The clients noticed moisture damage and a funny smell in their 10-year-old front beach house. The house had been severely damaged from construction methods that succeed in other climates, but are incorrect for the hot humid coastal area. What started as a re-cladding project ended up as a complete re-build. The project began by the simple removal of foam stucco (EFIS) followed by the repair of the exposed surface, but extensive structural damage quickly became evident. Termites, toxic mold, and deterioration proved pervasive. The house was restored through application of proper building materials and use of use of climate appropriate construction methods. Detailing made an enormous difference to this house from the proportions of the exterior columns and arches to the tile in the fireplace surround. Everything was given an architect’s eye and transformed this teardown into a beautiful home that will hold up to the elements.