Beach & Coastal House Plans
Beach House PlanBeach or coastal homes are typically built on stilts or pilings due to their nearness to the ocean and its rising and falling tides. Because of this feature, beach home plans are also well suited for homes built near lakes or rivers, to safeguard against flooding. These home plans often incorporate decks or porches that wrap around most, if not all, of the home to allow the homeowner to enjoy all the views the home has to offer. While modern styles of beach or pilings homes are prevalent today, there are also many that have cozier elements. Able to be customized to reflect almost any style, beach or pilings home plans can be Victorian, Cape Cod, Traditional, Contemporary, or any other style.
As these homes are usually designed with the wide-open space of a large body of water nearby, the home plans often integrate that open feel throughout. The architecture of beach or pilings home plans often incorporate large windows and multiple-paned glass doors that can be opened to allow the fresh sea breeze to flow through the home. Due to often limited land on ocean-front or lake-front lots, beach or pilings home plans are often designed to be tall, rather than wide, with the living areas on the first floor, and bedrooms upstairs. When building a beach or pilings home, standard roofing is not the same shingle style roof that typically found inland: higher wind speeds call for either heavier shingles, such as clay or terra cotta, or solid roofing, such as steel or aluminum.
Built on a pier and beam system, the Stilts architectural tectonics plan allows winds and breezes to flow under and over the house to environmentally control the interior temperature naturally.
Eco friendly, the Stilts references wind and water and reminds one of houses found on coastal plains and areas susceptible to flooding or high waters. Enhancing the green design is a playful pitched roofing system that allows rain water to be collected in a cistern.
Beach and Coastal House Plans
Borrowing design elements from Spanish, Mediterranean and even Victorian style home plans, beach or coastal house plans are built on piers or stilts shielding the home from flooding, tropical storms or hurricanes. Many beach or coastal home plans are built on narrow lots due to the high price of coastal real estate.
However, many of these homes feature panoramic windows and plenty of outdoor living space for enjoying waterfront views as well as including on the interior casual, open living areas. Exterior materials may vary, but these homes should be able to withstand salty, damp air.