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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Versatile Screened Porch

It's only natural to want nothing between you and the coastal view for which you're paying a premium. Until, of course, summer bugs arrive. Then you're ready to get the contractor back to screen in that open porch. You can have it both ways. With the modular approach, you put in screens whenever you want them.

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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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