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Featured Kitchen & Bath 14 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

22 WINE GLASS REDEFINED

26 ALL IN THE DETAILS

96 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Interior Design 32 ASK THE DECORATOR

36 HOW TO LIVE BY THE SEA

44 THE ART OF CUSTOM HOMEBUILDING

50 LA DOLCE VITA

58 FROM BLEAK TO CHIC

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Outdoor Living 108 THE ULTIMATE COLLABORATION

116 DESIGN WITH A PURPOSE

126 DEFINING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Home Improvements 70 NEXT GENERATION

Technology 134 ADAPTING TO THE CURRENT

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88 RENOVATE OR REBUILD

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Living the Dream Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” A new year and another fresh season on our lovely Long Beach Island promises just that: a 2019 season offering hope for a dreamy summer like no other, bringing along with it positive shifts and new beginnings to our beloved little island. Inside this issue of Open House we delve into the latest happenings, explore new businesses, bring you the details behind brandnew hotels, and, as always, deliver the uplifting nostalgia and unique charm this little barrier island has to offer. Multi-generational, cross-cultural, even trans-Atlantic subjects—all linked to LBI— offer their wisdom, perspective and good-ol’ fashioned, fun personal anecdotes about what LBI means to them and how they keep the spirit of this magical island alive through their homes, their architecture, interior design, and gardens. It’s an issue full of dream-making, with tips from the local dream-makers, for anyone looking to make that dream on Long Beach Island a reality.

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Whether you’re lounging by the pool, whipping up a feast on the grill or exchanging stories around the fire pit, entertaining al fresco is second to none on Long Beach Island. Ginny Padula, owner and designer of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath, is the area’s most in-demand interior designer who also happens to have the ability to transform any exterior space into the perfect gathering place for entertaining family and friends. So before you jump into designing and building the outdoor kitchen of your dreams, check out these tips from our pro who has perfected her formula for success. “Investing in outdoor spaces has many benefits,” begins Padula. She adds, “not only is it great for entertaining and spending time with family and friends, but it expands living space and increases the value of the home. Besides, grilling is a healthy way to prepare summer meals!” Here are Padula’s Top Four Tips to consider before planning your next outdoor dining area:

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Sourcing the Right Materials It’s crucial to use the best quality outdoor cabinetry, which is why Ginny Padula only specifies Danver and Brown Jordan stainless steel cabinetry from Danver Luxury Outdoor Kitchens. “With the weather conditions specific to LBI, its salty and humid air, our cabinetry has to hold up to what nature will deal our clients down the shore,” she says. Masonry such as stone or brick are excellent choices for barbecue surrounds and patios. There are several options for countertops, such as concrete, Dekton by Cosentino, or quartz to name a few. All of these stand up to harsh outdoor conditions, which only get more extreme in the winter months. Azek decking is built to last, and a go-to product for Town & Country for outdoor decks and railings.

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Consider Maintenance and Sheltering of the area “Ideally, we like to design outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas in such a way to protect the cabinetry and other design elements,” she says. However, because clients want to take full advantage of water views as well as sunsets, it often is not possible. For this reason, Padula provides clients with detailed information regarding maintenance and product care information, as it is critical to follow manufacturer’s guidelines to extend the life of each product to its fullest. “Form has to follow function at times, as we all know, and it’s our job as the experts to design a beautiful outdoor kitchen while giving our clients cabinetry that stands the test of time.”  

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Extending the current living space One of Town & Country’s most important assets is their ability to listen to clients’ needs. It’s important for the designers to analyze the scope of each outdoor space. By asking the right questions, they can better understand how to design an outdoor kitchen and entertainment space suited to the clients’ lifestyle. For example, does the client wish to incorporate an outdoor bar? Perhaps an area to watch TV? Town & Country uses their design expertise and resources to ultimately reflect the client’s vision for the project.  

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How to decide what to purchase or install

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There are so many choices these days, and they hear that a lot from their clients. At Town & Country Kitchen and Bath, Padula and team are more than happy to help clients narrow down their options by offering expert advice about the products they sell. For example, they can guide homeowners to the best choice for a pizza oven or outdoor grill based on their product knowledge and experience with vendors. Budget of course plays a huge part in clients’ design selections. It’s important for clients to be realistic with what they intend to spend on a project; Town & Country takes responsibility for making selections that are aesthetically pleasing yet sensible.

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A sleek trend has cropped up in homes new and old alike over the past few years: wine collections, once banished to a dim wine room underground or stashed away in a closet-turned-cellar,

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are receiving their time in the spotlight. No longer are wine connoisseurs keeping their prized possessions hidden away. Instead, they turn to custom, glass-enclosed wine rooms and let their esteemed collections serve as a beautiful focal point that is equal parts form and function. “People want to see their wine and have easy access to it,” says Tom Basile, owner of Precision Glass in Eatontown, N.J. “They’re moving their collections from the cellar to the main viewing room. Wine is no longer being buried in the basement.” Glass-enclosed wine rooms are a modern statement piece. Built from tempered safety glass, they can be made-to-order to fit spaces of all dimensions. “I find them in every manor, from small houses to large estates, in rooms of all sizes, from great rooms to dining rooms. Some people even create a dedicated wine tasting area in their house,” says Basile, who designs around 100 units a year at Precision Glass. Of course, there are a few considerations to be mindful of before installing a glass-enclosed wine room. First, you have to assess how much space you can actually

dedicate to it. “Oftentimes, the space will dictate what you can and can’t do,” Basile explains. For example, rolling door systems, where a door slides smoothly across a track, requires more space than a hinge door system, which can be built into any room. Precision Glass specializes in wine rooms of all sizes, from small cases that showcase a few choice bottles, to striking rooms that hold hundreds of vintages. Then come the features. For the recreational wine drinker, a minimalistic, unadorned glass display case may be the right fit, while serious oenophiles may consider investing in climate control and a safety lock system. The wine racks themselves become a part of the visual experience, too, Basile explains, and range in materials from acrylic to wood. Additionally, the tempered glass has the option to be tinted, making the wine room fully customizable to your vision. From the creation of the original template to installation, a glass-enclosed wine room takes one to two weeks at Precision Glass. And one thing’s for sure: your glass-enclosed room will age like a fine wine, adding style, sophistication and functionality to your home for years to come.

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When it comes to purchasing appliances, you have two options: You can choose a big box retailer and receive big box service, or you can visit Anchor Appliance in West Creek for a personalized and educational shopping experience. “The independent stores—the mom and pop businesses like us—we’re different because we care, and that’s all we do,” says Anchor Appliance owner Jeremiah Kalm, who prides his staff on customer service, above all. “It’s all in the details: The caring, respect and integrity, combined with the knowledge to walk you through all price points and needs, from basic packages on a tight budget to highend pieces for a dream kitchen,” Kalm says. Anchor Appliance has been a family-owned hometown staple for 50 years, with Kalm at the helm for the last two, when he purchased the store in 2017.

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Kalm walked us through the kitchen appliance shopping process, offering his recommendations for the four staples—refrigerators, cooking ranges, dishwashers and microwaves—at various lifestyle needs and price points, ranging from the luxe, long-lasting ultra-premium; to the reliable, feature-laden mass premium; to the “get-itdone” core; to the budget conscious economy price tags. Let’s break it down.

REFRIGERATORS

A refrigerator is the backbone of a kitchen: Before you cook on the range, reheat leftovers in the microwave, or run a load through the dishwasher, you need a reliable fridge to keep your food fresh. Factors to consider when selecting a refrigerator include straightforward aspects such as size, capacity and shelf configuration, as well as more advanced features, like humidity control, design aesthetics and tech customization. Home-automation enthusiasts will see the most tech options at the mass-premium price point, like a Wi-Fi-enabled smart fridge that keeps track of your grocery list. When it comes to food preservation, sometimes it pays to invest more. “With ultra-premium refrigera28

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tors, you’re throwing away less food and not having to replace it as often. It’s like a 401K: You don’t see the money up front, but in the long run it pays off,” Kalm explains. Another perk of the ultra-premium range appliances? Their average life expectancy is about 20 or more years, versus the average span of eight to 10 years for appliances that cost less, according to Kalm. Design lovers will also be drawn to the customization options available for ultra-premium refrigerators, for that “now you see it, now you don’t,” magic effect of doors that blend in with surrounding cabinets.

COOKING RANGE

When it comes to your cooking range, product education is key. In Kalm’s experience, gas ranges are the most popular option in the Jersey Shore region. When shopping for a gas range, you’ll often see two categories: pro gas ranges, suited for the chef who loves to experiment and entertain, and regular gas ranges, a perfect fit for preparing home-cooked meals regularly. Both offer fairly instant heat transfer using a flame, but the pro-ranges tend to be physically larger, and also boast a higher amount of British Thermal Units (BTU), or the amount of energy used to raise the temperature of one pound


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of water, one degree Fahrenheit. Kalm compares the BTU to a car’s horsepower: The higher the BTU, the quicker the range heats up. Overall, gas burners offer easy to regulate temperatures, since the visual cue offered by the flame serves as a guide to adjust the level of heat needed. Following gas ranges in popularity are electric ranges, which heat up fast, but hold residual heat when the temperature is turned down. In terms of energy consumption, electric ranges are the second in efficiency after induction ranges, due to the proximity of the pan to the heating element. An added bonus, clean-up is a cinch with electric ranges, since there’s no grates to remove and scrub. A third choice is an induction range, the most efficient but oft-overlooked option. Due to their use of magnets, induction ranges heat up more quickly than a progas range, and offer the same ease of cleaning as electric ranges. However, you may need to invest in special magnetic pots and pans in order for the induction range to work. Kalm reminds his customers that upgrading a kitchen is an investment, and the potential downside to induction ranges is that the average consumer may be unfamiliar with them, decreasing resale value.

