With a custom copper gate and palm trees out front, this two-story home in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. makes a great first impression. Thanks to its sturdy, contemporary design which has been carefully reinforced by steel beams, the sleek structure can survive tropical storms and the elements.
This beachfront beauty takes advantage of the abundance of natural light that rushes in from the windows at the front of the space. The white walls reflect this light, while pops of color add vibrance to the space. The yellow surfboard and blue accent highlight the colors of the surf and sand, seamlessly inviting the outside in.
Designers wanted to create a traditional, shingle style summer home for the family in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Since the home sits on a rectangular, corner lot, they needed to address both sides of the street, so they added an oversized porch to the front of the home as a nod to the summer cottages that dotted the coastline at the turn of the century. To address the other side of the street, a smaller garage was built. This space adds storage to the home as well as adds a pleasant aesthetic to the home.
This adorable beach bungalow in La Jolla, California makes a charming impression from the get-go with its aqua front door. A planter picks up the brilliant color in the door's blue-trimmed stained glass windows.
A feeling of tranquility prevails as this private sanctuary rests on two sprawling acres stretching from the white sands of the beach to a calm lagoon and encompassing a main residence and a two-story guest house buffered by a lush Japanese garden.
This ranch style home features a neutral stone exterior and a dark gray metal roof with rain chains instead of gutters. Like the exterior, the walkway is designed from a neutral stone, leading the way to the mahogany front door. Palm trees and other tropical plants are used for landscaping throughout the front yard.
A black-and-white graphic floor makes an intriguing counterpart to the sleek gray marble of this bathroom's countertop and walk-in shower. At the end of the room, a large soaking tub sits in front of a floor-to-ceiling window where nothing but ocean fills the view.
Open cabinetry provides plenty of space for storing beach towels and other lake necessities in this spacious cottage bathroom. An apron-front sink and closed cabinet storage are featured below the open shelving.
This landscape design concept was based on the modern lines of the home and allows the elegant forms to transfer onto the ground plane. The driveway and connecting pedestrian paths are formed concrete pads with a simple broom finish in a series of squares and rectangles. The voids between the pads are neatly topped with gray beach pebbles and allow rainwater to flow through, minimizing runoff onto the street. The pockets of plantings near the front entry contain sculptural accent plants.
This landscape design concept was based on the modern lines of the home and allows the elegant forms to transfer onto the ground plane. The driveway and connecting pedestrian paths are formed concrete pads with a simple broom finish in a series of squares and rectangles. The voids between the pads are neatly topped with gray beach pebbles and allow rainwater to flow through, minimizing runoff onto the street. The pockets of plantings near the front entry contain sculptural accent plants, which are dramatic when illuminated by landscape lighting at night.
To make the space feel larger, designers created the front of the home with an open concept design. The design includes white shiplap on the walls and ceilings, which lends to the feeling of a beach cottage, and high pitched ceiling that adds a feeling of openness. The front spaces include a living room with a beautiful beach view, a dining area and a functional kitchen.
Since this beach house is raised to meet flood requirements -- as are many -- it's always nice to have a place to gather outside right outside of the living and kitchen spaces without coming down out of the residence. Designers used outdoor fabrics, furnishings, appliances and built-in cabinetry to withstand the sun, salt, sand, wind and rain that is common on beach house porches.