These beach house design ideas are essential for bracing the elements – from intense sunlight to strong winds
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Built to Last
These 14 beach house design ideas are essential for weatherproofing your home from the elements, including waterproofing and bracing for strong winds.
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Coastal Building Materials
Problem: Many building materials require tedious upkeep due to deterioration from exposure to coastal air.
Solution: Stuccoed concrete-block siding stands up to powerful storms; cedar-shake roofs can last for up to 40 years, more than twice the average lifespan of asphalt.
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Laminated Glass Windows
Problem: Flying debris from strong storms isn't particularly friendly to glass.
Solution: Windows with impact-resistant coating can withstand pressure from winds up to 200 miles per hour and flying debris up to 35 miles per hour without shattering. Laminated glass also increases a house's overall stability.
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Arched Door Handles
Problem: Salt air rusts most metal hardware
Solution: The elegant arched door handles won't pit or corrode, thanks to the protective oil-rubbed bronze finish.
Arched door handles in Oil Rubbed Bronze $180 each emtek.com for retailers
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Problem: While it's a great look for the beach, wicker can rot easily.
Solution: Made of a synthetic woven material over powder-coated aluminum frames, these look-like-the-real-thing chairs are a match for coastal elements.
Havana Modular Lounge Chair from $3,195 gloster.com for retailers
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Problem: The sun and damp sea air can mildew fabric on furniture.
Solution: Pick sofas and chairs with loose cushions that are easier to replace, or simply cover cushions in weather and fade-resistant fabrics.
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Problem: Wood floors are prone to warping and rotting.
Solution: Painted cedar floorboards have a glossy, oil-based exterior finish for extra durability.
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Pool Deck Surfaces
Problem: Sun-soaked pool decks can get scorchingly hot.
Solution: Natural rush mats are an eco-friendly alternative to towels and feel cool on bare feet.
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Egg Cup Planter
Problem: The sun and salt air will eventually corrode planters.
Solution: Look for lightweight, weather-resistant resin planters that are modeled after their heavier counterparts. They won't crack and chip, and they're easier to move.
Problem: Intense sunlight damages standard-issue curtains and disrupts sleep.
Solution: Made of fade- and rot-resistant fabric, these heavy curtains stand up to harsh sun and pesky mildew. A blackout lining helps late risers to snooze longer. Be sure to install curtains on a sturdy rod that can support their weight.
Problem: Strong winds can sometimes make it difficult to relax outside while taking in stunning views.
Solution: Caribbean-style cedar shutters weather beautifully and can handle sun and moisture while protecting outdoor areas. "The added bonus of cedar is that salt air actually helps preserve the wood, making it last up to several decades," says architect Don Cooper.
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Problem: Cotton hammocks easily mildew and rot if left outside for long periods. Plus, they're cumbersome to move indoors after each use.
Solution: Buy a sturdy, anti-mildew polyester rope hammock that can be left outdoors year-round. It's just as comfortable as its cotton cousin.