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  • Less is More: Small Kitchens Pack a Punch
    Brokish for much of the kitchen s smart design He s a brilliant craftsman with such attention to detail says Jane For instance all the base cabinets are extra deep maximizing storage space Even the pantry has deep drawers Other favorite features The family cites the terrazzo flooring very easy with the dog and the pot filler water spout above the cooktop it s used constantly For the finishing touches the family consulted with interior designer Jules Duffy We infused it with tangerines and plums Duffy says We added warm colors so you re drawn in Recommended Reading Good on Paper The family couldn t be more pleased Declares Jane For us a run and go family the space just works Tiny in Tenafly With just 143 square feet of maneuvering space Michael and Evie Gorenstein should be tripping over one another in their compact kitchen But it s quite the opposite The Tenafly couple s charming three bedroom center hall colonial has served them just fine they ve raised two sons here but it s not exactly overflowing with extra space Good thing for them Michael is an architect with a knack for smart planning and clever design When the couple moved in about 30 years ago they replaced the existing kitchen with a no frills space It was the kitchen we could afford says Michael It was a 7 000 kitchen Three decades later wear and tear had taken their toll Evie is an enthusiastic cook and baker and the couple frequently entertains We decided it was time says Michael We couldn t hold back any longer The architect took on his wife as client And like any well prepared client Evie had an extensive wish list Plenty of deep drawers and an appliance cabinet to help keep the counters clear Check A pantry and a powder room Check Two ovens a wine rack and a bookcase for cookbooks Check check and check Michael accommodated all those wishes and more There s a breakfast table for four where the Gorensteins eat most of their meals with a television mounted alongside The TV is recessed into the wall so that it sits flush while not in use but easily pulls out and swivels for viewing There s even a spot in the recess for the remote To keep everything tidy the cable lines run through the wall and under the floor Michael maximized storage space by specifying custom cabinets that rise all the way to the ceiling He worked with Crown Point a custom cabinet shop in New Hampshire There s ample storage for pots and pans directly beneath the cooktop tray storage is above the refrigerator Nothing has to sit out on the counter says Evie There s storage for everything There are some luxury features as well The kitchen sports a Liebherr refrigerator a German brand that Evie had coveted ever since a friend bought one and a super quiet Bosch dishwasher The old kitchen never deserved

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/less-is-more-small-kitchens/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Concrete Thinking: A Surprising Material Brings a Dream Kitchen to Life
    had them removed during renovation reinstalling some while repurposing others as table legs facings for the pull out spice drawers and a frame for the cooktop All of that proved relatively easy to bring about But it took a material she never associated with interior design concrete to complete the perfectly practical yet personal kitchen she had dreamed of for years Comizio had always admired stone trough sinks but finding one proved a challenge While deciding on counter surfaces Rutkay encouraged her client to visit JM Lifestyles a concrete fabricator That led to the kismet moment Visiting JM s Randolph showroom Comizio spotted an old beautifully weathered wood plank farmhouse table In fact it was new and made of concrete Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato It turned out that faux wood concrete was something new for JM Lifestyles a way of branching into new forms product developer Jeff Kudrick told them They were old hands at making concrete look and feel like weathered stone and molding it into custom shapes What s more concrete says Kudrick is durable and stain and scratch resistant It ages gracefully he says It s not meant to look brand new The cost is comparable to upper end granite he adds averaging about 125 a square foot Creating the sink and countertops that Comizio wanted would not require reinforcing her kitchen floor We engineer the concrete to be lighter more sustainable and perform better in general applications Kudrick says We use a recycled glass aggregate that makes the concrete 40 percent lighter than concrete found in sidewalks JM s concrete uses Portland cement but about 30 percent less than regular concrete with no resins or hardeners For Comizio wish fulfillment seemed at hand But not so fast There is no magic wand Precision custom molds had to be created based on full size templates measured on site We had to make a three dimensional mock up of the whole island and build mock cabinets to make sure what we were making fit on site seamlessly Kudrick says The sink was hand carved to look like stone Independently these are very big challenges Then to accommodate all of them with a mold system that was not even built yet crazy To complete the kitchen s farmhouse look Kudrick designed a concrete service bar fabricated to look like natural stone Designer Rutkay credits her client for the kitchen s overall concept This was very very much something she envisioned As a treat for the children Kudrick gave each of them a wooden box filled with clay just soft enough to be carved He invited each to etch a personal design into the clay which he then molded in concrete and placed in strategic spots around the kitchen That s the wow says Comizio People are always looking around to see if they can find the five carvings It s fun and it s different and it s very much only ours Click

