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Featured 52 LUXURY LIVING ON A LAGOON

Home Improvements

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56 THE BACKDROP

14 NANTUCKET MEETS NEW JERSEY

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74 THE CLASSIC SEASHORE PLANT

134 AUTOMATED HOME SECURITY

104 WHEN YOUR SUMMER HOUSE BECOMES HOME

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PROTECTING YOUR SECOND HOME FROM WATER DAMAGE

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A lot has changed within the past year, and we continue to see our little barrier island evolve into the literal safe haven that, in our hearts, it has always been. The liveliness of this island never ceases to amaze—from the bustle of new homes being built, the imaginative and eclectic architectural designs, to the fascinating new living space configurations ensuing from all of the families moving in from afar. It’s invigorating to bear witness to the younger generations being introduced to the delights of coastal living.

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At the very least, one of the advantages to this uptick in year-round residents has been the ability to support our local businesses beyond that 12-week summer window. After what was considered one of the most challenging seasons in their history, local businessowners are beginning to open their doors early, extend their seasons or deciding to stay open year-round—which wouldn’t be possible without the patronage of our new residents. We are seeing businessowners invest in their livelihoods, offer creative and expanded services (or menu items) and provide employment for longer than just the season, and we acknowledge all of their hard work, dedication and perseverance. We encourage everyone to remember to support your small businesses. In keeping good faith that all trends positively, we hope that this summer will be enjoyed with a bit more easygoingness than our last. Our optimism hopes for sunny days on the beach, the ability to safely gather over sunset drinks, celebrate birthdays and milestones with family, and most importantly, ensure that every loved one will finally have the chance to give and receive that long overdue embrace. When all is said and done, the memories we make on Long Beach Island are the ones that last forever: Here’s to a great 2021 summer season.

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NANTUCKET Meets NEW JERSEY WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

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Whether perusing through the beaches of Cape Cod, the Hamptons, Newport or the Jersey Shore, there’s no denying that a perfectly curated Nantucket-style home is incredibly alluring. Combining refined, traditional architecture with natural, weathered materials—there’s something about the shingle style home’s warmth, comfort and casually elegant living that draws everyone in. Below we take a peek inside one of renowned interior designer Thom Sweeney’s latest coastal home undertakings, inspired by NewS England’s most popular seafaring style. 14 P R I N G 2 0 21 | O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E


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or those who may not know, Nantucket-style homes are often characterized by their wood shake siding, asymmetrical façades, gambrel roofs, and welcoming verandas— most notably emanating a coastal ambiance without that nautical flamboyance. This is the precise aesthetic that our homeowners had in mind for their dream home, on an island—not in Massachusetts, but—in South Jersey. They were looking for that pitch-perfect combination of classical elegance with a touch of understated sea-inspired whimsy, and knew, without a doubt, that Thom Sweeney was the man for the job. The homeowners had the pleasure of working with Sweeney a few years earlier in the designing and 16

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furnishing of their country-colonial style home in Haddonfield, NJ, where the family resides. After a “phenomenal experience” as the homeowners describe, not long after, the couple commissioned Thom once again—this time for their new beach home—which happened to be new construction. The designer, who also has an extensive design background and is known for his impressive cocktail-napkin-hand-sketches, was involved in the entire planning process before ground was even broken on the duo’s new home; he guided the homeowners through many of the crucial decisions to be made when planning the layout, flow and aesthetic of a home, collaborating with architects and builders alike to ensure the ideal functionality and framework for his blank canvas.


This stunning 4,500-square-foot residence is composed of 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a kitchen and dining room, family room, a magnificent, vaulted-ceiling great room, as well as multiple outdoor deck and patio areas. Having two young adult children greatly influenced the blueprint of the home; the entire ground floor is essentially designed to be their domain. Not only do their daughter and son have their own entrances and individual bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, but their quarters also encompass a TV/family room for boardgames around the table and direct access to the luxurious pool, spa and patio out back for entertaining friends without ever disturbing Mom and Dad. Of particular design note in the hallway leading through the foyer is the seagrass wallpaper, hints of which one

will find subtly throughout fabric elements of the couches and color combinations of the floor coverings. The entire space is incredibly approachable; there’s nothing stuffy or fussy about it. The foundational furniture is a little more rustic in shape and color, the seating large, and overstuffed—something that one can sink into. Comfort and style were certainly key when designing this space. “We didn’t want any chairs in this home that you weren’t allowed to sit in,” share the homeowners. On the second floor of this reverse living design, one will immediately be overtaken by the soaring ceilings and infusion of natural light emitting from the massive windows surrounding the great room. Despite the grandeur of this space, its casual vibe and natural elements radiate a down-to-earth and lived-in feel, without ever OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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that draw muted inspiration from sea glass to ocean waves— and pull it all together into one cohesive story.

losing its sense of sophistication. It is clear that to achieve this aesthetic, Sweeney rooted the look with more traditional shapes while putting a premium on livability. Since the Nantucket style is driven by a sense of being one with surroundings, this wide-open space has been grounded with organic pieces that help to bring the natural balance inside. Wood plank flooring, subdued trim and moldings, as well as the fireplace framed in shiplap all harmoniously integrate with perfectly positioned botanicals and tiny design accoutrements 18

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The kitchen and adjacent dining room also echo eachother through the whispering shades of seafoam greens and meandering blues throughout the tiling, wall décor and intermingled textiles. It was a sense of trust, however, that truly made the partnership with Thom Sweeney a successful one. The homeowners share, “We lack the design eye, and not only did Thom put in the time to truly understand our desired aesthetic, but he went a little further and really encouraged us to push our own boundaries. He respectfully guided us out of our dull comfort zone, resulting in the most gorgeous leaps of faith with regards to selecting certain progressive elements within our home.” They go on, “for example, we would have never considered wallpaper— we thought the very notion of it was a dated one. And low and behold, we now have 200 square feet of hallway covered in the vintage side bark of a white Aspen tree—it’s gorgeous—which is something we would have never considered if it weren’t for Thom’s imaginative suggestions and helpful visualization boards.” The couple shares the same sentiments for Sweeney’s selections of area rugs, and especially for the eccentric jellyfish textiles he had custom-made for the couple’s head-of-table dining room armchairs. The second floor also happens to be the location of the two guest bedrooms within the home. Each bedroom, once again, containing its own pri-


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vate ensuite bathroom, was designed with entertaining in mind. The homeowner shares, “we made sure everyone had their own bathroom, we put in an elevator so that accessibility would never be an issue, we built a large screened-in porch off the guest rooms, and all the comforts and privacies one could ever think of for entertaining company.” “We are fortunate enough that both sets of our parents are healthy and enjoy spending time at the beach with the family, and we simply wanted to ensure [with this design and layout] that there would never be any excuses for them not to come down,” he adds, chuckling, “there is definitely an open-door policy for grandparent VIPs.” The gem of the home, however, is the third floor—the couple’s personal retreat. With an office and bedroom separated by a modern fixed room divider, both areas are able to maintain privacy and separation, whilst keeping open flow between the two spaces. One would never know that this was a creative way to conceal the support beam within the ceiling, as it is perfectly placed and truly enhances the architectural character of the master

bedroom (or office—depending on which side of the wall one is standing). The walk-in closets and master bath are beautifully modern and bright, with Sweeney’s Midas touch incorporating a variety of materials from tile to wood, marble to granite, even touches of natural stone and live foliage. This combination adds the perfect amount of casual elegance to the atmosphere of the top floor, where minimalism, nature and understated opulence reign free. And let’s not forget the icing on the cake—the third floor al fresco area—with a private balcony facing the rear of the home. Nantucket itself is also known for its artisanal spirit, and a Nantucket style home is neither stuffy or fussy; It is charming, functional and delicately speaks to its coastal surroundings, with a calculated and curated eye. Bright crisp walls with natural-fiber rugs and accent furniture, meld together beautifully to exude a sense of serenity and ease—elements that add up to produce a feeling of barefoot bliss. It is no surprise that a majority of the world’s highest profile industry leaders and tastemakers lean toward the Nantucket design style as one of the most-requested looks for their coastal homes. With its distinct blend of island and coastal charm, this design aesthetic is simply irresistible and endlessly inviting—which is why it is favored as a setting for the perfect getaway. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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COMFY COZY CHIC GATHERING SPACE WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

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Earlier this year, Stanford economists shared that almost twice as many employees are working from home than on-site, and most strikingly, the new “work-from-home economy” of employees now accounts for more than two-thirds of all U.S. economic activity. Our homes and homelives have a newfound purpose; what was once considered a simple nest—a pitstop between the office, the gym, chauffeuring the kids to little league practice—has redefined itself with the additional functions of a professional boardroom, virtual learning HQ, restaurant, cocktail bar—heck, even a residential yoga studio. Above all, however, our homes have been reaffirmed as the innocuous sanctuaries we crave to relax and reconnect in [with our loved ones] during unsettled times.

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Now that we are collectively spending far more time in our homes than ever anticipated, the pendulum of décor has swung a bit from high fashion towards highly-functional; placing emphasis not only on the look, but the feel of our homes. Fortunately, the style experts at Oskar Huber Furniture & Design of Ship Bottom know how to expertly integrate cozy comfort with a chic aesthetic, as they are known for decorating stunning homes with pragmatic flexibility in mind.

is why focusing on sitting areas—whether indoors via a living room or outdoors via patio and decks—is a great way to guarantee a relatively safe way to enjoy the company of others in a private setting. Indoors, guests will find a cozy place to curl up and read a book or take a nap after a long day of sun and fun, and as the weather cooperates, backyard barbecues and rooftop rendezvous will be a welcoming setting for cocktails with friends.

Creating multifunctional shared spaces in a home is a concept that continues to flourish this season—the demand for truly comfortable, attractive furniture, décor and accessories is only increasing—and there are a few spaces within our doting domiciles that require the most love: the gathering areas. For the past year, outdoor living and entertaining has been a lifeline of sorts, providing some small semblance of normalcy as cautious living continues to upend our lives. This

A stroll through Oskar Huber’s showroom demonstrates the many ways that a drab sitting area can be enhanced with subtle details such as plush down deep seating and performance fabrics or a modular sectional that is perfect for building out a custom-sized sectional. The stylists all concur that natural materials such as rattan and wicker are in this season, and they are nothing like grandma’s old porch furniture. New age wicker and rattan are sustainably sourced and

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Interior Design harvested, and they add that much-desired warmth and texture to your sitting area in a fresh, modern way. Keep in mind that rattan furniture is made from woven palm stems and wicker pieces are typically made of woven willow twigs, so both styles are lightweight and work synonymously both indoors and outdoors for an effortless coastal living vibe. Another important gathering area making a comeback due to the pandemic is the dining table. With people spending more time at home, the dining table is getting more mileage than ever before whether it be for working, learning, crafting or board games—but most importantly—the nostalgic family dinner. Since the pandemic, families have been enjoying meals together around the dinner table with greater reason and parents are realizing the importance of this shared intimate time and intend to keep up the ritual. Whether placed in the kitchen or within a formal dining room, a dining table is another wonderful location to gather with

loved ones. The Oskar Huber team appreciates that designing this space wholistically is key—getting the right sized table, the perfect fabric or wood finishes for the chairs to compliment, or the right bar/ counter stools to coordinate. They are able to guide homeowners how best to infuse the dining area with comfort and functionality that corresponds to their personal style. From calming, nature-inspired hues to dreamy, cozy textures to the simplicity of minimalistic lines, we’re all looking to our domestic spaces to bring that sense of comfort, stability, and solace that are not found elsewhere in the outside world. Whether you’re kicking back to watch a sunset or enjoying a delicious family meal, your home should inspire relaxation and reflect comfortable and stylish interior design in every room. In a time when peace at home is paramount, look to the Oskar Huber stylists to help you create that truly exquisite coastal gathering haven for family and friends.

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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.

