The Summer House Design Group is unique in my experience because they offer much more than interior design. They worked beautifully with our architects to make sure that what was being built could be furnished and made to “live” as we anticipated the homes would be lived in by our family. As an example, in Avalon we raised the windows about 6” from the original design to make sure a couch could go in front of them. We enlarged the doorway to the family room to accommodate French doors that could be closed off to keep the kid’s noise out of the rest of the house (with glass so we could see what they are doing!). Chrissie searched to find a floor covering for the lower level that could be used both inside and out, making the front porch and the foyer feel like one space. In Tavistock, the entire lower level was opened up to feel much more spacious by combining the bar and lower kitchen – an idea neither the architect nor I had considered. This type of consulting is far beyond the selection of furniture, designing tile and recommending paint and paper that most designers do and which Summerhouse does exceptionally well.
In two separate residences – one transitional “beach” and one traditional tudor – Summer House was integral to the successful completion of our projects. We recommend them to anyone considering either renovation or new construction.
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro
There are two types of projects, those with interior designers and those without. Those with are simply better. Every project, large or small is a collection of countless details and decisions. The interior designer weaves those disparate parts into an artful whole. If the final product looks effortless, it is anything but. No one does this better than Summer House Design Group.
Our careers have shadowed each other over the last fifteen years or so. I am always pleased to refer clients to Summer House because I know with absolute certainty that the outcome will be great. Whether it is tile selection, hardware, fabric, furnishing, lighting…all of these things are thoughtfully considered, making the house a home. Matching the design sensibility is a technical skill that gets the project done in a timely and cost effective manner.
The design and building process can be a daunting one, but Summer House manages it with grace and goodwill. I am proud that they are my colleagues, and prouder still that they are my friends.
Asher Associates Architects, LLC
We want to thank you, Chrissie, and your design team for the outstanding job you did on designing our dream home. You and your assistants were very professional and made the whole process seem effortless from beginning to end. At the very start of the project, you offered ideas/suggestions that resulted in a more optimal use of space. You took time to understand our family’s lifestyle and created a design that was practical for us and tasteful as well. You have an amazing knowledge of space, style, fabric and color which is evident with the final design. We continue to be impressed with the overall look and feel of our home. We just love it! Thank you for making our beach home amazing.
Fondly, Bill & Jeanne Whitmore
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is D. L. Miner’s and my personal recommendation for The Summer House Design Group. We have worked with Chrissie Smith and her team for the past 15 years. We have found them to be consistently pleasant, tackling all design projects with dedication.
Besides being a pleasure to work with, Chrissie is a take-charge person who is able to present wonderfully creative ideas and communicate the benefits. She has successfully designed many of our homes. All of the projects she has designed for D. L. Miner have contributed greatly to our success as a premiere builder at the New Jersey Shore. Chrissie and her team work closely with us and the homeowner, to make sure that their “dream homes” are realized.
I would not hesitate to collaborate with The Summer House Design Group on future design projects. I highly recommend this talented individual and her knowledgeable staff. Not only is she an exceptional designer, she and her team possess excellent communication and problem solving skills.
If you would like to speak to my personally with regard to The Summer House Design Group, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Project Manager
D. L. Miner Construction
We have worked with The Summer House Design Group and Chrissie Smith on the construction of two homes in Stone Harbor. The Summer House provided a clear road map through our projects guiding us through the many selection processes seamlessly, expediting the entire building process. Based on the outstanding result with our first home, we met with Chrissie and her team before meeting with an architect to begin the design of our second home. Chrissie has a true talent for making the best use of space in a home by understanding a client’s lifestyle prior to making design recommendations. Additionally, Chrissie and her team at Summer House Design Group added countless creative finishing elements to our home that truly make our home unique. Whether you are redecorating an existing home or starting a construction project, bring The Summer House in early in the process and you will be amazed at the result.
Leslie and Dale
Stone Harbor, NJ
I would like to take this opportunity to express my pleasure with working with you and your team on several recent projects. Your creativity and ability to adapt to each and every homeowner’s unique style and décor was truly impressive. From a contractor’s point of view, your professionalism and ability to assist the homeowner in making selections in a timely fashion was instrumental in assisting me to deliver the home on time.
I look forward to future projects with you and your team.
Thank you again for your effort!
Matthew E. Pappas, President
Brandywine Developers, Inc.
We enjoyed the superior team effort in assisting us through all aspects of building and design. We would not have achieved the high level of detail and uniqueness that makes our home truly ‘ours’ without The Summer House Design Group’s involvement. The entire process was stress free and fun! We highly recommend Christina Smith and the talented design team at The Summer House Design Group.
The Moore Family
Stone Harbor, NJ