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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Drainage system
Photo: Terry Pommett

Keeping Water Out

Soil tests can predict flooding around your home. But common sense helps, too. Does water collect and stand on your property? Do your neighbors have leaky basements? If it seems water might be a problem, assume it will be a problem, and design in a drain system.

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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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