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Featured 84 LESS DENSITY MORE SENSITIVITY

42 COMPLIMENTARY LUXURY

48 ART OF THE REFRESH

Interior Design 16 INTERIOR DESIGN MOVEMENT

28 THE DESIGNERS “BETWEEN” THE SHEETS

38 ASK THE DECORATOR

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Home Improvements 56 A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

62 CEDAR RESTORATION


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Technology 142 SMART HOME SECURITY

5 STEPS TO BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOME

FROM DREAM TO DESIGN

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Home Care

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126 THE MAN BEHIND THE CABINETS

146 VETERAN BRINGS MILITARY VALUES

150 PROTECTING THAT ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD

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Welcome to another season as we debut our first summer of the roaring 2020s here on Long Beach Island. After a particularly volatile winter of unseasonable weather and social distancing, it seems as though we don’t only speak for ourselves when we say that everyone is looking forward to an easygoing and enjoyable time away from it all—chock full of R&R—on our sanctuary-like little island this year. A new decade brings with it a lot of changes: five acres in Holgate turning over a new leaf with Island’s End, an exciting new housing development that replaced a former mobile home park; the boom of the interior design industry; the surge of homebuilding by a magnanimous talent pool of local architects and homebuilders; even a new age rendition of offering professional home cleaning services with a military twist. Times they are a changing, and while we are excited to be a part of the growth and innovation of the local economy, we still bring to you all of the stories of simple and unwavering charm that have captured the hearts of LBI-goers for generations. Even in 2020, the island has managed to endure a quaint and family-friendly reputation, remaining a refuge for all of its residents and visitors despite its modernization. This issue is full of original thinkers, creative dreamers and impressive doers. Much like a painted masterpiece, architecture and design are art forms that have the ability to delight, inspire, and transform. In having people open up their homes to our writers and photographers, we hope to spark a bit of inspiration with readers when it comes to planning their own little (or big) home projects. After all, it is said that “architecture is creating the framework for the life we want to live.” Whatever we build, ends up building us as people, because we exist as part of the world around us. And the one thing that holds true, no matter what design categories our audience falls into, is that everyone enjoys a little piece of paradise whilst setting foot here on Long Beach Island.

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DESIGN MOVEMENT The Spotted Whale Takes to the Surf and Rolls Out Interior Design Services WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

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Spring 2020 is the official debut of a new season—and decade! —on Long Beach Island, and our 18-mile enclave is sure to host a fresh wave of residents and vacationers alike, all flocking to escape the hustle and bustle of real-life back home and equally in need of an island retreat. For those visiting or staying, there’s nothing better than picking up a few seafaring accoutrements (or redecorating your entire beach house with them) to yield that sort of beautiful design aesthetic that just screams relaxation. But when faced with the questions of Where to go? Who to ask? the answer is

clear: The Spotted Whale has made a significant splash in the coastal interior design market not only on Long Beach Island, but the entire Jersey Shore. Filled with a beachy, curated selection of textiles, furniture and home décor accessories, The Spotted Whale is a retail boutique located in both Viking Village and Beach Haven with a fresh point of view towards the beach aesthetic. Bursting with coastal vibes and radiating an elevated sense of taste and style, it is the local mecca for finding any object or houseware tailor-made OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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for an LBI beach home. It’s hard to believe this carefully culled boutique’s beginnings involved a few serendipitous encounters post-Sandy and the impulsive decision for a New York City design executive and mom-of-three, Anne Pecora, to take a leap of faith and open her own boutique on the north-end of Long Beach Island (and later Ocean City, Stone Harbor, and then again with a second location on the south-end of LBI.)

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Educated at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) and the Germain School of Photography, Pecora spent decades in the commercial design realm, eventually becoming Vice President of Design Service for Ruitenberg Design Inc., which was one of the more prestigious display companies of its time in the New York metropolitan area. Pecora’s portfolio boasted clients such as the New York Stock Exchange, The United Nations, Hallmark Gold Crown stores, Food Emporium, and premier Vornado building lobbies in New York City—which include Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. By 2012, the fifteen-year resident of Loveladies was ready for the next chapter in her life and decided, after much consideration, that Viking Village would be an ideal site for the location of a coastal home furnishings store with a brand-new design perspective: her own. “After leaving an amazing yet time intensive job, the quaint serene landscape of Viking Village was perfect. It gave me a sense of calm and somehow was the ideal place to begin a new

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Interior Design adventure,” she notes. Although she was under contract when Hurricane Sandy hit the island in fall of 2012, Pecora was fortunate enough to move forward with closing on the Viking Village property in December of 2012 regardless. Presumed to have been built in the late 1950’s in Harvey Cedars, the structure of the store was actually once a little residential bungalow that sold for $1 to the previous owner, moved to its current location and used as a storefront. Once she acquired it, she and her team “gave the little gem a well-deserved facelift,” Anne adds with a smile. This charming little bungalow was given a new breath of life with a fresh coat of paint, a light renovation which included an open floor plan, and was subsequently repurposed for the new retail shoppe which opened its doors in Viking Village for the 2013 season. Nostalgia draws the son of the original homeowners (now in his 80’s) back to the little store each season to visit his childhood residence and reminisce of days yonder. “It has its little story and a ton of charm. We all at The Spotted Whale love it, respect its family history and work hard to maintain its uniqueness within the Viking Village community,” says Pecora of the home that now holds her boutique. “I’ve always looked at the structure as a family’s little beach home, that we’re just lucky enough to occupy. It came from humble beginnings and we will always maintain that feel. All our customers and team members continue to enjoy the ‘little bungalow’ which is full of laughs and smiles every season, as if it’s original family still lived in it, enjoying a summer,” she shares. “We enjoy our well-deserved employee appreciation dinner at the Barnegat Light location every summer in August. We close early, set up tables, string lights bring in fresh fish from Off The Hook and just have a fun time exchanging stories, catching up and just kicking our feet up! Oftentimes a customer or two will bike by and have a glass of wine with us,” she adds.

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Instantaneously recognizing Pecora’s impeccable taste and eye for design through her store’s creative visual merchandising, local clientele began sourcing The Spotted Whale for their unique coastal design and decorating expertise. Enthusiastic to shift into the residential side of interior planning and design, the all service-based facet of Anne’s company was rapidly born. “Many of our clients were approaching us because they needed guidance with the process of decorating. They knew what they liked, but weren’t quite sure how to cohesively combine pieces to create that casual, yet well-curated space.” Within a year or two, Anne realized the need for design services and the demand for them to be turnkey. Anne and her staff are now regarded as one of the more coveted design teams behind some of the island’s most unique homes, from Barnegat Light to Holgate, and everywhere in between. Out front, The Spotted Whale displays a colorful array of outdoor furniture, rugs, pillows and Adirondack chairs, making one feel as though they are truly walking through a friend’s charming patio in order to step into their home; upon entering patrons are welcomed with a bright, cheery and inviting space. Nautical stripes, ocean blues, and sandy whites aside, the beachy-vibed theme is apparent throughout without being overly excessive. Shoppers can find everything from colorful statement pieces to beautiful neutrals that can layer into any space. Pecora and her team of buyers spend countless hours sourcing for home décor furnishings and coastal home accessories that are timeless, elegant, sophisticated—yet always functional and some items, even a little edgy. Everything has a natural, organic and effortlessly stylish and simple vibe. It is the perfect destination for anything from a customized handcrafted piece of wall art, an American made dining room table, to a set of high-quality tea towels with an embroidered, tongue-in-cheek seashore saying sure to be the topic of conversation in any kitchen.


The interior design services at The Spotted Whale offer a wide range of options, from refreshing just one room, to planning and designing an entire home. Pecora and her team love listening to the style preferences and inspirations of their clients, whether they have a Pinterest board full of ideas or are just getting started with one piece of wall art for inspiration. They cater to any budget and are happy to work with existing furnishings to create a new, comfortable yet familiar feel. “It was important for the designer to listen and take into account my feedback throughout the entire design process. They perfectly transformed my vision for the space,” notes a client of The Spotted Whale. She added of her experience with the design team, “I felt truly listened to, from budget all the way through the creative process. I also felt inspired to consider some new and unique ideas. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the final outcome of my beautiful, new beach home.” Anne agreeably added, “We’ve had the privilege of being a part of so many wonderful projects and met so many amazing people along the way. Good design should appear effortless, that’s much easier said than done.”

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Interior Design With the caliber of her work apparent throughout, Pecora prides herself and her team on listening to customers and their feedback. “It helps us reach our goal to make each season unique and different than the one before,” she notes. Anne’s true key to success she believes are the team of people who have worked so hard to help grow the business. The most important modus operandi she instills in her team is that the needs of the customer are the top priority. “This team is an extremely dedicated group of talented individuals who help every client with seamless customer service,” she notes. Many of their clients have been long-standing customers’ who they have a wonderful relationship with. “All our homeowners want to do is get to the beach and begin relaxing with their family and friends. We take our job and responsibilities very seriously and make it our day to day mission to get the job done and exceed our customers expectations. Often times this is accomplished before they even arrive at their home!” She adds, “I learned very early on in my career that you’re only as good as your team. Forty years later, nothing has changed and the same holds true. It takes a dedicated, loyal and hardworking team to make things appear seamless. I’m fortunate to have all those attributes in my retail store team members, design team, warehouse crew and delivery team.” Not only is she a dedicated designer, but a compassionate and hardworking business owner always trying to figure out how to make the business better. She believes the success of her business is the byproduct of collaborative efforts of a fully committed team who truly understands the importance of good customer service. “I’m humbled by the hard work and long hours my team puts in 365 days a year,” she concludes. Although The Spotted Whale has a modest 1,000-square-foot showroom in its first location at 16 West 19th Street in Barnegat Light at Viking Village, the new Beach Haven location at 500 N. Bay Ave is 3,000-square-feet, and offers more interior decor for your perusing pleasure. For more information login onto www.spottedwhale.com or visit their social media pages, facebook.com/ spottedwhale and @spotted_whale on Instagram.

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Local LBI Boutique Meets High Demand for Their Interior Design Services WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SLACK

Although the practice of interior design harkens back to the days of ancient Egyptians, it’s hard to believe that the actual profession of interior design is just over 100 years old. What began as the art of decorating, embracing form and function, has evolved leaps and bounds into the present-day’s artform of interior design. For Between the Sheets, a local interior design boutique specializing in the niche of luxury linens, a new season marks an important milestone in their nearly three-decade existence on the island: a fresh façade, debuting the exciting 2020 linen collections, and—due to popular demand—the expansion of the interior design division within the firm.

