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The Blog: exterior materials

Want to Create Memories Across Generations? Custom Build a Summer Beach House With Your Extended Family 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Want to Create Memories Across Generations? Custom Build a Summer Beach House With Your Extended Family

Considering custom building a second home? The southern California coast is a great place to do it! There’s something magical about vacation homes and their ability to connect extended family,…

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What Do You Crave in Home Entertainment? Here’s How To Design Playful Spaces Your Entire Family Will Enjoy 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

What Do You Crave in Home Entertainment? Here’s How To Design Playful Spaces Your Entire Family Will Enjoy

Designing at home entertainment spaces that serve the entire family can be tricky, but luckily, custom building is about catering to your family’s unique needs. For some of us, a…

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What Are the Top Ten Biggest Must-Have Features You’re Dreaming of for Your New Custom Build? 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

What Are the Top Ten Biggest Must-Have Features You’re Dreaming of for Your New Custom Build?

For a long while now, you’ve had certain new home features in mind that you know you’ll never get unless you custom build. They’re unique and very specific to your…

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How To Design Your Beach House to Stand Up To the Elements And Look Great For The Long Haul 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

How To Design Your Beach House to Stand Up To the Elements And Look Great For The Long Haul

Beach design is about hardiness. Conditions at the beach can be rough, but it’s like swimming in the waves. If you work with them, rather than against them, it’s much…

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How To Design a Family Beach House That Blends Luxury With Function and Today’s Technology 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

How To Design a Family Beach House That Blends Luxury With Function and Today’s Technology

With the right guidance, you can custom build a luxury beach house that works for your family and withstands the environmental stressors of oceanfront property. At White Sands, we’re not…

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Design Like You Mean It: Choose The Most Fabulous Beach Decor For Your Coastal Home Right Now 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Design Like You Mean It: Choose The Most Fabulous Beach Decor For Your Coastal Home Right Now

Want a home with a cool California coastal vibe? Use beach decor to create that ambiance in your custom built home! When we talk about beach decor, we’re really talking…

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10 Thing To Consider When Building a New Home on the California Coast 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

10 Thing To Consider When Building a New Home on the California Coast

Thinking of building a beach house and feeling a little overwhelmed? These questions and tips will help you find your bearings on the California coast. 1. Renovate or demolish? There…

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How To Choose The Very Best Beach House Exterior To Withstand The Elements 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

How To Choose The Very Best Beach House Exterior To Withstand The Elements

You’re designing a new home in California's South Bay? Don't overlook your beach house exterior. We know it’s easy (and fun!) to let interior design take center stage, especially when…

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Don’t Sacrifice Comfort to Have an Energy Efficient Home 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Don’t Sacrifice Comfort to Have an Energy Efficient Home

Do you have to sacrifice comfort and luxury for energy efficiency? It’s a common misconception that building an energy-efficient home means dim lights, lukewarm water, hot air in the summer,…

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Play To Win—In Both Beach Volleyball & Home Design 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Play To Win—In Both Beach Volleyball & Home Design

Choosing the right team is important in beach volleyball. It’s even more important when building your dream house. You’re ready to build the beach house you’ve always wanted. You’ve picked…

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How’s the Air in There? Worried about Smoke, Pathogens & Allergens? You Need Whole Home Air Filtration! 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

How’s the Air in There? Worried about Smoke, Pathogens & Allergens? You Need Whole Home Air Filtration!

Considering custom-building? You’re probably thinking about air filtration in a serious way. With record-breaking California fire seasons, COVID, and regular old (ever increasing) pollution, it's not a home feature that…

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Which So-Cal Beach Town is Your So-Cal Beach Town? 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Which So-Cal Beach Town is Your So-Cal Beach Town?

If you’re dreaming of the ocean but not sure where in the South Bay to build, this post is for you. When we hear “Los Angeles County,” most of us…

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Spending Lots of Time At Home? Need More Exercise? How To Turn Your Basement Into A High-Tech Home Gym 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Spending Lots of Time At Home? Need More Exercise? How To Turn Your Basement Into A High-Tech Home Gym

Billiards and ping-pong tables are nice, but your basement can be more exciting. Have you ever considered a custom home gym? Think bouldering walls, indoor lap pools, interactive exercise mirrors.…

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Keep Your California Beach Home Looking Great For Generations: Beach House Maintenance 101 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Keep Your California Beach Home Looking Great For Generations: Beach House Maintenance 101

All houses need maintenance, but beach houses require extra TLC. Here’s how to do it in Southern California. Photo by Paul Jonason Between the sun, the salty air, and the…

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So Many Variables In Custom Design! Do You Want A Traditional or Open Floor Plan—Which Is Best For Your Beach House? 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

So Many Variables In Custom Design! Do You Want A Traditional or Open Floor Plan—Which Is Best For Your Beach House?

The open floor plan has become extremely popular, but don’t underestimate the advantages to distinct rooms, with real walls. My husband and I just purchased a home, which we’re now…

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Great Design Makes Great Use of Passive Solar Energy & Natural Light 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Great Design Makes Great Use of Passive Solar Energy & Natural Light

Passive solar can plays a powerful role in good design. Ignoring natural light is a tragic—and rookie—mistake for Southern California beach homes. We live in Southern California. Obviously we love…

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Design a Workspace that Actually Works Today: Smart Home Office Ideas To Benefit The Whole Family 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Design a Workspace that Actually Works Today: Smart Home Office Ideas To Benefit The Whole Family

Many of us want to work from home these days, even as offices reopen. The way that we work has changed, and this change has been coming long before most…

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Spending More Time At Home? We All Need Better-Designed Residential Spaces 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Spending More Time At Home? We All Need Better-Designed Residential Spaces

We’re at home a lot these days, and we’re asking a lot of our spaces. We need our domestic environments to be safe, comforting, and functional—places we can live, work,…

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What’s Most Important When Building Your California Beach House—Design, Time or Budget? 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

What’s Most Important When Building Your California Beach House—Design, Time or Budget?

All of our clients want their California beach house to be built fast and on-budget, with the finest finishes and furnishings. But custom building is a year-long journey, and building…

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Deciding on an Architectural Style For Your Custom Beach House? Discover Today’s Best Beach House Styles With This Helpful Guide 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Deciding on an Architectural Style For Your Custom Beach House? Discover Today’s Best Beach House Styles With This Helpful Guide

You want to build your California beach house in the South Bay. You know what zoning regulations your Manhattan Beach lot falls under. You know you want to build a…

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Don’t Get Overwhelmed! Check Out Our Guide To Choosing The Right Doors & Windows For Your New Home 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Don’t Get Overwhelmed! Check Out Our Guide To Choosing The Right Doors & Windows For Your New Home

You make a lot of decisions when you custom build. You may find yourself thinking about things you've never considered before, like doors and windows. Do you know what type of…

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Got Fur? Got Mess? How to Design Today’s Kid And Pet Friendly Luxury Home 1333 1999 White Sands Coastal

Got Fur? Got Mess? How to Design Today’s Kid And Pet Friendly Luxury Home

Your beach house can be kid and pet friendly without being boring or cluttered. Our clients sometimes assume that all the character and refinements have to be stripped from their…

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