Elegant Outdoor Living

Courtesy of Baldino Construction and Nassau Suffolk Lumber & Supply

Photography by Bob Geiger

The owners of this glorious Oyster Bay Cove home saw its potential when they were looking to move back into the area. “We were looking for a ranch, and when we saw the bucolic setting and layout of this home, we knew it could be perfect for our family,” said the homeowner. “Although the landscaping was overgrown and the exterior in disrepair, we could see beyond that, especially the potential for an amazing outdoor space – something very important to us,” she said.

The homeowners selected architect Peter Albinski to transform the lackluster ranch into their vision. “Peter Albinski designed the home beautifully, and Phil Baldino, owner of Baldino Construction in Oyster Bay, took it to the next level with his fine craftsmanship and eye for detail” the homeowner stated.

The home’s façade was a mix of styles and materials including brick, stone and shingles. “There were four previous homeowners who each left their stamp on the residence,” the homeowner remarked. It now features a traditional shingle-style design with Maibec eastern white cedar shakes in custom beige, updated stone work and masterful Kleer PVC trim around the windows, front door, and garage. An elegant portico and custom trellises welcome guests as they enter through a rustic Classic Craft Therma Tru door.

The rear façade, with its spectacular outdoor living space, is what really sets this home apart. The 1250 square foot outdoor space features multiple seating and dining areas, an outdoor kitchen and flat screen television. A custom copper roof and millwork panels grace the bow window. The flagstone patio has multiple columns supporting an elegant archway. A barrel-vaulted PVC beadboard ceiling and custom cupola were designed to bring light into the outdoor space, as well as inside the home. The paneled interior of the cupola features LED accent lighting which provides a soft evening glow. A grand chandelier and recessed lighting allow for entertaining any time, day or night.         

“Phil Baldino thought of every small detail – including a hood over the outdoor grill – something we didn’t even consider,” stated the homeowner. “We use this space three quarters of the year for casual get togethers and family celebrations; it’s really a wonderful extension of our home. Phil Baldino is a real treasure.”