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As of July 27, 2019, Smith Hui has fifteen members — the latest being Madison Smith, daughter of member Tray Smith and his wife Jacqueline, and sister to member Sydney Smith and their younger brother Bennett. Madison graduated last year with a biology degree from Brevard University in North Carolina, where she participated on the cross country team. It’s no surprise that she chose a career in biology, because Madison has always been fascinated with all manner of plants, animals and nature. Madison just turned 24 on August 16, and currently lives in her hometown of Duvall, Washington, where she is a lab technician at Earth Solutions NW.

Welcome Madison!

 

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Dear Members,

Unfortunately, our refrigerator of only five years went kaput this spring, so we’ve added a new Whirlpool. Please be aware that we decided to NOT attach the waterline and add the optional ice maker in the freezer, because the ice makers were the source of problems for our last two or three refrigerators. Instead, we are trying out a countertop ice maker that makes ice quickly and fairly easily. Simply fill the water reservoir and turn it on. It will light up when the ice basket is full, then just transfer the ice into the ice bin in the freezer. Before you check out of the house, turn the machine off and drain the water from the ice maker (there is a drain plug on the bottom) so that the machine dries out.  The next occupant should put the drain plug back in, fill the machine and turn it on to make their ice.

Other items to be aware of:

  • This spring, our vents were moldy/mildewy and dirty, so Jennifer kindly took time to take them all down and bleach them during her vacation. Thanks Jen! She also moved the dehumidifier up to the third floor bedroom which had the worst mildew in the vents. I left the machine running during our stay, and it fills up every few days. I suggest we leave it up there this summer to keep it dry and clean, then move it back to the ground floor in the off season. Please empty the water reservoir when the light indicates it’s full.

 

  • For fun, I did a little landscaping to beautify our outdoor stair case. I used the old driftwood, shells, yucca plants and blocks/bricks laying around our property, and added some flowers and mulch. Please water the flowers this summer while you’re vacationing, and add your best beach find to the “Shell Garden”
  • One of our members left an unopened ring toss game in the kitchen, so we hung it up on the screened porch. Thanks for the new game whoever left it here!

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  • Air filters should be replaced every month in summer — there are four new filters in the owner’s closet. Indicate when/if you changed the filter (either on our bulletin board or in the repair log in the owner’s closet) so the next person will know.

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  • If you see any watermarks on the paneling or the wood coffee/end tables, we have some “Restore A Finish” in a can in the kitchen utility closet that covers the marks and conditions the wood.

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  • My daughter (who is a little OCD like me) helped me clean out our kitchen cabinets and drawers and owner’s closet. They are fairly tidy and uncluttered for now — enjoy it while it lasts!

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  • I’m leaving a couple basil plants for our members to pick from this summer — give them a little water and pay it forward for the next guest 🙂

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Have a great summer everyone!

 

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20180309_115407Dear Smith Hui Members,

As you may recall, 2018 started with repairs to our 3rd floor deck railings. After the significant flooding repairs of 2017, we were relieved that a January cold snap did not cause any pipes to freeze, thanks to a mystery good samaritan who shut our water off at the street. The rest of the year, Smith Hui had the minor expected repairs and maintenance as shown in Tray’s recent Treasurer’s Report.  Since our beach house is old, there are always repair and maintenance expenses, but 2018 was a relatively lucky year with no damaging weather events or other major incidents.

In 2018, we lost a family member and former Smith Hui member, Uncle Ron Smith, who passed on June 20, but gained a new member — Hayden Molinari — who joined the same month. We currently have 14 members.

We had our Shareholder meeting via conference call on November 26, 2018, with all but 3 members present. Motions were passed to put gutters on our house, to replace the ground floor and west first floor exterior doors, and to have routine landscaping maintenance in May, June, July, and August of each year. Members also discussed options for installing new siding on the house, but it was decided that we needed to do further research on materials and costs. Members volunteered to research costs and options regarding alternative cleaning services and recovering/replacing the living room furniture cushions.

Since our meeting, the gutters have been installed and the door replacements are underway.

Here is a review of the 2018 highlights:

January 2018 — third floor deck railing replaced

March 2018 — heating element replaced in hot water heater

April 2018 — carpets steam cleaned by Dare Carpet Cleaners

June 2018 — Becky supplied a portable steam cleaner for the house

June 2018 — former member, Uncle Ron Smith, passed away

June 2018 — Hayden Molinari becomes shareholder #14

June 2018 — Outdoor shower faucets replaced

August 2018 — Heath Pest Control treated ants in kitchen area, etc.

August 2018 — new phone installed in kitchen

October 2018 — seeking estimate for siding replacement and deck repairs

November 2018 — Shareholder Meeting

December 2018 — Initiated gutter and door projects

In 2019, we will finish the gutter and door projects, and hopefully find affordable options to start replacing our siding.

