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Fresh air, peace of mind, and improved physical well-being are all benefits to coastal living and our collection provides an array of coastal house plans to help make a dreamy waterfront home a reality.

Coastal or beach house plans offer the perfect way for families to build their primary or vacation residences near the water, surrounded by naturally serene landscaping. These homes are designed to optimize the advantages of coastal living, such as the expansive views, the wealth of sunlight, and the ocean breezes freely flowing throughout the home.

Common features found in these house plans also include:

  • Exposed rafter tails
  • Wood shutters
  • Abundant outdoor space – front and rear porches, screened porches, wrap-around porches, lanais, and open decks
  • An abundance of windows – for viewing and cross ventilation
  • Stilt, pier, or pilings foundations
  • Weathered cedar shingles
  • Brick, treated/weathered siding, or tabby stucco exteriors
  • Light-filled interiors
  • Lush, colorful landscaping
  • Narrow lots with multi-tiered interiors

Coastal house plans frequently have an abundance of outdoor spaces; covered porches, verandahs, lanais, and open patios or decks feature an endless parade of choices for relaxing and/or entertaining whether you’re building a small bungalow or a three-tiered Mediterranean home. Wrap-around porches, whether located on the front or rear exterior, along with water views, the star-studded night sky, and salty air guarantee these large outdoor spaces will continually be accessed and enjoyed.

Coastal home plans, whether found in seaside communities, oceanfront properties, or fishing villages, are some of the most adaptable and dreamed-about home styles. These homes represent a way of life, separate from urban or suburban communities. Their relaxed retreat-styled homes exude a certain charm and sensational opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Coastal homes truly allow you to relax with family and friends and draw nearer to a lifestyle most of us only dream about.

As an added bonus, our collection varies in size, style, and budget, granting the opportunity to build a home on the water that fits a variety of budgets and personal styles.

What is coastal design style?

When looking at coastal house plans, the elements of the design style that should stand out to you and will define the look as coastal are:

  • The presence of an abundance of windows not only lets in natural light but allows for a cross breeze to flow throughout the house from off the water.
  • Some type of raised foundation to protect the main living area of the home from becoming damaged by floods, tides, or intense storms (this also provides the perfect storage area for boats or jet skis).
  • Tons of outdoor space, from wrap-around porches to screened-in porches, to soak up the sea air as much as possible from the convenience of your private patio.
  • Plenty of shade and shelter from the sun and light storms. Beach house plans will let you enjoy the outdoors while still giving you a little relief from it by having shaded patios that let you escape the heat of the sun or enjoy an evening storm without having to go inside.

What are coastal houses called?

Coastal houses are called many other types of homes including beach houses, beach bungalows, beach cottages, or beach condos.

What is a coastal plantation style?

Take the natural, airy elements of a coastal home plan and combine it with the formal touches of southern colonial design and you get coastal plantation style. The two aesthetics manage to balance each other so that the typically heavier colonial design choices are lightened with the addition of the breezy coastal design.

What is modern coastal style?

On the other end of the coastal design spectrum, the modern coastal style combines the edgy, minimalistic design with the relaxed, airy vibe that can be found on just about any beach. When paired, the result is a simple and soft design that highlights the elements and colors experienced on the coast. Expect to see lots of wood, glass, and natural fibers with color in blue and green hues thrown in as accents.

Why are some coastal house plans on narrow lots?

The high price of coastal/waterfront real estate typically requires a narrow property lot that’s going to require a design with a similar narrow floor plan. However, there’s no need to worry if you’re dreaming of a larger home. Beach house floor plans can always be designed vertically. In fact, with that added height in the design, one of the many perks of a beach home is the beautiful panoramic views from the home’s interior and exterior spaces.


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