New Homes

Berman Residence

This beautiful and spacious Margate home, on an oversized lot complete with pool,  is large enough for the entire extended family to come and stay.  The large inviting covered  front porch leads into a spectacular Great Room with a gourmet kitchen. There is a separate entry for the pool area with its own bath.  The study/guest room with bath and the laundry room round out the first floor.  The second floor wrap around deck offers views of the pool below as well the ocean beyond.  In addition to the master bedroom, the second floor also has another three bedrooms and two more bathrooms.  Every bedroom has views to the water and access to an outdoor space.  One more bedroom and full bathroom can be found on the third floor, along with one of the  best spaces in the house – the loft.

“As we started to look at houses, we were drawn to a certain vacant lot that we loved – close to the beach, the boardwalk and many of our friends.  But building a house?  What would our house look like, would it be functional, yet beautiful, would the process be difficult?  We liked many houses at the shore, but there was one in particular that we found ourselves admiring more than the rest.  

Our decision on which architect to hire was easy … you designed the house we admired most.  From the outset, you were a calming influence.  You asked questions that allowed us to think about and describe our likes and dislikes and what we wanted from our summer retreat.  Rather quickly you were able to process our discussions and present our vision on paper.  We remember the first time we saw the blueprints and heard you tell us this would work; we knew at that moment that our dream of building a shore house was really going to happen.

What we learned to appreciate about you (beyond your obvious abilities) was your dedication to the project and attention to detail.  Having you as a liaison and our advocate with the builder and various contractors proved to be an important asset and relief for us.  You really cared that our vision and your design were captured in the workmanship.  Your involvement made this a memorable and rewarding experience, one that we now wholly recommend.

My family enjoyed its first full summer in our new house.  It is everything and more that we dreamed it to be.  Thanks again for your important role in making this happen.”

Best wishes,

Leslie and Stuart Berman   


Herskowitz Residence

This beach block residence combines contemporary lines with traditional detailing. The exterior’s sunny yellow facade leads inside to ocean blue interiors, punctuated with bright  spots of color and bold white trim.  The house has an open first floor plan with a separate  bonus room and private bath.  The second floor has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an additional sitting area leading to the front porch.  The entire third floor is encompassed by the luxurious master suite, including a home office and a private balcony.  All three levels are connected by both an elevator and an impressive stairwell, with views to the ocean from every level.


Sally Katz Residence

This three story Victorian residence, located on a main thoroughfare in Longport, NJ has been impeccably finished inside and out.  Each detail of this lovely home has been carefully thought out. and executed.  Included on the 2014 Jewish Family Services House Tour, this prestigious invite was an honor which helped to raise thousands of dollars for the local charity.  The grand front stairs lead to the first floor deck and front entry.   The second floor deck  provides both ocean and bay views.  The centerpiece of the house is the three story stairwell, with a fantastic sculpture of seaside symbols rising through all three stories.  The house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, a Great Room with kitchen, living and dining, a large Bonus Room, and two fireplaces.

“Talented, creative and APPROACHABLE. Terri was a dream to work with and was available throughout our entire build and ready to help with any surprises.”  Sally Katz and David Price

Stein Residence

This new Margate home utilizes every square inch of  it’s tiny lot. Sitting on a lot only 40′ wide and 67′ deep, this compact two and a half story structure boasts four bedrooms, three and half bathrooms, two living areas, a large kitchen and a ton of storage – plus a detached garage.   A year round primary residence, it is designed to be comfortable for the home owner during all four seasons and still be flexible enough to handle the influx of a multitude of summer family visitors.

Building our new home was easy when we had Terri Cummings to work with as our architect.  Her design was not only creative but her utilization of space was incredible.  She listened well and implemented our requests. The end result is fantastic. Our home is our castle! Thanks, Terri, for all your hard work.    Billie and Marc Stein


Cohen Residence

This contemporary beach house has soft colors on the exterior with bold white, gray, and black patterns and  textures  on the interior.   Clean and crisp design  describes this home.   A summer home for now, this house will become a year round sanctuary for the home owners, with plenty of space on the kid friendly third floor for visiting grandchildren.   A great second floor deck, partially shaded and partially sunny, provides the ocean views.

“We absolutely love the home that Terri designed for us, and so do our neighbors!  We are complimented constantly on the design, both inside and out.  Terri is professional. knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with.”  Nadine & Lew Cohen 


Leupold Residence

This Victorian style three story home is located on Bay Ave. in Somers Point, NJ where it has a fantastic view of the water. Designed to blend beautifully into the Waterfront Historic District, its style and charm evokes that of its older neighbors, but with modern conveniences. Hidden behind its tradition detailing exists a home that was designed for multi-generational use, complete with elevator, extra large doorways and hallways, and spacious rooms and baths.

“We want to thank you for the phenomenal job you did in designing our new home….you were tireless in assisting us with the extended process of appearing multiple times in front of the zoning board and historical society. As your design became a reality we were often struck by how the details of your design, both big and small, contributed to how warm and open the house turned out to be. We are happy to recommend your services to anyone.”

George and Ellie Leupold

Cummings Residence

Everyone wants to know what the architect designs for herself and her family. This home, designed in 1992, is a soft contemporary with clean lines and spacious rooms. Located in Linwood, NJ, on a quiet cul-de-sac, it not only contains her home, but her office as well. The focus of the house is the large great room with its stone fireplace and pickled cedar ceiling. The rear has an extensive deck with built-in seating and planters and a covered porch for barbecuing. Renovated in 2007, the kitchen was completely remodeled and the (award winning) “Spa Room” was designed.

Leshner Residence

This Victorian style home, located in the famous Marvin Gardens area of Margate, NJ, is a small gem of a house. Situated on a small, odd sized lot, the size of the house was greatly restricted. Even though it measures less than 2200 square feet in size, it has a spacious, open first floor plan. It has a grand two story stairwell along with four bedrooms, and two and half bathrooms. Decks on the both the front and rear of the house provide plenty of outdoor living space.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for designing our beautiful home! We are absolutely thrilled! It was obvious from our first meeting that you listen to your clients….the fact that we loved your first design and made no significant changes proves that you took our needs and requests to heart.”

Kathy and Stan Leshner

Custom Homes


Terri is everything you would want an architect to be. She is creative, thinks outside the box, listens to your wants and needs, and makes designing your home a pleasure . We would highly recommend her talents to anyone.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Barbara and Peter

“Terri J. Cummings, Architect, designs dream homes. Terri works one on one with her clients, designing a home to suit each client’s unique tastes and desires. Her philosophy of client collaboration serves to transform her client’s vision into a three dimensional reality. Whether the client dreams of an elegant traditional or a dramatic contemporary, Terri’s attention to detail and commitment to quality, creates just the right ambiance, and evokes just the right emotions.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and tell you how much we love our new home and how fortunate we are to have you as our architect. Without you, this building process may not have so smooth and the house might not be so beautiful, spacious, elegant, and unique.”

Sherman and Jean Tang


“Terri’s time and effort in the design, coordination with the contractor, follow-up, on-site inspections, and her professionalism throughout the entire project was outstanding and much appreciated.”

Jean and Joe Mckinney