YORKTOWN, N.Y. - With a bouncy castle, balloons, food vendors and a number of guests gathered outside of the newly renovated home at 1075 East Main St. in Shrub Oak on Saturday, it looked more like a party than a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of a renovation project.
That was the idea, said Brian Goc, president and owner of Sunrise Carpentry Inc., a Yorktown-based residential and commercial construction company. Since beginning the renovation of the 18th century home in October 2015, it has been a family and community affair. He wanted the celebration to involve as much of the community as possible.
“The whole point of this project was to ensure our community gets to enjoy this house and a piece of our local history for years to come,” Goc said.
Goc and his team took on the task of restoring the 18th century home. The house is estimated to have been built around 1782, and is well-known throughout the community. He said that it only seemed fitting the project wrap up with a big community celebration.
The event was open to anyone who wanted to join in, and local businesses and vendors had tables set about around the grounds. Several curious residents who strolled by ended up enjoying the food and complimentary tours of the home. The inside of the house featured “before” photos, and some antiques that were unearthed during the renovation, all staged by Goc’s mother-in-law.
Several members of Goc’s family, including his wife and daughter, were present along with town officials, and Sen. Terrence Murphy. They all joined the Sunrise Carpentry team and friends to cut the ribbon.
“We had a lot of help from a lot of good people,” Goc said. “The day is going better than expected. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and everyone here is friends or family.”