2011 Ultimate Beach House

This year, we went to East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia to build a seaside retreat from the ground up. Go inside to find pretty decorating ideas and smart design finds.

2011 Ultimate Beach House Blog

We built the 2011 East Beach Ultimate Beach House one week at a time. Check out the blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together. 

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Week 16: Open for Tours

Time to celebrate! The 2011 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House is open for tours. Get a sneak peek of the finished product, and find out how you can visit.

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The exterior of the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 15: Moving Day

It’s moving day! Soon the house will be filled with the perfect handpicked art and furniture. We're anxious to see it fully finished, and we know you are too!

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The living room of the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 14: Refreshing Colors

From aqua blues to relaxing browns, wallpaper and interiors paint are really livening up our 2011 Ultimate Beach House.

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Tile kitchen in the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 13: Counting Down

We're a week or so away from completing the house. Take a look at interior and exterior photos before we hand it over the interior decorators!

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Tile floors in the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 12: Wrapping Up Ceilings and Floors

We're putting the finishing touches on construction. Check out the completed ceilings and floors, plus see a preview of the outdoor fireplace.

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Tile floors in the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 11: Looking Forward to the Open House

Save the date! The 2011 Ultimate Beach House opens July 29th, so check out these pictures of our almost-finished product.

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Tile floors in the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 10: Lights, Cabinets, Tile, and more

We're starting to pull everything together. Take a look inside our Ultimate Beach House and see a preview of the kitchen, landscaping, and light fixtures.

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Tile floors in the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 9: Bathroom Tile and Door Installation

Check out an updated photo of the home's exterior, plus images of the bathroom tiles and custom Bolection doors. We're installing both this week!

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Ceramic floors and interior doors of the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 8: Installing Ceramic Floors and Interior Doors

This week the East Beach team is completing the AZEK deck, laying down flooring, and hanging doors throughout the house. Stay tuned for a preview of the interior decor.

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Exterior shingles of the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 7: Finishing Siding, Shingles, and Trim

Our crew continues exterior shingle and siding work this week, and we're sharing a first look at the great room with its bead board ceilings and wainscoting.

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Interior drywall of the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 6: Adding the Trim

The exterior trim on the north side is nearly complete! And thankfully, the Ultimate Beach House weathered the storms that swept across the southeast, despite 30 mile-per-hour winds and driving rain.

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Interior drywall of the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 5: Progress Update

The roof in halfway finished and the interior drywall is 75 percent complete. The 2011 Ultimate Beach House is starting to look more like a home.

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Construction Progress at the East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 4: Landscape Preview

Construction continues to progress smoothly. Landscape plans were approved in mid-April, including a private courtyard and two-level deck overlooking the Chesapeake.

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Window Installation Construction East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 3: Highlighting Special Features

The interior of our 2011 Ultimate Beach house started taking shape in early April. Here' some of our favorite features.

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Window Installation Construction East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 2: Window Installation

The windows were installed in late March letting gorgeous water views shine through.

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Breaking Ground Construction East Beach Ultimate Beach House

Week 1: Breaking Ground

Construction on the 2011 house began soon after the holidays—despite the two feet of snow drifts that piled high on our building site!

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