) between bedrooms 1 & 2 on the second living floor.

I’ll be posting pictures soon of the actual tile in the bathroom.  It looks amazing.  In the meantime, enjoy these pictures and also check out the vanity cabinets schematics now posted on the Plans tab.

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Kraftmaid cabinets were the obvious choice for the Beachtown Dream Home Kitchen


Very exciting news. Our builder has starting the process of installing the kitchen cabinets.   As I called out in an earlier post about our laundry room, we selected Kraftmaid cabinets with a Shaker style door  in a dove white factory finish.  This door style is great in that even the smaller drawer fronts have the shaker style framing rather than a plane flat front.      

We think we achieve that nantucket beach home look and feel with our cabinets and design.  (see earlier post on Something’s Gotta Give inspired kitchen).  Just as in the movie, the island is very spacious.  The aisles are generous.  And there is plenty of storage and seating.       

We haven’t yet finalized the cabinet hardware, but I am pretty clear on what I think would look best.      

I have posted the cabinet schematics on our plans page.  Check them out! 

6/26/2010 Update:  Pictures of actual cabinets added to Gallery tab.

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Given the fact that Bathroom 3 is the primary bathroom on the first living floor and will see the most traffic, we spent extra time picking the perfect combination of tiles, plumbing fixtures and lighting.  

We think we succeeded in creating a bathroom that is both stunning and practical.  Exactly the type of showcase bathroom you’d expect in the Beachtown Dream Home.


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When designing the Beachtown Dream Home, we spent countless hours looking through magazines and searching the internet for the best coastal home plans and exciting design concepts.   One of our favorite architectural element finds is the incorporation of a sliding barn door in the interior of the home.

We absolutely had the perfect location and need for such a feature in the Beachtown Dream Home.   

We were challenged with how to both maintain the open, spacious feel of the first living floor, while also providing the ability to separate the back room from the kitchen to create an optional bedroom suite, private dinning room or even a den. 

Turns out an oversized sliding barn door was the perfect solution and a great “wow” design element.

Choosing the door hardware was easy.  Rustic  “Large Barn Door Rollers” and track from the Connecticut based Better Barns Hardware were the perfect choice.

Designing the door was a bit more challenging; however, we found the perfect inspiration on Tracery Interiors blog.  We absolutely loved the sliding barn door this design firm created for a home in Mountain Brook Alabama.  In the end, our design will be a bit simpler (no louvers on the top) to better fit the style of our home.  The colors and finish will be nearly identical…as it fits the beach color pallete of the rest of our home.

Once finished, we will post new pictures.  We will also post additional entries on some of the other fun and surprising design features being built into the Beachtown Dream Home.

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