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The Best Materials For Beach Houses

Published October 27, 2016 in Design Home - 0 Comments
Create Your Dream Beach House

If you have a beach house, then you have good predispositions to make it a Heaven on earth. You have a view over the sea, an opportunity to watch sunsets over the water every day and fall asleep to the sound of waves. What’s more, sea air is good for your health. But there are certain challenges for beach house owners. Since the percentage of humidity and salt is high, it can do some damage to your house and patio. Therefore, it is important to choose proper materials and prevent the damage from occurring.

On what to pay attention

paving, decking and roofing materialsWhen you choose materials for your beach house, keep in mind that there are some elements that are more subject to damage from the others. Basically, all exterior parts can be damaged by humid air and salt. Thus, pay attention when you choose paving, decking and roofing materials. Framing and windows for doors and windows are also something to take into consideration. You should choose proper insulation as well, and of course – the right type of outdoor paint.

Paving, decking and roofing materials should be sturdy and waterproof. Brick is the best solution for paving, because it can take everything – harsh weather, salt, humidity and heavy rain. It also increases the home’s value, and looks beautiful and stylish.

When it comes to decking, you can go for heavy and dense types of wood like ipe or teak. However, there are less expensive, yet equally sturdy solutions such as composite and PVC decking. Aside from being durable, decking needs to be protected with suitable type of coating to be able to fully resist the harsh sea air.

Although it may seem illogical, metal roofs are a good solution for beach homes. They are made from non-rusting alloys and made to endure even the harshest conditions. They are also lightweight, and allow a variety of looks. Since metal reflects the sun, a metal roof can help you save on cooling your home as well.

Doors and windows

Doors and windowsWhen you choose doors and windows for your home, you need to take the negative effect of salty, humid air into consideration. Therefore, avoid traditional wooden frames. They tend to get warped and lose shape over the years due to high humidity. Instead, go for fibreglass frames that contain metal parts from stainless steel. When it comes to glass, you should provide your home with extra safety and o for impact-rated glass. Winds by the sea can be harsh and strong, and this glass will keep your home cosy, warm and above all – safe.

Insulation and paint

Because of the humid air, beach homes need to have a layer of closed cell insulation underneath the first floor. This prevents the moisture to enter the wooden elements and make them warp. Similarly, you need to protect all the elements by applying suitable colours. The choice is huge here, and you should always go for the colours intended particularly for the outdoor painting.

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How To Choose And Save Outdoor Furniture For Beach House

Published October 27, 2016 in Design Home , Outdoor Furniture - 0 Comments
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Choosing outdoor furniture can be a fun activity, especially if you enjoy decorating your home and the area around it. But, due to the weather conditions, this type of furniture requires special attention when you choose it, and some special care and protection once you buy it.

Basic requirements

When you choose furniture for your patio, it is important to be aware of the style you want to go for. Think of the style of the rest of the home and the house’s exterior, and look for the pieces of furniture that will fit. Make a list of everything you need, so it will be easier to focus and find the furniture you plan to use for the patio.

hammocks-and-benchesAside from being stylish and suiting the style of your home, it is very important to look for furniture that is sturdy and made from high-quality material. Salty and humid air can be harsh on wood and metal. Plastic furniture can look great for some time, but the sun will make it become brittle lose its vibrant color. Therefore, it is recommended to go for teak, cedar, and all-weather wicker furniture that can hold all weather conditions. If you buy metal pieces, or furniture with metal elements, make sure that they were made from stainless steel.

Try it out

When you choose the pieces you would like to buy, make sure to try them out. Some chairs, hammocks and benches may appear cosy and stylish at the first sight, but turn out to be uncomfortable. Since you want to combine beauty and resistance with good comfort, feel free to sit and try out the piece of furniture before you buy it.

Multi-purpose pieces

Outdoor spaces can benefit from pieces of furniture that have multiple purposes. This helps you save money, but can also save space and make the patio cosy and avoid clutter. For example, you can buy an ottoman that serves as an extra seat and as a storage space. Instead of a small table, you can use a vintage chest of drawers that can provide you storage space together with a surface to lay your lemonade or a cup of tea.

Storage and covering

Even if you buy the most durable furniture, you will still need to protect it when the weather is bad, especially if your patio/porch area is in need of repair. Therefore, think about the place where you will store the pieces when the weather is bad or when the outdoor season is over. It can be a garage or a shed, as long as it keeps your furniture dry and away from harsh weather. In order to save space and make the storing easier, you can go for foldable chairs and elements of furniture that can be taken apart.

During the season, when you do not use the patio, you should protect the furniture by covering it. This way you will protect it from salt and moisture, and it will stay beautiful and durable for the years to come.

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