Today we purchased this faded lady, located in historic Glen Ridge NJ! The GreenRose Design, Landscape and Fine Homes Teams will again be coordinating their talents to transform it into a modern “vintage” home with 6 bedrooms, including a large master suite, 4 full baths, a modern & large new kitchen and all modern amenities!
Built in 1910, the home has, over the years, been subject to a number of poor design choices. Let’s start with the vinyl siding which covers all of the original clapboard lumber. Notice the vinyl on the 3rd floor dormer, running along the roof line rather than horizontally! All that faded green vinyl siding will be stripped off. If the clapboard underneath can be saved, we’ll save it, repair it and paint it a new, beautiful color way!
Next, lets look at the front porch…..the wrought iron (replacement) columns and railings must have made design sense back when they were installed, no?
Now imagine it with its new large white columns, mahogany porch, historically correct wooden railings with white balusters! It’ll be beautiful once more!
Next mistake……you can’t tell from this photo, but the solid brown front door, while a nice one, would be better placed on a Spanish casita!
Next, look at where someone placed the porch sconce lights! Once the vinyl siding is removed, we’ll move the new lamps to a position off the door trim to their new, correct positions.
Next, take a close look at the window on the left (facing) side of the porch. Can you make out that what is now an orange, plastic window approximately 2×5, was originally a large approximately 5×5 foot window!?
The original window, as wide as that orange replacement….dropped down to just about two feet above the floor! Can you imagine how much light that will bring in to the foyer when we open it up?
The porch will be completely rebuilt with new (appropriate) white columns and balusters with wooden hand rail….and a large, beautiful, new mahogany deck.
The “bay” window is also (obviously) not original to the house. We will be putting in all new, double-glazed windows though out the house…..and we will probably replace the bay with 3, side-by-side double hung windows.
One last funny detail on the outside of the house…….a wonderful 3 car garage…..with no driveway to get cars to it!
With the magic touch of our contractor….this slightly out of alignment will be standing up straight with a great new driveway leading to it!
Now lets take a quick look at some of the inside!
Check out the paneling! Original, right? Don’t worry….when we’re done it will all be gone! We’ll probably close the door at the landing which now leads to the kitchen. Since we’re opening the kitchen up to the living room, making it more accessible, we’ll close off this door, remove the paneling and restore this wonderful space back to its former glory. In the process, the kitchen will have a lot more useable cabinetry and counter space too!
One of the things we like to include in our rehabilitation of vintage homes is a piece of stained glass! the window at the landing, at the bottom of the stairs in this picture….will be one big, beautiful piece of stained glass. Frankly, the view out that window is to the back of a neighbor’s garage, so we won’t be blocking anything while still letting in light, color and some “vintage” charm!
Here’s a shot of a front living room wall where we’re positive there was once an archway to the foyer. We will open the arch, again restoring this home to its original architecture.
Here’s a picture of part of the kitchen as it is today! And there are the back stairs….which we’ll close off (from the front entry landing) allowing the new kitchen design to include L-shaped cabinetry there (plus a nice big island) again, all open to the living room. And how about those drop ceilings!? Another design mistake which had (once upon a time made sense & were) installed in most of the rooms throughout the house! Another one of those earlier design choices which we’ll remove and reveal the higher ceilings as they were originally built.
Someone really loved paneling! Here’s the opening for the back door to the kitchen which will be opened up, widened and will lead to a new elevated deck for the family to enjoy!
Stay tuned! This one is going to be great and coming on the market in the Late Winter/Early Spring of 2014!