The Coastal Living Dream - Reality Check

Wow, what a feeling! You just moved into your coastal home.

You’ve dreamed of this moment for years and now you’re here. Doesn’t it feel great to be in such a natural and relaxed environment? It’s time for those leisurely walks or bike rides, reading on a lounge chair in the yard, inviting friends and family to join you for an intimate barbecue, and maybe a little gardening.

Your own small piece of paradise, right?

There are so many reasons living the coastal life is appealing - more leisure time, stunning views and a beautiful home that reflects the organic elements of the area are just a few. You wake up in the morning, walk out on to your patio and revel in the soft breezes off the ocean.

But after a short while, you may discover that there’s a lot more to a living in a coastal home than enjoying the view and the lovely, laid-back lifestyle. The sun, wind, and sand can take a heavy toll on the materials both inside and outside your home.

Now your life is not what you planned and putting the puzzle together is a challenge. Nothing seems to fit and its more stressful than you imagined.

Smart design choices at the outset and a well-thought out maintenance plan can keep your home beautiful and functional. This way it will always reflect the organic elements of coastal living – it will be reflect you, your lifestyle and be less of a burden on your resources and budget.

Here are some items to put on your design and maintenance plan:

Space and Storage

Most coastal properties are smaller than the average suburban home. With your neighbors so close to you, it might feel like you’re living in a fishbowl.

A touch of design ingenuity, and experience with coastal living, can give you the privacy you need.

Creating a space where you can relax and enjoy your privacy can make all the difference to a small outdoor area. Fencing screens in a variety of materials or plantings can give a cozy and secluded feeling outdoors.

Storage can be another challenge. If you find you have more stuff than closets, where does it all go? A smart redesign of the space with more storage could solve your problem.

Rethinking how you store items in a more organized way can prevent spending time looking for stuff.

Fun in the sun or on the beach often involves equipment - like bicycles, boards, and games. It also means patio furniture with cushions that need to be protected from the elements. Protecting your belongings will reduce replacement costs and make needed items easily accessible for family members to use and return.

When you’re short of storage space, think inside the box to keep it all organized, accessible, and safe.

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