Coastal home plans, also referred to as "beach house plans" or "beach house floor plans," have a distinctive look that's both unique and refreshing. Coastal house plans borrow from a variety of styles, including Spanish, Mediterranean and even Victorian home plans. In Florida, coastal house plans tend to be perched on stilts to provide a measure of defense against the hurricanes that move ashore. Many of our beach house plans use wood (pole) or cement (pier) posts as foundations, and usually include panoramic windows and outdoor living spaces oriented to the rear to capitalize on the fabulous water views. Exterior material choices for coastal house plans need to respond well to the elements and be able to weather salt air, so many homeowners choose synthetic materials, which are less prone to degradation from salt mist.