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4 Crucial Considerations for Building a Beachfront Home

by Dawn Henry

When you purchased that land package right on the edge of the ocean, you probably couldn't wait to get started building your new home. There are many rules and regulations that construction companies, contractors, residential builders and property owners have to adhere to when erecting and expanding structures that are within the vicinity of lakes, oceans, wetlands and so forth. Here are some of the considerations you should discuss with your contractor in detail before you embark on having your new home constructed along a waterway.

1. Roofing and Exterior Building Materials

Homes that stand close to water, particularly the ocean, are exposed to a lot of moisture that contains salt particles. Saltwater can be damaging to traditional shingle roofs as well as many materials normally used on the exterior of homes.

You may want to have a metal roof installed, as it may also be best to use brick, stone or another sturdy and natural material for your home's siding. These types of materials can increase construction costs, but you will also be left with a house that will not likely need repairs after flooding or severe storms.

2. Building and Expansion Permits

Once you have your home built, furnish it and move in, you may eventually want to expand it. Your builder will probably need NJDEP/CAFRA permitting approval through a company such as Crest Engineering Associates prior to making any changes to your home, including constructing a shed or even building an in-ground pool. If a portion of your property is nearby federally protected wetland areas, obtaining this type of permitting will take time, and your builder may even be required to complete land surveys and studies of the native wildlife around your property before your project can be approved.

3. Homeowners Insurance Challenges

Not all home-insurance providers cover beachfront homes. This can make it challenging when you want to compare rates or even get protection from flooding. It is suggested that you reach out to homeowners insurance companies after you have the building plans for your home completed so that you can figure out around how much you may pay to have your house well protected.

4. Potential Seawall Requirements

Another requirement you may need to fulfill when having a beachfront property constructed is the installation of a seawall. Successful NJDEP/CAFRA permitting may rest on the type of seawall you believe will be best for separating your property from the ocean line. Ultimately, you want to prove that the construction of your beachfront home will not have a negative impact on the environment and that the plants and animals residing close by will be able to thrive.