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.

Decking Materials
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Consider several types of wood before deciding on lumber for building a deck. Since the Environmental Protection Agency banned CCA-treated wood in 2004, companies have issued new pressure-treated wood products. They are safer, friendlier to the environment, and—guess what—more expensive.

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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