Purchasing seaside property is the goal of many in the world. It can be a goal for retirement, a vacation home, or a peaceful cottage on a remote beach. Your house should reflect the environment and maximize the view of the water as much as possible. Not only will you enjoy your location more, but your resale value will raise with more of a view.
Entertain on the Top Floor
When designing your seaside house, think about when you would most like to see the views and what kind of privacy you need. A roof-top space to entertain is a great way to see all of the views from your house, and you are elevated from the people walking along the beach. A nice outdoor bar, fireplace, and seating is lovely in the evenings. Lighting is easy and inexpensive for rooftop entertaining. This is also a good place for viewing parties with your telescope.
Change the Standard Floor Plan
Put your living areas on the top floor. Doing this will allow you to get views that are less obstructed and farther out. Your best views should be for the rooms that you spend the most time in. If you spend the most time in your office but love to entertain, try building a small detached office closer to the beach for the serenity.
Bedrooms on the second floor can still have a view but they won’t be the best views, put the bedrooms used the least closer to the back of your floor plan.
Windows and Privacy
The standard for seaside houses is massive walls of windows. If you want the windows and value your privacy, consider using the natural environment to keep some privacy from your neighbors or people on the beach. If this isn’t possible, having motorized blinds installed in the bedrooms will help keep the privacy.
A nice deck looks great on a seaside home. Visualize what you want to see on your deck from the inside of your home. Will your grill, table, and chairs be in the way of your view?
A Place for Sand
A seaside home has the potential to get dirty with sand, so planning for a room or outdoor shower and clean up area is a great way to keep the rest of your house cleaner.
Planning on a space that is the sanctuary of the home, a perfect room, is a great way to have something special when your home is finished. This may be a library, Master bedroom, bathroom, or your kitchen. Plan on one room that you know you will feel at peace in and be glad you made it your own.
Designing a seaside house is a fun job but there are a lot of things to consider. Think about your life inside your home and exactly how your day to day life will go. This process will help you decide where your rooms should go and what you want out of living by the ocean.