Life After Hurricane Irma

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Hurricane Irma hit Daytona Beach September 9, 2017. We left the city. After the Hurricane I received the call from the condo Association Board Member that the roof over Kingston Shores condo, the investment condo in Ormond Beach, was completely gone and you could see the sky.

It was a beautiful classy condo remodeling. We were so proud of it…

Our 25-y.o. grandson stayed in Daytona, so we asked him to try to drive there and look. He called and said it was not that bad. Yes, the roof was gone, but the rest, according to him, was in good shape, even the kitchen. That was good news…

In couple of days we came back and our first visit was to this condo in Ormond. The association already had arranged and the tarp was up, so we did not have the view of the blue sky, but there was standing water all over. The beautiful kitchen looked fine only until you try to open the door or pull the drawer… This is how it looked.

The ceiling was sagging and looked wavy, not a single door was closing. Everything was soaked in water, it was dripping everywhere… From the ceiling, running out of all switches, light fixtures… just everywhere…Every piece of metal rusted...

It was a complete disaster.

Yesterday we finally finished what was basically a second complete remodel. I do not have words to describe it. We are exhausted, worn out, every muscle aches… We are in the middle of a planned remodel and had to stop doing it. And this was not the only destroyed condo. So, yes, the Hurricane is long gone, but we still reliving it.

Below are couple of photos of this condo remodeling... a second time around

Kingston Shores

Kingston Shores

Kingston Shores

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Wow, well I love the remodel...so sorry you had to go thru all of that

Jan 19, 2018 06:50 AM #1
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® - it is very different second time around. Some pieces we could no longer find, and replacement, while nice, is not what we had. And it is difficult, as first time we were doing it with enthusiam, and this time we had to overcome the exhaustion, and the understanding that no matter what we do, it is not going tobe as clean job as it was first time...

Jan 19, 2018 06:54 AM #2
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Hi  Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL this is a job well done have a good day.

Jan 19, 2018 07:02 AM #3
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Ann Nguyen - thanks

Jan 19, 2018 07:26 AM #4
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Did the insurance company help things go smoothly as far as replacement costs?

Jan 19, 2018 12:41 PM #5
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Love the new look and sometimes change is good... sorry it had to be because of such a nasty Natural Disaster like Irma...Endre

Jan 22, 2018 10:23 PM #6
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It looks good.  It takes a long time to fix the damage that happens in a few hours.  

Jan 25, 2018 06:20 AM #7
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Thanks for sharing this. Very nice like the remodel,  good job. 

Jan 25, 2018 06:44 AM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr. - like my guy says " a patch is a patch". Trying to patch after a disaster is trying to make it look as close to the way it looked before.

Now you are close, but it is never really a cigar

Jan 25, 2018 02:33 PM #9
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Tim Maitski - When people hear Hurricanes, they think about wind. In reality, the damage is mostly from water.

Jan 25, 2018 02:35 PM #10
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Golden1 Agents - thank you

Jan 25, 2018 02:36 PM #11
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I bet this damage was enough to make you cry. To go from such a beautiful remodel to such destruction. And really, who knew purple drapes look great with a red washer and dryer in the kitchen? It's so Floridian. Sorry for such loss, Jon.

Jan 25, 2018 02:54 PM #12
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - So far the worst damage for any of the properties we are taking care of...

 

Jan 27, 2018 01:36 PM #13
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It is beautiful! You did a great job by remodeling and tastefully decorating it. 

Jan 29, 2018 11:24 PM #14
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Inna Ivchenko - thank you. Yet it is a very different feeling than when we were doing it originally. Too many compromises. A patch is a patch, and even if it looks good, it is different. Thank you. Endre wrote a nice piece about it. I liked it

Jan 30, 2018 06:19 AM #15
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Thank you Jon! 

As for your property, it is true, we usually do not know how much hard work behind beautiful results we see....But the place is beautiful nevertheless:)

Jan 30, 2018 02:21 PM #16
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