Water’s Edge – A Modern Beachfront Home

Modern Beachfront Home, New Jersey.

Built at the water’s edge on Long Beach Island, this 8000-sf, modern residence offers broad views of the ocean from every room. Responding to the clients’ desire for a generously-sized house that is environmentally-friendly, the structure was designed in an “H” form, with concrete, wood and tempered glass forming multiple bays.
Throughout the common spaces and within the private rooms, the color palette is neutral with subtle shifts in texture and hue that respond to changes in natural light.
The first floor, a flight up from flood risk, is the primary indoor/outdoor entertainment area. In the entry gallery, a monumental, sculptural stair of stainless steel and white oak reflects light from east and west windows and a skylight above. A service kitchen, bar, and six guest suites flank the gallery, and 18’ sliding glass doors open to sundecks, pool and path to the ocean.
On the top floor, stairs lead to Dining room, balcony and upper deck, and then the sleek kitchen which features a 14’ marble and steel island with appliances hidden behind smart cabinets. The kitchen opens to the Great room which in addition to 180 degree ocean views, and wraparound window seats, features a 5’x10’ temperature-controlled, marble wine room. A door leads to a large outdoor kitchen and steel stair to the roof deck. For safety, a braided stainless steel curtain, gently chiming in the wind, surrounds the stair.
Behind the great stair, two quiet, private spaces, the Study and the Owners’ suite occupy the other end of the floor. The bedroom has a balcony, dressing room and walk-in closet, ocean-view tub, spacious shower with steam unit, and a door to the outside where a second shower shares sun and ocean views.
The insulated concrete home is energy efficient from its core structure to the LED lighting, automatic shade controls, variable refrigerant technology, and multiple green roofs. To resist storms, the underlying structure of walls, piers, roofs and floors are reinforced concrete braced by steel moment frames.
Despite daily product supply and personnel challenges caused by the pandemic, the construction took only 20 months to complete.

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