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Building a Coastal Home

Building a new coastal home is an exciting endeavor, but it comes with unique challenges and considerations. From the initial design phase to the finishing touches, every decision you make can impact the durability, functionality, and value of your home. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind during the construction phase:


Lot Considerations

  • Orientation: Consider how the positioning of your home will impact sun exposure, especially for outdoor areas like pools and patios.

  • Flood Management: Compliance with local requirements for flood management will influence the overall design of your home. 

  • Landscaping: Use landscaping to improve water management during coastal storms and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property.

Foundation

  • Moisture Control: Design the foundation to minimize moisture problems, which can impact flooring and ductwork.

  • Consider adding a moisture barrier on top of the foundation and installing french drains around the home. 

  • Gutters should direct water into the ground and away from the foundation.

Carpentry

  • Protection: Ensure vents are covered and protected from construction debris during internal custom woodworking.

  • Bracing: Add wood bracing for key areas like towel bars and shower grab bars.

Framing

  • Insulation: Choose framing materials and techniques that improve the R-factor and manage noise.

  • Future-proofing: Install blocking before finishing the ceiling to easily mount features like a porch swing later.

  • Termite Treatment: Consider Bora-Care termite treatment at the bottom of wall framing before insulation, for long-term pest control.

Masonry

  • Sealing: Seal concrete to provide a barrier against salt and mold, preserving its color and longevity.

HVAC

  • Design and Location: Plan the HVAC system carefully, considering the layout and location of vents and units.

  • Humidity Control: Install a humidity sensor switch to manage moisture levels.

  • Energy Efficiency: Opt for energy-efficient options to reduce long-term costs.

  • Make sure the HVAC unit is the proper size for the home (house square footage/500 * 12,000) = BTUs required

Electrical and Wiring

  • Smart Features: Plan for smart lighting and outlets in key areas, and pre-wire for future technology needs.

  • Security: Consider wiring for a doorbell camera and other security features.

  • Convenience: Install dimmable switches, pre-wire for electric shades, and include a car charging unit.

Plumbing

  • Dual Water Lines: Install two water lines—one for irrigation and external showers, and another for regular use.

  • Hot Water Recirculation: Consider an external hot water recirculation system for quick access to hot water.

  • Water Filtration: Install a whole-house water filtration system and a filtration system for the kitchen sink.

Exterior

  • Gutters: Choose the right size gutters to handle coastal weather conditions. Recommens 6in K-style

  • Outdoor Living: Consider adding a screened-in porch for bug-free enjoyment of outdoor spaces.


Building a coastal home requires careful planning and attention to detail. By considering these key factors during the construction phase, you can create a home that is not only beautiful and functional but also resilient against the challenges of coastal living.


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