WHY HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER? Many people can navigate basic design to some extent, but most don’t know where to find the right accessories to finish the job if they aren’t found at Home Goods. Thom Sweeney has more than 35 years of interior design experience and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). His company, Thom Sweeney Interiors, has a 3,000 sq ft showroom that houses furniture, textiles, hand-picked accessories –not to mention a plethora of catalogues that clients can browse through— everything needed to select just the right design piece for a perfect wall, table or floor. A refined designer with a welltrained eye, his primary goal is to bring a space to life with the most stunning, curated finishing touches that pull together an exquisite design vision. Below, one Open House reader asks Thom a popular design question with an all-too-familiar theme: Question from our Reader: What with the proliferation of ZOOM calls these days, do you have any clever suggestions for those of us working from home on how to make our normally “casual way of living” backdrop into a more appropriate “business like” atmosphere? -Neal, Manahawkin Thom Sweeney’s Response: Well Neal, since so many people are working from home these days, it would be ideal to have a place mapped out in your home that is free from noise and distraction. (Admittedly it’s more of a challenge if you

live in a small home or apartment and have three very active young children!) So, let’s get creative. Look around your home. If you have a desk already set up, start there. If not, find an out-of-the-way spot: It may be the corner of your bedroom, but if at all possible, it should be in a room with a door that you can close when you are working or awaiting that ZOOM call. Now set up your laptop, or computer, so that it’s facing you. Turn around so that you can now see what the caller will see. Take down any distracting signs that say “To the Beach” or any cutesy things that you wouldn’t have on the wall in your office. Try to find a nicely framed print or painting that would broadcast your taste is more contemporary when it comes to art—it will make you seem more intellectual. (Hint: More Jackson Pollack than Norman Rockwell.) Then position a potted palm, so that it just sneaks into the frame behind you. It is sure to add vitality and breathe more life into the newly created tableau. But, Neal, if you REALLY want to impress the ZOOMERS, put a shelf on the wall behind you, and be sure to include that PBS mug which shows you are a contributor. That’s sure to score you some points. And finally, let everyone know what you’ve been reading. Add a few books (with titles visible) such as Astrophysics Made Easy or Symbolism in 18th Century French Literature….you get the idea. By how you design this little corner of your world, you will have the opportunity to send a subliminal message to your audience. Don’t miss this chance to get creative… and to impress!

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When Paul Maina was approached to renovate the DaSilva home on Baltic Avenue in Beach Haven, it was, in the words of the homeowners, “the ultimate fixer-upper.” The Stucco was cracking and crumbling, the windows and doors were leaking, there was mold and mildew, and the decking was collapsing. The DaSilvas, Sabrina and Denis, had renovated the home when they bought it 21 years ago, but corners had been cut. In 2018, when plans for the renovations began, they were in a better position to do the renovation right and go for higher quality to boost curb appeal. “We pulled out all the stops!” Sabrina DaSilva says. Maina, general contractor and owner of Paul R. Maina Builders, 2421 Long Beach Blvd. in Surf City, had his work cut out for him, but with more than 35 years of experience and a network of experts on his side, Maina was up to the challenge. “It was a good collaboration,” Sabrina says. “We had some ideas to start with and we got a lot of good ideas from Paul. He’s very detail-oriented, sets realistic expectations, and has good follow-through.” The renovation, which lasted from January 2019 through that Spring, was transformative. In place of the disintegrating stucco,

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Maina installed Maibec double-dipped Eastern White Cedar Shakes to create a classic, rustic look. Board and Batten accents were installed on the corners of the home to break up the lines of the Cedar shakes and create a vertical element. In place of the leaking Cinderella Decks on the side of the home, went updated windows. In place of the dilapidated decking went sleek fiberglass decking with new railings. An aluminum bronze spiral staircase with stainless steel rods was added off the back deck. One of DaSilva’s favorite features is the revamped roofdeck that features a Jacuzzi. Maina cut a piece of the wall out of the existing roof deck and put in Stainless Steel Cable Railings so the DaSilvas could have an unobstructed view of the Bay. 38

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“We enjoy sitting up there to watch the sun setting over the bay,” Sabrina says. The DaSilvas were so pleased with the renovation that they decided to continue renovating. Between 2019 and 2020, Maina added an outdoor shower built with all Cedar, and the pièce de ré·sis·tance: a luxurious outdoor kitchen and pool entertainment retreat, encircled by a beautiful Cedar fence. The kitchen features a stone island with a granite countertop and a grand, Cedar pergola that was designed by Sean McGovern, principal architect of Architectural Integrity LLC. “The pergola was designed to block the sun and have a very contemporary look,” Maina says. “It’s put together with fasteners


so that it looks like the beams just seamlessly connect.” A stone wall is the backdrop to a sleek, contemporary, gunite pool. A series of waterfalls cascade into the pool, which has color-changing lights for nighttime swimming. “The lights are a nice, atmospheric feature,” Sabrina says. A sectional surrounding a gas fire table completes the entertainment space. To soften the look of the stone, Maina interspersed Cedar elements and Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, which ties together the modern, multidimensional look. The finishing touch that transforms the yard into a tropical oasis is Bay Avenue Plant Company’s expert hardscaping and landscaping. The verdant foliage and elegant Crepe Myrtle trees with bright pops of red, enhance the already lush and luxuriant feel. “The renovation is lovely! We get so many compliments. People walking past will stop and tell us that they love our house and that it looks amazing,” Sabrina says.

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Space. It is one of the most elusive and needed aspects of a home that homeowners can never seem to get enough of. No two spaces, like no two homes are alike and yet when it comes to storage and function that is the one area where all homeowners can unite by saying “we need more!” But where do you go? Your local home improvement store, the Internet; there are so many options but how do you know which is the right one for your home and needs. A lot of times a quick and simple storage solutions often leave a feeling of disappointment, so how do homeowners find the ideal solution for their needs? Professional Cabinet maker and Designer Kevin Fassnacht owner of Fine Point Cabinetry has made it his mission to help homeowners find the perfect balance between style and function all while creating completely custom projects unique to each and every homeowner and their space. “I didn’t find cabinetry and furniture making until college.” Kevin said “ I enrolled at William Paterson University to peruse a bachelor of fine arts, not having a real concentration on anything specific, I did know I really loved sculpture. After a semester I realized the art program offered a woodworking class. After taking that one class, my professor saw that I had a natural talent and told me I should make it my concentration. From then on I fell in love.”

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The love of the craft pours through each and every piece that Kevin makes. His passion for his work and his clients is his primary focus throughout each project. It all starts with the design process and working with clients to create solutions that are exclusive. Kevin explains, “I look at every project as its own unique piece. No one space or piece is the same size or design. Every client has specific needs and wants for what I’m going to build so I try my hardest not to take the simple route to create just another cookie cutter piece. I treat all my designs and pieces like their own piece of art. Do I have a certain style, of course, but all artists do! I change certain elements not only to give my client something special but I also do it for my self because I love trying out new designs and finishes. I love a good challenge.” Some may believe that custom cabinets have to be grand endeavors that ultimately end up being expensive. That simply is not true. There is no “minimum” requirement to work with Fine Point Cabinetry. The formula for creating these projects is simple: intrigue and budget. As a highly skilled craftsman who takes pride in his work and has a natural passion for it, Kevin wants to ensure that he can create a beautiful project and work within a client’s budget to ensure that all needs and expectations are met. While sitting down to chat with Kevin he truly put his work and goals into a comprehensive plan for what clients can expect and how they can achieve their wants


areas.” Kevin continued, “I recommend installing tall cabinet storage for towels and all of your beach toys. They can be easily organized and stored away when not being used while also being ready to go for spending the day at the beach.”

and needs. Taking the concept of custom-ability one step further, Fine Point Cabinetry now offers multiple tiers to meet clients’ needs. In addition to offering fully custom builds there are more budget friendly options as well. Working with Kevin you get not only a craftsman that cares about every detail you get exceptional client service knowing that he will only provide a high quality product whether he is personally making it himself or not. When Fine Point Cabinetry first opened in 2015 Kevin was building each and every cabinet himself. Quickly realizing the limitations with this he looked into a better way to deliver the best services to people. “ I was very selective while choosing the cabinet companies I work with” Kevin explained “ offering more cost effective prices for home owners without losing the quality standards that I personally have was crucial. When you buy fully custom your not just buying a superior product you are also buying a custom experience that caters to all your wants and needs. Custom can achieve virtually any design dream that you can think of! When I’m creating custom pieces, I only buy the highest of quality material to use on the project. Caring every step of the way, from ensuring every board is milled completely flat and true all the way to the install where the pieces I build feel like they naturally grew from the roots of the house itself! Custom is not just a product; custom is love for the craft. “

The shore with all of its natural beauty enhances the design process when choosing complimentary materials for the home. “The weathered look is definitely what’s hot right now” Kevin said “light colors, grey and whites etc. Light colors are great for shore homes because it helps bring in the light! One of my personal favorites is whitewash or a white cerused finish on white oak.” LBI homes are stunningly beautiful because they pull in so much of the natural beauty of the shore that surrounds them. Which leaves one major question left… can you really customize anything? “They sure can, that’s what makes it custom!” Kevin said “I can virtually bring any of you dreams to life. One element that I think really can make a simple design stand out on its own is exotic woods or contrasting colors. Whether that means throwing a pop of naturally color of wood into a painted piece or using an exotic wood for recessed panel on the doors. I’ve had the opportunity to design and build so many cool pieces it’s hard to tell what my favorite piece is but I’d say every piece I’ve made is special in its own unique way. “ The results and craftsmanship speak for themselves. Timeless, quality and personal pieces that embody a homes character, seamlessly blending with a homeowner’s style and needs.

LBI homeowners know the value in maximizing space in their homes; from entertaining to storage they know how important multi-function spaces are for easy breezy summer living all year long. Kitchens are the primary focus of any home, they are the gathering space and heart of the home, and if it is a rainy day at the beach then the kitchen is the next best place to be. Kitchens are also one if not the most requested custom cabinetry build in addition to storage solutions. “Storage is key in having a clutter free shore house. With guests coming in and out it’s good to have all of your stuff easily packed away and off the floor from highly trafficked OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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From hardwood to luxury vinyl plank and wood inlay options, the flooring in a home is the foundation of its style and function. “The floor is the backdrop for the whole house,” says Denise Morrone, who specializes in flooring sales at Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork. Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork has four locations in New Jersey: Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Shrewsbury, and Manahawkin. Its Manahawkin location, has serviced Ocean County for almost 15 years. Making the right flooring selection is an important decision with many considerations. Woodhaven’s experts take a personal approach to helping their clients make the right selections. As part of their process, Woodhaven spends time getting to know the client and assessing their home to see which flooring options would work best. They look to form an understanding of what flooring would best complement their home’s setting, as well at their lifestyle. “What makes them comfortable? Do they have a more formal or casual lifestyle? Is their home a downsize? Do they have children? Do they have pets? How much foot traffic do they get in their home?” says Morrone of the types of questions she asks. “We work with the colors, furniture, style, and layout of the house.”

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SUPPLIED AND INSTALLED BY WOODHAVEN, THIS CUSTOM CHEVRON FLOORING PATTERN FOR THE FOYER WAS COMPLETED WITH SPECIAL ORDERED 6” WHITE OAK UNFINISHED SELECT IN 2’ TO 6’ LENGTHS. STAINED IN WEATHERED OAK, STAIR TREADS, HAND RAILINGS, AND POSTS WERE ALSO STAINED TO MATCH THE FLOORING. THIS PROJECT FOR BLUE CREST BUILDERS ALSO INCLUDED STAIRCASE CONSTRUCTION AND THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF THE STAIR RAILINGS BY WOODHAVEN.

