I was gonna go whole-hog, but then took a step back and realized that this was a freak thing and that I could get away with much less.
Couldn't agree more.....or should I say, my wife couldn't agree more?
Actually, an unreasonaly high quote got me rethinking the NG standby generator install I was considering. Then, after getting another quote for $3,500 less which I was ready to jump on, my wife reminded me that it was probably still overkill considering the fact that we've never lost power for any significant length of time before Sandy and we've been in our house for 25 years.
So I went with a 7000 watt portable Gas driven generator and hooked a 220v power inlet box to the back of the house.
I'm pursuing something very similar to this now along with an http://www.interlockkit.com/. A simple device costing much less than a transfer switch while offering greater flexibility, i.e., your entire panel of circuit breakers becomes available to you, unlike a sub panel transfer switch. I already confirmed with my town building inspector that these are approved and my electrician has ordered it to be installed along with an inlet box. All I need to to now is decide which portable generator to go with.