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WHERE OLD INSPIRES NEW AND DETAIL IS KING


W 38 Shore Issue 2011 | LIFESTYLE njlifestyleonline.com


hen you enter a hundred-year-old beach house, you’re often still able to catch the faint damp scent of generations past—even if it’s been entirely rehabbed. Walking into one of the more sprawling beach houses on East Atlantic Boulevard in Ocean City, you look forward to the same. What’s the history of this columned goddess? a curiousperson


mightwonder. The round tower at the corner of the second floor would have dated it to the Victorian era. Adeepwrap-around porch doesn’t creakwhen you step onto it, and thewood


gleams like it’s never been stepped on. Push open the double French doors, and step inside. If the cherry and mahogany inlaid floors don’t steal your eye first, the stairway sweeping graciously up three floors will. The setting attests to families that may have arrived here in horse and buggy and in the swoosh of petticoats— but this entryway,detailedandrefinedas it is, seems strangelywithout echo,with out musk or ghosts, without the sensations of an old house wearing a new mask. And it’s with good reason: The house is brand new. Mike Buck of Buck Custom Homes has a history of doing this—capturing


what everyone loves about oldgrace andcharmandadorninghis virgindwellings thus and so. Like a painter signing a painting, Buck has left his signature in the center of


the cherry floor of the entrance hall: It’s an inlaid medallion, a compass featuring brass numbers and dots, the same that introduces his web site. But whether you’re gazing up, down, or around on this sprawling first floor, you are met with finishing touches that hypnotize. The floors are all cherry


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