Our newest rehab, in the upscale “Afterglow” neighborhood in Verona, NJ, will take a modest multi-level house, built in the 60’s and turn it into a spectacular “Mid-Century Modern”-type home with 2 master suites + 3 bedrooms along with 4.5 baths.
We recently began interior demolition; removing what had been the former dining room and kitchen, the ceiling of the front roof as well as the walls separating the entry living room from what will become the new, Great Room; complete with Kitchen, Dining, Room and Family Living Space.
Take a look at the outside first. This is what the house looked like when we originally purchased it. What was the front door will become a full-length window, mirroring the new, full-glass double-doors (where the front windows, under the skylights, once were).
Click here to see the Architect’s rendering of the front of the new house as it will soon appear! Just note that, since the initial rendering, the GreenRose Design Team has decided the front exterior of the house will be horizontal cedar planks (and not the stone facade as seen in the rendering).
The more traditional-style white garage door will be replaced with a contemporary-styled, frosted glass and brushed chrome metal door. The entirety of the entrance brick will be replaced with a zen-like arrangement of blue stone set amid black pond stones & adorned with a water fountain/feature as well.
The front roof will be cut off and a new “mid-century” vaulted “A frame” roof will be built in its place with oversized, fixed-pane windows stretching across the peak.
Next, picture the dining room (to the left) and the old kitchen as gone. In their place will be one of two master suites. The old kitchen will become the new en-suite master bathroom & a large walk-in closet. The ceiling above will be removed and raised up to accommodate the completely new loft space (to be built above the new master suite). This new loft will be open to the living room below. The ceiling to the living room, as it existed, will be removed and raised under the new, much higher “A” frame like roof line.
All existing stairs will be removed and replaced with free-floating, single “I-beam” stringer stairs…which will run up to the existing 3 bedrooms, to the new loft, and then right down to the completely updated basement level. The half wall “railing” that you see in this picture along the bedroom corridor, as well as all of the new stair (and loft) railings will be glass panels. Further, the odd opening (seen in the right of the picture) will be completely blown open which, when coupled with the new free-floating stairs, will allow full views through to the great room below; featuring a new, modern kitchen with large island, Dining area and Family Room!
This room, which steps out to a wonderfully large deck and park-like views beyond, will be completely “opened up” to the level above it as well as to the outside by a combination of several 8 and 12 foot sliders as well as fixed pane windows, creating a virtual “wall of glass” featuring the view beyond to the enormous backyard and completely visible as one enters the home through the front double doors.
The built-ins are to be removed, except for the 3-paneled section (directly under the odd cut-out in the wall on the right). New doors and facade to match the kitchen cabinets, a quartz counter top, and a bar sink will create the perfect sideboard to accompany the new dining area.
Stay tuned for more pictures soon!