Here’s my “Annual Nag List” of what we can all do to help:

· Clean the oven

· Wash the bedspreads and pillow shams

· Dust the blinds

· Clean out and reorganize kitchen cabinets/drawers/closets

· Change a shower curtain liner

· Vacuum under furniture cushions

· Buy new bed pillows if necessary (we can reimburse for costs)

· Put in new light bulbs where needed (we can reimburse for costs)

· Reinstall porch screens (have any damaged screens replaced at CRT)

· Turn on/off water to sand showers

· Pressure wash concrete garage area and sand showers under the house (electric pressure washer is in Storage Area)

· Wash outside windows reachable from the porch/deck

· Trim overgrown vegetation outside (a few tools in Storage Area)

· Dig out sand to the left of sand showers so that water drains properly

As always, you may access our website https://windsweptbythesea.wordpress.com for updated schedules, forms, procedures and membership contact information. Use password ********* for private pages. 

I wish you all good health and happy vacations in 2019!

Lisa

Lisa Smith Molinari,  President, Smith Hui, Inc.

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  Welcome, Hayden!

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Rest in peace, Uncle Ron Smith

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Dear Smith Hui Members,

This year’s President’s Report is coming late. I was scheduled to spend a few days in the Outer Banks visiting my Dad in March, so I decided to delay this message until I inspected the beach house and could give a detailed report. 

Flood Repairs Phase 2

When 2017 began, our beach house was still recovering from the damage done by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Phase 2 of that restoration project began in February 2017. Installed new insulation, put up dry wall, painted laundry floor, replaced paneling, installed moulding, painted, etc., in the damaged areas on the ground floor. 

The dehumidifier that was installed during the flood abatement is still located in the ground floor entry area, with a drainage hose leading to the drain in the laundry room. The instructions for the dehumidifier state that it should not be operated in a laundry room due to the increased humidity caused by clothes dryers. So please keep the humidifier in the entry area. It is currently off because conditions were cold and dry, but I encourage occupants to turn it on as we approach the more humid summer months. 

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We also discovered cracks in the support pilings that may have been caused by the wood expanding and contracting through damp and dry conditions. We were advised that the cracks were cosmetic and do not need replacement at this time. 

Other repairs/replacements

Heath Pest Control discovered termites in a stump on our property, which they treated. The HVAC unit, which had been plagued with issues, was replaced in June of 2017. 

We added a new drop-leaf table to the living room after the original fell to pieces. A new light fixture was installed over the new kitchen island, a much-needed improvement to our dining experiences! A new microwave was installed. A new faucet was installed. A new grill was purchased. Members also donated some new bed spreads and lamps — thank you!

The Deep Freeze

Just after the New Year, the Outer Banks experienced a January cold snap that broke records and brought snow to the dunes. Many homeowners experienced burst pipes due to the freeze, but our beach house was spared thanks to an unidentified stranger. 

After the unexpected freeze, we had a friend go to our house to turn our water off and check the pipes. When she got there, she discovered that someone had already turned the water off at the street. The house remained empty until I visited the house in March. While there, I turned the water back on, and checked all the pipes in the house. All was well, thanks to the Good Samaritan!

Third Floor Deck Railing

However, I noticed that the third floor deck railings had come loose. Tray worked out a plan for securing and replacing the rails, and our handyman, Andrew Bielinski completed that work last week. Additionally, Andrew replaced the heating element in the hot water heater a few days ago. And Dare Carpet Cleaners will be steam cleaning the carpets on Monday.

Work still to come….

Other work will need to be done in 2018, as outlined in Tray’s Treasurer’s Report, most notably, replacing the shingles and repairing the deck. 

As owners, we should perform regular maintenance and cleaning tasks to keep the house ship shape. Here’s my “nag” list of what we can all do to help:

· Clean the oven
· Wash the bedspreads and pillow shams
· Dust the blinds
· Clean out and reorganize kitchen cabinets/drawers/closets
· Change a shower curtain liner
· Vacuum under furniture cushions
· Buy new bed pillows if necessary (we can reimburse for costs)
· Put in new light bulbs where needed (we can reimburse for costs)
· Reinstall porch screens (have any damaged screens replaced at CRT)
· Turn on/off water to sand showers
· Pressure wash concrete garage area and sand showers under the house
 (electric pressure washer is in Storage Area)
· Wash outside windows reachable from the porch/deck
· Trim overgrown vegetation outside (a few tools in Storage Area)
· Dig out sand to the left of sand showers so that water drains properly

As always, you may access our website https://windsweptbythesea.wordpress.com for updated schedules, forms, procedures and membership contact information. Use password XXXXXXXXX for private pages. 

