rooms are in a row down a wide hallway.
Designing and building an energy-efficient house was
important to Jordan. He sited the house and installed
plenty of windows to take full advantage of its southern
exposure. Operable skylights in the stairwell bring in additional light and allow ventilation in the warmer months.
Spray-foam insulation provides a tight seal, and high-effi-ciency heating and cooling equipment keeps costs down.
And, since the main portion of the house (the long part of
the L with the living area on the main floor and the boys’
bedrooms above it) is only 20 feet wide, there’s terrific
cross ventilation when the windows are open. “It helps
reduce cooling costs in transitional months,” says Jordan.
To stay in harmony with the neighborhood, Jordan
designed the front elevation with a pitched roof and small
windows, “taking cues from the neighbors’ houses,” he
says. The back of the house has a flat roof, which may
eventually become a roof deck or a place for solar panels.
Clockwise from top
left: White-oak floors
and wall paneling
create a striking
entryway to the cozy
living room; 4-year-old
Henry gets creative on
the pocket patio; sliding glass doors lead
from the entry hall to
the patio; a window
shaft lets natural light
into the first-floor
Landscaping was kept minimal to
maximize open space for the kids.
The project took seven months. In
January 2013, the Jordans moved in
and immediately embraced their new
town. Sally even won a seat on the local
What was Sally’s involvement in
the design of the house? “She gave me
the license to do it,” says Jordan. “She
And the neighbors’ attitude about
the new house? “After people got over
the shock of the vacant lot being built
on, I think they’ve generally liked it,”
he says. ■
RESOURCES | Jeff Jordan, Jeff Jordan Architects LLC,
Jersey City, 646-753-0000. Jjarchs.com