Family-Friendly Ideas for Your Summer Beach House

We’ve all felt it: that unsettling feeling when a good thing is about to come to an end. Home ownership on the Jersey Shore has a variety of benefits. There’s no timer on your vacation, and you don’t have to book in advance. Your coastal getaway is on your terms, which means you can come and go as you please and even rent out the home when you’re not using it. Plus, it can be customized to your own standards, and it will likely grow in value over time.


With all this in mind, building or renovating a home at the beach is an extremely attractive option for families. Families grow, their needs shift over time, and relatives and friends are often invited to stay. Here are some family-friendly ideas to incorporate in your existing or future summer beach house to get the most out of it.

Flexible Dining Options

While custom dining room tables are a beautiful addition to any home, it’s a luxury that not all families want or need. A kitchen island with ample seating can be a great alternative if your family is frequently on the move or prefers to enjoy meals outdoors. It can also double as a homework or activity space for kids and prep area for adults. Sunday brunch anyone?

Versatile Living Spaces

Sectionals offer more seating than a traditional couch and take up less space than multiple pieces of furniture would. Most are also versatile, meaning you can break your sectional up as needed or configure it into different arrangements. Last but not least, going this route can make your living room look more stylish and sophisticated – the options are endless in terms of shape, size, material, and pattern.

Custom Bedroom Add-Ons

We’ve all heard about those underutilized areas of the home, and bedrooms are one of them. By opting for bunk beds, your family will enjoy more space and connectivity. You can also take things to the next level by adding drawers to the bottom of the beds. This is a win-win scenario for everyone, because you can store more belongings without cluttering the space for the family members or friends you’re bunking with!

Modern Ground-Level Additions

Floating stairs don’t just provide just an extremely modern aesthetic, they’re a unique space saver. The architectural design allows you to build underneath them without cluttering the surrounding area. This is a great option if you want to incorporate a powder room or closet on the ground level of your custom home, which both come in handy after a long day at the beach.

Built-in Cubbies and Shelves

When it comes to meeting the requirements of a growing family, you can never have enough storage. Built-in cubbies and shelves allow you to keep your home eloquent and organized while taking advantage of what would otherwise be wasted space. Walls and bulky furniture can make any area look smaller and disrupt the transition between rooms, whereas built-ins will help to blend the home as a whole.

Building or renovating a family beach home can not only bring you immediate satisfaction, it’s a great long-term investment. It’s a place you’ll get to appreciate on an ongoing basis with your loved ones and has indefinite rental opportunities. Additionally, you can always make adjustments to your custom home as your wants or needs change. Why not give life on the Jersey Shore a try?


Monetti Custom Homes specializes in custom home design, custom home construction, and custom home renovation along the beautiful New Jersey coastline. For more information, contact us here. Please call to speak to a specialist at 732.223.7949

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