I wish you all good health and happy vacations in 2018!

Lisa

Lisa Smith Molinari
President, Smith Hui, Inc.

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Smith Hui

President’s Report

Year end, 2016

When 2016 began, our members were busy implementing the list of improvements we’d all decided upon during our membership meeting in November 2015.  A new stove was installed, regular landscaping was scheduled, two new televisions purchased, new light switches and receptacles were installed, and the best part of all — a custom island was being built in our kitchen with legroom on three sides!

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Members and guests were pleased with the new island and other updates throughout the summer months, but then, storm season reared its ugly head. Screens were damaged during an early fall storm, necessitating a very expensive replacement of several torn screens. Lesson learned: members need to take screens out and store them when high winds are forecasted. One small step can save Smith Hui significant costs in screen replacement. 

But nothing could adequately prepare us for Hurricane Matthew, which hit the Outer Banks on October 8, 2016. Ironically, the storm hit the same week that our brand new member, Sydney Smith, was occupying the house alone for the first time! Thankfully, she got out of the house in the nick of time.

As always, “Windswept” withstood the hurricane force winds just fine. But the storm surge and record-breaking rainfall was another story. For the first time in her 38 year history, Windswept flooded.

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After initially being turned away by the authorities who were not allowing anyone onto the Outer Banks, member Aubrey Torres was able to get to Windswept on Monday, October 10th to assess the damage.

The intersection of Beach Road and Hickory Trail was a lake. Our driveway was a navigable river, and the property was flooded with standing water on all sides. Inside the house, the entry room, laundry/bath room and storage room were flooded with a few inches of water. The flood was considered “black water” or contaminated water since the septic was flooded and bubbling up into the drains. Some of our appliances were malfunctioning due to an electrical problem. Members who were scheduled to occupy the house in October and November were not able to take their planned vacations, because the ground water did not dissipate for two weeks.

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But thanks to some early clean up and the installation of fans and a dehumidifier, Windswept got through the flood with much less damage than was originally expected. An insurance adjuster surveyed the damage and gave us the bad news: Our policy and FEMA do not cover most flood damages to ground floor spaces on the Outer Banks. Our house was built in 1979 with some ground floor living spaces, but newer houses must have living spaces above the ground floor to qualify for FEMA relief, leaving only necessary appliances and structures at the ground level. The insurance adjuster gave us the good news too: that we would receive money to replace our hot water heater in case it suffered any damage.

More good news: Dominion Power fixed our 220 voltage outage at no cost to us, which fixed our electrical issues; and our flooded septic system only needed time to leech and would be fully operational without any repairs/pumping needed.

After consulting with three water mitigation companies that gave expensive estimates, we settled on using the same contractor who built our island to mitigate our water damages. It turned out, Andrew Bielinski had experience with water mitigation, so he was able to remove all wet drywall, paneling and insulation; spray microbial chemicals to retard mold growth, and completely dry the ground floor rooms. Our hot water heater was not damaged after all, and the entry room wall materials dried without damage and will not need replacement.

Phase 2 of the flood clean up begins this month. Mr. Bielinski will put up new insulation, wall materials and trim in the laundry/bath and repaint the concrete floor. He will also replace the dried paneling and trim in the entry room, and put new drywall up in the storage room where the wet drywall had to be cut out. The laundry/bath wall materials will be sheets of plywood, which will be painted and will look like finished dry wall with chair rail height trim to cover the seam. This was recommended by Mr. Bielinski so that in the event of a future flood, we will only need to remove the pieces of plywood that got wet to dry out the walls. This will save us money in the long run if we have any more flooding.

We were able to keep the repair estimates fairly low, so that the insurance money will cover the bulk of the costs. As the repairs progress, I will send photographs to keep you all updated.

As always, you may access our website https://windsweptbythesea.wordpress.com for updated schedules, forms, procedures and membership contact information. Use password XXXXXX for private pages.

I wish you all good health and happy vacations in 2017!

Lisa

Lisa Smith Molinari
President, Smith Hui, Inc.
five86427@gmail.com
904-859-3161

PS. What would a President’s Report be without a little nagging from me to take an hour out of your vacations to do a little owner maintenance, right? :

· Clean the oven
· Wash the bedspreads and pillow shams
· Dust the blinds
· Clean out and reorganize kitchen cabinets/drawers/closets
· Change a shower curtain liner
· Vacuum under furniture cushions
· Buy new bed pillows if necessary (we can reimburse for costs)
· Put in new light bulbs where needed (we can reimburse for costs)
· Reinstall porch screens (have any damaged screens replaced at CRT)
· Turn on/off water to sand showers
· Pressure wash concrete garage area and sand showers under the house (electric pressure washer is in Storage Area)
· Wash outside windows reachable from the porch/deck
· Trim overgrown vegetation outside (a few tools in Storage Area)
· Dig out sand to the left of sand showers so that water drains properly

 

 

New Member!

