In designing this inviting retreat on the New Jersey shore, NewStudio’s team maneuvered within city ordinances and a narrow site to create the modern beach house the multi-generational family envisioned. The 4,500 sf residence reinterprets the surrounding beach-cottage vernacular with roof slopes within the city’s “4 & 12” specifications; a vaulted second level for living, dining and living areas, with windows and balcony facing the sea; and a master suite in a “box” with angular framed views of the coast. An interior stair connects the second level’s communal spaces with the bedrooms below and the master suite above.

Clad in durable mahogany and fiber-cement board, with a standing-seam metal roof, the home says “modern beach house” inside. Wave-patterned azure tiles anchor the seaside color motif in the kitchen, complemented by white walls, whitewashed wood floors and kitchen beams, ash cabinets, and the Cambria waterfall island. A blue-washed wall in the TV room, bold green and blue upholstery patterns, and seaglass-blue tile accents in the laundry room and master bath add beach-inspired pops of color, too. Sunbrella upholstery fabric, washable rugs, and easyto-clean wood floors wisely support the family’s active seaside lifestyle.

Photo credit: Peter VonDeLinde