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There are different types of flooring materials to consider, from hardwood, to engineered wood, to vinyl plank. For example, engineered wood and vinyl plank do not react to temperature or moisture, which makes them durable for coastal homes, or any location. If the client is choosing hardwood, they can choose from options like prefinished flooring or unfinished flooring that is then stained once installed in the home. Things like species of wood, manufacturer, width, and prefinished or finished are some of the factors of cost. 48

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THIS GORGEOUS ENGINEERED 9/16” X 7.5” WIDE PLANK FLOORING FROM NATURALLY AGED’S MEDALLION COLLECTION IN TRAILHEAD IS A PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO THIS NEW CONSTRUCTION LONG BEACH ISLAND HOME BY DOLPHIN HOMES. FLOORING SUPPLIED AND INSTALLED BY WOODHAVEN THROUGHOUT THE HOME WITH STAIR TREADS STAINED TO MATCH (NOT SHOWN). KITCHEN BY WOODHAVEN KITCHEN DESIGNER MELODY ANN WELLS.

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Home Improvement EXOTIC ELEGANCE IS THE ULTIMATE FASHION STATEMENT. SOLID PREFINISHED BRAZILIAN TEAK BY NATURE IN ESPRESSO (¾” X 5”) FLOORING, SUPPLIED AND INSTALLED BY WOODHAVEN, FURTHER ELEVATES THE ALREADY AMAZING KITCHEN, DESIGNED BY WOODHAVEN KITCHEN DESIGNER ROBERT MCGREGOR. PROJECT FOR DICKSON DEVELOPMENT GROUP.

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Current flooring trends that Woodhaven is seeing are wide planks, having a boardwalk driftwood look, or a farmhouse look. Morrone says White Oak and Hickory woods are popular. Other trends are woods in the brown family, wood with a white wash, or gray undertones, which are very versatile. Flooring is just one aspect of Woodhaven’s extensive offerings for homeowners. The store is a one-stop-shop for everything from windows, to doors, mouldings, kitchens, and custom closets. Woodhaven offers a comprehensive team approach to design. Its experts in each department can collaborate to coordinate home projects. They not only supply and install floors, they can also build a custom staircase and install railings, or design, supply, and install a new kitchen, among other things.

“We have the technical knowledge and experience to help you make the right choices,” Morrone says. “The most important thing for us is to create long-term relationships with the builders and homeowners.” Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork takes pride in its role as a mainstay in the community. Its greatest honor is helping builders and homeowners build their homes. “These are the places where they raise their families, where they share meals, where they have the most intimate moments of their lives,” says Julianna Welker, marketing director. “We are honored that our clients trust us to come into their homes. Whatever their dream is, we help make it happen.” For information about Woodhaven Lumber, visit https://woodhavenlumber. com/. Follow them on Instagram @WoodhavenLumber, and like their Facebook page WoodhavenLumber (search Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork).

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The allure of a waterfront shore house is inarguably at the top of any Long Beach Island getaway list, and this beautiful Holgate home happens to be engulfed in quite possibly the most resplendent outdoor oasis of all. Proving that evocative views don’t end at the bay, with the help of Reynolds Landscaping, this 10,000-sqare-foot property on the southernmost tip of LBI has been reborn as a stylish, sun-drenched, serene sanctuary that celebrates island style and gracious outdoor living.

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“We needed a change,” began homeowner, Tina Wright, of her family’s Holgate home for the past two decades. She added, “Everything was different from when we spent our time at the shore, to how often we came down, to our lifestyle when we were here—and we really needed to intentionally reflect on that and reconfigure it for how we want to live in the home now.” After the sudden passing of her late husband, Wright and their daughter made the decision to take over the reins of the family business which happened to be in Woodbury, so it consequently left them transitioning from being full-time Long Beach Island residents to weekend visitors, or whenever their busy work schedules allowed. This ultimately shifted the functionality from everyday home to a place of much anticipated respite—their family safe haven—and a place to relax and rejuvenate. Since we all know that the best part of a beach house is living outside of it, Tina enlisted in the services of the talented landscape and design gurus at Reynolds in order to transform her weathered yard into the whimsical backyard paradise it is today. The property originally consisted of an older swimming pool that required relentless maintenance, and since she and her daughter (who is now well past her childhood pool-party days) didn’t really use the pool anymore, Tina knew that this obligation was the first thing that had to go. Since the duo knew that holidays in LBI were going to consist primarily of resting, unwinding and not having to think about work of any sort, they wanted the space to be conducive to relaxation, hosting loved ones, and—most importantly—completely maintenance-free. Another quirk was that the property also happens to be an irregular shape, so although quite large of a parcel for LBI, the vast majority of it was not being entirely utilized since it was so exposed to the adjacent 54

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properties. The homeowner needed expert creative solutions for how to make the most of every square inch of her expansive yard, while still maintaining a sense of privacy from her surrounding neighbors. The team at Reynolds wasted no time on the task at hand, carefully preparing to conceptualize, design, plan and build every conceivable luxury at Tina’s fingertips. Founder Mark Reynolds and his son Luke Reynolds, who spearheaded the project and was personally on-site every day as it was in motion, share that the first 6 months of the project was actually spent on the thorough design and meticulous planning of the new layout. “Tina is a Garden Shop customer of ours, so understanding her desired aesthetic was quite straightforward—she loved the ambience of the Reynolds Garden Shops so much, she wanted us to replicate that atmosphere in her yard. It really resonates with her, as it resonates with us, so the collaboration was so organic.” With a plethora of rustic wood and other natural, raw materials all immersed in luscious native and tropical greenery, the prospect of creating a multitude of living spaces outdoors got their creative juices flowing. They

divided the landscaping into different distinct areas for cooking, dining, lounging, and gathering. Each has a sense of intimacy and privacy, but all are still visually connected to the other spaces. As you walk through the yard, the energy grabs you. It truly is perfect for enjoying either in solitude or while entertaining guests, and there is architectural interest at every turn. The first enhancement was to build a substantially larger deck off of the second story kitchen of the home. Not only did the Reynolds team add significantly more square footage to the brand-new deck area, yielding more comfortable dining space, but this also resulted in a lovely expansive covered patio area underneath. They constructed a prominent staircase from the second story to the ground floor, allowing for access to the kitchen area from outside, and a shade provoking high-grade white PVC pergola above, with automatic privacy screens attached in order to maintain privacy from the neighbors if desired. Whenever the homeowners have the urge to prepare meals outdoors, however, the grill and kitchen area is OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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but another place to gather over a meal. The bar top travertine façade and granite counter is equipped with a built-in Weber grill and Marvel refrigerator, as well as subtle, yet luxe, details such as counter lip lighting. To the one side of it is a cedar pergola-covered defined area facing the water, perfect for sunbathing in lounge chairs or enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee—a zen-inducing paradise. Across the landscape is an alluring cabana, which one would never guess reaches towards the far edge of the property line. This quaint and cozy 3-sided luxury outdoor living room was carefully curated in 56

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front of a custom-built travertine wall, surrounded by lush greenery and taller, decorative trees—to truly transport the Wrights into a tranquil state of mind. The structure oozes of resort-like vibes, with its tropical fan and soft, luscious couches, as the bay breeze blows through its open crevices with a front row view to the sun setting over the water. This cabana, too, is equipped with gorgeous subdued lighting, and mobile phone-controlled automatic shade screens and storm shutters to protect its occupants from blazing sun, a rain storm or pesky insects. This curvaceous walkway from the cabana towards


the al fresco living area underneath the deck brings to mind the meandering path of a small river flowing into the bay. This serpentine pergola was custom built by the Reynolds, and the home owner insists that walking through it gives her an inexplicable pleasure. The ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers lining its path make a natural accompaniment, as they both have a sense of flow and movement, as the happiness Tina feels walking through this Secret Garden-like path is like something straight out of a fantasy. The perfectly selected and placed flora not only here, but throughout the entire property, emphasizes its entire cohesive peaceful, meditative

quality. Outdoor spaces should be as invigorating as they are comfortable, and with this curvaceous, intimate trail back to the home, the Reynolds surely nailed it. The covered patio is not just another place to gather for dining at one of its two situated tables. It is subtly adorned with nautical rope details coiled around each of the pilings and is adjacent to a majestic combination of travertine and cedar, mahogany and ipe hardwood spa-like outdoor shower area. The smell of the custom-built cedar finishes is one of the homeowners most treasured simple pleasures, and OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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it beautifully accents the changing room and vanity area within its vicinity. And have you checked out the loggia leading access from the bicycle parking out front towards the back of the home? Also covered in beautiful cedar, ipe and mahogany hardwood detailing, it is demonstrative of the Reynolds’ exquisite craftsmanship.

its beauty with the most perfect underwater lighting, but also keeping in mind clever storage solutions for the various paddleboards and watercrafts—even a sentimental rowboat—of the Wright family. This space, too, is adorned with luscious potted plants and a fun turquoise bench that was a gift from daughter to mother some time ago.

The crown jewel of the property must be the spectacular dock, however, offering magnificent views of the lagoon and arguably the perfect place to take in that magnificent LBI sunset, or star gaze on a dark, clear night. The Reynolds team took attentive care to bring the bulkhead up to date (and code) as well as redesign the dock and mooring, once again enhancing

Above all, any coastal home should have a comfortable place to gather and enjoy the view on a chilly evening, and where better to spend time with friends and family than around a gorgeous fire pit. This patio firepit area is nestled into the landscape for wind protection, non-view obstruction and most importantly, a harmonious look. The travertine fire pit features beau-

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tiful mahogany backs and noting the importance of integrating a personal touch into the design, the Reynolds team found ways in which some of Tina’s sentimental gifts from her husband could be put on display in this area of the yard. They inserted the family’s antique Indian Oil Lamps into the concrete and stone during build, as they too have a memory connected to them—and we all know that memories make the best accessories—and now Tina puts little tea lights inside of the lamps as a warming reminder of days long ago. Who knew you could have everything that you have ever dreamed of all in one property? And yet the Reynolds team somehow managed to do it in such a beautiful way. Whether searching for a retreat for relaxing, reading, or having coffee with a friend, or simply hosting intimate dinners on the patio, it’s clear who to call for planning one’s own slice of paradise. The team at Reynolds Landscaping is standing by, awaiting to transform your world. 60

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STEPS CONCEPTUAL LANDSCAPE PLAN

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The team at David Ash knows that the design is in the details and like all home improvement projects planning is essential; but what makes the David Ash process so unique? The personalized and advanced approach that is given to each and every client combined with the use of the latest technologies in landscape design makes all the difference. There are nine essential steps in the David Ash process each one building upon the one before it, resulting in not only beautifully executed projects but a lasting relationship as well. Step 1: First Appointment / Consultation The very first step is booking the appointment to meet with David Ash. During this appointment is where the discovery stage happens. Information such as the

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client’s contact information, property information and a brief overview of what the client is looking to achieve, frames the basic outline for David Ash. This outline helps frame the entire project, ensuring that the final design remains true to what the client wants. The second component to the consultation is the property analysis. “Before we even get to the appointment, we know more about the property and can determine whether or not it will be a good fit for both parties,” said David “We will take a look at zoning allowances and limits to determine what work we would actually be able to do on the property given the local ordinances set in place by the town and so on.” This not only ensures that a project is possible it also ensure that what the client’s wants are attainable.


