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J.Neal Architecture & Design

Cape May Residence

Conceived in historic Cape May, NJ this project has been a very particular puzzle to work through.  Beyond working through the constraints of the local historic board, our site is located insular to a residential block and off an easement rather than a street front.  The existing structure is considering non-conforming, as is the site itself.

Using these constraints to our advantage we were able to piece together a design that, compliments its Victorian surroundings, incorporates new FEMA standards, and creates zoning and landscaping improvements, all lending to a custom home, with 18’ ceilings, and open floor plan for families to build summer memories within.


a computer rendering image of the exterior

223.5 North St - MACRO MAP

the general vicinity map of construction site


after Hurricane Joaquin the city of Capy May took some aerial photos, and we were able to see the house under construction


during demolition we were able to salvage a lot of the material and plane it down to reuse for the flooring


a compilation of the facade construction in progress with SIP panels


getting the exterior work done with some little helpers


interior work coming together nicely


we designed and produced these custom cornice brackets for the exterior trim

Georgetown Residence

Full renovation and addition to historic home in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.  We successfully balanced concept approval through one of the most stringent historic boards in the nation while ensuring all client needs were met and budget respected.  The result being a partially sunken standout rear addition, conscientiously integrated into the historic context and taking advantage of passive daylighting.  Overall, the finished product became a rewarding and fully custom home including the reconstruction of an existing sleeping porch as a 2 story addition at the rear of the home, completely reallocating the stair and circulation to better serve client needs, a basement dig out, custom storage systems including a built in loft and mobile partition wall in the 2nd floor guest bedroom to absorb the new hallway/existing windows when open, and make use of the natural light when closed.  A design-build project, we have walked the home through every phase including the current Construction Administration to ensure the project is completed with the same care in which is was designed.

For more information on the custom stair design please see our blog post: Georgetown Stairs