Designed by E/L STUDIO, the Jade Residence, of Wildwood, New Jersey, is quite unique. First, it’s built right next to the family business, a motel in the city’s doo-wop district, so part of its design was inspired by the original motel units. Second, the part of the design that does reference those motel units is the ground floor of the house which happens to be rental units that act as the foundation of the home. The family’s portion of the house are the upper floors. It’s even differentiated with the design on the exterior of the house.

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The concept of the residence is to do double duty – be a vacation home for now and be a retirement home that grows with the next generation.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

They integrated a geo-thermal system and passive ventilation to take the edge off of the heating/cooling load on most days.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

The exterior is clad in Fundermax panels to create a hurricane-resistant rain screen since the home is close to the beach.

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Rectangular windows sit at different heights for both adults and children to enjoy the ocean views.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Oh hey, Austin-Healey, you’re my dream car.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Moving to the inside, the family part of the home is super bright with white walls and light wood floors. To contrast the starkness, they brought in bold greens and yellows which makes the interior really pop.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

I love the green cabinets that they paired with black appliances, and then how they contrasted those with a white island.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

The ceiling opens up above the island and lets you peep the floors above. You also get the first hints of yellow.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

The other opening is situated above the living room helping the light move throughout all the levels.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

The yellow is painted in the alcoves on the ceiling that hold windows intensifying the sunlight that filters in.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

They continued the yellow by way of accent tiles in the black and white bathroom.

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Motel Inspired Vacation Home at the Jersey Shore in main architecture  Category

Photos by Pepper Watkins.