The Demolition Of Our Childhood Seashore Home With Many Fond Memories

An Exciting but Sad Day

Today, June 3, 2013 was an exciting, but yet a sad day because of the demolition of our childhood seashore home with many fond memories.

When Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Coast line, thousands of homes and businesses were lost or severely damaged from the storm surge that flooded Long Beach Island and all the barrier Islands up and down the Eastern coastline.

Our family summer home was one of those that was beyond repair. My sister and her husband own this home and had plans of making it their place for retirement.

This home was bought by our parents on 1971 and has been in our family till today. My sister and I have so many fond memories there growing up as young children and having a time of our lives living the good life right on the water.

The home was a cute little bungalow with a few additions added on the front and the back of the house over the years. There is a beautiful dock footsteps from the back door were my sister and I had tons of fun, crabbing, fishing and boating as well.


House Is Gone but Memories Will Last a Lifetime

THIS WAS THE RESTING PLACE OF OUR FAMILY SHORE HOME NOW GONE, BUT CONSTRUCTION OF A BRAND NEW HOME IS ON THE WAY.
THIS WAS THE RESTING PLACE OF OUR FAMILY SHORE HOME NOW GONE, BUT CONSTRUCTION OF A BRAND NEW HOME IS ON THE WAY. | Source

There Is Nothing Left but Fond Memories

Here is what's left of our home that was in my family since 1971. The home maybe gone, but the memories will last a lifetime.

I will post before and after photos her in this hub just to show you how fast a home can get demoed with the right equipment and the guy behind the controls.

It took four 30 yard dumpsters to get rid of all the debris from the house that was build in the 1920's. I'll tell you what, that house was constructed very well and to withstand many of Hurricanes, Nor Easter, and many floods over the years and has stood through everyone of them, BUT today our little home by the sea was no competition for the huge equipment that took her down within a 1 1/2 hours.

It was so sad to see the first piece of house be crushed and put in the dumpster and much sadder to see the final back wall come down and be placed in the dumpster. I stood on the dock watching that final moment and the huge jaws of life take down what was our life and our fond memories.

It truly brought tears to my eyes to watch that final moment, as if my life and memories flashed before my eyes, and the last of the house was gone.

Demolition of a Family Home

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Steps in the Demolition Process

There were so many things that needed to be done before anything could begin.

  • First off, the entire content had to be thrown to the curb due to all the water damage from Hurricane Sandy.
  • Sheet rock and and flooring had to be torn down and pulled up as the mold started to form so fast.
  • Appliances all out to the curb.
  • Furniture, beds, bed linens, clothing all to be thrown out.
  • Basically everything in the house except maybe pictures that were hanging above 5 foot off the floor, for that was were the water line came to in this horrible super storm we had.
  • Permits had to be pulled.
  • We needed to hire a contractor that was well known on the Island and had high phrase on his past workmanship.
  • An Architect had to be hired to design the new home that needs to be 11 feet above sea level.
  • Putting your mind to action to make the layout of your new home just perfect.
  • We needed to hire a contractor to demo the home and get rid of entire structure.
  • Fresh dirt brought in to fill in all low spots were house originally sat. (crawl space)
  • Picking out all appliances, cabinets, flooring, siding, windows, fixtures, etc.
  • Electric, phone, cable wires needed to be taken down by utility crews.
  • Sewer and water needed to be disconnected and caped off.

Some Photos of the Demo in Progress

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THE FIRST BITE FROM THIS HOUSE EATING MACHINE. A VERY SAD MOMENT!
THE FIRST BITE FROM THIS HOUSE EATING MACHINE. A VERY SAD MOMENT! | Source
THERE WAS NO TURNING BACK NOW. I LOOKED AT THAT FRONT AND REMEMBER HOW MANY TIMES ME AND MY FAMILY PASSED THROUGH IT.
THERE WAS NO TURNING BACK NOW. I LOOKED AT THAT FRONT AND REMEMBER HOW MANY TIMES ME AND MY FAMILY PASSED THROUGH IT. | Source
HOUSE IS GONE. FILL IN COMPLETE AND READY FOR THE NEXT STEP OF BATTER BOARDS AND DRIVING THE PILINGS IN TO HOLD THE NEW HOME.
HOUSE IS GONE. FILL IN COMPLETE AND READY FOR THE NEXT STEP OF BATTER BOARDS AND DRIVING THE PILINGS IN TO HOLD THE NEW HOME. | Source

If You Have Suffered Damage from Hurricane Sandy

If you have suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy then you should take your time and think out what your plans will be by rebuilding, your home and your life.

