Summer is here, which means that the kids are out of school and it is time to start thinking about your family vacation. My family loves the ocean, so cruises are our thing, but when we do take land trips, having a place to stay near the shore is ideal. I think that having a beach house in a specific area is the best way to take a vacation; you know where you are going each summer, and you can decorate the interior the way that you want.

Decorating a beach house is more simple than a normal house because the ocean gets you the inspiration you need and the shells you find on the beach are more than perfect to use as decorations for your beach house interiors.

Get ideas with these beach house pictures and start to make plans for your peace of heaven, the single place where your life can stay in standby mode. Keep in mind that with a fireplace beach houses are ideal even for winter holidays.

A modern, open-to-above living room opens to the deck overlooking the ocean. Floor-two-ceiling glass is shaded with sunscreens and louvers, providing privacy while maintaining a sense of openness to the outdoors. “The beams at the roof, located above the horizontal framing, express the structural rhythm and layering of components,” explains the architect.

“This cadence is repeated with the joinery of the painted aluminum exterior wall panels and modular windows. The mass of the exterior plaster walls are juxtaposed to the transparent glazed facades, creating a mosaic of layered materials.

Beach house follows in the tradition of SoCal’s courtyard houses that open to the outdoors. This light and airy design welcomes residents and guests into a two-storey glass-enclosed entry, leading into the garden, main oceanfront house and guest house. The two-storey foyer is bisected by a glass bridge and walkway, with the home living areas on either side.


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