July-August 2017 | SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY




T&G Builders completes a stem-to-stern renovation at Broadkill Beach

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: SCOTT KRALLER

If Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was correct when he said that sunshine is the best disinfectant, then this bright and beachy dream house in Milton must be the nightmare of germs everywhere. This immaculate construction is the consummate work of T&G Builders in Berlin, and it is a sight to behold.

The semiretired healthcare executive and his educator wife searched extensively for just the right builder to completely restore the 1972-built elevated ranch, and when all was said and done, only T&G Builders made the grade. This was especially important for this property, which was nowhere near to code when T&G got their hands on it, so they brought the wrecking ball and basically started from scratch. Fortunately, they got a head start from their clients, who had drawn up architectural renderings that clearly delineated their goals.

“I’m not an architect,” said the client, “but I knew what I wanted and hoped T&G could get us there. Fortunately, T&G wasn’t deterred. In fact, they told me that since they are custom homebuilders, it was their job to create basically whatever my wife and I wanted.”

As he is from Connecticut, the client naturally wanted to incorporate the classic New England-beach-house theme, yet they also wanted to honor the traditions of the region and people who were welcoming them to their community. The result is something of a custom hybrid four-bedroom house that captures the best of both New England and the mid-Atlantic.

The vinyl-sided structure with wraparound porch and white trim tapers skyward to an amazing observatory cupola with working beacon set to maritime code and local ordinances. The home is engulfed by stunning water views, with Cape May, Cape Henlopen and the Atlantic providing maritime inspiration on a daily basis. The property even has immediate access to Broadkill Creek, where the owners and their son like to go crabbing on occasion.

All those views, and the light that accompanies them, are admitted to the interior through banks of big picture windows, suffusing it with a radiant ambience that regally complements the nautically themed interior color scheme, full of beiges and a broad palette of blues. Real-wood ceilings and custom-built trolley doors add authenticity to the ambience. A custom-designed fish tank, private tortoise room, cable railings, boat-cleat knobs and stair parts all represent finishing touches that float this design concept to the next level.

A spacious great room takes center stage on the first level. The open floor plan allows for the easy deployment of cushy yet washable Blue Denim sofas by Raymour & Flanigan in Wilmington, which also provided the Natural Denim chairs and cocktail table, while Creative Concepts in Lewes furnished the Summer Wind wheeled table in the dining area. Also in the dining area is a robust Simply Home 96” x 45” eucalyptus wood table for eight with wicker chairs over a sisal area rug. Completing the space is a generous kitchen area with a 4’ x 8’ new Corian island boasting a built-in wine fridge, from Cabinetry Unlimited in Selbyville, which provided all the cabinetry. The farm-style sink comes from Elegant Designs in Seaford (as do the bathroom sinks). Handsome subway-tile backsplashes and mosaic-tile wall are via Avalon Flooring in Wilmington, as is the ceramic 6-inch-panel driftwood flooring in gray that runs throughout the first level, which sports scads of genuine reclaimed wood that was retained from the previous owners. 

Upstairs, there is not only a great custom-designed four-bunk bedroom coated in Sherman-Williams’ Denim but also an intriguing study that features a handmade Maine driftwood desk from Etsy. The bright and airy master and guest bedrooms — both with varying shades of beige — have sliding-glass doors that lead onto private balconies.

The master suite features earthy Home to Grass wallpaper, which is made from a natural grass blend. Non-bedroom walls on the second level are bathed in a moody Storm Cloud shade, also from Sherman-Williams. 

The homeowner pointed out that his decision to acquire property in Delaware was reinforced by the people of the community itself, who he said were very supportive of what they were trying to achieve on the lot. This was in evidence when the owners attended a mandatory zoning hearing, to discuss the plans for the house and its conversion from a single-story ranch to a two-story structure. Not only did Gary James, president of T&G Builders, attend the meeting in Georgetown with the owners on his own time, several of their neighbors also attended and wrote letters of support for the project. All this for a pair homeowners who were brand-new to the area.

“We took this as a sign that our neighbors and the community wanted us here and respected what we were trying to do, which not only meant the world to my wife and me,” said the owner, “but made the region feel like home and where we were meant to be.

“It’s funny,” the owner continued, “people talk about a home as being turnkey, yet for us, the entire community was turnkey. You can’t ask for more than that.”  

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