Written by Jake Brady

How To Take Advantage of a Coastal Block

When building in a coastal environment, it’s important to integrate the luxury of living in a premium location with your vision for the project. With multiple design considerations that can bring a coastal home to life, we’ve collated our top tips to help you get started.

Continue reading to discover how you can capture the natural beauty of your coastal landscape.

Indoor-Outdoor Living

Take advantage of your proximity to nature with outdoor living areas where you can either relax and unwind or entertain family and friends. We recommend creating open-plan living spaces both inside and out to allow for seamless transition between indoor and outdoor zones – maximising the liveability and comfort of your home.

Create a connection between inside and out through French or sliding glass doors that allow you to move effortlessly between spaces. We also recommend incorporating a mix of reclaimed or natural materials inside your home for a modern, minimalist aesthetic that ties together inside and out.

Consider Your Lifestyle

One of the key benefits of building a coastal home is that the design possibilities are endless. With complete creative control, you can work with your builder to find bespoke solutions that help you achieve your dream lifestyle within your set budget.

Whether you’d like a second-storey balcony with a sunrise view or an outdoor shower to minimise sandy footprints through the house, your builder can translate these needs into a striking custom home design.

Maximise Waterfront Views

Much of the charm of building a coastal home is the potential for ocean views. There are multiple ways to incorporate waterfront views into your coastal home. We recommend working with your builder to integrate this factor into your home design early on.

At Smartbuild South Coast, we often have clients request large windows in bedrooms and balconies on upper stories to capitalise on waterfront views. If possible, we also suggest making your sea view the primary focal point in the orientation of your home – think strategically-placed windows and large sliding glass doors. These factors will allow you to showcase the outdoors from the comfort of your home with ease.

Natural Lighting

The right lighting can make all the difference in your home build. We recommend a spacious, open floorplan for your living areas to allow light to carry through your spaces as you transition from room to room. Options such as floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights are also great solutions to welcome in natural light and live on the brighter side.


Ready to build your very own coastal home? Get in touch with the friendly team at Smartbuild South Coast today.