The sound of generators can be heard all along Milford\u2019s shoreline Friday as residents clear debris from their homes and, in some cases, wait for building officials to arrive to assess their damages.That was the case on Hillside Avenue, where Marti and Jeb Goldman were waiting for a city inspector to look at their house, a large portion of which had been ripped off and is probably floating in Long Island Sound somewhere.Jeb pointed at the exposed back part of the house and said, \u201cWe\u2019re missing two bedrooms, a living room and a porch.\u201dHe laughed a little when he pointed toward the remains of an inner bedroom upstairs. The room was visible from below, and the bed was still neatly made.The Goldmans are pretty sure they won\u2019t be able to rebuild the summer house that\u2019s been in the family since the 1960s. Marti said she\u2019s planning to retire next year and had planned to stay the whole summer in Milford in the cozy Hillside Avenue home.They really have no idea what they\u2019re going to do with the house.But like other shorefront property owners who were out today assessing, cleaning, calculating, they were fairly upbeat, something even Mayor Ben Blake noted at a press conference this week.\u201cI do feel a great loss,\u201d Marti said, \u201cand my kids are devastated. But there has to be a better way \u2014 I mean, maybe we can knock this down and build a new house or sell the property and get something somewhere else.\u201cCrying about it,\u201d she added, \u201cisn\u2019t going to help.\u201dAnn Speller lives in Bayview Beach. She just had the last bit of carpet installed in her house after renovating from Tropical Storm Irene, and the next day Sandy came in and destroyed all the new walls, the carpet, everything.She said there was a lot more water around her house this time than last: Water marks on her garage show Irene at about three feet high, and Sandy between six and seven feet high.And yet, as workers pulled out the sheetrock that was new since Irene and her brand new dusty rose carpeting that lay brown and wet on the floor, she smiled.\u201cI\u2019m just like that,\u2019 she said. \u201cI smile because it\u2019s what I can do. I\u2019m taking a quote from President Lincoln. He said, \u2018I laugh because I don\u2019t want to cry\u2019.\u201dAt Point Beach, an area hit hard by Irene and harder by Sandy, one contractor was already starting to rebuild three houses that he rebuilt post-Irene, and he\u2019s added a fourth to the list.The builder, who didn\u2019t want to be named, said doing the work a second time might be easier. \u201cThis time we know what to expect from the insurance companies,\u201d he said.\u201cThe storm moved through here like crazy,\u201d the builder added. He pointed toward the next street over and said Sandy pushed Milford Alderman Susan Shaw\u2019s house four feet off its foundation and swept her garage away. City officials walking past Shaw\u2019s house Friday didn\u2019t know where the garage went.