Take advantage of breathtaking coastal and mountain views with these updates to your home.
If you are lucky enough to have a Malibu home that offers breathtaking ocean or mountain views, make the most of it with these updates to your home. Here are some of the top ideas from home improvement pros for updates that make the most of your coastal home.
Large Windows and Skylights
With beautiful sweeping views of the ocean and the breathtaking mountains beyond, Malibu offers homeowners some of the best scenery anywhere in the country. An abundance of windows and glass doors allow natural light to flood your Malibu home. Install large, stylish windows and adding skylights to your home to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery. Use French doors to let in even more light and give your home a beach-inspired look. French doors also allow for an easy floor between the indoors and outside.
Open Floor Plan
An open floor plan is great for Malibu homes, as it helps you take advantage of the natural surroundings. It gives your home an open, coastal beach feel. Choose a floor plan that provides a seamless flow from the dining room/kitchen area to the living room. Use warm, light-hued paint shades to enhance the light feel.
Take advantage of a coastal backdrop by adding windows to your kitchen. That way, the water and clear sky will take center stage. Choose large, see-through glass pendant lights to add to the effect. Update your cabinets a natural wood color to give your kitchen warmth.
Outdoor Living Area
Outdoor living areas are one of the biggest trends right now and a sought-after amenity among home buyers. Malibu is the perfect area for an outdoor living area. Enjoy expansive ocean views, breathtaking sunsets and cool breezes from your backyard retreat. Plus, when it comes time to sell, your outdoor living area will make your home more attractive to home buyers. Here are some tips to help you build the perfect outdoor living area:
- If you have an outdoor deck, protect it with professionally applied waterproofing so that it can withstand the corrosive salt and sea spray. This will ensure that you can enjoy your deck for many years to come.
- Keep the focus on the view. Place seating areas where you can best take advantage of lovely outdoor views.
- Choose comfortable, inviting furniture perfect for quick afternoon naps.
- Use large umbrellas to allow guests to relax by the sea without getting scorched by the sun.
- Choose a light palette for furniture and accessories. This helps the blue sea look even more striking.
Louvered shutters serve several purposes. They provide privacy and promote circulation. In addition, they help provide a coastal look. Choose mahogany or teak woods as they stand up well to harsh coastal environments and are naturally pest-resistant.
Make sure that your landscaping does not interfere with the scenery beyond. Make perimeter walls low and take a minimalist approach when landscaping your Malibu home. Landscaping that is too busy will detract from the lovely views beyond.
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