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PHOTOGRAPHY BY | DAVE NIZIOLEC With stunning water views, plenty of luxury details, and space for extended families, this one-of-a-kind property embodies the type of luxury home currently being built on Long Beach Island.

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40 ENHANCE SEASHORE LIVING 46 OUTDOOR STYLE


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D E P A R T M E N T S KITCHEN AND BATH

TECHNOLOGY

52 FRAMELESS

100 ARCHITECTURAL INTELLIGENCE

58 KITCHEN

104 SMART PHONES TO SMART HOMES

64 APPLIANCE TRENDS 2017

108 DESIGN AND THE VR EXPERIENCE

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HISTORY

70 THE DUNES

112 GENERATIONS AT BUILDERS GENERAL

HOME IMPROVEMENT 82 LIGHT, AIR, AND THE SURROUNDINGS

HOME BUILDING 88 THE BASICS

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116 SAND CASTLE, PYRAMID, BANAL BOX

ART 120 CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF LONG BEACH ISLAND 122 WHEN OLD BECOMES NEW

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Building Roots After the overwhelming response we received from bay magazine starting in 2014 (for which we are truly grateful), we are so excited to launch OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE. Based on much discussion among the many people who help create the beautiful homes on Long Beach Island, we decided launching OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE was the next great idea to highlight especially the island’s talents and passion for interior, exterior, and landscape design. Many styles of homes and gardens make up Long Beach Island so we can come and relax, spend time with family, entertain friends, and enjoy all that the island offers. OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE brings you amazing spaces and the incredible work behind them. Long Beach Island’s endless talent pool includes interior designers, architects, builders, landscapers, styling masters, and real estate gurus. We want to thank the wonderful groups of contributors who have helped create our inaugural issue of OPEN HOUSE MAGAZINE and allowed us to share everyone’s happy place: home. -The Founders 10

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Co-Founder | Chaiman | Publisher Gary Henderson Co-Founder | Editorial Creative Director Farrell Henderson VP Operations Luellen Henderson Photographers Michael John Murphy | Jay Rosenblatt | John Martinelli Eric Hance | Dianne Ahto | Sheen Lynn Harper Ryan Johnson | Ann Coen Contributing Editors Lisa Simek | Jennifer Begonia | Emily Warne Contributing Writers Chris Gaydos | Daphne Keller | Tanek Hood Adam Binder | Tom London For a digital copy of Open House Magazine visit our website at www.bay-magazine.com. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without express permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed by writers commissioned for articles published by Open House Magazine are not necessarily those of the magazine.

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From CONCEPT TO COMPLETION Curb Appeal

PHOTOS BY JAY ROSENBLATT PHOTOGRAPHY

First impressions are everything. And when it comes to your home, one of the first things you and your guests will see is your landscape. Here are the top five ways you can make a great first impression by adding curb appeal to your home with your landscape. SEASONAL COLOR When we asked the team at Bay Ave Plant Company what their number one recommendation would be for adding curb appeal, the answer was simple: color! Due to the variety of colors and textures, seasonal annuals can help bring life to any landscape. Large blocks of color with spring pansies, summer geraniums, and fall mums will add tremendous interest. Try mixing regional annuals with tropical elements like cana, mandavilla, and palms. Some annuals that attract pollinators, which are critical to Long Beach Island and its surrounding areas, include sunflowers, lantana, pentas, and petunias. Annuals provide a pop of color in a predominantly green landscape and supply constant color in a landscape when perennials fade in and out. A beautifully placed row of color can O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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lead you to a front entry or guide your guests to a rear yard used for entertaining. Nothing is more welcoming than colorful annuals in a planter by the front door. ARCHITECTURE When designing a landscape, keep in mind the largest part of the landscape: the home. This can be achieved whether you are building a new home and designing your landscape along with it, or just sprucing up your existing landscape. In the example of the design rendering, courtesy of Bay Ave Plant Company, the home’s architectural characteristics and design elements were studied when choosing materials for the landscape. Here are some examples of questions that Tom Scangarello from Bay Ave asks when thinking about curb appeal: Is the home traditional or contemporary? Is it surfaced with cedar shake or stone? Answers can offer guidelines that help shape your landscape. The lines in a courtyard entry to a front door should complement the front

door and the entry itself. Materials like natural stone that mimic the stone veneer used on the home can be used throughout the yard or on structural elements like outdoor kitchens and fire pits. Trim detail can be added into fencing detail or furniture detail. Your home’s colors or complimentary colors can be used throughout the yard in plantings and patio stone materials. MAINTENANCE When discussing a new project with a client, Tom will often ask what they are looking for in their new landscape. Some common requests for a new landscape when it comes to plantings are: low maintenance, drought tolerant, and lasting color. While all can be achieved, having a plan for keeping your landscaping looking its best is paramount. Plants will almost always need water initially. Having a reliable watering system will help insure that your new plants truly come to life. Perennials and some annuals need to be pruned and deadheaded at the appropriate times to keep them blooming and looking their best. And your beds and stone areas should be kept tidy and free from weeds. Whether you love getting your hands dirty or plan on hiring a maintenance company, it’s important to keep up with your new landscape.

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LIGHTING Why not have that new curb appeal look great at night as well as by day? Today, homeowners have a number of lighting options that help provide safety, security, and beautiful aesthetics. Most lighting systems are now LED, making systems more efficient to run throughout the year. Landscape lights are no longer white and institutional looking. Full color spectrums are now available in most fixtures. Color can easily be used to highlight certain plant material or structures throughout your landsape. Adding light to various aspects of a yard helps create depth and dimension. Lighting can be used to extend boundaries so that all the spaces throughout your yard are being utilized in evening hours while entertaining. Lighting techniques such as backlighting and moonlighting are great ways to add interest and show movement. BALANCE It is important when installing hardscape patios, walks, and driveways to have a nice balance of soft three dimensional elements to help balance the hard flat lines and surfaces that you’re creating. These elements could include mulched planting beds anchoring a large driveway, teak patio furniture on top of your new pool patio, strategically placed pots with annual plantings at entry locations, arbors and pergolas along walks and patios, and lawn areas alongside larger bodies of hardscape. When choosing plantings to soften your patio, walks, or driveway, try to choose plants that offer a variety of colors and textures that will complement the area. Plants should be arranged through a series of layers starting with the shorter plants in the front and larger plants in the rear. Don’t forget to check growth rates and patterns. It’s a good idea to be patient and not overplant; landscapes can take time to come into their full potential. Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching your beautiful landscape take shape. O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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Lay0ut WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSFORMING AN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, THINK, “LAYOUT, LAYOUT, LAYOUT.”

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In real estate the three most important words may very well be, “location, location, location, ” but when it comes to transforming an outdoor living space, think, “layout, layout, layout.” While the inside of one’s home is limited to the confinement of structural walls, the outside allows significantly more spatial flexibility. Considering a floor plan other than what has always been out on the deck or patio may be difficult to envision, and this is precisely why enlisting the help of a professional designer will maximize space in ways unimaginable. The design experts at Oskar Huber meld a 90 year tradition with modern style and state-of-the-art room planning software to bring homeowners a unique visualization of how their space can be instantly transformed. Talk to a design professional at Oskar Huber about your lifestyle. Are you planning on entertaining frequently, or is this more of a retreat for you and your family to unwind? Will you be incorporating an all-weather television (to watch the game outside) with a weather-tight enclosure in your plans? And how about your audio needs – will Bluetooth be sufficient, or do you

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need to run wire during the construction phase? Considering adding an outdoor fire pit? It will not only keep you warm on chilly evenings, but also add excitement to your space. Fueled by propane or natural gas, they are extremely easy to operate (just flip the switch) and you will find everyone gathering around the fire just as they do to water—people are drawn to it. We recommend “glass guards,” which are essentially unseen but provide a valuable benefit by minimizing the effects of the wind. In your dining space, will you need an umbrella for your table (most tables come with pre-drilled holes), or do you envision a retractable sun screen or awning? The Oskar Huber showroom has traditional umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas designed to shade larger spaces, or half moon style umbrellas that mount onto one’s home. Oskar Huber has partnered with Giglio Awning to create a display of retractable awnings, screens, and shading options in our showroom, and all of the umbrellas and automated shading solutions are available in special order fabrics that will coordinate with the rest of your project.


This Oskar Huber collection is constructed with aluminum frames that are strong, yet light, and won’t rust. Woven resin weaving and performance fabrics such as Sunbrella with reticulated foam result in easy and quick drying. Clientele can choose between many custom fabric, finish, and style options.

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Performance fabrics maintain colorfastness (higher UV properties) while also providing weather resistance and durability in an outdoor living space. These outdoor fabrics, from brands including Outdura and Sunbrella, have advanced technological capabilities that result in softer fabrics that still meet the performance wear expectations (as well as cleanability). Although these performance fabrics cost more than inexpensive imitations, they will allow you to enjoy your purchase for a much longer duration. Some cushions with reticulated foam can even be left outside in the rain without any problems and are ready to use again after a short drying period. 24

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Planning ahead enables homeowners to order the set of their dreams and have it custom made (fabric and finish) to their specifications, although it does usually takes 6-8 weeks before it is available for delivery. Alternatively, customers may request a quick or simple makeover. Oskar Huber Furniture has professionals to assist with either scenario—if you don’t have the luxury of time, you can select from our extensive inventory for immediate delivery, or, a designer can help you create the perfect combination of style, fabric, and finish for your customized needs. Spending more time outdoors is a growing trend in the United States and planning the space where you are able to unwind is an investment in time and money that will reward you for years to come. The experts at Oskar Huber can help you create the perfect layout and selection of outdoor furnishings with your style and quality preference, as well as timeline and budget, in mind. Oskar Huber is conveniently located on the circle in Ship Bottom and has a nice selection of outdoor furnishings in their showroom.

