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Avalon, NJ Project

MSE had the privilege to work on a wonderful project in Avalon, New Jersey. Our client lives here in the DC area and asked if we wouldn’t mind working on her weekend place. The project went very well, despite the 6 hour round-trip. The contractors (special thanks to David Kolb at Pride Building Associates in Stone Harbor, NJ) were extremely helpful and flexible and we ended up with a project that the client loves–that’s the best result!

Our client chose quaint Avalon, NJ as the location for her weekend house. She had visions of her large extended family gathering there year ’round to enjoy the beaches and each others’ company. Once the house was done, she called MSE in to work with the narrow back yard. My client wanted the back yard to reflect the casual feel of this picturesque beach town and to have all of the amenities of a resort.

A “before” picture of the back yard.


While maintaining much of the existing mature plant material, MSE was able to install a full outdoor kitchen complete with gas grill, prep sink and refrigerator. The cabinets and appliances are specially built to withstand the elements. Beautiful honed Pennsylvania Flagstone forms the countertop. The bar area creates a second dining space or just a place to chat with the chef as she prepares dinner!

Kitchen 1

Bar 2

The gas-fueled firepit invites guests to pull up a chair and extends the outdoor entertaining season even to Thanksgiving! The mature native pines were retained for their valuable screening of the narrow back yard. Shade-loving shrubs will fill in during the summer for long-lasting color.


The deck allows for plenty of dining space and flows directly from the main house. Great for summer parties!


A custom-built spiral staircase joins the back yard to the upper level balcony with its views of the sea. Also a great from which perch to take photos….


What a fun project–Here’s to many long summer nights with family and friends!

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