Just a quick note to keep you posted on the progress at our current rehab project with which we are turning an old, “estate condition” 8-bedroom home in to a fullyenovated & new 6-bedroom, 4 bath home in historic Glen Ridge, NJ.
Here is a picture of the outside of the house as it looks this week.
Remember that old, mossy green vinyl siding & the wrought iron columns and railings (below)? Its all been removed (and recycled) and we restored the house’s original clapboard siding and shingles and painted it a wonderfully new (Benjamin Moore “Van Deusen Blue”) color! Also, as you can see from the picture above, we’ve installed all new windows (and replaced the 1960’s porch bow window with 3 double hung windows to replicate the original bay configuration).
This is the house as we purchased it (above). Vinyl siding…(when it first came on the market)….only came in one style….simulated clapboard. So what had been a first story of clapboard and two stories of cedar shingles….became one big vinyl “clapboard” building. A BIG DETOUR from its original details! In years gone by, when homeowner’s grew tired of continually painting a house, they often resorted to (then, state of the art) vinyl siding! No more painting….but it often completely covered up original details of the home!
In the next picture, you see the home, naked, (but in its original “birthday suit”)…..after its vinyl siding had been stripped off! We knew what was underneath all that ugly siding….but did not know the condition that the original clapboard and cedar shingle siding was in. It turned out to be a big job, but our terrific painter assured us he could restore it…and he did! Now, the home’s exterior glistens in all its original glory!
Here you can see the raised roof under the 3rd story windows which our architect designed to visually reduce to bulk of the 3rd floor dormer. Painting tip: Below, you can see the painter applying the primer paint coat (that’s not the final blue). Using a tinted primer creates better coverage and ensures that the final paint coat covers more evenly!
Still to come…..beautiful black window shutters and the mahogany front porch with big new white columns and authentic ipe wood railings). Stay tuned!