New England Contemporary Shore Home

Working with a small 50×100 foot lot three houses from the ocean front in Brigantine, the challenge was to maximize ocean views while providing the specialized spaces the owner desired. This three story, 4,100 square foot home provides everything for relaxed shore/resort style living including a two car garage, luxurious master suite plus three additional bedrooms and two and ½ baths, living and dining rooms, a kitchen with sit-down bar, den with fireplace and three decks featuring ocean views. A lot of comfortable living and playing space is packed into this home, offering a relaxed lifestyle for owners, extended family and guests.

Jennings Model at Heritage/Medford

This single family detached home is designed for one-story living to appeal to the 55+ home buyer market. The main level core rooms include the master suite, kitchen with casual dining area, a study and a second bedroom. Two full baths are included on the first floor. A loft on the second level can accommodate flex space to suit the owner’s needs or be configured with bedroom and bath freeing that space on the first floor for an expanded master suite and formal dining room. Flexibility is the calling card for this home designed to satisfy varied lifestyles. The home is offered in a selection of four elevations.

Multi-Family Homes

The project is a mixed-use development consisting of three-story townhomes, a 4,200 square foot retail center and a 3,000 square foot recreation building. The 1,840 square foot townhome design focuses on flexibility for a variety of potential homeowners, be they first time buyers, young families or professionals or perhaps singles who wish to share living space with a friend or sibling. The townhome is designed for a 20×45 lot. The ground level offers the option for a partially finished area along with a two-car garage. The second floor includes a living and dining room, kitchen and gathering/family room as well as a powder room and study. Three bedrooms and 2 baths comprise the third floor, with the option of two master suites, each with ensuite bath.

Old World Custom Home

This 17,000 square foot private custom estate home is set on a six acre wooded site reminiscent of an “enchanted forest”. The owners, proud of their Irish heritage, sought a very European castle-like design concept for their home. This complex estate has everything from a gate house entry to a home with three floors of luxuriously appointed living space. In addition to an attached three-car garage, the property also has a six-car detached garage to house the owner’s collection of unique automobiles. The lower level of the home is “entertainment central” featuring an Irish pub, casino, home theater, spa, guest quarters and every facility for lavish entertaining. A turret staircase to all levels of the home, an elevator, an elaborate first floor master suite and heated floors throughout are just some of the special appointments in this singular home.

Additions/Renovations 1

This 1800’s era Victorian styled home’s original space was 3,404 square feet. An additional 1,056 square feet was added during the expansion/alteration process. The area above the expanded dining room increased the size of the master bedroom. The existing kitchen space was maintained as the working kitchen area. A morning room and a family room with fireplace was added. A rear staircase was added from the first floor to the basement, as well as an elevator which was added from the basement to the first and second floors, to accommodate special family members’ needs. Some exterior work was also completed including a new roof, an added back entry, a three-car attached garage and a revised landscape plan. Throughout, the Victorian flavor of the original home needed to be maintained.

Courtyard Inn Marriott

Holliday Architects works with representatives of the Marriott Hotel group in creating unique designs that meet special needs. For the Courtyard by Marriott in York, PA – a four-story hotel building with 103 guest rooms and additional public spaces – an all wood-frame design that would meet local codes and maintain the Marriott prototype was created. This type of project represents an area of architectural practice that is often overlooked. It is less the “excitement” of creative design and more the matter of technical aspects “behind the walls” that make such a project work.

Log Cabin Addition/Renovation

This project was for the addition and expansion of a very small, existing log cabin structure in a log community. The client’s original structure was a mere 896 square feet. The design challenge was to increase the space within the limits of the 20-foot wide lake-front site to update the structure for current day use. An additional 898 square feet was added with the interior spaces reconfigured to expand the dining room area with existing fireplace, add a new kitchen and gathering room at the rear of the home and to create a new master bedroom, bath and hall bath above the kitchen expansion. The home’s original staircase was similar to a ship’s ladder and needed a completely new design. The original 800 feet of existing space was reconfigured to include a living room, powder room, closet and mechanical room. The new kitchen/gathering room area was stepped down approximately 12″ to gain greater height for the spaces. The design retains the log home’s “authentic” look, maintains the roof line and works with melding the existing log work with the new construction.