Step 2: Design Agreement After the initial consultation appointment the team at David Ash will set up a design agreement with the client. This is a commitment from the client that they will go through the design process with David Ash. Essentially the design agreement is a contract that spells out the details of what is included when a client receives a design from David Ash. Step 3: 3D/2D Conceptual Design Step three is the fun part of the pro cess. It is where traditional methods of landscape design and technology blend to take the vision from the client and David Ash and start to build the reality. “This truly is the stage were we pull the client’s wants and wishes together with our knowledge and expertise to create a dream design for the client” said David. David Ash and his team provide complete 2D and 3D design to help clients visualize how their new landscape/pool will appear in a real time visual image. This means they can show a client what their backyard will look like at 1:00pm on July 4th 2021, even the way the sun will hit the property during that time. The program that they use is so sophisticated it can bridge the visual gap by showing clients their own home with the plants fully-grown. How the hardscapes textures and colors will appear when they are finished and any structures such as kitchens, firepits, and seating areas; the backyard of their dreams coming to life before their eyes. Step 4: Design Review After the client receives the design and has time to review it on their

own, David Ash then sets up an appointment to review the project with the client. The reason for this is to ensure that the client’s wants are aligned with the designs presented. Clients have the ability to meet with David in the David Ash showroom or the comfort of their own home (current social distancing precautions are practiced in both settings). Together David and the client review the entire project and with a red pen in hand make any desired changes and then finalize the design. A full review of the project cost based on the full design happens as well to ensue that the project is well within the client’s budget. Step 5: Project Estimate When all of the information has been finalized and gathered and updated within the system, David Ash and his team put together pricing and options for the client to review. “We will factor in all of the details the client is looking for and the material selections, which drive the cost of the estimate,” said David. Step 6: Finalize Design/ Contract Review The phrase “measure twice and cut once” rings true throughout the entire process with David Ash. The goal is to ensure that the project from start to finish is completely transparent and exactly what the client wants. At this stage the client and David review and finalize all changes that have been made to the design thus far. They also review the estimate to ensure that David and his team have included everything the client desires. At this point David and his team will finalize and execute the contract sending all documentation over to the client so they can sign and approve the property designs. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Step 7: Engineering and Permits Like any home improvement project having to work with local municipalities is not the most pleasant experience. Fortunately for clients who work David Ash, that part of the process is covered. The permit expeditor will keep the client up to date all the way through the permitting process. They work with the town directly to be sure that all the work preformed at the home is up to code and in compliance with local ordinances. Step 8: Project Starts! After signing, the client will be assigned a project coordinator/ advocate who will work with them throughout the entirety of their project. The project coordinator is 66

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there to answer any and all questions, assist with communication and project updates as well as keep the client informed every step of the way. From start to finish they are there for the client and truly only a call or email away. “You will see friendly faces at your property working hard to bring the vision to life right up until the last detail is complete” David said “Upon job completion, a final walkthrough will be conducted to be sure every last detail is just perfect.” Step 9: Relationship Continues David Ash truly sums up this step by explaining the importance of maintaining an excellent client relationship. “We love to maintain the relationship with the client for as long as they own the home. Even

after your job is complete, we will offer to continue maintenance on your landscaping and pool throughout the seasons. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our work and keeping up the relationship with continued maintenance is a perfect way to ensure your property is looking it’s best for years to come.” David Ash and team take pride in each and every client’s home they are privileged to work on. The relationship formed is a lasting one where there are endless possibilities and collaborations that David Ash, his team and the clients can create. With limited possibilities it is no wonder that clients keep coming back and refer their friends and families to the David Ash experience, which is truly one of a kind.


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The Garden Club of Long Beach Island Outside Living Garden Tour

Thursday June 17, 2021 10am–4pm Rain date Friday, June 18

Come explore a potpourri of pretty and extraordinary gardens on our beautiful island.

Bring your friends and plan lunch at one of our many LBI restaurants.

Gardens from Barnegat Light to Holgate will be dressed in their summer best ready for you to discover ideas and enjoy a day outdoors.

Tickets are limited, see our website thegardencluboflbi.com for registration and information.

Plein air artists on site and lots of surprises are included.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

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The Exterior WRITTEN BY CAROLYN MIJAL

In the ever-present age of HGTV™ do it yourself enthusiasts, some might ask “do I really need a professional”. The short answer is yes, and LBI homeowners know that when it comes to the exterior of a home Landscape Architects (LA) truly know best.  Landscape Architecture is a part of the cohesive home story that is much more than a front and back yard; these two spaces bookend a home and all of its personality in a visually alluring way that not only lends itself to curb appeal but personal preference as well.   Sometimes the execution of the vision a homeowner sees in their head can get lost in translation and that is where a professional LA can take all of the wants and needs and turn them into a breathtaking reality. 

to cultivate clients that extend from the greater Philadelphia area to Long Beach Island. LBI locals and visitors are no stranger to the compelling beauty that LBI contains. Stunningly almost painted sunrises and sunsets each morning and night. The glistening rays of the sun winking off the water inviting locals and visitors to stop and take a look at the stunning beauty the island has to offer from the bay to the sea, the breathtaking wonder of the island surrounds you from the moment you come across the bridge.

Crisp, elegant walkways accented by manicured flower beds leading you to a warm and welcoming front porch that adapts with each season; walkways that take you around a home to a backyard retreat and entertaining space are all a part of the repertoire of expertise and knowledge of Landscape Architect, Tim Garrett’s wheel house. Where skill, imagination and possibilities all merge in order to help homeowners create the exterior landscape of their dreams.

While homeowners know the magnificent beauty of LBI, these natural elements require some planning and that is where having a skilled Landscape Architect is key in creating beautiful outdoor spaces. “The shore is inherently beautiful, a lot of natural beauty is already there. ‘’ Tim said. “Capitalize the long views on the properties, positioning furniture to get the views you want. Utilizing planting areas with room for function and plants to soften the space and hardscapes; plants provide depth to an otherwise flat environment. “ The planning process goes hand in hand with the application of the native plant life and materials that can only be found by the seaside. 

Tim Garrett, of For|Ground LA, located outside of Philadelphia, PA, portfolio includes corporate and professional spaces, beachfront properties, private homes, and recreational spaces. As a graduate of Temple University his 10 years of experience have allowed him

LA’s spend their schooling learning not only the principles of design but the topography and plant life of different regions across the multitude of areas they design for which allows them to help homeowners create the most impactful environments for their home.  

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In addition to the elements that surround the home, working within the space that you have contributes to the overall look and feel of an outdoor area. LBI homeowners know how to do a lot with the space they have. “The key to compact and smaller lots is planning. The organization of those spaces is essential to creating more versatile areas, “ said Tim “use moveable and compact features (you might not have room for all of the bells and whistles). Versatile site furnishings and furniture – incorporate pieces that serve more than one purpose.”  LBI backyard spaces are some of the most dynamic backyard spaces utilizing natural source materials in the area. I was curious to know from an LA point of view how do you know what stones are the best for your home?  “LA’s create context with the architecture of the stone, flag stone works well. A lot of the same materials used for inland can be used for shore homes

as well, “ Tim further explained “ with less shade the dark and blue stones will get hot, you have to be mindful of sun exposure to your space as well, i.e. if your backyard is sunny you don’t want a dark stone that will heat up quickly that won’t be great to walk on. Terracotta, marble, sandstonelighter colored stones reflect off of the sun and stay cooler.” As a wealth of knowledge Tim knows first hand how the versatility of shore homes create a variety of possibilities for homeowners and LA’s to explore and create dynamic landscapes for their home. The shore is versatile, Tim explained just how and why working with a professional LA creates the best result for your home; especially when the environment of the shore is a major contributing factor. “There are a number of landscape considerations for oceanfront environments. The sandy soils drain

faster than inland soils; the salty air and heavy winds can be tough on plant and paving materials. Choosing the right plants and resilient materials is paramount and will help the landscape thrive.” The level of comfort you have in starting the fire pit: if you are more traditional you’d want a wood burning one. If your style is more modern, a gas one that is simple and safe that you can just turn on with an app on your phone or with a remote. More modern options are sleek, simple, safe and easy to maintain- no need to have firewood to start. There are a lot of natural gas options as well that clients can take advantage of. “ LBI homeowners can have peace of mind and confidence knowing that their projects will be amazing with for|ground LA; from the level of detail and personalized touch each and every project will showcase style and sophistication.

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The Classic Seashore Plant WRITTEN BY ELAINE SISKO, REYNOLDS LANDSCAPING

Reliable and easy to grow with abundant, long-lasting flowers, hydrangeas are the quintessential summer shrub and a ‘must-have’ in the LBI landscape—painting the garden in color from early summer through the waning months of fall. While they can be considered an old-fashion heirloom plant—conjuring memories of grandmother’s garden—new varieties expand their color spectrum from traditional white, pinks, purples and blues to newer offerings of reds, green and even multi-colored flower petals. Reblooming hydrangea introductions, flowering on both old and new wood, further expand the popularity of this already desirable plant—providing consistent color in the garden as early season steadfast performers begin to decline. According to the Landscape Designers at Reynolds Landscaping, hydrangeas thrive in the LBI climate—making them an ideal candidate for incorporation in the coastal garden. They prefer full to part sun, have a high degree of salt-tolerance and, depending upon the variety, can display a relatively compact growth habit. However, since hydrangeas thrive in consistently moist soil conditions, it is advisable to have an automatic irrigation system or battery-operated soaker hose in your garden to maintain vigor and prevent drooping leaves during the heat of day. Along with an abundance of color options, there are an equally large variety of hydrangea species providing a range of flower shapes, peak bloom times and, in some cases, striking fall foliage colors. Sporting large circular orbs of color, Mophead Hydrangeas—Hydrangea macrophylla—are the most popular selection for the LBI garden. Blooming on both old and new wood, the Endless Summer series of Mophead Hydrangea, a break thorough in the propagation of hydrangeas, extend the blooming season and ensure lasting color into the fall season. According to John Kelly, General Manager of Reynolds Garden Center, exciting new introductions to the Endless Summer series include: 72

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Outdoor Living In general, pruning your ornamental shrubs can improve vigor and promote increased flower size. However, be advised that, before pruning your hydrangea shrub, it is important to know when it flowers and whether it flowers on new wood or on old wood. Hydrangeas that bloom on old established woody stems should only be pruned after the flower heads begin to fade at the end of their life cycle. These hydrangeas typical bloom early in the season and decline by mid-summer and include older established varieties of MopHead hydrangea. Hydrangeas that bloom only on new woody stems typically bloom from late summer until frost and should be pruned in early spring or late winter--before the start of new season growth. These varieties include ‘Panicle’ hydrangeas like Lime Light and Little Lime Light. Finally, to make matters more confusing, the newer, re-blooming hydrangeas (.ie, Endless Summer Series) bloom on both new and old wood. They should not be pruned after August. However, to be on the safe side, when purchasing your hydrangeas, keep the plant identification tags on file as a reference to determine what type of hydrangea you have purchased. This information will be useful before embarking on any pruning activity.

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HUNGER F O U N D AT I O N of Southern Ocean

1 out of 5 children in New Jersey struggles with hunger.

The rates of food insecure children are higher in South Jersey than in all other areas of the state. The Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean, with the support of our community, aims to end hunger in Southern Ocean County.

The Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-only

organization which hosts charitable events to raise awareness about, and funds for, local food pantries as they help thousands of families each year in the Southern Ocean County area.

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Hotel LBI offers the charm of a summer home paired with world class amenities. Relax in your well-appointed room, enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset on the rooftop, or escape for a day of fun in the sun on our majestic island. Ann Coen Photography

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Grab & Go Market

Located on the west side of the building, the Hotel’s main restaurant provides upscale dining, driven by the bounty of our local farmers and fishermen.

Visit our Market located next to the front desk for grab & go items. We carry frozen foods, beer, wine, souvenirs, candy, snacks and much more.

Pool Bar & Grille

Fitness

Hotel guests can stop by for a delicious lunch and refreshing drinks by our yearround swimming pool. Tide Pool is open during the summer season.

For guests who don’t want to miss their daily workout, we offer state of the art treadmills, stair machines, weights & more.

Indoor Pool

Casual Gather A cozy atmoshphere to gather with friends, grab a drink by the fireplace and a bite to eat in Hotel LBI’s Living Room.

With a retractable roof, enjoy our pool rain or shine. In addition to our heated pool, guests can also experience our lounge splash pad, jetted hot tub & indoor games and fun for all ages.

Sunset Views

Event Conservatory

Watch an LBI sunset on our top deck & relax in one of our cozy outdoor lounges. The Rooftop features handcrafted cocktails & breathtaking, uncontested bay views.

