Stanford White Original Success Story

This century old, three-story home in Deal was long overdue for a major renovation when Massaro Construction arrived on the scene. Floors were sagging, mechanical systems had long outlived their useful lives, and the house was suffering from a droopy, aging feel. All that changed, however, after we started the project.

Due to zoning limitations, we could not raze the structure and build an entirely new home. So we did the next best thing. We gutted 100% of the interior of the home and effectively built a new home from the inside out retaining only the roof and the four outside walls. The whole interior was redesigned, and we had to frame the inside of the house from scratch. No existing walls or floors were kept in place, so we had to be especially attentive to provide temporary support for the structure as we framed from floor to floor.

The job presented numerous challenges in terms of framing, finishes, and the extremely rare “elliptical” staircase. Unlike circular staircases that have a simple formula to follow, the ellipse is only “roundish” and not perfectly circular. (For the math-minded, an ellipse is a geometrical shape formed when you cut a plane through a cone at an angle that is not parallel to the base). That’s hard to grasp and even harder to construct. It’s harder yet when the staircase, which dominates the interior of the home, is three stories high with a separate elliptical dome at the top.

The project included new framing, a new window system, new doors, updated mechanicals (i.e., electric, plumbing, and HVAC), a new kitchen and bathrooms, and elegant and intricate finishes throughout. The job was especially challenging because the owner wanted to change the floor to ceiling height on each level. On the outside, we applied new stucco to the exterior and built an expansive front porch with an overhang along the front.

This complex project was time sensitive, and we had to have it done in time so the owners could enjoy the summer in their new home. We mobilized immediately, set up a plan to have many trades work simultaneously, and completed the work in six months. That is a blinding pace for a project of this breadth and complexity. When all was said and done, this was in essence (if not by strict building code rules) an entirely new home.