One of the most important parts of building a beach house is protecting it from the elements. This means waterproofing it and bracing it for strong winds, among other things. When you build by the water, this becomes an essential part of the whole building process. Take a look at some custom beach house building weatherproofing ideas. 

Building Materials 

You can’t just use any old material when building your beach house, or else you are going to deal with deterioration due to the coastal air, unless you feel like dealing with time very time-consuming and tedious upkeep. Your best bet is to go with materials like stucco concrete blocks and cedar shake roofing, both of which will last more than twice as long as something like asphalt. 

Windows 

Regular windows are not going to hold up well to strong winds and flying debris. It’s important to get windows with an impact-resistant coating that can withstand extreme winds and flying debris without shattering. This will also increase the entire stability of your house. 

Door Handles 

Regular metal door handles will likely rust from the salty air. You will want to go with something that won’t pit or corrode, such as arched handles that have a protective bronze finish on them. 

Ceilings 

You should definitely go with vaulted ceilings opposed to regular ceilings since vaulted ceilings will keep your house cooler by pulling the warmer air high above your living area. Regular ceilings will just create more stuffiness. 

Floors 

Wood floors are a staple in beach houses, but on their own they will not hold up well as they are prone to warping and rotting. The perfect solution to this is to paint the floorboards and add a glossy, oil-based finish for added durability. 

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more weatherproofing ideas for your custom-built beach house. 

Earthy, colorful, and eclectic–beach houses always reflect their owner’s personality, and always provide a cozy place to relax after hours walking the beach, riding the waves, or laying out to catch some sun. Interested in building your own beach house? Here are three trends in custom beach houses.

1. The Eclectic Wood Siding Look. Nothing says “beach house” like wood siding. This design brings a great curb appeal and gives the home a woodsy feel. It is classic and can be unfinished or stained in different colors. Here is a great example of a home in the Hamptons on Pinterest.

2. The Tropical Stucco Look. Not all beach houses have to have the northeast shabby look. They can look like a tropical oasis like this stucco paradise from Pinterest and this modern play on a beach house (also from Pinterest). These homes look more like resorts than family vacation homes, and offer more elegance to housing next to the beach.

3. The Porched Mansion Look. This house (feature on Architectural Digest) and this Nantucket beach house from Beautifully Seaside exemplify the importance of porches on a beach house. It is truly an important trend and makes a way for guest to be in the comfort of a home while still looking out at the ocean. There is nothing better than sipping your morning coffee while sitting on a porch overlooking the waves!

Interested in a beach house? Need someone to answer your questions? We would love to help you! Feel free to contact us.

Next to your kitchen, your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home. This gives you all the more reason to want it just perfect. When it comes to custom home building, you always want to consider your needs first. 

Functionality 

Your focus should always be on functionality. Your bathroom works very hard to please you, which makes it a priority that’s it’s fully functional in every way. Strongly consider this when choosing a toilet, a sink, a tub, and a shower. Think of how you can build these things to your benefit, and how they can make your life a little easier. 

Relaxing 

Bathrooms are somewhere that you can go to unwind and relax. On top of being functional, bathrooms are like a sanctuary to de-stress in and wash away all of your cares. Keep this in mind when you choose your colors and your style. Plan for little luxuries and a relaxing motif. 

Lighting 

Sometimes the entire vibe of a bathroom depends on what type of lighting you have. It can directly affect your mood and your appearance in the mirror. The lighting also has to correlate well with the colors of the bathroom. 

Finishing Touches 

The right finishing touches can really make all the difference. Plants and greenery incorporated into your bathroom can do just that. Other touches can include the right towels, shower curtains, wall art, furniture, and more.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on custom home building and how we can help you to create the bathroom of your dreams. 

Custom building a home is something that many people dream of doing because, after all, you’re in control of the design of your own living space. Once you have a basic idea of what you want your home to look like, there are lots of little things that you probably didn’t even think of that would add the perfect finishing touches all around. Check out these awesome custom home building ideas.

Built in Shelving

You can really never have enough shelving in your home, so why not have it built right into the walls? Built in shelving is a design trend that proves to be a worthy one. You can have this done just about anywhere, including living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, and closets. It’s perfect for decorating, storage, and so much more.