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equested by summer renters and beloved by Island homeowners, the swimming pool has become a basic amenity to LBI living, extending the waterside experience all day long. And while it is a priority for most residents, it’s also a serious financial investment that requires proper planning and fastidious design in order to maximize enjoyment and expectations. Mark Reynolds, owner of Reynolds Landscaping, has been involved in the design and installation of swimming pools for over 35 years. He recommends considering your answers to the following questions before moving forward with your pool project.

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Given our proximity to the ocean and bay, why would anyone want or need a swimming pool on Long Beach Island? The swimming pool has become an essential feature for most homeowners on Long Beach Island. It allows for the waterside experience to be available on a constant basis, all day long. Water is the reason why people come to LBI in the first place—to swim, to engage in watersports, and to bask in the sun listening to the sounds of water and waves. A swimming pool can be a practical feature in the landscape for families with small children, elderly parents, or a disabled relation because it is convenient, private, and less messy than the beach. It creates a protective and compact refuge over which to supervise loved ones. Furthermore, Reynolds asserts, swimming pools have also become a financial asset to the shore community—increasing both the resale and rental value of property for the homeowner. How should I determine the size of the swimming pool? Before moving forward with any pool installation, Reynolds first recommends the homeowner become familiar with zoning regulations governing swimming pool and pool equipment setbacks on the property. These regulations vary by Township and will determine the available and ideal location for the project. However, Reynolds advises that homeowners should err on the side of moderation when deciding the size of their pool. Often times the homeowner is tempted to purchase a larger-sized pool in order to maximize swimming and activity surface area, but it is essential that the dimensions of the swimming pool be in proportion to the size of the backyard. This will allow for other features and activities to function in the landscape—firepits, outdoor kitchens, dining areas, pergolas, and so on. According to Reynolds, the backyard design cannot be driven entirely by the swimming pool feature—it needs to be one component of a cohesive living and recreational environment. How should I determine the shape of the swimming pool?

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Rectangular, kidney-shaped, free-formed, and classic—a swimming pool can be fabricated in almost any shape imaginable. According to Reynolds, kidney- and free-formed pools lend themselves to a more

naturalistic and casual environment. However, in a typical rectangular shaped property lot, rectangular shape pools usually maximize space more effectively in the yard. The design and architecture of the residence and built-structures within the property should also be considered when selecting the shape of the pool. What are the types of swimming pool fabrications available and what are their advantages and disadvantages? Fiberglass and gunite swimming pools are the two fabrication methods typically installed on LBI. Fiberglass swimming pools come in a multiple of shapes, sizes, and depths and are available in a vast array of shell colors. They are significantly less expensive than gunite pool fabrications and the lead—time for their installation is typically shorter. When selecting a fiberglass pool, it is important to consider the orientation of the entry steps and sitting shelf as well as the pool depth. Often times the seemingly-perfect pool may have an entry system that is incompatible with O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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A gunite pool is a custom-designed swimming pool fabricated specifically for the client to conform to the exact dimensions, wants, and needs requested.

the orientation of the backyard or the pool depth will be too shallow or deep for specific activities. If these pool features are not considered during the selection process, the pool may not function properly. In many cases, zoning regulations can leave the homeowner with limited options for a standard pool installation. In these instances, a gunite pool may be the best installation option and, in some cases, the only option 30

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available. A gunite pool is a custom-designed swimming pool fabricated specifically for the client to conform to the exact dimensions, wants, and needs requested. It will make maximum use of available space and include any feature requested—spa, water feature, tanning ledge or fountain. Of course, the custom-built features of a gunite swimming pool come with an expensive price tag, typically costing almost double the price of a similar-sized fiberglass swimming pool.


Are there any other features to consider when purchasing a swimming pool? Another feature that will need to be decided upon during the pool selection is the color and size of the swimming pool tiles at the pool water line. There are many options available and your pool installer and/ or outdoor contractor can assist you with the decision. A new optional feature available on both fiberglass and gunite swimming pools is remote control access to the

pool equipment, temperature and lighting—allowing the homeowner to adjust these pool settings in advance of a visit to the property. In conclusion, Reynolds stresses that proper planning and forethought must be exercised throughout the pool design and selection process. This will ensure that your pool stands the test of time and creates the personal refuge and waterside retreat that you originally intended.

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AHEAD OF THE GAME WRITTEN BY LISA SIMEK

Predominantly recognized for its use on athletic fields and sports facilities, artificial grass has been revealing its benefits for decades. Not only does artificial grass reduce maintenance costs and increase the frequency of games held on a particular field, but it also enhances the look of professional, college, and recreationally used fields everywhere with minimal upkeep. Even so the advantages of artificial grass do not have to end with a big game— the possibilities are limitless as its use is a wise choice for applications big and small.

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Artificial grass is a smart option for those who want to increase the usable space of any sized property while saving on maintenance costs. Perfect for a picnic or putting green around the pool, homeowners enjoy the appearance and function of lush, natural grass with a no-maintenance backyard. No yard? Artificial grass is perfect for balconies, rooftops and courtyards. Artificial grass is water-permeable and can be easily installed in places grass cannot grow or where low-maintenance is preferred, allowing homeowners to spend that saved time and money on their families.   Artificial grass is also an excellent choice for larger, commercial properties. The beautification of industrial parks, airports, large office complexes and other landscaped areas is a growing segment of the commercial market. Installing artificial grass on areas traditionally covered with landscaping not only creates a beautiful, vibrant atmosphere but also a maintenance-free, positive impact on a company’s bottom line.   Much to the satisfaction of residents and taxpayers, municipalities are also installing artificial grass on school grounds, daycares, batting cages and dog runs across the country. It creates a fun, fresh, clean and mud-free environment for families and pets and does not contain any allergens, harbor insects, or discolor from pet urine. Another benefit is the ability of artifical grass to deter Canadian geese. Research proves that the geese prefer natural grass areas over artificial grass, demonstrating that switching certain areas to artificial grass can be an effective tool in reducing their property damaging (and airport hazardous) impact. 36

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ARTIFICIAL GRASS IS GREEN Working towards USGBC LEED certification for your next project? Artificial grass is recognized as a green material that contributes to sustainable building. Housing and commercial developers appreciate the role artificial grass plays in obtaining USGBC LEED certification for their project, resulting in a variety of tax benefits. Using GardenMark products can help builders meet USGBC LEED criteria under several categories (SS61, SS62, WE1, MR4, and MR6.1) in addition to providing an attractive, cost effective way to create a sustainable project.   The environmental benefits continue well after a project has completed. The use of non-toxic, non-absorbent “synthetic soil” that is pet and environmentally-friendly prevents bacteria growth, is cooler than black crumb rubber and more sanitary than silica. It is also a simple one-time application, keeping costs down.  

The “greenest” aspect of artificial grass is in the basic upkeep. There are no harmful fertilizers, weed killers or pesticides leaching into the ground. No mowing means no noxious emissions from gas powered equipment and no grass clippings, which the EPA states are the third largest component of municipal solid waste in landfills. Water conservation is vital in most areas of the country. Federal and local regulations regarding water use and reduction have become increasingly strict. The Synthetic Turf Council estimates that the use of artificial grass has resulted in the conservation of between three to six billion gallons of water in 2010. In addition to saving money on water bills, some cities offer rebates or credits for residents who install artificial grass as a water-saving landscaping alternative. This is good news for the environment and the artificial grass industry as it will continue to meet demands with green solutions. O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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ARTIFICIAL GRASS IS GROWING EMPLOYMENT

According to The Synthetic Turf Council, “synthetic grass for landscape, golf and other recreation applications is the fastest growing segment of the synthetic turf market.” In 2014, 40-45 million square feet of synthetic grass for landscape and recreation was installed. Artificial turf and grass installations are expected to increase significantly as residential, commercial and municipal construction markets continue to seek ways to reduce costs, save on maintenance, and reduce environmental impacts. In order to fill this growing demand, the market needs Certified Artificial Grass Installers. The base prep is almost identical to that of a paver base, with installers simply requiring additional training for seaming and project design before adding this as an additional service to clients.

MEETING NEWDEMAND Many of the latest developments and innovations in the industry include the use of shock pads that not only answer the market demand of schools and daycares, but that are also compliant with the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for gmax (measurement of shock absorption) and meet ADA federal standards for mobility devices. Shock pads can also be environmentally friendly when made of recycled material. Artificial grass products vary in their composition so that an infill is unnecessary which saves time and money during the installat,ion process. New developments and advanced technologies allow for a superior product that offers upwards of a fifteen year warranty for artificial grass products.

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GardenMark LLC is a one-stop supplier of artificial grass headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey. All artificial grass products are always in stock, including all accessories needed for a quality installation. Timely delivery to the tri-state area and the entire eastern seaboard is available. GardenMark also offers free training and certification to contractors and landscapers.