New Home

This three story, 5,500 square foot home was designed for the Jersey Shore summer lifestyle with ample room for family and guests. Seven bedrooms, six full and two half baths accommodate a houseful of summer visitors. The design challenge was to position spacious rooms to maximize bay views in a home on a narrow lot. Three levels are served by an elevator from the first story with two bedrooms and a children’s playroom to the main living areas and three additional bedrooms on the second level and finally to the master suite and additional bedroom on the top floor. The main living areas are all open with views to the bay.


For the renovation of this 4,800 square foot residence, extensive redesign of the master suite and bath was done. New details included a spacious walk-in shower, separate tub and commode room. A double-sided fireplace enhances the sitting room. The kitchen and breakfast area was completely redesigned to accommodate the owners’ pleasure in cooking and entertaining. Access to the kitchen from both the foyer and formal dining room was enhanced by archways with barrel-vaulted ceilings. A 13-foot center island with bar sink and snack level became the focal point of the kitchen’s work area. A commercial cooktop and multiple wall ovens were installed. A new pantry was included in the design, with the existing pantry space converted to a home elevator. Triple windows overlook the rear yard of the home.

New 2

This two story, 3,220 square foot custom home on the bay in Brigantine was designed with the living spaces, including kitchen, dining and great rooms as well as the master suite on the second floor. Large decks offer bay views. Three additional bedrooms with two baths comprise the first floor level of the home.

Single Family 2

This classic detached home was designed for the upscale active adult buyer. Featuring main level living, the home has a unique octagonal grand entry foyer leading to an open plan in the rear of the home, perfect for entertaining with a great room, breakfast room and island kitchen with an eating/service bar. Private spaces include a home office/study, expansive owners’ suite and a second bedroom with adjacent bath. A standard second floor offers 240 square feet of storage space or can be finished to provide one or two bedrooms, a full bath and a loft.

Stone Harbor Shore Residence Renovation

This existing 47 year old Shore home was renovated to provide more space, updated facilities and a new look for the home’s exterior which was similar to many other homes in the general neighborhood. An existing seasonal sun porch was converted to an all-season sunroom on the front of the house. This opens to a new wrap-around porch which is partially screened and partially open. A whole new master suite was built above the porch additions, specifically positioned to capture the ocean view. An upper deck was added to the suite, along with an all new bath and closets. The result, along with the addition of new and updated spaces, was the conversion of a dated ranch-style home into a two-story home with unique styling.

Custom 2

The owner of this uniquely designed home had moved back to the East Coast after living for a while in California. She wanted a ranch style home similar to those she had seen there, with an open “West Coast” feel. The homesite she selected was the last available of five in a secluded enclave of distinctive homes. The requirement in this select community, however, was that homes there be designed with a minimum of 4,500 square feet. The challenge was to create a ranch style home that met the square footage requirement and would be in harmony with the other much larger homes in the enclave. A unique design with multiple high ceilings throughout achieved this goal. Special features include a three-car garage, full basement, extended covered rear porch with mechanical screens, an outdoor kitchen under the porch, a swimming pool with detached pool house and a bonus room above the garage.

Sea Isle

The original home on this site, two houses from the beach, was an old style two story duplex. The architectural group redesigned the custom re-make as a three story home featuring two private residences. The first floor is comprised of two equally sized private living spaces. Unit A on the left also includes the full second floor of the home, with private access. Unit B on the right includes the full third floor area, serviced by an elevator. This townhome/flat combination is a unique design departure from the typical duplex design.

New 3

This 2,650 square foot three bedroom, 3 ½ bath home is situated one block from the bay with a larger adjacent home effectively blocking water views. To meet this design challenge, the main living areas, including dining area, kitchen, study and great room were positioned on the second level where access to an upper roof deck offers views of the bay and surrounding areas. Bedrooms, including the master suite, are on the first level of the home. A stone and cedar exterior with metal roof accents enhance the home’s curb appeal.

