Should a brisk walk from your minimally appointed, though lovely, pad to the beach be deemed too strenuous, you could make like the owners of this dwelling created by Oppenheim Architecture+Design and build your house as close to the shore as possible. Dubbed the "House on a Dune," the 2,500-square-foot abode is set on an overgrown stretch of Harbor Island in the Bahamas, its gabled concrete frame peeking over the dunes. In keeping with a tropical vibe, the interiors—arranged, according to the architect, for yoga and other meditative purposes—make use of reclaimed ipe wood and recycled cedar, which line the floors and ceiling, as well as eco-conscious milk paint. The pièce de résistance, though, is a terrace that looks right out into the clear blue Caribbean Sea. Sliding doors provide security and privacy when closed but, save for those times when the hatches are battened, it's essentially a straight shot to the sand and surf.