Coastal Home Design

Living on the coast presents the utter beauty of living by the beach and experiencing rich sunrises and sunsets against constantly moving waves. The design that goes into the home should accommodate that same look and atmosphere.


Figuring out your budget is a great way to start. Work out what you need, what you don’t need, and what you can do with what you already have.

Hiring a general contractor can be a big help if you’re struggling with budgeting issues. It’s a general contractor’s job to figure out the budget, taking into account any materials, equipment, and labor that goes into the job.


Now that you have your basic budget down, you can start working out your design. Remember to take into account all the innate attributes that come with having a home near the coast.

  • Angled windows can take advantage of the sun and give your living room the maximum of amount of natural light. Latches could open these windows and let in the cool breeze, saving you the need for an air conditioner.
  • Make sure you choose materials that are durable and will last in the salty sea air. Cedar is great for your patio as it is resistant to both water and pests. Choose wisely and do your research on different materials.
  • Landscaping may be quite important to a coastal home. Trees can provide shade for those hot summer days. Some flowers and trees can instantly make your house feel like a home.

If you’re having trouble figuring out a design that works for you, a home design professional should be able to help you work things out.


Now it’s time to build, but don’t rush anything. Hire a builder who has the experience and knows coastal homes. They’ll know the specifics of building homes on the coast and have the right contacts, including subcontractors and vendors. You’ll be getting the best materials and talking to the best people for the job.

Home builders throughout the county are familiar with coastal homes and everything that might go into building one.

When building your home, don’t be cheap. Choosing materials that can stand up to the elements might be a bit pricey, but buying durable materials will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Your builder can help you with your decisions.

Enjoy your new coastal home and the beautiful view that it offers.

Erick D. Smith blogs for a San Diego general contractor about home construction and remodeling. If you live in Southern California and would like to know more about San Diego home design then contact Murray Lampert Construction.

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