Hotel LBI offers over 3,700 square feet event space, with vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace and panoramic windows overlooking the charming seaside town of Ship Bottom. Ann Coen Photography

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Welcoming ANY CHALLENGE Landscape Architecture A Large Scale Design Build Project

WRITTEN BY CHARLES MORRIS, LLA BAY AVENUE PLANT COMPANY

PHOTOS BY ANN COEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Our home of Long Beach Island is vast along the shoreline and comprised of tens of thousands of homes. Fitting in six municipalities and the homes each holds, creates a property size that is smaller than the average person may be used to. Typically, these smaller lots make it difficult to fit an entire project wish list, but even at a larger scale it can often have its challenges as well. Welcoming any challenge with Landscape Architecture is the key to putting together an effective design and the elements within that.

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Breaking down a large property into smaller, more specific areas helps to bring it back down to scale. The ability to dissect a property while keeping the vision together as a whole is incredibly important. Creating a unique experience within these areas allows for flexibility and a variety of enjoyment. The scale of this property allows for a unique driveway entrance, long curvilinear contemporary paver driveway with framed views of lush intentional plantings, a beautiful nature trail, grand front door courtyard, unique bocce ball recreation space, and a variety of walkway surfaces to choose from… these are all just part of the ground floor access. The first-floor 80

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elevated infinity edge pool and patio area gives breathtaking views to the ocean and direct access to a reinvigorated dune planting. The initial view of a property in this location is framed at the street. “Curb appeal” is the term often used to describe this first view. The driveway entrance is one that should feel welcoming, but important on this scale to create a privacy separation while complementing the home. A masonry block entry wall with cedar shake siding and natural limestone caps matches the accents on the home, a custom fabricated wooden gate matches the


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garage door, and a stainless-steel pergola creates a unique entry which ties into the steel beams used throughout the home.

porary wall block and beach pebble accent. The first-floor pool area above and the view it holds, speaks for itself and is why we are drawn to LBI and the beauty it portrays.

Entry at the home feels grand, but comfortable with a large bed of perennial grasses and specimen river birch tree. The large paver parking area allows access to either side of the home. On the North side a recessed synthetic turf bocce court gives an area for recreation and more intimate seating spaces. The south side gives way to a unique grotto space under the first-floor pool area above. Spaces like these are created by retaining the surrounding grade with a contem-

Familiar materials, planting palette, and overall style are a few key components that will marry your home with the surrounding landscape. The smaller spaces within that are what will create that unique feel on a larger scale. Landscape architecture is the foundation for success and enjoyment of our outdoor spaces. It is with how we use that experience and knowledge to ensure our beautiful LBI homes will continue to be enjoyed for years to come. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Virtual Sessions

Sunday, August 1 through Thursday, August 5 10–11am LONG BEACH ISLAND FOUNDATION OF THE ARTS AND SCIENCES 2021 ANNUAL SEASHORE HOUSE TOUR 82

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Join us for this special event and find out directly from LBIF House Tour architects and builders just how the beautiful homes featured in the House Tour were created. Learn the inspiration and ideas behind the designs, then how the ideas were implemented, what was done, how, and why. The LBIF House Tour will canvas the island from Barnegat Light to Brant Beach. Included are beach and bayfront houses, old and new, modern and traditional. A special question and answer period will allow audience participation.


LBIF Home Show Friday, August 6 11am–3pm

Rain date Saturday, August 7, 11am–3pm

Thank you to our 2021 LBIF Home Show sponsor Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork.

As part of the House Tour, we present our first LBIF Home Show featuring architects, builders, interior designers, decorators, and landscapers who will inspire and help you create, update or re-imagine your special home. Many of these professionals have their work featured in this year’s house tour, from interiors to exteriors and every detail in between! LBIF business partners will share how they partner with each owner to bring their ideas to life. They can offer their own helpful tips, tricks, and traps for designing and beautifying your home. Like the LBIF Festivals, our Home Show will be on the LBIF grounds and inside our Gallery with vendors and businesses exhibiting their specialties. Do you have a Business? If you would like to be an Exhibitor at the Home Show, please contact Melissa Strouse for details, LBIF’s Business coordinator at: mstrouse@lbifoundation.org Check our website for updates about the LBIF House Tour.

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HOMEBUILDING SIMPLIFIED ON THE JERSEY SHORE Walters offers one-stop shopping to homebuyers.

Time is valuable – especially when it comes to building your dream home. That’s why Walters prides itself on providing a stress-free homebuying experience by offering a full suite of services all under one roof. The award-winning homebuilder encompasses three separate divisions that include Architecture, Realty and Custom Homes. Together, Walters represents a truly one-stop shopping experience for homebuyers. “We want to provide our clients with a full range of services from architecture and realty to custom homes,” said Matthew Gaudet-Walters, Director of Business Development for Walters. From traditional shore colonials to contemporary marvels, Walters offers a customized approach to homebuilding. “Our experienced team will transform your property into your dream home using modern innovations and technology that fit your vision, budget and style,” said Gaudet-Walters.

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From start to finish, Walters takes care of everything – beginning with a complete lot analysis on the prospective property. 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 is an ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Market Leader, you can rest easy knowing that your new home will meet the stringent standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency. When it comes time to design your dream home, you will have the option to utilize the services of Walters Architecture. This allows home buyers to work with in-house architects and designers to establish a working knowledge of the property in order to design the perfect home using the latest

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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.” – M AT T H E W G A U D E T -WA LT E R S , DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

technology and quality building materials. Home buyers receive a complimentary first meeting with preliminary draft and one revision. Once your home is designed and floor plans are finalized, Walters will help you determine your initial working budget. You will also 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 does it all. “You don’t need to coordinate anything throughout this process,” said Gaudet-Walters. “At Walters, an onsite Project Manager keeps you in the loop every step of the way from construction through to the final walkthrough.” The best part of building a new home is living in it, but it doesn’t end here. You will enjoy your new home with the peace of mind that Walters is just a phone call away to help fix any issues that arise in the future. “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 twoyear warranty on mechanical issues and a one-year warranty on any other issue. Don’t wait, start building your dream home today. Visit waltershomes.com and click “price project” to begin the process virtually.

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. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE 87


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From Blue Hawaii to Long Beach Island WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

The King has recently been spotted in places other than Graceland, and if one looks hard enough, you will catch a glimpse of him up on a billboard right along Route 72 (Eastbound). No, it’s not actually Elvis Presley, although he’s exclaiming the same little magical phrase Presley was known for, “Thank You, thank you very much!” So, who is this mysterious superstar with an uncanny resemblance to the one and only King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and who exactly is he thanking? The young man in the billboards is Mickey Pagnotta, son of Michael Pagnotta, founder of one of LBI’s most sought after residential architectural design-build firms. Since Mickey was a boy taking notice of the billboards sprinkled along the highway, he had made it pretty clear that his dream was to be on one someday. “To Mickey’s [alter-ego] Elvis, a billboard is the closest thing there is to Las Vegas out here in South Jersey,” Michael Pagnotta reminiscences of the childhood aspirations he and his wife would lovingly agree to when it came to their 4 kids. And despite its challenges, this past year has made it possible for Mickey’s dreams to finally come true. However, it wasn’t always bright lights and billboards from the get-go.

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Michael Pagnotta learned early on how to figure out balancing the demands of raising a family and growing a business on Long Beach Island. The founding of his firm in 1990 coincided within a few months of the birth of his first daughter, and it suffices to say that his son and 3 daughters—along with the company he was fostering—all grew up around each other, the first four children always having precedence over the latter. Pagnotta’s business launched with humble beginnings before finding firm footing (as any new company would), but he always found time to spend with his growing family.  When Mickey arrived in the spring of 1992, Pagnotta was in the middle of construction on the most extraordinary and complex home being built on the island at the time. Mickey was unexpectedly born with the diagnosis of Down Syndrome and it not only surprised but also scared the young father, 31 at the time, who became overwhelmed with the obligation of focusing on finishing such a large-scale, challenging architectural project professionally at such a crucial time in his personal life when his wife and young children needed his connection, support and guidance the most in navigating their new family path through the unchartered waters of this diagnosis. “I’ve been blessed to have always been surrounded with incredible people and my team who rose to the occasion at one of the most difficult times in my life when I didn’t know how I would be 92

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Over the years, and throughout the growth of the company, Pagnotta never seemed to forget his primary role as husband and father. When business was slow during the Great Recession of 2007, Michael found himself coaching all three daughters in fast-pitch softball while also coaching Mickey in Special Olympics Gymnastics—an experience he reveals was life-changing. When things would pick up again at work, the kids each got their feet wet in the family business. Emily and Ollie provided color renderings of pending projects and Audrey became involved in the administrative aspects of the company. While each would prove to have the talents and proclivity of becoming architects in their own right, living with Mickey proved to be a greater influence in their lives than their Dad. Emily is now a Special Education teacher, Audrey a Speech Pathologist and Ollie is working toward a career as an Occupational Therapist. “I could really use their help here, but their work is more important than mine,” Mike shares. Mickey continues to work, taking on various positions within the company, ultimately becoming the head of the “Shredding Department”. During the recession, Pagnotta and his architectural team had decided to try something new. They created an inclusive small beach home package for homeowners looking to build new. They designed a series of smaller homes that could fit on standard 40-foot and 50-foot lots that were available with full specifications and pricing, so a buyer could simply pick a house with a known budget and without the uncertainty of any of that traditional design-bid-build construction pricing. They were ready to roll out the new program to see if there would be any interest when Superstorm Sandy devasted the island. The effects of the destruction yielded an insatiable uptick in demand for quick solutions to replace much the housing stock that was lost in the flood. Pagnotta and team had the right product at the right time and were among the first to be able to mobilize and get new homes out of the sand, and his business took off. The kids learned first-hand watching mom and dad how to work hard, how to dream and how to act on that dream. Bearing witness to the growth of the family business surely taught them how to pursue larger-than-life goals in a poised manner.   Coinciding with this surge of demand in his business, was the realization that Michael had more time to spend focusing on work since his coaching days were unfortunately over. His kids had grown into adults and, as many fathers understand, his role with


his daughters was changing in their lives and “was being replaced by boys, college and other such nonsense,” as he jokingly recalls. His role with Mickey was changing too, but his son’s demands would be taking Pagnotta in a whole new direction. In no time, Mickey’s enthusiasm for all-thing Elvis Presley developed into a passion as an Elvis tribute artist. He has appeared on stages from Las Vegas to NYC and has an annual performance with the Phillie Phanatic during Phillies games every summer. In fact, on most Thursday nights, you can find Mickey “Elvis” at the Flying W in Medford, where he lives out his dreams performing an Elvis tribute show on stage with the support of his trusty backup singers— the proudest of which happens to be his father, along with his two buddies. “Mickey (Elvis) has been an inspiration to me since those early days and I couldn’t be more proud of him and everyone around us who has adopted and embraced him for who he is and all he can do,” Michael says endearingly. While bringing Mickey up on LBI, Pagnotta and his wife Judy found that the relaxed atmosphere and immersion in nature really was beneficial for his growth and development. The quiet and safe neighborhoods of Barnegat Light and Holgate allowed Mickey and Michael to safely ride bicycles together—an activity he still very much so enjoys. “Having met hundreds of incredible clients over the years, we would share stories of how many have had first-hand experience with children having special needs and the benefits of life at the beach, particularly on LBI,” Pagnotta shares. His experience living in Holgate is part of the reason why his latest development, Island’s End, is of such deep-rooted, sentimental significance for him and his contribution to the Long Beach Island community.   Culminating in the Island’s End project, which is a custom coastal community in Holgate consisting of 42 homes—now completely sold out—has given Pagnotta the opportunity to say “thank you” to the people who have both invested in

and assisted with this large-scale venture at the southern-most tip of Long Beach Island. And most importantly, this is how Michael was able to finally get his son Mickey (Elvis) on that billboard he always dreamed of. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the simple truths in life. Whether one is building a home on Long Beach Island, or working tirelessly for the opportunity to plant roots here, the reasoning behind all of these efforts always seems to come back full circle to what matters most: family. Family is what makes a house a home, family is true unconditional love, and family provides the necessary environment for us to become the best version of ourselves... well, and a little bit of sunshine and salty air never hurt. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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S T S H T G A H I R L G A E I L C AM ME R I ON N A C AC C TT I O A Behind the Scenes of a Thomas J. Keller Home WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

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Today’s the day. After months of preparation—the collaboration of an ingenious creative team, the flawless execution of a tireless cast— the stage is finally set for the big debut. As the curtains are moments away from being drawn, the man behind it all, the director who is credited for giving the project life, is already rolling the credits. For, in his mind, he realizes exactly how much of a joint effort getting to opening night really is, and—in true Tom Keller form—he wants to be sure to thank each and every crewmember, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, for their extraordinary service.

