Finding and designing the perfect coastal cottage

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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The allure of a coastal cottage is almost universal. City dwellers looking for an escape from the noise and congestion of their surroundings, suburbanites in search of a vacation home and retirees hoping to find a comfortable, serene setting in which to spend their golden years have all been drawn to the virtues of coastal living. The ideal coastal cottage offers the advantages of natural beauty, sport and a comfortable living space that would make almost anyone want to find a quiet beach hideaway to run to whenever the mood strikes.

Finding the right coastal cottage

Fortunately, Canada and the United States aren’t lacking in coasts on which to find or build a cottage. From the broad expanses of ocean on either side of the continent to the millions of lakes of all sizes spread throughout inland areas, the options are nearly endless.
Deciding on a location is often a matter of where you currently live and where your family and friends reside. But for those who are open to finding their coastal cottage getaway anywhere in America, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, all of them along South Carolina’s Atlantic coastline, have long been considered among the best beach areas in the country. Farther north, the shoreline running from Rhode Island through Massachusetts and up into Maine has been a vacation destination for the rich, powerful and famous for decades, with the Kennedy family’s Hyannis Port, Mass., compound and the Bush family’s Kennebunkport, Maine, estate being two of the most recognizable. And while those places stretch the definition of cottage, their high-profile residents go to show that an experience both beautiful and private can be had along the Atlantic.
Canada’s expansive land mass offers even more opportunities to make your coastal cottage wishes come true. With an estimated 3,000,000 lakes, nearly 60 percent of the world’s total amount of lakes are located in the country. To say there are a lot of places to build or buy a seaside cottage is an extreme understatement.

Designing your coastal cottage

Whether you’re designing indoor or outdoor living spaces, a coastal cottage provides a wide range of possibilities. Since, presumably, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the deck or in the yard of your cottage, how you decide to implement your outdoor design ideas will be incredibly impactful on the overall environment you create.
Setting up covered outdoor spaces is one way to both allow yourself a lot of freedom in your design strategies and give yourself another cozy spot in which to spend time. If you go that route, adding protection from flying insects, skin- and surface-damaging sun, and gusty winds will probably be a priority. Products like retractable porch screens or other retractable screen systems can help you keep the elements at bay, while also providing simple, care-free insect control. Products like motorized retractable screens can provide insect control and solar shading at the touch of a button.

One of the great advantages of a coastal cottage is that it will afford you more design freedom than a residence that is primarily purposed around the family and everyday responsibilities. Use that freedom to explore your options. Try out new ideas you’ve gathered from friends and family or find a place for that vase that has been sitting in your attic for years. A coastal cottage isn’t just a retreat, it’s a chance to live out a dream.