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Beach Drive Remodel

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Dan Nelson


Beach Drive



  • Dan Nelson


  • Other: Lucas Henning Photography
  • General Contractor: Impel Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Design Associates
  • Interior Designer: H2K Design

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Project Description

The Beach Drive Remodel was a cost effective transformation of an extremely dated 70’s house. The existing house was built with an unattractive mansard roof and had small windows that didn’t take advantage of its fabulous waterfront setting. The structural bones of the house were solid and the arrangement of the interior spaces functioned well for the client’s needs, but they wanted to modernize the aesthetic and open up the interiors to the water and mountain views to the east.

The biggest impact to the structure was made by removing the mansard roof which left a clean parapet in plane with the exterior wall. This was done without touching the existing roofing, which had recently been replaced and was very cost effective. A bay on the road side with angled corners was also removed and rebuilt with squared off corners and large windows on both floors. The siding was changed to a combination of cedar shingles and corrugated metal panel. The windows were replaced with energy efficient vinyl windows to match the color of the adjacent siding. Details such as hanging trellises and an industrial steel column at the entry completed the exterior transformation. The change was so dramatic that many neighbors who returned to their vacation homes in the summer thought that the house had been completely torn down and that a new house had been built.

On the water side, a large window wall was added to the existing two story living room space. This dramatically improved the views of the water from the interior spaces and also brought in more natural light. All interior changes were purely cosmetic. Carpet was removed from the existing stair, exposing the existing wood plank flooring, and the wood railings were replaced with a custom designed steel and cable rail system. The large timber beams which had been stained a very dark brown were repainted by a trompe-l’oeil artist to return them to a more natural wood look. The only other changes to the interior, was to paint the walls, refinish the kitchen cabinets and paint the kitchen island blue. The entire project was very cost effective with a total cost under $85,000 dollars.

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