The Art of Custom Home Building for Coastal Summer Living

Published May 17th, 2024 by Rose Building Contractors, Inc.

The warmth of summer invites us to a coastal paradise to embrace the sea breeze. Building a custom coastal summer home may be the best investment for you and your family. Such an asset allows you to enjoy vacations at the beach and even earn passive income by renting the property out.

Building a coastal summer home takes work, as it requires extensive planning and financing. In this blog post, we will help you make your dream coastal summer vacation home, which you will enjoy for years.

Selecting the Perfect Location

Life by the waterfront is so peaceful that coastal town citizens tend to be more mentally healthy than others. However, any location by the ocean or the sea will not be perfect for your home. There are multiple factors to consider when choosing the coastal area for your vacation summer home:


Building a home by the shore requires safety measures. Waterfront areas tend to be prone to severe weather issues; some are built differently than others. Homes closer to the beach are more likely to be damaged by storms and erosion. Sand corrosion is another risk factor when it comes to the safety and location of coastal homes. 

Before choosing the location for your coastal summer home, be sure to research the weather patterns of your chosen region, check the soil for signs of corrosion, and select the area at a safe distance from the waterfront.


Financial circumstances significantly impact our decision to choose a home location. Different neighborhoods, streets, and blocks affect housing values differently. When building a home, you must consider the area to increase the home value.

If you decide to sell or rent out the coastal property you build for the summer, it’s best to ensure the home value is high enough to make a massive profit—moreover, different areas to purchase come at various costs. Grocery stores, schools, cafes, and restaurants are also differently priced in multiple neighborhoods. 

Comfort & Convenience

The location is crucial to ensure you have the view that would fit your coastal vacation rental property. The location you choose for your coastal summer home will affect the convenience of you and your family members. Select the area according to your priorities before building a custom coastal house to increase comfort and convenience.

Design for Durability

Designing a beautiful coastal home for summer is an excellent choice. Still, you must remember to build with quality materials and ensure your home is low-maintenance so you can save money on expensive repairs in the future. Make sure to consider several factors before starting to build:

  • Building Codes and Regulations: Familiarize yourself with building codes and regulations specific to coastal areas. These may include requirements for wind resistance, flood zones, and construction setbacks to ensure safety and compliance with local laws.

  • Materials Selection: Choose high-quality, durable materials that withstand the harsh coastal environment. Opt for corrosion-resistant materials, such as stainless steel or aluminum, for hardware and fixtures. Consider using composite decking, fiberglass doors and windows, and corrosion-resistant siding materials like fiber cement or vinyl.

  • Foundation: Proper foundation design is crucial in coastal areas prone to erosion and shifting soils. Consult with a structural engineer to determine the most suitable foundation type, such as pilings or reinforced concrete slab, based on soil conditions and local building codes.

Designing a Custom Coastal Home

You don’t need much education in interior design to create your dream custom coastal home. The best way to start designing a seaside home is to choose your preferred style and follow the fundamentals of your desired aesthetic to create a cohesive design.

Let us delve into trendy coastal home design elements that can help you create a summer haven on your new property.

Natural Materials & Textures

Natural materials, textures, and tones allow you to create a coastal-themed summer home by the ocean. Opting for coastal-style design elements and decorations will give your home a relaxing touch and bring you closer to nature. Natural materials will create a beautiful natural texture on the surfaces of your home.

Moreover, if you wish to create a coastal paradise with a Mediterranean aesthetic, use building materials such as stone and timber to create a harmonized and cohesive atmosphere in your home with lovely seashore-inspired colors. 

Embracing Views

A house on the coast is surrounded by soothing water, and residents relax by watching the gorgeous sights, sunsets by the beach, and lots of natural lighting. It’s only fitting to take advantage of the beautiful sights around your new home. 

Embrace the gorgeous views by adding large windows and glass doors to your coastal summer home. Seeing beautiful sights every morning during breakfast and enjoying the view from every room of your house will allow you to enjoy life on the coast more. Moreover, large windows will create natural lighting, allowing you to avoid using electricity during the day. 

Getting the Most Out of Outdoor Spaces

Living by the coast is much more enjoyable when you enjoy sunlight and the sound of waves from your front porch and balcony. Setting up an outdoor dining area lets you comfortably welcome the sea breeze while enjoying your meals.

Decorate the patio with coastal-themed decorations, a dining set, and fairy lights. Consider setting up a firepit table to hang out with your friends and family in the evening outdoors. Set up a breakfast table on the balcony to make your summer vacation mornings more enjoyable.

Incorporating Technology

Integrating technology into your custom coastal summer home can enhance comfort, convenience, and energy efficiency. Consider installing smart home systems that allow remote control of lighting, temperature, security cameras, and entertainment systems. Automated thermostats and lighting can help optimize energy usage, while security cameras and sensors provide peace of mind, especially when you're away from your coastal property. 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, building a custom coastal summer home is an exciting venture that requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure comfort and durability. By following these guidelines and infusing your personal style preferences, you can create a beautiful and functional coastal summer home that serves as a peaceful retreat for you and your family for years to come.

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