Scenes from the condemned beach shack that became a dream house
An 800-square-foot ramshackle structure was the starting point for the couple's four-year project. "The owner actually paid
me to fix it up enough so that he was able to legally sell it to me," Joe Rivers Altieri says.
A once-barren area between the main house and garage was a repository for old appliances and other discards.
A deck now is between the structures, with Ikea wicker chairs, seashell mobiles, and corrugated tin awnings ― a setup inspired
by a vacation in Costa Rica. The blue wall adds soothing color.
Kalli Rivers Altieri helped design a new layout; Joe Rivers Altieri and a friend poured the lightweight concrete countertop
in place, sealing it with a mixture of food-grade mineral oil and beeswax.
The door leading from the rear deck to the side yard is covered in Ikea bamboo screening that's attached with baling wire.
All you need for an outdoor shower can be tucked into little shelves made from scrap wood.
A redwood bench that wraps around a corner is the perfect spot for morning coffee. Red steel fixtures conceal the support
To train a dracaena to run along a fence, Joe wrapped tree ties made of recycled tires around the plant, along with river
In keeping with the rear deck's tropical feel, Joe Rivers Altieri strung Christmas lights in bamboo covers from Target under
the bamboo awning.