DISHWASHERS

“Fifteen years ago, consumers were interested in one thing: quiet dishwashers. We still get that request, but today it’s all about capacity and efficiency. Most new dishwashers are quiet, and extended capacity and efficient drying are the new selling points,” Kalm explains. In order to make their machines more appealing, dishwasher manufacturers are now adding third racks for cutlery, providing more space. But what really sets apart a dishwasher from the rest of the pack is the drying mechanism, Kalm says. Older dishwashers typically include a fan and heating element, essentially “baking” dishes (which is the reason you were always warned not to put any plastic on the bottom rack). New, high-end dishwashers—primarily European brands—forgo 30

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the heated drying system, and instead boast an energy-efficient condensation drying mechanism. In some upscale models, the dishwasher door will even automatically pop open, allowing humidity to release and speed up the drying cycle. And for those looking for a cutting-edge drying system for a dream kitchen, consider a dishwasher with zeolite technology. Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral that absorbs moisture and emits heat, making dishwashers with this technology one of the most energy-efficient options on the market. MICROWAVES Your microwave will probably be one of the lower-priced items on your appliance shopping list, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a thoughtful decision in selecting one. “Most people don’t want to see their microwaves, but they still need them,” Kalm says. One solution is to install a microwave drawer, which neatly hides away the machinery. From a design standpoint, Kalm also recommends matching the brand of your microwave to your other appliances, for a cohesive feel in your kitchen. Depending on your cooking needs, Kalm suggests exploring combination convection microwave ovens, allowing you more cooking options for days when you want to bake a pizza but don’t want to turn your oven on.

SERVICE ABOVE ALL

When planning to remodel a kitchen, your likes, needs and, of course, budget, are all deciding factors on the type of appliances you will choose. The expertise Kalm and his associates provide, from planning to installation to service, is second to none. “When you work with Anchor Appliance, we guarantee a knowledgeable sales team and an in-house service staff. The person you work with on Monday will be here on Thursday to help you,” Kalm says, “and you can call us directly if something requires a repair. We’re here to help.” At Anchor Appliance, highend designs combined with down-to-earth service is always in stock. To design your kitchen with Anchor Appliance, visit their showroom at 491A Main Street in West Creek, or call 609-597-3571. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Thom Sweeney is founder and owner of Thom Sweeney Interiors, an award-winning full-service interior design studio specializing in contract design and residential business. With a well-trained and careful eye for quality, craftsmanship, and statement-making furnishings & textiles, Thom is recognized for his bold and elegant, yet timeless and classic styled designs.

Q. What are ways to incorporate elements from the beach, like driftwood or seashells as a part of your home décor, but in a clean, crisp, intentional way? Linda, Surf City A. First of all, driftwood is a great element to use because of its sun-bleached color. Small pieces can be combined with each other and used as sculpture. Many companies offer driftwood as lamp bases, as well as assemblages as high as 6’ for a dramatic sculptural element in the room. Seashells are ideal because they can be collected in all sizes, and if you’re crafty, you can apply them to a simple mirror for example, and end up with a pretty snazzy mirror that could be worth hundreds of dollars in a chic store. For an interesting “tablescape,” shells and sand are great to put in hurricane globes, to which you can add a battery-operated candle. I’ve also used oyster shells as place cards for a great summer dinner party. Clean them up, apply a clear coat, and use your best penmanship and a calligraphy brush to add your guests’ names. And why not tie your crisp, linen napkins with a nautical looking square knot, and you’ll be sure to dazzle your guests. Q. What are some alternative ways to plan a living room, that don’t include a basic sectional and cocktail table plopped in the middle? Are smaller seating units with random side tables and decorative end tables good enough for functionality (entertaining) or do you really need a cocktail table. Suzie, Holgate A. Well Suzie, the smaller seating groups are ideal for entertaining. However, if the room has to do double duty (such as family TV viewing), most of us don’t have that luxury, and we need sofa type seating for watching 32

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TV. But the thing to remember is that everyone sitting in that room needs a spot to put down a drink or a snack. So, end tables, or nested tables function best. If you have a console table BEHIND the sofa, that can also function as a drink/snack holder, and could possibly eliminate the need for a cocktail table. Q. What are some clever ways that I can house all of my kids’ “stuff” out of plain sight to keep the home clutter-free and conducive to a relaxing beach environment? Dana, Brant Beach A. Of course, it depends on the volume of stuff that your kids have, but you could start with utilizing the space under their beds by using plastic tubs. That’s a start Dana. Then, consider lidded wicker laundry hampers. And if you have any spare bookshelves, you could paint them a beachy color, and use those thick rope-like baskets on them, which add a great texture to any room, and hide “stuff” beautifully. Then be sure to tell the kids that anything that can’t fit into all those new containers will have to stay at home. They can’t bring them to the beach. Try your best to explain to them that a beachy look is an uncluttered one, and hope they accept that as a reasonable explanation. Good luck! Q. How important are area rugs in setting the tone for a beach house? I think I want them, but there are millions of options to choose from, and it’s completely overwhelming! Should I just keep my floors bare? Marty, North Beach A. While bare floors ARE (for obvious reasons) practical at the beach, a great area rug can add that much needed


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touch in completing the look your going for, by adding color, texture and pattern to the room. Also, NOTHING looks better than a sisal rug at the shore…but they’re not very wonderful on bare feet! There are some flat, woven sea grass types that are more forgiving. Indoor/Outdoor rugs are also a great choice because you can basically take them outside and hose them down when they get soiled. Add that to the idea of slipcovers that can go right into the wash, and you’re on your way to the more carefree summer lifestyle you deserve! Q. I love nature and the rustic wood trend. But there is something about the crisp white and clean lines that is synonymous with a beach house aesthetic. What are some ways to incorporate the outdoors “inside” without the ambience turning too dark and messy? Is there such a thing as a cozy, warm inviting surf shack aesthetic in a newer (and larger) home? Rene, Loveladies

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A. Unfortunately, the larger your home, the farther away from a cozy, beach shack look you are going to be to start out with. But there are elements that you can inject into THOM SWEENEY, a room which conjure up the coziness that you want, to ASID give you that feeling. Start by adding color to your white walls to harness the size of your rooms. Use surf colors, such as sea spray, spa, pale aqua, as well as linen or pale taupe. They make great background colors. For texture, add elements such as rope mirrors, rope wrapped lamps, sea grass rugs and of course white duck slipcovers and Vernon drapery panel that go from floor to ceiling. Now throw Brant Beach Oceanfront, Brant Beach Oceanfront, Brant Brant Beach Beach Bayfront, in a beat up old long board on the wall over the sofa, and Bayfront,(Oh Allentown (Oh yes,Island and Bonnet Allentown yes, and Bonnet Estate, you’re off and running to achieve your goal. Hang ten IslandIsland Estate, Mallard Island YachtEstate, Club Mallard Yacht Club,The Ashford Rene! Ashford Estate) andand the The exciting new Hotel LBI!) Q. I’m at sea trying to decide what window treatments to select at the beach. Wood blinds? Delicate sheers? Full blown heavy curtains? How do you obtain privacy and still maintain that airy, beach-house feel?

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A. In almost every case, when it comes to privacy, and a great, unfussy look, Plantation Shutters are the answer. They have that resort feel that no other window treatment can offer. Next in line would be “wood” blinds - or better yet, at the beach RESIN blind. They don’t warp and they’re less expensive than wood. Next would come pleated shades, which can tuck up under a simple Roman Shade Valance or cornice when not needed for privacy or light control. They also come in various shades of opacity for bedrooms. But whatever you do, don’t EVER let anyone talk you into vinyl vertical blinds. Especially the ones that “clatter” at the slightest breeze. They will drive you crazy before the summer is over. Guaranteed.

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If you have ever set foot inside one of Sandy Gingras’How to Live® shops on Long Beach Island, you immediately become transported into another realm. Visitors are inspired by the blissful world of life on the beach as it should be, full of nature and timelessness where wise, decorative, thought-provoking quotes and smirk-inducing trinkets you-never-knew-you-needed come to life. It has the magical power of making you forget about that urgent email sitting in your mailbox or that important meeting next Tuesday, and you feel inexplicably compelled to slow down, unplug, bask in sunshine and tune in to the therapeutic sounds of the ocean. Kind of like the side effects of actually being on a beach. Her books, gift items, beachy clothing, baubles and home décor accents delightfully cover every square inch of the store—and any space remaining is enchantingly decorated with florals, native plants and other greenery. It’s almost impossible to believe that Gingras’ home is bare-walled and rather simple. But make no mistake, there is nothing dull about this artist’s quaint and charming bay-front Holgate home. In a surreal way, one is overcome by all of the same emotions induced by a How to Live shop upon entering the Gingras family home—even without all of the wonderful curiosities and dreamlike knickknacks scattered across the walls. As if in a parallel universe, a person begins to understand just where the inspiration for her cult-classic books such as “How to Live in Flip Flops,” “Beach Wisdom,” and “Lessons of a Turtle: The Little Book of Life” originate: this sense of simplicity, peace, connection with nature, reflection with self, and good ol’ fashioned appreciation for life on the beach. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Owner Sandy Gingras laughs, “I love to watch visitors’ reactions when they enter my home for the first time. They are almost always expecting to walk into a space that aesthetically mimics one of my shops, and I can tell, whether it be by their grin or a chuckle, that they find it amusing having made that assumption.” What follows is usually a deep breath and sigh of relaxation—as was in my case—because taking a look around this wonderful space just feels good. Somehow Sandy has managed to perfectly execute a new home structurally that also happens to skillfully embody the façade of one that has been on the island for over 100 years. Echoing one of the many historical dwellings that could have easily been built on LBI in the late 1800s or early 1900s, this weathered cedar shake-sided building is large and gracious with vaulted ceilings, and has a beautiful wrap around porch area with patios off of (what seems like) every doorway of the house. She commissioned Jay Madden of Harvey Cedars, an architect who specializes in historic beach homes, to help her meticulously carry out her vision of a lived-in, rustic beach home with true LBI-heart. “I knew I didn’t want to build a house that was modern or formal,” Sandy shares, “I just wanted a cozy, warm and inviting home,” reminiscing of the characteristics of the charming beach cottages

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she grew up summering in on the island. Having drawn inspiration from an architecture book entitled, “The Not So Big House,” by Sarah Susanka, the idea of a quality-over-quantity-approach to home design resonated strongly with Sandy. It is clear through how she planned her home that Gingras embodies that ultimate “sense of home” that we all seek—something that actually has almost nothing to do with square footage. “The book was written in response to the McMansion craze; the author is an advocate of warm, intimate, human spaces—places where people feel comfortable doing, well, “people-stuff.” She doesn’t represent lonely, vast and spacious, but hard-working, simple, kind and gentle living. Right up my alley,” notes Gingras, an obvious huge proponent of the book. Among many of the delightful vintage touches to this 2,000-square-foot home are reclaimed porch posts that were salvaged from an old farm in Iowa within the dining area, a century-old piano near the entrance hall and even Sandy and her dad’s actual wooden stadium seats from the original Yankee Stadium—which may I add perfectly complement the rest of the Gingras’living room area. In a truly artful manner, Gingras has managed to interconnect the nostalgia of old with the functionality of new, and her common areas are living proof of it.


