Building at the Beach

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


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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Building Methods

Building and remodeling on the shore requires storm-savvy design and time-tested techniques. Fortunately, when homeowners opt for traditional building methods instead of up-and-coming pre-fab systems, techniques exist for coping with this wide weather spectrum. The chief tactic is prudence. "Never fool with Mother Nature," says architect Louis DesRosiers, who designs homes on the Great Lakes. "You'll lose every time."

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