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Avalon NJ Residence

AVALON, NJ

Designer: ThinkGreen LLC, USA

The design team was commissioned to ecologically meld a 1970’s style, Avalon, NJ, residential beach house renovation with protected primary dune and habitat. The landscape architect worked directly with the architect and client to form a cohesive plan that allowed the architecture and landscape to blend seamlessly into the context of the native ecosystem to reflect the client’s desire to create a sustainable site. Additionally, the site is located adjacent to public beach access, providing an opportunity to provide local residents and vacationers with an exceptional alternative to the prototypical sea shore gravel or mown lawn landscape. The goal was to transform the pre-construction landscape consisting of concrete paving and gravel into an exemplary model of Sustainable Stormwater Management Practices. The new design would incorporates native plantings, green roofs, vegetated swales and a subsurface storm water cistern to collect rain water for re-distribution through drip irrigation to help establish the native plantings. These features in conjunction with the well drained native soils collectively minimize erosion and storm water discharge. The plant palette was created by researching native plantings within the adjacent prototypical barrier dune and selecting plants which aesthetically and functionally worked best for the site. In addition, the site’s renovations also included the addition of amenities such as a swimming pool, spa, sunning deck, indoor/outdoor exercise gymnasium and a green screen for privacy. To fulfill the site’s sustainability goals, all plants and supplies were sourced and purchased locally within 100 miles of the site.