  1. Get your insurance adjuster in as fast as possible.
  2. Seek all options from the Government.
  3. Apply for all funds that are ready available for the public.
  4. Call FEMA to arrange a appointment to look at your property and it's damage.
  5. Do your research on Local Contractors that have done work for those you may know.
  6. Get references from the Contractor you may use.
  7. Decide whether to rebuild existing home or demo and start from scratch building a new home.

Standing on the Beach in Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island

LOVING AND LIVING ON LONG BEACH ISLAND WAS AND IS NOW A DREAM COME TRUE.
LOVING AND LIVING ON LONG BEACH ISLAND WAS AND IS NOW A DREAM COME TRUE. | Source

House Demo in Just over 2 Minutes (fast Forwarding)

The video here is done in fast motion to give you an idea just how our home was demoed. This was not our home, but just an example of the process and the work involved in order to clear the home and get the land ready for pilings to be driven into the ground to hold up the new structure.

I will post more hubs on the progress as it unfolds regarding our Seashore family home on Long Beach Island.

Like I said, it is sad, but a new beginning of good things to come. Starting fresh with a new home up high enough now to withstand the high tides that may and will come in the future if Long Beach Islands gets hit with another Hurricane such as Super Storm Sandy.

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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals

Oh Mark, I truly felt what you feel. Childhood memories for me are very special, they make me smile and thank GOD for those wonderful years.

You have written this in such a way that shows no matter how how fast a home can get demoed with the most advanced equipment or anything else, nothing beats the extraordinary and genuine identity memories of a childhood home can offer. The new home to rise will continue the family tradition, and even put more colors to it:=) for sure.

Thank you for sharing this here and for the photos. God bless you with more beautiful memories. Best of all. :=)-Tonette


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Tonette- Thank you so much for your comment and kind words to me. Yes it was hard to see and truly brought tears to my eyes and my sister, but like you said the home is gone and nothing will ever take those fond memories from her or I. My sister and her hubby will be retiring on LBI and I am so glad that they can start their new life of retirement with a brand new home.

God Bless you also my friend

Thanks again Tonette :)

Mark


Gene 3 years ago

Mark, what an incredible touching article about the Bruno Family LBI Home! Those family and friend memories of the cooking inside and out, eating, putting boats in on the ramp, banging boats into the dock while learning how to dock a boat, the nails in the dock's edge used to rip blowfish heads for dinner prep, boat rides on the bay, waterskiing past the house , crabbing on the dock, the old giant marina structure casting an afternoon shadow on the driveway and the constant call of gulls all came back to me with your pictures and words. I have tears in my eyes just remembering being down there as a kid with you and Deanna .

God's speed with the rebuilding to make new memories help to heal the old ones. Gene


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healthylife2 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

So sorry the home was destroyed but happy that you have such great childhood memories that will be alive forever. Also your sister and husband will be happy to have a new home. In Connecticut we lost power for a week which was a bit inconvenient but my heart went out to those that experienced so much damage. Those are great tips to follow in case a home is ever damaged. I would not have even considered checking to see if there are government programs. Now I understand why you chose to relocate to LBI due to wonderful childhood memories. I looked also but didn't find much less than a million so it wasn't an option. Guess I have to learn to think outside the box. I didn't even know those smaller homes existed. Thanks for sharing!


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

healthylife2 first off I am sorry for the long delay in replying to your comment, but just want to thank you for that comment and for reading this. yes we have many memories here on LBI. As the progress continues and the piles are put in I will be writing hubs on the updates and progress of the new home. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!


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lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Hi Mark, I understand how you must feel especially after having so many special memories of your summer beach house. It's sad to see all these images. thanks for sharing this story and video and yes, do keep us posted. Happy 4th of July..


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Marleen, thanks for your comment . Yes we have many memories at the house, but now my sister and her husband can start a new life with a brand new home, this time up on pilings. I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July also :)

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