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Pennsylvania natives and Philadelphia College of Textiles roommates Kristin A. Nissen and Maryann Schmid began their Interior Design career at [what used to be known as] Whalon’s Furniture & Design store, located on the Boulevard at 23rd Street in Ship Bottom. It wasn’t long before the talented home furnishings duo, making a name for themselves with local clientele, decided to open a luxury boutique of their own by the summer of 1992. After a mere six months, the interior design service followed suit, and their brand was booming like never before. Between the Sheets, offering the finest quality linens Long Beach Island and South Jersey had to offer, would not only sell superior textiles, linens, window treatments and upholstery, but also would provide luxury concierge interior design services to guide homeowners whilst incorporating charm, expressiveness, and impeccable attention to detail within every facet of their home décor undertaking. “Too often in interior design, textiles are seen as an afterthought. People view them as a finishing touch rather than a crucial component of the design as a whole,” says Kristin co-founder of Between the Sheets. “In reality, however, you can’t design a room without them,” adds Maryann, partnering co-founder, “and this is how our retail boutique very organically integrated the professional design services.” The two facets of the business most certainly go hand-in-hand, and Between the Sheets offers their design expertise for everything from a simple room refresh, a partial renovation, to a complete home or new construction project. The full-service interior design service is quite unique as the women have found that partnering with clients early on during the architectural and construction phase of their home ensures a smooth journey throughout the design process. The designers pride themselves on working in partnership with builders and architects, as it is of utmost importance in order to achieve the ultimate goal: provide the client with their dream home. Contrary to popular belief, involving one’s interior designer from the onset of the architecture and building phase of a new home helps to plan for components that may otherwise go overlooked, such as optimal room size, functionality, traffic flow and lighting. “While working within the parameters set by OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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the builders and architects, we meet with clients where each phase of the project dictates. Sometimes that is in our beautiful showroom; sometimes that is at the client’s home, perhaps it might be at the architect’s office,” shares Maryann. Having your designer involved in finish selections throughout the process leads skillfully into selecting the right furnishings for each space. Another focus for Between the Sheets clientele is that of a refresh project. This could be interpreted as something along the lines of new, beautifully coordinated linens and wallpaper, or a piece of art and a few carefully selected pieces of upholstery. “Each and every client brings a fresh opportunity to conceive and deliver a truly unique interior design experience. We enjoy and explore many various styles, including coastal chic, modern, contemporary and traditional classic,” notes Kristin. The Between the Sheets showroom clearly reflects the firm’s passion for good design and proficiency of the fine linen industry. They partner with industry classics including Yves Delorme, Matouk, SDH and Bella Notte Linens. “It’s a joy each season to have our comfort basics, those classic percales and sateens woven into beautiful sheeting, duvet covers and coverlets, and yet have the opportunity to showcase the fashion-for32

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ward trends for the year. Pantone’s Color of the Year is Classic Blue, one of our favorites! It’s exciting to see how this color is woven into and throughout the 2020 collections,” says Maryann. A very special trademark the design team is known for happens to be involving a client’s linens in the design process when creating bedrooms. A client would never be shown just a bed, dressers, mirrors and stunning lighting in their design presentation without the finishing touch of the perfect linens. The team completes the visual of clients’ bedroom right down to the last boudoir pillow. Unquestionably, they apply that level of detail to their dining room designs as well; gorgeous table linens are always selected to complete dining room presentations in the same manner. It is important to note that their 2,000-square-foot storefront, located just upon one’s entry to Long Beach Island, on Central Avenue and 10th Street in Ship Bottom, only represents a fraction of the boutique’s resources. “We always have a challenge when limiting what we buy for our showroom each season. When you thrive in a design environment, it’s hard to buy only one or two new display beds when you really want four or five. Then, of course, we want more upholstery and case goods, more wallpaper and more chandeliers, the list goes on and on,” notes Maryann. As a design firm, the company strives to hand-pick manufacturers that specifically work with designers rather than furniture stores, which gives them the opportunity to truly meet a client’s needs. Their success can undoubtedly be attributed to focusing on good, quality design and selecting manufacturers that surpass their stringent standards. “Our long relationships with trusted suppliers are instrumental in delivering beautifully-made home furnishings to our clients,” adds Kristin. Their indoor and outdoor dining room tables, as an example, are selected for each client individually, and are often bench-made in the USA, therefore offering a plethora of customizations for the sizing and finish. The same applies to their luxe upholstery and textile collections. 34

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Interior Design For more than a decade, Between the Sheets, exclusively on LBI, is the go-to retailer for prestigious Matouk Fine Linens, a national textile brand that has handcrafted luxury linens from the world’s finest materials for almost a century. Crafted completely in the USA, the brand calls Fall River, Massachusetts their home to a tight-knit family of artists, craftspeople, and business professionals who are uniquely attuned to the needs of American consumers looking for an old-world, trusted mark at the cutting-edge of the textile industry with fresh and relevant products and designs. The new 2020 Matouk Schumacher Collaboration, which will also be available at Between the Sheets beginning in March 2020, combines Matouk’s impeccably crafted linens with Schumacher’s extraordinary prints, for beautiful bedding and beach styles that capture the very best of both brands. The Matouk Schumacher Collection consists of 6 bedding styles, 3 terry beach towel styles, and 3 shower curtain styles (using 3 of the bedding patterns), a national collaborative expansion that Between the Sheets is proud to be a part of. As one can easily observe, the modus operandi of this LBI interior design destination seems to be working, and Between the Sheets shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. For more information or to inquire about your next home design project, visit www.betweenthesheetsnj.com.

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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 38

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have that luxury, and we need sofa type seating for watching 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 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 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 a room which conjure up the coziness that you want, to 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 drapery panel that go from floor to ceiling. Now throw in a beat up old long board on the wall over the sofa, and you’re off and running to achieve your goal. Hang ten Rene! 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? 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. P.S. I have to admit, cloth verticals are SLIGHTLY less hideous! OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Long Beach Island is a community of charming architecture and alluring interior design. From multimillion-dollar beach front estates to sweet little bayside cottages—and everything in between— this melting pot of populace from the entire tristate area has yielded a coastal home design market like no other. But whether homeowners are taking on a major construction project or simply assuming to refresh their beachy abode for the season, a unifying principle holds true—one needs not look further than the longest-standing, trusted home décor authority on LBI: Oskar Huber Furniture & Design, of Ship Bottom, NJ.

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This dreamy home furnishings mecca –celebrating 93 years in business this season—has the largest showroom presence on Long Beach Island with more than 20,000 sqare feet dedicated to offering clientele the capability of physically walking through and experiencing thousands of visual design elements for both indoor and outdoor living. “A competitive advantage we have is the capacity for our interior designers to help clientele heighten their perception of the sensory elements of design, and not just focus exclusively on the visual aesthetic. We have the ability for a client to make selections based 44

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upon seeing, touching, feeling products before deciding on whether they are a good fit for their home,” shares Bobby Huber. He goes on to add, “This is your home. Our team knows how to absorb your likes and dislikes, characterize your style and then translate it into the expression of home décor. We will make your home beautiful and comfortable together.” From access to the latest in coastal designs, smart and stylish furniture collections, exclusive mattresses and home décor lines, to expert advice from in-house interior design service professionals, Oskar Huber offers everything clients need to revamp their spaces—including igniting sparks of inspiration. The advantage of working with Oskar Huber is that enlisting in the help of a skilled interior designer is a luxury you will never have to pay for. Their design center is brimming with valuable resources and equipped with the industry’s latest interactive room-planning software. This complimentary service consists of everything from planning cohesive floorplans as early on as the architectural phase of a new build, to simple finishing touches within rooms of all shapes and sizes. They offer expert advice and personal solutions to help make selections


Interior Design specifically functional to clients’ needs—with the freedom to tackle an entire house, or one room, or even one item, at a time. Their goal is to make the decorating process as easy and as enjoyable as possible for the homeowner, which is achieved by means of professional guidance at their simultaneous design service and retail showroom. “I feel as though my artistic talents have synthesized beautifully with my love of people and their stories. I love to meet new people and gain insight about what is meaningful for them and listen well enough to guide them through creating an environment that truly reflects them,” shares one of the designers at Oskar Huber. The team acknowledges that for many people, it can be overwhelming to furnish and decorate a home when faced with so many options, which is exactly why the showroom staffs professional designers that are friendly, creative and incredibly talented at what they do. In addition to custom upholstery, dining, bedroom and accent furniture, the Oskar Huber team also

assists clientele with other facets of design including flooring and rugs, window treatments, paint, and decorative accessories. They will do on-site visits to take accurate measurements, experience the space in order to tailor design assessments, sketch ideas, create rendering proposals using the latest professional design software, and then guide clients through their showroom towards pieces perfectly suited to fit their design needs. The collaborative partnership consists of a designer presenting clients with an initial set of ideas based on their vision, and after receiving feedback, refining the suggestions until it’s perfect because they are dedicated to bringing an individual’s unique vision to life. And of course, the designers at Oskar Huber will always work within any specific budget. They believe that working from a full plan avoids costly mistakes, even if clients decide to purchase furnishings in stages. The team prides itself on working with any budget, style, and unique space. As they like to say at Oskar Huber, “Fabulous Furniture, Thoughtful Room Design… Customized Just for You.”

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Sooner or later, every home, no matter how beautifully decorated, will need to undergo a design refresh to avoid looking dated. With more than three decades of experience, Donna Grimes, owner of Serenity Design in Ship Bottom, has perfected the art of the refresh. Serenity Design is a complete home design center. Many of Grimes’ projects are new construction, where she works side-by-side with architects to design clients’ interiors from the start of the building process. “Clients are referred to us several ways,” Grimes explains. “Sometimes they are sent by the builder, other times by the architect, and still other times they visit the store on their own, when they find us through our website, Instagram or word of mouth from our long list of satisfied clients.” The need for a storefront stemmed from Grimes’ growing involvement in the design process. Her firm does it all, from start to finish, complete with partnerships with

preferred contractors to truly get the entire job done. “When renovating their homes, people don’t need to visit 16 different shops. My ability to buy direct from suppliers allows me to offer our clients a large selection of products at competitive prices,” Grimes shares about her storefront, which sells flooring and tiles, lighting, cabinetry and furniture, window treatments and smaller home accessories. However, you don’t need to completely rebuild your home to update your look. Grimes’ latest project in Beach Haven Park is a refresh on a design project she originally completed about 14 years ago. “It was a spec home. We personalized it with furniture, window coverings, area rugs and a few custom pieces,” Grimes says. Though the clients took pristine care of their furniture and home, the desire to freshen up the popular tan and cream palette of the early 2000s was a natural progresOPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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sion. Armed with the trust of her clients to fulfill their vision for a second time, Grimes, along with her daughter, Victoria—an interior designer who has worked for the business for the past three years—got to work on the home’s kitchen, living room, dining room, stairwell and foyer areas, in addition to small updates to the master bedroom. First, the basics. All walls were repainted white, instantly brightening up the open floor space from its previous tan color and providing a fresh canvas. Shiplap paneling was added to the ceilings in the living room to add clean texture to areas with a pitched ceiling.

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The duo then let the original perimeter of the kitchen serve as their roadmap, but replaced all of the intricate cream-colored and glass cabinet doors with a simpler design, and added a fresh coat of white paint to all the cabinets. The dated, gold granite countertops were replaced with white quartz, and a new backsplash was installed to add visual interest between the rows of cabinets. With a goal of creating a common area in the kitchen, they removed the original island set parallel with the stove, and installed a new, bigger island positioned perpendicularly. In open concept spaces, creating circulation through the various areas is key. A kitchen table that previously served its purpose, yet took up a lot of space, was replaced with a custom, built-in bench, offering more seating and opening up the room, creating space to add a small bar area complete with wine cooler. The old, grand fireplace was stripped and rebuilt with a simpler, modern mantel, echoing the design of the kitchen cabinets across the room. The lighting fixtures were updated throughout the spaces as well, swapping out metallic pieces for textured fixtures in neutral shades. The finishing touches included new furniture, including custom cushions, bar stools, couches, chairs and rugs, tying it all together.

