Raising the Peaks
Lorrie and Sal Minucci never much liked the house they bought in the Albany suburbs in 2003. It was only 10 years old and in great shape, but its ultra-modern, boxy lines did nothing to elevate their souls.
“It was a very contemporary flat-roof home, a Frank Lloyd Wright-type house,” Sal Minucci said. “There were zero roof lines. One of the biggest complaints my wife had was the whole front of the house had no windows in it. It was kind of dark and dingy.”
What it did have was location, location, location. It was at the end of a private road on almost 3 acres in a secluded neighborhood where parcels over a half acre are exceedingly scarce. As the family grew – two boys and a girl – they needed to add another bedroom and bring the home more in line with their personality and tastes.
“We wanted many roof lines, a cupola, a pergola and lots of sunlight,” Sal said. “What we wanted was a Tuscan villa, but we wanted the inside to have a modern Florida concept. It really was a complete overhaul.”
In 2010, the couple hired Brett Balzer of Balzer + Tuck Architecture in Saratoga Springs to figure out what could be done with the home’s layout. Plans were made to add a master bedroom, an extra kid’s bedroom, a theater room, a guest house, a pool, poolhouse, patio, a new cul-de-sac driveway and three-car garage, plus redo the existing bedrooms and baths.
The plan required a high level of technical expertise and workmanship, and an extremely organized builder to keep the many moving parts of the project on schedule. Minucci interviewed several construction companies before he chose Teakwood.
“I really felt really comfortable with Jim Sasko,” Sal said. “I don’t think I could have chosen a better builder. It was probably one of Jim’s most challenging projects, because I’m not the easiest guy to work with. We had our disagreements and went back and forth, but in the end, I felt they were very fair and did an outstanding job.”
Teakwood built the guest house and garage first, before getting started on the main house. The family moved out after Christmas 2011 and were able to move back in in September of 2012.