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Out of the Park - Masucci
06/27/2010 - By A.J. Perna
Photography by: AK Photo / Al Kruper
The Masucci Family Turns
Their Favorite House Into The Perfect Home
For more than 20 years, although they had never even seen its interior, Holmdel’s Drew and Janet Masucci had admired a charming four bedroom Georgian style, brick-clad home, nestled in the trees, elsewhere in town, daydreaming about what it might be like to live in such a cozy, serene setting. But, considering that the original owners had lived there since the home’s construction in 1987 and didn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon, the Masuccis moving in had always remained nothing more than a dream.
In 2004, not very long after moving their family into a newly constructed house, the Masuccis were made aware that their dream home was finally up for sale. Drew and Janet had mixed feelings upon hearing the news. Still in the settling-in phase of their current home, they were not sure if they were up to making another move so soon. But they just could not give up the opportunity to at least have a look.
It was almost a year later when the Masucci family finally moved into the home that they had coveted from afar for so long. After that first look they found that, although a bit dated in places, the interior was just as charming and interesting as the exterior. Every room featured unique architectural elements with antique floors, woodwork, windows, doors, and moldings that had been reclaimed from a number of old mansions. At first, Drew and Janet felt that a little paint would be all that was needed to spruce things up. However, that would quickly turn into a major project in order to convert this mid-80s construction into a 21st century house. Thankfully, the Masuccis still had a brand new house to live in as the interior remodeling went on.
For Drew and Janet, the exterior of the home and property had always been the allure of this home; and with as much work as was needed to update the inside, the outside of the home was already exactly as they wanted it. Many homeowners tend to describe their property as being in a “park-like” setting. Well, the Masucci’s backyard is a park! The rear of the property has been intentionally allowed to blend naturally into the Arboretum section of Holmdel Park, situated directly behind the home. It is virtually impossible to see where the park begins and the backyard ends. A beautiful, natural retreat, where other families plan day-trips and have picnics, is right outside the back door and just steps away for the Masuccis. And that’s how they had always imagined it.
The deer and squirrels that reside in Holmdel Park enjoy t his impressive view of the rear of the Masucci’s home.
In the two-story foyer, a crystal chandelier hangs above the original sweeping staircase and new 24-inch marble tile floors with a radiant heat system underneath.
The Masuccis spend a majority of their time, relaxing in the family room - a place with something new to see at every turn. Dark wood paneling and ceiling beams over an oak, wide plank floor, gives it a warm, library-like feel. It was their intention to keep the or iginal integrity of the room while adding a few more modern elements, such as a wet bar and builtin flat-screen television above the original wood burning fireplace.
The majority of the int erior remodel ing took place in the kitchen.The end result is an open, bright, sunny room with antique-finished, painted wood cabinetry over tile floors and backsplash. The center island is topped with a warm hardwood, in contrast to the marble countertops throughout the rest of the room.
Doors separating the kitchen from the sunroom/breakfast nook were removed to open up the entire first floor and allow more views of the lush greenery in the backyard. The new opening is topped with an arched, etched glass window with a leaded, web design; an original architectural element that was saved and is repeated elsewhere in the home.
To further open up the first level and make their home more conducive to entertaining, a wall between the kitchen and formal dining room was removed. Here, on top of a reclaimed antique wood floor, upholstered chairs surround a mahogany table with plenty of room to seat a large party.
The entire interior design was orchestrated by Janet. From planning the removal of walls, to deciding to keep all of the original wood crown molding, to choosing the drapes - nothing escaped her keen eye and attent ion to detail!
Bringing some of the park theme indoors, whimsical depictions of butterflies and lavender adorn the walls of the Masucci’s daughter’s bedroom.
The warm glow of a chandelier illuminates the claw-foot soaking tub in the master bath. A Victorian-inspired folding screen helps to comple te the desired mood.
There is no such thing as a plain, ordinary entryway in the Masucci home!
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