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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All Hands on Deck

Decks can be a bargain, since they expand your living space at a fraction of the cost of adding rooms. But plan and build them right. You know our mantra: Coastal weather, with its wind-driven rain and withering sun, will make you pay dearly for sloppy construction.

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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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