Oceanside or lakefront property – it all starts with the perfect lot and the right beach house plan. Sometimes referred to as coastal or waterfront homes, a beach home sits on or within close proximity to a beach, such as the sandy shores of Florida or the varying coastline of the Great Lakes. It's often used It's often used as a vacation home but also serves as a primary residence for families through several generations.Read More
Beach home plans include these features for several reasons. For one, large windows and sun decks take advantage of the sunlight and open the home to the sights and sounds of the coast. Secondly, raised living areas and foundations serve useful purposes such as accommodating water levels and providing additional space in which to park vehicles beneath the home. These features and others can be omitted from or added to an existing house plan depending on the build location and other factors.
Contractors can take most any floor plan and transform it from a 2D image on paper to an actual home for a family. However, it's important to consider the type of beach home, the location and the local weather to avoid making a mistake in the design and your decision.
Builders raise a beach house as much as 15 feet or more above land level when constructing it on slopes or over the water. These types of beach homes are referred to as stilt houses but are also called platform, elevated or piling houses. They're built on stilts or beams to protect against rising flood water .and coastal vermin. These homes also have flat roofs to protect against strong winds, and their raised elevation allows the waves to pass easily beneath the home without affecting the structure.
A traditional beach house looks similar to other houses in the U.S. However, its foundation is set higher off the
ground due to building codes and flooding risks.It may have gable-end roofs, symmetrically spaced windows and
classic materials such as painted wood. A luxury beach house stands out
against the sky thanks to its overall size. It can have six or more bedrooms, multiple baths and a mansion-style
pool and garden; it also has multicar garages beneath elevated living rooms.