The Coastal House Plan: Casual and Informal Living on the Ocean or Lake
Often thought of as a “house on stilts” (or piers) designed for relaxed and informal waterfront living, the coastal or beachfront house plan can be as trendy and chic as they come. From a simple vacation cottage to a modern and sophisticated home on the beach, coastal homes are perfect for those who love warm sea breezes wafting through the rooms, and the picturesque views of nature.
Coastal homes can be designed as one-story plans or multi-level structures with three or more bedrooms and all the amenities of waterfront living.
Two house plans illustrate the pier and pile foundations. On the left is a four-bedroom design (two master suites), 3.5 baths, covered porch, and two-story open foyer. The plan on the right has five bedrooms, two master suites, 4.5 baths, wraparound decks and covered entryway.
The most distinct feature of a coastal/beachfront house plan is an elevated main floor built on pier and pile foundations. The “stilt” base protects the home from flooding and water damage to the interior. With the raised living area, parking is positioned below the home. While many coastal homes are built on piers or pilings, depending on your exact location and its flood risks, a home with an elevated crawl space or other foundation may be appropriate.
Open floor plans that merge into one “great room” - living/dining/kitchen areas – making it easier for family and guests to socialize and interact with each other.
Materials such as stucco, concrete, and aluminum/vinyl/wood siding are used for exteriors; and asphalt shingle or metal for roofs
Casual and Comfortable Interiors
The focal point of a coastal/beachfront house plan is the waterfront view --- and interior designs and furnishings should highlight and enhance this aspect.
For starters, ensure that the view and natural landscapes are visible and clear at all times. Keep windows clean and instead of heavy curtains, use decorative window shutters or blinds that filter the sun’s rays without obscuring the view.
Check out the windows on this two-story, three-bedroom home that gives a magnificent view of the surroundings. A glimpse into the interiors (photos below) shows an open floor plan with free-flowing traffic from the living-dining areas. Colorful cushions dress up the couch and chairs.
Colors and tones associated with the ocean – blues, greens, shades of coral, beige, interspersed with some soft browns, red and yellow hues – make the interior very appealing.
A contrast of colors in these two “great room” areas achieves the same informal and casual effect. On the top, a splash of yellow, coral and beige; and on the bottom, brown and white tones touched up with accessories (red flowers, plants) show a “lived-in” informal look.
Add some nature accents in the interior décor like plants, seashells, small rocks from the beach seascape paintings on the walls or atop the fireplace mantel.