Eight relaxing beach houses with panoramic views


In our latest lookbook, we’ve found eight coastal homes that take advantage of wide-spanning oceanic views, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Including a mid-century modern getaway home in the Hamptons and a tropical paradise in the Bahamas, each home has a unique way of providing picture-perfect scenes.

Whether incorporating the playful elements of a cargo net or building infinity pools that almost reach the sea, each home has found a way to provide interiors that honour their settings.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring living rooms with sculptural furniture, herringbone flooring in neutral homes and tips for bathroom decorating.


Plover House, USA, by Fuse Architects
Photo by Joe Fletcher

Plover House, USA, by Fuse Architects

US-based studio Fuse Architects remodelled a 1960s Californian coastal home, raising the roofline to install large windows that fill the kitchen, dining space and bedrooms with light.

Alongside the views of Pajaro Dunes, Plover House utilises the building’s existing skylight to maximise brightness in the home, which is contrasted by the exterior dark cedar cladding.

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Photo of Pink Sands Beach house in the Bahamas by Brillhart Architecture and Darren Sawyer
Photo by Brillhart Architecture and Stephen Goettlicher

Pink Sands Beach house, Bahamas, by Brillhart Architecture and Garth and Darren Sawyer

Located by Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas, this pavilion-style home was informed by local architecture and tropical modernism, with shutters opening the indoor-outdoor living space at the front of the building to views of palm trees and the ocean.

Brillhart Architecture and Garth and Darren Sawyer also added exposed rafters that create shadows in the room, while windows and sliding doors at the back of the house showcase the landscape and pool.

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Casa Bell-Lloc, Costa Rica, by Studio Saxe
Photo by Andres Garcia Lachner

Casa Bell-Lloc, Costa Rica, by Studio Saxe

Folding glass doors lead to a pool with an ocean view at Casa Bell-Loc, reflecting the landscape back to the L-shaped beach house by San José-based firm Studio Saxe.

Surrounded by wood and concrete, glass panels are slotted in and around the ceiling to create additional beams of light and extend the scene.

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Rockbound, Canada, by Omar Gandhi Architects
Photo by Ema Peter

Rockbound, Canada, by Omar Gandhi Architects

Canadian studio Omar Gandhi Architects created an expansive view of Nova Scotia with a large open deck and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The box-shaped house and steel-bordered windows were used to form picture frame panoramas of the bay, complimented by linear indoor and outdoor furniture.

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Primeriza House, Chile, by Stanaćev Granados
Photo by Marcos Zegers

Primeriza House, Chile, by Stanaćev Granados

Geometric wooden frames complement the Chilean backdrop at this beach house by Stanaćev Granados, situated on a cypress-lined hill in Chorrillos.

Views can be enjoyed from a cargo net installed on the house’s first floor, which connects the white wooden interiors with the darker stain used outside.

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Photo of Casa Mateo pool by Zozaya Arquitectos
Photo by Cesar Belio

Casa Mateo, Mexico, by Zozaya Arquitectos

An infinity pool was constructed around a tree to reflect Casa Mateo’s surroundings, which is located on the Pacific coast in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Sunken seats, a steel pergola attached to the concrete structure and an outdoor dining space are located next to the pool to enjoy the oceanscape.

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Photo of the Bilgola Beach House by Olson Kundig
Photo by Rory Gardiner

Bilgola Beach House, Australia, by Olson Kundig

This home in Sydney’s Bilgola Beach features a penthouse-style wing with upward folding shutters and a screen-lined bridge to maximise sights of the sea.

Designed by Seattle-based studio Olson Kundig, the building incorporates a glass door opposite the windows to provide scenic perspectives through the building.

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Long Island beach house, USA, by Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts & Partners
Photo by Eric Petschek and Scott Frances

Long Island beach house, USA, by Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts & Partners

The sculptural pool in this holiday home by Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts & Partners provides height over the dunes for a panoramic view of the Hamptons coast.

The owners wanted to incorporate mid-century modern aesthetics, which informed the shape of the pavilion pool, and the indoor and outdoor furniture.

Find out more about the Long Island beach house ›

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring living rooms with sculptural furniture, herringbone flooring in neutral homes and tips for bathroom decorating.



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