Gildersleeve House: maplewood, nj


Built by one of the earliest landholders in the area, this historically-designated home dates back to 1765. The current owners have engaged in several projects to update the home while working to maintain the original charm and historical details.

"When we decided to undertake extensive renovations to our two hundred and fifty year old home in Maplewood, we knew we were going to need more than your average residential architects. The work the Clawsons did for us was very special indeed." AD


In an effort to open up the kitchen to the rear deck and pool beyond with patio doors, this little jewel box was added to absorb the program requirements that were being displaced. With full approval from the local Historic Preservation Commission, the new addition is a welcoming, hardworking, and multi-tasking space. It does triple duty as a conservatory/potter’s shed, a mudroom entry and laundry room. In the evening, the space acts as a soft glowing beacon–a welcome return to the residence.


Crimson travertine floors flow from this area through glass pocket doors and into the newly renovated kitchen. The copper and glass roof is a real showstopper. Together with the windows and French doors, the space and adjacent kitchen are flooded with natural light.


"René and Marvin were able to provide us with a design that flooded the first floor of our old farm house with light and space, while respecting the historic bones of the structure. Their work combines a keen eye for design aesthetics with exacting standards for execution. Throughout the process, they explained each step of the project, and worked closely with us to incorporate our ideas and goals."  AD


"The Clawsons have our highest recommendation without the slightest reservation>" -AD