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ENHANCE SEASHORE LIVING SHEEN LYNN HARPER

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Outdoor living is at the heart of life at the Jersey Shore. Those who embrace the seashore lifestyle enjoy spending all the time they can outside. Homes here on LBI and in many other shore towns have outdoor living spaces that can maximize that time. So why be stuck inside cooking meals for the family or food for entertaining? Upgrading your outdoor living space to include a kitchen can help you make the most of seashore living. The pleasure of outdoor entertaining can be somewhat diminished for those hosting a party or gathering. If you’re constantly in and out of the house for food, drinks, and utensils from the kitchen, you end up missing out on a lot of the fun. An outdoor kitchen can provide all the same conveniences of an indoor kitchen while keeping you in the center of 42

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the action. The aesthetic, recreational, and practical benefits it provides will truly increase the pleasure and enjoyment you derive from your outdoor living space. A well-designed and constructed hardscape is the foundation of every outdoor kitchen. Popular hardscape choices are natural stone, concrete, and pavers. These provide great durability and beauty that will create the perfect backdrop for bright, shiny outdoor appliances. When furnishing your outdoor kitchen, the sky is the limit. It goes without saying that you’ll want a great grill. A cook top or side burners can be installed into an adjacent countertop to accommodate sauces and side dishes. You can even have an oven or warming


drawer installed, allowing you to do all the cooking in one place. Keeping up with the conveniences of your indoor kitchen, a refrigerator can be installed under the counter for drinks, condiments, and salads. Thinking about a wine cooler as well but wondering where to put the glasses and the corkscrew? Storage such as cabinets, drawers, and even a wine glass rack can easily be included in your outdoor kitchen design. True alfresco dining requires a nice space to relax and enjoy the food. An adjacent patio with comfortable and attractive seating or a built-in bar where guests can congregate can be the perfect complement to your outdoor kitchen.

When it’s time to clean up, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen will have a sink and it’s even possible to include a dishwasher. Don’t think the only time to use an outdoor kitchen is when you’re entertaining. As long as the weather cooperates, an outdoor kitchen will quickly become part of your everyday life. Whether it’s lunch for the kids and their friends while spending the day in the pool or a romantic candlelit dinner for date night, an outdoor kitchen can truly enhance outdoor living. In addition to its many conveniences, an outdoor kitchen can be an aesthetically pleasing addition to your landscape. The perfect addition to seashore living, a well-designed, properly built, outdoor kitchen will provide you and your family with years of enjoyment.

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Here at the shore, outdoor spaces like backyards and decks offer a primary or secondary option for enjoying coastal sun and breezes—an easy alternative to time on the beach. Making the most of a home’s outdoor space creates an exceptional experience for family and friends, and can extend the usable area of a summer home by thousands of square feet.

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When creating outdoor spaces—after setting a standard with a home’s interior design—it’s important to develop a look that complements and flows together for the best result. This was the goal described by Ann D’Astugues of The Red Chair for her efforts designing a gorgeous exterior backyard space for a client in Surf City on LBI: build on the visual story of the interior when moving outside. Having already tackled the decks, Ann and her colleague, Sara Tool, worked closely with the home’s builder, Kevin Engleston, and Reynolds Landscaping, to help the client make choices for everything in the backyard: from the blue marble pavers to the porcelain pool tile to the custom-designed Western red cedar fences. The result is a natural-feeling, serene, and highly livable backyard entertainment area. Where quarried stone had been used on the outside of the house, this material is again applied to build the outdoor kitchen island and bar, which also features a granite countertop and cabinetry in coordinating colors and finishes (with all cabinetry and built-ins by Handmade Furniture). The copper roof is picked up again throughout the yard with copper lantern lighting features. Driftwood and fabric coloration from interior and deck pieces appear again outside with custom-ordered outdoor furniture and selected upholstery. The bar stools alongside the outdoor kitchen are made of teak, like the rest of the pieces that are set in different “vignettes” around the backyard space: a four-piece seating and conversation area and lounge chairs for sunning by the pool. Sunbrella® cushions and navy terrycloth upholstery along with custom sailcloth cushions for LBI-centric theming tie back to the indoor and deck looks. The layout and design of the backyard space account for its multiple purposes for entertaining across generations. The fire pit runs on propane, and was specifically selected to be portable; keeping in mind the activity level of the teenage boys in the family, there’s room to move it and its corresponding seating to allow for pick-up basketball games on the same days the lava rocks glow at night. As the central feature of the space, the pool provides a cooling influence. Sand-blasted blue marble pavers from walkways and patio areas throughout the yard also serve as coping around the pool, and the pool tiles coordinate with the more subtle coloration of the pool interior. (Rather than a “louder” Caribbe48

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an pool-club look with a bright turquoise pool interior, the client wanted a more serene spa feel.) All of the hardscaping elements tie in with the planted palette and shapes. In her role as a designer, Ann describes her work as highly consultative. Here the process began when the client chose The Red Chair’s design mien as desirable based on visits to the storefront in Harvey Cedars. Throughout the interior design process for the main house, and later, moving into this backyard space, Ann explains that she and Sara created a responsive design plan based on a lot of questions and listening. For example, in considering the look and sensibilities of the outdoor space, maintenance and the longevity of materials make up a large part of the discussion. For a scene set with more natural materials—like cedar fences instead of white plastic and real teak furniture instead of composite, as used in this design—the homeowners must have a more specific plan for maintenance, given how the woods will age over time. Input from the builder can be critical to this decision-making, so a symbiotic relationship between the designer and the “maker” helped the client’s dream backyard become reality today, with no maintenance surprises in store for the future. Of working with Engleston, Ann describes this symbiosis, “If we dreamed it, he made it happen.” Their collaboration produced, in this case, a one-of-a-kind fencing solution that

ties directly into the interior shapes and planes, and that will age to gray in harmony with interior wood surfaces. It’s these kinds of details that make the transition between indoor and outdoor feel seamless for people enjoying a perfectly designed summer home. O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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FRAMELESS SHOWER ENCLOSURES…QUALITY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Purchasing a frameless shower enclosure is often the most expensive part of a bathroom renovation. For that reason, it is important to understand the differences among the many products on the market today. Tom Basile of Precision Shower Door, an industry veteran with more than 35 years’ experience, offers advice and great tips to help you be an educated consumer. 52

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It seems everyone is selling frameless shower enclosures. Are they basically all the same? Great question. The simple answer is no, frameless shower enclosures are not all the same. In fact, there is a great disparity between products. Education is the key to getting value for your money. A frameless enclosure consists of three main ingredients: 1) glass, 2) hardware, and 3) experience and expertise in the measurement, manufacture, and installation.    Glass Durability   Clarvista® glass is patented specifically for shower enclosures. It is non-porous and will not stain. Clarvista® is permanent. Less expensive glazing-quality glass is porous, and once stained, it is permanently discolored and will always look dirty.   Caution! Aftermarket coatings are mostly temporary and often sold with exorbitant markups. If you purchase the correct glass, you will have no need for costly add-ons.   Glass Clarity   Fact: “Clear glass” is green, and depending on its origin, it can be very green.   Starphire® ultra-clear glass by PPG is the industry’s clearest choice. Unlike conventional clear glass, which gets darker and greener as it becomes thicker, the clarity of Starphire® glass actually intensifies with greater thickness. Because of its unparalleled clarity, Starphire® glass also offers exceptional color fidelity.   

Glass Thickness 1/2” glass is the preferred thickness for structural stability. 3/8” glass is often used to compensate for low-capacity hinges, and is inferior. All factors being equal, the cost difference between the two is negligible, so 1/2” is recommended if suitable and available.   Hinges + Hardware   While most shower door hinges look similar, the true measure of a quality hinge is in its weight capacity. A capacity of 250 pounds per set is the best in the industry, allowing for the widest doors [up-to 40”], which in turn allows for ease of use and durability.   Expertise The best material will not compensate for poor craftsmanship. From accurate measurement to precise manufacture to final installation, it is all crucial.   It’s important to use a reputable, reliable company. Remember, after-sale service can and will be needed throughout the life of the product. A professional will stand behind the product and make themselves available for maintenance in a timely manner.    When possible, visit the vendor’s showroom and test the displays. Ask questions. Demand answers. Make sure all necessary costs are included in the quote… glass, hardware, installation, and removal of your existing shower door. Leave nothing to chance.   

We hope these tips will help you make the most educated decision when purchasing your shower door. Be diligent about making an apples-to-apples comparison, because false comparisons are useless. In the end, satisfaction is the only metric of the true cost and value of the product.    Be more suspicious of a cheap price, as no one sells something for less than it is worth.   Tom welcomes all those seeking a quality frameless shower enclosure to call, email, or visit Precision for the facts. Precision will answer your questions free of obligation. They will also review and critique any competitors’ quotes, and offer a free comparative quote. Whether you decide on a Precision manufactured product or not, you can do so with all the facts. Call Precision at 732-389-8175, email tom@precisionshowerdoors.com or visit online at  precisionshowerdoors.com. Our showroom is located at 89 Highway 25, Eatontown, NJ.

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: a room where food is prepared and cooked and family gathers WRITTEN BY EMILY WARNE

There are no shortage of reasons why LBI dwellers may be considering kitchen renovation—maybe your space is too small for family gatherings, or the appliances a little too outdated for the elaborate beach feasts you’re dreaming up. Regardless of your motivation, once you’ve decided to invest in a designer kitchen that works well and looks great, you may be excited but not exactly ready! Here are a couple of steps to consider before taking the plunge.

