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Out of the Ashes

When the Carney family’s home was destroyed by a fire in the spring of 2010, they felt fortunate no one was hurt and set out to rebuild. Like phoenix rising from the ashes, a beautiful new house has taken the place of the old one.

While the Carney’s worked with their insurance company, their architect, Mark Mancini of Smithtown drew up plans for an extensive renovation. Because the home was not to be completely torn down, instead being rebuilt on its original footprint, it would not be considered a new building. This saved a significant amount of time in the permit process, reducing the time the family needed to be out of their home to just nine months.

To build their home, the Carneys called on Barry Goggin, president of Barry Goggin Construction and Meadowview Construction, Inc. Goggin was recommended by Mancini (the architect). Together, they would transform the fire-damaged site in a beautiful new home.

The Renovation

The plans called for some of the rooms to be slightly different than before, but it would still have three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen and den. The master bedroom now features a new barrel ceiling and master bath. The new plan also called for a 14-foot raised ceiling in the living room for a dramatic effect and the keeps the kitchen and dining room. The floors throughout the house are new American Cherry and the foyer touts a herringbone pattern.

To take advantage of the water view, the back walls of the house have plenty of glass as well as French doors to the deck. Off the kitchen, there was a screened-in porch that was rebuilt with a cedar ceiling, white paneled walls and a bluestone floor. The zero-clearance fireplaces are now installed in the house, one for wood burning and the other for gas.

A beautiful new kitchen was designed and installed with stainless steel appliances and plenty of light. All of the interior doors and trim were manufactured and supplied by the custom mill shop at Kleet Lumber of Huntington.

An Energy Star Home

Because the home was more than 50 percent damaged, the local codes call for it to be rebuilt to meet Energy Star requirements. To achieve this Five Star rating, closed and open cell spray foam were sprayed in the exterior walls and the roof rafters by Delfino Energy Systems. A boiler with a 93% efficiency rating was installed and the central air conditioning duct work was fully insulated. With such a tightly enclosed house a fresh air exchanger was installed in the attic to help keep the house efficient as well as healthy for the occupants. High-efficiany Marvin windows were installed as well as a custom made steel entrance door also supplied by Kleet.

On the exterior, the roofing has a lifetime warranty and the wood cedar shakes were pre-finished at the factory for many years of low maintenance. All of the exterior trim is made of Azek. The back deck of the home is also made of low maintenance Azek with a custom composite railing. The wood fireplace chases were covered in a thin stone which adds a beautiful finishing touch to the exterior.

Feels Like Home

"The new renovation feels very much like home to us,” says Carney. “We changed the den up a bit, the placement of the fireplace and the size of the room, and we really enjoy iy."

"The new kitchen is really well done, we’re fond of the custom-designed cabinets and it really serves us well,” he adds. “We are very happy with the results."

This project is the 2011 recipient of the Contractor of the Year award in it’s category by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Green Project Recognition.

Original Article: Remodeling Today NYC/LI Spring/Summer 2012

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