These Top 25 Coastal House Plans Were Made for Waterfront Living

Waterfront Villa

Whether you're looking for a tiny boathouse or a seaside space that will fit the whole family, there's a coastal house plan for you. Build your retirement dream home on the water with a one-level floor plan like our Tideland Haven or Beachside Bungalow. Create an oasis for the entire family with a large coastal house like our Shoreline Lookout or Carolina Island House. If you have a sliver of seaside land, our Shoreline Cottage will fit the bill at under 1,000 square feet. Built to include tons of room for entertaining, ample porches for taking in the ocean air, and creative nods to classic coastal architecture, these house plans have everything you could ever wish for in a beach house. Start planning your future happy place with these gorgeous coastal house plans. From bungalows built for two to spacious beachside retreats, we've gathered your all-time favorite coastal house plans.

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Cottage of the Year


See The Plan: SL-593

This charming 2600-square-foot cottage has both Southern and New England influences and boasts an open kitchen layout, dual sinks in the primary bath, and a generously-sized porch.

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Tidewater Landing


See The Plan: SL-1240

Drawing its design roots from the "Tidewater Shingle" style, this traditional home combines a refined sense of place with a simple, livable floor plan.

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Couples Cottage


See The Plan: SL-1120

This quaint, two bedroom, two bath cottage has double porches and a double screen porch where you're sure to catch a breeze.

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Nautical Cottage


See The Plan: SL-224

Inspired by small summer cottages built along the East Coast, this plan is adaptable in a variety of climates and locations. Cedar shakes on the exterior and the Nantucket star design on the porch add to the authentic look and feel.

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Beachside Bungalow


See The Plan: SL-1117

A charming gabled roof and gracious front porch make this bungalow ideal for an ocean-front retreat for two.

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Block Island Cottage


See The Plan: SL-1059

This three-bedroom cottage is as at home on the shores of a cool mountain lake as it is by the sea. The primary bedroom boasts a private deck, ideal for sunset-watching.

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Rustic Beach Cottage


See The Plan: SL-360

A screened-in porch and second-floor primary suite give this traditional farmhouse a modern sensibility.

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Summer Cottage


See The Plan: SL-1331

This cottage is the essence of charming simplicity. A functional, efficient, three-bedroom home, it has spacious interiors and a place for all your activities and belongings.

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Coastline Cottage


See The Plan: SL-426

In this carefully crafted cottage, luxury meets practicality. Throughout the home, thoughtfully placed windows catch views and invite light inside. Several sets of French doors welcome sunlight and coastal breezes.

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St. Simons Retreat


See The Plan: SL-256

Three sets of French doors on the front of this Lowcountry cottage are designed for catching breezes.

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Caribbean Getaway


See The Plan: SL-247

Porches on all four sides blur the lines between indoors and out, making this an ideal plan for temperate climates.

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Tidewater Cottage


See The Plan: SL-998

On the main level, the kitchen flows into the dining room and living. Upstairs awaits the primary bedroom and a bunk room. A third-floor loft offers a panoramic view.

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Inlet Retreat


See The Plan: SL-292

Versatility is the key to this plan. The den off the foyer could also serve as a home office or a sitting room. The family room, dining room, and kitchen have easy access to each other, creating a leisurely flow.

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Tucker Bayou


See The Plan: SL-1408

Inspired by historic seaside architecture, this home combines the comfort of a vacation home with thoughtful features that make everyday life easier for today's busy families.

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Tideland Haven


See The Plan: SL-1375

This award-winning design includes 2,400 square feet of heated space. The living area flows freely into the foyer, kitchen and dining alcove. Maximizing natural light, French doors with transoms above allow sunlight to enter the interiors for an open and spacious feeling.

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Shoreline Cottage


See The Plan: SL-490

The board-and-batten exterior, gabled roof, and generous porch set a traditional tone, while tall windows and an open interior make the home more modern.

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Waterfront Villa

Waterfront Villa

See The Plan: SL-1492

An exaggerated gabled roof gives this three-story bungalow a fresh, modern vibe. An open living and dining space on the second floor maximizes both the view and the breeze.

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Boathouse & Bunkhouse


See The Plan: SL-049

The wood siding, shuttered windows, and metal roof with exposed rafter tails create the look of a boathouse renovated as a welcoming weekend cottage. In its simpler storage version, it amply meets boat owners' needs.

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See The Plan: SL-1137

A multipurpose room set atop a single boat bay extends living space all the way to the water's edge.

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Mango Cottage

Mango Cottage house plan

See The Plan: SL-1623

A 300-square-foot loft can be converted to suit your needs.

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I'On Idea House


See The Plan: SL-1741

This exclusive design features a walled-in courtyard that opens to the first-floor living and dining space, and a private primary suite complete with a laundry closet.

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Shoreline Lookout


See The Plan: SL-1495

An outdoor shower off the first-floor utility room makes washing sandy feet a breeze. Multiple living areas offer options for indoor entertainment, if you can get your guests off the beach.

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Carolina Island House


See The Plan: SL-481

Broad, deep porches are the hallmark of this Greek revival farmhouse. The front porch stretches 65 feet across the front of the house, with three 14' x 14' square porches set at each end.

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See The Plan: SL-594

Designed with a hint of the simple, narrow, front-gabled Southern shotgun-style house, Bluffton's metal-roofed porch skirts the front, one entire side, and a portion of the rear of the house to make the most of sheltered outdoor living space.

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Brunswick Cottage


See The Plan: SL-595

This home's simple charm comes from a clever mix of exterior materials and sense of form and function. Cedar shingles and wooden brackets accent the peaked gables of the home, while additional details add the crowning touches.

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