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/concrete-thinking-suprising-material-dream-kitchen/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Ryan DePersio and Nicholas Harary Invite Us Into Their Personal Kitchens
    also keen on his Rondeau Dutch oven a hefty pot with a heavy bottom and sturdy handles It s great for meatballs he says Mother and son agree that the kitchen table is perfect for serving appetizers It s where all my grandkids hang out says Cynthia And they concur that the best thing about the kitchen to borrow the real estate adage is location location location The kitchen is flanked by the family room on one side and the dining room on the other This is always the place to be says Ryan It s a great hangout It just works for entertaining It s no stretch to say that Nicholas Harary has always sought the comfort of restaurants During a time of family turmoil when he was young he used to hang out at a pizzeria in his neighborhood One day the owner offered him a job busing tables and sweeping floors He was 12 The job helped him support his family After three years he worked his way up to pizza maker and began to dream of becoming a chef Recommended Reading Past is Present A Historic Find Made Modern Incredibly studious Harary emerged from the Culinary Institute of America at 19 one of the youngest graduates ever At 23 after learning about wine while working at a restaurant in San Diego he became the youngest head sommelier at the renowned restaurant Jean Georges in Manhattan Meanwhile he had met and married Melissa another hard worker starting out in the restaurant business They didn t just dream of opening their own place They planned it step by step Finally 12 years ago they pooled their savings and went into hock to convert a run down Mexican eatery on Route 35 in Red Bank into Restaurant Nicholas Ever since it has consistently been rated one of the top restaurants in New Jersey The couple hardly takes a break except for time with Nicholas 5 and Juliana 4 Given their long march to success it figures that home and the kitchen especially is their sanctuary They bought their Atlantic Highlands house three years ago from a builder who had outfitted it with custom cabinetry two dishwashers three ovens and double Vikings a refrigerator and a freezer It s pretty insane says Nicholas People think you need all these expensive things but really a refrigerator is a refrigerator A stove is a stove We have three ovens and I m not sure why Nicholas gets off on the little things For me he says it s all about the gadgets One of his favorites is the Vita Prep a high speed blender he uses to make everything from his morning after run protein shake to vegetable purées for sauces We made all the kids baby food from the Vita Prep he says The waffle maker also gets a workout The kids love waffles for breakfast as does the heavy duty meat slicer What s better than freshly carved lunch meats

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/home-cooking/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Standing Tall: A Home Defies Sandy
    town wide reinforcement of Bay Head s existing dunes The house would be elevated but how high At the time FEMA was still finalizing its new height requirements to protect Shore homes from future storms Initially plans called for an elevation of 16 feet above sea level for the new house but when FEMA stipulated 17 feet the crew adjusted accordingly FEMA came out with height requirements while we were driving the piles says Brown Height requirements were raised one foot so that s where we built The crawl space under the elevated house was left wide open If water comes it will rush right through says Brown It s not a flood vent it s a total vent Recommended Reading Creature Comforts Alpaca Wool Further conforming to construction regulations the builders installed hurricane resistant windows This house will withstand 200 mile per hour winds says Brown He also suggested natural landscaping The homes that were least damaged by Sandy had a lot of natural plantings and large natural dunes says Brown We need to learn from that The Joneses readily accepted when a Girl Scout troop from Westfield offered to plant patches of sea grass in their dunes Aside from safe and strong Brown and the Joneses were committed to building smart The house is insulated with closed cell polyurethane foam that forms a super tight seal This house is so tight we can t hear the ocean says Vera I have to open the doors and windows to hear the waves The geothermal pilings are the home s most innovative concept The pilings serve as structural support beams but also are the basis of the heating and cooling system for the home The idea is to use the relatively constant and moderate temperature of the ground to help control the climate of the home To that end the approximately 35 foot long wood pilings were drilled to accommodate long loops of PVC tubing that extend between 6 and 20 feet below the surface soil The closed loops circulate water and a small amount of antifreeze from the home into the ground and back again In the winter the water in the tubes absorbs heat from the ground and sends it back to a heat pump where it is concentrated and used to heat the home In summer warm water from the home is cooled underground and circulated back into the home s cooling system The system is far more efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems which start with ambient hot air in summer and cold air in winter Most people are shocked at how low their energy bills are says Brown And there are other benefits The best feature of a geothermal system and certainly the favorite of the neighbors says Brown is the elimination of an air conditioning compressor which can be both noisy and unsightly What s more using the pilings to create an underground loop does away with the expense of drilling a well

