Also known as beach houses, coastal houses are homes that have been created to provide an up-close view of and easy access to a body of water. Coastal houses provide residents with some of the best scenery that waterfronts can offer.
With a coastal home, a certain level of class is expected, and Family Home Plans doesn’t disappoint. You can browse through our massive collection of coastal house plans to build your beach home for retirement, vacations, a rental property or simply a second home.
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A coastal home isn’t just aesthetically pleasing — it’s also built in a particular manner to withstand nature. This means that, despite the home having sun decks extending out over the water, or large porches, piers or breezy rooms, the home must also stand against the elements, especially in regions that are prone to floods and high winds. This way, you not only get the beautiful home of your dreams, but you also have some assurance of safety throughout the house.
Buildings that are constructed on steep, slopey terrain often present a lot of challenges to architects. Because of where they’re erected, most coastal homes are always lifted 8 to 15 feet above the land’s lowest point. This helps defend the home against high tides and strong winds.
If you want to live on beachfront property, then you might want a coastal home that’s waterproof all-year-round. Our coastal home plans take care of this and so much more.
When you’re looking for the ideal design for your coastal house, you not only want the best look for your home, but you also want it at the best price. Family Home Plans delivers that and more. Here are the reasons why you should choose us rather than hiring an expensive architect for your coastal home plans:
We pride ourselves on providing our visitors with the best experience while they’re looking for home plans. When it comes to coastal house plans, we have every type you can imagine. Whatever the size, preference or budget, you can be sure we’ll get you the plans you need for your home.
When the salty air, ocean breeze and sun-kissed sand call your name, it’s time to consider the beach house life.
Beach house plans range from small seaside cottages to multi-story, luxury vacation homes. Every one of our coastal home plans delivers the premium features that make a house feel like a home, plus dozens of options for customizations to make your retirement, primary, secondary, vacation or rental space truly yours. Whether you’re building on the Gulf Coast or somewhere more tropical, we have a beach house plan for you.
Explore all that coastal living offers with our extensive series of coastal house designs.
What makes oceanfront homes so unique?
Aside from their picture-perfect shoreline views, beach home floor plans afford many one-of-a-kind design features and house details rare in other styles — like these below.
It’s a coastal home, after all. Waterfront views are the premium draw to this style of home and a key feature.
Most beach-side homes will come with shoreline views either in the front or rear of the home. There are benefits to both floors plans:
Lot configuration and size will be the largest determinants in which direction your home will face. Depending on the home floor plan and lot location, some beach homes may include near 360-degree views, meaning every room comes with its own view of the nearby beach, ocean, lake or river.
Coastal floor plan designs often feature spacious porches and patios enveloping the front, sides and rear of the home.
These farmhouse-style, wrap-around porches offer one of the best ways to soak in the beautiful surrounding scenery. They’re also ideal places for entertaining, sharing meals or simply having your morning cup of coffee while listening to the gentle hum of the waves. Who wouldn’t want to start their day like that?
Several alternatives exist when lot space is too narrow for a traditional wrap-around porch, including two-story porches mirroring Victorian or Queen Anne styles. These styles feature high vertical columns and ornate detailing to make the most of the space.
Beach home floor plans also support a free-flow of movement from indoor spaces into outdoor living and recreational spots.
Maximizing those movements is one of the top appeals for homeowners wanting to live beach-side. Generous indoor-outdoor living space will entail features like:
These areas offer even more opportunities to soak in nature, view the waterscape, entertain guests or sit back and relax, all against the dreamy beach backdrop.
The vast majority of beach home floor plans will be designed around an open floor plan.
An open floor plan consists of the three main home living spaces — the kitchen, dining room and living room — positioned together as one continuous room. Minimal walls or barriers mean these rooms free-flow into the next, enhanced by large, expansive windows permitting light and fresh air passage.
The benefits of an open-concept floor plan for beach houses abound. These design schemes maximize natural light and ocean breezes circulating organically throughout the majority of your home, as well as unencumbered ocean views regardless of where you are inside.
Another signature of the oceanside home floor plan is an elevated foundation, where the entire home sits above ground and water levels.
The most common method of building an elevated foundation for oceanside homes uses piers or piles. These reinforced beam bases keep the home above wave levels and are best for homes built directly on sandy beaches or over the water. In most cases, erected piers and piles will lift a home between 8 and 15 feet above the surrounding area’s lowest point.
Piles and piers reinforce and strengthen the home against strong ocean winds as well as protect it from high tides and storm waters, keeping living quarters safe from flooding. Water instead passes beneath your home, preventing structural or interior damage and preserving your furniture, household goods and personal items.
Last but not least, a beach house is a beach house because it sits within view of stunning a waterscape.
