Options to consider when upgrading your beach house
Dotted throughout our coastal towns on the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast are some wonderful original beach houses and fisherman's shacks. These structures are full of character but showing their age. Most were not built with our climate in mind or with materials designed to last in our coastal region.
If you're thinking that it's time to upgrade your home, here are three options to consider. If you have questions or would like to get started, contact a reputable and professional homebuilder with experience in coastal living.
1. Renovate the Existing Building
If you like the position of your house on the block and you like the footprint you have, then the answer could be just to renovate. All you need may be just a new floor plan or moving a few walls and adding windows. With the addition of insulation, double-glazed windows, water tanks and solar energy, your beach house will become more energy-efficient and more comfortable to live in without having to tear it down and start over.
New kitchens, bathrooms and floor coverings can completely change the way you feel about your beach house. This is all possible if the house is structurally sound, but you need to consult with a professional to know for sure. With all these renovations, you never know what you will find in your beach house's structure until the walls start coming down.
If you can renovate your existing home, you may be able to save money and time while still getting the home you want.
2. Renovate and Extend
Perhaps you like your beach house, but you just need something bigger. In this case, you don't have to start over-consider an extension. Extensions involve the renovation of the existing building as part of the overall project. As in renovating, you'll need to address any energy- efficiency deficits, plumbing or electrical problems and structural issues in the existing house.
Extensions can be simply adding an extra room to the back or adding a second level onto the existing home. Extensions can be designed to blend or to stand out; it's up to you and your sense of style.
When you renovate and extend, you will totally transform your beach house, giving you a more attractive and more functional space that fits your family and your guests.
3. Knock Down and Rebuild
You love the site and the aspect, but you don't love the house, or the house is too far gone to save. Demolishing the existing house and rebuilding can sometimes be much more cost-effective than renovation or extending, and you will get the exact beach house you want instead of having to compromise due to the existing structure.
If you choose to knock down your beach house and rebuild, your new home can be energy-efficient, designed to meet your needs and in the layout that suits your lifestyle. However, if you're going to invest in this exciting new start for your home, make sure to work with a builder that you can trust. A total rebuild is important, so you need to make sure your team has experience and will do excellent work.
Investing in your home or beach house makes sense, and investing in the way you live makes even greater sense. With the still-growing demand for homes in our region, towns such as Portarlington, Indented Head, St Leonards, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Barwon Heads and Torquay have become real estate hotspots. Enjoy the property you already have by renovating, extending, or rebuilding it.
If you would like to discuss any of these options, please call our team at Coastyle Building Solutions on 5257 3322.
Green sustainable design principles to embrace, for your new beachside home.
Building a brand-new, custom-designed beach home is a huge life goal for many Australians. With such a vast coastline, they have no shortage of beautiful locations to do this, including the stunning Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast in southern Victoria.
Building a new home in any location is an exciting prospect but can also be challenging and a little stressful. Beach homes have their own set of unique challenges due to their exposed location and the sometimes harsh beachside climate. However, with the right planning and contractors, you can create a beach home that embraces the coastal environment and lifestyle.
If you want to build a new beach home, then learn about two important design principles that you should embrace to get the best home possible.
Sustainable design and construction have become a huge phenomenon in recent years. The World Green Building Council named Australia as one of the countries with the highest green ratings overall, particularly within the low-rise residential market. Sustainability is important to incorporate into your new home for both ethical and practical purposes.
Ethically, sustainable building is a response to increased awareness of how the sourcing and manufacturing of building materials impacts the natural environment on a local, national and global level. Sustainable building also considers how the ongoing energy needs of a home can be met without burdening the environment.
Practically, a sustainable home is cheaper to run and will cost less to heat and cool than a traditional home. With the increasing number of Australians who value sustainability in a home, your home will be more valuable and more appealing to buyers if you plan to sell it in the future.
When designing and building a sustainable beach home, here are some ideas that you can incorporate:
Talk to your building contractor about using these design and sustainability ideas for your new beach home.
Ergonomics is the science of designing spaces and products with enhanced human interaction in mind. While people often associate the concept of ergonomics with offices and other work spaces, it's also a very valuable concept for residential design and construction. Using ergonomics will make your home easier and more enjoyable to live in.
A great example of this concept for a beach home is adding the beachside equivalent of a boot room, which is a common feature in rural homes. A beach home's boot room is a small space that's dedicated to keeping sand from the beach out of the house and storing beach equipment with easy access. Plenty of storage, a small shower room and flooring that's easy to clean are features to consider.
When you work on the design of your home, here are some questions to ask when considering how ergonomics can make your home more user- friendly:
If you'd like to incorporate these design principles into your new home, contact the team at Coastyle Building Solutions. We can help you to create and construct the perfect beachside home for you and your family.
We have done it again in 2018, 3 years in a row.
Specialising in Custom Builds, Renovations and Extensions in Portarlington, Indented Head, Ocean Grove, Curlewis and Drysdale, as well as the entire Bellarine Peninsula. Our attention to detail, our high level of workmanship and customer service has again gained us this major award.
Why do we win so many awards; we understand that you have your own vision and work closely with you to create your perfect home. Our builder spends time with you to help you through the design, the quoting and the build. We offer a complementary interior design services helping take the stress out of choosing colours and finishes; and our team of qualified carpenters, plumbers, cabinet makers and electricians are experienced and dedicated.
If you are looking to build in 2019 and 2020 give us a call on 52573322 to make time to meet with us.
Completed Homes in Bellarine & Surfcoast
Like any good business, our strength lies in good employees. We design new homes for your needs and with a builder’s perspective, creating a unified vision that embodies your dream. Our employees will help you as much or as little as you’d like, helping you select colours, flooring, layouts and other elements. We also assist with permits, insurance policies and other paperwork.
We’re big on customer service, keeping communication lines open and meeting with you as often as necessary for your home’s development and your peace of mind.
You can view our completed projects by looking at our gallery. When you have an idea of what you want, call us at your convenience to design the home you’ve waited for.
Completed Homes in Bellarine & Surfcoast
We provide custom builds and renovations from design to completion. At every possible step of the building process, we employ local professionals and use local products. The Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast area is our home just as it is yours, and together we’ll conserve natural resources while improving the economy.
We’re a registered GreenSmart builder, and the outdoors is our passion. To help preserve the environment, we not only recycle but also reduce waste, designing and measuring carefully so we don’t use more materials than we need.
Our buildings attain high-energy ratings because of our smart devices and simple cooling methods. For example, we use methods such as sun protection and cross-ventilation to cool your home without air conditioning.
Completed Homes in Bellarine & Surfcoast
You’ve worked hard to establish your lifestyle, and now you want a home in which to relax by the ocean. Still, you don’t want to hurt the world around you: you want to improve both the community and your quality of life.
Coastyle Building Solutions is the design and building partner you want. Our new homes are as energy-efficient and locally sourced as possible. When you collaborate with us, you choose conservation and growth for the Ocean Grove area.