Elements of a Modern Beach Home

In a true beach home, the focus is always on indoor-outdoor living, spatial serenity, and a strong relationship with the natural landscape. As opposed to traditional architecture, sleek lines, horizontal articulation and large windows typify the modern approach to coastal architecture.

Interiors are defined by maximum simplicity with a reduced palette of materials that activate a dialogue with the natural landscape. Textural elements like untreated wood, linen, and stone merge beautifully with the genus-loci of beachfront sites.

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Design: Cynthia Hayes

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Design: West Chin Architects & Interior Designers
Photo: Eric Laignel

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When making choices that pertain to spacial configuration, consider that the functionality of your space might be in constant flux – having an open-floor plan is a safe way to ensure that your home is versatile. Create focal points that can be seen from all angles, like this two-sided fireplace. It creates a stunning visual centerpiece without disrupting the flow of the space because of its see-through quality.

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This oversized kitchen island functions both as a prep counter and as a casual dining option. It’s open to the rest of the room, making the home feel spacious, light, and functional.

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Design: Ashley Winn
Photo: Kate Osborne

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The constant challenge in designing a beachfront home is balancing aesthetic with the more prosaic aspects of a functional living space. Perhaps that is why a clean-lined, unembellished approach works best. Natural fiber carpets or no carpets at all work both to retain cleanliness and to make the space feel visually connected to the environment. Additionally, use light-colored, durable fabrics that only improve when bleached by the sun.

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In order to take advantage of your incredible views, remove all visual and physical barriers that separate indoor and outdoor spaces. Large retractable or pivoting doors and windows work well to make the spaces feel connected, maximizing natural light and airflow throughout the home. Floor level and material should be visually consistent between indoor and outdoor spaces as well to give the illusion of expansiveness.

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Design: Orlando Soria

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Design: Kelly Wearstler

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Since the goal is to create a free-flowing space, every architectural element should take on a weightless quality. Staircases, while often overlooked, are a great opportunity to preserve the visual agenda between floors. Glass handrails or floating treads are two approaches that block neither light nor view. Details like this will take your space to a whole new level (ha!)
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Architecture: Dale Hubbard, Surround Architecture
Photo: Emily Minton Redfield
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Design: Stanton Williams Architects
Photo: Edmund Sumner

A home’s design is best when it’s compatible with the owners’ everyday needs. For many beach-dwellers, a laid-back atmosphere that they can still entertain in is the drawing card that attracts them to the area. Furnishings and materials that are at once sophisticated and casual in feeling are optimal to achieve that balance.

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Architect: Frank Greenwald
Designer: Foley & Cox
Photo: Scott Frances

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Design: Andrew Kotchen, Workshop APD
Photo: Donna Dotan

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Both utilitarian and a unique design element, outdoor showers are a staple for upscale, modern beach homes. Large mudrooms are another essential feature, but this high-traffic zone is best located in a spot that cannot be easily seen from the rest of the house.

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Design: Adam Hampton, Hampton Architecture
Photo: Natalie Hunfalvay
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Design: Andrew Kotchen, Workshop APD Photo: Donna Dotan

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Partially covered porches offer outdoor space even when weather does not permit.

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Photography: Warren-heath

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Scandinavian-inspired lighting fixtures work well within the modern beach aesthetic because of their clean lines and neutral palette.

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Design: Cynthia Hayes

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Ultimately, a different approach must be taken when designing a beachside home. The functionality of the space, combined with the surrounding environment should draw a natural architectural and decorative response that harmonizes with its context.

 

 

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