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Home Improvement

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Utilizing storage space effectively throughout a house is a challenge that most homeowners encounter, whether it’s working with spaces that are too small or narrow, or that are large enough but inconveniently placed, resulting in wasted space. Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork—a one-stop shop for all things building materials — knows the challenges that homeowners and builders face when it comes to maximizing storage space in the home. Serving New Jersey with four showrooms across Ocean and Monmouth counties, including a Manahawkin location, Woodhaven has been dedicated to helping families make their dream homes come true since 1977, including kitchen and bath design, and a large offering of window, door, flooring and moulding options to tie it all together. And most recently, with the acquisition of HF Closet Systems, a leader in custom storage solutions for over 35 years—

along with the integration of their staff, led by owner Sandy Deckman—Woodhaven is ready to help make your storage dreams come true, too. The first step to designing a custom storage solution is to get creative and keep an open mind—there’s more to top-notch storage than a walk-in closet (although that’s always a popular request). At Woodhaven, an in-home consultation is the first step to kicking-off the design process. You’ll meet with a professional to measure the space available, discuss your organization goals, and come up with a plan that will maximize space while remaining aesthetically pleasing. You can also visit a local Woodhaven showroom, to better visualize the realms of possibility available for your space. The benefit of receiving an expert’s recommendation is that where the average homeowner may see four walls housing a messy children’s playroom, Woodhaven sees an op-

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Home Improvement portunity for custom cabinetry that’s functional and makes clean-up a breeze. An unfunctional pantry with narrow shelves can be transformed into a sleek and modern organization solution, with the right eye. Woodhaven’s design team will ask you questions that you may not realize are relevant to maximizing your storage spaces. For example—when it comes to an average reach-in closet in a master bedroom, someone with many long dresses will require different shelving and hanging areas than someone with only suits to hang. A closet redesign is your opportunity to uniquely cater your space to your own needs. Think shoe racks, jewelry inserts, tie racks and more — if you wear it, there’s a custom and elegant storage solution for it that just can’t be replicated with plastic storage units. Your everyday living areas aren’t the only spaces that could benefit from a custom storage solution—basements, garages, laundry rooms and offices are often spaces that double as unofficial inhome storage units. With a proper closet set up, you can create utility rooms where you’re proud to leave the door open when company visits. From start to finish, rest assured that Woodhaven’s Custom Closet installers are all in-house. No sub-contractors are employed, ensuring a seamless project from initial consultation to final product. With a priority on customer service, Woodhaven continues to innovate within the building supplies industry, adding to its extensive offerings in kitchen and bath, windows, doors, stairs and flooring. For inspiration, visit woodhavenlumber.com to view a gallery of custom closets. To get started on your very own custom storage solution, call Woodhaven’s Custom Closet department at 848222-2320, or e-mail closets@woodhavenlumber. com. You can also visit one of Woodhaven’s four showrooms, located in Lakewood, Manahawkin, Point Pleasant and Shrewsbury. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Nothing says “classic shore house” quite like the timeless look of the cedar shingled home. Durable and sustainable, the humble wood siding can be found on the grandest of water-front estates, and the smallest of cozy beach homes. Used as a building material for many years, chances are you’re familiar with the look of aged red or white cedar planks, lining your view down Long Beach Boulevard. But as with any classic look, timeless is not synonymous with maintenance-free. Water, salt and the sun all wear down cedar shingles over time, causing damage to accumulate in the forms of discoloration, mold and aging. Unfortunately, ocean-front homes will see the most damage to cedar siding. “It’s the price you pay for being on the island,” says Rich Wheeler, foreman at Spectrum Painting, LBI’s premier painting company. Established in 1991 by owner Pablo Oehlmann, Spectrum Painting is the authority for both interior and exterior painting jobs on the island, and expert on the intricate art of cedar restoration, for both siding and decking. Reviving aged cedar is a complicated process, and simply painting over it without any treatment will do more harm than good. That’s because cedar is a soft wood that acts like a sponge and tends to attract mold, Pablo

explains. In the same way that you wouldn’t simply paint over a wall with water damage, you must address the underlying issue at hand. The restoration process begins with a thorough power wash over every inch of cedar siding to remove any discoloring build up, mold or grime. Typically, bleach or an environmentally-friendly alternative is used to accelerate the process, depending on outdoor landscaping and proximity to the bay. “We have a responsibility to protect our environment,” Pablo says, “but it’s mostly the water pressure that removes the grime, dirt, salt and mold.” Fair warning: power washing cedar is not a job for the weekend warrior. “Cedar is so sensitive— it’s easy for an amateur to damage it. The shingles will come right off. We’re often called in to correct the work of other contractors who may not be as familiar with the process as we are,” Rich adds. In a typical year, Spectrum Painting works on 10 to 20 cedar restoration projects, which can only be completed during the warmer months. Once the house is clean and dry, the team then sands down the cedar, section by section, using an orbital sander, stripping the wood to its original color. The goal is to carefully remove every trace of previous coating without denting the soft cedar wood. For a 10,000 OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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square foot home, this process could take up to six months. Once the cedar is stripped, there are a few options for finishing touches. The first is to leave the siding au naturel without any additional staining to add color; however, Pablo does highly recommend adding a clear coating for a longer-lasting, natural feel, allowing the wood grain to shine through. Another option for retaining a natural look is to use an exotic oil that comes in a variety of colors to penetrate, tint and enhance the original color of the wood, for a deeper, richer look. Finally, a solid acrylic stain is a synthetic, non-penetrating option. The final product will lose some of the look of the natural grain, but the longevity is slightly longer than using an oil. A final note on cedar restoration: longevity of results is at the mercy of the elements. If Mother Nature brings half a decade of mild weather patterns, expect your cedar siding or deck to last four to five years before it’s time for a refresh. Meanwhile, 24 months of heavy nor’easters will accelerate the aging process quickly. Maintaining cedar can be a labor of love, but the pay-off is well worth it. “Each time we see the final product, we walk away proud,” Pablo says. Spectrum Painting LBI can be contacted at 609-713-5119. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@spectrumpaintinglbi). 64

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SPACE WITHIN A SPACE The Hidden Potential of Raised Decks

WRITTEN BY ELAINE SISKO, REYNOLDS LANDSCAPING PHOTOS BY JOHN MARTINELLI

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Endless sunshine, cooling coastal breezes, fresh salty air and the mesmerizing sounds of incoming tides—summertime on LBI is defined by outdoor living. However, with limited potential for expansion on the typical LBI property, the fulfillment of these intangible delights can often prove challenging to the homeowner. Compounded by the possibility of tropical downpours, record-setting heat waves and shifting breezes announcing unwanted biting insects, a summertime retreat from the daily grind can result in disappointment and unfulfilled expectations.


Covered spaces under raised decks hold unlimited potential for development and can bridge the gap between outdoor and indoor living, daytime and nighttime entertaining. They create opportunity for homeowners with less than ideal conditions to enjoy outdoor living. On properties where Township lot and impervious coverage requirements have been maximized or on oceanfront lots where outdoor expansion is restricted, these already developed cavities on the house footprint create no additional constraints. No longer the domain of utilitarian functions—closets, basic outdoor showers, storage units—these al fresco recesses can be designed into multi-functional outdoor living rooms that are both aesthetic and highly functional. Wall and ceiling treatments, atmospheric low-voltage lighting, embellishments to piling supports—structural enhancements can transform an otherwise drab, characterless depression into a cozy living room that encourages congregation, entertainment and relaxation. IPE and cedar wood planks can be applied to walls, ceilings and soffits and, along with inset lighting fixtures, create an enticing niche for warm, inviting outdoor recreation. Likewise, natural stone products like travertine tiles, marble split-faced ledger stone and cobble stones can be employed as wall OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Outdoor Living treatments to define the style and ambiance of these spaces. Marine-grade roping or natural wood treatments can be applied to basic structural pilings to further enhance the aesthetic qualities of these areas under raised decks. Outdoor kitchens, sitting bar counters, outdoor furniture, hot tubs and day beds--accessory structures can define the function of these recessed rooms and entice family and friends to congregate for lounging, relaxing and recreating. Likewise, supplemental equipment and fixtures like flat screen televisions, outdoor ceiling fans, ping-pong and pool tables and other gaming equipment can extend outdoor living possibilities and create an all-weather living hub for both daylight and nighttime activities. Raised decks on higher floors of the home are not exempt from redevelopment, improved design and increased functionality. Expansive seaside views can be enhanced on raised decks through the addition of supplemental accessories like fire features, hot tubs, furniture and fixtures. Custom-made screens can ensure privacy on both raised alcoves or ground level recesses and provide an aesthetic accent to complement the exterior components and trims of the residence. While limited space and restrictive zoning regulations can make outward development problematic, by thinking outside the box and considering under-utilized options, difficult design challenges can be successfully resolved. Developing the utilitarian recesses under raised decks utilizes unconstrained lot coverage and can create a beautiful and multi-functional al fresco room that is not only aesthetically pleasing and highly functional but also provides an all-weather environment--maximize outdoor living from sunrise through sunset.

If you are considering the development of a multi-functional al fresco space under a raised deck area or would like assistance defining the components and accessories that will fit both aesthetically and functionally into a specific space, contact Mark or Luke Reynolds of Reynolds Landscaping at 609-597-6099. Likewise, for more information on materials, styles and selections, please peruse the photo gallery of the Reynolds Landscaping website, at www.reynoldslandscaping.com, for ideas and inspiration. Reynolds Landscaping and Garden Shop is located at 201 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin, NJ. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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The Magic of Hummingbirds

WRITTEN BY PEG REYNOLDS

If you are lucky enough to have hummingbirds in your yard, then you are lucky enough! In late April, these beautiful little birds will arrive hungry and ready to settle into their home until Mid-September when they head back to Central America or Mexico. They migrate non-stop day and night over the Gulf of Mexico, a 500-mile journey that takes them approximately 18-22 hours to complete.

days. You don’t want anything growing in it that will hurt the hummingbirds, such as various bacteria or pathogens that feed off of the sugar. I have a feeder that attaches to my kitchen window which brings me more joy than I can say. If I am late getting my feeder out, they hover in that area to let me know they are back for a new season!

These tough little creatures can fly some 2,000 miles at a time without stopping. While having your feeders ready is important, a habitat of nectar rich plants is also a must. Hummingbird favorites include honeysuckle, salvias, lilies, red cardinal flower, lavender and nasturtiums. Bright red hibiscus is a necessity and makes the perfect photo-op.

The most common hummingbird in our area is the ruby-throated hummingbird. It is named for the prismatic band of feathers at the male’s throat, which is a brilliant ruby red if caught in the light. Hummingbirds need our help, as biologists worry that the populations of some hummingbird species are declining. Other pollinators such as bumble bees and honey bees are in trouble as well. It appears as though habitat loss, invasive species and pesticide poisoning account for much of the sharp declines. The greatest threat to hummingbird survival is the effect of changing climates on flowering phenology (when flowers bloom) because even minor changes in climate can produce large changes in nectar availability and blooming dates.

