Location is everything. When looking at the prime locations for real estate, living by the ocean is always in demand. Coastal communities continue to be the highest sought after living locations across Australia. Prices continue to rise and hold their value. Yet along with the proximity to the ocean, those ocean views, the cooling sea breezes and sounds of waves crashing nearby, comes the need to build with sustainable materials to withstand the effects of the seaside living.

Generally, the closer you near the ocean, the higher your construction costs will be. This is to compensate for the materials needed to withstand the effects of the ocean compared to normal building materials. Build with the right materials and you will give your seaside home greater potential to maintain its peak condition.

Erosion can also be a frequent, ongoing issue due to the salt air and harsh coastal environment. Any urban development along a coastline will change its stability and therefore increase the risk of erosion. Homes in very close proximity to the ocean can fall victim to sand drift and receding shorelines. It is important in any urban development that as much of the natural coastline is maintained including the coastal dune vegetation to maintain the structural integrity of the coastline.

The important thing is to ensure you are familiar with the recommended seaside building tips to ensure your home is fit for the elements.

Seaside Building Tips for Common Coastal Problems


When living by the ocean, rust is inevitable. Homes up to a kilometre away will fall victim to the effects of corrosion.

Solution: Ensure to use marine grade stainless steel fixings and fittings. If not, rust proof your fittings if they are made of any other metal such as copper. The optimum choice is powder coated aluminium as it doesn’t corrode quickly. Be vigilant in your maintenance to get the best life out of your materials.

Water Damage

Those spectacular ocean views can unfortunately be the cause of water damage in your home. Through storms and wild weather, harsh ocean winds can wreak havoc on your home. It is important to design for the elements.

Solution: Firstly, discuss with your architect or builder about designing your home and outdoor living areas to accommodate the views and the ocean winds. It may entail longer overhangs on your roof and strategically placed windows on the wind-facing walls.


Where there is ocean there is salt, and where there are windows, there will be salt residue and stains. Proper maintenance and cleaning will ensure the salt stains to not set in and will be easier to clean.

Solution: Ensure to install a hot water tap and hose external to the house. Use frequently to wash down the windows and rinse the salt off the exterior of your home. For a quick and easy clean, spray undiluted vinegar onto your windows. Leave for a few minutes and wipe off for a simple and effective clean.

When Choosing Building Materials

There is no supersonic building material that can completely withstand the effects of oceanside living. But with clever design, smart building and proper maintenance, you can get the most out of your chosen building materials. Finally, work as much with natural timbers that are native to the area. Ensure they are treated properly and pair them with compatible fixings.

Look after your seaside home with effective design and ongoing maintenance as it will guarantee those beautiful sunrises and ocean breezes for years to come.