Since the art of homebuilding doesn’t typically begin with a playbill or end with a closing credit roll, often times it’s challenging to show adequate gratitude to those who are on-site daily, rain or shine, scorching sun or frost, ensuring that every unique piece of the homebuilding puzzle is completed and ready for the next tradesperson to come in. The final production cannot be successful without the individualized skill and talent contributed by every single person involved—each having a specialized role to play in the delivery of the final presentation.

Much like a theatrical production or a movie set, there’s more that goes on when building a home than meets the eye. Building contractors, too, have a crew that consists of foremen, carpenters, plumbers, electricians—the list goes on. Although veteran Long Beach Island homebuilder Thomas J. Keller has an impeccable reputation for the quality of homes he produces for clients, it’s his team of skilled tradesmen and women whose praises he consistently sings. Having spent decades developing his topnotch team of expert craftspeople within these various trades, the homebuilder relies on each one of them to bring every single creative architectural plan from concept to reality.

Along with architects and engineers, every custom home requires a strong team of experts in order to build the structures and install everything that goes inside of them— which includes specialists from all types of bespoke trades. The complex project of constructing every element of a home involves many different professions— some more popularly recognized than others—the project, itself, requiring a director to plan and manage the sequence of the entire process. For a seasoned showrunner like Keller, the coordination and seamlessness of his production process is experienced as a stress-free and enjoyable masterpiece by the homeowner, so much so, that one may often succumb to the impression that one person effortlessly took care of the entire build—even though we all know that’s not the case. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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So, what are some of these skilled trades one may be asking themselves of the craftspeople who most certainly deserve the appreciation of custom home-building aficionados? So many hands touch and are involved in the build of a home, it would be nearly impossible to list each and every single one. For starters, one may appreciate the mechanical aptitude of the demolition teams and excavators, who also have an innate understanding of site layouts and soil intricacies. Operating complex machinery is also a skill of pile drivers along with the batter board set-up crew, their math skills and precision for preparing the construction site being so crucial—there is no margin for error. House framers excel with their ability to 98

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analyze construction plans, spot potential structure problems and translate blueprints into the 3-dimensional skeleton that will hold up your home. Along with roofers and siders, they all possess physical stamina and endurance, balancing materials at varying heights in challenging coastal winds and weather. Stoneworkers and masons not only exhibit a propensity for geometry but have specialized understanding for the various types of rock materials used under very different circumstances. There are also tradesmen that specialize in insulation, hanging and finishing drywall, flooring of all types, trim, finish and specialty carpentry, interior and exterior painting—you name it. Their eye for detail and dexterous talent cannot be underestimated or compared with the weekend hobbyist. They are true perfectionists of their craft.


Some of the more recognized trades such as electrical, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing, not only have the right requisite knowledge about their trade, but pair their decades of experience with up-to-date knowledge of building codes, regulations, and cutting-edge technologies to have your homes running on the most effective and efficient systems available. The trades are a unique pool of talent, from all walks of life. They love what they do, enjoy the creativity and are excited by the idea of using their hands as well as their heads. They revel in the kind of craft work that requires improvisation and adaptation, most days utilizing a hand tool over a mouse. They are eager for the opportunity to do good work, and Thomas J. Keller is appreciative for his team’s dedication to their consistently impeccable results. LBI’s finest homes would not be what they are without them, just as opening night on Broadway would cease to exist without the essential crew. So perhaps this director would like to offer a more public appreciation of the efforts of his cast and crew. For the years of friendship, dedication and mutual respect, together upholding a quality standard for the common goal of delivering exceptional service to their homeowner clients: Thomas J. Keller and team officially thank you, for always showing up day after day and giving it everything you’ve got, for always exceeding expectations, for the pride you take in your work, and for a job well done. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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When Your Summer House Becomes Home Building

WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

PHOTOS BY RYAN PAUL MARCHESE

The emergence of COVID-19 has had a profound effect on Long Beach Islanders’ (well, everyone’s) lives—changing everything from how people live to how they work, and how they are able to connect with their families, co-workers and communities at large.

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As the geography of standard activities such as working, schooling, exercising and playing has now mostly shifted to becoming home-based tasks for the foreseeable future, this has led many homeowners to seriously re-evaluate their living situations. And with a little extra incentive from the record high amount of home equity homeowners now have as the demand for housing continues to soar, coupled with the unavoidable fact that people just aren’t spending on things like vacations, restaurants, and social gatherings as they once did, the obvious choice is to reinvest in one’s home. If you think about it, most have fundamentally pivoted their entire lifestyle to the confines of home—multi-tasking daily activities with partners or other family members, all under the same roof, at the same time, more often than ever before—and this has naturally resulted in the assessment, dissection and reflection of how they are setup to live in their homes versus how they ultimately would like to be utilizing the space they already have. Although the local housing market is booming on Long Beach Island (with homes selling faster than they can be listed), so has the home renovation sector of the economy with many once-seasonal visitors declaring LBI their now-primary residence. Veteran custom homebuilding contractor, A. Richard “Rick” Aitken, Jr., based out of Ship Bottom and who has been in business on Long Beach Island for more than 35 years, shares that requests for bespoke home renovations in particular have been skyrocketing, in order to have the once only-vacation-use home suit the needs of the newly yearround dweller. “Not everyone who needs a little more usable space wants to just knock down and build a new house. Many people love their homes, they are devoted to the character and the sentimentality, the piece of history it holds within its walls. Often times, homeowners may choose to build up or build out, adding on that extra room or two, perhaps extra bathrooms or in some cases an elevator; other times we are able to completely transform the layout and flow of a home without ever even changing the existing footprint—just by completely reimagining the layout. That’s when things get really creative,” Aitken shares of the types of home renovation projects he has been inundated with over the past 12 months. However, much like other businesses on the island, Aitken and his team of professionals are also adapting to a new world of social and professional distancing. “Although we had more than 80 employees and over 1,000 clients, we haven’t had a case of COVID in our office since the pandemic began. We are very, very careful and diligent about the way we regularly check our employees and interaction with others,” he shares. By means of serious logistics and an understandable hurdle to their normal efficiency—with morning temperature checks and COVID questionnaires to complete before each day and scheduling organized cohorts of teams that are isolated from each other—he hopes to keep it that way, for the sake of his employees, customers and the entire community. 106

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So, what are these exciting, innovative home renovation trends? It’s suffices to say, that not all facets of the renovation movement even revolve around the indoors. “Many people just want to be able to continue to safely enjoy the outdoors within the confines of their own properties,” Aitken notes. “The requests for new decks, the addition of a rooftop deck, outdoor patio and lounge areas are a plenty,” he adds. But clients have been not only transforming their outdoor living areas to look like a seamless extension of their indoor living spaces, homeowners are also finally installing the pools that they’ve been putting off for all these years. “Homeowners want to be able to have their children and any family members cool off from the summer heat safely and conveniently from their backyards, and not have to worry about any large crowds at the beach,” Rick says. And what about the record number of homeowners who now have the ability to work from home? Many have been creating a customized home office area with views so beautiful, that even the thought of returning to a corner office won’t stand a chance. Aitken has transformed bedrooms and living areas into beautiful workplace head-

quarters with custom built-in desks and stylish storage solutions aplenty, custom-made book shelves and sitting areas, workstations under windows full of natural light and glimpses of the sea whenever possible—basically the design makings of the ultimate videoconferencing backdrop. Eat your heart out, virtual backgrounds. Other components of construction that Aitken and his team have been working a lot on as of late is the addition of elements that make life easier for the year-round dweller. One of the biggest of these trends is the installation of elevators in homes. With multiple generations living under one roof using the home more than ever, and with the sheer height of homes being multiple stories high atop already lofty pilings (if you’ve ever carried a trunk load of groceries up a few flights of stairs in peak summer heat and humidity, you know!), elevator requests have been pouring in. Even without a preexisting closet shaft, Aitken has pulled off installing elevators in the most subtle of places without compromising views or usable space. In addition to elevators, homeowners have also been opting to have whole house generators installed in their OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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functional, as if nothing happened at all, and best of all—with no more effort than the flick of a switch. The most popular request, however, is to “add more space” by making use of existing space. This is when Aitken and his team really have to think outside of the box and work their magic. The creatives are able to walk into a space and come up with a completely novel visual layout before any walls have even been moved. In the photographic examples on the following pages, you will see a home in which unused attic space was transformed into a loft area that now consists of an additional 3 beds and a children’s play area. In another home, the original 1,325 square feet was completely revamped with a cozy remodel, in which Aitken opened up the dated 1960s layout of the home to create an airy and spacious open concept living and kitchen area that resembles a more modern design without sacrificing any of its original charm and intimacy.

homes. Whole-house generators feature larger, more powerful engines that offer many benefits over the typical standby “lawnmower-type” generator, such as longer run times without maintenance, sophisticated programming for better load management, and better fuel options like the option to connect it to one’s natural gas line. With the constant demand for electricity and the always-looming possibility of a powerful coastal storm affecting power supply to the island—this little configuration for a whole house generator brings homeowners peace-of-mind knowing they won’t have to sacrifice or make difficult choices like choosing whether to run a single air conditioner or a large commercial-style refrigerator if the power suddenly goes out. Instead, your house will be close to fully 108

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Although many of these homeowners don’t think going bigger is better when it comes to renovating their homes, that is not the case when it comes to windows. If their home has a spectacular view, floor-to-ceiling windows are a must-have. Many older homes simply weren’t made with large windows since it wasn’t energy efficient or smart for coastal homes, and quite frankly it wasn’t even possible to manufacture large panels of glass until later in the 20th century. In efforts to modernize older homes, often times the installation of more and significantly larger widows makes a world of a difference to the home owner. The expansive sea of glass uncovers beautiful sights, not only making it feel as though they are living alfresco, but also by providing an amazing source of natural light whether it be through a bright and cheery sunrise in the morning or a warming, relaxing glow as the sun sets in the evening.


With many people looking for ways to spruce up the spaces they are suddenly spending a lot more time in, often times a home renovation is the best option to consider. To speak with one of Long Beach Island’s longest-reigning building and contracting professionals, contact Rick Aitken in Ship Bottom, 609-494-6020/araitken.com, and schedule a consultation to learn more about the world of possibilities for ingeniously upgrading your seaside retreat. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Whether you like it or not, cabinetry is one of the most important elements of home design. Cabinetry choices can make or break the accessibility and style of your home. They can either crowd, or simplify. Overpower, or complement. Reduce clutter, or create it. In the right hands, intentional cabinetry can optimize your dwelling’s functionality by increasing storage capacity and bridging the gap between appliances and aesthetics. That’s why it’s important to find a group of creatives who have the experience and know-how to outfit your space with intuitive cabinetry. At Town & Country Kitchen and Bath (TCKB), you’ll find just that. Town & Country Kitchen and Bath is a full-service boutique studio specializing in bespoke kitchens, baths and whole home design. Years of industry experience have grown TCKB’s rolodex (so to speak) of dependable manufacturers who share their commitment to quality

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and precision. When you tap into TCKB for design services, you’re getting the whole kit and kaboodle: design, planning, sourcing, project management. Everything. Recently, the owners of a Spring Lake custom project wanted a comfortable, chic space to host family and friends. Town & Country Kitchen and Bath worked with local designer Joan Norkus to plan and install the cabinetry seen throughout the home. TCKB is a well-oiled machine. The designers work through a perfected 5 phase plan that carries the clients all the way from project initiation to completion. Each project starts with a project discovery brief, a short call with the company principal, Ginny Padula, to collect information on the scope of the project and prepare for the consultation meeting.


