Building Character: Jersey Ice Cream Co. and the Case of the Charmless Manse

Design-build duo Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co. are known for immersion remodeling: They move into their clients’ wrecked old houses and right them—and then move on to the next. But what to do with a decade-old builder special, a 4,000-square-foot house in Riverhead, on the North Fork of Long Island, that has wood-beamed ceilings, amazing sea views, but is otherwise pretty much devoid of character and history? “This was a huge change for us. There are killer ocean…

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