Things you really need to know if you have a home on the beach

CS_2014-0701-0By Cindy Clay Srader
Many of us were fortunate enough to be able to rebuild soon after Ike. It is hard to believe it has been about five and a half years since our slate was wiped clean and for some of us it is re-do time! Some of these tips will help new home builders also, as well so please talk to your builders about them. Things you may find out the hard way:

  1. It is well worth the money to get top of the line paint. My house is “chalking” in several places and this will happen when cheap paint is used.
  2. When repainting, ask you contractor to use a brush and not spray. This may be an added expense, but with the inconsistency of application and the fierce winds we have, it will last twice as long.
  3. Make sure only stainless nails are used. This is a standard now. Also ask that the nails be countersunk and putty put on the nail hole before any painting is done.
  4. Ask your builder to make sure there is a kick plate on your stairs. Mine do not have this and I have dropped many things and had to go back down the stairs to get them.
  5. When purchasing a vacant lot. Ask your builder to remove the layers of sand that deposited from Ike. This sand if just smoothed and built upon will have a hard time growing anything but sand burrs due to the very high salt content and debris.
  6. If you want better luck with growing your grass, ask for 2 inches of topsoil be used before sod is put down. I had my fenced backyard redone and the topsoil only cost me $150. My grass is beautiful!

I will continue to post more things about beach living in the future. This is a wonderful place to live, but there is a difference in how things should be done.


CS_2014-0701-1To me this room tells me to sit and relax! All white walls will always be a great backdrop to any color you choose! The bold blue and white striped chairs with a touch of yellow says sea and sunshine, two things that draw us to the beach. The blue lamp and the lighter floors says cool days ahead. When you use accessories of seashells and sea glass, no one will question where they are! Note the Seafan on the mantel and the large faux seashell on the fireplace hearth! When you decorate keep your lifestyle and what makes you feel good in mind. Always remember you can do it yourself with just a little inspiration!

Live for the warmth of the sun on your face, the sand in between your toes and the taste of saltwater on your lips.

What is “BEACH CHIC”? A design style comprised of a combination of clean lines and organic finishes that work together to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. The color scheme is inspired by the beach and the natural environment of sun, sea and sand!

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