CLAY, N.Y. – During the course of the interview for this House of the Week article, when it was mentioned to Shirlie Stuart that her home at 8191 Maple Road in Clay looked like the kind of place where a visitor would want to take off their shoes and stay a bit, she wholeheartedly agreed.
“That is what we were going for!” she said. “We wanted a home where people are comfortable, warm and welcome.”
“We do not want people to leave!”
It is appropriate that this week’s House is being featured on Super Bowl Sunday because if ever there was a perfect home for football fans to gather, in a post-COVID world, of course, it is Stuart’s and her husband’s, Sammy Bartorillo II, place.
The property has its own wet bar, with tables made from Jack Daniels barrels, and an outdoors custom-built stone-fired pizza oven, which can cook a pie in three minutes flat.
(At a birthday party, they cooked 22 pizzas in 70 minutes!)
The couple designed and built the home themselves, starting “their journey” in 2006 and taking seven months to finish.
Bartorillo, who studied architecture and is a general contractor, did all of the work, except for the plumbing, himself. It was the third home he had built for himself personally and he considers it his favorite.
“I did all of the handwork,” he said. “I hammered every nail and laid every tile.”
When it was finished, Stuart made her contributions, with the decorating and the final touches.
“It was a work of love,” she said. “Sam has the vision and then I take off. It worked out well.”
The one-level home, with a wrap-around porch and high ceilings, has a rustic and homey feel to it.
It was built to be open, so that family could “share time together.”
With family gathering from as far away as Australia and Costa Rica, the home has easily entertained dozens of people at one time.
“We have hosted the Maple Road Christmas Party which has more than 30 people there,” Stuart said.
The main hub of the home is the kitchen, which Stuart calls a “slice of heaven.”
“If you don’t love cooking,” she jokes, “you might start!”
With a large brick island with a vegetable sink, the kitchen has commercial-grade appliances and solid surface counters.
The dining room and family room, with a floor-to-ceiling stone surround gas fireplace, adds to the home’s “very warm feelings.”
Outdoors, the property features a three-car garage which is home to the heated and air-conditioned mancave with wet bar, workshop and guest quarters which have a woodsy, Adirondack feel to them.
(The mancave, Bartorillo jokes, is where “I get sent when I misbehave.”)
The carriage house has high ceilings and an additional two-bay garage.
The back patio is ringed by porches from the three buildings and is where the pizza oven is located.
The property is almost four acres large.
“It is difficult to compare this home to any other house in the area,” Bartorillo believes.
He said that any new owner will be getting a “turn-key” house that is ready to enjoy right now.
“The home is very practical and low-maintenance,” he said. “With everything on one-level, it the perfect in-law situation.”
He is currently planning to build his fourth for themselves.
“I’m going to slow down and build one more,” he said.
For more information about this property, please contact Renee L. Douglas-Asterino of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. Her information is below.
Address: 8191 Maple Road, Clay, N.Y. 13041
Size: 2,728 square feet
Acreage: 3.71 acres
Monthly Mortgage: $1,996 (based on this week’s national average rate of 2.89 percent, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment. Fees and points not included.)
Taxes: $7,815 (Based on assessed value of $232,911)
School District: Cicero-North Syracuse
Kitchen: The kitchen of this custom-built home is considered the “hub” of the home and was designed for the “cook in mind.” “Sometimes we cook all weekend,” owner Shirlie Stuart said. The space has commercial-grade appliances, including double ovens, and solid surface counters. The large brick island was designed by owner Sammy Bartorillo II. It has a built-in vegetable sink. Stuart calls the kitchen a “slice of heaven” and thinks that if someone dislikes cooking, “you might start.”
Living areas: This one-level home was built to be open and “warm and welcoming” for large parties. Parties of 30 or more are possible in…