Top Considerations When Building a Beachfront Home in California

There’s no question that beaches are some of the most relaxing places on Earth. You can sit back, dig your toes in the sand and watch the waves roll in while letting go of your stress. While some people are fine visiting the beach every so often, others aren’t happy unless they’re living off the coast. Thankfully for them, beach houses exist. 

If you’re planning to build a beach house off California’s coast, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind. Let’s discuss what these are so that you can start this process off with as much information as possible. 

Renovate vs Demolish 

There are plenty of beach houses for sale in California, so the parcel you buy may very likely already have something on it. You can choose to tear down the house and start fresh, or you can renovate the existing property. It all depends on the condition of the home and whether or not a renovation will allow it to meet your needs. 


Another thing to consider is the best location to build your home. You want it to be close to the water but not too close that it’s damaged by erosion. You may also want to consider building your house on stilts to protect it from flooding or storm surge. In fact, you may be required to do so based on the flooding zone you’re in. One bonus: a house on stilts gives you better views. 

Materials Selection 

Aside from flooding, the corrosive nature of salt from the Pacific Ocean is another concern with coastal properties. This is why you’ll want to work with your custom home builder in Los Angeles to choose the best materials. We recommend materials like stucco, brick, stone, fiber cement, fiberglass or PVC. These materials hold up well to wind, salt and sand. 

Windows and Doors 

It’s important to give special attention to your windows and doors for two reasons. First, the windows and doors you choose will give you panoramic views of the beach. Second, you’re counting on your windows and doors to keep you safe if there are strong windows or flying debris. Even though hurricanes are rare in Southern California, they aren’t impossible. We recommend laminated glass with impact-resistant coating. 

Beach Views 

Beach properties cost a premium! Therefore, you don’t want to build a house that doesn’t embrace the views. Consider the site placement of your rooms and windows, along with the views you want to see. We recommend putting the most frequently used spaces on the top floor so that you get the best views of the Pacific sunset. 

Outdoor Living Spaces

With a beachfront property, you surely want to bring the outdoors in! An easy way to take advantage of the beautiful weather and views is by building a wrap-around deck or porch. This way, you can sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings while watching the sun rise. Create shade and privacy with a retractable awning, umbrella or sun shade. 

Beach Breezes 

Not only do you want great views in your beachfront home, but also you want to let in the graceful breezes. An open concept design is best, as it allows light and air to travel freely throughout your space. You can enhance ventilation and improve your views by installing large windows, sliding glass doors or a moving glass wall system.  

If you are planning to build a custom home off the California coast, or renovate an existing beach home, Kavin Construction can help you achieve your goals. You’ll have your own touch of paradise while living in a home that’s timeless, beautiful and elegant. Contact us today for a consultation.