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Custom Interiors turns apartments into homes

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October 16th, 2017
Marsha Tichi shows off one of the Tichis’ custom closets in their lovely new home at Maris Grove.

Marsha Tichi shows off one of the Tichis’ custom closets in their lovely new home at Maris Grove.


Kelly Frich has an enviable job. As the custom interiors coordinator at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., she spends her days making wishes come true.

This summer, she was doubly busy. June marked the official opening of the first two residence buildings in Maris Grove’s much-anticipated Redwood Commons neighborhood. 

As trend-setting as the floor plans are in Maple Crossing and Oakleaf Terrace residence buildings, new community members delighted in choosing upgraded colors, finishes, cabinetry, and flooring to make the home truly theirs.

Because people moving to Redwood Commons made their selections before construction was complete, they worked only from floor plans. But Frich helped them navigate the choices.

“I know all the finishes that will be in an individual apartment, so I can guide them,” she says. 

Personal guide

Frich also works with people moving into newly available existing apartment homes at Maris Grove who want custom updates.

Frich works only with approved vendors and constantly looks for new products. She can accomplish almost anything, from custom painting, backsplashes, and lighting to removing columns and putting up half walls. 

About 65% of new Maris Grove residents request custom upgrades.

“I oversee every step of the process,” Frich says, “from choosing finishes through ordering, installation, and the follow-up afterward.”

The most popular request is for window treatments: blinds, roller shades, and silhouette shades top the favorites list. Next on the list are built-in units and custom closets.

‘Everything we’d hoped for’

Custom closets were a priority for Marsha and David Tichi. The couple moved this July to a large two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with a sunroom in Redwood Commons.  

“Custom closets—that’s the first thing I thought,” says Marsha. 

A professional closet designer, one of Frich’s approved vendors, designed the closets. “I’m very pleased with them,” Marsha says. 

The couple also commissioned hardwood floors in their living room, dining room, and hallway; crown molding; and silhouette blinds. 

“I love the flooring,” says Marsha. “The custom work was everything we’d hoped for.”