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Some of us are lucky enough to own a beach house, or even a house somewhere near the beach. Others spend their entire lives by the shore and still choose to take its chic with us when we go. Those of us fortunate enough to know the salt life, know the beach is a special place to relax, rejuvenate, and make lasting memories with friends and family.

Coastal remodeling is a popular trend for homeowners living near the beach or those looking to bring a beachy vibe to their home. Whether you want to update an older beach house or add some coastal charm to a suburban home, there are plenty of design options to choose from.

First and foremost, it’s important to consider the unique features of your beach house (or non-beach house) and how you want to use the space. Do you entertain frequently and need more open, social areas? Do you want to create a peaceful retreat for solo relaxation? Or perhaps you want to make the most of your ocean views and bring the outdoors in.

Whatever your goals, be sure to keep them in mind as you plan your remodel.

Next, think about style. Do you want to maintain a traditional, coastal look, or are you ready to try something more modern and minimal? The beach house is by no means a monolith, and there are endless options augment your home and personality. Here at Odom Design, I work personally with you to identify styles that speak to your sensibilities. The process is centered around getting to know you and partnering to determine the perfect compliments for your home.

As you begin to brainstorm ideas your coastal remodeling, here are 5 tips that are certain to bring more of the beach into your home (minus all the sand):

  1. One of the most iconic features of a beach house is the use of natural materials, such as wood, stone, and seashells. These elements bring a warm, organic feel to the space and can be used in everything from flooring to countertops to decorative accents. Consider incorporating wood beams, shiplap walls, or stone countertops to bring a natural feel to your home. And don’t be afraid to bring in seashells and other beach-inspired decor to add a touch of whimsy (at the same time, look for pieces that are natural and understated to avoid a cluttered, kitschy look).
  2. Another important aspect of a beach house remodeling is maximizing natural light. After all, what’s the point of having a beautiful ocean view if you can’t see it? Consider replacing heavy curtains with lighter shades or blinds and consider adding skylights or windows to brighten up dark corners.
  3. Don’t forget about functionality! A beach house is meant to be a place to relax and enjoy, so consider adding features that make it easier to do just that. This might include outdoor showers for rinsing off after a day at the beach, a built-in grill for summer cookouts, or a cozy fireplace for cooler evenings. If you live near the beach, it’s also important to think about how your design will hold up to the elements. Durable materials like outdoor fabrics and finishes that are resistant to salt and sand can help your space withstand the coastal climate.
  4. Choose a color palette inspired by the beach. Soft blues, greens, and sandy beiges are all great options for coastal design. These colors can be incorporated through paint, fabrics, and accents.
  5. Unwire from the stresses of modern life. One of the most important and least considered features of living the beach life is to untether your self (as much as possible) from the technical world that surrounds us. Beach houses are designed to be a respite from the pressures of contemporary life. Although it may not be practical to eliminate cable and the internet entirely, look for ways to conceal wires, screens, pipes, outlets, and other unsightly elements in order to preserve the natural beauty of the home.

Whichever route you take, a coastal remodel is the perfect opportunity to update and refresh your beach or non-beach house. With a little planning and creativity, we can create a space together that’s both beautiful and functional, that feels like a vacation retreat all year round. Whenever you’re ready, don’t hesitate to contact us to determine the best path is to your perfect beach home.

Until then, we’ll see you on the shore.