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FAQ

How much do Beach style houses cost per square feet (approximately)?

The cost per square foot of a Beach style home is dependent on a couple of different factors. These factors include location, design, materials, and the cost of labor. For example, some beach houses might need to be built on stilts or pilings due to it’s proximity to water and could be prone to flooding. That add-on could be about $20-60,000 to build on a new home. Another example would be the location of the home. The cost of a beach house in Connecticut is about $280 per square feet, while a beach house in California is about $950 per square feet. These factors determine the cost per square feet of any house, but the average cost could be between $200 to $1,000 per square feet, dependent on the above factors.

Are there Beach style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

Yes, some Beach style homes can come with a detached garage. If the size of the property is large enough, adding a detached garage is possible.

Does Beach style house usually come with a garage?  

Yes, some Beach style homes come with a garage. Having a garage is dependent on the location and size of the land your house is on. If the house is on stilts, the garage could be under the house. The garage could also be detached. It’s all dependent on the design, location, and size of the property.

Is Beach style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

A Beach style house can be grand, luxurious, a mansion, or a regular-sized home. The Beach style house can be added to any type of home and can be as grand, luxurious, or modern as the owner would like. You may find some large size Beach houses in California or even in some Florida homes. You can also make a normal-sized home grand and luxurious, by a matter of the design and items you put into the home.

Is Beach style ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

A Beach Style home would be a great “small” home. A few have been made, like the Katrina Cottages, which are small homes designed to be an affordable solution for those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Some have also been made with a Structured Insulated Paneling System, which were built to withstand hurricane-force winds. Most “small” homes are designed economically and cost-efficient, and you can easily design them with the beach in mind – with a bright color exterior, add-on porch, and calming white and pastel interiors, would make any home feel like the beach.

Can Beach style floor plans be an open concept?

Beach style homes can easily be an open concept design. The functionality of the beach style home is more in the style and accessories of the house than on the specific layout.

What are popular Beach style exterior colors?

The most popular exterior colors for Beach Style homes are light or dark blues, whites, greens, or neutral colors like gray or tan. Shutters often coordinate with the house color, like orange shutters with a dark blue exterior or teal shutters with a white exterior.

Can you build a Beach style house on a narrow lot?  

Yes.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

Yes.

Can Beach style homes be built on a sloping lot?

Yes.

How many floors/stories does Beach style usually have?

Beach Style homes come in all shapes in sizes. They can range from one floor or story to three floors or stories.

Do Beach style houses have a basement?

Depending on the location, Beach Style homes can have a basement. Most homes in Florida do not have a basement, so you probably wouldn’t find a beach home with a basement in the Sunshine State. But if a basement is feasible in the location you’re building in, yes they can have a basement.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

Yes, some can come with a bonus room.You can easily work any room into the layout and design of the home if needed. Speak to your contractor to see if adding a bonus room is feasible for your home.

Do Beach style floor plans come with energy-efficient options?

Yes, they can. You can easily add energy-efficient options to your home. If it’s a new build, you can ask the builder to add solar panels for solar heating, water, and electricity. Energy-efficient windows, doors, and appliances are also options for new builds or if you’re updating your home.

Is a porch a common design feature with Beach style houses?

Yes. Porches are common on beach style homes. They can screened in or open, and can be called a lanai.

What types of roof does Beach style house typically have?

There are many different roofs a Beach Style home can have. All would have to withstand exposure to salt, humidity, and wind if they are close to the ocean. They could be gable or flat roofs in copper, slate, and asphalt or composition shingles.

Does Beach style work well with rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Beach Style type homes work well with any type of interior decor. They go well with both rustic and contemporary elements. The Beach Style home is meant to reflect an easy-going life, so the idea is for the home to be cozy and casual. A mix of rustic and contemporary pieces would work well together, like a white sofa with a colorful knit blanket. Or an antique table repurposed in white or blue with some wood accents, like a piece of driftwood or seashells found at the beach and gold accents. The colors that work best in beach style decor are whites, neutrals, pastels with bold color accents like navy blue, corals, and gold.

References:

1. Home Advisor “2020 Cost to Build a House

2. Lasky, Julie (Aug. 2, 2019) “Looking for a Beach House? It’ll Cost You

3. Bartosch, Kimberly Sayers (Jan. 2, 2020) “Beautiful Rooms With Beach and Coastal Cottage Decor

4. Nafie, Coral (Feb. 11, 2020) “Beautiful Color Palettes for Beach-Inspired Rooms

5. Houseplans “Katrina Cottage House Plans, Floor Plans & Designs

6. Country Living Staff (Jan. 17, 2020) “86 Best Tiny Houses 2020

7. “20 Cozy Beach Style House Exteriors to Inspire You

8. Manring, Alex “Best Type of Roof for Your Beach House

9. “Energy-Efficient Home Design