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You have decided to move forward and have a designer kitchen. One that works well and looks great. You’re all excited so now what, what steps do you consider? First, create a budget. Money Magazine estimates that the right amount to spend on a kitchen project is ten to fifteen percent of the house value. Decide if this is a realistic goal, whether you’re renovating or building new, and proceed according to your construction priorities. Next, consider the space. Will it be a remodel or will you do a total gutting: moving walls, adjusting plumbing and electric, and so on, etc.? Dramatic renovations can cause prices to soar, but are worth it if it completes your vision without destroying your budget. And about that budget—keep in mind that anytime you move plumbing, electric, and walls, you will need a permit, and maybe even an architect or engineer.

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You should also consider contacting your licensed contractor or builder to see what they recommend and what is possible. If you don’t have a contractor, ask your kitchen designer if they can recommend one. They will have worked with many local construction and would most likely have a good fit for you. Sometimes it’s a good idea to meet the contractor and designer together at the house for their input and to get a glimpse into their working relationship. It’s also important to be realistic about the timeframe. It’s never a good idea to rush a construction firm project, especially one as complicated as a kitchen. Most quality designers and contractors are very busy—be patient and try not to rush the process. Keep in mind that your contractor will most likely have to bring the trades to your home to evaluate, which can add to the timeline. This may be overwhelming, but don’t forget to have fun! Don’t lose sight of your vision: what do you want your designer kitchen to look like? What kind of events will you host, and what kind of meals will you cook? Spend some time browsing through home renovation 60

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magazines or the internet to discover what you like. Print out a few and show them to your designer— it will give them an idea of your style and how to combine your favorite ideas all together. While browsing through styles, don’t forget appliances! Your kitchen designer will need this information before they can design the space for you and your vision. Not all appliances are the same size—width and depth is important when considering refrigerators, microwaves, and so on. Refrigerators, what size? Think about width as well as depth. Do you want a fitted kitchen? Think about your cooking style as well—do you prefer a range over a cooktop and double ovens? Sometimes one option is unable to accommodate some preferences, so you may have to give that or some other ideas up depending on your space. Other appliances that often go overlooked include dishwasher placement and size, range hoods, microwaves, and sinks. Are you interested in a double bowl, single bowl, undermount, or the very-stylish and trendy farm sink? Please note most farm sinks need a special sink base and a skilled carpenter to accommodate them.


Now it’s time to talk color. If this is your summer house, feel free to have some fun. You can introduce a nautical or beach-themed color, like a powdered blue or even elements like weathered wood. You also need to consider paint vs. stain—stained woods are more durable than a painted finish, but a beautiful crisp white kitchen is hard compete with. Consider the fact that you may only be in your home using your kitchen for three-to-four months out of the year, so you may get a longer life out of a painted finish if you have your heart set on it. Regardless of your choice, make sure it’s a color you can live with! You’ll be looking at those walls for a long time. Now, let’s have some fun and talk about kitchen gadgets. It’s important for a floor plan to be ergonomically correct to accommodate room flow as well as interior accessories. Maximize your space for storage efficiency and comfort for your body—you don’t want to have to get on your knees to pull out a pot!. Accessories such as a pantry cabinets or base cabinets with roll out shelves or some full extension pot drawers by the

range can prove to be tremendously valuable. Other items to consider include double waste cans, double wood-tiered cutlery dividers, built-in spice racks, charging stations, coffee pod drawers, a smart phone charging station, and more. Next, ask yourself… “Do I want…”: A granite counter top or quartz? Tile backsplash or countertop material? Flooring: tile, or wood? Under cabinet lighting, ceiling light, or maybe even some interior lighting in some cabinets with glass doors? The possibilities are endless, but make sure to discuss them with your designer or contractor! Lighting makes a huge difference in a kitchen. Last, and most importantly, consider making a list of needs and wants. This is your kitchen: think about what your need and really want. Unfortunately, we can’t always design everything to your specifications within your budget, but if you work closely with a competent designer, your chances at creating the kitchen of your dreams increase exponentially!

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Although there is nothing new about custom paneling on appliances, this year’s biggest “naturescape” home decor trend will produce a surge in an often-considered-outdated customization. Designers and homeowners are trading in the cold, sterile qualities of bright whites, grays, chromes, and steels for more neutral, earthy tones and subtle textures. Modern custom paneling offers the luxury of integrating natural materials into the façade of one’s appliances—adding a rustic, yet polished and controlled vibe to your space.

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French door wall ovens indistinguishable from one’s cabinetry, WiFi-synched refrigerators that order take-out, and brushed slate finishing resembling natural stone are just some of the latest trends of the appliance world. Whether remodeling a kitchen or taking on the feat of new construction, these devices are the finishing touches that can make or break the decorative ambiance of a space. Since finding the right appliances that harmonize with both one’s lifestyle and décor may be an overwhelming task, we’ve enlisted the guidance of appliance expert Butch Dieckman, owner of Anchor Appliance, to help identify the top trends, innovative features, and the tried and true elements that are here to stay—all factors to keep in mind when making your next major appliance purchase. 64

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When a devastating fire ravaged the showroom one hot Saturday evening during peak season last July, many thought there was no coming back for Anchor Appliance owner Adrian “Butch” Dieckman. With over $1 million worth of damaged merchandise and patrons eagerly awaiting their deliveries, the owner of this 50-yearold business reacted the only way he knew how: The next 48 hours were an all-or-nothing dash of reaching suppliers on a Sunday, rush shipping new products, and pulling every string he had to ensure that come Monday morning his loyal customers had a knock on their door and a full delivery truck parked out front. A true testament to his reliability and determination, just two days after the fire, on that Monday morning, Anchor Appliance made 22 deliveries and 40 service calls, as if unscathed, much to the appreciation of clientele. These are the values that Deickman embodies and why Anchor Appliance is a local institution, anchored to the community of Long Beach Island.


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Although stainless steel appliances and granite countertops aren’t going anywhere, Dieckman does acknowledge that this standard is no longer the status symbol it once was. Customers want depth, warmth, and subtlety. Brands now cater to this style preference, including Miele with its Truffle Brown appliances, GE with its smudge-proof Slate line, and Samsung by means of its Matte Black stainless steel collection. With other high-end companies such as Viking and Wolf offering a wide variety of color options for their products as well, this trend will surely be around for quite some time.

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Regardless of room size, furnishing is often a game of inches. Dieckman suggests choosing counter-depth appliances—especially refrigerators—for the ability to sit flush with adjacent cabinetry. Not only will this create a streamlined look, but it will surprisingly add significantly more open space.

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There will always be appliance models with up-to-the-minute energy efficiencies and state-of-the-art sound barrier qualities, but the real technological advancements are in the apps. Look for refrigerators that have HD touch screens, interior cameras, and Wi-Fi connectivity, so that they can play music and videos, search recipes, and show you what’s in your fridge remotely. For example, Samsung has a smart fridge that knows it’s low on food and can order a pizza for delivery, an app that can check the status of your laundry load from anywhere in the world, and an oven that not only can be temperature and time controlled from your phone, but can tell you the calories and weight of what’s baking—and you need not leave your beach chair for the update. O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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RISE OF THE RANGE HOOD

One of the biggest 2017 design trends is the disappearance of upper cabinets, leaving walls bare and exposed. This debuts the range hood front and center. As “star” of the kitchen, buyers now have the chance to create a real show-stopping moment with a single appliance. Today’s ranges offer a multitude of shape, color and material customization options to truly create a unique focal point in the heart of one’s home.

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Despite the upgrades and the advancements, there are a few appliances that Dieckman says customers will always gravitate towards in their original state. These items include cooktop ranges with knobs instead of LCD screens and regular burners instead of built in griddle tops, as well as classic outdoor builtin grills and side burners that each have their own fuel source (side burners connected to the grill’s fuel source have 4x less output). Pizza ovens and kegerators may seem trendybut, they have been popular outdoor living accoutrements for decades— demonstrating that no matter what appliances are made for, it’s what they are utilized for that transcends time: enjoying our time with loved ones and friends. 66

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The kitchen you’ve always wanted, with the savings you never expected. Purchase a combination of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances now, and get a $1,000 rebate, Wolf Gourmet products or both! The “Grand Kitchen Savings” offer is good through December 31, 2017. For details, visit subzero-wolf.com/promotion

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Let’s talk Interior Design on LBI. ...Just like we did with the Vernons, who ended up with these rooms in their Brant Beach Bayfront home. We also did the interiors for them at Bonnet Island Estate, Mallard Island Yacht Club, and The Ashford Estate... And the Sorrentino family, with their much talked about 20,000 sq. ft. gated, Bayfront estate in Loveladies...as well as their home in Palm Beach, the former home of Donald Trump’s sister at Mar a Lago. If these clients trust us with their vision...you can, too.

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WRITTEN BY EMILY WARNE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE NIZIOLEC

The luxury construction business is booming on Long Beach Island, but the latest high-end addition to bayfront real-estate goes above-and-beyond as the epitome of an entertainer’s dream shore home. From a stunning kitchen valued at over $400,000 to 16 rooms designed by a premier interior designer, every detail of the 10,000 square foot home, located in The Dunes section of Long Beach Township, lends itself to building a lifetime of memories on LBI.

