"We decided to put Tower 62 back."
The now two-story, four-bedroom home features an elevated office space for Bless' growing woodworking business, WoodyBoard, which specializes in high-end ocean décor and custom wooden gates.
With "62" emblazoned in stainless steel on the outside wall and the office's ocean-facing windows, Bless created a post where he could watch the surf between the line of beachfront homes.
And even if he can't be in the waves — or watch them when he's forced to shut the blinds for computer work — he said his hand-crafted "wave" desk swirls around him in teal-colored Formica and still allows him to "catch a tube" even while working.
The rest of the house is equally accented with Bless' hand-crafted woodwork using afromosia, cypress, African mahogany, Philippine mahogany, Brazilian ipe and other exotic woods.
The woods, which range in complementary shades from pale yellow to a rich red, were used to make the home's unusual cutout pattern front gate, the deck built over and around an existing pine tree, the garage door, window trim, an arched interior entryway ceiling, and many of the home's tables, storage areas and art pieces.
However, the home's centerpiece is the door. The multiwood creation features a surfboard — the inspiration to much of the WoodyBoard pieces — and is surrounded by tempered glass, more colorful wood and a steel "fin" knob. The door serves both as a portal to Bless' love of woodworking as much as a portal to his new home.
"Mike had this plan in his mind to make a dream house," said Cristina. "We just followed his dream. With his skills and surfing influence, we basically did it all ourselves."
Once the project was started, it moved at a rapid pace. The door took Bless about 35 hours to create by himself and the rest of the home was done in less than eight months, mostly due to the availability of tradesmen.
However, the excitement Bless and his wife had for the project had something to do with that, too.
"I was trying to build something that would have a beachy feel," Bless said, "reminding me of my youth and growing up at the beach."