Large trees are often used by hummingbirds for perches and nesting. The trunks also provide a source of lichens, a camouflaging decoration that some species attach to the outsides of their nests with spider silk. The Ruby-throated hummingbird will nest in deciduous woodland areas. During the nesting season, females can be scarce as they seek out tiny bugs and spiders for a high protein diet for their young. But the males are visible and quite territorial in fact, so be sure to hang more than one feeder to avoid any conflicts. Hummers are solitary and often will even compete with their babies for food once they have left the nest. It is amazing to watch them helicopter around and chase one another through the yard at speeds up to 30 miles an hour. It is most imperative that the nectar in your hummingbird feeder be changed frequently during the hot summer months to avoid spoilage, at least every three 74

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Anyone can help hummingbirds by participating in citizen-science efforts such as those at HummingbirdsAtHome.org. This app available at the app store is not only fun and educational, but users can participate in contributing to the research by logging their local hummingbird observations. Scientists then analyze collective data to better understand the needs of hummingbirds and other wildlife in each region of the world. So, make this year your year to plan a hummingbird garden, but remember to be patient because it takes time for them to call a place home. Enjoy the magic!


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NOT HUNGRY *19.3% OF OCEAN COUNTY’S CHILDREN ARE FOOD INSECURE *According to the latest numbers available from Feeding America

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“A COMMUNITY WHERE ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS ARE FREE FROM HUNGER” To Support our efforts, and learn more about our activities. Your donations and participation are greatly appreciated!

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The Hunger Foundation has hosted Fundraising Events and received Donations to provide much needed financial support to our local community food banks.

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Barnegat Food Pantry, Fr. Ken’s Kitchen at St. Mary’s Parish, Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry, Lacey Food Bank Program, Ocean Community Chruch, St. Francis Community Center, St. Episcopal Church

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FROM DREAM

to Design and all the Details Within

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ll projects start with a dream, whether it is small or large. It’s in the design that this dream can come to life. A project design can be broken into many details that range from desired use, features & elements, materials, and style. Ultimately, each project will have a driving force in that dream. A luxurious pool, a relaxing fire pit, an outdoor kitchen fit for a chef, casual seating to sit back and relax, a spacious spa for a cool summer night, and lush plantings to soften the space can all be examples of elements that can drive a design. This article explores how one project can be managed to include it all. The dream began with a pool, but not just any pool because certain materials were desired. A gunite pool can be seen as a ‘forever pool’ and one that has full customization. The structural integrity is second to none and one that can be enjoyed as multi-generational. The design emphasizes the customization with thermal bluestone coping, a deep blue pebble-sheen interior finish, natural stone veneer raised spillover wall, and complementary dark blue tile. Materials are important, but so is function and this pool bodes a spacious deep end, unique built-in benches, and an enjoyable sun ledge. Making this sun ledge even more enjoyable is the close proximity to a fire pit that allows you to have the best of both worlds.

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Outdoor Living A casual seating area with fire pit and overhead structure can create a very comfortable and intimate space. The benefits of this custom cedar pergola spanning the entire space is that it allows maximum overhead coverage. One post is erected from the stone pier that is formed with the pool’s gunite walls creating a custom fit with matching stone veneer and bluestone caps. Like all stone; bluestone has its advantages and disadvantages, but this design called for a timeless, strong, and beautiful stone. These outweighed the disadvantage of it becoming warmer than other natural stones in the hot sun. If you choose to sit in the direct sunlight, the chaise lounges were strategically placed to soak up maximum rays. They not only face afternoon exposure, but across that deep blue water is the outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen designed for the ultimate entertainment space immediately combines indoor luxury with outdoor enjoyment. The familiar materials of natural stone veneer and cedar compliment high grade stainless steel Alfresco and DCS appliances. A 36 Inch Grill with Rotisserie, Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Sink, and complimentary sealed pantry storage gives way to ample counter space to prepare meals, serve drinks, or sit back and relax watching the game on the outdoor TV. As the project evolved as a whole, so did the complexity of the design. With close proximity of bar seats to the pool it was important to keep open access for

circulation. The pool wall was bumped in to allow for a comfortable path and flow to the adjoining rear stairs into the home as well as the raised IPE spa platform. Creating a unique space for a luxurious spa without taking away aesthetically was an important goal. If you’re not sitting back on a cool summer night relaxing in the spa and you’re instead running and jumping off the raised platform you can appreciate the joining of materials and built-in feel of these elements either way. This space uses IPE hardwood decking that matches the lush planted east side walkway and marries it with the same natural stone veneer facing on the raised pool wall. The step up onto the decking is underrated for the feel of the space. It would truly not be the same without this subtle design cue and creates a nice vantage point from anywhere across the backyard. With a backyard paradise created, again the design started to evolve, but this time into the front yard. A well-executed and unique design should communicate itself in materials, features, and style. It was important to bring those elements to the front yard entryway and frame the home accordingly. A new walkway layout with views framed by bluestone seat walls, soft grasses, and summer blooming trees and shrubs ties it all together. With no space left untouched it’s all complete. The design evolved, the project evolved, and this is how we included it all.

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Feature A five-acre parcel of undeveloped land on Long Beach Island is something many residents haven’t seen since the latter part of the twentieth century. But a series of events following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has resulted in the opportunity for one local architect to build a single-family home development the scale of which the island hasn’t witnessed in decades. Currently, the 42 homes are in the process of being constructed on two blocks of Beach Haven Inlet, or Holgate, as it is more commonly called. This southernmost location on the island sits adjacent to the Forsythe Nature Preserve, a federally protected land that is home to many endangered migrating birds. This area is known for its deep-rooted connection to nature and surfing—something Michael Pagnotta has a track record of protecting. Within the nearly eight-year timeframe since Superstorm Sandy slammed the Northeast Coast, the rebuild process post the catastrophic blow to Long Beach Island is still underway. The biggest current venture is the site of the formerly known Long Beach Island Trailer Park—a community of mobile homes and RVs that used to inhabit two whole square blocks in Holgate for almost 60 years. Before Sandy, this park had been a part of the island’s historic past, thriving longer than the trendy restaurants and multimillion-dollar homes of the day, even surviving the infamous Great Atlantic Storm of 1962. Purchased in 1953 by the Muroff family, third generation proprietor Bob Muroff was perpetually known for his stance that as long as he lived, he would never sell the park out of a moral obligation to its residents, many of whom had spent decades worth of summers on the property. But after the devastation of the 2012 hurricane that destroyed all but a few trailers, damaged all electrical, water and sewage systems to no repair, and new post-storm FEMA regulations for raising homes in flood zones impeded rebuilding the park, Muroff had no choice but to sell his five acres of land. The first prospective buyer was the largest home construction company in the United States, Lennar/US Home Corp, the Miami-based firm behind Barnegat’s Lighthouse Station active adult community. They pursued OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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approval to build an excess of 60 homes on the 5-acre parcel, creating countless tiny lots, most of which were deemed substandard by Long Beach Township’s zoning regulations. Following a vociferous outcry from local Holgate residents urging the Long Beach Township Land Use Board to deny the application, after two contentious meetings their application was denied. Taking into account the public’s concerns, Mr. Muroff sought a local developer who would be able to purchase the land and develop a project that entails less density and more sensitivity to the concerns of the community.

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At this time local architect and builder Michael Pagnotta had just purchased his home in Holgate with the thought of being able to enjoy some privacy at the end of the island. When first approached about taking on the trailer park project, Pagnotta was resistant, noting, “I have always admired the passion Holgate residents have for their community, but, honestly, the last thing I had on my mind was building dozens of new homes in my own backyard.” After discussing the project with members of his team and realizing that the company strengths would play out very well in this particular project, Pagnotta decided to throw their hat in


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the ring. With several suitors lined up for a chance to purchase the property, it was Pagnotta’s local roots and plan to create as environmentally-respectful a project as possible that caught the eye of Muroff, and the two became fast friends. An LBI local, Michael Pagnotta is a licensed architect and professional planner that holds a degree from the University of Texas School of Architecture with a concentration on sustainable design and solar (energy-conscious) design with professor Buford Duke. Pagnotta brings unique qualifications to the table when it comes to planning a development in Holgate that is cognizant of impacts in the local flora and fauna of ecologically sensitive areas. One of the more interesting projects he spearheaded OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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is the design of a self-sustaining residential development on the island of Roatan, 20 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. The island has very limited public utilities and each development had to be able to stand on its own during the common occurrence of rolling blackouts. He designed 40 energy-efficient homes that are powered through the energy harnessed from an array of solar panels. Each home has its own assortment designed to provide all the energy required for day-to-day living. Each home’s panels were also connected, creating a small grid to serve the specific development, so that each would benefit from the common energy stored for times of inclement weather or blackouts. For the Holgate project, Pagnotta envisioned a new community of homes that would represent the best and most successful designs his team had been creating for 50’ wide lots since his firm’s beginnings in 1990. Initially, of course, the project would address community concerns such as parking and drainage. While LBT regulations require two parking spaces for each new home, the Island’s End development provides five offstreet parking for each home. “We understand that our homes are often the site for family gatherings, and they have to serve a lot of people,” Pagnotta adds with a self-identifying chuckle, “and I know first-hand that most of our garages these days are filled with everything but cars.” With regards to the flooding concerns, each home would be built well above newly revised flood levels and would also limit the use of per-

vious materials, namely concrete pavers in their front yards. Washed stones are used in driveways so storm water has a chance to percolate before running into the street. Other approvals required that each home be designed in similar fashion with high quality materials. Situated so far south, the narrowness of the island enables many homes in Holgate to have spectacular views, including those from roof top decks. From the roof decks, views of the sunrise over the ocean to the east, sunsets over the bay to the west, and most grippingly views of Atlantic City to the south. He adds, “It is quite extraordinary to have three distinctly different water views all from the same spot on the roof deck of your home.” With Holgate suffering a black eye after Sandy, Pagnotta understood it would be important to draw prospective buyers down to the south end to see the rapid reconstruction of flood damaged homes and how quickly Holgate had returned to normalcy. To do this, Pagnotta’s team of architects, interior designers and builders created the “Heron,” a 2,800-square foot, fully furnished model home. The Heron, named after the native coastal bird, represents all that can be done on a typical 50’ x 100’ lot in Holgate. The Heron model caters to active lifestyles and is cleverly laid out for maximum incredible living space. It features a master suite with three additional bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a large open concept great room, with ample space for larger families and their guests.

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This particular model also offers an elevator and decks to the front of the house, off both the den and the great room living spaces. Next in line for its model home debut is the “Sandpiper,” which is a new 40’ wide home that will maximize all that can be done on a 50’ wide lot.

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This home will feature more decks including a partially covered upper deck, as well as the latest in interior appointments. Along with the Sandpiper will be a fully furnished example of a home designed to maximize the space allowed on a typical 40’ x 100’ lot, named the “Merlin.” This is a home designed for narrow lots that are found in virtually every town on LBI, to show that they too can still can be planned with 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, elevator and ample decking, outdoor living areas. The new homes of Island’s End utilize the most innovative technologies and are constructed with cutting-edge materials to ensure that a storm the magnitude of Sandy will never again devastate the homeowners of LBI. “Naturally, homes that are built with quality materials and good workmanship will last longer than ones built poorly,” Pagnotta adds, “and these homes are built with the intention of creating new memories on the south end of the island for generations to come.”