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Family members and guests who visit the property are blown away by the entrance to the great room, where sweeping, 25 foot floor-to-ceiling windows frame an unobstructed view of Little Egg Harbor and open onto a beautifully manicured garden, resort-style swimming pool, multiple terraces, and enough dock space for the most avid water-sportsman. The home features both private and family living spaces—the original vision for the property was to create a family compound that supports intergenerational living. Inside, there are four two-story private living spaces that feature multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Residents are able to enjoy private time in their own suites, while congregating with family in the great room and main kitchen for cocktails or dinner. But to call the main living space the “great room” implies the others aren’t “great” by comparison—untrue, given the attention to detail that the builders placed on each and every aspect of this home. It features luxurious details such as Calcutta marble countertops, Mohawk porcelain flooring, a state-of-the-art wine center, 14-car garage, and more.

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If you can tear yourself away from the southwestern-facing water views of Little Egg Harbor, turn your attention to the other focal point of the main room: the hybrid entertainment center and fireplace. What do you do when you want to create an unforgettable kitchen/entertaining space? Take HGTV’s Best Kitchen in America, then add to it! This Joanne Hudson gourmet kitchen features high-end appliances by Wolf, SubZero, and Miele, all fit for a master chef. Guests can enjoy the fruits of any culinary labor on a stunning island set for eight, under a custom stainless steel hood.

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If you can think of it, this kitchen has it—from a built-in oyster bar to ultrasonic cooktops, from steamers to fryers. Enjoy a cocktail at the custom wet-bar or perk up with the help of the state-of-the-art Miele coffee system. Coffered ceilings enhance the breezy feeling, which is only complemented by the outside terraces, perfect for sunset entertaining.

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Interior designer Meredith Baer used the surroundings as inspiration when decorating the 10 bedroom, eight bathroom, six half-bathroom home. Subtle coastal themes are present throughout the design, while still remaining fresh and modern.

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If you have a home near the shore, you are part of a unique crowd. You can find some of nature’s most glorious displays literally in your backyard: sunrises that explode with color, coastal storms that take your breath away, and crisp blue skies that kiss the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you live at the shore year-round, or enjoy summers here, you’re fortunate to have a home surrounded by such majestic beauty, and naturally you’ll want to make the most of those priceless views. That’s why it’s important to choose the right windows and patio doors for your shore home. Windows are one of the few elements seen from the inside and outside of your home, and with that, comes many responsibilities. Windows not only let in light, air, and the surrounding natural beauty; they also aid in energy efficiency, help define interior spaces, and are a key component of a building’s overall architectural style. And don’t forget; your windows also need to stand up to Old Man Winter! While windows provide many benefits, they can also be a major investment. For that reason, it’s important to choose a supplier you trust. Woodhaven Lumber and Millwork

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Woodhaven Lumber and Millwork (family-owned and operated since 1977) are experts in helping families create the perfect shore home experience. With three full service lumberyards and four kitchen and design centers, Woodhaven has everything you need for your window project, and much more. A visit to Woodhaven’s modern and extensive showrooms in Manahawkin, Lakewood, or Point Pleasant Beach will immerse you in the latest window displays, and provide you with countless design ideas for your home. With so many frame designs, materials, glass and color options available, choosing the right window can be an overwhelming experience. Fortunately, a Woodhaven window specialist can help you sort through the many window options, and guide you in the right direction.

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Equally important is the brand of window you choose. Woodhaven deals exclusively with Andersen® for windows. Andersen is trusted by more builders than any other brand* because of their long-standing commitment to innovation, quality products. and exceptional customer service. That’s the Andersen Difference. Coastal homes require special attention, and Woodhaven and Andersen take that responsibility seriously. When purchasing windows for your shore home, it’s important to consider options like impact resistant glass, protection from the sun’s heat and harmful UV rays, corrosion resistant hardware, interior and exterior color schemes, grille options, and screens that allow for a less obstructed view. Keep in mind, even if you live several miles from the ocean or bay, you are still subject to the unique conditions of the coast, and *2014 HANLEY WOOD BRAND PERCEPTION STUDY


should choose your windows accordingly. Summers at the shore are for play, not work. So why not save yourself the hassle of trying to install your own windows? Instead, let Woodhaven’s certified Andersen window installers do the job for you. If you are installing new windows, simply bring in your plans. For replacement windows, Woodhaven can work with the measurements of your existing windows. Based on the plans or measurements, Woodhaven will provide a quote for the window and installation. When the quote is approved, they’ll send their installation experts to your home for actual measurements and to discuss fit and finish. After the measurement and window choice have been confirmed, they’ll order the windows and schedule the installation. Woodhaven understands your home is like-

ly your biggest investment and goes above and beyond preparing for the install. Tarps and plastic sheathing are used to cover up furniture, landscaping, and flooring to ensure that there is no damage. After the windows have been installed, they insulate and caulk to maximize energy efficiencies. And of course, a job isn’t done until the jobsite is cleaned up and the old windows are hauled away. Apart from the new window, you won’t even know they were there! With the busy summer season here, why not rely on Woodhaven’s experienced professionals for your window purchase and installation? That way, you’ll have more time to enjoy all the natural beauty on the outside of your new window. To get your project started, visit one of Woodhaven’s four convenient locations, or learn more at WoodhavenLumber.com.

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In the excitement of deciding to move ahead and build a new home on Long Beach Island, many quickly learn that there are a lot of moving parts to consider. Whom do you choose that will be an experienced, knowledgeable, and trusted partner through the process? Those who have built new before, whether a primary or vacation home, are typically more equipped with how to go about it, having learned from a previous experience. Most likely, if it was a good experience, they will already know with whom they want to partner because they’ve listened, observed, and researched along the way—perhaps over years—thus approaching the project with excitement, ease, and confidence in their choice. For others, it may be the first time building a new home. They have questions like “Where do I start? How does the process work? What are the differences between…?” and of course, everyone has an opinion! Additionally, there are frequent stories in the media about unscrupulous business practices that make some people skeptical when approaching a project of this magnitude. How do you ensure that you make the right choice from the beginning? It’s always surprising how many people sail right past the basics. If you keep a few simple things in mind, like the following 10 points, you’ll be off to a great start. It’s easy to be dazzled by advertising, smooth sales talk, and visuals. But as important as it is to have a solid foundation and underlying structure for the long-term strength of any home (pilings, in the case of LBI!), also important is the solid foundation of the company you choose to partner with to make your new home a reality. Your investment of time, heart, and money should confidently be placed in the hands of a business that will be watching out for your best interests and ultimately protecting your investment in the long run. 88

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#1 DO YOUR RESEARCH Talk to people: previous and current clients, local people, contractors, engineers, township/borough employees in the area where you’d like to build, etc. Is the builder well respected? Have they earned a fine reputation over time? Are they known for doing what they say and being true to their word? Are they known for respecting budgets no matter the size, and for collaborating closely with homeowners, other professionals, and contractors in the development and execution of the job? Do they offer an ease of process with a seasoned team in place, guiding and handling details from start to finish? Are they responsive, focused on achieving homeowner wants and needs? Do they possess a proven track record for quality workmanship, communication, meeting timelines, and service? Is client satisfaction paramount to their operating philosophy? Trust your gut instinct when you sit down and meet with potential companies. #2 DESIGN & PRICING Already working with an architect or have architectural drawings in hand? Great! Many clients may know up front who they will partner with to build their home given an existing relationship or their architect’s past experience with builders. For those who don’t know, start with doing your research. When you put existing plans out to bid, don’t go out to six bidders. This usually leads to an exercise in frustration for all. You will get a much better result by narrowing down your options to two or three builders you’ve pre-screened.

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The final bid will then allow for more precise pricing (assuming specifications, which are critical for accuracy, are provided with the plans). Allow a sufficient amount of time for the builder to price the job accurately. It doesn’t make sense nor is it to your benefit to spend a full year designing the home of your dreams and then rush the builder into pricing it within an unreasonably short window. But DO pay attention to the deadline and whether the bid was submitted on time. Also, the collaborative relationship between architect, builder, and client can offer excellent checks and balances for your project. If you don’t have plans already, have you noticed house styles and designs you admire? Many builders offer stock plans that can be modified, and/or have excellent relationships with local architects/designers to assist in getting you the style of house you’re looking for at the price point you need, with the added benefit of helping to ensure the end result stays on course and on budget. By working with the builder early on, you’ll get design ideas, incorporating your wants and needs, that also help maximize functional living and minimize cost, whatever the size of the budget. Regardless of project details and final parameters, any reputable builder should respect your budget and work with you to achieve your goals and desires. #3 THE WORK – A COMPANY’S PORTFOLIO Evaluate a company’s scope of work over a period of time. This can typically be done by viewing their website, driving around to see existing projects, or being


shown homes in person. Check out recently completed homes and works in progress as well as completed older ones. Keeping in mind the degree of maintenance and upkeep by the homeowner over the years, a lot can be said for how the home has stood the test of time given LBI’s challenging coastal climate. What do you see with variety and styles of homes built, workmanship, and quality of materials used? #4 RELATIONSHIPS AND WORD OF MOUTH Verifiable references and working relationships matter. There is great value in talking with a range of individuals who can speak to the actual homebuilding experience, quality of the home itself, and a company’s commitment to service and satisfaction. It is still true for many businesses that “the highest compliment you can give is a recommendation to family and friends.” Those kinds of references are worth their weight in gold. Will a list of satisfied and repeat customers be provided, if requested? And if the opportunity arises, take the chance to talk with employees, professionals, and others; what is said or not said can speak volumes about your potential experience working with a company.