Sandy’s nod to a retro-style kitchen also adds warmth to this custom “historical-but-not” home. The aesthetics of her appliances offer a fun 1950s feel, whereas the contrast of her white cabinetry with bright seaglass-green tile backsplash are also the hallmark traits of a fashionably retro kitchen. And no fifties-style kitchen is complete without the laminate countertops, which of course Gingras expertly paired with a butcher-block top island. The balance is never lost between the old-school charm and modern-day functionality.

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It’s no surprise that Gingras connects most with what is often referred to as the metaphorical “heart” of a home. Her artist studio can be found on the second floor, in a kitchen-like area with a green refrigerator and an old apron-sink. She sits and draws right there, on the kitchen island, with all of her painting supplies and work equipment kept below in the base cabinets and drawers. “I’ve always worked in a kitchen, so when I built this house, I created a second-kitchen-like area to be my studio. Unlike many artists who like a closed-off work space, I like to be in the middle of things,” Sandy says of her casual, bright and airy workspace. The bedrooms are scattered with distressed hardwood flooring in bright, whitewashed shades—again appearing to have been worn by foot traffic but in actuality having been hand-sanded by Gingras in order to achieve that weathered look. The furniture is a mix of antique shop scores and chic pieces from Pottery Barn and West Elm—but the pairings are so harmonizing that one can’t even tell them apart. The shiplap wall paneling only adds to the sweet allure of this home, its crisp white color keeping the ambience clean and contemporary, while its texture maintains the relaxed vibe of the interior. 40

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But perhaps one of the best qualities of this home is the exterior living areas. The wrap around pergola porch with custom bar-seating constructed by Gingras’ husband, Victor, offers the most beautiful views of Barnegat Bay. Not only is the wooden construction of this element a gorgeous, rustic feature on the exterior of the home, but the nature-enthusiast in many of us will appreciate the grapevines and trumpet vine flowers twisting and climbing their way up through the span of the pergola and shading all who sit beneath it. It’s nestled in the most perfect spot over the bay, and known as the place to gather, share a meal—or even just snacks and cocktails—to watch the gorgeous unobstructed, scenic view of a classic LBI sunset. A quotation from Sandy Gingras’new card and print design entitled “Happy Beach House”is the perfect way to sum up all of the ultimate beach house feels #goals. IT embodies what she thinks a beach house should be. “That’s the house I wanted to create when I built mine. That’s what I wish for people in their beach houses,” adds Gingras. The perfect little quote is:


“May you love in this house and remember yourself here. May you laugh in these rooms, kiss and tickle and play, nap and yawn and read, bask and dream. May your friends and family

gather here. May you live it up together! May you relax here—let the hard stuff soften, let the harsh things fade. May you go out on your porch, sit on it and just breathe. May your dreams come true here. May all the goodness of the beach be yours...

-Sandy Gingras, “Happy Beach House”

Visit Sandy Gingras at one of her How to Live® storefronts at 7 South Bay Avenue or directly across the street at 100 North Bay Avenue, in Beach Haven. Follow them on Instagram via @how2livelbi and facebook.com/howtolivelbi. For more information about author/illustrator Sandy Gingras check out her IG @gingrassandy or www.sandygingras.com. Keep an eye out on the www.howtolivelbi.com website, which is debuting an e-commerce shop this Spring 2019

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THE ART OF Custom Homebuilding WRITTEN BY FRANCES WILLIAMS

The primary reason that a homeowner chooses to build a custom home is so that they can design to their exact taste, lifestyle and preferences. While some homebuilding contractors offer custom options within homes, many like to repeat what they typically do most. Building an entirely personalized home from the ground up gives homeowners the opportunity to create a dwelling environment that suits their every need and desire, but not all builders are able to deliver such a challenging task. Selecting the right builder, a true custom builder, will provide professional guidance and advice every step of the way, and a knowledgeable staff and craftsman will meet and exceed expectations without undue stress, “A house should not only be beautiful, but it should be designed with the homeowner’s lifestyle in mind, as every home is unique” shares Lou Padula, founder and principal of Padula Builders, based out of Manasquan, NJ. “You often hear ‘building was a OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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nightmare!’ to which I reply, ‘because you hired the wrong builder!’” adds Padula, whose clients are so satisfied with his work that he currently is building homes for the children of previous clients. For over 30 years Padula Builders has specialized in building waterfront homes in the some the harshest climates. The process starts with proper planning and a knowledgeable staff of dedicated professionals. Their office coordinates all aspects of planning and coordination with clients, architects and other professionals, trades, regulatory agencies, field staff and every

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other aspect necessary. They directly employ some of the most talented and professional carpenters and project managers in the business. When it comes to their sub-contractors, they don’t award jobs to the lowest bidder, as most of their subcontractors have been with them for more than 15 years—several for almost three decades. They provide the highest quality of work at competitive prices and no worries of them taking short cuts as it is the very opposite, they go above and beyond and are always there even years after a project is complete.


Last and truly not least are the designers at Padula Builders who will advise, select and coordinate the finishes to your taste and budget. This is a process the firm starts during the initial design phase to reduce the number of changes later. Bring your plans to Padula Builders and they will be happy to work with your architect before and during the project. If you don’t have plans, they also offer complete design-build services which they feel alleviate the stress of having to seek out a suitable architect and other professionals, they will assemble the team and coordinate the process so that homeowners can continue doing what they do. Throughout the design, they are your consultants providing insight and advise to ensure no detail is overlooked and budget is kept in mind. “We are not just building a home, we are building a relationship,” adds Padula, who is proud of every home he has built and the awards they have won over the years of homebuilding. PHOTO BY HOWARD SCHNEIDER OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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La Dolce Vita WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

PHOTOS BY OSKAR HUBER

Creating the ultimate “beach house” aesthetic is no easy task. Inspiration for a coastal palette is often drawn from the sand, the sea, the sky. The element of natural light is always an understated, yet central factor of consideration when planning. Couple that with selecting from the plethora of accessories and furniture pieces out in the market today, and your head may begin to spin. Luckily the experts at Oskar Huber Furniture & Design in Ship Bottom are able to help you achieve this season’s hottest trends in Coastal Design with their stress-free guide for how to recreate the top 4 themes in your very own home. By putting a few of these tips into practice, you will feel as if you have the ocean on your doorstep.

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Classic Coastal The Classic Coastal decorating theme is a predominately blue and white palette that anchors this forever fresh and timeless style. Since the object is to first and foremost replicate the sight, sounds and smell of the ocean, the oh-so-familiar nautical crisp navy and white stripes lend a subtle nod to life by the sea without overwhelming the senses. The design experts at Oskar Huber suggest a lacquered navy grasscloth-wrapped chest to add textural interest. Homeowners should try to combine traditional silhouettes with nautical accents such as sea creature sculptures, boats and vintage charts, stars, or blue and white ginger jars— as these are the details that keep it classic. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Coastal Chic The Coastal Chic theme channels a contemporary seaside aesthetic. One of the most attractive interior design styles of today, this look contains clean lines and garners more of a minimalistic vibe to promote a beachy, yet well-kept, setting in one’s home. Pops of organic elements such as live edge wood furniture and rustic metal fixtures keep the appearance from becoming too edgy or cold without forfeiting the sleek design. The palette for this type of theme tends to be full of cool crisp neutrals, navy and charcoal, which then tend to be softened up by sophisticated pieces of driftwood, nautical prints, coral, shells and colored glass. 52

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Coastal Cottage The Coastal Cottage theme is optimal for capturing that relaxed, easy-going vibe within your home. Classically “American Coastal,” its façade is a collection of cozy and inviting pieces that reflect the laid-back way of life near the sea. The key decorative element is the sun-bleached hues, which often times are applied as shiplap wall finishes or as white washed wainscoting or beadboard along the ceilings, as well as washed-out ground features

including furniture and slipcovers. The strong incorporation of natural textures such as linen, cotton, jute, rattan and grasscloth are an integral part of the coastal cottage feel, as the addition of these shabby-chic distressed elements results in an effortless, windswept look we know from seaside huts and cottages of vacations past. Its best to focus on a soft ocean-evoking palette of light blue, grey, green and khaki to tie together this theme.

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Colorful Coastal By adding bold pops of color to create a playful twist on a classic beach style. Colorful Coastal is the perfect way to ensure the interior of a home lives up to the often-larger-thanlife exterior views of the water. With a color palette of bright blue, coral and citrus hues paired with crisp white, it’s impossible to not to feel uplifted the minute you enter this bright beachy home. Decorating along this theme inspires homeowners to use typical beach decor in thoughtful, intentional doses, by means of colorful abstract art and bright, striking accents. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate whimsical patterns and motifs, all inspired by brighter oceanic elements such as the deep vivid green of seaweed or vibrant red of coral, and of course, the dazzling blue hues of the sea.

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A decorative paint boutique that’s also part coffee shop, art gallery and floral market, Artifacts and Company in Beach Haven is like a real-life Pinterest board, brimming with inspiration. And owner Amy Haeberlein, a self-taught artist, floral and garden designer, and entrepreneur, knows just how to make your vision a reality when it comes to refinishing furniture. An artist’s daughter, Haeberlein’s gift for creativity is rooted in her DNA. “My artistic medium is everything!” Haeberlein says. Artifacts and Company originally started as a furniture consignment store, comprised of an eclectic mix of fine art and furnishings, curated by Haeberlein’s talented eye. Inspired to provide her customers with an offering of the most unique, one-of-a kind pieces, Haeberlein transitioned into the art of furniture refinishing using chalk paint, with a focus on handcrafted kitchens, and bathroom vanities.

