Building a home by the ocean is a dream for many Australians. Coastal living is spectacular but the environment can be very unforgiving and when winter hits, your home will be exposed to the elements. Damaging winds, salt and moisture are all issues that need to be considered when building and living on the coast. You need to know how to make the most of your house on the coast in these circumstances.
How Do You Make The Most Out Of Your House On The Coast?
Care needs to be taken when deciding on your house design, you want a house that is built to last. Remember that coastal zones also have tighter building regulations and requirements.
Coastal building requires the use of different building materials to those used on properties built further from the ocean, most natural materials (such as timber) do not handle this environment well. Highly durable choices are recommended both inside and out, and it is important to make sure that all materials are rust resistant.
When it comes to Roofing, long lasting materials that are also visually appealing are the way to go. Salty winds will quickly corrode anything that isn’t durable, and a home’s roof is a key form of protection against the elements.
The windows and glazing you choose can impact much more than just your views. Heat and glare from the sun can be a problem, so tinted glazing or glass with a low U value is recommended. U value is basically a measure of the windows (frame and glass) ability to conduct heat. There is also the option of external shades.
If you are looking for peace and quiet and would rather not hear the constant sound of waves breaking, consider laminated glazing as it greatly reduces unwanted noise.
There are many design considerations when it comes to building by the sea. Obviously you are going to want to take advantage of the views, it is after all one of the major benefits to oceanside living. While you want the views, you also want to avoid getting buffeted by the elements, so outdoor and alfresco areas should be well protected.
The amazing lifestyle that comes with living on the coast includes nights spent outdoors during the warmer weather, sea breezes are part of that but their impact can be controlled with clever planning. When you design your own home, your builder is a wealth of information when it comes to creating the perfect floor plan so make sure you talk to them about your ideas.
Local councils have different building regulations when it comes to properties built in coastal zones. Height restrictions, boundary setbacks, roof structures, building materials and the style of home are all heavily regulated. Although you can work with neighbours and the council, trying to pass something that doesn’t meet regulations is extremely hard. Keep in mind that most of the regulations are for the benefit and safety of you as the owner, so following them is in your best interests.
Driving around the neighbourhood and street where your property is located will help you to get ideas for your own home. Talk to your future neighbours to find out what regulations will affect you and also consult your local council.
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