Building at the Beach

Find green building tips, energy-saving ideas, construction material recommendations, and weatherproofing guidelines for building on the coast.

Building Materials

From windows to decking, find recommendations on the best materials for building on the coast.

Flashing
Photo: Terry Pommett

Flashing

Inexpensive and effective, flashing makes your beach home watertight. It's a time-tested technique used for building extra protection into door and window openings. Besides being effective, the process has two other giant advantages: It's simple and cheap.

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20 Beautiful Beach Cottages

From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, browse through this roundup of beach cottages to find your favorite coastal style.

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