Design Guidelines for New Construction in Beach Haven

 Design Guidelines for New Construction in Beach Haven


 Design Guidelines for New Construction in Beach Haven

 Design Guidelines for New Construction in Beach Haven

Beach Haven on Long Beach Island (or LBI), which is one of the oldest seashore towns in New Jersey, has many well preserved homes from the 19th and 20th Century and is fortunate to have them located in one general place; the historic district of Beach Haven. Here, one can see what shore living was all about over a century ago when LBI was a very different place. The town of Beach Haven, in an effort to preserve the charm of this by-gone era,  has implemented design guidelines for new construction in Beach Haven, specifically in this historic district.


What is the Historic District?

The historic district defines a group of buildings or building sties that the state, federal or local government has designated as having played a major role in the historical development of an area. There are a few key points that must be considered:

  • Architectural Survey: This identifies and evaluates the historical significance of an area or a structure.
  • Key Properties: These are the specific buildings or structures that qualify as landmarks
  • Contributing Properties-These properties typically date to a specific period of time and help in the makeup of a district. Most properties fall into this category.
  • Non-Contributing Properties- These are properties that do not have significant historical value. In Beach Haven, this applies mostly to commercial proprieties and oceanfront homes.


Where is the Historic District?

The historic district runs roughly Atlantic Ave to Bay Ave(running East to West) and Chatsworth Ave to 5th Street Running (North to South). Note there are additional areas peppered throughout the town, so it is best to consult with the town itself or contact me and I will provide you with a map of the district.

What Can I build in the is the Historic District?

Prior to building, designing or purchasing property in Beach Haven, it is imperative that you consult with a local architect to understand local building codes and what can be built. Generally, there are a few home styles that you must follow. They are:

  • Gothic Revival
  • Italianate
  • Second Empire
  • Stick Style
  • Queen Anne
  • Shingle Style
  • Craftsman
  • Colonial Revival
  • Planbook and Kit Houses

The board which decides what is considered appropriate will as four main questions. They are:

  •  The impact of the proposed change on the town’s style.
  • The importance to the town and to what extent the change will impact the public interest.
  • The level of involvement of textures and materials that could not be reproduced without great difficulty.
  • How the change will impact the view of landmarks.

As you can see from the emphasis on design style and public impact, the town’s major concern in with exterior design. Windows, decks steps, eves, doors, garages, dormers and roofs are major focal points with the town.

What It All Means!

In essence, new construction in Beach Haven should respect the character of nearby historic structures. The town is not looking to make homeowners build exact historically accurate duplicates of past structures, but is rather encouraging architects to incorporate traditional designs into contemporary homes. This has been achieved with great success many times in Beach Haven.

If you are considering a purchase in the Beach Haven area, contact me and I will provide you the information you need on local listings and the LBI real estate market in general to help you make an informed decision.

Nathan Colmer | The Van Dyk Group

Cell: 609-290-4293 | Office: 800-222-0131 |

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