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Bespoke at the Beach WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

For many, having the opportunity to design and build a beach house is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and for generations Long Beach Island has been the ultimate destination to do so. Around this island, architect William C. Tagland has earned himself quite the reputation for his one-of-a-kind spectacular home designs, and luxury custom homebuilder Scott Forbes, as the man who is up to the task of bringing Tagland’s designs to life. Every business needs a visionary as well as someone to get the job done— one to draw plans and the other to swing the hammer—and this is precisely how the dynamic duo has cultivated such a powerhouse team for the past 30 years. The equilibrium between pushing creative boundaries and transcending mechanical limits yields stellar, if not magical homes. Summering on the island since birth, both men were local residents and began working in homebuilding on LBI in the early 1990s—although they wouldn’t cross paths for their first creative concept until nearly a decade later. 100

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Tagland, a licensed architect, was trained at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Architecture Chicago), one of the top-ranked architecture programs in the United States. His homes are fashioned with an understated intention of depth, and you can see this throughout all of his exquisite designs. Whether you prefer the classic Victorian architecture of homes dating back to the 1800s, the cozy feeling of a bungalow nestled among the dune grass, or even the elegant styles of modern architecture, Tagland surely embraces bold. “I like to advise clients to really think outside of the box at the beach,” he shares. Although his portfolio showcases an expansive variety of architectural vibes, his hallmark British West Indies-meets-Coastal contemporary aesthetic is just the kind of functional style that living on LBI calls for. The designs are inspired by historic plantation homes of the Caribbean and essentially maximize homeowners’ connection to the outdoors, but in a fresh way. The West Indies style is known for its symmetry with rooms, doors, and windows arranged in such a way, along with high ceilings, to encourage warm air to rise and strategically


create cross-ventilation for a cooling breeze. Paired with the plethora of shady verandas and methodically placed balconies, the visual elements of a British West Indies home are as charming as they are practical, as they originated to keep houses naturally cool long before the days of electricity. While a more modern coastal contemporary aesthetic is the epitome of simplistic elegance, melding its clean lines, natural materials and smooth textures with the former generates a modern-meets-vintage look that conveys a sense of authenticity. Scott Forbes’ experience in the mechanical field began in his youth. His stepfather owned a plumbing and HVAC business, and even as a boy his innate talent for mechanical aptitude was apparent. He worked alongside his stepfather for much of his adolescence and went on to build his first custom home at the mere age of 20. From then on, he hit the ground running with an engineering eye like no other. Whether he is ramping up a home’s geometry with curves or reawakening stalwart Long Beach Island cottages with modern tenets, he channels his technical expertise to create new and exciting structures that have never been built before. The mechanical experience is not limited to the structure of just the physical home either. When you include features such as smart wiring for home automation, elevators extended to the rooftops, outdoor showers on second story balconies, and custom-built gunite pools with grottos—creating an intimate, subtle dialogue between the built environment of the house and hardscape, where the natural environment of the land meets with the waters of LBI. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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With projects from the Caribbean to the Catskills, and everywhere in between (including Florida and Arizona), Tagland and Forbes are pros when it comes to designing all types of beach houses. “I love designing coastal homes because of the unique challenges of providing access to key views, to structural challenges, to sun exposure and weather, to relationship to neighbors, to applying an owner’s stylistic preferences,” notes Bill. Their mission to inspire, create, nourish and stimulate a broader appreciation for excellence in design and homebuilding is apparent. “We only build 3 or 4 houses a year,” adds Scott, reaffirming the exclusivity of their craft. Their niche market definitely seems to be homes with a view, whether it be of the ocean or the bay, or even mountains and canals at some of their more remote job sites. The devil being in the details, Scott adds, “we calculatedly plan every single aspect of the build within a fraction of degrees, from the sun’s orientation, the view of the water, to the specific location, its geography and topography, any adjacent sites and structures, not to mention the array of building materials being incorporated into the project.” The pair seamlessly blend responsive architecture and thoughtful homebuilding to create a cohesive result that complements each client’s individualized needs. Every family’s vision for their beach house is to create a legacy home for generations to come. Whether combining modern architecture and strong lines with softer elements and rounded façades, the goal is ultimately unanimous: to build the home that is welcoming, warm, and comfortable. A priority may be to install a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass to capture the sweeping oceanfront views and generate ample and abundant sunlight, another may be to accommodate multiple families within an open, spacious indoor-outdoor living environment flooded with natural light that includes expansive views of bay. Homeowners will continue to want to bring the outdoors in, and being able to entertain will always be important. One thing is for sure: entrusting the process of creating lasting memories at the shore with Tagland and Forbes is the only way to truly cater to the wants and needs of one’s new coastal home.

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Making Waves Loveladies Home Exemplifies Striking Architecture and Stunning Craftsmanship of Local Contractors WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SPARK

As a former New York City garment district executive, the homeowner of this incredible beachfront abode knows a thing or two about smart style and elegant design. Originally a summer sanctuary that housed their family of six since the early 2000s, their home was unescapably flooded and battered when superstorm Sandy hit the coast in 2012. There was no question as to whether or not the family would reconstruct post hurricane, as it was their chance to build their ideal summer home from the ground up. Here we discuss the unique architectural design and intricate, expert workmanship that pooled together in order to collaborate and build this stunning, one-of-a-kind coastal home. At first glance, onlookers may struggle to tally how many right angles— if any—they can identify on the exterior of this home. The most notable characteristic from its façade is the ubiquitous curvature of the design concept. “During our collaboration with local architect, Jay Madden, we were inspired by the curved designs he

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kept presenting us with. We appreciate the curb appeal of a curvaceous design and we love how it creates a softer and warmer feel,� shares the homeowner. Given the fact that his background is in the fashion industry, his mind was set on a vogueish design with unique aesthetic, that of course also maintained functionality for a large family. Therefore, although the outside is a constant flow of curves, the inside of the house is relatively straight-lined, with the exception of a few rounded areas such as a wall in the master and junior suites, as well as a remarkable, custom-built, multi-level circular staircase. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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With the addition of spouses and grand kids, space was certainly an issue they were looking to address with the new construction project. “While our previous home was beautiful, it was also outdated. With our already big family beginning to change and grow, we took this opportunity to build our dream summer home. The layout of this house is very open and warm, we wanted a modern yet inviting feel. We entertain often, so having open living and high ceilings makes it more functional,” he adds. With a total of seven bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom, plus an additional three baths, there is more than enough space in this reverse living home for the children to stretch their legs and the adults to gather together without any sense of crowding. The circular staircase is surely a showstopper in the home, and although it may look simple and sleek, the work put into its construction was massive. “Our home builder, Tom Keller, gave us very wise and practical counsel regarding that staircase. He guided us through all of the options available for railing systems and laid out all of the pros and cons of glass versus steel to help us achieve what we were looking for,” shares the homeowner. Tom adds regarding the construction of this knockout staircase, “This particular staircase was custom-built in the Midwest as three separate pieces, and then shipped to our team for installation. We assembled all of the pieces to form one continuous stair unit. Installed from the top-down, and weighing in at over 900 lbs., the construction frame to house the stairs had to be absolutely perfect in order to maintain the perfect circle from the ground level, up, throughout the entire length of the three floors. The result was a stunning circular staircase which was then finished with a curved, horizontal, all-stainless-steel railing system.” 110

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Building Another distinctive feature of the home is the size and span of the upper living area, which appears to be a vast open space illusive of any obtrusive support columns—not an easy feat for an area of this magnitude. Tom explains the mechanics behind this seemingly basic characteristic, which actually took a lot of calculated labor behind the scenes, “Although a span of this size is not typical, working in collaboration with the architect and the structural engineer, we put in a lot of steel and engineered lumber to safely eliminate any support posts that would create any visual blockage barriers, showcasing the magnificent unobstructed views along the ocean front.” The views of the ocean therefore span the entire length of the home, unobstructed from any place within that Great Room, common living area. A major bonus as a result of rebuilding the home is a newly acquired, breathtaking view of now the bay in addition to the ocean. Although the 360-degree water views may induce a peaceful, meditative state, the family certainly is meticulously cautious with regard to their proactive approach towards properly weatherproofing and storm-proofing the new

home from these coastal elements. “We know the strength of mother nature and our goal was to do our best in choosing materials to minimize the damage if we ever face another storm like Sandy again,” they share. To support their desire to do this, based on Tom’s recommendation they used Andersen® A-Series windows and doors with Stormwatch® protection which are designed, engineered and manufactured to withstand windborne debris and hurricane-force winds, offering the industry’s greatest level of protection for coastal homes. Tom Keller adds, “In addition, on the home’s exterior we used a specialty house wrap specifically designed to work under cedar shingles for the added weatherproofing protection. It was the sensible choice in order to increase the durability and offer the best storm-proofing, especially given the ample number of curved radiuses within the home.” This process was true testament to Tom’s expertise, recommending where would be the most important facets of construction to invest towards. He notes, “I always tell my clients, ‘we can’t prevent another hurricane, but we can help you best protect yourself and your home if another one ever hits.’”

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Another feature on the outside of the home is the intricate arcs that define the curvature of the decks and pergolas. The railings on the decks are actual panels of glass that were arranged in a curved shape to mimic the curved decks, a task that took precision and skill to execute. Keller even custom-installed a gunnite swimming pool that is sunken into the deck surround within the beachfront outdoor space—a picture-perfect place to enjoy a soak in the sun near the back entrance to the home, and front of the beach. The kitchen of this beautiful home has an expansive ceiling, and due to the ample height, kitchen designer Francie Milano created a second layer of cabinets with ribbed glass doors to add interest and a little texture above the solid, high gloss, flat slab doors. Fitted with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, the warming drawers and dishwasher are paneled to match with cabinetry while the 42” refrigerator and 36” wide range make a statement against the white cabinets and countertops. The expansive island (9’ x 4’) is fitted with a microwave drawer, under-counter wine cooler, ice maker, and back-to-back cabinetry for maximized storage. “Our family loves cooking together, and we especially enjoy locally-caught seafood. My mother definitely wanted a larger kitchen, with a substantial island and

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extra storage space to be able to accommodate everyone. There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill, gathering together over a delicious homecooked meal, and enjoying a glass of rosé as we watch the sunset from the deck,” the homeowners’ son notes. The home also consists of two family/sitting rooms, with the downstairs room being more of a children’s playroom tucked behind gorgeous, custom-made, 16-foot pocket doors. It was very important for the homeowners to incorporate smart, spacious design while planning the home. With 4 children, spouses, and 2 grandchildren, they always have guests and friends visiting, so the proper allotment of space was key. The family has been working with the same interior designer for over 25 years, Steven Fioravanti, who helped greatly with most of the interior furnishings and finishes. The subdued use of color is gently noted throughout the house by the use of varying tones of white—and then each bright room is warmed up either through textural elements such as greenery and plants, or via pops of fun colors, such as fire engine-red kitchen stools and deep blue wall art. There’s a reason it’s called “gallery white”— as stark white walls are naturally suited to exhibit an art collection which the homeowners are happy to put on display.


