You’ve already completed the most difficult step on your way to owning the home of your dreams. But you don’t have that fantastic beach house just yet. First comes the build. It’s not an easy process for anyone, you or the different people you’ll have working on it. Hopefully, this guide should make it a little less of a hassle, however.
You undoubtedly have the money you need to get the project finished otherwise you wouldn’t be wise to consider starting. That said, no matter how much you’re willing to spend on the whole thing, you need to be wise with your money. Nothing calls a halt to work on a house as fast as imprudent spending. If you don’t want to end up with unfinished home, it’s best to budget absolutely everything you can. Don’t get caught off guard because you’ve taken your eyes from the ball. Though don’t be afraid to keep a little extra cash aside in case you need to make the occasional overspend. Just try not to make a habit out of it.
One of the biggest choices you need to make is who is going to build your home. There are few specialists that deal with the unique landscape a beach front property throws at them. Wilhelm Architects are one of those few that are willing to give quotes and offer information. Be sure to compare different architects and get a testimonial if you can. It can make you a lot more confident in your eventual choice.
Avoiding those floor plan mistakes
Before the build starts, don’t be afraid to speak up and take a close look over the floor plans. There are plenty of mistakes to make sure you avoid, like adding rooms that won’t really get any use at all. Talk to your builders and get a clear idea of what it will be like for you and your family to live there.
Adding the HVAC systems
Something you need to account for from the first moment is how the HVAC is going to fit into it all. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, in case you weren’t already aware. It is a vital point to whether the house is safe, comfortable and efficient. Look at some HVAC design tips that can give you a good idea of where best to place your systems. Efficient heating and cooling of the home is incredibly important near the sea, where the winds can play a big effect on the temperature.
Build the basement right
The basement, if you choose to include, is a very important part of the home. But why settle for simply keeping it as storage that might eventually get damp and unusable? As well as strengthening the home, a finished basement can easily give you a bit more space without making the home any larger than it needs to be. If your beach home is on a slope, that makes it all the more easy to make a ‘walk in’ basement from the lower level of the home as well.
Prepare for those winds
As we’ve mentioned, the salty, cold waters of the sea can do a lot of damage to the home if you’re not prepared. Erosion can eat away at the home you’ve spent so much money and effort on, so fight back. Firstly, make sure your home is insulated from top to bottom. Make sure you avoid any metal parts exposed, including window frames and roofs, too.
The coast is an area that tends to see a lot of traffic, of course. You will have to get used to the idea of a lot more people passing your home every day than you might be experienced with. That’s not to say it’s impossible to afford yourself some measure of privacy. The right window treatments could be exactly what you need. Certain glasses will let all the light in while obscuring the available view of anyone passing by. Placing windows higher that will do the same thing, as well.
The outdoor space
In a beach home, you want to save as much space as you can. For that reason, it’s not likely you’ll give yourself a massive garden. A patio or porch is a better and more easily maintained space. It’s also where your first dose of style is on display to anyone coming over. Make sure your outdoor space takes full advantage of the view, arranging any furniture to face the coast as its focal point.
Unless you want that surfer look, the best style for a coastal home has to be the contemporary kind. Make use of the surroundings by giving yourself a minimalist design that will look great in natural light. Make sure your placement of indoor lighting is going to compliment your home, as well. The horizon might sometimes give your home a lot of shadows and eerie red and orange lights. Situate lights above and in the middle of the furniture so you can eradicate shadows from your room with the flick of a switch.
It might be a while since you’ve had a new kitchen, so make sure you take note of everything you need to stock up on. The appliances are the most important part of a kitchen but obviously not the only one. If you’re likely to keep your kitchen door open to the outside, you need to be careful with the materials you use. Sealed granite kitchen tops are not only resistant to any weather wear and tear, but they’re tremendously easy to clean, too.
If you have multiple bedrooms for multiple people, no doubt everyone is going to want their room in their style. If you’re unsure what to do with your own, however, just think about the essentials. Think of a theme first-off, then begin with the centrepiece: the bed. From there, attribute everything to the bed’s style. The rug, the night stand, the wardrobe. Make sure your bedroom has a comfy place to sit, too. Especially if it’s where you’re keeping the best view of the beach.
Perhaps the most important part of the home. The bathroom is where you’ll be doing a lot of your relaxing so it’s important to design it in a way that maximise comfort. Noble Isle recommends a shade of navy blue and charcoal grey to make your bathroom clean, cool and luxurious. Much the same as the bedroom, try and keep space for a chair. Not many people consider taking the time to sit in the bathroom but it can make getting ready for the day a time of solace instead of a rush.
The living room
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the living room is the soul. It should be at the centre of the home, first of all. A place where the family converges wherever they’re going. A family friendly living room needs to be able to withstand the wear and tear of a whole family. Sleek wooden panelling is a much better choice than carpet in this case. If you want that softness, just throw on a touch of luxurious rug. Try keep all furniture toward the centre of the room and keep a long continuous pathway round it all.
The en suite
If you’ve got the space to give yourself an en suite: lucky you. It’s a luxury well worth affording, we can tell you that. Since it’s a smaller space, try keeping it brighter than the navy-greys of the main bathroom. Go for a shower cubicle (large enough for two) instead of a bath, as well.
Every step of the way, try and consider what environmentally safe options you might be able to make for the home. If it’s by a particularly sunny beach, solar panels might be a good idea. The HVAC and insulation tips above will be able to do a lot for your energy use as well. But there are a lot more little changes you can make to do your part. LED lights are more expensive than regular, but save you more in the long-run. Water-saving showerheads keep a cap on the water you’re using. Do take the time in every decision to give a thought to going green.
Build for the future
Your new home is more than just a place for you to love living in. It’s also an asset that can be a great boon to you in the future. Think about how to keep on top of an improving your home so that it proves a wise investment. Luxury beach homes will never go out of style so unless you let it fall apart completely, your money is likely to be in a safe place. Considering what further investments to make, however, could put your money in a smart place, too.