JGS Insurance

Around Town
Summer Guide 2014 - Out & About
Fall Guide 2014 - The Art of Wine
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Ask The Experts
Ask The Expert - Carolyn Welsh
Ask The Expert - Kathleen Nolan of Family Focus Financial Group
Ask The Experts - David Chewey
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
Bay Wellness - Health After Menopause
Bay Wellness - Genital Warts
Best Bets
Best Bet - Grand Design Doors
Best Bet - Hot Tubs by HotSpring, LLC
The Guide 2015 - The Cracked Olive Market
Black Book
Cover Story
Michael Smolanoff
Scores Big In His Field - Rich Russo
His Honor - Patrick Impreveduto
Daytripper
Day Tripper - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Day Tripper: Dover Stone Church
Day Tripper - New York City for the Holidays
Eats
Dish - Summer Guide 2014
Eats: Park Avenue Bistro
Eat Beat - Anna’s Italian Kitchen
Etc
Etc - Aspirin...please.
Etc - The Endless Summer
Etc - School Daze
Fall Guide
Fall Guide - Kids Party Entertainment
Fall Guide 2014 - The Art of Wine
Weigh In - Which Halloween mask wins the creepy award?
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - Grace Your Space
Featured Artist - José Serrano
Featured Artist - Tim Dorland: A Glass Act
Gift Guide
The Guide 2015 - Skin And Bones Day Spa
The Guide 2015 - Vik’s Fine Jewelry
Gift Guide - LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Blaha Counselors at Law
Health Talk
Health - Raritan Bay Medical Center
Health Talk - Lori S. Gormley, M.D.
Health Talk - Michael Ginsberg
Health, Wellness & Beauty
HWB 2014 - Improve Health Solutions
Health 2014 - LIVING Pain-Free
AMI Presents Girls Night Out
Holiday Buzz 2014
Bright Lights & Holiday Magic
Holiday Fun in the City: NYC & PHL
Chanukah Traditions In Transition
Homes
Designed for Living, A Couple that Decorates Together Stays Together
Richard and Nancy Cohen
Fit for a King - The Klings
Letter
Warm Winter Wishes
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Spring has Sprung!
Living in Colts Neck
The Triple Crown
Home at Last
Feels Like Home
Newsletter Articles
Letting In The Light
Eats: Red
The Home - ACD Custom Granite
Our Picks
Our Pick: Edge Sports Academy and Health Club
Our Pick - Touch Of Elegance Furniture
Our Pick: The Samra Group Pediatrics
People On The Move
People On The Move: Dave Cohen
Helping Our Youth Through The Hardest Times
Kids On The Move - Josh Gilstein
Summer Guide
Dish - Summer Guide 2014
Summer Guide 2014 - Our Jersey Shore
Summer Fun - Summer 2014
The Bay
The Bay - Healthier Heart
The Bay - $1 Million Emergency Department Expansion Opens
The Bay - Welcome to the Premiere
The Guide
Ask The Expert - Cory Schifter of Casale Jewelers
The Guide 2015 - Red Bank River Center
The Guide 2014 - Gary Michaels Fine Jewelry
The Home Guide
The Home - Giglio Builders
The Home Guide - Downtown Tile
The Home Guide - Brock Farms
Weigh In
Weigh In - What childhood toy do you still have or wish you still had?
Weigh In Colts Neck: If you could live anywhere...?!
Weigh In - My Favorite Jersey Beach

All in the Details
02/28/2011 - By A.J. Perna

All in the Details

Photography by AK Photo / Al Kruper


True Craftsmanship Shines Through in the Frick Family’s Rumson Home


In 2006, Richard Frick’s office of employment was to be transferred by his company from his native Philadelphia to New York City. At that time, the Fricks had a toddler on their hands and Richard’s wife,  Melanie, was pregnant with their second daughter. The upcoming move was the perfect chance to relocate to  a more relaxed suburban area and allow their growing family to avoid the daily hustle and bustle of city life.

At first, the Fricks considered Connecticut as an option, but they wanted to stay closer to the rest of their  family, who all still resided in the Philadelphia area. Richard and Melanie decided to visit with some friends  who lived in Rumson and talk about life in their town. There, they discovered wonderful, safe neighborhoods, a  highly regarded school system, easy access to beaches, and a short drive to the ferry for Richard’s commute  to the city. There was little need for additional convincing; the decision was made and the search was on.

Along a tree-lined stretch of road in Rumson stood a mixture of older as well as some brand new homes. In the Frick’s estimation, each home seemed to blend into the next - except one. It was a new construction that  just happened to be for sale and was in move-in condition. From the road, it is hard to miss. A nearly 7,700  square foot yellow cedar shake home, set back on an acre and a half, amidst all the other white, brick and  beige houses. As much as the unique nature of the outside of the home appealed to Richard and Melanie, it  was the details and architectural nuances on the inside that sealed the deal.

Their soon-to-be home was a “spec” project by a local builder, who had purchased the property. Upon  completion of the main structure, the builder set out to experiment with elaborately detailed custom trim,  moldings and tray ceilings in every room. Richard explains that, “Even the moldings have moldings!”

That astounding attention to detail truly makes each room a separate work of art. At first, a home that could be considered very formal in its design was slightly intimidating for Melanie. Five years later, that small qualm is but a distant memory. The Frick home is open, inviting and comfortable - a space with formal details, but a  distinct “lived-in” family feel.



The Fricks spend “together” time, watching a bit of television, under a 25 foot multi-level tray ceiling in the family  room equipped with a custom entertainment center. The gas fireplace is flanked by double French doors on each  side and has a tumbled-marble surround and Corinthian columns which steady the intricate mantle.




Richard and Melanie host many family gatherings, with meals in the “formal” dining room. The pomegranate color of  the walls is deepened further when juxtaposed against the white paneling. The chandelier over the long, mahogany  table suspends from a one-of-a-kind, intricate medallion.




Richard’s office has built-in cherrywood cabinets and shelves with marble-topped ledges on both sides. Above is a  cadet-blue, hand-stamped tin ceiling set into an elongated inset that follows the lines of the large bay window.




Richard and Melanie’s oldest daughter sleeps in what they consider to be the “coolest room in the house”. The  double dormers are a nice feature, but the kids really love the hidden play/sleeping area tucked behind a small door.




To keep from covering up the trim on the floor to ceiling windows, the Fricks have kept treatments and coverings to a  minimum. This is best exemplified in the Garden Room - a bright, cheerful seating space with a gas fireplace and  walk-off patio.




The breakfast area is one of four octagonal rooms in the home. Mahogany inlays in the floor mirror the shape of the  vaulted room and nicely compliment the other 5,000 square foot of natural red oak hardwood floors throughout the  rest of the home.

The gourmet kitchen has two long islands - one with a sink and appliances for workspace, another for eating and  everyday living. Both are topped with hearty, green solid granite countertops. Built into the cherrywood cabinetry are  multiple Viking® ovens and a six- burner stove with griddle, highlighted by a tumbled travertine backsplash.




Three steps up brings you to the highest point in the house. The master bedroom features a built-in champagne  breakfast bar, double tray ceilings and a door leading to a stone balcony, perfect for enjoying morning coffee.




Cherrywood, marble, tile and beadboard set a luxurious and relaxing stage in the octagonal master bath. A tub with  Kohler® jets and a steam shower complete the effect.




Advertisers

Grand Designs Doors, Inc.Eagle Oaks




Powered by eDirectory™