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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Exterior Trim
Photo: Terry Pommett

Tips on Trim

Attention to detail will yield tidy trim jobs, and when it comes to trim—the old ways are the best ways. You want to hire a carpenter who knows how to use a hammer. For some jobs, nail guns are the tool to use, but not always for trim. Guns drive nails so fast and hard, you lose the ability to selectively snug a board up against a particular surface.

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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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