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“I strive to transform my customers’ homes into their very own galleries,” Haeberlein says. Her specialty is bringing your décor vision to life through your furniture, no matter your style. Whether it’s updating a country kitchen to fit a coastal theme, or refreshing a dated bathroom with a modern look, Haeberlein and her team will apply their knowledge of paint colors, techniques and finishes to leave you with stunning pieces that look new, yet still feel like home. And for those looking to build a piece that’s completely custom, Haeberlein partners with local carpentry artist Roger Whitaker, to design a piece that’s handcrafted—never manufactured— and uniquely yours. Artifacts and Company serves as Haeberlein’s paint showroom in Beach Haven, carrying the finest in furniture chalk paints, waxes, brushes and more. (Her paint studio, which she shares with Whitaker, is located in Manahawkin.) Stocked with top brands like Jolie, Annie Sloane, General Finishes and Artisan Enhancement, the boutique is constantly updating their inventory to keep up with the latest trends, offering customers an ever-changing selection. 60

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A typical project starts off with an organic cleaning of water and vinegar, to gently remove dust and buildup without damaging the furniture. Then, depending on the desired look, the chalk paint is applied. Smooth, one-color finishes require a sanding in between coats, while a two-color distressed look requires carefully layered tones on top of one another. The final layer is a wax coating, selected to compliment the color of the piece. Customers from all over the state trust Haeberlein to breathe a second life into their beloved heirlooms and antiquing finds. Stop into Artifacts and Company to view a curated display of paint colors and finishes, learn about decorative paint tips, and even sign up for lessons in technique. Custom workshops can be arranged by appointment. Gift certificates are available as well, for when you’re searching for the perfect present for your most creative friend. “I believe home is where the heart is,” Haeberlein says, “and Artifacts and Company strives to help the home décor enthusiast to find or create unique pieces they can cherish for years to come.


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Introducing Hotel LBI WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

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The turn of the 20th century proved to be one of the most prosperous and exciting times on Long Beach Island. After the railroad was finally brought to LBI, this little barrier island turned into one of the most popular up-and-coming resort destinations of the entire tristate area. It was only natural that hotels such as the Hotel Baldwin, Engleside Hotel, Harvey Cedars Hotel, The Breakers, Spray Beach Hotel started popping up everywhere. These magnificent, old grand hotels were a central part of Long Beach Island culture. They were family run, classic seashore historic sites that were resorts, in fact— adding to the romance and charm of an island that drew in so many visitors. While LBI is home to many of the Jersey Shore’s finest hotels, Hotel LBI, opening in the spring of 2019, aspires to bring us back to that nostalgic vision of what LBI used to look like decades—if not centuries—ago.

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Situated on a plot of land as soon as one comes off of the causeway, the Hotel LBI greets those coming onto the island. Generations ago it used to be called the Vacation Inn. From then it was bought and repurposed, renovated into the Quarterdeck, a hotel and restaurant, later The Stateroom, a banquet hall, and now completely rebuilt as new construction to emulate the grandeur of Long Beach Island’s hotels of long ago. Hotel LBI will not only be a touristy area for vacationers seeking local lodging accommodations, but it is also a picture-perfect setting for weddings, banquets, and special occasions with spacious luxury suites and elegant reception ballrooms. It will serve as a holiday destination for those looking to spend a few nights away, a few weeks at the beach— or even just a night out on a rooftop cocktail lounge. The hotel will offer the charm of a summer home, with all of the world-class amenities of a proper resort. With a total of 102 oversized, family-style guest rooms and private penthouse suites, visitors will be able to enjoy kitchenettes with cooktops and refrigerators, even rooms with bunk beds for that laidback beach house ambience. In addition to the grand hotel lobby and reception area bar and lounge, guests are able to choose to atop a fully-accessible rooftop garden with a picturesque lounging area and panoramic views of the ocean and the bay, or sit in the shade of the covered front porch and relax in the breeze. Additional features include a fitness center, salon and spa, guest laundry, and an indoor/outdoor heated pool with retractable roof and hot tub, snack bar and access to the outdoor lounging areas. With sweeping views of both the bay and the ocean from its rooftop deck, Hotel LBI is designed in a style reminiscent of the early 1900’s grand hotels, with historic detailing and spectacular interiors, creating an opulent destination experience. “Many years ago, we were

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the Interior Designers for Bonnet Island Estate and Mallard Island Yacht Club. So naturally we were thrilled to have been asked again to work on Hotel LBI, because having the opportunity to be involved in such an iconic project, and be able to infuse it with elegance and LBI history... well now that’s the dream of every designer,” shares Thom Sweeney, lead designer of the project and founder/principal of his namesake interior design firm, Thom Sweeney Interiors. And just what will the design façade look like, one may ask? “There is so much history on LBI, and we wanted to be able to include it in the decor. Thanks to the generosity of Deborah Whitcraft, President of the NJ Maritime Museum in Beach Haven, we were given access to the entire treasure trove of the museum. Having thousands of images from which to choose, we were able to have art made from photographs and postcards, that we used throughout the hotel. It was a great learning experience at the museum. I was dazzled by it. Its contents brought back so many memories,” says Sweeney of the nostalgic elements embedded into Hotel LBI’s aesthetic. One of the directives that they had was, that no matter how fabulous an item or artifact was, they couldn’t use it if it was not indigenous to LBI. In reality, this did pose a bit of a challenge because this means they couldn’t decorate with traditional beach-resort elements such as tropical exotic plants and conch shells. But according to Sweeney, those items weren’t even missed. “One of my favorite things was being able to suspend an antique Ship Bottom Beach Patrol boat from the ceiling of the cocktail lounge. It is so very dramatic, and very LBI,” Thom shares of the exciting decorative component. The interior’s color palette, with lots of blue and white with bright green accents, makes for a very comfortable, resort-like feeling through-


out. Hotel LBI will also offer a salon and spa experience for those looking for a quick pamper session or even a weekend spa getaway with friends. The restaurant will provide seafood and local fare with a creative twist and casual family-friendly dining, while the indoor/outdoor seating and lounge areas will offer a great opportunity foe guests to unwind with a cocktail while listening to the soothing sounds of live acoustic music during the evening time. “With this new project, we would like to preserve that historic grandeur of LBI in the early 1900s while combining it with the modern amenities of today,” says Christopher Vernon, owner of the Hotel LBI and other local wedding venues in the area such as Bonnet Island Estate and Mallard Island Yacht Club. Having summered on LBI since he was a little boy, he understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of the island’s charm while simultaneously enhancing its façade and helping the local economy. With a strong focus on family-friendly accommodations, not only will the suites have kitchenettes but the hotel will offer shuttle buses to and from the beach, but also a Beach Shop for all rental needs, and guest services to assist patrons with local activities from bike rentals and surf lessons to yoga classes, fishing experiences and jet ski adventures. Long Beach Island is composed of a close-knit community with offerings that are unparalleled to any other destination along the coastline. It is a place to unwind, to settle down, and to create new beginnings. Hotel LBI invites you to explore and be enchanted by our charming haven—an oasis on the Jersey shore’s most magical 18 mile barrier island. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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For many families, taking summer trips down the shore is an annual tradition, making the months between May and September a time for sun, saltwater and sweet memories. For some, shore trips are a relatively new tradition. But for others, spending the summer at the Jersey Shore is a tradition spanning multiple generations, beginning when someone first purchased a summer home that they, their children, and their children’s children, could enjoy for years to come.

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105 Indiana Avenue in Long Beach Township is one of those homes. Built in the 1980s, 105 was created as a “spec” home, with no specific resident in mind. It was the first on the block to be built on stilts, standing high above its Cape Cod style neighbors. While 105 served as a visual contrast to Indiana Avenue’s streetscape, it was still a modest and unpretentious home, incredibly well-loved by its owners and guests. It was a staple in many families’ lives, known most for the comfort it brought its visitors.


For more than three decades, 105 continued to welcome its owners and tenants each summer, even though it had seen better days. While the surrounding houses in the neighborhood were seeing major changes in the form of additions and full rebuilds, 105 remained relatively untouched, and found itself overshadowed by the newer, larger homes that began to pop up on Indiana Avenue over the years—that is, until PJCArchitecture, a Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, undertook the task of redesigning and renovating the beloved summer home. Now, 105 boasts a more modern design, both aesthetically and functionally, while still maintaining its strong heritage and presence as a cohesive element of the neighborhood. Just as it is special to so many families, it is also special in the way it has been renovated. No stranger to the coastal elements, 105 has withstood many seaside storms and much weathering. With this in consideration, the materials sourced for the home’s renovation were chosen because they are modest and easy to maintain, despite the harsh conditions that real estate located less than one block from the beach tends to face season after season. These materials, such as durable AZEK vinyl trim, are common to most house construction on the island. At 105, they are used in a slightly different manner to give the house a unique look, while still complementing the more traditional design of its neighbors. The new deck design extends past the side of the house, expanding the view of its surroundings. A low deck wall provides privacy from the street without compromising the view, and open screens on the side of the deck create a space secluded from adjacent neighbors, while still allowing an airy breeze to pass through. Together, all of these aspects give 105 a fresh look, and add to the character and charm of the home. Still enjoyed by its original owners, this renovated beach house is sure to also win the approval of current and future generations of visitors to come with its welcoming and relaxed feel. 105 Indiana Avenue has finally received its long-deserved upgrade; it stands out on the block once again, while retaining its signature inviting and charming atmosphere that fits right into the LBI aesthetic. After its renovation, it is now prepared to welcome the next generation of families, ready to head down the shore, looking for a place to gather and create lasting memories. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Dream come True WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

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Choosing to renovate your existing home, purchase a resale or rebuild an entirely new custom structure is not an easy decision to come by. There is no one right answer, as each individual homeowner’s situation is unique. Although the decision of “should I stay or should I go” requires careful consideration, in regions with stronger property values such as those on Long Beach Island, new construction on a buyer’s existing lot is often the wisest choice. “There is a growing LBI-area trend for buyers to purchase older homes with the intention of rebuilding them as new construction,” shares Michael Pagnotta, AIA, and founder/owner of the Ship Bottom-based design/build firm Michael Pagnotta Architecture + Construction. “A total rebuild starts you off with a clean slate, you are in total control and can be smart about what you are building for long-term value,” he adds, “not to mention, a new house will also require far less upkeep verses working on a much older one.” Many factors go into the ultimate decision, and it’s often not a clear-cut solution either way. But below Pagnotta outlines his top advantages for razing and rebuilding a new custom home on Long Beach Island.

