Salt air, sun, and sea often mean harsh treatment for oceanfront digs. We gathered the best hardy materials, tips, and ideas for rock-solid coastal homes.
Photo: Jean Allsopp
The furniture had just been moved in and every last detail perfected in the fall of 2008 when our Galveston, Texas, Idea House (our annual showhouse, built that year in the Beachtown community) received a visit from an unwelcome guest: Hurricane Ike. Happily, other than its sand-ravaged landscape, the house was virtually untouched. In light of the continued threat of storms all along our coasts, we went back to the architects to ask what smart building practices and storm-resistant materials they used.