The homeowner concludes, “We are very satisfied with Tom, his team and the entire experience with building our dream house.� Being dream makers seems to be a common theme about Keller and his team amongst his clientele, producing season after season of overjoyed customers. They say a house is just a house, until a family truly makes it a home. And these homeowners are looking forward to making new memories, hosting family and friends, and cultivating a beach house culture that always has an open-door policy. From what began as a place for family and friends to gather together and unwind, now has become the stomping ground for an era of new traditions, bringing up the next generation of those who will forever share a little piece of their hearts to Long Beach Island.

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Walters Homes offers one-stop shopping to homebuyers on LBI. Looking to build a home that truly captures the island’s stunning views? Maybe you’ve always wanted an open and airy floor plan or a luxurious outdoor kitchen and living space that the whole family will enjoy. Whatever your dream looks like, Matthew GaudetWalters, Director of Business Development for Walters Homes, offers a step-by-step guide to help make it a reality.


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Let’s be friends. What does your dream home look like? Gaudet-Walters suggests that you create your very own vision board that highlights preferences in regard to architectural style, room layouts, design elements, product features and lifestyle requirements. Walters will take these preferences and help you design the home you’ve always wanted. “Our team prides itself on designing and building a home that fits your vision, budget, lifestyle and needs,” said Gaudet-Walters. “To accomplish this, we sit down and get to know each other. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff help make you feel at ease every step of the way.” The next steps are simple. Walters will complete a lot analysis on the prospective property in order to take advantage of its full potential. If you’re in need of land, Walters will partner with you and your realtor to advise you on finding the appropriate property to fit your new home. Based on the results of the lot analysis, Walters will help you select a home design based on your own personal preferences. And since Walters Homes is an ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Market Leader, you can rest “Our team prides easy knowing that your new itself on designing and home will meet the stringent building a home that standards of the United States Environmental Protection fits your vision, budget, Agency for energy efficiency. lifestyle and needs.” Homes feature high thermal Matthew Gaudet-Walters performance windows, advanced framing techniques, tankless hot water heaters, high efficiency forced hot air gas furnaces and fiberglass insulation. This translates to reduced leaks and drafts, more consistent temperatures, better durability, improved indoor air quality and significant yearly savings in operating costs compared to other non-ENERGY STAR® homes. In fact, all Walters Homes have low HERS® (Home Energy Rating System) scores, which reflects the home’s energy efficiency and translates into savings for residents.

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Designing your new home Now, it’s time to design your dream home. You will have the option to utilize the complimentary services of a Walters’ in-house architect – without any obligations or commitments. Walters Architecture, based at the Walters Homes Design Center in Barnegat, is consistently exploring new ideas on the coastal market. The team currently utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM) software that allows them to collaborate with clients who can instantly visualize their future home. The architectural team is led by Arnold Boyle, AIA. “Walters Architecture offers a customized approach to building your new home,” said Boyle. “Whether it’s a traditional shore colonial or a contemporary marvel, our team is able to meet the needs and desires of our homebuyers.” Once the architectural team finalizes the design for your new home, floor plans are finalized. Walters Homes will then help you determine your initial working budget, which consists of four components:

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“We take great care in ensuring that your new home is designed around your lifestyle and how you’d like to enjoy it,” Matthew Gaudet-Walters

You will now have the opportunity to visit a Walters Homes Design Center to select all the finishes and colors for your new home. “We take great care in ensuring that your new home is designed around your lifestyle and how you’d like to enjoy it,” said Gaudet-Walters. Behind the scenes, Walters will obtain all the permits necessary to start building. Before you know it, selections are complete, permitting is finalized and it is time for construction to begin! COMPLETE A LOT ANALYSIS

Walters will review local zoning rules to understand your lot’s full potential

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SELECT A FOUNDATION

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Sticks, bricks and dreams FIND AN EXTERIOR DESIGN

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The time has come to sit back and watch your new home come to life! Once demolition (if applicable) and site prep is complete, your home is ready to be built. With the foundation set and framing in place, the finishing touches are made. “The best part is that you don’t need to coordinate anything throughout this process,” said GaudetWalters. “At Walters Homes, an onsite Project Manager keeps you in the loop every step of the way.” As construction comes to a close, you will walk through the house to note any adjustments that need to be made prior to completion. A final walk through will then be scheduled prior to the closing. After the closing, you will be handed the keys to your new Walters home.

“At Walters Homes, an onsite Project Manager keeps you in the loop every step of the way.” Matthew Gaudet-Walters


About Walters Walters has been building quality homes at the Jersey Shore since 1984. The company offers three divisions, Architecture, Custom Homes and Realty, to offer all-inclusive services that seamlessly bring a homebuyer’s dream vision to reality. Walters Architecture is a completely complimentary service that allows homebuyers to work with in-house architects to design the perfect home with the latest technology and quality building materials. Walters Realty offers full-service brokerage experts that help homebuyers find the right homesite depending on their desired location. Walters Custom Homes offers newly designed custom home plans that help homebuyers through the homebuilding process. Every custom home built by Walters meets or exceeds the energy efficiency requirements for ENERGY STAR® certification. Walters is located at 500 Barnegat Boulevard North, Building 400, Barnegat, NJ 08005. To learn more, call 609.597.6999 or visit waltershomes.com.

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Peace of Mind The best part of building a new home is living in it, but the story doesn’t end here. You will now enjoy your new home with the peace of mind that Walters Homes is just a phone call away to help fix any issues that arise in the future. Walters Homes’ warranty helps you feel comfortable in your new home for years to come.

Every custom home built by Walters meets or exceeds the energy efficiency requirements for ENERGY STAR® certification.

“In fact, if there are any issues with your home after move-in, our Warranty team will help you resolve them,” Gaudet-Walters added. Walters offers a 10-year warranty on structural issues; a two-year warranty on mechanical issues and a one-year warranty on any other issue. PRICE PROJECT NOW There you have it – five easy steps to building your new home. And with so many satisfied Walters homeowners who have already gone through this streamlined process, there’s absolutely no reason to wait. Start building your dream home today. Visit waltershomes.com and click “price project” to begin the process virtually.

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The Debut

Town & Country Kitchen and Bath Debuts “T&C Mercantile” Renowned Design Firm Taps Retail Market with Showroom Shopping Experience WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

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Town & Country Kitchen and Bath has been Long Beach Island’s go-to for all things related to chic kitchen and bathroom design—and they will be relaunching as a boutique retailer as an added repertoire as well. That’s right, the firm has decided to launch, T&C Mercantile, a retail extension of the design business that will carry a curated collection of items for the kitchen and bath. “T&C Mercantile selections will include items we love and can use in our design projects, and our own homes! This way we can “shop” our studio for our clients’ projects, creating a one-stop-shop for full design packages,” shares Ginny Padula, founder, 30-year design veteran, and owner of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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The store is an extension of Padula’s design firm’s work, with a curation of goods from special, under-the-radar brands to one-of-a-kind vintage pieces for kitchen and bath homewares. “It’s unpredictable, curious and rewarding—there is no foolproof formula, and sometimes it’s the most unusual pieces that fly off the shelves. It reminds me to listen to my gut when sourcing,” notes Padula of the exciting new venture. Not only will the shop bring another element to the table when helping clients finish their projects, but the shop will allow customers to see how the firm utilizes color and patterns, and demonstrate a better understanding of the firm’s design point of view. “When you’re a designer, you’re a natural curator. Having a mercantile of our own allows us to curate all of the items that we find most attractive. In a way, it was a natural progression for us to select all of our favorite pieces and put them on display thoughtfully and cohesively for our clients to see and experience in furnished home applications,” she adds it’s an easy partnership when done right and in the right market.” Opening a shop represents the ultimate creative outlet for designers, as they have the freedom to essentially design their space without any client guidelines to follow, essentially developing a lifestyle image that supports their brand identity. “We have had retail in the past, but we were so busy with design work that we lost focus on maintaining the retail portion. However, the retail has always been near and dear to our hearts. So, we are refocusing our attention to the retail portion of the business,” says Ginny. She shares that she and

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her design team have always loved mixing vintage with new items when designing clients’ projects and even their own homes, so they will be bringing in a curated collection mostly kitchen and bath related items that meld together old, new and reproduction accoutrements. Their focus is to carry items that are unique and beautifully crafted. The stylish Red Bank-based mercantile will be carrying items such as candles and gift items, kitchen accessories including cutting boards and serving pieces, linen napkins, table cloths and aprons, beautiful pieces from Match, and many more unique pieces. Nest Homeware cast-iron cookware, pottery and wooden bowls from Farmhouse Pottery, as well as fine handmade pottery from brands such as Rae Dunn and RV Pottery and numerous other linens, candle and homeware vendors. The brand also carries private label candles, totes, cutting boards and custom cabinetry. All of their private label items are in keeping with the aesthetic at T&C. Although they can design for many styles, owner Ginny Padula divulges that she personally favors a more “European, Country Feel,” combining classic, lived in casual with heirloom qualities in the spaces she designs.   “I feel with the private label items, new and reproduction pieces alongside vintage finds, as they allow our clients to find just the right mix of design elements for their homes,” notes Padula. Her showroom-retail-boutique is not only carefully curated, but closely resembles a shoppable home—where everything is for sale, from the furniture right down to the tea towels on the counter top. The retail


extension of the brand is not about pushing product – the savvy designer knows it’s about presenting what makes them tick, inspiring people and offering up a lifestyle that (let’s admit) we all want to live. “For us, the most important thing has been finding things to offer our customers that are not only signature to our style, but also have an interesting story to tell,” she notes. For more information, please visit tckbdesigns.com or @townandcountrykitchenandbath on Instagram.

