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Holly House

Originally built in 1915, the Holly House in Middletown, NJ underwent extensive renovations in 1940 to end up in a state close to its current configuration.

MZA’s client purchased the house and the 4 acres of Navesink River-front property in 2016 and hired the studio to convert it to a place which felt “more like them” – their New York City home has a distinctly modern feel to it, while still integrating some of the original home’s features and details. The scope included gutting and reorienting the kitchen to provide additional storage space and a mudroom; “finishing” the previously unfinished basement including a full bath, custom sauna, gym, media room, and a cellar and tasting room for the client’s growing wine and tequila collection; and, redesigning the entire 1500 SF master suite to create a modern master bathroom, his and hers walk-in dressing room, sitting room/library with roof terrace, home office, and a renovated bedroom with a fireplace and extraordinary view of the river. A new side “breakfast porch” was also added to the home’s east side, providing a sitting area with views of the pool and river.

The reconstruction of the existing pier/dock proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding components. Jutting 110’ into the Navesink River, MZA designed a modern rendition of a pier, the likes of which currently don’t exist on the river, as well as a series of stairs and platforms to climb the 45’ back up to the house. In the spirit of “do it once, do it right”, MZA specified greenheart piles from South America, the structure of the platforms built in aluminum, and the wood finishes in IPE for a degree of “permanence” worthy of the Holly House.