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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Dreamy Massachusetts Cottage

A colorful oceanfront cottage captivates a whole new generation of beachgoers in a dreamy Massachusetts resort town.

Cottage by the Sea