Haddon Heights

The client for this project was a small builder who specializes in rehabilitating older neighborhoods by buying small, older homes and partially tearing them down to the foundation and first floor framing, then rebuilding to create a larger, redesigned home. The project was for a template design for five infill single family homes on a single street. Originally a small, single-story cape design, each home was rebuilt in an expanded design with a reconfigured first floor and an added second floor. The original first floor portion in each home was approximately 1,200 square feet, with an additional 1,200 square feet added in a second story. While the basic template is the same for all homes, some small changes were made to accommodate specific owner requests.

Gladwyne Custom Home

A unique custom home designed as a builder’s model, this property has a “Main Line” formal country home flavor. It is distinguished by a stone and stucco exterior facade with a pillared portico entering to the grand two-story foyer. A double-sided fireplace is between the foyer and the great room at the rear. A grand staircase off the foyer has an angled bay window on the landing. A sunny atrium with a vaulted ceiling adjoins both a morning room off the kitchen and an enclosed sunroom to the rear. The expansive master suite on the second floor is set off from the three additional bedrooms and baths for added privacy. Two of the second floor bedrooms have ensuite baths.

Shore 3

This unique oceanfront property in Cape May, New Jersey was designed for a private client. The architectural team faced many challenges with a very narrow homesite sandwiched between another private home and a hotel. Additionally, Historical Society regulations needed to be met. Finally, with an oceanfront location, the desire was to maximize ocean views from every area possible. The finished home is only 23 feet wide and 80 feet deep. Three floors of living space provide for four bedrooms, including the master suite. Volume ceilings distinguished by custom moldings give the kitchen and main living areas an open, spacious feel, as do wide hallways and custom window designs. Side and front exterior porches on the two main floors take full advantage of ocean breezes and spectacular views. Site lines to the adjacent hotel structure were minimized and stained glass windows in colorful shore designs closed off stairwell landings from hotel views. The distinctive exterior design makes this property right at home in this historic Shore community.

New 4

The client for this two story cape style home design sought to downsize yet maintain a custom feel. Stone and cedar shake accent the exterior. Three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, a great room, kitchen/breakfast suite and study make best use of the 2500 square feet of living space.

Lincoln Model

The home is a single family detached home designed for active adults. The home is a single family one- or two-story home featuring first floor living with a master suite down and the option of a second level with an additional bedroom and bath and a loft overlooking the great room and foyer below. Unique among most age-restricted home designs, the home is distinguished by a graceful, wrap-around porch and a two car garage. It includes a two-story foyer, formal living and dining rooms, an island kitchen with breakfast area, adjacent great room with optional fireplace, a spacious first floor master suite plus additional bedroom and bath and convenient laundry room. Custom and personalized options offer special features for easy living such as a security system, grab bars in baths, roll-in showers with hand-held shower heads, and a central vacuum system. The home ranges from 1,994 square feet for the single level design to 2,528 square feet with the second level addition.

Hampton Inn

A 57,204 square foot, 4-story, 87 room hotel in metal stud frame construction. Special features include a stucco (EIFS) exterior, Epicore concrete floors and a flat membrane system roof. This project was 50% complete when Holliday Architects took ownership of the plans and improved them to facilitate the completion of the construction.

Custom 4

The owner of this 6,400 square foot custom home was influenced by homes seen in Florida. His desires were satisfied with a design that focuses on a lanai with a screened-in swimming pool. In keeping with the casual Florida lifestyle, the family room, kitchen, bar and man’s den all open directly onto the lanai. The home’s unique kitchen design includes a spacious work area, breakfast room and adjacent homework area for the family’s children. The most unusual feature of the kitchen is the coffered diagonal tray ceiling. Two large storage areas are included, one a walk-in pantry, the other a kosher pantry for storage of holiday dishes and other kosher items. All bedrooms are on the second floor with the master suite situated several steps above the other bedrooms. A rear staircase leads down to the children’s rooms. An elevator shaft was built into the home to accommodate a future installation.