Wide Stairs

You probably haven’t even considered the size of your stairs. Extra wide stairs are all the talk these days. Not only are they easier to climb, but they look fantastic and are a great way to really open up your house and make stair climbing enjoyable.

Extra Outlets 

You’ll really enjoy having extra outlets around your home, inside and out. They are always necessary. Think of all the tools, appliances, and lamps that you will want to use, and not to mention all the extras, like holiday decorations and things of that sort. And if you don’t want to look at all of the outlets, try having them hidden in drawers, cabinets, and underneath counters and window ledges.

Lights and Fans 

Think long and hard about the wiring of your home. You’ll probably want to have lots of lights and fans in each room and around the outside of your house. Don’t forget about closets, pantries, hallways, stairwells, patios, and porches. The brighter and the more airy the better.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on custom home building and all of the amazing options and ideas that are available to you.

Out of all the places in your home to have fun customizing, the kitchen is probably the most popular, and maybe even the most fun. There are just so many things that you can do to your kitchen during your custom home building process to really add that special and personalized touch that will make cooking and entertaining an extremely enjoyable experience for all. 

Dramatic Lighting 

A great way to really make your kitchen pop is dramatic lighting. The more eloquent and noticeable the better. You can choose from a wide variety of supersized pendants, scones, and chandeliers. The trick is to go big, bold, and bright. 

Lots of Storage 

By lots of storage we mean lots of extra cabinets, drawers, and shelves. You can create tall storage by having the cabinets stacked on top of one another and all the way up to the ceiling. You could even have a rolling ladder installed for easy access. Add over-sized cabinets, giant pull-out drawers, and shelving units for extra storage, or even just for decorative purposes. 

Colorful Contrasts 

Don’t be afraid to add splashes of vibrant colors throughout your kitchen. You can do this by adding an accent wall or a statement wall, splashes of red or aqua, or even playing with the paint colors and the patterns for the ceiling. A few bursts of color can go a very long way. 

Contact us today for more ideas and information on how you can customize your new kitchen exactly to your liking and your taste. Let us help you make your dream kitchen a reality. 

When you’re working with a location as gorgeous as beachfront, customizing your new beach house is both fun and rewarding. Your focus should be taking full advantage of the plentiful sunshine and the cool ocean breezes that your new house will be charmed with. Check out some of the best architectural features that you can choose when it comes to custom beach house building.

Oversized Windows

You’re going to want to let in as much natural light as possible, and not to mention give yourself the greatest view possible, too. The best way to achieve this is to add very large oversized windows. Let the light just pour in, and open your view up enough to almost make it feel like you’re actually standing outside when you look out your windows.

Outdoor Living Space  

Of course when customizing your beach house you’re going to want to spend some time designing the perfect outdoor living space. This could include extensive decks, patios, and/or porches. The bigger the better. Nothing screams tropical oasis like a large outdoor living space for relaxing and unwinding, or for entertaining guests.

Stylish Exterior 

Sometimes simply just the exterior of your home can speak volumes. You can totally maximize your beach house plans by choosing building materials that completely fit the part of being beach-like. Popular beach house materials include stucco shingles and siding, and metal roofs.

There is a beach house plan to match every peaceful vision that you have. Contact us today so we can start helping you make those visions a reality.

Beach houses conjure up images of summers on the beach, sunlight streaming through windows, outdoor showers, relaxed meals on ample decks. And they are all of those things. But there are also structural issues to consider when building a beach house. The windows (for the view), the outdoor shower (to keep sand on the beach and out of the house), and a great deck are all important, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg.

When planning to build a custom beach house, it’s important to remember that the structure itself needs to be fortified for protection against the wind and waves, tropical storms, hurricanes and tidal surges. These realities are the other side of the ‘beach house coin’, so to speak. The sea is amazingly beautiful, but can also be incredibly violent, and a well-built beach house must be able to withstand its unpredictable nature. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) created the fortified home program to help protect homes from these and other natural disasters. Since you want your new beach house to be safe above all else, the builder you choose should use IBHS fortified home standards and materials. These standards are broken down into three designations:

  • Bronze addresses roofing system upgrades that guard against water entering the attic through roof coverings and/or vents
  • Silver addresses windows, doors and attached structures as well as the roof
  • Gold ties the whole structure together (roof, windows and doors, walls and foundation as one fortified structure.

