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Seabrook renovates homes to meet today’s design standards

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March 23rd, 2016
The Brighton apartment home

Most Brighton (pictured here) and Freemont floor plans are swapping a full wall between the kitchen and living area for a half-wall and breakfast bar.

Seabrook may be 18 years old this November, but its apartments don’t look it.  This year, all available inventory at the Tinton Falls, N.J., Erickson Living community will receive a dramatic facelift—bringing the homes up to today’s aesthetic design standards.

Seabrook Facilities Manager Joe Baldanza says that every apartment home that comes on the market will receive a laundry list of updates. 

In the details

The most notable changes come in the shape of kitchen cabinets and countertops. 

Modern maple cabinets will be one of three colors: toffee, a warm lighter brown; sable, a dark cinnamon color; or white. 

With a granite standard and quartz upgrade, each apartment home will gain durable yet elegant countertops suitable for any amount of cooking and baking. 

“We have many people who still love to cook and bake, even though they don’t have to here at Seabrook, so a modern kitchen is important to them,” Baldanza says. 

The kitchens will also gain recessed lighting and high-neck faucets in brushed nickel hardware. 

Speaking of brushed nickel, it will replace all brass hardware throughout the apartments. 

Flooring details include 14- by 14-inch tile flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. Ovations tile by Congoleum is a limestone composite tile that combines ease of maintenance with the durability and beauty of natural stone. 

Every doorway and window will get new, thick, six-inch base trim, and crown molding will elevate the kitchen look.

Adding instant freshness to the bathrooms, all sinks, cabinets, medicine cabinets, faucets, and lighting will be replaced and upgraded to modern standards. 

Major changes

Some homes will get more than a facelift. To create a more open floor plan, Baldanza’s team may even knock down a wall or create a half-wall between the kitchen and living area.

“We often create a breakfast bar, which is very popular,” Baldanza says. “It adds seating, more natural light, and creates a better flow to the whole living area.”

Baldanza says floor plan styles have changed in the past 18 years. People want more open floor plans for easier entertaining. “We’re bringing our homes up to today’s standards,” says Sales Director Dan Simms. 

Should someone desire a more customized apartment, Seabrook Custom Interiors Coordinator Linda Heintz can handle nearly any request. 

New residents can work with Heintz to select paint, carpeting, architectural packages, window treatments, flooring, and other décor features at no additional charge. 

After selecting their new apartment home at Seabrook, residents meet with Heintz in her design studio, where they can see and touch samples, such as carpet, tile, cabinets, granite, light fixtures, hardware, and window treatments. 

“Everyone has different styles, from contemporary to classic,” Heintz says. “I see my role as listening and guiding them in good taste.”

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