Beach Home Remodeling and Decorating Tips

Beach Home Remodeling and Decorating Tips


From New England to the mid-Atlantic region, beach homes get the most use from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Beginning in April and lasting well into June, homeowners are busy scraping paint, bleeding water lines and putting out the welcome mat for visitors who are certain to stop by in July and August.

Now is the time to get your beach home ready to allow for longer periods of rest and relaxation this summer. This year, you may need to tackle some additional maintenance or remodeling projects, following an especially tough winter that took its toll on your home. Let’s take a look at some projects to tackle, jobs you can handle in a weekend or two.

Screen repairs — Bring out the window screens and check each one carefully for signs of ripping. Screens with large tears should be replaced, but those with small rips you can handle yourself. If installing vinyl patch, just cut a piece of screening that is about a half-inch larger than the hole and set it right over the hole. You can stitch the new section in place using a needle and nylon thread. For detailed instructions, “How Stuff Works” offers guidance.1

Exterior paint — Unless you have vinyl siding and treatment on the exterior of your beach house, you can expect to be scraping, sanding, painting and otherwise touching up your home. Now is a good time to consider what colors look best on your home, but be mindful that many beach communities now regulate what colors can be used, advising homeowners to choose pastels and avoid harsh primary colors.

Open up the porch — Once your porch has been painted, what can you do this year to promote this area of your home as your outdoor room of choice? Explore local garage, yard and rummage sales to find some thrifty finds including a wicker arrangement complete with two chairs and a coffee table. Visit a home decor center to find festive nautical theme seat cushions and pillows to add a festive touch. Yes, you can spray paint wicker to give it a fresh, preserving coat of color advises Real Simple.2

Help your wood stand out — Your beach home’s interior likely makes good use of wood, but are you showing it off? Wooden beams and frames can be sanded down and a coat of clear paint put over them, as a way to help your wood stand out to avoid contracting splinters.

Choose earth tones — Light colors throughout the house will give your home a relaxing atmosphere, exactly the sort of mood you want to have for your sanctuary by the sea. This year, mix things up a bit — literally! Consider various types of earth tones through all of your colors to see how they can be brought into consonance. You can also blend in sand, clay or dirt to create your own variations, offering a unique color scheme. Move your pictures around and add new artwork in living room and bedrooms.3

Tackle the yard — Most beach homes are hard pressed for yard space given that these homes typically occupy postage stamp sized property. One upside is that you’ll most likely have no lawn to maintain, but that doesn’t mean your yard can’t look nice. In warmer climates, cactus can survive and should be planted to provide natural fauna that needs no maintenance. Make a “rock garden” and include a bird bath, natural stone for ground cover and a bench for relaxation. Add drift wood or other beach “finds” to give your garden a whimsical look.

If this is the year you have to tackle a major project, check with the town for recommendations on contractors. Find out about permits and get several bids — in a down economy you should be able to obtain several competitive bids from referenced contractors.


1 How Stuff Works: How to Repair Windows

2 Real Simple: Wicker

3 Country Living: Beach House Decorating


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".