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One Family Addition - Ridgewood NJ

Additon Project This cape cod style one family house is ready to be transformed. Enjoy the 3D model of our upcoming project below.  Read more...

One Family House Addition - Livingston NJ

New One Family House With a charming setting on a tree-lined street in Livingston, NJ, the original home on this property had just about everything, except one major component: functionality. We set out to remedy this situation by taking the existing home and reconfiguring the main level to meet the family’s needs of public space, adding a second garage stall and building a full second story to contain the private living areas of the home. Best of all, we were able to accomplish all of this without eating into the 1/4-acre lot on which the house is set or disrupting too many of the original trees. Read more...

One Family House Addition - Livingston NJ

New One Family HouseBoasting 1,500 square feet of living space spread over 1 1/2 stories, the original Woodcrest Residence had limited potential as a family home. In planning for this expansion and renovation, we considered the size of the lot on which the home is set. The boundary lines to either side of the lot, paired with the municipalities setback line requirements, would not allow us to add the needed space on the ground level, so instead, we built up. Read more...

New One Family House - Livingston NJ

New One Family HouseLocated in Livingston, NJ, this new construction single-family home is high in style and square footage, with its 6,800 square feet of usable living space and two-story floor plan. The thoughtful architectural design of the project gives the owners a desirable separation of living and sleeping quarters, as well as many extras, including an in-law suite, a full finished basement and flex space above the garage for future development. However, these are just some of the details that set the Livingston Residence apart from other homes. Read more...

One Family House Addition - Summit NJ

New One Family HouseOutdated and showing signs of wear, the original Summit Home had little to offer its owners in terms of design and functionality. The home had good bones, though, and they became the base for this massive first-floor renovation and second floor addition. Not only was the goal of this overhaul to add more usable living space, we also wanted to transform this traditional one family house’s floor plan to include better flow from room to room. Read more...

One Family House Addition - Livingston NJ

New One Family HouseA complete transformation, both inside and out, the Livingston Residence is a true testament to the power of careful design. This home began as a humble brick split-level home, complete with a traditional design and a lack of space. Thanks to thoughtful planning and skilled craftsmanship, the Livingston Residence is now a full 2-story home with the space the homeowners required. Best of all, the transformation was as simple - and as complicated - as making a second story addition. Read more...

New One Family House - Fanwood NJ

New One Family HouseSometimes it is the details that make a house feel like a home, and this could not be more true in the case of the Fanwood Residence. This new-construction five bedroom, three bathroom home is build in a traditional style that combines modern luxuries and conveniences with classic details. Featuring coffered ceilings, wainscoting, spacious rooms and ample storage throughout its two stories, the Fanwood Residence has a classical feel while providing a modern solution to some of the layout problems that older homes face. Read more...

One Family House Addition - Clark NJ

New One Family HouseCramped living spaces, small bedrooms and an out-of-date floor plan made the original Clark Residence an unviable living option for the owners. The city’s zoning regulations made restructuring the home a challenge, as we could not add a full second story as originally planned. To add square footage without compromising the local stipulations, we designed an addition to the side of the home and a half story addition, complete with an attic, to the top. Read more...

New One Family House - Chatham Twp NJ

New One Family House Is it possible to combine modern and classic architectural elements to create one cohesive home? The answer is a resounding yes, and the proof is in the Chatham Township Residence. This new-construction home features a spacious 2-story floor plan, which is complete with both an attic and a basement. Throughout the home, the rooms are designed to uphold modern design standards all while boasting timeless details, including built-ins and wainscotting. Read more...

One Family House Addition - Kenilworth NJ

New One Family HouseWhen space became an issue for the owners of the Kenilworth Residence, there was but one logical way to expand: up. We took the existing one-story home and completely reconstructed the interior to meet the flow and spatial needs of the client. With the addition came a complete overhaul of the exterior, and while this was only secondary to the interior changes, the fresh, modern appeal that accompanies the new appearance is undeniable. Read more...

One Family House Addition - Summit NJ

New One Family HousePreviously a single-story home on a topographically irregular lot, the Garden Residence underwent a complete transformation to meet the exterior access requirements and interior spatial needs of the client. We were able to work with the existing dive-under design of the original home, keeping the two-car garage beneath the house and maintaining plenty of lawn space for another thing the homeowners desired: entertaining space. Now a true stunner boasting two stories of livable space, in addition to a basement and a built-out attic, the Garden Residence is a fine example of ingenuity and careful planning Read more...

Washington Residence

New One Family House The Washington Residence is a new construction two-story home. The property’s corner lot condition and 6-foot elevation change presented several design opportunities for this 2,380 sf residence. We were particularly interested in creating a beautiful front and equally beautiful side elevation, as both have a dominate presence on the streetscape.  Read more...

Southern Residence

New One Family House The owners of the Southern Residence were looking to expand their 1-story home to accommodate additional bedrooms, bathrooms and larger living spaces. This drastic increase in program called for a complete reconfiguration of both the interior and exterior of the house, and resulted in sophisticated 2-story residence which better suites the family’s living style.  Read more...

Choosing an Exterior Home Style

NJ Architect Colonial Home It can be argued that a home is an extension of its owners. The way it is decorated, the way it is maintained: These are just some of the factors that play a part in showcasing the homeowners' personalities. When making the decision to build a custom home, owners have an even greater opportunity to do just this through the architectural style. With numerous styles to choose from, it can be a painstaking process to choose the correct home type. To simplify the final decision making, consider the following before breaking ground: Read more...

The Evolution of the Great Room

NJ Architect Great Room Long-gone are the days of sectioning off every room in a house. While families of yesteryear chose floor plans that incorporated many smaller rooms, this model is not often conducive to modern homeowners. Thus came the great room. This multi-functional living space surely is not a new or unfamiliar idea when it comes to architectural design; however, the ideas about what a great room is and the overall functionality of the massive spaces have changed over time. Read more...

Beneficial Ways to Incorporate "Green" Elements in Home Design

NJ Architect green elements in home designWhen someone hears the word "green," it is no longer just a color that comes to mind. With hybrid cars, energy-efficient appliances and reusable shopping bags being more mainstream, it is no surprise that green, sustainable elements are being incorporated into architecture and residential home design. Sure, there are many behind-the-scenes ways to make a more eco-friendly home, such as advanced house framing techniques, the use of more insulation, quality sealing around windows and doors and even lumber choices, but homeowners also have the opportunity to incorporate green elements in a very visible way. Read more...

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