Overview: The house needed better connectivity and flow room-to-room particularly on the first-floor’s kitchen, living and family rooms. It was also necessary to create an authentic look and feel to the original farmhouse situated in this charming Wickham Woods section of Chatham Township with its winding, tree-lined streets and lovely center hall colonials.
Challenge: Restoring the feeling of the original farmhouse would require focus on a combination of details: removal of the vinyl siding which had been installed on the home’s exterior surface which also lacked ornamentation; replacement of trim that better replicated the original ornamentation and a complete makeover of the three-car garage which was in its then current condition as result of inferior design orchestrated during a renovation completed in the 1970s.
Solution: We renovated the family room and connected it to the main hallway via a butler’s pantry. We also added a porch that allowed the family room and living room to connect to the outside. We lightened the mantel, installed coffer ceilings and new windows and designed a main grand foyer that cut through the center of the downstairs and added flow and centeredness to the first floor. We removed in entirety the siding and trim on the exterior of the house replacing these with hard-i-plank siding and trim that better represented the original ornamentation. To finish the overall facelift, we gave the three-car garage a full makeover, adding new doors, siding to match the new siding on the house and an added reverse gable and cupola.