Building at the Beach

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

Weatherproofing

Bracing for the elements is an inevitable part of living on the coast. Here are some tips to help you build to last.

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Snow-covered home
Photo: Brian Vanden Brink

Winter Protection

Coastal homes can't head south when cold winds blow. A winterizing strategy will give your house its best chance to weather the season's extremes.

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Develop your coastal cottage’s style by following these simple tricks.

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