Tres Charmant - A French Cottage


When pharmaceutical sales rep Nadine walked in to Dr. Bart Savino’s medical office, little did she know that romance might blossom and take them into a future of marriage and family–but that is exactly what happened. At the time, Nadine was living in a Hoboken condominium, and Dr. Bart was in a 1980’s vintage home in Lighthouse Hill. After they married, they knew more space would be needed to raise a family than they had in Bart’s  2,000 square foot, two-bedroom home.
The couple considered a move to New Jersey, but they loved Staten Island and wanted to stay conveniently close to Bart’s practice. As luck would have it, they were able to purchase the adjoining lot to the Lighthouse Hill home, and this allowed for an expansion of the existing footprint and property. Because of special green belt and setback requirements, the shape and design of the home’s expansion and re-design required creative solutions.
Luckily, the Savinos are creative people, and they worked with architect Alfred V. Saulo to creatively reimagine their new family home. The construction design was influenced by the classic details of cottage homes found in France, and the resulting inspired renovation was carried out by Jeff and Scot Troost of Troost Bros., Inc. All the superb kitchen and bathroom tile work was executed by Richmond Tile & Bath.
It took six years from the purchase of the adjoining lot to finally make the move back into their newly constructed 3,900 square foot family-oriented dream home. The actual building took a year, but Nadine and Bart were  fortunate to be able to rent the house next door while their home became a very active construction site. This allowed them to participate and enjoy the evolution of their family home as it was meticulously built, without ever leaving the neighborhood.
The Savinos have always been family-oriented. Nadine grew up, with three older sisters and family, outside of Princeton in Hopewell, New Jersey. Bart began his early life on Eastern Long Island and has three younger  sisters. Both chose careers in the health field. Bart spent 6 years in Bologna, Italy, in medical school, and Nadine became a sales representative for a major pharmaceutical company. Bart completed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital, specializing in internal medicine, and opened Island Medical Consultants based in Staten Island with his partner, Dr. Aldo Arpaia.
Their son Giovanni enjoys the added space and the three-story home does not seem to slow the active three year-old at all. Now that the dust has settled and Nadine and Dr. Bart are preparing to celebrate their one year anniversary in their much loved and expanded home, house calls from friends and family can be enjoyed by all in comfort and style.
 
 
The exterior of the Savino home features stucco and stone as well as classic French- inspired details such as a mansard roof, copper chimney pots and copper flashed dormers. They used travertine stone tiles to grace the  patio area. The black aluminum decorative railings, installed for safety, create a very nice counterpoint to the stone details and stucco exterior. The home’s scale and unique shape create an inviting exterior profile and curb  appeal. The custom-installed hydraulic lift system in the garage is awaiting Dr. Bart’s blue GT 3 Porsche, due to arrive any day. (He is an avid racing enthusiast and drives his own car on some of the elite tracks on the east  coast.) Although anxious to get delivery on the Porsche, Dr. Bart is happy to share his private pit stop garage with his son Giovanni’s sizzling red pedal-pusher plane.
 
 
The featured Thermador French door-style stainless steel fridge and walk-in pantry with etched glass detailing are stylish and practical additions to the kitchen space. This well-designed kitchen allows for multiple seating areas and a casual yet sophisticated ambiance throughout the space. Dr. Bart and Nadine work well together and share a certain design aesthetic, but when it came to decorating and color choices, Nadine took over. Her  color choices are soft and natural, which play off the beautiful woods and lush grounds surrounding the home. 
 
The kitchen of the Savino home is truly a gathering spot for family and guests to enjoy time together and, of course, a home cooked meal. Nadine and Bart agreed that the kitchen needed to be “totally user friendly” in every  way. The large, uniquely shaped quartz counter island (a sort of Vshape to accommodate the home’s unique design) allows for plenty of prep space and ample room for anyone who wants to help, or just talk, or sip a glass of  wine before dinner. The gourmet kitchen features Thermador appliances, including a take-no-prisoners six-burner stove with a much-used griddle. Dr. Bart is well known for his legendary pancake breakfast served on special  weekends outside on the patio, as well as his outdoor grilling expertise. The classic subway tile backsplash and tile throughout the Savino home was provided by Richmond Tile. The glazed antique white cabinetry and  antique bronzed drawer pulls work together to create a classic vintage look with the chrome faucets and large enameled farm sink.
 
Nadine has created a lovely and inviting atmosphere in the family living room by using a richly colored and patterned oriental rug as a grounding visual element. She placed a traditionally inspired love seat and wing back chair in a conversational and cozy layout around the wood burning fireplace. Dr. Bart has taken care of all the multi-media and security needs of his family’s home by running all the wiring himself and choosing the power  supply and electronics throughout. This living room area is part of the original footprint of the Savino home and integrates beautifully into the newly added square footage.
 
The Savino master bedroom is intimate and restful, utilizing a natural paint palette with splashes of color provided by a throw rug and artwork above the bed. The master bath features an oversized walk-in corner shower with clear glass enclosure. The handheld shower handle and overhead rain shower head are luxurious and practical. Cabinetry in a dark stain with white glaze nicely complements the lighter counters and white double under-mount sinks.
 
Giovanni’s bath gets the full design treatment with colorful brick pattern tile and a decorative tub surround by Richmond Tile. The hand-held shower head makes Mom’s job of kiddie clean up just a little easier after Giovanni  has spent the day playing in the back yard or pedaling his plane to parts unknown. His room is boyish and playful, with blue walls, a boldly striped rug and plush rocking horse adding just the right amount of whimsy and fun to  this quintessential little boy’s room

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15 Nov 2015


By Michael Berman
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