Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Modern Design Shines in Builder's Home

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Modern Design Shines in Builder's Home

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Bryan Grejtak started may have started as a baseball player, but a tour of the home he built at 1320 Woodbridge Drive in Unity shows he was born to be a builder..

He graduated from Derry High School and attended the University of Oklahoma. After a stint as a catcher with the Bluefield Orioles, a minor-league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, Mr. Grejtak returned to start Grejtak Brothers Construction in the mid 1990s.

His latest home, completed in 2010, is a study in contemporary design told in stone, glass and granite. The 9,000-square-foot home has a stately presence that features two large wings on the main house. "You go down to Miami, this is what you see," he said.

This is the fourth home he's built for his family. "The last one was similar but had a different color scheme. My wife, Kelly, makes a lot of the design decisions."

While the third house had a warm, neutral color palette, this one features black, gray and white.

Now, after six years, the couple is selling the four-bedroom home with four full and three half-baths because they are building another. It is on the market for $1,249,000 (MLS No. 1065903) with Realtor Leslie Schupp of RE/MAX Heritage (www.remax.com or 724-536-8765). It is open by appointment.

The exterior is a mix of stucco and hand-laid, cultured stone created by AAA Stone Age in Cranberry. "It's manufactured. We wanted the charcoal finish and they custom-mixed it to match the color scheme," he said.

A triple-arch portico features custom Jeld-Wen tinted windows that mirror the arches

"We saw it online. It was done in stone and on a ranch home and we incorporated it into the two-story," Mr. Grejtak said.

The dramatic design highlights a large crystal teardrop chandelier that fills the high window. Front doors with contemporary lines were ordered from Southern Front Door in Texas and painted on-site.

In the 21- by- 19-foot entry is a dramatic double iron staircase by Salem Millwork in Delmont that fills the 20-foot-tall foyer and lands in a sea of gray. "All of the first floor surfaces are polished porcelain, 24-by-24-inch squares. It's easy to care for and doesn't stain."

A pair of 17-by-14-foot rooms flank the entry -- a formal living room on the right and formal dining room on the left. Both feature a pinwheel design coffered ceiling created on site. Crisp white trim and dove gray walls complement matching custom chandeliers with hand-blown glass and white furniture.

Just beyond the dining room, a 35-by-21-foot kitchen is anchored by a 9-foot center island. Custom cabinets by NFP via Houston Starr gleam in high-gloss black. The granite counters selected in Maryland extend to other parts of the house. Appliances are Jenn-Air including specialty pieces such as a six-burner stove, trash compactor, food buffet warmer, continuous ice maker and two wine refrigerators. Kick plates are stainless steel.

The homeowners installed a counter-height glass top that floats above the granite counters. Mrs. Grejtak placed two modern chaises in the space to amp up the contemporary feel.

A 29-by-20-foot family room is brought down to earth by a wall of windows and arched catwalk above. Directly across from the entry, the space is flooded with light. At night, a linear fireplace with glass beads illuminates the media wall. …

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