During the consultation meeting, they review preliminary project details along with the proposal to begin the design phase of the project. Once the proposal has been accepted, the TCKB team visits the project site to measure, create custom designs and gather estimates for materials before scheduling a presentation to review all selections. In the third phase, the TCKB team ties the final contract together and hammers out the details. Next, in the execution phase, materials are ordered and installation is scheduled. And finally: completion. The

“We have worked with Joan Norkus in the past. Joan is easy to work with. She always has a clear vision of what she wants the final project to look like. That helps me target selections and finishes for the clients,” said Padula. The symbiotic roles of homeowner and designer are critical for TCKB. The homeowner’s needs and designer’s expertise inform the cabinetry route for Padula and her team. A client decides the function and purpose of a space, a designer molds the aesthetic and TCKB appeals to both, implementing cabinetry that fit

work is reviewed and the clients are free to enjoy their beautiful, finished space. This Spring Lake project was no exception to the precise 5-phase system. With Norkus and the homeowners, Padula and her team established a vision for the home and ironed out the technical details for hard finishes: retrieving dimensions, nailing down appliance specifications and preparing visuals for the clients so they could see what the space would look like before their work was implemented. Nothing short of meticulous.

the lifestyle needs for the dweller while complementing the designer’s professional choices. While a mixture of different voices might echo noisily through a completed project, revealing the patchwork resolution of conflicting opinions, the Spring Lake abode is a fluid and harmonious blend of the players involved. Clean, elegant cabinetry flows consistently throughout. For Padula, her favorite part of the project was the kitchen. “It was a large space that had to be functionOPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Kitchen & Bath cabinetry. The pearly expanse is interrupted only by a reflective black countertop bordering the room and flowing effortlessly into the new stainless steel appliances. The spacious center island is topped with a massive slab of smooth neutral marble, a delicate departure from its onyx-hued counterparts. With plenty of counter and storage space, it’s not hard to see why Padula enjoyed the challenge of filling this sizable room with hard fixtures that increase functionality without overcrowding. The rest of the dwelling follows suit: subtle functionality meets relaxed elegance. While adding multiple kitchenettes to a home might interrupt the relaxed living spaces with clunky, metal appliances, the ones conceptualized by the TCKB team blend seamlessly with the home’s coastal, clean feel. A bar added off the master suite is an inviting perch from which the clients can enjoy their morning coffee while watching the sun rise up over the ocean. Along with the kitchen and kitchenettes of the shore home, TCKB assisted in designing the mudroom and bathrooms, which match the contemporary coastal feel of the dwelling: clean lines, natural textures. al for cooking, a great layout for entertaining and beautiful since it opened up to a living space. It also functioned as a serving area for outdoor entertaining.” Multi-functional spaces pose a challenge to designers. How do you achieve the specific and varied wishes of the client without compromising the integrity of the space? TCKB is always up for the challenge. There is no shortage of shore grandeur in the vast kitchen of this Spring Lake home. TCKB chose to outfit the room in floor-to-ceiling white 114

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Whether you’re a homeowner, interior designer, architect or builder, Town & Country Kitchen and Bath can and will see your project through from start to finish. “Compromising” isn’t an issue with this Jersey-based studio. Their collaborative designers take your needs and translate them into thoughtful, chic spaces.


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Bathrooms are not only an important part of a home, they offer a unique opportunity for self expression. Regardless of a client’s budget, there are many types of tiles, fixtures, and finishes that can be used to make each bathroom beautiful and distinct. “Sometimes bathrooms are overlooked as a great place to express your personality,” says Donna Grimes, owner of Serenity Design,1102 Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom.

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clients can forgo the typical vanity for something more unique like a custom floating top.” Master bathrooms are usually the most indulged bathroom in the house, offering opportunity for a more opulent design. Master baths can have marble, custom vanities, specialty mirrors and quality light fixtures–possibly a chandelier in the middle of the room or over a freestanding pedestal tub. Other upgraded features are steam showers, heated floors and towel bars, tiled walls, and built-in seats. “One bathroom we recently did had a free-standing soaking tub in front of a window overlooking the ocean. The entire bath was marble including the outer walls. The overall feel was calm & serene, complementing the view,” says Grimes. Each design decision can put one’s personal stamp on the space. This is accomplished through the material selections. Many homeowners have been following the trend of using materials such as reclaimed wood, gold fixtures, & lucite. Quartz has become a very popular countertop choice to complete a vanity installation. At Serenity Design, Grimes and her daughter Victoria, do both bathroom renovation and new construction projects. They approach

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bathroom design the same way they approach whole-house design: working closely with their clients to make their vision a reality. “We get to know our clients and get a good sense of what they want their completed bathroom to feel and look like. We discuss budget, materials, textures, styles, and finishes,” she says. “We want to make it everything they want it to be.” After the design meeting, Serenity Design crafts two palette mock-ups from which their clients can pick. “We show them a complete picture so they can see everything at once,” Grimes says. A benefit to Serenity Design is that it is a full-ser-

vice design center. It provides samples of tile, countertop,and cabinets that are offered in the store, so clients can make all their selections in one place. An important consideration for any bathroom project these days is to allow extra planning time because of Covid-19-related supply chain delays. “LBI is a booming construction site right now. People should give themselves more time than usual to get the right people to do their project and allot extra time for their supplies to come in,” Grimes says. “Start planning and having your design conversations early.” OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Nine years ago, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Franny Andahazy brought “Solace” to LBI. After receiving a sign—in the form of a matching pair of sandy shoes, one in a demolished commercial space, one in front of her mother’s old home— Andahazy, a North Beach native, who established herself as an award-winning artist and designer in New England, knew it was time to bring her love of art home. After running her high-profile events business, PBD Events, for 35 years, she opened Solace Studio and Gallery in Surf City. Now, almost a decade later, in this unprecedented time in history, Andahazy believes the LBI community once again needs art more than ever. She’s rededicated herself to giving back to the community through what she knows and loves best.

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“Art is something the pandemic can’t touch,” Andahazy says. “Art brings joy and is fun.” It’s time to bring more joy into the world and put smiles on people’s faces. “The island has given me so much over the years. I’d like to make my mark on something other than events, and give back to the community through art.” Andahazy has always brought her passion for art and her unique experiences as an event designer, curator, contemporary impressionist, and businesswoman to her

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“I’d like to see Surf City like in Provincetown, or other big cities. I’d like to see a gallery guide, more art walks, collaboration between galleries, and community-based art events that support local businesses,” says Andahazy, who has an BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.

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gallery and the artists she represents. Now with the pandemic putting her PBD Events business on hold, she has more time to spend on LBI creating art and servicing clients. Andahazy has redirected her creative expertise and business acumen toward continuing to develop her presence in LBI’s art community. Solace may have been seen as a seasonal gallery in the past, but it is open-year round virtually, and will continue to grow its permanent presence.

a renewed interest in art. She capitalized on this by offering virtual art consultations, private art lessons, and online art sales, resulting in one of Solace’s best years to date.

“We offer gift certificates and also do commissions year round. I love when people call us and ask for advice and ideas for art in their homes,” Andahazy says.

“This skill of visualization, the art of the detail, and the unique customer service is what I bring to Solace,” she says. “I’m not just an artist or curator, I bring a wealth of information and business knowledge into my work with clients. It’s not just about buying a piece of art for your home. It’s about the entire vision.”

During last Spring’s quarantine, when there was a surge in home-renovation, Andahazy noticed

Through virtual home visits, Andahazy’s experiences as an artist, Boston-based gallery owner, and highly-publicized events designer comes into play. She can easily visualize the right pieces of artwork on the walls in a client’s home.

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Art Consultations can be done via Zoom or Facetime, and images of suggested artwork can be emailed to the client. This allows Solace to offer design services to homes outside of LBI. Solace is not just a coastal gallery—its state- of -the-art offerings run the gamut from paintings to mixed media and sculpture, to realistic and abstract art, to contemporary and coastal pieces for any home, anywhere. “There’s something for everybody,” Andahazy says. “If you can’t find what you want, we’ll either find it for you, or commission it. We are also willing to travel.” Over the years, Andahazy has been commissioned to create a variety of original paintings. She once painted a couple watching a sunset for a wedding gift, and even superimposed an image of a couple on a bench where they sat to drink their coffee every day. She’s painted private house and boat portraits, and island icons, such as Blue Claw Seafood Market, Joe Pop’s, and the local ice cream man. Paintings of beach paths and boats have become Andahazy’s specialty. “They are all very unique and capture the light differently, depending on the time of day. Most of these entryways and vessels have unique elements,” Andahazy says. Andahazy’s multifaceted career has brought her much acclaim, but she is most proud of her ability to create. She is an artist at heart, and that is what she hopes to share with LBI. For more information about Solace Studio and for Gallery sales, visit our website at solacestudiolbi.com, or email us at solacestudiolbi@gmail. com. “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @ Solacestudioandgallery. For more information on Andahazy, visit the Solace website or visit frannyandahazy.com

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Automated Home Security WRITTEN BY SARAH HODGSON

Video doorbells. Synchronized lighting systems. Garage entryways that open and shut on cue. It’s hard to believe that we once existed (even thrived) without the smart home security systems at our fingertips. In the age of information, knowing and controlling our homes at any point in time has become not only a need, but an expectation. The experts at Techno Sound & Video are prepared to meet and exceed that expectation.

notification settings that alert you when a door has been opened, Techno’s smart home arsenal is stocked with a variety of options for homeowners.

“Automation and smart homes are the way of the future,” said Nick Oramas, proprietor of Techno Sound & Video in Surf City. With over two decades in the audio and video industry, Oramas has the skill, knowledge and experience to diagnose and install the most advanced security applications for your home.

Homeowners, especially the coastal and seasonal homeowners, need to know that their homes have withstood the villainous elements typical to a shore region, namely high winds and flooding. With smart cameras, clients can check the status of their homes before irreparable damage has been done.

“We like to meet the client, whether year-round or seasonal, and get a feel for their wants and needs. Everyone is unique, yet once we get an idea of what they want, we can help steer them in the right direction,” said Oramas.

One of the more relevant beneficiaries of automated security systems on Long Beach Island is the absent rental property owner. According to Oramas, a popular installment among this demographic is the smart door lock.

Properly installed automated security systems give homeowners the power to keep tabs on their residences from anywhere in the world. From smart door locks and video doorbells, to motion-sensor lighting and

“This allows the tenant to get a code rather than a key. That code can be easily changed after their stay is up. This makes it easier for the landlord and the real estate agent and also allows the tenant to go to the beach with-

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The most sought after security installments? Cameras. “Clients want to know whether there is flooding or if there was any damage after a storm,” said Oramas.


out having to carry around a key,” said Oramas. But smart security isn’t exclusive to seasonal homeowners. Year-round LBI residents can also enjoy the advantages of integrated security systems that work in tandem with their smartphones. Specifically Control4. “Control4 helps integrate everything from audio/video, lighting, heating, cooling and security,” said Oramas.

“Let’s say you come home and turn off your alarm. Once your personal code is typed in, the light comes on at 50%, the heat adjusts to a comfortable temperature, the door locks behind you and Frank Sinatra comes on through the living room speakers. The applications are endless.” The custom integration and automated security industry has seen a boom since the pandemic hit in the Spring of 2020. The demand for home automation and smart device integration increased as more people found themselves working from home. But the burst of business for

The Control4 system brings all of your devices together under one, user-friendly roof. Clients can check in on their locks, cameras and garage doors from anywhere in the world. They can even automate their lights to flicker on at dusk so they never have to come home to a dark abode. Most impressive is the ability to set custom “scenes,” or preconfigured settings for specific rooms in your house. Homeowners can create pre-

Oramas and his team brought its own set of challenges. “Manufacturing suffered due to lack of employment and COVID shutdowns,” said Oramas. “Last summer, we had a lot of work but were unable to get the gear to finish many jobs. For this reason, many jobs were completed after the summer months. We are starting to see an improvement but it is not business as usual just yet.” Despite the manufacturing hurdles, Oramas remains hopeful and continues to deliver exemplary customer

sets so that when they come home from work all they have to do is punch in their code and voila! Their lights are on, their playlist-of-choice is floating softly through the speaker system and the thermostat is set to their preferred nighttime temp. Who would’ve thought that automated safety could be so luxurious? Oramas himself is an enthusiastic user of the ‘scenes’ feature.

service, living by the tried and true mantra that ‘the customer is always right.’ “We deal with a different type of client on LBI. Our client only has a few months to enjoy their time here. It is important that we as a service provider can offer our services in a friendly and timely manner. We all, as a team, follow the same beliefs and practice them on each and every job.” For more information about automated security systems and Techo Sound & Video, visit https:// technosoundandvideo.com.

