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WA’s love affair with the coast is no secret. With Perth’s temperate climate,it’s set to continue as the sea-change remains a popular lifestyle solution for many. However, coastal conditions  can have a huge impact on home building costs. This is why it’s important to choose a building company that can provide customised, cost-effective solutions when building in a marine environment.

“If you’re among those who yearn to swap the concrete jungle for a sense of community, you’ll want to weigh up the pros and cons before taking the plunge and making the sea-change to coastal living.” - Martyn Ferris, Sales Manager, Shelford Quality Homes.

Building on the coast presents a number of environmental considerations. These include: the direction of prevailing winds, the range of temperatures experienced, the amount of rainfall received, and the time of wetness.

Salt spray will cause corrosion problems, so the best method of protection from the elements on the coast is to use corrosion-resistant materials that will maintain their structural integrity. This is particularly important when building within one kilometre of breaking surf.

Planning guidelines can also impact the type of roof coverage required, but generally Colorbond® Stainless Steel roofing is recommended where there is salt spray in the air, while Colorbond® Ultra Steel is the recommended roofing material for environments within 200 metres of sea spray.

Installing an outdoor shower is handy when building a two-storey home in a coastal location. Outside is the ideal place to wash off sand and salt before heading inside and trekking up the staircase to the bathroom.

“Located on the coast in Rockingham, we have extensive experience and expertise dealing with site conditions, construction materials and regulatory requirements in coastal communities.” - Martyn Ferris, Sales Manager, Shelford Quality Homes.

Living by the seaside means having a gigantic playground in your front (or back) yard. So don’t forget to include a secure storage area for little and big kids’ toys. Whether they’re surfboards or boogie boards, push bikes, frisbees or beach balls, a dedicated storage space is essential.

Designing your home to harmonise with its coastal location is essential to capitalising on ocean views. Incorporating passive solar principles to the design and optimising cross-ventilation from cooling sea breezes will maximise your home’s energy efficiency, resulting in lower energy bills and improved liveability.

Shelford Quality Homes are equipped with a friendly and knowledgeable team for new home consultations. For more information on building your dream home in your dream coastal location, visit www.shelford.com.au, or contact 9592 3177, sales@shelford.com.au.