AxD - PROSPECT shore house
PROSPECT forever house

Sense of Place

Prospect House, with its asymmetrical layout and belvedere tower, is intended as a contemporary spin on a Queen Anne design – one of the many historic styles found in the neighborhood. Inspired by the client’s seven-year-old son, the tower perch provides a direct view of the Cape May Point lighthouse which he adores.

PROSPECT forever house

Sustainable Design

Built to LEED Silver standards and Energy Star certified, Prospect House was awarded an Honor Award from the Pennsylvania Council of the Society of American Registered Architects. The house was commended for its combination of “visual elegance and sustainable functionality”. Features include passive cooling, rainwater harvesting and eco-sourced materials.

Sustainable Design - Always by Design - Philadelphia Architect
Multiple Benefits - Always by Design - Philadelphia Architect
PROSPECT forever house

Multiple Benefits

Our goal was to have every feature of the house provide multiple benefits. The green roof, for example, serves as: a) visual amenity for the middle bedroom, b) storm-water retention, c) cooling aid, reducing solar heat gain, and finally, d) a living oasis for migratory birds and butterflies.

PROSPECT forever house

Aging in Place

As the client anticipated using the house in retirement, the first floor includes a full bath and 4th bedroom. The threshold-free shower was designed with flexible showering hardware for standing and seated showering. A slatted cedar window shutter provides privacy, yet even while closed, allows sunlight and even a breeze to enter, when the window behind is open.

Aging in Place - Always by Design


PROJECT:New sustainably-designed, four-bedroom shore houseLOCATION:Cape May Point, NJARCHITECT:Always by Design; Ed Barnhart, principal-in-charge; Justin Tocci, designer