Long Point

Long Point, Rumson, NJ
Claudia Levy for Cummin Associates

This deep and narrow, 13-acre site connects a busy road to a peaceful tidal river. The large, new “Shingle-style” house has a rambling footprint with equally prominent facades on both the approach and water sides.

The master plan for the property adapted an existing residential property to an expanded, more intense program. The plan included the re-alignment of the driveway, a new swimming pool and tennis court, extensive outdoor living and entertaining spaces, the renovation of an existing, grandfathered cabana as a caretaker cottage, and the preservation of existing specimen trees.On the water side of the building, a single, sweeping terrace unites the “pavilions” that comprise the massing of the building. The terrace extends to the area of the pool, effectively incorporating it into the massing of the building.

The combination of the sloping site, the large footprint of the house, it’s proximity to the water, and coastal building restrictions led to articulated spaces at the level of the building. Stone retaining walls, battered on the water side, help maximize the extent of the terraces and gardens. Walls were used also for the pool enclosure, and were stepped to allow views. A metal railing at the level of the pool was designed to provide transparency. Trellises at the pool garden were, at the client’s request, left un-planted.