The owner can work with the builder and choose the level of fortification desired, depending on personal need, preferences and budget. This ensures that your new beach house will not only be beautiful, but strong enough to withstand the worst that nature can throw at it.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about building the custom beach house of your dreams!

Our kitchens are the center of our homes and the source of pride for many. Is it any wonder that people spend more money on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement? A kitchen remodel has many choices and decisions, making it one of the most complicated home projects.  

The ideal kitchen provides both comfort and function. It will be both sharp-looking and an efficient workspace. For some, a new kitchen should also cause a little envy from the neighbors. To help you, we have put together this short guide to the best way to plan a kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel Goals

  • Create a personalized area that reflects your lifestyle,
  • Have a design that conforms to your tastes.
  • Creatively increase available storage.
  • Receive the best price without cutting corners.

A kitchen remodel starts with an eye on longevity, efficiency, and function. Remember, your kitchen will be a key area of focus at resale. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors identified kitchen upgrades and complete kitchen renovations as the top two home improvements desired by homebuyers. Your kitchen remodel adds the most dollars to a sale price. It is an investment.

Find the Best Contractor

Contractors receive most of their business from word or mouth and their reputation. Nonetheless, a builder is only as good as their last job. One of the leading consumer complaints is with contractors. Here are a few tips.

  • Ensure you ask for recent references from candidates and follow-up.
  • Ask to see a job in progress to get a sense of work quality.
  • Don’t be in a rush. Good contractors are worth the wait.

Have a Solid Plan

You will save a lot of time and money if you use an experienced designer. They know all the tricks of the trade, and can make an effective use of space while creating a design that reflects your lifestyle and tastes. In order to create a great design, there are some things you will need.

  • A to-scale rendering of your existing kitchen showing all plumbing and wiring.
  • A list of goals. What is your first priority? Space, function, or style?
  • Research modern kitchen remodeling ideas and keep an idea folder.

Get the Biggest Bang

Even when the sky is the limit, we want the best price and value. A luxury kitchen is still a financial decision and an investment. The best way to control costs is understanding how you use your kitchen and organizing it for optimal performance. The second biggest saver is taking the time to get the best price on appliances, cabinets, and countertops. 

Things Not to Do

There are common mistakes that can cause a kitchen nightmare. Here are some things you don’t want to do.

Being your own contractor – There are a lot of moving parts to a kitchen remodel. Trying to do it on your own may be a costly mistake.

Hiring the wrong contractor – You need someone you can trust. No matter how low the price is or how highly recommended they come, if a contractor makes you uncomfortable than walk away.

Becoming distracted – Start with a plan and stick to it. With all the options, it is easy to add things that cause buyer’s remorse after the project is complete. 

Changing your mind – Every change in your plan will cause you time and money. Spend as much time as you need at the beginning to plan and design your dream kitchen. 

If you would like to talk about more ways to plan a kitchen remodel, or need more information, please contact us.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll along the beach and admired the elegance of the homes situated on the coast, you may not have given much thought to how they were constructed. Certainly, the prime location and breezy floor plan of each dwelling would be enough to pique the interest of any buyer. However, with 48 years of experience in the home building business and a portfolio boasting over 500 custom homes, Caldwell and Johnson understands the unique challenges of constructing an oceanfront home.

While the beach may give you an overall sense of calm, a coastal climate can be a fierce force of nature. Between salty air, harsh sun, and hurricane strength winds, we ensure our quality materials will endure the test of time. The paint we use for your home and the stain we use for your deck will not only be exclusive to your taste, but will offer the needed protection from the elements particular to coastal living.

Our professionals will guide you every step of the way, encouraging your imagination to run wild, while offering suggestions stemming from years of experience. For instance, a client may not realize an outdoor shower or pier could be an option for their new bungalow, or even overlook the usefulness of a fireplace on a crisp evening. Our goal is to offer you the highest quality in luxurious beach living, and allow you to determine how to best put it to use.

Additionally, as many beach dwellers happen to be lovers of nature, we are committed to building green. High water and energy efficiency are our cornerstone, and we use only environmentally sustainable materials. We want you to enjoy not only your beach house, but the beauty of your surroundings for many years to come.

If the thought of a custom-built beach house appeals to you, contact us to speak with one of our design professionals. Together, we can create the home you have always imagined.


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