Past and Present Idea Houses

Gain inspiration from more than 10 years of Idea Houses by the shore. Choose your favorites, and enter our Pin-and-Win Contest!

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2012 | Rosemary Beach | Front Entry | Developer/Builder: Benecki Homes

2012 Ultimate Beach House Room Tour

In the storybook coastal town of Rosemary Beach, Florida, an all-star design team crafted a sophisticated seaside retreat.


2011 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House Dining Room

2011 Ultimate Beach House: East Beach

Check out our East Beach Idea House in Norfolk, Virginia. It's packed with fantastic decorating ideas--all yours to steal!


2010 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House: Porch

2010 Seabrook Idea House

Tour our Idea House in Seabrook, Washington for the latest design ideas and style tips. Our room-by-room tours cover all aspects of the house all the way down to the smallest details and accents.


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2009 Idea Cottage: I'On

With its eco-friendly construction and beach-chic feel, our Idea Cottage in I’On, South Carolina, shows how to live large in a small footprint.


2009 | Seawatch | Sunset Harbor, NC | Master Suite

2009 Idea House: Seawatch

Step inside our Idea House in the community of Seawatch at Sunset Harbor, North Carolina.


2008 | Beachtown | Galveston Island, TX | Architect: Michael Imber and Brandan Moss

2008 Idea House: Galveston

Get inspired! Located in Beachtown, on the sandy shore of Galveston Island, this house has a timeless style you'll love.


2008 | Scarborough, ME |

2008 Idea Cottage: Scarborough

Kick off your shoes and step right into our Scarborough, Maine, home. From striped floors to beach-chic furniture, its creative touches fit every coast lover's lifestyle.


2007 | Gulf Coast Getaway | Bon Secour, AL

2007 Idea Cottage: Gulf Coast Getaway

Just minutes from the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores, our 2007 Idea Cottage offers location, style, and plenty of inspiration.


2006 | New England Classic | Portsmouth, RI

2006 Idea House: New England Classic

This home in Portsmouth, Rhode Island displays a unique blend of architectural innovation and classic style.


2005 | Cassique | Kiawah Island, SC | Great Room

2005 Idea Cottage: Cassique

Our Cottage Retreat on Kiawah Island, South Carolina mixes laid-back beach living with elegant comfort.


Tidewater Landing: First-floor Porch

2005 Idea House: Tidewater Landing

Welcome to almost 7,000 square feet of inspiration just steps from the Chesapeake Bay.



2004 Idea House: Palm Garden Retreat

This seaside home has old-time ambience, modern amenities, and innovative style.



2003 Idea House: Shipshape Cottage

Designed to emphasize views, this beachside sanctuary opens wide to sea and sky. Step inside and enjoy the serenity of our 2003 Idea House.



2002 Idea House: Bald Head Island

This oceanfront Idea House mixes nostalgic beach-home style with modern building technology.


2002 Habersham Idea Cottage: Exterior

2002 Idea Cottage: Habersham

Amidst live oaks in South Carolina, our 2002 Cottage of the Year offers ideas in seaside architecture, interior design, and salt-marsh landscaping.

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