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SENTIMENTALITY Let’s face it, many homeowners with a history behind their home are comfortable where they are. Moving into a new home would not only mean leaving behind the old one, but also saying good-bye to the neighbors they have grown close with over the years as well as all the familiarities of their local shops, restaurants and beach access. Rebuilding on an existing lot offers the luxury of staying in a location that you love instead of having to form new relationships. Not to mention, the bonus of maintaining family history remains, whereas homeowners can keep the location in the family and simultaneously have the opportunity to build new memories alongside old ones.

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FINANCIALS If you’ve been enjoying capital growth over the years, a brand-new home on the same lot will further increase the value of your property, so why not take advantage of increasing its value as an investment. When you own the land where the house will be built, you can use it as equity to secure the construction loan which in many cases is quite easy. Rebuilding also increases the rentability of your home, and homeowners will always have that option to keep and rent it, even if previous uses are done. MODERN LUXURIES A new home comes with warranties, and warranties mean reassurance. With a new home you will receive a post completion maintenance period, structural warranties, etc. Often times when you buy a resale home you often inherit someone else’s mistakes or problems and there is an element of fear for the unknown. But new construction reflects new living patterns, accessibility (such as putting in an elevator), state-of-the-art energy efficiency (such as maintenance-free materials and the most up-to-date insulation options), and building to the current codes with better use of the overall narrower lot sizes of Long Beach Island. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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“DREAM COME TRUE� Ultimately, when you design and rebuild your home, all of your wishes are incorporated into one new house and you essentially get it exactly the way you want it. Having the experience of living in the old home, homeowners have the best perspective of how to design elements better suited for their needs in the new home. One would know exactly which part of the home will receive the most morning sun-

light or the side that would endure the most wind and weather attrition in the winter. You would be able to plan for building up to achieve better views from the decks or roof and essentially design for your lifestyle and year-round living. The possibilities are limitless when you plan the rebuild of your new home when you are equipped with the experience of the current footprint of the existing structure

Michael Pagnotta AIA established his architect-led design/build firm on Long Beach Island in 1990. For almost three decades his firm has been responsible for the design and construction of over 500 homes on LBI. Pagnotta graduated from the University of Texas and is a licensed architect, licensed planner and registered builder. For more information on Mike and his firm, visit www.pagnotta.com or follow them on Houzz via Michael Pagnotta Architects pc, Instagram @michaelpagnottaarchitects and Pinterest.com/pagnottaarch.

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The thought of a home project is an exciting time for a homeowner. You’ve likely already pictured your new and improved space, (maybe even sketching it out a few dozen times) but now it’s about to become a reality. As you move forward with your project, it’s easy to become overwhelmed; especially when you consider design options, materials needed, and the installation process. Fortunately, with Installed Sales, you can complete your home project with ease. The phrase pretty much speaks for itself. An installed sale is when your building supplier installs what they sell you. This means you no longer need to purchase the product from one supplier, and then hire someone else for the install. Makes sense, right? After all, your designer or supplier is already familiar with the materials you selected for your project. Why not have them do the install, as well? On the Jersey Shore, Woodhaven is one of the most respected building suppliers, earning an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. They offer installed sales for Kitchen and Bath, Windows and Doors, and Flooring. By using Woodhaven for both the product and installation you are working with one expert team, making the project more streamlined and easier for you to manage. A good place to start is by exploring the Ideas & Inspiration section on Woodhaven’s website to get a sense of the style that you’re looking for. Once you find a style (or styles) that speak to you, an expert Woodhaven team member will listen to your needs and help you select the design style and products that are best for your home. You won’t have to go far to get started. Woodhaven’s four modern, up-to-date showrooms**—with over 13,000 square feet of space—are conveniently located in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. After you find the perfect kitchen or bath design, door, windows, or flooring for your home, Woodhaven’s expert installation team takes over. Woodhaven understands that your home is the single greatest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. (Unless you purchase that private island you’ve been eying up.) So when it comes to the installation, they make sure it gets done right, the first time. Let’s take a closer look at the three areas of installed sales, all of which are made easier now by Woodhaven’s new financing options.

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WINDOWS AND DOORS Whether you are replacing windows or doors, Woodhaven can help you find the right design and style for your home, and ensure the proper measurements are taken—which is a critical step in making sure your window or door fits properly. Woodhaven is a certified installer and servicer of Andersen Windows and Doors and is a certified installer of Therma-Tru Doors. Save yourself the hassle of trying to install your own windows or doors, and let Woodhaven’s experienced installers do the job for you. KITCHEN & BATHROOM Whether you are starting a kitchen remodel or updating your bathroom, Woodhaven is equipped with the design talent, the latest products and brands, and the installation expertise to give you the kitchen or bath of your dreams. They know that kitchen and bath design is not just about taking measurements and filling your space with cabinetry and appliances. Woodhaven’s designers will spend time discussing your needs and wants, and how you and your family ‘function’ to create an elegant layout that perfectly complements your lifestyle, taste and budget. 84

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FLOORING Woodhaven offers one-stop service for all your hardwood, luxury vinyl tile and laminate flooring needs to ensure that you are satisfied, from purchase to installation. Their list of services is nearly as extensive as their showroom. Their professional licensed installers provide consultations and estimates, site measurements, premium floor-preparation and vapor-barrier underlayment materials, removal and disposal of old flooring, sanding and refinishing services, and a one-year labor guarantee. Woodhaven understands home improvement projects are a big investment. Fortunately, now you

don’t have to go all in, all at once. In addition to free estimates and free measuring, they now also offer financing. INTRODUCING PROJECT FINANCING Woodhaven’s new convenient financing options make home projects more attainable than ever before. Now, homeowners can get started on their kitchen, bath, windows, doors or flooring project right away, rather than waiting until ‘sometime next year’. The paperless application process is quick and easy, and you can apply in-store or online at woodhavenlumber.com/financing/bay.

Get started on your dream project today. Visit WoodhavenLumber.com/financing/bay or call 800-32-LUMBER and ask to speak with an associate in Kitchens, Installed Sales or Flooring to learn more. Or apply in person at one of Woodhaven’s four convenient locations in Lakewood, Manahawkin, Point Pleasant, and Shrewsbury**

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We preserved the historical integrity of this home, built in 1894, by seamlessly adding a kitchen addition that looks as if it is part of the original home.

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At Under Construction Builders, we often discuss the option between renovating or rebuilding with our clients. The decision to tear down your home and rebuild is a difficult and emotional one, but it may make the most sense both financially and from a practical perspective. Renovating, however, may be the optimal choice if your home has “good bones�, you want to preserve its character or it is filled with fond memories that you would like to safeguard.

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RENOVATING

This quaint new garage was one element of a major two-story renovation that included adding living space, additional bedrooms and bathrooms.

Did your children grow up in this home? Has the home been in your family for generations? Does the house have historical integrity that you want to preserve? Renovating an existing home may be more cost effective if the original foot print is good and the house has been well cared for over the years. Even small renovations can increase the value of your home. But keep in mind that an older home may have some unexpected surprises behind its walls that don’t become visible until the renovation has begun. It is important to have a contingency budget. Depending on the extent of the modifications you are looking to make, a renovation will typically be less of a time commitment than building a new home. But the decision doesn’t always come down to time frame or dollars and cents. If you are renovating in a desirable area, then investing in your existing home will be worth the expense. And for a home that may have been in the family for generations, it will be worth preserving the memories.


No need to rebuild here! The new dormer addition created two additional bedrooms and a bathroom to expand the square footage that our homeowner desired.

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Our homeowner built this home “to honor both my grandparents and parents and to fulfill the promise made in 1974” to someday rebuild on the land that has been in his family since 1919.

BUILDING NEW There is nothing as exciting as building a new home! It will be updated with the latest technology, be more energy efficient and will be built to meet the most current building codes. You will have the opportunity to customize everything with your taste and preferences from colors to kitchen cabinets to flooring. There are less compromises with building new. You don’t have to be constrained with the original footprint of your existing home. Building new alleviates the issue of the unknown. Depending on the age and condition of your home, it is quite possible that renovating a home with older systems could be costlier than building a new one. In addition, if you

are contemplating numerous changes and adding significant square footage to an existing home, it may make more sense to build new rather than invest in the older structure. Building new allows you to fulfill your wish list and design your home with the amenities of your dreams. Deciding whether to renovate or build new is an individual decision, but it is helpful to seek advice from builders, architects, engineers and contractors. At Under Construction Builders, we will help you navigate the “rebuild or renovate” question to find the best option for you and your family.

Under Construction Builders has serviced Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, including Long Beach Island, for over 25 years. Our office is on 9th Street in Ship Bottom directly across from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to continuing to serve the LBI area. For more information about UCB, visit our website at www.ucbuildersnj.com or call us at 609-6616055. Follow us on Facebook and Houzz to see numerous pictures of our most recent projects.

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Je t’adore Belle Baie There it sits, on a lagoon so tranquil; next to a convent so serene; on just the most endearing street, in a town filled with a lifetime of precious memories: Belle Baie. After spending childhood summers at her grandparents’ home in Harvey Cedars, Jane Masri knew that someday fate would bring her back to Long Beach Island with her own family. Mrs. Masri shares her story, overflowing with love and nostalgia, about the magnetism of an island so pervasive, that not even vast oceans, continents and a life on the other side of the world could keep her away. As the builder offered his honest counsel to the Masri family, after presenting to him their months of planning and final renderings of the perfect architectural drawings, Jane felt her heart being torn in two. How could she uphold her promise to maintain the integrity of the home she purchased from the wonderful couple who had lived there for the three decades prior? New post-Hurricane Sandy codes, FEMA regulations, and municipal laws were all working against her intentions to renovate the little cottage with a touch of modernization. But the reality had sunk in, and it simply wasn’t sensible to madden oneself over all of these governing roadblocks when their contractor, Thomas J. Keller (celebrating 2019 as his 40th year of homebuilding on the Island), in all his sincerity, explained that he could build everything up to code as a new construction for essentially the same investment, if not less. And so with his guidance, Jane and her family decided to move forward with building a new home, unquestionably with the original house in mind, as the compromise.

