The home of Anthony and Judi Summers at 103 Seabrook Drive in Waveland was known as an entertainment hub for family and friends.|
The couple bought the two-story, three-bedroom house nearly 10 years ago, after being attracted to the 2,900-square-foot open floor plan.
"Any given weekend, there were 50 people at the house... It was always full of fun and laughter," said Judi Summers. "We would have parties, play cards, swim in the back yard, barbecue, watch football on Sundays, and most of the holidays would be at my house."
Many times, the crowd would navigate to the wraparound porch with seven rocking chairs for some fresh air - a feature that defined the home's Acadian style.
But, the party ended when Katrina showed up as an uninvited guest.
The only thing left behind was the swimming pool slide and an unusual find in the middle of the slab - Anthony's wedding ring and Judi's 1974 high school class ring.
Currently, the Summers are staying in Diamondhead until construction on their property is complete.
Five weeks ago, a new slab was poured and the frame for the contemporary 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom house is up.
Though the design will be a different look, Judi made sure the blueprint included an open floor plan. Plans are to be moved in by Christmas, weather permitting.
"It will have a big front room so the family can get together because that's part of the routine, and we want to get back to normal," she said. "As soon as we get in there, we will have a party."