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.

Gutters and downspouts
Photo: Terry Pommett

Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are terrific assets for your home. These components of a passive maintenance system allow you to leverage a little time and money to get a lot of long-term protection.

More Ways To Get Coastal Living



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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.

Room to Breathe