MacDonald Residence


Long Beach Island, NJ


Completed 2010


MacDonald Family


Located in Harvey Cedars, on Long Beach Island, NJ, this vacation house replaces an earlier residence swept away by Hurricane Sandy. Raised on piers, the cedar-clad structure resembles its 19th-century predecessors using local indigenous materials and vernacular transposed to a contemporary idiom. In response to the intense summer sun, a porch of cedar slats wraps around the south side, expanding to a 2-story volume framing the view to the bay on the west side. The raised living level is seamlessly connected to the bay level with a generous stair flanked with stepped seating areas acknowledging the family pastime of “bay watching.”

The open 2-story layout easily accommodates the newly acquired influx of weekend beachgoers by retaining a private upper level for the family, while the lower level contains a second master bedroom as well as a dormitory room that sleeps six. Consequently, the flexibility in the living/dining area extending to the south porch will allow for intimacy as well as open informality that one desires in a vacation setting.