#5 CONTRACT AND PAYMENT TERMS Your contract should be detailed, clearly define a payment schedule that corresponds to the completion of stages, and include wording for consumer protections from the Department of Consumer Affairs in the State of New Jersey. Also make sure that how “extras” will be handled is clearly defined upfront so there are no surprises at the end. Be wary of large initial deposits. Additionally, the contract should never require that the builder be ahead of the client with payments vs. schedule. #6 FINANCIAL STABILITY Is the business run on solid ground? One of the most important criteria for choosing a builder is financial solvency. Is there an excellent credit history and a verified history of consistent and timely payments to vendors, employees, and subcontractors? How long has the company been in business under the same ownership? Check on any changes in name over the years which may raise a red flag. Are they a solid corporate citizen in the community? O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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#7 NEW HOME WARRANTY, LICENSING, AND INSURANCES Not all new home warranties are created equal. Not every builder is able to attain membership with the top warranty companies where potential businesses are examined for financial stability, customer satisfaction, and technical competence, and where members agree to comply with specific construction standards in order to have their projects warranted, providing homeowners with an additional strong foundation of security for their home. (Reputable builders will rarely have claims that go to warranty, however, because issues are handled if and when a situation arises.) All new home builders and contractors must be licensed with The State of New Jersey with registration numbers clearly displayed within the place of business, in all advertisements, and on business documents, contracts, correspondence and all commercial vehicles. All must carry General Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance, and clients can always ask for a current copy of this to ensure it’s active and not expired. The builder may also require the homeowner to purchase a Builders Risk Insurance Policy for the course of the construction period. #8 SERVICE What is the commitment to customer service? Is there

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a dedication to guidance through the entire process, clearly defining the steps involved, answering questions, coordinating and handling issues, providing suggestions, ideas, and encouragement along the way? Is there a proven track record over time? Can you count on the company to be there for the long term to deliver excellent and responsive service well after the Certificate of Occupancy is delivered? #9 DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND COASTAL EXPERTISE Choose a partner well versed and experienced in building homes in our coastal environment, one who has the skill and ability to recognize, handle, and solve potentially “unforeseen problems and challenges” that may arise during the course of the build. It will be invaluable to you. #10 THE DECISION Yes, it’s a big decision. With many fine home builders to choose from on LBI, making the right choice will result in peace of mind, confidence, and a homebuilding experience that will be enjoyable and rewarding—a collaboration whose end result is a beautiful, personal, functional, quality home ultimately created by you and in sync with the coastal lifestyle you’ve envisioned and dreamed about for you and your family.


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Long Beach Island is often regarded as a sanctuary from the modern day’s hustle and bustle; upon setting foot on the island, beachgoers generally enjoy slowing their pace, unwinding, and even unplugging. While giving gadgets the cold shoulder encourages most people to sit back and relax, embracing the right technology during a construction project helps keep homeowners in the driver’s seat of the design and building process. As local architect Michael Pagnotta, founder of

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Ship Bottom’s Michael Pagnotta Architecture & Construction, shares, “Many new technologies deal with improving communication and streamlining processes, and we look to the new technologies for these very benefits.” Taking advantage of the following innovative tools will not only change the way homeowners plan their next design and construction project, but will allow them to walk through their new home even before so much as a hammer has been lifted.


COMMUNICATION The most important component of a successful design and building project is communication. “Many of our clients live far away and lead very busy lives. Our ability to communicate 24/7 via texting, email, and cloud storage helps us leverage our clients’ available time,” Pagnotta says. He adds, “Because we have such an extensive history of designing and building homes on LBI, social media platforms like Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram give us an ability to organize and present our past work in various ways for the prospective client looking for examples of our work or for current clients looking for ideas.” Social media channels have forever changed the way client and designer interact, exchange sketches, and even compare design preferences. These top three portals (Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram) not only provide easy access to portfolios and photography by the architects and designers, but also allow the client to keep a virtual bulletin of their own design ideas and inspirations—giving each stakeholder a very clear understanding of the others’ creative vision. 3D AND THE NEW REALITY Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are buzzwords not only in the tech world, but within the building and design industries as well. Both considered forms of three-dimensional (3D) visualizations, AR creates images or videos in the space in front of a user, while VR immerses the user in an entirely new, computer generated, environment. “Our 3D visualizations offer clients on-screen models within which they can rotate, walk around, and

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even see what their home will look like at high noon or shortly after dusk. In fact, with today’s technologies we can even set the exact date and time of day you want to view the model,” explains Mike Bonelli, Project Architect at Pagnotta’s firm. Revolutionizing the way homeowners can not only see, but experience, their new homes before construction has even begun is a game changer for the industry. Although seeing and experiencing a fabricated experience may leave one awestruck, there is a level of physicality that will never fade from the design process—but that doesn’t mean it has to remain archaic. Enter the 3D printer. Bonelli describes, “Within the architecture field, and many other design fields, the benefits of the 3D printer are extraordinary. Not unlike a 3D visualization on screen, our physical models give clients an idea of scale, lighting, and shadow lines. However, the physical model also creates a tangible reality; clients can envision themselves walking up the stairs of their new home. The concept of connecting masses and intersecting roof lines is now brought to life through these 3D physical models.” According to the firm, key physical visualizations that are conveyed include everything from how a home will respond to changing flood levels, to getting a better grasp for how a home raised on tall pilings will relate to the site, or even how the vertical circulation will be designed best in reverse-living situations.

There is no doubt a significant advantage to clientele when an knowledgeable architect invests in the latest design technology and applications available. Mr. Pagnotta reveals, “Our ability to bring schematic designs to 3D life early gives us a leg up on the design processes of the past when a client wouldn’t know what a house would actually look like until the end of design process…We use 3D as a working tool so we can get immediate feedback from clients early in the design process.” The most valuable benefit of effective communication and innovative technology is the ability to give homeowners a truthful and realistic sneak preview of their vision. Undeniably, the architectural technologies discussed by Michael Pagnotta and his team modernize and streamline the entire designing and building process, yielding impeccable service and the most sophisticated experience on the market. Michael Pagnotta AIA established his architect-led design/ build firm on Long Beach Island in 1990. Over the past 27 years his firm has been responsible for the design and construction of over 500 homes on LBI. Pagnotta graduated from the University of Texas and is a licensed architect, licensed planner, and registered builder. For more information on Mike and his firm, visit www.pagnotta.com or follow them on Houzz via Michael Pagnotta Architects pc, Instagram @michaelpagnottaarchitects and Pinterest.com/pagnottaarch.

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hen smart home technology first developed, it was considered something extra; something “over the top.” Today, everything in life is starting to be “smart”— smart TVs, smart phones, smart tablets—and “wireless”—WiFi, access points -- and we’re all enjoying the versatility, connectivity, and convenience. Smart home technology now serves a real and present purpose for our everyday lives, not only for comfort and convenience, but for safety and security as well. Plus, Smart Home Tech is the perfect way for homeowners to keep tabs on, and even control, their second, third, and fourth homes from any place in the world they are. For many, Long Beach Island is a second home, a place that may be out of sight, but not out of mind. Responsibility and concerns can magnify from a distance, and some worries are not without foundation. More than one LBI homeowner has received a call from a contractor with bad news that a pipe had burst during a cold snap, and water had been running through the house for weeks. Smart home technology can help you to keep an eye on your home remotely as you monitor and control certain elements of your home’s systems. Using smart home technology, you now can have the ability to monitor and control the temperatures on your HVAC system, receive alerts from your security system, visually monitor your home via a camera system, and control your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting, all from anywhere in the world. This is not only convenient, but also gives you control over safety and security factors, and ultimately, peace of mind.

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SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY FALLS INTO TWO MAIN CATEGORIES: SECURITY AND CONVENIENCE. THREE, IF YOU WANT TO COUNT THE COOLNESS FACTOR.