Shore 4

This property is a 2,194 square foot custom home designed for a single male homeowner who has an additional principal residence. Set in a small mixed-property community on Delaware Bay, the home is on an oversized site. An older existing home was torn down to accommodate all new construction. The two-story structure was designed to maximize bay views. The first level of the home includes an upper and lower foyer, a great room and sunroom with an “L” shaped surrounding deck, a comfortable family room off the kitchen, a powder room, laundry and an in-law suite. Bedrooms, including the owner’s suite and a den are located on the second level. Most rooms have bay views.


This versatile and stylish home offers a choice of four stately exterior styles, each with an impressive curb appeal. The home’s floor plan departs from the conventional, featuring an angled design with over 4,200 square feet of living space. A dramatic two-story entry foyer with curved staircase welcomes visitors. Available with four or five bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, the home includes formal living and dining rooms, a private study, spacious island kitchen and adjacent family room with optional skylights and fireplace and a convenient rear staircase. The luxurious master suite includes a cozy sitting area, optional fireplace, luxury master bath and a supersized closet. The fourth bedroom has its own ensuite bath. Many options personalize the home, including the addition of a fifth bedroom, optional estate and morning rooms, a Jack and Jill bath between two upstairs bedrooms and a three- car garage.

Custom 5

A stately European manor home, this 18,000 square foot residence is distinguished by a stucco and stone facade with a slate roof and limestone trim. A gallery with a detailed archway separates the front the rear foyers. A two-story library is also accessed from a mezzanine off the master suite. The home’s many specialized living spaces include a keeping room with fireplace off the gourmet kitchen; a two-story morning room with a glassed-in overlook from the second floor; five additional upstairs bedrooms including a children’s retreat; an indoor spa, gym, office, movie theater and prayer room. Four sets of stairs and an elevator service all levels of the home. The property has a six-car garage.

Shore 5

This 3,245 square foot three-story custom home was built for a potential year-around resident. Designed to fit in with the surrounding custom homes, it includes an entry foyer, dining room, study, gathering room, kitchen/dining suite, four bedrooms, 3 ½ baths and a two-car garage. A third story walk-up loft and a large multi-story deck offer expansive views of the bay.

Redman Avenue

This traditional Victorian styled home was designed to be built on an existing foundation from a take-down of an older ranch styled home. The challenge presented was to maximize space and layout on a narrow 26-foot wide building foot pad. While the exterior design with porches front and rear and a detached traditional two-car garage was in keeping with the Victorian flavor of many of this community’s neighborhoods, the interior speaks to more modern styling with open areas and distinctive window treatments and trim to maintain a spacious feel in an otherwise relatively small space. While maintaining this open flowing feeling between rooms, the arches work to define the individual living areas of the home. The home includes a full basement; main floor living spaces with a living/family room, formal dining area, separate small sitting room/den, kitchen and powder room; second floor master suite with ensuite bath plus two additional bedrooms with shared hall bath; and steps to a third floor finished attic area that could be used as home office space, exercise area, media center or additional guest bedroom. This is a charming home fully in keeping with the historic architecture of the surrounding area while providing the owners with customized living spaces appropriate to today’s lifestyle.

French Country Custom Home

This 3,959 square foot custom home is situated on a two acre homesite. The rural atmosphere in much of the area countryside influenced the owners to seek a casual family home with a “Country French Farmhouse” flavor. This goal has been achieved with a two-story design distinguished by a partial stone exterior and highlighted by low line roofs positioned in the front and side elevations. The interior design features front and rear staircases, a very open kitchen and a first floor master suite. A unique family gathering room positioned in the center of the home is bordered by front and rear galleries with French doors leading to a loggia and terrace. The home includes two additional bedrooms and 2 ½ baths plus a 300 square foot bonus room built above the oversized two-car garage.