Guide to building a beachside paradise

August 12, 2015 - 2 min read

Have you always dreamed of having a home overlooking the beach? If you’re building a new home and your dreams are finally becoming a reality, there are number of things you need to consider before you start.

While living near the beach is both beautiful and relaxing, the harsh salty breezes of a coastal climate can wreak havoc on your home after an extended of time. A beachside build that has all the right materials, but also makes the most of the adjacent Gold Coast coastline, is key to maximising the value of your property.

Whether you’ve managed to snag some highly sought-after beachside land or you’ve purchased a property to demolish and start from scratch, follow this guide to get the most out of your new build.


If you’re going to build near the beach, you want to make sure you’re getting the most from your beautiful surroundings. If building a two-storey home is out of the question due to budget constraints, consider building your home on stilts. This will not only give you better views but will also help keep your home cooler during those summer months.

Views wherever you go

Again, you want your new build’s design to be focused around your million-dollar views. Whether it’s a beautiful outdoor area, floor-to-ceiling windows, or multiple balconies, keep the beach in mind as much as possible when building your home.

Materials to last

Unfortunately, the beauty of living near the beach comes at a cost. From salt corrosion on your building materials to extremely high winds and deteriorating paint, the beach can be harsh on your home. Try to use stainless steel materials and weatherboard building materials where possible, as well as choosing a paint that can stand the test of time.

Indoor-outdoor kitchen

The simple addition of bi-fold doors can turn your closed-off kitchen into an extension of your outdoor area. In summer, an indoor-outdoor kitchen will encourage people to head outside and take in the breathtaking views, while the bi-fold doors can still protect you from harsh winter climates and strong winds.


The salty sea breezes not only have a harsh effect on your home, but can cause your car to start rusting and deteriorate rather quickly. Make sure your new build has a garage to protect your vehicle from the elements, while adding more storage space to your home at the same time.