Building at the Beach

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

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

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Fireplace
Photo: Terry Pommett

Building a Fireplace

In coastal construction, old ways often really are better ways. But it's nice to talk about a category that's improved by new approaches. Early masons didn't have the advantages of weather-sealing products, concrete blocks, and specially designed flue liners. Yet some time-honored considerations remain.

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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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