Beach houses don’t have to be filled with the surplus crap from your primary home, nor do they need to be fitted out with the most expensive décor and furniture that will just get embedded with sand. Your beach house is your place to just chill, sit in the sun, smell the salt and feel sick from countless serves of fish and chips.
There’s nothing more beachy than walking into a bedroom with blue and white striped donna covers but this is not a beach house pre-requisite. Some beach houses are designed to be a luxurious escape whilst others are nothing more than a shack to sleep and eat in. Lets explore the more traditional beach house look.
Beach house kitchens are often in the centre of the house and where the majority of the time is spent. If possible, open up your kitchen into a big kitchen, living, dining space so that wide open spaces exist, creating a relaxed vibe.
A beach house kitchen needs a big fridge and pantry as nobody wants to be spending every second day at the supermarket when on holidays at the beach. Not all other appliances are essential however. A microwave nor a griller are a must. Coffee machines are debatable depending on the owner and a fruit juice machine is a must with all the delicious summer fruits in season!
Insist that the kitchen bench be made from stone or something durable. A bar fridge below the counter is helpful for summer beers and ciders and don’t forget a dishwasher if you don’t want to spend your holidays cleaning up.
Beech wood floorboards painted in lime wash create the traditional, washed out beach look not to mention it's soft under foot. A long wide couch or 3 is perfect for crashing on after 8 hours in the sun as well as a coffee table or poof to put up your feet and hold your Gin and Tonic.
Technology needn’t be the major focus of the area. A small TV or radio to re-play the days cricket scores is handy but the idea of a beach house is to get away from the usual hype and communication of city life. Invest in a large bookshelf to house your favourite collections. Ensure you have good lighting to make reading an easy process and not strain the eyes.
A typical beach house bedroom should be open, airy, light and fresh. The more beds the merrier. If it is a family beach house, a kids bunkroom is a necessity! Install as many beds as can fit on to the floor plan in order to house as many bodies as possible! Keep bedroom detail and design minimal as beach house bedrooms and more commonly shared and swapped around rather than belonging to individuals. Tubs under beds are inexpensive storage options and are fantastic if your youngsters come back with damp bathers and towels. Opt for a nautical theme if wanting to add some colour and excitement. Anchors, life rings, fish and surfboards all come to mind.
For adult bedrooms, keep it simple, white, fresh and practical. A bed and wardrobe is all that is really needed. Raffia flooring is a durable and practical solution for both bedrooms and the rest of the house.
Beach House bathrooms do not need to be nearly as functional and organised as your primary home. Other than sunscreen application and post-swim rinses, your bathroom will be mainly vacant. There is no need for product storage, hair curlers and the likes. Keep it fresh, white and simple. Your bathroom could also house a laundry too. Remember, there can never be enough hooks for wet bathers, bath and beach towels!
Establish the wants and needs of your beach house. Are you big entertainers? Do you want a luxurious private retreat to retire to? Will the entire surf club be eating at your house or is this the house where you will be holding new years eve parties for the next decade? Based on this, come up with a floor plan that will match your requirements and your summer will never be the same again!