70 Exterior Beach House Building Type Design Photos And Ideas

Sliding glass doors allow the kitchen and living room to be fully opened to the deck, creating a seamless integration between the interior and exterior space.
The light-colored larch and expanses of glass give the home a natural vibe and help it integrate into its sylvan setting.
The modern gable construction is a riff on traditional building traditions in the region.
Bay Elevation
Landside Elevation
Front Elevation with Glimpse of Bay
Outsite partnered with Batch on this Venice Beach home to offer a place where locals can shop, live, and work. But considering how much the address can do, not much was changed of its midcentury exterior.
Casa Meleku.
The approach to Casa Bri Bri.
A second skin of made of pinewood and Structural Insulated Panel Ecowall (SIP) shields the outdoor porches of this coastal home.
An asymmetrical roof and  simple, earthy wood gives this house an abstract, sculptural character.
A beach house in the coastal Chilean town of Punta de Lobos.
The home is just steps from the beach.
Lanscape designer Jack Kiesel opted to use succulents in the front garden for their low water use, a plus in Southern California, and also for their aesthetics.
The resort-like residence has midcentury modern influences, with a strong tropical vibe.
The home has a strong relationship with the land that is in harmony with the tropical environment.
S&S House - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
For the facade, exposed to the constant salt air, the team considered everything from copper or zinc to Kynar-coated aluminum. Eventually, a sample of titanium was tacked up for six months and showed no wear. “Part of the green philosophy is not just what is cheaper; it’s what’s sustainable,” Cranston explains. “The titanium cladding was more expensive, but this is a house we plan to be in for the rest of our lives, so we wanted something that needed virtually no maintenance.”
side view with lift and slides onto stone terrace cliff
Entrance doorway
Entrance side view surrounded by landscapes and lake
Barefoot luxury is the order of the day at this palm-fringed paradise that will have you spending plenty of time in the water.
This resort offers two types of overwater villas – the Water Villa which many terraces overhanging above the sea, and the Garden Water Villa, which dips into the lagoon on one side while facing a lush tropical garden on the other.
This resort is surrounded by 5.6 kilometers of private lagoon and includes villas with retractable roofs, private pools with catamaran nets and even waterslides.
Wein House - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
S&S House - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
S&S House - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
S&S House - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
Street Entrance
The steps lead to a roof deck, where the owners can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean.
Street Entrance Facade
The two-foot-thick stacked stone walls constructed by Reed Hilderbrand nod to the masonry-free walls common in Revolutionary-era New England.
Villa by the Ocean, 2004, features a long, low profile and a green roof.
The property includes a private sandy beach, which is

Zoom out for a look at the modern exterior. From your dream house, to cozy cabins, to loft-like apartments, to repurposed shipping containers, these stellar projects promise something for everyone. Explore a variety of building types with metal roofs, wood siding, gables, and everything in between.

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