Hi all and welcome to the first day of the Waterside Home Tour. Thanks to Emily of Table & Hearth for putting this together and to all the other bloggers for participating. Today, Wednesday and Friday this week, some amazing bloggers are giving us a peak into their coastal homes. Be sure to check out today’s tours and come back Wednesday and Friday to see even more! Links to the other tours are at the bottom of this post.
To all of those asking, no I haven’t given up on blogging. I have been drowning in life the past few months. We both have. It was time to have a talk about what are we trying to prove and who are we trying to prove it to by working ourselves to death. There is too much life out there for us to experience and not enough time to do it already. We are making it even harder by committing ourselves to so many projects. In an effort to make more time for us, we are learning to say no. No more boat (or any fiberglass or welding) side jobs unless it goes through the boat business. No more squeezing in last minute furniture jobs…not even for friends (sorry y’all). No more working our weekends away on DIY projects or boat/furniture work. Hopefully, we will have more free time to enjoy our wonderful house on the water and days out on the boat. And time to enjoy all the fun things we have to do locally. And sail more. Maybe even try to sleep late. Okay, we all know that won’t happen for this early bird but you get the gist. This should allow me to have more time and energy for the blog too and keep y’all posted on what we are working on.
So on to what today’s post is really about….
When we purchased our waterfront cottage in the summer of 2013, it had a sad little dock that was barely hanging on and no boat house. Building a boathouse was on the top of the DIY to do list but after a year in the house, a huge dock with boat lift became the new plan. Several reasons. 1. We noticed most of our neighbors don’t use their boathouse decks. Very rarely do we ever see people out there enjoying the views. Most people have great seating areas on their back decks or under the house and those tend to be the place to hang out. 2. We didn’t want to lose the water views from our home. A boathouse and deck would change our water and canal view to looking at a wood deck. I can do that anywhere. 3. Cost. A boathouse is expensive because of the larger, tall pilings that have to be put in professionally and all the wood/construction materials cost. I do not regret the decision at all. Granted our boat is not protected from the elements but it never has been so that doesn’t bother us. We love having a large hang out and seating area right on the water.
Two years ago, we built our new dock and installed our boat lift. Details about that project are coming soon. I had been shopping for outdoor furniture that would not totally break the bank since we moved into our home. Seriously, much of the outdoor furniture on the market that I like cost more than the furniture in my home and here on the Texas coast, salt water and sun are relentless and unforgiving. I can’t talk myself into spending that kind of money on outdoor furniture, especially when it is going to be without any protection from the elements.
For the dock, I decided to go with adirondack chairs. Chairs from the local stores ranged from $120 – $150 and they were not made with stainless steel hardware. Stainless steel is extremely important around salt water because the saltwater will not corrode the stainless like it will other hardware. We have several neighbors up and down the canal that are having to redo their docks, stairs, decks, etc because they are falling down. The nails have rusted and are giving out. We were working on our dock one day and the neighbor across the canal fell into the water when his dock gave out from underneath him. Yikes. Lesson learned: stainless hardware is important.