Two architects turn a falling-down beach shack into a family oasis
Portland-based architects Melody and Brian Emerick (emerick-architects.com) were visiting Seaside, Oregon, when they passed an abandoned beach cottage that was up for sale—and priced as a teardown. The couple bought the 1910 house and began restoring it to its original glory, which meant leveling the foundation, correcting an unsightly addition, redoing the façade, lifting the attic ceiling to create a master suite, and adding new windows throughout. After six months of architectural work, the Emericks faced their next challenge: outfitting the entire house for what was left of their budget, less than $10,000. Melody didn’t want anything new in a house this age, so she and Brian hunted for antiques and refurbished pieces. They modeled it after an old sea captain’s quarters, with cream colors and brass accents. “Old Salty,” as the family dubbed the home, issues a siren call nearly every weekend and on school breaks for the couple and their daughters.