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.

Wood flooring

Wood Flooring

What's the advantage of wood floors in coastal settings? The truth is, when properly installed and maintained, most floor coverings that work inland will also work on the coast—provided you live in your beach house the way you live in the suburbs or the city. But you don't.

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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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