The Island of Maui has 80 beaches that welcome visitors from around the world. It makes sense that many of those visitors become permanent residents. Building a beach home can be a dream come true, but you still must keep in mind the practical considerations that come with a home on or near a Maui beach.
It may sound redundant, but where your home can be a major factor in design. Are you on the beach, or just close to it?
You’ll need to be aware of things like:
• Flood zones
• Local building codes, including height restrictions
Work with local architects and builders who know what it’s like to build on a Maui beach. They understand the terrain and have experience with important factors like these long before the building starts. Experienced local professionals will also have an established network of vendors and subcontractors to choose from.
There are three elements that can impact a Maui beach house: wind, salt, and seawater.
A house on or near a beach will be more affected by high winds and rain than one that’s inland, so quality building materials are vital to withstanding the elements.
The paint, windows, roofing, decking, and other materials you use for your home’s exterior need to be strong enough to outlast heavy weather and resist salt damage. Using lesser-grade materials will not save money in the long run, since they’ll be worn out and need replacement sooner.
A beach home in Maui can use multiple sources of renewable energy. Wind, Solar, and water are just three of the resources available for alternative power generation.
Because Maui has sunshine nearly all year-round, a beach house is an ideal place to add solar panels. Wind and water can also generate at least some of your home’s energy needs.
Adding renewable, self-generated energy to your beach house can not only save money on energy but increase the value of your investment.
External Living Spaces
This will be as important to your home as interior décor. Since you are building near a beach, it makes sense to create a patio or other exterior living space that allows you to enjoy it all year long.
A porch, whether screened-in or not, offers shade while enjoying the sea breeze. Add an outdoor refrigerator to keep cold drinks available. You can also add a grill and other kitchen accessories for entertaining.
Whether you include a simple patio, or an elaborate outdoor kitchen and living room, your outdoor space should be as enjoyable as your indoor space.
Build Your Beach Home on Maui And Call Pro Draft For Your Architectural Design Needs
If you’re planning a beach home in Paia or anywhere on Maui, we know just what to do and what you need. Large or small, a beach house on Maui is a big project that we can make just a little easier.
Pro Draft can help with architecture, drawings, blueprints, permits, and answer all of your questions before construction begins. We’re happy to help, and will work to ensure your project is exactly the way you envision.