Trends in Coastal Architecture along the Eastern Coast

Just like the tide, every day more images, articles and stories flow into my design world and I’m inundated with hundreds of interior and architecture related messages. As always, I’ve got to stay on top of things to keep my standing in the design world. But I’ve always worked to cut through the clutter to stay informed and to find out what’s going on in coastal residential design.

Ever since Hurricane Sandy, the coastal communities along the New York and New Jersey coast have been radically transformed. Many of those homes (pre-Sandy) were small bungalows or two story Shingle style homes. Often weekend or summer homes, their exteriors and interiors were not as up to date as their year round homes in the metropolitan regions.

Many coastal homes were passed down through generations and the main use was for casual entertaining or summer vacations. To spend time and money on renovations to update the home was not on the forefront for those who wanted to relax (not rebuild) on their days off from work.

But, so much has changed since ‘Sandy‘ and I reached out to Richard Bubnowski, principal of Richard Bubnowski Design, an award winning design firm, to see what are the most popular trends in the world of coastal residential design.

Richard Bubnowski of Richard Bubnowski Design , has been on the forefront of coastal architecture years before and after Hurricane Sandy. Richard’s multi-disciplined design firm is located in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey and has designed homes not only in New Jersey, but also across the country.

You could say Richard’s architectural style is coastal, but it is grounded in an appreciation of both traditional, transitional and contemporary design. The firm’s ability to redefine traditional styles with a clean, modern approach, but with a traditional sensibility has developed into the signature of the practice.

Richard’s clients look for timeless architecture and appreciate state-of-the-art application of smart technology in their homes. And, according to Michael Berens article, smart technology can offer the best solution to “improve the quality of the “indoor living environment,” while lowering maintenance time and costs. All in all Richard explains, that “today’s clients prefer lower maintenance homes.”

Today’s Coastal Home is all about Low Maintenance

Besides smart technology, below are popular trends in coastal architecture – open floorplans, pre-finished floors, metal roofing, transitional, contemporary or mid-century design, James Hardie cementitious siding, traditional houses on pilings

Open floorplans and Hardwood finished or Pre-finished floors

Richard Bubnowski Design
Photo by Sam Oberter Photography and Little Silver, NJ House designed by                                Richard Bubnowski Design

Coastal Homes with a Metal Roof 

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC Harvey Cedars NJ exterior with cedar shakes
Photo by Sam Oberter Photography and House designed by Richard Bubnowski Design
Richard Bubnowski Design LLC Bay Head NJ
Bay Head NJ home designed by Richard Bubnowski Design LLC 
Richard Bubnowski Design LLC Spring Lake NJ
                  Photo by Sam Oberter Photography and Spring Lake, NJ House designed by –                              Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Transitional Design 

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC Harvey Cedars NJ
              Photo by Sam Oberter Photography/Transitional Harvey Cedars home designed by                   Richard Bubnowski Design 

Hardie Siding in Lieu of Cedar Shakes

Hardie Siding
Photo courtesy of Hardie Siding

Contemporary or Mid-century Design

Fire Island Home

The ‘Bayside House on Fire Island (photo courtesy of Curbed)

 Traditional Homes raised upon pilings

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC NJ raised house after Hurrican Sandy
Post Sandy Renovation and Lift designed by Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

While we all wish to have been spared the devastation of Sandy, the rebuilding of our coastline’s homes has transformed our communities and brought many coastal homes into this century. It’s true, the tides have changed because of firms like Richard Bubnowski Design and the homes are now designed and built to last.

For expert advice and design on your coastal home –

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC807 Bradley Road, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742t: 732.701.4900 / m: 732.330.2760 / efax:1.914.364.7007

Best of Houzz Award, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Master Design Award, Qualified Remodeler Magazine, 2008, 2010, 2014

Design Excellence Award, Residential Design Build Magazine, 2012Watermark Award, 2010, 2011