A Coastal Challenge


The Coastal Living house in Beachtown was inspired by Galveston’s rich architectural heritage. Coastal houses along the Gulf of the 19th Century were often of simple wood construction. The interiors of these houses, whether elaborate or simple, were expressive of the building’s nature: wood sheathing meant to give the building lateral strength was expressed at times simply as painted 'one-by' boards, but more often it was elaborated as 'v-groove' or beadboard with its many variations; wood floors were clean and simple - sometimes natural, sometimes painted. The Coastal Living House sought to reflect these traditional characteristics while employing modern hurricane-hardened building practices. Elements such as a central light monitor were used to introduce natural light to the interiors, while also doubling as a ventilation chimney allowing air movement to augment natural cooling.


of the 19TH CENTURY

Coastal buildings were a product of their environment and were all reflective of the climate, staying cool with tall triple-hung windows, high ceilings, cross ventilation and sleeping porches, all designed to take advantage of cooling sea breezes.

Upon completion of construction, the Coastal Living House was struck by the full force of Hurricane Ike. While the island sustained catastrophic damage, the house suffered no significant damage – giving validation to sustainable building practices.

How do you design a beach house that perfectly blends the charm of historical Galveston with modern-day conveniences? Just take a few cues from our tireless design team, who combined the latest in technology with the best of classic style to create a home that feels like a haven.

— “2008 Idea House” Coastal Living Nov 2008; 49