Coastal Interior Aesthetic
This new build home with panoramic views of the Barnegat Bay was planned and designed in a coastal style for many users in mind. Two sisters and their husbands partnered to build the new home as a rental and their goal was to accommodate their own multi generational families on the off season. The new home stands where a beach cottage once existed and where my clients, as a young adults, spent summers with their families. The cottage was destroyed by Super Storm Sandy. The intent was to keep the cottage style alive in the new beach house design. To make the multi-generational families more comfortable I designed the home with two primary bedrooms with in-suite bathrooms and an outside shower. The beach house style features reverse living with 5 bedrooms on the first floor and the living space above in order to take in the scenery.
For the new coastal kitchen a rugged look was incorporated using hickory cabinets.The kitchen backsplash was selected for an ocean blue aesthetic and created a beautiful focal point from the other rooms in the open plan living design. The dark island cabinets and countertop provided a counterpoint to the light cabinets and countertop on the perimeter. For kitchen lighting fixtures, and throughout the interior design, hand-forged decorative iron lighting was used to punctuate the design. The beach house interiors was continued with white oak flooring, painted furniture in distressed finishes and decor with a coastal vibe. I designed architectural details around both openings either side of the central dining room to enhance the views of the adjacent spaces and selected beachy pastel finishes throughout, all subdued to not compete with the views out of the windows of the Barnegat Bay. Oh, by the way, my clients were my sister, my brother-in-law, my husband and myself ; )