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Jun 21 2013

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5 Typical Characteristics of Coastal House Plans - The House Plan Shop

Coastal House Plan 041H-0062If you’ve dreamed about living by the sea, you might have envisioned oceanfront property with waves crashing on the beach. Or maybe you prefer living by a picturesque river. Either way, coastal house plans are well suited for living at the water’s edge. These homes can be one or more levels and can range in size from a simple vacation house to luxurious beach home.  Below is a list of some of the typical characteristics of coastal house plans. If you’d like to build near the ocean, along a river or canal, next to some other body of water, you’ll want to look for house plans that offer most or all of these features:

  1. Coastal home plans are often built on piers or pilings raising the main living areas above the ground by one level and positioning the parking area below the home. This arrangement accommodates rising tides or flood waters and prevents flooding inside the home. The water is able to flow underneath the home without any risk to the structure or damage to the personal belongings and furnishings inside it.
  2. Coastal house plans often enjoy an open floor plan with the living areas coming together as one. This allows gentle breezes circulate and flow throughout the home.
  3. Floor plans of coastal homes generally incorporate large windows which are strategically placed to maximize the beach our shoreline view.
  4. One or more large decks and/or porches deliver outdoor living spaces further enhancing the livability of coastal homes. They provide another opportunity to enjoy the view of the surrounding landscape and waterscape while delivering a relaxing place to entertain guests, dine outdoors and soak up the sights and sounds of nature.
  5. Coastal house plans often incorporate specialized materials, construction practices and design elements necessary to meet local building codes and specifications related to regional climates, geographic factors and/or marine environments.

Take some time to browse or collection of coastal home plans. For more possibilities, check out our waterfront homes, too!

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Jun 10 2013

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Featured Beach House Plan for Shoreline Living – The House Plan Shop

Beach House Plan 043H-0023If oceanfront living is for you, check out this featured beach house plan! This thoughtfully designed coastal home boasts spacious covered porches designed to take in the surrounding views while relaxing and listening to the waves crash upon the shore. The living areas of this home are raised one level protecting them from the rising tides. Take a look at the main level where you’ll quickly notice the family room enjoys access to the front and rear porches as it takes full advantage of the seascape. The combined kitchen and nook are situated nearby and provide a casual dining space unless you prefer dining alfresco. You’ll appreciate convenient access to the laundry room making it easy to throw in a load of clothes while dinner is prepared. A Jack and Jill bath is neatly tucked between Bedroom 2 and your master bedroom (complete with walk-in closet.) Two more bedrooms are positioned on the second floor and share a full bath. If you’re looking for a family-friendly beach home, or a design well suited for rental property to be used by families and groups, this two-story beach house plan fits the bill!

You can learn more about this beach house plan by visiting our website.

If you’d like to like to view more beach homes like this one, please browse our entire collection of beach houses and coastal home plans.

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