Smart home technology falls into two main categories: security and convenience. Three, if you want to count the coolness factor. The smart home tech that fits under the “security” heading includes door and window sensors; motion sensors; indoor and outdoor cameras; and access control, such as a deadbolt keypad. When a sensor is “tripped,” your system sends an alert message directly to you. If you already have a traditional security system that calls a central station or police, the smart security system will work in conjunction with your existing one. Your smart security camera system can also aid in investigation when you view the automatically recorded footage, which tells you date and time, might pick up a car or license plate on the street, and can even catch the culprit’s face. On the convenience side, your smart thermostats can also be monitored and controlled from afar. You can set a schedule for “home” and “away” settings, which save energy, and therefore, money. When monitoring your home system, you might notice that the thermostat is detecting temperatures that are not in line with the temperatures O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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CONTROL ALL YOUR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS, LIKE MUSIC, TV, AND SURROUND SYSTEMS, AND ACCESS TO THE HOUSE you’ve set. Now you know it’s time to call your HVAC specialist, and you’ve caught a potentially costly and disastrous situation early, and nipped it in the bud. Remember those analog timers you set to turn your lights on and off to make it look like people are home? Now, with the convenience of smart home technology, you can turn your indoor and outdoor lights on and off from anywhere, using your smart phone. You can even set a schedule for them so you don’t have to do it manually all the time. And, then there’s the fun part—the “coolness factor”—the stuff you can’t wait to show your friends and neighbors. Some of our Island Audio/Video customers with multiple homes have shared some very cool ways in which they use their smart home system. Imagine this scenario: It’s going to be a perfect beach weekend on LBI, but it’s 98 degrees outside your New York City apartment, and 92 in South Jersey. While you’re not at your LBI house, you keep the AC running only minimally to save on energy and your electric bill, so the

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house could be pretty hot and stuffy. But, on your way down in the car, you open your smart home app, and set your thermostat to 73, and the house will be delightfully cool when you get there. You’re still saving energy by not cranking the AC all the time, but you also get the comfort and the convenience that you deserve. Up to this point, we’ve focused on operating your smart home system remotely, but the technology also provides some convenient features you can take advantage of while in your home. Instead of running all over the house to operate wall switches and thermostats, your home’s lighting and HVAC can be controlled from your phone or tablet. Plus, you can control all your entertainment systems, like music, TV, and surround systems, and access to the house. At Island Audio/Video, our favorite way to control any music zone is SONOS®. SONOS® has its own app, but it can also be integrated into your smart home system, eliminating the need to switch apps to control multiple facets of your system. Each SONOS® device (speaker,


amplifier, etc.) is its own “zone” in the app, so it’s incredibly easy to use, and addictively fun. Also, in addition to, or sometimes instead of, a universal remote control, we use software on our customers’ Apple and Android devices to control their TV and surround system, effectively making their phone or tablet a remote control. In many of these set-ups, we include a dedicated tablet for each system. “Access control” sounds more complicated than it is. It simply means “who gets into the home, and how.” For example, if you have a deadbolt keypad in your smart home system, you can unlock that from your phone when you’re away so that a contractor can get in and work in your home, or give your niece the code so she can hang out at your place, or unlock the door for yourself from the driveway when you pull up with a load of groceries. There’s also a doorbell system that connects with your phone or tablet, so you can see who is at the door. And no one has to have a key. Our smart home systems use one app to control everything mentioned, so far—lighting, HVAC/ther-

mostat, security, music, TV and surround systems, and access control—and even more! Pool temperature and lighting, and window shades all can be controlled with just one app in our smart home systems. This means that smart home tech is not only easier than it’s ever been for you, the user, but is also more efficient to install and program. Also, our systems can be completely retrofitted. No special wiring is needed for new construction, and no walls torn up in existing construction. We just switch out some wall switches, electrical outlets, and thermostats, program your system on our computer, and, most importantly, show you how to use it. Technology will only move forward, and we will become increasingly wireless and automated. With the current and evolving smart home technology, homeowners can become more productive, more able to focus on the important things, more safe and secure, and even more energy efficient. And it fits into our LBI lives. For so many Long Beach Islanders, smart home technology helps us keep our care-free, safe, family refuge, for many generations to come.

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here are two places that we inhabit as architects and designers. The Inside Place: our personal vision of a project; and an Outside Place: our attempts to communicate this vision during the process of creating a house.

The vision that inhabits our Inside Place is not a fixed thing. It is persistently changing as a project develops, and is therefore much like a hunt. This is perhaps best described in the words of the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza when talking about the building of a house: “The project constantly moves away from the architect. It is vital not to lose it. The design tracks it down.� The Outside Place is the visible accumulation of our attempts to communicate this vision to our clients, the building crafters; and perhaps most importantly, to ourselves as designers.

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LOOKING OUT (VIEW): HOW A HOUSE FRAMES OUR VIEWS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

How we experience a house is the true measure of the success of a design. The result of prioritizing experience is a less formal and stylistic approach to making houses. Experience becomes memory and our memories of places are what truly defines an environment, both natural and manmade. Acknowledging the priority of experience affects the Outside Place of an architect’s work; how we actually work, the technology we employ, and how we communicate our ideas and vision to others and ourselves. Historically, this process would begin with a sketch or parti that attempts to capture the initial vision. This would then be finalized through iterations before being formalized into technical drawings for translation to the real world. While effective for construction, this process has limitations in how it con108

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veys the experiential qualities of a home to a client. The integration of the computer allows us to digitally construct the building and from that construction, generate views of, within, and through the houses we are creating. It links the vision and the technical reality together in a way that was previously impossible. These views allow us to make decisions faster; to view and edit what we want to see at any step in the process. By embracing the newest technologies, we are now able to visualize, respond to, and give shape to a house in a way that is experientially transformative, and imminently transferable. Virtual Reality, VR, adds the dimension of real-time experience that is directly related to the body; how we turn our heads; look up and look down; and pause to gaze at what we find interesting. Views of the architecture are no longer edited, framed, and curated by the designer.


BEING WITHIN (STILLNESS): THE EXPERIENCE OF AN EXTENDED PERIOD AT REST IN A ROOM

By embracing the newest technologies, we are now able to visualize, respond to, and give shape to a house in a way that is experientially transformative, and imminently transferable.

The house can be explored at the viewer’s discretion. A VR headset combined with a gaming controller puts the viewer in control. VR seems to be the logical expansion of the way we work. By subscribing to a VR service, we can take the technical 3D documents we already create as a part of our design work, and upload them to be translated into a virtually inhabitable, experiential space. This can then become a shared experience, where users explore the space, and their perspectives are live-streamed to a monitor for comments by other team members. There is flexibility because both free-roaming and guided-tour approaches are viable ways to engage with the model.

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In our work at MRA, we’ve discovered the value of VR to both our clients and our design process. We can see the effects that particular design choices will have on the experience of the home, how a specific material or product will work in concert with the form, or when it will clash with our intentions. We can then act to affect change, well before it would become apparent during actual construction. For our clients as well as ourselves as designers, this new method of working gives everyone the ability to LOOK TOWARD, LOOK OUT, MOVE THROUGH, and BE WITHIN the house.

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History

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BUILDERS’ GENERAL This is an epic story of triumph, trial, and love. A tale of beginning a new life in a new country, founded with integrity, based on a deep love of family, community, and country. In the late 1800s, like nearly nine million others from Europe and Asia, Shaheen A. Shaheen (known as Assi) immigrated to America. He was 16 years old. It was the beginning of the Second Industrial Revolution, which offered promising opportunities to those strong and brave enough to leave their homelands and families behind.

SHAHEEN A SHAHEEN AND RIJA 1940

Two years after Shaheen’s arrival and once settled in Cranford, New Jersey, as was the custom, his marriage was arranged and his bride, the daughter of a noble family, joined him in America. The couple would be happily married for 47 years, blessed with eight children and 13 grandchildren. Shaheen provided for his growing family as a smart and hardworking businessman. He acquired real estate, brokered insurance, and began building homes. Then came the Great Depression. Suddenly, real estate held little value, insurance policies were cashed in, and home-building all but ceased. Even still, Shaheen selflessly helped those in his community to the extent he could, regardless of financial difficulties.

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In the midst of it all, Assi and several of his sons incorporated Builders’ General in 1931 in their hometown of Cranford. As it was then and continues now, the Shaheen family holds no sense of entitlement and in spite of


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their humble beginnings in the midst of the depression and subsequent economic downturns through eight plus decades, they gather strength from each other and their community, always finding ways to encourage others with unexpected help. In doing so, the family continues to succeed through optimism and overcomes their challenges with ingenuity and hard work. By 1946, the elder Shaheen had passed away and his son, Victor, presided over Builders’ General as the young man’s brothers left the business to pursue other endeavors. Victor concentrated on establishing lumber yards, providing the highest quality materials available, and Builders’ General quickly became the premier supplier for builders, general contractors, and homeowners. Victor and his wife, Janet, began raising a family of their own in Cranford. Known to all in his beloved hometown, Victor’s civic efforts increased as he had the honor of helping shape the Chamber of Commerce, the Boys Club, the Lions Club, and founding the First Aid Squad. Several years later, the family moved to Rumson while Victor commuted to Cranford and tirelessly grew Build-

ers’ General to include other needed building materials for the booming housing market. By the 1970s, Victor’s son, Tim, had joined the business and together the duo had identified the need for adding another lumber yard to supply their loyal customers in the Monmouth County area. In 1977 Builders’ General expanded to their second location in Little Silver. Shortly after, Victor passed away, leaving Tim to lead the family legacy. Together with his brother, Phil (the current president of the company) as well as the many other family members, their countless loyal employees and the steadfast support of their customers, the Shaheen family has grown the business to its current five locations: Little Silver, Edison, Toms River, Freehold, and Long Branch. Eighty-six years from Builders’ General humble beginnings, Tim and Phil collectively have four sons currently involved in the family business, all sharing the same DNA with the belief to work hard and take care of everyone you meet like family. O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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On describing Loveladies in her book “Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore,” Caroline Seebohm writes, “In 1962 it was flooded in an overwhelming storm that destroyed most of the houses leaving a wasteland, or rather in the eyes of architects and developers, a tabula rasa on which they might construct their new and contemporary visions. “ Modern homes are not an uncommon site on Long Beach Island. Architects have long been inspired and challenged by the island’s natural beauty. Seasonal nor’easters and the great storms of 1944 and 1962 contributed to maintaining the unblemished nature of the beaches and bays. It is not surprising that in the mid-20th century the unlimited potential of Long Beach Island attracted some of the most prominent modern and post-modern architects in America along with their visions and philosophies. By the end of the 1960s, when arriving on Long Beach Island and driving north, you could enter a world of modern homes.