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As of July 1, 2016, Smith Hui, Inc. has a new member! Her name is Sydney Smith and she is the daughter of member William “Tray” Smith and his wife Jacqueline. Sydney is a flight attendant and lives in Duvall, Washington.

Welcome Sydney!

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Dear Members,

After all the repairs and updates of 2014, “Windswept by the Sea” was looking very good and there were no major issues in 2015. However, as with all 36-year-old beach houses, updating and maintenance tasks inevitably crop up.

But 2015’s tasks were quite minor. In July we got a new washing machine. In November we got a new stove, and two new televisions. And thanks to a dramatic heat-related shattering of the master bedroom slider, the original 1978 sliding glass doors in the master bedroom and on the 3rd floor deck were replaced in July.

The most significant “update” happened on November 15, when our members called in for our first ever conference call Membership Meeting. It took a few minutes to get the hang of it, but the new meeting procedure worked well and enabled us to get a lot of work done. The call was made through freeconferencecall.com, with a simple call in number and access code. Even the least tech-savvy of our members had no problems calling in.

As a result of motions at that meeting, ten motions were passed calling for the following actions (Please see the 2015 Meeting Minutes for specific details):

  • Ask A. Bielinski to check/replace Light Switches & Receptacles (Lisa)
  • New stove (Tray & Jennifer)
  • Changes in Vacation Rental Agreement (Lisa)
  • Raising trigger and target amounts (Tray)
  • Hire Howard Taylor to do landscaping regularly (Tray)
  • Open schedule to non-owner rentals on Oct. 30th (Lisa)
  • Buy 2 new televisions (Jennifer)
  • Replace the kitchen table (Kyle)
  • Ask A. Bielinski for island refurbishment/replacement options (Lisa)
  • Ask Dottie if a later Sunday check out is possible (Lisa)

Our officers are currently tackling this “To Do” list. As stated above, the new stove and televisions are already in place. Mr. Bielinski is working up estimates for the replacement of switches and receptacles, and for the kitchen island updates. The financial trigger and target amounts have been changed. The Vacation Rental Agreement and Renter Procedures have been amended to account for new rules regarding non-owner rentals. Kyle plans to get us a new table during her visit in April. And I am awaiting an answer from our cleaner about later check out times for owners.

About a month after our membership meeting, our longest-standing current member, Durwood Smith, sent out his notice that he was turning in his share, now that he lives in Southern Shores and cannot take advantage of Windswept like he did before. For all 36 years of our beach house history, my father was not only an owner, but also served as an officer for many years. He always was and still is willing to help our family venture in any way he can. On behalf of the members, we all thank him for his membership and dedication to the success of Smith Hui, Inc.

At the very end of 2015, Tray, our Treasurer, realized that we may not have the necessary income in 2016 to meet all the planned expenditures resulting from our membership meeting initiatives (approximately $4200). So, effective January 1, 2016, the Board approved a slight membership dues increase to make up for the cost of the initiatives and the loss of a member. The increase was $200 if the member pays dues annually, $200 if paid semi-annually, $220 if paid quarterly, and $240 if paid monthly. It is hoped that the dues structure will be restored to 2015 levels once our initiatives are paid for and our funds are at a safe level.

As always, you may access our website https://windsweptbythesea.wordpress.com for updated schedules, forms, procedures and membership contact information. Use password ********* for private pages.

I wish you all good health and happy vacations in 2016!

Lisa

Lisa Smith Molinari

President, Smith Hui, Inc.

PS: Thanks again to those members who took time to do a little extra cleaning, maintenance, and/or repairs in 2015. Thank you all! And what would a President’s Report be without a little nagging from me for everyone to take an hour out of their vacations to do any of the following tasks, right? :

  • Clean the oven
  • Wash the bedspreads and pillow shams
  • Dust the blinds
  • Clean out and reorganize kitchen cabinets/drawers
  • Clean out a closet
  • Vacuum under furniture cushions
  • Inventory pillows and buy new ones if necessary (we can reimburse for costs)
  • Put in new light bulbs where needed (we can reimburse for costs)
  • Reinstall porch screens (have any damaged screens replaced at CRT)
  • Turn on water to sand showers
  • Pressure wash concrete area and sand showers under the house (electric pressure washer is in Storage Area)
  • Wash outside windows reachable from the porch/deck
  • Trim overgrown vegetation outside (a few tools in Storage Area)
  • Dig out sand to the left of sand showers so that water drains properly