Vic and Alicia Grasso bought a circa 1950s beach bungalow in North Cape May, by the bay. They took it down to the studs, put in a 19-foot cathedral ceiling, put in a custom kitchen with a Bertazzoni red range and custom lighting design, and adorned the 19 foot walls with a ton of Vic's art. And they did it all themselves. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
The porticoed stone mansion could be on the Main Line. Instead, the location is Overbrook Farms, at the outer edge of Philadelphia. An expansive lawn and spreading oak trees separate the house from City Avenue and the western suburbs.