Exterior Renovation: restored, repaired & some replaced shingles and clapboard….and a new coat of paint!

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.
A new paint job with Benjamin Moore's "Van Deusen Blue"

A new paint job with Benjamin Moore’s “Van Deusen Blue”

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).
The vinyl siding was ugly and unflattering.  We removed it and found (what we'd hoped for) the original shingles and clapboard.  They needed some repair and replacement....but it was worth it!

The vinyl siding was ugly and unflattering. We removed it and found (what we’d hoped for) the original shingles and clapboard. They needed some repair and replacement….but it was worth it!

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!
To reduce the "top heavy" feel of the 3 story addition, our design included bringing the shingles up higher under the 3rd story windows

To reduce the “top heavy” feel of the 3 story addition, our design included bringing the shingles up higher under the 3rd story windows

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!
Tinted primer paint is going on, making the final coat coverage a lot better!

Tinted primer paint is applied, making the final coat’s coverage to be even and consistent!  Note:  in the final fenestration, we have opened up the small window on the left side of the porch as well as replaced the 1960’s bow window on the right side of the porch with the historically accurate (d double-hung) bay windows.

A new paint job with Benjamin Moore's "Van Deusen Blue"

A new paint job with Benjamin Moore’s “Van Deusen Blue”

Still to come…..beautiful black window shutters and the mahogany front porch with big new white columns and authentic ipe wood railings).  Stay tuned!
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6 Responses to Exterior Renovation: restored, repaired & some replaced shingles and clapboard….and a new coat of paint!

  1. Anne DeVries says:

    Wow! I am impressed with the transformation so far. You have impeccable taste and a real vision for taking a sad house and making it into a beautiful home! I can’t wait to see the fully finished project. Keep up the great work, you should have your own TV show like Jeff Lewis in Flipping Out! I would totally watch. All the best, Anne

    • Ken Malian says:

      Thanks Anne! Can’t tell you how much it means to us that you and other friends take the time to check out our blog and comment on our work. Check us out in a few weeks when the bathroom pictures are completed. I’m really excited about the tile choices we’ve made and looking forward to folks feedback. Hope you’re well and thanks again for your feedback!

      Steve

  2. Kim and AJ says:

    Love it! You guys are amazing!

  3. Vincent Cantarella says:

    Who is your painter?

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