The Money Pit Radio Show
Week of March 5, 2012

Restoring a forlorn beach house with oceanfront views.This project will involve a lot more than just aesthetics. While the first floor of the house sits just above the flood zone, it's in the "Zone II" wind zone, which means that it faces particular hazards associated with strong winds of up to 110 miles per hour. So the renovation team will need to find ways to harden it against storms, and to choose materials that can withstand the area's corrosive, salt-laden air.

With its generous views of Narragansett Bay, the location was lovely. The 1,600-square-foot house was anything but. Built as a tiny, seasonal Cape Cod, it had fallen victim to a hodgepodge of poorly planned additions and remodels, most recently in the 1970s, which rendered it dark, dreary, and lacking in character.