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For the undertaking, Jane Masri enlisted in the services of personal friend and renowned architect Raphael “Raffie” Samach and his partner D.B. Seo of, the Manhattan-based firm, SAMACH + SEO. Samach, a commercial architect by trade, is known for many well-known projects including the Shanghai Centre in Shanghai, China, The Signature Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Renovation of Rockefeller Center in New York City, and Rawabi, the first planned development in the West Bank of Palestine. Seo, who worked with Santiago Calatrava, one of the most respected global architects of our time, also brought to the table an extensive list of internationally recognized commercial enterprises. With their combined 50+ years of architectural experience, the duo designed a dwelling for the Masris that not only upheld the family’s wishes to continue the legacy of the original home’s essence, but they were 98

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able to integrate the warm and inviting culture of Long Beach Island with their worldly experience of the hospitality industry, so that the function, flow and structural design were ideal for hosting friends and loved ones. From the street, this beautiful bay (literally translated into French as Belle Baie)-front home appears to be a lovely and simple, unpretentious little cottage. Much like the culture it bears its name from, exudes a quiet dignity—it is not showy, quite peaceful in fact, and definitely romantic at core. Upon entering, the subtle grandeur begins—the wonderful custom staircase under a vaulted barrel ceiling leads guests up into a meticulously curated peaked ceiling in the great room with a sphere-shaped light fixture as the awe-inspiring focal point of the room. As the eyes draw back downward from the crisp craftsman trim work, they are met


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with a sea of glass—a combined kitchen, dining and living area all open on one side via windows to the most remarkable bayfront views. Subtle details such as illumination or the mahogany inset flooring all mirror the geometric shapes within the home. Although officially one expansive room, each of the individual areas within this space have been ingeniously outlined by the flow of the varying roof pitches and custom exposed joists, proving that the individual living spaces of an open floor plan can still be gently defined by means of beautifully exposed (and hand cut) wooden ceiling beams.

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The octagonal turret-style room is another remarkable feature in this delightfully designed and built home. With an almost 360-degree curvature in the walls, also covered by windows, this room is full of natural sunlight and the seating arrangement is the perfect atmosphere for guests and family members, as the circular layout is most conducive to an intimate and inclusive environment. “When I look up at the ceiling and the windows of this space, I am constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have worked with such talented designers and craftsmen,” notes Mrs. Masri of the two-story turreted space at the rear of the home. She refers to the execution by their builder, Tom Keller, as “the best workmanship I have ever seen,” which, coming from a family in the professional real estate development industry abroad, holds quite the value. In addition to the methodically planned common areas of the reverse living home, each of the five bedrooms also has their own métier: a private bathroom connected to every single one. Mrs. Masri suggested OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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that the most convenient way for visitors to feel most comfortable as guests in their home is with the privacy of their own bathroom, and Belle Baie boasts 5 and ½ of them, plus the addition of an outdoor shower. But this is not your ordinary outdoor shower stall; this cabana-esquemeets-rock-cove aquatic sanctuary is made up of natural stone on the inside, so one gets a true al fresco, out-in-nature (yet private) bathing experience. In addition to an elevator inside of this home, one of the bedrooms also has handicap accessibility within the shower and bathroom facilities.

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One of the smartest aspects of this bayside retreat is the absence of a formal dining room. The Masris have a custom kitchen island large enough to seat 10 people comfortably and this is where they gather for meals as opposed to sitting at a formal dining room table. Not only does this keep company in a cozy, intimate atmosphere, but it also leaves room for the most remarkable thing of all: an unobstructed view of the bay from either the kitchen island or one of the charming luxe rocker lounge chairs immediately adjacent to it. This concept, along with the 4-foot-wide, entertaining-friendly sub-zero refrigerator, and very efficient work space design was a collaborative endeavor taken on directly by Mrs. Masri with her kitchen designer, Francie Milano of Ship Bottom. The harmonious setting doesn’t end with the craftsmanship, as there remains a legacy from the previous owners that continues on at the Masri home. Items such as an old whale weathervane and a ship bell, garden ornaments and a wooden pelican that the previous owners’ son had hand carved in high school shop class all endure as a part of the charming décor of the new home. The Masris even used the previous owners’ old shell collections to fill the inside of their new glass lamp bases. “In a way, we are paying homage to the families that brought life to this home over the past few generations,” adds Jane Masri. “We are blessed because this Long Beach Island tradition began with the previous owners, and we love having these vintage reminders around us. It brings out the soul of our home.”

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What makes the site of this home ideal is its adjacent location to the Maris Stella Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth Convent Station of Harvey Cedars. As a religious retreat center, the peaceful, spiritual setting offers a picturesque display of the local flora and fauna of LBI, accompanied by the lovely sounds of groups singing hymns of praise and children playing outdoor games during family reunions next door. As one would imagine, quite possibly an ideal neighbor situation: space, privacy and serenity. And so, the Masris, fortunate enough to have built their dream home on their dream island, now hope to give their children and grandchildren the same memories that Jane is grateful to have grown up with. Life has its way of coming back full circle, or perhaps it is the sea that calls, as Long Beach Island’s gravity pulls us back—for once you fall in love with this quaint little barrier island, it’s hard to imagine a life without it.

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Collaboration WRITTEN BY ELAINE SISKO, REYNOLDS LANDSCAPING

A truly successful design-build project is borne from the collaborative partnership that evolves between the homeowner and general contractor—melding the wants and needs of the client against restrictions imposed by both the physical environment and municipal regulations. Open, on-going communication and a flexible sensibility are essential to the creative process and, along with the inherent ability to think outside the box to form new norms, define a successful collaboration. These attributes were evident during the recent partnership that developed last summer between Reynolds Landscaping and their new client in Holgate--transforming a small lagoon-side backyard into the unique

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and multi-faceted al fresco retreat previously only imagined. Mark and Luke Reynolds, the father-son team behind Reynolds Landscaping, LBI’s premier landscaping company designing, installing and maintaining outdoor living areas on LBI for over 38 years, first met their new client in the summer of 2017. After witnessing firsthand the transformation of neighboring properties at the hands of Reynolds over the span of several years, the homeowner was confident that this team would be the right fit for the renovation. The homeowner, proprietor of an upscale clothing boutique in northwest New Jersey, had a fine-tuned

aesthetic sensibility along with a well-defined idea of the design components, accessory elements and materials envisioned for this new outdoor retreat. They included--a swimming pool, alfresco living area with outdoor kitchen and sitting bar, reconfigured outdoor shower and a patio space that would allow easy circulation between these different functional spaces and the adjoining lagoon-side deck. The client intended to create a cool, crisp and architecturally elegant atmosphere through use of white and cream-colored materials that would easily accommodate a large extended family. While this well-defined list of criteria created a clear sense of the project scope,

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pinning down a design plan that would satisfy these intentions posed a challenge. The physical constraints of the property along with Township lot and impervious coverage restrictions allowed for little expansion onto the existing structural footprint. Furthermore, inherent property grade changes created additional challenges for the creation of functional patio spaces. Early 2-dimensional design plans proposed by Reynolds received less than enthusiastic reviews from the client who wanted the final design to not only satisfy the wants and needs requested but also to create a unique and personal space unlike any other property in the immediate area. Distance created an additional obstacle as the client was unable to visit on-site to get a clear visual picture of the ideas conveyed.

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Nevertheless, despite early setbacks, through a clear flow of feedback and communication, enhanced visual design representations and an innovative ability to think outside the box to overcome obstacles and design challenges, progress was eventually made by the Reynolds team. The switch to 3-dimensional Sketch-Up renderings provided a realistic visual representation of the concepts being proposed, allowing for greater understanding and clarity. Additionally, by relocating and reducing the scale of a large central backyard stairway and discreetly tucking the outdoor shower under its stair treads, increased lot coverage was made available. This allowed for the creation of a partially-covered al fresco living area large enough to accommodate both dining and entertainment activities for the extended circle of family and friends. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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To expand hardscaping capacity, the backyard was re-graded into a multitiered patio space, extending the al fresco living area from the house out to the pool and providing a functional and communal environment accessible from both locales. A lower level IPE deck--also established from the property regrading—created a private lagoon side lounging patio separated from the main living area by a natural stone retaining wall and mixed summer-flowering shrubs and grasses. The effect created distinct and private outdoor rooms, softening the effects of the cool hardscaping. The piece de resistance capping off the design was a highly stylized serpentine pergola running the length of the residence--mirroring the curvilinear lines of the kidney-shaped pool and tying the design components into a unified whole. With the design plan finalized and the functional components successfully incorporated into the backyard layout, the homeowner had little trouble selecting the materials, fixtures and accessories to complete the installation. Cream-colored marble tile and wall block façade, high-grade white vinyl pergola elements, white all-weather outdoor kitchen cabinetry, lightly grained off-white granite countertops and white vinyl fencing and accent trims created the cool, crisp effect the client intended. And, along with IPE

decking and cedar ceiling accent treatments, the final effect was clean, classic and casually elegant. Be forewarned that the search for the right contractor can be time-consuming and, without proper planning and reasonable expectations, can lead to frustration and unfulfilled dreams. It is only through an open and steady communication between the client and contractor that can trust be maintained and a successful partnership established. The ability to translate the client’s vision into a functional and aesthetic reality requires creativity, flexibility and ingenuity from the contractor. These factors melded together during this project. So perfectly, in fact, that a renewed partnership--this time with the construction division of Reynolds Landscaping, Mark Reynolds Project Management—developed only months later, leading to the transformation of a new master bedroom suite for this satisfied homeowner.

