These beach house design ideas are essential for bracing the elements – from intense sunlight to strong winds
These 14 beach house design ideas are essential for weatherproofing your home from the elements, including waterproofing and bracing for strong winds.
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.
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.
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
emtek.com for retailers
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
gloster.com for retailers
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.
Problem: Wood floors are prone to warping and rotting.
Solution: Painted cedar floorboards have a glossy, oil-based exterior finish for extra durability.
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.
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.
Egg Cup Planter
$350 to $2,400 each
Problem: Stifling heat can cause discomfort in a boxy room.
Solution: A trademark of island architecture, a vaulted roof is both pretty and practical, keeping indoor spaces cooler by pulling warmer air high above living areas.
Problem: A stuffy room can cause restless nights--a serious vacation buzzkill.
Solution: Installing a ceiling fan can provide additional air circulation by dispersing cool breezes. And it's stylish enough to work with any beach decor.
Summer Breeze Fan
hunterfan.com for retailers
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.
Rough 'N Rowdy Fabric in Sea Salt
perennialsfabrics.com for pricing and showrooms
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.
Problem: Cotton hammocks easily mildew and rot if left outside for long periods. Plus, they're cumbersome to move indoors after each
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.
Classic Polyester Rope Hammock
Problem: Hauling heavy, wooden Adirondack chairs inside for protection from the elements can be a real drag.
Solution: Made of high-density recycled plastic and rust-proof hardware, these maintenance-free chairs can stay put.
Polywood Recycled Plastic Curveback Adirondack Chair