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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:
Coastal houses are called many other types of homes, including beach houses, beach bungalows, beach cottages, or beach condos.
Take the natural, airy elements of a coastal home plan and combine them 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.
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.
The high price of coastal/waterfront real estate typically requires a narrow property lot that will 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.