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THE MAN BEHIND THE CABINETS WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

PHOTOS BY SHANNON MURPHY

Of all the craftsmen, makers and artists on Long Beach Island, few have a story quite like Nhan La. This skilled woodcraftsman tells a harrowing tale of being separated from his family as a boy and escaping post-war Vietnam on a boat, only to end up in an Indonesian refugee camp for a year before miraculously being taken in by a local Long Beach Island family. It is quite an amazing story to hear how one Manahawkin Lutheran Church’s initiative to find hosts for refugees from the other side of the world has shaped the entire life of this man who has called LBI his home for the last four decades. Grateful for the opportunities bestowed upon him by his adopted family, he carries with him impeccable skills for woodcraftsmanship from his native home that serve as a daily reminder of the value of ones’s roots. “God helped me,” says Nhan La graciously as he recalls the chain of events leading up to his ultimate landing in Long Beach Island. At just 15 years old, he and his brother were separated and sent to two different refugee camps— he to Indonesia and his brother to the Philippines—and yet, somehow, by the grace of God, they would eventually become adopted by the same couple, Michael and Lori 126

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Coyne. Lori Coyne’s father, Bruce Nelson, was actually mayor of Surf City for some time. Her siblings are the current generation of owners behind a local family business that has operated since the 1930s, Tuckerton Lumber Company in Surf City. Nhan shares that his exposure to woodworking began at a young age, where his family made everything out of necessity. The availability of tools and materials may have been limited back in Vietnam, but it only encouraged more creativity to make do with what they had. Whatever was not available, they would build themselves, and it surely spurred a generation of youth who learned carpentry fairly early on in life. Fast-forward to Nhan’s days as a student at Southern Regional High School, and he earned accolades that included Outstanding Industrial Artist and, needless to say, definitely acing all of his woodshop classes—even having fellow students write essays about the astonishing events that transpired in his life to date. After high school, Nhan enrolled at Trenton State College (currently TCNJ) for engineering and realized as soon


as Christmas break that sitting behind a desk was not for him. He began a 10-year apprenticeship with Dave Wright doing renovations and homebuilding alongside the owner of the Surf City-based construction firm. When his Uncle Bruce and Aunt Liz had the TLC Kitchen & Bath Division at Tuckerton Lumber Company, Nhan dove right in as the head cabinetry installer, quickly earning a reputation as the go-to guy for any and all custom work. When a homeowner enters their newly built custom kitchen, not much thought goes into the behind-thescenes work of their flawless cabinetry. One may assume that it’s a matter of ordering exact measurements and performing proper installation, however anyone in the carpentry industry knows that such an ideal situation is hardly ever the case. Between irregularities in walls and floors, seemingly minor variations during the framing and sheet rocking phase, or even plain ol’ human error by the manufacturer themselves, a measurement that is off by as little as a few millimeters can turn into entire cabinet systems being off by many inches. And when it comes time to tailor these cabinets, or widdle entirely new custom cabinets so that the aesthetic and function flows as if they were made perfectly to begin with, Nhan La is the man that many of the esteemed local builders such as Ted Fluehr, Rolf Demmerle, Sharpe Construction, JS Pro Construction and LBI Coastal Builders call to get the job done impeccably. He notes, “Often times, they call me with a problem and I come to solve the problem—no hesitation. When there is a will, there is a way to get it done.” “I love woodwork so much, it’s not work; It’s just fun,” Nhan shares of the past two decades he has been in business as an independent contractor, notably handing out

only about 20 cards during that time. He prides himself on word-of-mouth references and zero advertising. If you see a tall, white sprinter van with the words “Nhan’s Here! Got Wood?” (his slogan) on it parked out front of a home, you can bet Nhan’s working on a special project inside. He has constructed and customized items for every facet of a home, anything from built-in breakfast nooks to made-to-order fitted coffee bar cabinets, even modifying lavish vanities or customizing exclusive wooden kitchen hood ranges. When a recent customer envisioned a round kitchen counter top, Nhan built a custom hexagonal casing below it that provided comfortable 360-degree seating for guests. Have you ever heard of the expression that you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole? Well whoever came up with that idiom clearly never met Nhan, who could probably make it happen with his customized, elaborate wood creations. In his spare time, Nhan enjoys surfing and fishing, and is an avid home gardener. He even finds the time to volunteer for local non-profit organizations both in the water and on land. While construction on Long Beach Island is a booming industry with builders’ names plastered on signs up and down the boulevard, billboards, and local newspaper ads, sometimes it’s nice to pay homage to the talented carpenters they sign on, the men and women who are on-site and sharing their talent with the rest of us. And when it comes down to the fine-tuned details of elite craftsmanship in one’s home, the high-end custom and most difficult jobs are tackled by none other than Mr. Nhan La.

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Wedding Bliss Expo is a new brand in the world of exquisite and luxurious weddings. The Wedding Bliss Expo show is for brides with high attention to detail and interests in the finest design-led products and services. Our stunning centrally-located venue of Hotel LBI will be transformed into a wedding wonderland to delight both couples and the industry alike as attendees are introduced to the area’s top creative professionals, industry leaders, planners, entertainers and vendors while enjoying a chance to network, exchange ideas and walk away empowered and inspired. 

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A free, self-guided tour of local artist’s studios and galleries. Meet regional artists at select venues on Long Beach Island. Visit LBIartists.com for more information.

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Art

CAPTURING

LONG BEACH ISLAND WRITTEN BY SARAH HODGSON PHOTOS BY KYLE GRONOSTAJSKI

Long Beach Island’s natural allure has drawn many a photographer to its quaint shores. With its diverse collection of wildlife, crystalline beaches and marshlands that glow yellow-rimmed below a setting sun, it’s unsurprising that aspiring artists seeking inspiration and beauty should flock to the barrier island teeming with the stuff. Few can truly capture the organic splendor of LBI, freezing and preserving it in its original state, pilfering these pristine moments before they’ve vanished forever. But local photographer, Kyle Gronostajski, does just that. Regularly snaring the most beautiful and lively pieces of LBI within the lens of his camera. Gronostajski’s photographic journey began at the age of 14 when his parents intuitively gifted him his first 35 mm film camera, perhaps predicting his inevitable penchant for the craft. “I’ve always enjoyed creating art whether it was drawing or other mediums. Photography for whatever reason just stuck with me.”

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Art The Surf City artist’s Instagram is a grid of glittering shorelines, happily engaged couples embracing on bulkheads, wetsuit-clad surfers slicing through seafoam and snowy owls perched inquisitively in the dunes. Gronostajski’s blue-hued, digital lattice of photographs is accompanied by conversational captions describing each image stream of consciousness spilling onto the app like a letter scribbled to a friend rather than a measured public statement. No agenda, just art. Besides a basic photography course in high school, Gronostajski considers himself to be self-taught with informal mentorships from local professionals like Ann Coen and Alex Rivera, from which he continues to draw inspiration. He even counts revered surf photographer, Art Brewer, among his mentors. “He pushed my surf photography further than anyone. My favorite part of all my mentors is

that they are honest and pushed me to be better. Critique of one’s work is more important now than ever before given the proliferation of social media and instant gratification,” said Gronostajski. His largely film-based foundation eased his transition into digital photography. By the time he switched formats, he was well-versed in the fundamentals and ready to progress and experiment with a variety of methods. Time and practice have refined Gronostajski’s realistic and photojournalistic style, evident from his broad, compelling portfolio: crisp snapshots of gourmet seafood, images of scallopers unloading their haul at Viking Village, photos of families huddled and smiling along a jetty. Each photo retells the story of its subjects in vivid perfection. Wedding photography, portraits and engagement shoots are among Gronostajski’s menu of services, but surf photography is his forte.

“I love to be in the water sharing those moments with friends. I’ve seen some amazing waves from the other side of the lens and gotten to capture that for others to experience.”

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A surfer himself, the Trenton-born-turned-Surf City-resident has an eye for action when it comes to photographing in the ocean. Timing being a clear strong suit, Gronostajski seems to find the right angle at the exact right moment. One photo might capture a surfer cruising beneath the curling lip of a wave, while the next shows a board and its rider soaring in midair, kicking up suds and spray in a magnificent frenzy. Patience, experimentation and years of experience in the water have allowed Gronostajski to slowly, successfully climb the competitive ranks of surf photographers. As for his favorite work, Gronostajski likened picking a favorite photo to picking a favorite child. Impossible. “I have so many favorites for different reasons. The most rewarding photos for me are the moments I capture while shooting in the water. They’re images you’d only see if you surf or spend enough time in the water.” When he’s not behind the lens, Gronostajski is putting his formal degree in Environmental Sustainability to work as Executive Director for Alliance for a Living Ocean (ALO), a local OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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nonprofit dedicated to the protection and cleanliness of our coastal environment. At ALO, Gronostajski is in charge of day-to-day duties along with running educational and outreach programs.

Island visual by visual. And what does Gronostajski’s LBI narrative tell us if we were to guess? Perhaps that the island is brimming with beauty and community, and we are compelled to preserve them.

“I enjoy educating future and current generations about environmental issues and sharing my passion for the water and ocean,” said Gronostajski.

Despite his clear breadth of work and talent, the Surf City-based artist hopes to learn more, improve and expand his subject matter to include food and the fishing industry. “Thanks to my mentors and the inspiration of others creating images I’m always pushing myself to get the best photo possible. Whether that is a surfer in a big barrel, a perfect engagement pose, or a beautiful sunset.”

This passion for the environment and itch to educate is evident from a quick glance at Gronostajski’s virtual gallery, where there glows images of local wildlife, the sparkling bodies of water that surround us and even marine debris plaguing our beaches. There’s something informative about his collection of works, as if he’s strung together the narrative of Long Beach

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Smart Home Security Techno Sound & Video Keeping Tabs on Your Home When You’re Not at Home WRITTEN BY DIANA LENTINI

For those of you who call LBI your home away from home, purchasing and maintaining a secondary residence can be a stressful endeavor. “Out of sight, out of mind” is simply not in the vernacular of a vacation homeowner whose unattended residence rests unprotected miles away for a substantial chunk of the year. Fortunately, with the expertise of Nick Oramas from Techno Sound and Video in Surf City, your home can be both in sight and in mind all year-round. Oramas, a New Jersey native, spent over a decade in the audio visual business before recognizing demands in the local market that he was eager and equipped to fulfill. Long Beach Island homeowners, be it their primary or secondary residences, were seeking a provider boasting small-town care with next-level expertise. They wanted a knowledgeable, passionate, first-rate professional with concise, imaginative and efficient solutions to modernize their dwellings. They wanted the latest in technology trends without sacrificing the customer service that tech giants often fail to provide. In 2012, knowing he could meet these specific needs, Oramas went out on his own and started Techno Sound and Video on Long Beach Island.

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Since opening his doors 8 years ago, Oramas has continued to develop an impressive rolodex of loyal clients all over South Jersey and beyond. As the demands of progressing technology warrant a customer in need 24/7, Oramas’s Techno Sound and Video has become a necessary and reliable name on Long Beach Island. Oramas’s primary focus at Techno is residential audio and video, along with smart home automation design and integration, and more. Want remote lighting control? The uncanny ability to unlock your door, change your thermostat or fiddle with your sound system from the convenience of your car? Oramas can make it happen. But perhaps the most in-demand capability that Oramas provides his clientele is smart home security - an invaluable service for Jersey shore homeowners who aren’t coastal 9 months out of the year. With Oramas’s security systems, shore-goers shuttering up after

