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Slow Down, Relax, Enjoy These Ideal Beach House Designs and Ideas

Mar 5, 2008
When building a summer home, there are many things which you must consider. Not only should your beach house designs take in to account the size of the available lot, but also the more specific things about the location. For example, when you buy beach house designs, they never tell you how your house will stand up to a hurricane. How about flooding? Earthquakes?

Your vacation home might be where you get away to, to dream a bit, and escape your everyday life, but you shouldn't be dreaming when you are planning its construction. Take account of the surroundings and protect your investment!

Is soil erosion a concern? Is a breakwater required? How do plan on protecting the house foundation from water drainage or erosion problems? Do not be put off by these questions, as it is always best to consider all possibilities before construction starts.

Is this a part time vacation retreat or a full time year round housing unit? The part timer has the option to move away for a while during violent weather, while a full time occupant is more closely tied to the home as it contains all of their worldly treasures ad keepsakes.

The most important consideration for any structure is the foundation. What type of foundation will the building codes allow for beach front properties? Are cement footings allowed? How deep? These are all valuable concerns that will definitely affect the life of your beach front home.

Staying in touch with local contractors can reap huge benefits, as they are generally aware of deals, sales, clearances and closeouts of suitable building materials.

If you hire a local builder, with a good reputation, then most of the concerns mentioned above are probably already covered. It is always good for you to have completed the research as well, because now you and your builder can discuss any issues and make informed decisions together. Turn that dream beach house into reality.

To wrap up the full process, find a experienced qualified local builder, become familiar with local building materials and processes, speak with residents who have lived in the area for a long time, and do all of this before finalizing a plan. Reasoned thinking will produce the best results and overall satisfaction.
About the Author
Ian Delereto has experience with interior design including a Interior Designs website which contains information for many unique situations including Log Cabin interiors.
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