Designed for the family as a “Nantucket” shingle style vacation home, the house was envisioned to be a gathering destination and easy beach living for friends and family to enjoy for generations. Located along the seven-mile beach of Avalon, New Jersey, main bedrooms and living spaces were arranged to maximize ocean views and breezes. By centralizing the staircase the main living level on the second floor is a completely open plan, with only a Study, used as an “away space” should privacy be necessary. Numerous outdoor porches and balconies extend the living spaces with the screened porch being among the family’s favorite. The subdued traditional exterior is complimented by simple transitional details of the interior, with contrasting interior materials of natural and painted wood, stone and metal. Bedrooms and baths occupy the first and third floors, including a first floor recreation/family room which opens on to the pool and pool terrace.
The home was designed with the intent of creating a simple open floor plan where spaces for living, eating, and entertainment overlap. Since the home is located by the beach, beach living is expressed throughout the space and selection of materials. The importance of continuity of the architecture of the house with the rest of the neighborhood was also fundamental in the design.