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/standing-tall-home-defies-sandy/ (2016-02-11)
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  • High and Dry: A Sea Girt Home Spared from Sandy
    was not quite right The house was lovely but very wintery she says I wanted to make everything lighter and more summery On her own with no formal design training but a very keen eye she set out to do just that She was able to purchase almost everything for the home in nearby Spring Lake The process unfolded over several years as she added and subtracted elements and refined her vision It was trial and error she says Anticipating that kids and grandkids would one day wreak havoc on the place she stayed away from anything dainty or precious instead selecting sturdy and stain resistant Everything here is child proof she says Recommended Reading Setting Priorities Restoration Tips Key to the fresh design is the color palette a patriotic summertime mix of red white and blue Being at the ocean I always think of 4th of July and Memorial Day so those colors popped in my head she says Without moving a single wall the homeowners redesigned and updated the kitchen and the bathrooms The house served as a comfortable summertime getaway until the couple retired sold their Chatham home and began spending six months a year in Sea Girt True snowbirds they winter in Florida The couple s son and daughter each married then had daughters 29 days apart Four years later three boys arrived including a set of twins It seemed that overnight there was a new generation of Shore fans The girls are now 14 the boys 10 They all get along magically says their grandma They re so happy to be here and be together The couple was in Florida when Sandy hit We were amazed when we heard what happened to other people says the wife pondering their luck While Sea Girt s high dunes protected most of its beachfront homes some incurred minor damage But this one escaped unscathed Our house is the highest in town says the wife We now know every foot is critical Summers continue to be a whirlwind with visiting grandkids and boisterous family dinners It gets messy she says but we just pick it all up when they go home Click to enlarge images This Sea Girt house sits atop protective dunes the product of a beach replenishment project The homeowners planted sea grass to add texture and preserve the dune Cozy Corner A corner of the family room showcases the homeowner s plate collection Some are good some are not she says The only thing they all have in common is that they re blue and white A corner of the family room has punches of navy Despite looking pristine nothing is too precious Everything is child friendly says the homeowner A corner cabinet in the dining room holds more of the homeowner s blue and white china plus her collection of starfish and coral Read more Home Garden Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/high-and-dry-sea-girt-spared-sandy/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Lights, Camera, Rebuild: 'This Old House' Documents Sandy Repairs
    to rebuild but how do we rebuild stronger safer and smarter The series suggests numerous answers O Connor and his crew have visited every few weeks to film progress on three homes each in a different situation In a departure from normal procedure This Old House took an advisory role while local construction crews did the actual work The show did not pay for repairs but arranged for the homeowners to receive significant discounts on labor and materials in return for the show giving the suppliers on air credit Returning the Shore to any sense of normalcy will take years O Connor acknowledges This is a long difficult and painful process he says Among the challenges are navigating local regulations waiting for final federal flood maps and dealing with extraordinary costs Billions of dollars will be spent he says But what else are we going to do Should we evacuate Venice People can live near the water the Jersey Shore will make their homes stronger Manasquan Replace After Sandy wrecked her 1940s Cape style home Manasquan resident Rita Gurry decided to replace it with a modular home Recommended Reading Setting Priorities Restoration Tips Point Pleasant Raise Point Pleasant homeowners Carlos and Maria Santos raised their house above flood level requirements before getting the go ahead from FEMA Bay Head Restore Christine and Jed Laird decided to restore their summer cottage in Bay Head one of the oldest in town There are no photos with those IDs or post 51005 does not have any attached images Read more Home Garden Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called