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SOLAR WRITTEN BY CAROLYN MIJAL

Residents of LBI know first-hand the natural beauty that surrounds them each and every day living on the island: salty fresh sea air lofting in through open windows on cool summer nights, the calming cawing of seagulls as they swoop and fly from the bay to the ocean. As the island has changed over the years, the pride and care in maintaining its natural beauty is taken very seriously by its residents; so much so that the rooftops of LBI are starting to be dotted with environmentally friendly home improvements: Solar Panels. It may seem like a daunting task when embarking on a home improvement project but for LBI residents who are interested in going Solar, the team at Infinity Energy has you covered from start to finish. Their process, and team are unlike any other in the industry.  Infinity Energy co-founders, Murphy Panagiotou and Achilles Tzoulafis, are not only great business partners, they’re lifelong friends who grew up across the street from one another. After pursuing separate careers – Murph as a roofing contractor in Rockland County, New York, Achilles as an electrician in northern New Jersey – they combined their talents and experience to embark on an exciting new venture: solar power.

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Located in Mahwah New Jersey, their mission is to help homeowners all across New Jersey. Several of their clients in LBI know the benefits of going solar with a team who cares about their clients and the environment. Solar is their passion. Infinity’s team is home grown and cares about each and every client’s experience and home as if it were their own. Not only are the environmental benefits a huge selling point, the customizability helps homeowners know that the system that is on their roof is specifically for their home and their home alone, no two systems are alike. Each and every system is built with the homeowners unique needs in mind. LBI local resident Kathryn Lucas can attest to this first hand. “It is clear to us that the Infinity staff is committed to their clients’ satisfaction. They were always on time, prepared to complete each component of the installation, and their follow up throughout the entire process was flawless. We appreciate the attention of the entire Infinity staff to the successful completion of our project and would highly recommend them”. It all starts with a phone call. Infinity has a call center onsite; prospective clients can confidently know that they are speaking to a person and not a computer.


Homeowners are then matched up with a Sales Rep. After the initial inquiry a Site Assessment is scheduled. In keeping with the utmost standard in social distancing and safety protocols; the Infinity Site Assessor comes to your home and meticulously measures the roof and level of sun exposure to help their design team design a system specifically for your home.  “There were several reasons we chose to go solar. We wanted to take advantage of the ability to lower our electric bills each month, utilize federal and state incentives and most importantly, we truly wanted to do our share to have a positive environmental impact, ” said Kathryn Lucas of Brighton Beach “ I know we have many opportunities to positively impact the environment; we can help with the replanting of the dunes and recycling… but we also believed the opportunity to choose solar panels presented an option to directly impact the environment on a daily basis. Our only regret is not doing it sooner. We know that moving forward, the decisions and actions we make now, will significantly improve the future for our children and grandchildren, and they will benefit from the impact of installing solar panels.” Once the system has been designed the homeowner and their sales rep will review all of the project information and review the Final Agreement. Once the Final Agreement is signed, the project is soon to be underway. The design process doesn’t stop there. The design that is created from the Site Assessment is a preliminary design, after the final agreement has been signed the team now has all of the specific data that is needed to create the System Design. The design team expertly designs a custom system for your home to ensure that all the details of a homeowners home are plugged into the design to ensure that the system is designed in the most efficient and optimal way.  No homeowner enjoys having to work with a Utility Company or Building Department. Infinity takes care of that for you. The operations team at Infinity works alongside the local building departments and utility companies in the LBI area; from filling out the applications to processing the permits, the operations team at Infinity has your covered.  Homeowners are kept up to date each and every step of the way and once the team has the utility approval and permit in hand you are ready to install! Install day is one of the most exciting parts of the solar process. Installation is performed by Infinity’s install team. The team is highly skilled and trained not only for the install but in following and maintaining all Social Distancing and Covid-19 safety precautions. 

After the installation the Operations team work again with the LBI local utility and building departments to set up the Inspection and begin the request for permission to operate. Once the final approvals have come in the team walks the home owners through how to flip the switch and turn the system on. Throughout the process Infinity’s in house customer service team helps each and every homeowner with all of their questions and concerns, from “how long does this take?” to questions about incentive and rebate programs.  As the type of consumer who does a lot of research before investing in significant home improvement projects, Kathryn did her homework on several solar companies in the area. “We chose Infinity because we believed their product was the best option for us, as well as their solar program. Infinity presented so many more elements to their process that other companies did not, so it was an obvious choice to go with Infinity. Our experience with Infinity was an incredibly easy and seamless process. The staff at Infinity was in constant communication and transparent with us from the initial energy use assessment to final inspection of the installation. I never felt alone in the process. There was always someone at Infinity to answer our calls and provide updates, including weather related delays, along the way.” Kathryn Lucas. The benefits of going solar reach so far beyond the savings; the positive environmental impact helps preserve the beauty of the island. According to www. longbeachtownship.com “ Long Beach Township is a Sustainable Jersey certified community — one of only 171 in the state. Long Beach Township achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the bronze level. Certified towns are an outstanding group of municipalities that are making important contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey and world. LBT has won and earned many awards in the sustainable community.  In 2018, LBT was among six New Jersey municipalities recognized as a “Champion of the Coast” by the American Littoral Society. The organization has lauded these communities for their efforts to support regional ocean planning, oppose new offshore oil and gas drilling, and ban intentional balloon releases that pollute beaches and waters.”  The decision to go solar is one that goes hand in hand with the sustainability of the island. The Green Team on the island is composed of community members who know how important sustainability is for LBI. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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PROTECTING YOUR SECOND HOME FROM WATER DAMAGE Anderson Insurance Agency Gives Tips for Safeguarding Your Investment WRITTEN BY SARAH HODGSON

According to Brian McMahon, Director of Operations at Anderson Insurance Agency in Manahawkin, the most common (and costly) claim his company sees relates to broken pipes and water leaks. “The odds of a homeowner experiencing a water damage loss are greater than fire, theft and liability losses combined,” said McMahon. Secondary homes in coastal regions like the Jersey Shore are particularly susceptible to water damage. Why? The ocean stirs up bitter winter temperatures and the proximate summer homes lacking proper insulation are more vulnerable to freezing pipes. Seasonal residences are also more likely to sit weeks or even months without being monitored, allowing ample time for leaks to spread and cause irreparable damage throughout the entire home. The financial repercussions of water leaks can escalate quickly. The longer it takes for a leak or water damage to be discovered, the more pricey the fix. But it isn’t just frozen, broken pipes that can lead to harm-

ful water damage. In the last five years, Anderson Insurance Agency has seen claims from dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, ice makers and simple plumbing fixtures all average from $8,000 to $80,000 in damage. As long as the conditions of the policy are met, most Homeowners and Property policies will cover sudden and accidental water damage. However homeowners will still face the irritating lifestyle disruptions resulting from water damage. “One repercussion that is felt the most by secondary homeowners is losing a whole summer of memories while the home is gutted and repaired,” said McMahon. McMahon recommends taking proactive steps to avoid or limit water damage, “Routine home maintenance to pipes, appliances and heat are key. One of the best things a homeowner can do for their home is to install a leak detection and automatic water shut-off device.” An automatic water shut-off device will detect a leak, notify the home-

owner when abnormal water flow is detected and automatically shut off the water. “We recommend our clients look into these best in class devices: Flo-logic, Water Hero, Phyn Plus, or Flo by Moen. There are individual sensors that can detect a leak or elevated moisture and notify you via a smartphone application,” said McMahon. Most homeowners can install a topnotch automatic shut-off device in their house for under $1,000. This investment pales in comparison to the financial blow of water damage and the subsequent hassles of hiring contractors and meeting with claims adjusters. Anderson Insurance Agency has even been pushing their carriers to offer discounts for their clients with active leak detection and automatic shut-off devices installed in their homes. In addition to installing automatic shut-off applications, here are some alternative measures secondary homeowners can take to protect their homes against water damage: OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE

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Insulate pipes in unheated interior areas, such as crawl spaces and attics. Wrap pipes in heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables. Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warm air. Seal any leaks with caulk or insulation. Disconnect outdoor items such as hoses and faucets. Shut off these items completely using an in door valve and allow the excess water to drain out. Trickle a little water out of your faucets periodically to keep water moving within the pipes.

Keep your garage door closed. Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature day and night. Do not set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit when going on vacation. Ask someone to periodically check the temperature in your home while you are away. Hire a professional plumber to winterize your home. Whether you are a primary or secondary homeowner, Anderson Insurance Agency’s goal is to help inform and educate consumers on Flood and Coastal Property Insurance. “Even if you are not a client of Anderson Insurance Agency, we are always happy to help answer your questions,” said McMahon. For more tips on protecting your home, visit www.aiainsure.com or follow Anderson Insurance Agency on Facebook and Instagram.

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TO TANK OR NOT TO TANK Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home WRITTEN BY SARAH HODGSON PHOTO BY MICHAEL JOHN MURPHY

At Express Plumbing Heating & Cooling in Ship Bottom, the most frequently asked question they hear from Long Beach Island clients is: what water heater is right for my home, tank or tankless? While there’s no one,“right” answer, Express Plumbing can evaluate your lifestyle and needs to provide a custom-tailored solution for your home. But before you embark on the costly investment of equipping your space with a water heater, it’s important to have a preliminary understanding of your options: conventional storage tank versus tankless. P R O S O F TA N K L E S S W AT E R H E AT E R S While storage tank water heaters are the most common types of water heaters, tankless water heaters are becoming fast industry favorites with their efficiency, convenience, longevity and long term cost effectiveness. Tankless water heaters do not store water, but rather rapidly heat water on demand as it passes through the unit. Most tankless water heaters today are at

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least 96% efficient, the approximate size of a kitchen wall cabinet and can last up to 25 years. Some tankless water heaters can even be monitored through an app by installing a Wi-Fi control application, an attractive feature for clients with integrated smart home security systems. Dave Hill, owner of Express Plumbing Heating & Cooling, says that, in addition to efficiency and longevity, the number one reason to buy tankless is for the water heater capacity, “A home with a properly sized tankless water heater simply cannot run out of hot water.” Pros of Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters Conventional storage tank water heaters are exactly what their name implies: systems that store and heat water in large tanks. While conventional storage tanks might cost more in the long run than tankless systems, their initial installation cost is much less than their modern counterparts. They are also more easily installed than tankless varieties and require low cost repairs should you need system maintenance.


C O N S O F TA N K L E S S W AT E R H E AT E R S Convenience these days costs money. The upfront cost of a tankless water heater is generally much more than a standard storage tank system. In addition, a tankless water heater does not have hot water at the ready. “It needs to heat the water and deliver it to the future. Generally speaking, this ads 5-10% to the delivery time of a standard water heater,” said Hill. Tankless water heaters also necessitate regular maintenance, including an annual flushing and servicing by a trained professional. Cons of Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters Are you one of a large household? Back-toback showers with a traditional storage tank is a sure-fire way to run out of hot water. In addition to limited storage capacity, traditional water heaters are also incredibly inefficient. While yes, hot water is immediately available with a storage tank, this also means that the system continuously heats water… so you’re paying for hot water whether you use it or not.

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