Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Zarilli Homes "Goes Hollywood" in New Jersey

“This Old House,” the PBS home-improvement and remodeling television show, was in Manasquan, NJ Tuesday to film the installation of a hurricane-proof, custom modular home by Zarilli Homes and manufactured by Excel Homes.

“We came down to the Shore and we decided we wanted to tell the story,” said Richard Trethewey, heating and plumbing expert for the show. “We never imagined the level of destruction. We don’t want America to forget.”

The house is on East Main Street. and belongs to Rita Gurry. Her former home, which sat at the same location, was demolished as a result of damage from Sandy.

Anthony Zarilli, Richard Trethewey, homeowner Rita Gurry
“I had a little Cape that was built in 1940. I bought it 15 years ago and had just paid it off last September,” Gurry said. “A month later Sandy came to town and I had 3 ½ feet of water in my home.”

Her new residence, a Cape with a Salt Box shape roof, was built by Zarrilli Homes, located in Brick, NJ.

“I didn’t want to deal with all the individual contractors. The last seven months have been grueling, but Zarilli made this a cakewalk,” Gurry said. That's why she chose to go with Zarilli Homes.

Anthony Zarilli, owner of Zarilli Homes, said the house was fabricated in Liverpool, Pa., and delivered to the site Tuesday in two boxed sections. It was placed on a foundation of 37 pilings.

The home was delivered at 8 a.m. and by noon it was already set on its foundation. It has four bedrooms, and 2½  baths.

According the show’s host, Kevin O’Connor, who is originally from New Jersey, prefab homes might become very popular during rebuilding.

“We’ve told the modular home story before. But my thoughts is you’re going to see a lot more folks down the Shore doing this because of the efficiency, speed and cost,” O’Connor said. PBS will release the show for airing on Oct. 3. 


Anonymous said...

Nice job Anthony. I just heard that Brad Pitt is looking for a co-star for a movie about building homes in NJ. You would be perfect.

claireellen said...

Coiuld not have been built for a more deserving owner....Rita has helped friends and family all her life and now it is her time to relax and enjoy a beautiful new home...can't wait to christen the new Rita says "Slainte!"