Choosing The Right Materials For A Beachside House

Most Western Australians dream of waking up walking distance from an unspoilt white sand beach. This dream can be a reality when you buy a house and land package at Yanchep.

Coastal living in Yanchep has a lot of lifestyle benefits:

  • Pristine beaches fringed with bushland
  • Peaceful, friendly community
  • Affordable house and land packages
  • Schools, shops, and lifestyle amenities nearby
  • Under an hour to Perth city

No wonder so many prospective homebuyers have their sights set on a house and land package in Yanchep.  

Settling by the sea means building a home that can sustain the changeable conditions like salty sea air and occasional high winds. So what materials do you need to look for when choosing a Yanchep house and land package?

Framing

Salty air can cause corrosion and rust to materials like untreated timber and low-grade steel. Treated native timber will sustain the coastal conditions longer than imported wood and is a more eco-friendly material choice. Brick is also a hardy choice for coastal homes, eliminating termite risk and standing up to the salty air. Marine grade stainless steel fixings and fastenings will prevent rust developing in building joints.

Cladding

Cladding – the material forming your home’s outer layer – needs to withstand Perth’s unique coastal environment. Thankfully modern builders have a range of materials combining performance and aesthetic appeal:

  • Concrete and fibre cement
  • Colorbond steel cladding and roofing
  • Local native timber

Whether a beachside bungalow or family home, concrete is one of the most durable and versatile cladding options for Yanchep house and land packages. Concrete cladding boasts an endless array of textures, colours and designs plus the ability to blend seamlessly with glass, wood and natural elements.

Windows

What’s the best way to take advantage of the sea breeze, spectacular sunsets and abundant natural vistas in your new home? Large windows.

Double glazing

Thick glazing reduces energy bills by minimising heat transfer, while keeping out UV rays and noise. Engineers will use AS4055 and/or AS1170.2 to determine the maximum size and optimal thickness of your windows to meet wind load requirements while welcoming natural light into your home.

Window frames

Powder coated aluminium keeps water out while staying rust-free and meeting wind load requirements at the same time. Aluminium is strong, slimline and available in virtually any colour to match your existing home without spoiling the view.

Shutters and shade

Concrete, aluminium and Colorbond steel are three great materials for external window shades. Even in salty air these hardy materials will last the years with minimal maintenance.

Don’t forget the detail

With the right framing, cladding and window styles in your new Yanchep house and land package, you’ve got the big stuff taken care of. So our final tip is to look for materials that have been specifically developed to perform well in beachside conditions:

  • Marine grade exterior paint
  • Marine grade steel for balustrades, balconies, even door handles
  • Colorbond steel roofing
  • Clay roof tiles (if metal isn’t your thing)
  • M4 class mortar for salt resistance
  • Granite and stone in the garden, outdoor kitchen or pool

By choosing the right builder with a sound knowledge of coastal materials you can enjoy all the benefits beachside living has to offer. Start searching for your perfect house and land package at Capricorn Beach Yanchep, Perth’s most desirable coastal community.