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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Wooden beach house
Photo: Anthony John Coletti

Weathering the Storm

When homeowners build on the coast, they "want to be in a position to observe all that marvelous nature without disrupting it," says Illinois architect Howard Holtzman. But being there also means being involved with a sometimes-volatile environment, one with driving rain, high winds, and storm surges. "What do you do if you want what you build to last?"

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