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Outdoor Living

DESIGN WITH A PURPOSE WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

Long Beach Island is the ultimate destination to build lasting memories. Landscapers have long helped to develop outdoor spaces to be places where traditions are formed and carried on from generation to generation. The experts at David Ash Landscaping are a full-service team that can help make your LBI home such a special gathering place for family and friends. “Coming to your LBI home should be akin to being at your happiest place. Not only is your home your refuge, but it is a reflection of your style,” shares David Ash, Jr., founder and principal at David Ash, Jr. Landscape Contractors, celebrating nearly three decades of business here on Long Beach Island. As we all know, life is better outside, so this is why the experts at David Ash design and build spaces that get people loving their outdoors. This is the differentiator of landscape companies and true outdoor living design firms. “We don’t want to design and build something our customers will never actually use,” shares David Ash, Jr. “We create spaces you’ll love and that you’ll most certainly love to spend your time in,” he adds. Their purpose-driven design mantra yields a space suited to clients’ exact lifestyle necessities as the number one focus from start to finish. Among the many areas of service Ash’s company offers, the firm exhibits particular expertise in the following areas:

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S W I M M I N G P O O LS Whether you are looking to cool off after a day at the beach or unwind in your sauna spa, David Ash is known for his first-rate planning, prepping and installation of pools. In addition to his imaginative custom-built gunnite pools, as the only distributor of the fiberglass manufacturer Leisure Pools in the LBI area, David Ash is the go-to resource for all things swimming pool, lap pool, hot tub and water feature accent in and around your home.

O U T D O O R K I TC H E N S Appreciating the better dining experience, the experts at David Ash like to say that “food just tastes better when you’re eating outside.” David himself adds, “There’s no magic to it, really. When we add the beauty of the outdoors to one of our most enjoyable social activities, it simply makes everything better!” His team helps to develop outdoor spaces that have the power to pull you away from your busy life, and relax with a dining and entertainment session outdoors via a full-range, chef-grade kitchen with outdoor cabinetry, bar and cocktail stations, and any custom options you can think of such as pizza ovens and wine refrigerators.

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DECKS Decks set the stage as the perfect spot for your favorite times in life. Whether you are looking to have relaxing moments at the end of a busy day, getting together with friends for an easy BBQ, or a sunny weekend brunch—your deck is the place to do it all, making everyday events special or special events spectacular. David Ash’s common deck materials include pressure treated lumber, ipe, PVC and composite decking.

P E RG O LA S A N D PAV I L I O N S Pavilions do double duty by adding great function and an impressive style to a space. With a structure for protection from the harsh sun and inevitable rains, your time outside won’t be cut short. Pavilions give architectural presence to your property – a solid enhancement to the value of your home.

F I R E P I T S, O U T D O O R F I R E P LAC E S A N D F I R E F E AT U R E S Who doesn’t love to cozy up in front of a crackling fire, for an enchanting setting with a loved one or a warming glow at a party? Think spring brunch by the fire when you can’t wait to get back outside, a warm gathering place on a cool summer evening or roasting marshmallows with the kids on a brisk fall day. It’s a sure part of some great memories and a feel-good feature for any backyard that David Ash, Jr. and his team can custom built from the ground up or install as an accented highlight to any outdoor space.

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T R A N Q U I L GA R D E N S Plant life enhances life and gardens provide endless pleasure. We escape from our hectic lives for the beauty and serenity there, to marvel at the growing cycles of our favorite specimens. Whether you’re a gardener at heart or you prefer to enjoy them without the work, gardens are a treasure like no other that David Ash can deliver to your outdoor living space.

C U S TO M O U T D O O R S H O W E R S Looking to create the ultimate shower enclosure? David Ash builds customized shower and cabanas, designing enclosures to perfectly match customers’ specifications. Not only will they fit your space, but the possibilities are endless in terms of materials, roofing, paneling and construction.

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P R O P E RT Y M A I N T E NA N C E Realizing that everyone likes the idea of enjoying a beautiful and healthy outdoor space, but not veryone digs the thought of having to get dirty to maintain it, David Ash, Jr. takes care of everything with their full-services. Their horticulturists and maintenance crews get down to the weeds to keep your gardens looking spectacular so that you don’t have to do a thing.

By focusing on the deeper purpose behind their work, David Ash, Jr. Landscape Contractors has grown into an insightful and effective team. They carefully collaborate with clients to design spaces that will work for their unique lives – their preferred leisure activities, entertaining habits, maintenance preferences, tastes and budget. Each space is tailor-made for their enjoyment.

Every full-service package readies your property in the spring and leaves your property ready for the winter. Our team will give your plants, shrubs and small trees the attention and care they need to thrive.

Practically, this plays out in their entire approach. It’s not about how big the project is or what materials they use. They are more interested in why you want a landscaper, rather than what you want in it, uncovering the true purpose of your space. The purpose-driven design means a space suited to your life, a talented management team that keeps projects on track, and professionalism in the sense that costs don’t creep because projects are estimated properly from the start. Call David Ash Landscaping Contractors to get started on creating your LBI memories today.

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Outdoor Living

Defining Landscape Architecture with your Home

Adding a splash of color to a concept plan can help to differentiate the elements of a black and white plan. Here you can easily see the plantings, patio area, and furniture layout and how they fit together.

WRITTEN BY CHARLES MORRIS, LLA BAY AVENUE PLANT COMPANY

Landscape Architecture, while having one definition, is host to many subcategories and covers a huge spectrum. It can be simply defined as achieving a balance between the natural and built environments. Through analysis, planning, design, and construction management it brings a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce the impact on health, safety and welfare of all users. Bay Avenue Plant Company focuses on Residential design, the most popular sector, which often has a very personal relationship between the professional, the meets and needs of a homeowner, and the opportunities and constraints of their property. The future success of a project begins and is determined the day you choose who to work with.

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A landscape architect is the backbone of Landscape Architecture. All 50 states require landscape architects to earn a license to practice and it’s illegal to call yourself a landscape architect without this license. Not only does this help the profession keep its integrity, but helps to protect the passion in the field, education, professional practice experience, and rigorous exam testing required to complete licensure. A landscape architecture firm such as Bay Avenue Plant Company can provide the technical knowledge and expert opinion that will help contribute to the overall success. Let’s take a walk through the process of how we get there on your project.


CONCEPTUALIZE Bay Avenue Plant Company starts every project with the homeowners’ ideas. It’s with these ideas that the project requirements, goals, budget, and scope of work are determined. The elements of residential landscape architecture often include outdoor living features such as fireplace/fire pits & pergolas/covered roofs, outdoor kitchens, patios & retaining walls, pools & spas, plantings, outdoor lighting, among others. It’s in this phase that these ideas are thought about more generally with the fit of the property and home, exposure to natural environmental factors, overall layout and the project wish list. Inspiration comes from many sources – perhaps you see a picture online, visit a friend or family’s home, or go on a vacation you can’t forget. These dreams start to become reality, and this will set the framework for the rest of the project. Working with a landscape architect does not always mean the dialogue and creativeness stops at this point. A great relationship is built off the collaborative effort between property owners and experts, together with their vision and ideas. These initial drawings, sketches and renderings bring the dream to fruition and then it’s time to work out the details.

The best way to help visualize a finished project before it even begins is through a 3D rendering. A custom gunite pool, fire pit & pergola, outdoor kitchen, mature plantings, and secondary hot tub deck are a few of the features shown in the above project. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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A concept plan shows the main elements of a project and how they fit together. Multiple variations often developed during this phase can include a hardscape plan, planting plan, and a landscape lighting plan. These technical drawings later become the building blocks for construction.

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DEVELOPMENT Now it’s time to iron out the details of a project. In this phase for us, these drawings are often used as construction documents. Not only is the value of design and initial ideology important, but this is where the technical skill and expertise is used to develop how a project can and should be built. A similar style of project may be built down the street and looks nice at first glance, but the important questions arise: • What was the process for installation?

• What do the plants or materials look like?

• Have the pavers settled? Is a wall falling over?

• Does it complement the home and architecture?

• How does a project look after 1 year? 5 years? • Where does water go?

• Is the layout functional, inviting, creative, unique?

Development of hardscape layout, planting plans, lighting plans are included in this phase while taking into consideration environmental factors such as sunlight/wind exposure/topography, township requirements, neighboring properties, and site-specific opportunities or constraints. This phase is often the most time consuming within project development but can be considered the most important. Potential issues and costly mistakes can often be worked out before construction even begins. Pricing the project and coming to an agreement now allows us to get the shovels in the ground. 128

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Commencement of a project is exciting – that dream is now coming to life. A landscape architect’s work is not complete at the final plans. The designer is often coordinating the installation, meeting with the homeowner, and managing the project ensuring it is built to required specifications as an extended role. The importance of the finished project’s success and staying on budget are both main components for install. Site meetings with the homeowner during installation help to discuss upcoming stages and allow for adjustments as the project build

Through years of experience and detailed craftsmanship we can ensure a finished project that will be enjoyed for years to come. Ongoing project management and the technical knowledge for proper installation help to keep a project on budget and provide integrity for the built work.

is ongoing. Planting bed layout, plant type and quantities, and lighting walkthroughs are extremely helpful to walk through after initial hardscape layout as construction is progressing. For the work itself, specialized skilled labor and installation crews that are detail oriented, technically trained/certified, and bring years of experience provide integrity and pride for their built work. The implementation of the dream/design/project with Bay Avenue Plant Company is a smooth process and one that we both can look forward to. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Highlighting the initial concept design with a finished project is rewarding for the homeowner as well as Bay Avenue Plant Company. We take pride as it if it were our own home. A natural limestone pool & spa patio with fire pit and outdoor kitchen is now accented with custom potting arrangements and furniture to fit each space.

ENJOY MENT The work is complete! It’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy. Jump in the pool or grill up some fresh dinner while you hang out with friends and family. The original idea has now turned into a successfully built project by way of the right process and professionals to get you there. You can rest assured it will be something to be proud of, add value to your home, and last for years to come. A well designed and maintained home can not only increase the value, but in comparison a neglected or poorly arranged landscaping can greatly decrease the value of a well-designed home. The ultimate goal is providing a great project at a fair price. After completion, Bay Avenue Plant Company can continue to oversee management of your landscape to ensure that it’s always looking its best. Protecting your investment can be done by hiring a company that is involved in the project start to finish and working with a Licensed Landscape Architect. It’s with this that Landscape Architecture has become what it is today, further defining that balance between the natural and built environments.