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Harvey Cedars – George Daub In the 1930s the town of Harvey Cedars was gaining a reputation as an art colony attracting painters, sculptors, and architects. George Daub was a prominent American modern architect working in Philadelphia and achieving fame for projects such as the PSFS Building. Along with his colleague William Lescaze, he built several modern homes in Harvey Cedars capitalizing on the beautiful water views and island breezes. The 2016 Historic House Tour in Harvey Cedars listed several of these homes. Although most of the original homes have been lost, the Rue House built in 1938 is one that remains. It boasts a curvilinear design and porthole windows that face the lighthouse; imagine again that in 1938 this view was unobstructed. In Loveladies, Daub also designed the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in the shape of a wooden-truss airplane hanger. Sand Castles – Richard Saul Wurman George Daub was not the only prominent Philadelphia architect who took advantage of LBI’s landscape and freedom to stretch the limits of design in home building. Three businessmen from Philadelphia purchased land in Loveladies with the intent of building 13 homes, each with their own unobstructed ocean view. Richard Saul Wurman, a protégé of Louis Kahn and later internationally known for being the founder of TED conferences, was asked to design these homes. Only four were completed, but the vision of these four homes rising out of the sand was quite a novelty; they attracted sightseers who would often sit and stare. They were commonly known as the Sand Castles. As planned, each home had both privacy and an ocean view. Their cylindrical shape and simple cedar shake exterior opened inside to rectangular, semi-circular, and triangular shapes. Today only one house remains amid multiple larger contemporary homes. Malcolm Wells – Pyramid House A remarkable site for many years along the dunes in Loveladies was a 5,000 square foot home designed by Malcolm Wells and built in 1970. Due to its large base tapered upward to a triangular roofline it was known 118

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simply as the Pyramid House. It was so dominant that it became a landmark to ships at sea. Richard Nixon rented it in 1986, but its final claim to fame is that it was the first house on LBI to be listed for sale at one million dollars. In 2009 it was torn down to make room for the next generation of modern homes. The Lieb House – Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Many residents and visitors on LBI will remember the #9 Lieb House on the right side when entering Barnegat Light. Famed modern architect Robert Venturi along with his wife Denise Brown Scott, were asked to build a beach house for a family in 1967. By this time Venturi had become disenchanted with the direction of modern architecture and became a leader in the post-modern movement. Small by today’s standards, the resultant “banal box” as Venturi called it, defied traditional designs and featured a wide entry stairway, a large round window, and of course the oversized #9. Local residents were torn. Some loved it and some hated it. In some cases, even friendships were strained by preference, but the design became a piece of architectural history and is still talked about today. The house remained relatively the same until 2009, when new owners with no desire to preserve a “Venturi” planned to tear it down. A last minute deal was made for $1 and the house moved via barge to Glen Cove, Long Island, where it now serves as a guesthouse on another Venturi property. Many people lined the streets and waterways to watch this unprecedented event. The touching story can be seen on YouTube at goo.gl/KrBWKq, or in the documentary, “Saving Lieb House.” There are many other examples of Long Beach Island’s architectural heritage buried among densely populated streets. Lud Ullman designed the office of architect Michael Ryan located on Long Beach Boulevard. Ullman was notable for developing Loveladies Harbor in the 1950s and designed several of the modern homes in that community. Today there are over 15 architectural firms actively building homes on Long Beach Island. The materials they use may have changed, but they continue to be inspired by LBI’s natural beauty just like Daub, Wurman, Wells, and Venturi. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL BALDWIN LOOK MAGAZINE 1971


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Capturing the Essence of Long Beach Island

WRITTEN BY REBECCA MULLER

Recognized as offering a beautiful, year-round home to locals as well as an attractive summer getaway for tourists, Long Beach Island is the epitome of scenic beauty. Naturally, this is one of the many reasons that local art—specifically photography—is considered a primary focal point for the community. One artist in particular has spent the better part of two decades capturing the island’s grandeur for a living. Whether she is chasing a sunrise or sunset, or preserving a timeless memory, Surf City-based photographer extraordinaire, Ann Coen, has made a name for herself by means of the captivating story-telling she does through still-life frames.

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For the past sixteen years, Coen has built a reputation as a renowned professional portrait and landscape photographer in Long Beach Island. Capturing exquisite images of the area, Coen’s experience warrants the best shots on the island due to her knowledge and mindfulness of the local changing climate, tides and lighting. “I’m really in-tune with my surroundings and the weather,” Coen says, “which is huge for photography.” According to Coen there are many things to love about one’s job as a photographer, but she particularly enjoys being able to capture nature, the change in seasons, getting to know clients on a personal level, and photographing weddings and families. Bestowed with a photojournalistic eye, being in nature and travelling the world have served as inspirations for Coen to pursue photography professionally. Perhaps that is why some of Coen’s beloved locations to shoot on the island are remote, so “you don’t see a landmark, but you know you’re in LBI,” as she says. Among her favorite settings are areas that can be accessed by boat (out in the bay). She loves working with clients who trust and appreciate her artistry enough to let her take control of the shoot. Having this creative freedom to implement the direction she has in mind truly allows her to give clients the greatest results possible.

The Ann Coen Gallery, located in Surf City, has Coen’s photography of Long Beach Island on display along with the works of other local artists. The gallery has a wide range of landscape images of the island and its coastline. Clientele of the gallery include locals and tourists, usually in pursuit of pieces that complement their homes’ interior design. Clients often find what they are looking for either on display or through Coen’s photography hard drive, but if not, Coen insists that accommodations can be made in order to capture exactly what the customer has in mind. Whether photographed by a local artist or simply by embodying an aspect of the island, all of the photos in her gallery have one thing in common—their connection to Long Beach Island. Coen accredits the success of her gallery to the laid back tone it exudes, describing it as “completely low key.” She can be found at the gallery during summertime in a casual sundress, usually assisting clients or collaborating with her team. The Ann Coen Gallery is open, welcoming, and Coen urges potential clients and visitors to feel comfortable walking in. The Ann Coen Gallery is located at 1418 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, New Jersey. O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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How can one replace beautifully crafted solid wood furniture that has been a part of one’s family for generations? How does one let go of cherished memories and history? How do you throw out the “junky” little bookcase you found on some curb during your college years that’s a treasured memento of your late night study sessions? No need to replace, let go, or throw out—right in Beach Haven, a couple of streets south of the landmark Ferris wheel, is a corner building that houses the solution to your furniture challenges: Artifacts and Company. Artifacts and Company is owned by artist and businesswoman Amy Haeberlein, the daughter of another accomplished artist, and also a life-long resident of the Long Beach Island, New Jersey community. Amy is a master of the art of restoring and revitalizing your beloved pieces. Amy knows the timeless value and irreplaceable memories of antiquities and old “stuff” one

has accumulated or collected through many seasons of one’s life. She also understands the need we all have for change—for letting go of dull, tired, furniture that is chipped or stained: that solid cherry hutch that has deteriorated into an eyesore instead of growing into an admired piece of art and history; that chest of drawers that is missing a pull; that solid, heavy, rusty metal filing cabinet or kitchen cupboard that is stained or sticky from decades of neglect or abuse. To make this “stuff” whole again, Amy earned her status as a registered, licensed supplier, and stockist of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® (“chalk paint”). To achieve this status, Amy trained with national and international experts who, themselves, are masters of the art of transforming furniture and re-inventing any object with a surface—including mirrors, chairs, lamps, picture frames, even walls—with the most renowned and celebrated chalk paint in Europe and the United States. O P E N H O U S E M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G 2 017

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Must you understand the intricate transforming techniques of waxing and sanding and “washing” and buffing? No. Must you grasp the uniquely creative layering of an exquisitely original palate of combined hues and textures and the difference between a rustic or smooth finish of paint or a matte or satin sheen to enhance the look of a specific piece? No. Amy explains, “The unique quality and beauty of chalk paint is that it’s self-priming; the process of prepping ‘old’ furniture no longer requires stripping, sanding, or priming. Being able to avoid this labor-intensive work saves time and energy, which can instead be devoted to painting and finishing with a non-latex odorless product with no VOCs, made in the USA.” The final product will appear veritably new, but the core magnificence of the original piece and the history of the object will remain intact. Amy combines innate talent with an evolving study of disciplined step-by-step mastery of her craft and respectful devotion to the ongoing process. Judy H. of Barnegat, NJ, says, “I have my grandma’s magnificent credenza, but with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Amy created a magnificent, new piece of furniture that better fits my lifestyle and the decor of my home.” Haeberlein’s work reflects the changing lifestyles and values of an evolving beach population; she appreciates our affinity for vintage coastal furnishings, but also understands that enduring quality requires investment of time and respect for the creative process. Quality requires daring and expertise. Quality also requires using the best product available. Amy is a magician...just bring the rabbit! She will take care of the rest. For do-it-yourself-ers, instruction in technique and Annie Sloan products are available on-site at Artifacts and Company. Cheryl L. of Paramus, NJ, says, “I make several trips a year to Artifacts and Company on LBI to buy the only chalk paint I’d ever consider using to paint a wall. The mood of an entire room can be transformed! I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because it’s the best, and I’m worth it!”

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