As any Sunshine Coast resident knows living on the water or very close to the water is magical for the lifestyle and the views. You probably know too that it also comes with a few drawbacks  – rust, water damage, and the effects of salt on your dwelling, as well as on appliances. 

Rust_and_dirt (1)With that, the closer you get to the ocean, the more your construction costs increase. That’s because the type of products you need to use and the way they need to be handled differs from the normal building process.

Here are some quick tips to ensure your new home lets you take full advantage of the stunning outlook and stands up to the harsh coastal conditions … without costing you a fortune in money or time to maintain the property.

  1. Choose Environmentally Compatible Building Materials

All types of building materials are adversely affected by the ocean including concrete, brick, metal and timber but with an intelligent design, intelligent building and intelligent finishing, you can achieve a spectacular, harder wearing result.

For instance, with timber homes:

  • Use a combination of timber and other building materials to minimise repainting
  • Restrict timber use to the areas that aren’t has harshly effected by the geographical direction
  • Ensure timbers are treated properly to withstand the elements
  • Ensure fixings are compatible with the building material and the elements to minimise leaching
  • Select harder wearing timbers that are native to the area.
  1. Minimise Corrosion

Corrosion can be rampant in all homes within 1km of the ocean so when using metals be aware that even the smallest fixings can rust. In an ideal world, it would be great to be able to avoid using any metal on the property.  In many cases, though it’s unavoidable.

What can you do to minimise corrosion?

  1. Select the right grade of material and
  2. Ensure you are able to keep up with the manufacturers’ maintenance guidelines so as not void their warranty specifications and to get the best life out of the products.

And of course, ensure that your builder and their contractors take particular care to avoid corrosive metals in fixtures. At Shadforth Lythgo we have stringent QA policies in place to ensure that the right level of care is taken to minimise corrosion issues. What’s more, we only work with external contractors who have been with us for years and all adhere to our stringent criteria.

  1. Minimise Water Damage

Even though your views are sensational, the downside is if you’re directly facing the ocean, the harsh winds can increase water damage.

Longer overhangs on your roof and fewer windows on the wind-facing walls will help minimise the impact.

That doesn’t mean losing your view. It simply means designing smarter to maximise the view and at the same time create a ‘liveable’ outdoor area that caters to the elements.

  1. Design the ‘Right’ Alfresco Environment

Extra large verandahs, indoor/outdoor living and outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular. After all, why wouldn’t they when you live on the Sunshine Coast? A good designer will be able to design a stunning alfresco area that offers you great views, expansive outdoor living, great breezes, the right amount of sun … and minimises the damage that the coastal weather causes.

We work with over a dozen designers who each specialise in different types of homes in different regions, and different budgets. When clients come to us we match them with the designer that suits the type of home, the location and their budget.

To help ensure you build a stunning Sunshine Coast home that withstands the elements, we offer a complimentary, 1 hour Design and Feasibility Consultation. We’ll sit down with you and give you specific construction, budget and design selection pointers to get you started.