Island Beach OutLook

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A new beach house was commissioned for a family who owned a lot on the southern most block of Ocean County, which borders 'Island Beach State Park', a 10 mile section of the barrier between the Atlantic Ocean & Barnegat Bay. 

Island Beach State Park is the largest protected coastal land mass along the entire coast of New Jersey, one of the last remaining undeveloped coastal settings along the 130 mile coastline of the Jersey Shore. This somewhat remote location offers the residents who live nearby access to an ecosystem which is pristine and protected, which is why it is coveted by fisherman, surfers and bird watchers on a year round basis.

Our client, a NIKE executive who travels globally on an ongoing basis, selected this location for a Summer home & future retirement setting due to the access, compelling views, and relative privacy. We designed & built a three-level home, set up as 'reverse living',with the primary living spaces on the 2nd level, because of views of the ocean and bay from many rooms and access to natural light. The kitcken, screened in rear porch, & family room overlook the water views & wild dunes.


The homes design is transitional with a casual coastal spirit with a focus on durability to withstand the continual winds and extreme weather of this open coastal environment. This home is is a 'net zero energy' model with geothermal heating/cooling as well as solar electric producing the majority of the homes power requirements.

The project was completed during the Summer of 2012. It withstood the impact of super storm 'Sandy' experiencing no flooding and minimal wind damage, in a location where many of the homes were destroyed.