Labor Day can keep tabs all year long: monitor for intruders, peek out at their bulkheads, tune in during a violent storm and steal a glance at their unsupervised pools. “We want to be able to see what’s going on. See the flooding. See the storms. Knowing what’s going on when you’re not there. We find that for a second home, having this stuff is very helpful,” said Oramas. The aftermath of infamous hurricanes and the increasing treachery of coastal flooding have led to a demand for remote supervision. Homeowners want to know that their residences are secure and safe through every season, and thanks to the ever-advancing industry, prices have gone down while quality has gone up. Integrated smart cameras and alarm systems that were once exclusive to a higher-end customer are now a more affordable option for the average user. But security doesn’t end with fending off burglars and monitoring

the weather. A beefed-up security system can mean new opportunities for remote home improvement projects. After all, summer vacations are not meant to be spent laboring indoors, making tedious repairs and snaking the yellow-lit aisles of a home improvement store. Techno Sound and Video clients can trust their smart homes to let painters, plumbers, electricians and other local professionals through the front door with temporary lock codes. Once a project is complete, the system can send a notification to your cell phone, alerting you that your house is empty and secure. Oramas himself can make adjustments to your security system from the comfort of his office. “We have a lot of products that offer remote access, so if something needs to be reset or programmed, we can do it from here. Which is really good, especially for houses we have to travel to get to.” While many a go-getter think they can install cameras and exterior AV OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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equipment on their own (YouTube has a tutorial for everything these days), Oramas warns DIYers against the costly consequences of a botched assembly and installation. “DIY stuff only goes so far. Understanding how to integrate it all to work together is really the key.” Some common do-it-yourself mistakes made at the shore? “Wireless is a big problem. People that go out and buy wireless cameras. I find that they end up calling us later to replace them because either the WiFi doesn’t work right, the range doesn’t work right, they had to be recharged, or the atmosphere [the salt] is eating up the cameras. Anything outside is always susceptible.” Shore homeowners will often deck their exterior patios with indoor televisions, forgoing the purchase of a pricier outdoor model. Cutting corners, however, can be a costly error. In two years or so, the patio television is shot, succumbed to the salty air and ready to be replaced with an outdoor model that might have initially been installed and saved the homeowner from an expensive do-over. Moral of the story? Before purchasing 144

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outdoor pieces, residents should consult professionals like Oramas, as outdoor equipment must be installed properly against impending elements: wind, rain and the salty air that plagues many a shore-appliance. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the linear, high speed trajectory of technological progress is that it’s always moving forward and never doubling back. Consumers can expect total integration in the future as smart home security gets smarter, allowing multiple security systems to work in tandem with smart devices. Every moving piece that makes your home “smart” will work and speak the same language, so you can access and operate every feature seamlessly from a single source. The key to keeping up with these trends? Hiring a professional to design, install and maintain these smart security systems so they may be used to their fullest potential. With Nick Oramas of Techno Sound and Video, one can trust that their shore homes (and beyond) are operating with the industry’s latest and best security technologies. For more information about Nick Oramas and Techno Sound and Video, visit http://www.technosoundandvideo.com/.


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Veteran Brings Military Values To

CLEANING SERVICE WRITTEN BY SARAH HODGSON

As the commander tasked with training new recruits in basic military combat, the often-feared ‘drill sergeant’ is an essential piece of the service puzzle. He or she is responsible for shaping the character and discipline of future soldiers by means of stringent, relentless and unforgiving practices. It’s no wonder why Michael Yllanes, veteran and Barnegat resident, chose the military title when naming his residential and commercial cleaning company, “The Drill Sergeant Cleaning Services.” The Drill Sergeant Cleaning Services logo is an evocative, literal symbol of the services and standards rendered by the company: a muscular military man sporting a stern expression, a mop and a spray bottle. Yllanes, though serious and orderly in person, has a much softer demeanor than that of his cartoon trademark.

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Many of the principles Yllanes adopted from the service have been carried over to his business. “That’s why we named the company Drill Sergeant. He’s the head of everything. He’s the one on top of the soldiers, training them how to be sharp, good soldiers.” Like soldiers in basic training, Drill Sergeant staff members are carefully chosen and thoroughly conditioned before entering the field. Clients can expect military-grade care and cleanliness when they call upon the services of this Ship Bottom-based business. Yllanes approaches his work with the seriousness of a cadet-in-training and he expects his employees to do the same.

The business owner joined the military at the young age of 19 and served for seven years. He was deployed to Iraq twice before returning home to recruit for the National Guard. Shortly after, he and his wife launched their cleaning business when they saw that professionals in the service sector were falling short of excellence. With his wife’s experience in the industry and his rigorous military background, the couple knew they could raise and set a new standard for cleanliness and customer service.

Integrity and honesty are traits not lost on Drill Sergeants’ practices. Before and after each cleaning, Yllanes or one of his staff members will give the client a reminder call as well as a follow-up call to ensure that the cleaning was satisfactory.

Since originating in Barnegat over ten years ago, Drill Sergeant has become an established brand in and around the South Jersey region. With headquarters in Ship Bottom and satellite locations in Barnegat and Manahawkin, the ever-growing, army-inspired business has a bright future ahead. But what makes the cleaning service different from its competitors? The proprietor attributes much of his success to his army background.

Yllanes’s military background has informed his company’s strategy and culture in more ways than one. During an LBI summer of active traffic lights, reduced speed limits and heavily-traversed crosswalks, the average person can spend an hour (maybe more) travelling the length of the island. For a business like Drill Sergeant, this travel time can be problematic, especially on weekends when real estate offices depend on cleaning services to facilitate turnovers. The cleaning company is faced with

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“We care. We’re not afraid. Most people won’t do that because they’re afraid of what they’re going to hear,” said Yllanes. “We have a commitment to you. If you pay for something, that’s what you will get.”


a seemingly impossible task: to send employees all around the 18-mile island in a short period of time to scrub and ready homes for arriving vacationers. But Yllanes, ever the strategist, has a plan in place. “We have a plan for everything. For rentals, we divide the island in sections and we have a crew for every single section so we’re not running around the island like crazy,” said Yllanes. “You have a window of time and people are depending on you. No excuses. Just like the army.” Not only do Yllanes’s designated crews ensure the efficiency of hectic turnover days, but they also allow clients and homes to have the same cleaning crews week after week. Employees at Drill Sergeant get to know their homes down to the last floorboard, and homeowners get to know their crews.

community. After all, for a year-round business on LBI, if you hire too many people in the summer, you may have to let some go in the winter. Yllanes makes sure that he can keep staff members busy beyond Labor Day. The Barnegat resident attributes this sense of responsibility to his time serving in Iraq. “That’s one of the things they taught me over there. That you have to be responsible for the people that are with you. No one is disposable. That’s what the army believes in. Everyone becomes part of your family.” As business for Drill Sergeant booms, Yllanes has an eye trained towards the future and a possible franchise. But he’s in no rush. For now, his focus is on delivering excellence, keeping his employees happy and spending time with his family.

Another way that Drill Sergeant is a manifestation of core military principles? Cue the “no man left behind” credo. While most entrepreneurs equate financial gain with success, Yllanes’s priority is the well-being of his staff.

“If you do things the right way, it will happen. That’s why we grow every year. I’m very proud of what we do and of what we accomplish everyday. I’m proud of my workers and the job that they do. I’m very fortunate to have them by my side.”

“I need to be able to provide enough jobs for all my workers all throughout the year,” said Yllanes. “We’re one of the few companies that’s open all year round.”

Given Michael Yllanes’s virtuous reputation in the community and his dedication to training staff to be the very best, we have no doubt that The Drill Sergeant Cleaning Services will carry on and become a leading name in the service industry. Yllanes has created a military-grade brand that will only strengthen with time.

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Purchasing a home is one of the most exciting, yet financially-demanding decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. But with the thrill of settling into a new home, comes the stress of protecting the massive investment you now inhabit. After all, no matter how beautiful and well-built your home is, it’s still vulnerable to a variety of threats. Fortunately, for Jersey Shore homeowners, two trusted insurance companies, Anderson Insurance Agency and McMahon Insurance Agency, have joined forces to offer coastal residents the very best solutions for safeguarding their dwellings. In 2019, Ocean City-based McMahon Insurance Agency acquired Anderson Insurance Agency of Manahawkin and merged their business operations. The two now operate under McMahon leadership. “McMahon and Anderson have always worked closely as friendly competitors,” said Brian McMahon, the new Director of Operations at Anderson Insurance. Pre-merger, McMahon and his peers at Anderson would discuss their concerns and carriers often with one another, collaborating on solutions. So when the time came for Anderson Insurance Agency Co-Principals Andrew Anderson and Daniel Taylor to retire, McMahon seemed like the obvious fit to take charge. The companies, already similar in function and clientele, prepared to merge.

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“When Dan and Andy decided it was time to do something a little more relaxing, they called us. Our agencies are very similar in our values and culture and we know coastal insurance. It only made sense,” said McMahon. McMahon’s role at Anderson Insurance Agency involves a little bit of everything. Since the companies joined forces, the Director of Operations has been quick to learn the ropes of his new territory, getting to know Anderson clients and exploring the Long Beach Island region. “The agency already has a stellar team in place and they have not missed a beat since the acquisition and merger, so that makes my job much easier. One of my jobs now is to keep the team happy,” said McMahon. McMahon and his family are determined to objectively evaluate both agencies and identify which procedures are the most efficient. “Our family did not want to turn the agency upside down and immediately impose all of McMahon Agency’s procedures onto the team. Instead, we are closely looking at what each office does best, what works and what doesn’t, and blending them together.” The insurance needs of Jersey Shore homeowners are constantly evolving. For Ocean County residents, the merger is a welcome change, for with any major acquisition comes a tumble of fresh ideas, new perspectives and exciting improvements. Collaboration is key, so when two insurance companies with leading reputations combine to function under the same leadership, efficiency and innovation are sure to follow. McMahon is confident that their team at Anderson is the best option for local homeowners seeking proper financial protection for their dwellings. “Anderson will take good care of you and get you the right coverage to protect the dream home you have worked so hard for. We pride ourselves on working with the local realtors, mortgage companies and title agencies to make sure insurance is as seamless as possible during the home purchasing process.” The many perks of Jersey Shore living come at a price. Coastal homeowners seeking insurance face a number of hurdles when shopping for the appropriate plan, major ones being: wind exposure and flooding. As a result of these threats, insurance carriers are reluctant to work in the Ocean County region. But that’s where Anderson steps in. Anderson Insurance Agen-

cy will not only work to secure carriers for coastal residents, but they will also find replacement markets for their customers if and when carriers get “cold feet” and bounce from the region. “The fear of a big storm causes carriers to want to exit the marketplace and apply some distance-from-thecoast restrictions,” said McMahon. “We work hard building relationships with carriers and talking to them about how wonderful the coastal opportunity is for them.” While flood insurance was once only available through the National Flood Insurance Program, recently private carriers have begun to offer policies covering flood-related damages. Anderson Insurance Agency and McMahon Insurance Agency are well-versed in the complexities of flood insurance and realize its necessity for homeowners in our region (who find themselves frequently walloped by coastal flooding). “We focus a lot of our team’s training on flood, making sure we are always up-to-date with the latest rating changes and flood map updates to be sure our client’s policies are written correctly,” said McMahon. Residents in need of secure insurance policies are in safe hands at Anderson, whose collective priority is to ensure that customers are happy and that their investments are protected. “If a company wants to nickel and dime our customers, we will move on from that company. It is our agency’s name on the door, not the insurance companies’,” said McMahon. Apart from a few stylistic adjustments to the logo that complement the McMahon Insurance Agency brand, McMahon doesn’t foresee making any fundamental changes to Anderson, “We will make changes where we see fit, but Dan and Andy stayed on top of the business. When you call our office, you will still talk to the same team. We believe insurance is really a people business and our staff is very important to us.” “Our goal for the future of Anderson Insurance Agency is to maintain, grow and strengthen the already-stellar reputation of the agency and the relationship with the community in the LBI area. Along with our sister agency, our goal is to be the go-to insurance agency for all of Ocean and Cape May Counties,” said McMahon. For more information about Anderson Insurance Agency, a division of McMahon Insurance Agency, visit https://aiainsure.com/. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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