Building at the Beach

Find green building tips, energy-saving ideas, construction material recommendations, and weatherproofing guidelines for building on the coast.

Building Tips

Find essential info for building on the coast from installing an outdoor shower to keeping storage dry.

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Start Smart

Here's a tip contractors usually don't give you until it's too late: Get a lawyer.

My experience from three decades of building and remodeling homes in stringent Nantucket has taught me it's never too early to check regulations on what and where you can build. The penalty for ignorance—or for being obstinate—is paid in time and money.

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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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