Most coastal homes run parallel or adjacent to the shoreline, though some are designed for construction on the sandy terrain or water itself — often with direct, private access to the neighboring beach. It’s all about you and your preferences.
Several significant benefits come with choosing an oceanfront house for your dream primary or secondary home, including the following.
Living near a beach offers many health boosts, such as:
Beach houses present a potential year-round income source, particularly in high-demand vacation areas during peak travel season.
For those uninterested in renting their property, beach homes provide a sound investment to sell or pass along in the future for great returns. Beachfront properties have some of the shortest market listing times compared to other locations and often sell for higher prices, making them an attractive option for the fiscally-minded.
Having your own dedicated coastal home frees you from crowded hotels and overpriced resorts sprinkling many of today’s destination shorelines. Every space, room, nook and cranny is yours to decorate and live in as you please, stamping your signature on the space.
That privacy can also mean your own dedicated garage or parking spots, pools, living areas, decks and patios and sometimes even private access to the beach.
Beach-side houses can become a home away from home for your loved ones.
Turn your oceanside property into the place for summer vacations where you get to watch the grandkids grow up. Your beach house can also become the go-to holiday destination and the family’s favorite weekend getaway spot, all wrapped in one. Invite out-of-town friends to get away from their hectic lives, throw surprise parties or simply turn every day into a mini-staycation. Your beach home is the place to make the defining memories that friends and family will deeply cherish.
Beach houses are available in dozens upon dozens of architectural styles.
Explore some of the most popular styles of coastal home designs available, each with a unique architecture:
Family Home Plans caters to every architectural preference and design scheme, ensuring you’ll find a house plan that lives up to your dream vision of life — as well as its everyday realities.
Find answers to some of the most common questions about building a beach house, or reach out directly so we can field your concerns. We’d love to help.
The cost to design and build your dream will vary depending on several factors, including but not limited to:
Working with a stock architectural firm like Family Home Plans comes with a distinct cost advantage, though. Our catalog of pre-designed home blueprints provides a turn-key-like set of designs that expedite your home build — and bringing down the costs. Compared to working with a local architect from scratch, you save considerable time and money yet still get the attention to detail, customization and commitment you need to design your dream coastal home.
Absolutely. All beach and coastal homes incorporating piers or piles are built to weather the unique elements a shoreline property may face. This includes advanced, reinforced engineering of stilt-based foundation according to local ordinances and best architectural practices. These silts support the main home, as well as any wrap-around porches, sun decks, patios, piers and more. You get the beach house of your dreams — and peace of mind it’ll stay there over the years.
Nearly all of our beach house designs come with underbed garage bays or attached enclosed garages. These parking areas are incorporated into the original design and, in many cases, are not considered a modification or add-on.
Do note, however, that given many beach floor plan specs, garage bays or parking spaces sit directly underneath the home, on its ground level. This placement may leave garages the most susceptible to flooding in inclement weather. Talk to your designer or firm representative if you have concerns about underbed garage placements for your beach home.
We sure can. In fact, we have several beach house floor plans uniquely configured for narrow oceanside lots, including:
Flood insurance is required if your lot is in an area the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates as a high-risk flooding area. Within these flood zones, homeowners must prove they have flood insurance to qualify for lender-approval, per federal laws.
Your home-design partner should help you navigate FEMA codes alongside local regulations and ordinances. Some municipalities and companies even offer a coastal property analysis, assuring proper home placement, design, build and final configuration align with site feasibility.
You might be able to generate rental income from your beach house when you and your family are not there. That decision is entirely up to you, so long as you’ve undergone the proper steps to have your home available as a legal vacation property.
A local real estate agent with experience in vacation properties is your best choice for navigating pricing and revenue structures within your municipality. These experts can determine if revenue thresholds can reasonably be met based on factors like area rates, peak tourist seasons and how often you and your loved ones will be living in the beach house yourselves.
Always. While you begin your beach house floor plan selection with our inventory of more than 400 coastal home designs, every blueprint is available modifications. We make finding the modifications you want easier with a user-friendly search interface that allows you to find the features, swaps or add-ons you’re envisioning. It’s your home, after all. Make it fit your tastes, preferences and lifestyle.
Family Home Plans maintains one of the largest, most diverse catalogs of in-stock family home plans online today.
Our searchable inventory makes it easy for you to narrow down your options and find designs and styles that fit your tastes. Plus, working with a stock inventory can save you up to 80% on purchasing a beach home floor plan, compared to vetting, hiring and paying a local architect to work from scratch.
Family Home Plans representatives are ready to work with you on designing and building your dream beach home. Start your journey by exploring our coastal home floor plan catalog, filtering designs based on several key variables, such as square footage, number of bedrooms or garage type. Then reach out to start planning that exact beach house design today.