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  • Love at First Sight: A Monmouth Beach Oasis
    but you got no sense that you were on the water With Adler s guidance they took the house down to the studs maintaining the same footprint and started anew The house was sitting out there on the water with an opportunity for panoramic views says Adler That view should be presented right from the front door So that s what they did We took down walls rearranged the floor plan and put everything back in a different place he says Removing walls meant eliminating a half bath and an office Ultimately Adler created a large open area in the center of the home that includes the living room dining room family room and kitchen The space is flanked by the roomy master suite on one side and Stephen s office a guest room and a full bath on the other all in a tidy 2 600 square feet Recommended Reading Good on Paper The concept was to bring together the indoor and outdoor spaces Adler says We wanted to experience the beauty of the site from the indoors and the way it connects to the outdoors It s that integration that makes the home feel much larger than it is The veranda the pool the trellis are all one continuous open space says Adler A wall of windows adds to the expansive feel and ties the rooms together Once the open floor plan was set the Parks asked interior designer Ivee Fromkin a longtime friend to help create a sophisticated interior that suited their taste I wanted a clean crisp simple contemporary interior says Joan I had done beige my whole life so my husband said Enough with the beige He wanted gray And since the Parks had sold their West End home with all of their furniture in it they literally had a clean slate Fromkin developed a monochromatic color scheme creating a simple streamlined interior It s a very soothing color combination says Fromkin It s light and bright and clean Speaking of clean Fromkin offered some tried and true ideas for easy care of the busy home Some of the upholstery is ultrasuede That s key she says It s totally washable And the paint It s Benjamin Moore s Aura line It proves itself over and over again says Fromkin The products were put to the test at the Parks s first dinner party when a guest splattered a glass of red wine on a dining chair and the adjacent wall You can t even tell says Fromkin Lucky for the Parks the house sits on a high bluff and unlike many homes in Monmouth Beach escaped damage from Hurricane Sandy The water came all the way up the lawn and over the pool but not in the house says Joan Summer family gatherings now take place inside and out and there s space for everyone This is a kids outside adults inside house Joan says There are a lot of rules inside but outside

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  • Cottage Charisma: An Avalon summer home boasts coastal aesthetic - New Jersey Monthly
    separate guest cottage adjacent to the main house To create it they called upon Philadelphia based architect Mark Asher who has done significant work in the Avalon area They told me from the start that they wanted it to look like a garage that had been converted into a guest cottage he says They picked the right architect Asher also appreciates the old Shore aesthetic This is almost a response to other houses that got too big too cartoonish he says We tried to walk it back make it simpler The result is a perfect example of less is more There is no pretense he adds Starting at the curb the cottage is all charm The accents of a coastal aesthetic as Asher calls it include the arched entry with woven cedar curved shingles the split elevation with a shingled first floor and board and batten on top the slightly flared base and the periwinkle shutters that are real working units Recommended Reading Setting Priorities Restoration Tips It s the little highlights that say this is special Asher says It s relatively quiet but you want to take a second look Inside the charm continues The layout of the first floor kitchen dining room and living room all in one open space is conducive to gatherings of friends and family The generous use of windows and doors makes the house appear larger and expands the living space to the outside Furnishings and finishes are simple Nothing is too precious that was the goal says the homeowner All of the furniture is repurposed It s found objects she continues The sofa is a friend s grandma s couch that I re covered Nothing is super expensive Again it s the simple details that stand out The curved staircase with a stout rope atop the bannister is a highlight That was a challenge admits builder Michael Donahue Upstairs two bedrooms sit on opposite ends One a cheerful bunkroom has ample sleepover space The master is equally simple set off by sliding barn doors in a vibrant coral Set between the two rooms in what started out as a dormer is a cozy sleeping alcove framed in vivid royal blue It s fun says the homeowner If I have any thumbprint it s that I have no fear of color The end result is so ideal that the homeowners plan eventually to move in swapping the main house for the cottage The kids can have the bigger house says the homeowner We re thinking down the road this cottage is for us There are no photos with those IDs or post 51062 does not have any attached images Read more Home Garden Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange

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