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Technology

ADAPTING TO THE CURRENT WRITTEN BY DIANA STANCZAK

Adaptation. That’s how Wayne Feaster, owner of Island Audio Video, has thrived in the home entertainment business for 45 years. The music and electronics industry has been a very dynamic one. Virtually every year brings change and innovation to the way we listen to music, watch television, and manage our homes through interactive devices. Over the last five decades, Wayne has not only adapted to the ever-changing rhythm of the industry, but has cultivated the expertise to stay ahead of the curve for his customers. Wayne was 17 years old and working a summer job at Hand’s Ship Bottom Store in 1969 when a co-worker insisted he apply for the store clerk opening at the 134

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Island Record Shop just across the street. It was the last job Wayne ever applied for….and it was the first step of his journey to building a successful business in a constantly evolving industry. In those days, the Island Record Shop was a seasonal operation, open from May through September. Owned by Bill and Dorothy Mandell, the record shop sold records (LPs and 45s), paperback books, and guitar strings and accessories. The Mandells traveled in the off-season, but Bill saw potential in Wayne as someone who could help expand the business into a year-round endeavor – and possibly become the store’s owner one day. However, Bill knew that selling records, books,


phonograph needles and guitar strings would not be enough to keep the lights on during the long off-season, so he brought in electronics – turntables, receivers, and speakers – and in the winter of 1972-1973, the Island Record Shop became a year-round enterprise. Wayne took a hiatus from attending business school in Reading, Pennsylvania, and he and Bill became business partners in 1973. Wayne finished his degree the next year, and then became the sole owner of the Island Record Shop in October 1975. From then on, Wayne became a master of adapting to change. Music technology continued to evolve as LPs become 8-tracks, then cassettes, and, finally, CDs. The book department was eliminated to make way for the expansion of the electronics department – receivers, tape decks, CD players, TVs, and the new Atari video games. Eventually, when music went digital, the last vestiges of the “record” part of Island Record Shop were gone. In 2002, Wayne renamed the shop Island Audio Video, and sent a clear message about the na-

ture and future of the business. No longer selling music, Wayne turned to the design and installation of audio and video systems. Up until the late 1990s, the components of these systems were “plug and play,” with the biggest emphasis being on speaker placement and hiding the wires. Then customers began asking for entertainment systems that branched out across multiple rooms, so Island Audio Video installers started to run wires through the walls for speakers, install volume controls, and wall-mount TVs. This multi-room set-up changed, too, with the introduction of Sonos, a versatile audio system that gives homeowners the option of putting small, high quality speakers in any and every room without messy speaker wire connecting to the receiver, or fishing wires through walls. It can also connect to an existing system. Sonos functions on a mesh network, where each component acts both independently and cooperatively with the whole. You can put on a movie in the OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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living room, a podcast in the kitchen, and a song in the den streamed from one of more than 50 music services. Or, you can play the same thing throughout your whole home. Sonos has helped introduce homeowners to their first taste of smart home technology, enabling one system to connect to multiple devices wirelessly. Today, smart home technology is an emerging market, with technology for home security and access, video monitoring, energy management, and home automation. New skills are needed for integrating these components to enable them to work seamlessly throughout the home, so that homeowners can view their security cameras, lock and unlock doors, adjust the lights and temperature, and play their entertainment systems from their phones or tablets while they’re home or away. Providing quality brands and reliable customer service have always been critical to Island Audio Video, because a small business depends on its good reputation to attract new customers and keep its old customers coming back. Those customers deserve to be able to rely on the equipment they buy, and the follow-up and ongoing technical support they will receive. In order to keep up with the innovations of smart home automation, and to support his customers’ growing interest in these technologies, Wayne recognized that a higher level of technical expertise to design, integrate, and install these systems was required. Enter Mike Smolens. Mike’s business, Bay Computer Consulting Services, was established in 2005. It, too, evolved over the years from selling and servicing residential computers to managed information technology (IT) services. By joining forces, the ultimate goal is to integrate Mike’s background in technology and networks with Island Audio Video’s expertise and product resources to become a pioneer of home automation in the Long Beach Island area. Technology is constantly evolving, and as it becomes more complex, Island Audio Video will continue to be Long Beach Island’s local provider of quality, cutting-edge devices, seamless home integration, and, above all, education in helping you adapt to new technologies in your lifestyle.

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Art

Inspired by

THE ISLAND WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

“I feel the most alive and young with my coastal scenes. It goes back to my roots—the serenity of being raised on the water—and there is nothing quite like it.”

Since its inception, Long Beach Island has been a metaphorical feast for the human senses with its spectacular landscapes, infinite horizons, mesmerizing natural light, enchanting flora and fauna, and a breathtaking coastline. The island has served as inspiration for our region’s most beloved artists. One of those artists is Jen Kelly represented by Solace Studio Gallery, located in the north end of Surf City.

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It is no surprise that LBI would be the perfect setting for a gallery, of which founder and artist Franny Andahazy debuted her first island-based gallery 5 years ago. Despite the fourteen other artists the gallery represents within her enchanting gallery walls, she is recognized not only as a talented painter herself and business-owner, but is also a native of the island having grown up in North Beach. She is notorious for fostering profound connections between Solace Studio + Gallery talented artists and the local buyers-seeking-works-of-art. Andahazy knows the island clientele, and is very familiar with the ever changing and evolving architecture of the coastal homes. Jen and Franny go way back. They first met at an art class together and have subsequently developed a camaraderie turned sisterhood over the years. When Franny opened her studio gallery in Surf City, she pointed out that the clientele of LBI would

resonate with Jen’s work. “I knew her artwork would work well in LBI homes, as it would enhance the wall space which is beautifully designed and often bathed in natural light,” describes Andahazy, of what enticed her to bring in Jen Kelley’s work to the island. “I knew her work would complement the island homes as Jen’s soft color choices and textured surface paint are so serene and beautiful. To say that Andahazy has an eye for design is an understatement. She just so happens to be the founder and CEO of a leading event design firm in New England, PBD Events (www.pbd-events.com). With clients ranging from The Mark Wahlberg Foundation to the Red Sox and more than three decades-worth of experience conceptualizing and curating some of the most imaginative high-profile events in the Northeast, it’s safe to hold Franny’s visual palate and creative genius with the utmost regards. Boston Magazine even named her as an industry leader with a feature profile in their October 2018 “Faces of Women-Led Businesses” edition. “Franny is a

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wonderful mentor and friend,” shares Jen Kelly, “she is always encouraging me to do my thing, and experiment, offering productive feedback and invaluable suggestions.” Jen, whose work is currently featured at Solace Studio + Gallery, took her first painting class at the age of 13 and was an art & psychology double major at Boston College who went on to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work to work as an Art Therapist. After a series of personal events and a serious car accident, Jen returned her focus to creating art first and foremost, and the results have been nothing short of best sellers. Works such as her Endless Summer series which showcases the ever-changing sunrises and sunsets of the island, or the Beach People series, are among memorable pieces sold at the gallery. Her infamous use of her signature style called “the chunk” showcases heavy layers of paint. Her work focuses on featuring local landscapes which are the ingredients for the perfect beach community-coveted artwork. “I’m obsessed with color and have been ever since I was a child, whether it was while in school, at work

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or even on vacation,” Kelly divulges. “I never stopped painting, and when I did finish a painting, I was always thinking about what I was going to paint next,” she smiles. Over the years, even when her career had at times taken her off the dedicated artist path, she never ceased picking up her brush. Her philanthropic efforts are admirable often donating pieces to some of Boston’s most important nonprofits such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Center or South Shore Hospital. The desire to constantly share her gift with those in need is another one of the artist’s many charming qualities. Heavily influenced by the works of Ken Auster, Mark Rothko, Wolf Kahn and Georgia O’Keefe, Kelly’s privy towards their use of color, vibrant scenery and canvas sizes continues to be an inspiration for her today. One of the most valuable lessons she had learned from Ken Auster, was to “keep your work authentic and


be yourself, paint what is inside of you and keep it simple.” Words she lives by when she is painting in her home studio. To be a fly on the wall during Jen Kelly’s creative process is quite blissful in fact. She begins her mornings with a mind-clearing meditation, expressing gratitude by writing down her thoughts for the day. These include philosophies she wants to focus on during the creative process and translating her thoughts into paint. Classical music is her mood music of choice, and more recently the tunes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Mexican flamenco guitar duo whose acoustic instrumentals evoke that sense of “island vibes.” Kelly then makes three piles of colors on her palate and blends the paint until she creates the most perfect shades of color for that particular piece. She focuses on mixing paint before she begins painting, so that the painting itself is easier to complete. The colors flow better together that way. Blues and greys are her favorites lately, and playing with all the tones and shades add to the island mood. So what is next for Jen Kelly? “I’ve been going bigger lately,” she divulges of her current magnetism towards

larger canvas sizes. “ I have more to express, it is my latest thing,” she adds. Currently working on pieces that are upwards of a few feet, with some even multiple yards in length. “These giant pieces take significantly more time to create, I like to push myself harder and work longer and deeper with these new pieces. “It’s very dramatic and emotional—quite beautiful,” she shares. The artist frequents the island with Andahazy to paint and the gallery holds a showing of Jen’s work every first Friday of August, this year’s date being August 9. “My job is complete when someone looks at my painting and is overcome with a sense of happiness and peace,” Jen Kelly responds to a question about how her work is to be perceived. “I feel the most alive and young with my coastal scenes. It goes back to my roots—the serenity of being raised on the water—and there is nothing quite like it.” To view Jen Kelly’s work or other Solace artists in-person, please visit Solace Studio + Gallery, located at 2312 Long Beach Blvd in Surf City (www.solacestudiolbi.com). To view works on Artsy.net please visit www.artsy.net/solace-studio-plus-gallery-and-contour-19/artists.

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Save The Date June 29th, 10 - 4

The LBI Artist Open Studio Tour is a free self-guided tour of local art galleries and private art studios. This tour showcases fine art and crafts in a broad range of mediums. The tour offers visitors a chance to view and purchase artworks and explore how, where and why art is made.

www.LBIArtists.com for updates on locations and participating artists.

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