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.

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Who knew there was a world of screens out there? Today they're available in a variety of colors, materials, and finishes, from old-fashioned galvanized steel to fiberglass, bronze, and aluminum. Each kind has its advantages and disadvantages.

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Top 21 Beaches, Coast to Coast

Plan your summer getaway now: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

The Cove Beach, Cape May, New Jersey