Doylestown, PA, April, 2012 – Raphael Architects, a Doylestown-based firm offering residential, commercial and institutional architectural services to clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, received the Silver Medal and Peer Award for their Loveladies Beach home from the American Institute of Architects Bucks County (AIA) at their March meeting held at the Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope, PA. The Silver Medal is the highest recognition awarded. David McHenry of Erdy-McHenry Architecture of Philadelphia served as juror, tasked with reviewing the 2011 project submissions to the AIA Bucks County and making the difficult award decisions.
The Raphael Architects award winning home, located in the Long Beach Island community of Loveladies, Ocean County New Jersey, was a renovation project of a pre-existing structure featuring a “white bread dipped in fondant” exterior design with a simply organized, upside-down floor plan taking advantage of the ocean and bay views and breezes. The Raphael extensive renovation created a grand bungalow paying homage to the arts and crafts movement on the Pacific coast of the early 20th century.
The winning design features a signature entry tower leading to a foyer and a sun porch on the upper level, offering sunset views from the living room. A spiral staircase leads to the roof deck with panoramic views of the ocean, bay and lighthouse. Additions include a new master bedroom suite and embellished public spaces to form a unique destination for the extended family and friends. The kitchen was moved to a new addition occupying the southeast corner of the home, an optimal location for early sunrise illumination, ocean views and breezes. A craftsman-style staircase leads down to the four bedrooms and new family room. Renovated wraparound decks reinforce the craftsman imagery with Spanish cedar guardrails. Additions to the home are completed with a new outside stairwell and exterior shower stalls to support life centered on enjoyment of the beach and ocean.
As a sustainable design project, the home uses cement fiber siding, Spanish cedar brackets and pergolas, high-efficiency windows and doors, shading and screening devices to create a new image with an historical flair. Other environmentally friendly upgrades include high-efficiency HVAC equipment, sprayed closed cell urethane insulation; extended roof overhangs (shielding the interior from summer mid-day sun), Energy Star® appliances, dual flush toilets, low v.o.c. interior finishes, and hypo-allergenic electronic filters. All interior trim is repurposed from mahogany bleacher boards salvaged from a local high school gymnasium renovation.
“The design of this vacation home harkens back to a time when the construction of a shore house was a grand gesture with substance and integrity rather than the derivative houses that have been mass produced in recent years to replace the seaside retreats of an earlier time…The transformation is quite remarkable when you look at the “before” and “after” photos…The reality is that there were a couple of relatively minor interventions that are leveraged to a pretty significant visual impact,” said McHenry.
Through this awards event, AIA Bucks County promotes and recognizes design excellence amng its members and fosters public awareness of the Architect’s role in shaping the guild environment.