Rear facade of a new mud room, family room, kitchen extension and renovations and Master suite addition and attic suite.

Rear facade of a new mud room, family room, kitchen extension and renovations and Master suite addition and attic suite.

Before image

Before image

Clawson Architects is known for designing spaces that are so well integrated into the neighborhood and the old home, that it can be challenging to remember what it was to begin with. The before image shows the view of the home from the back yard…a modest three bedroom- one and a half bath typical of the neighborhood. Today’s family is looking for a little more. Larger open kitchens where the family can gather for entertaining or while preparing meals and helping with homework and answering those important emails. A Master Suite has become a must have. With careers taking families all over the country and world, our clients need guest rooms for extended family visits from international families. Home offices and nanny suites are becoming the norm when expanding homes to meet the needs of our clients .

Tree quarter image of side and rear addition

Tree quarter image of side and rear addition

New Appliances included a Wolf steam oven in the island, a 36 in gas Wolf range, a 36” Sub Zero refrigerator and paneled Kitchen-aid dishwasher and Best hood. Counters are Taj Mahal Quartizite. Hardware by Amerock. for more details about the kitchen visit   Clawson Cabinets on Houzz.

New Appliances included a Wolf steam oven in the island, a 36 in gas Wolf range, a 36” Sub Zero refrigerator and paneled Kitchen-aid dishwasher and Best hood. Counters are Taj Mahal Quartizite. Hardware by Amerock. for more details about the kitchen visit Clawson Cabinets on Houzz.

Existing kitchen looking to the dining room

Existing kitchen looking to the dining room

Existing kitchen. looking to rear yard

Existing kitchen. looking to rear yard

The original kitchen was mostly that….Original with the exceptions…knowing that there would be a renovation one day. To create the new kitchen, the powder room was relocated to a space that is now between the dining room and kitchen.

The wall behind the existing stove and refrigerator was removed and the door to the dining room moved down a bit to create a hyphen and space for the powder room. The powder room is quite an upgrade from the former which was akin to an outhouse with limited temperature control.

The new powder room features this un-lacquered brass sink with wall mounted faucets and marble hex floors …making it a bit more gracious for guests.

The existing pantry closet and basement access remained so salvage doors were collected from around town to maintain the look and feel of the original home. Antique light fixtures were purchased and refinished for over the island and in the powder room.

If you look closely, you can see that the original light shade from over the sink in the before pictures, was saved, and used on a new fixture over the new custom stainless farm sink seen below.

Powder room sink is an un- lacquered brass From Anew Kitchen and Bath. Faucet by Water Works Toto Toilet, and marble hex floor from Short Hills Marble and Tile.

Powder room sink is an un- lacquered brass From Anew Kitchen and Bath. Faucet by Water Works Toto Toilet, and marble hex floor from Short Hills Marble and Tile.

Custom beaded inset cabinets from  Clawson Cabinets, LLC  are Master Brand Decora by Design and were used to create a classic timeless look.

Custom beaded inset cabinets from Clawson Cabinets, LLC are Master Brand Decora by Design and were used to create a classic timeless look.

The family room begins with the original glass door from the living room on to what was the back porch.. The former porch was extended another eight feet to create a gracious sun drenched gathering space as well as a foundation for the new Master Suite above. Painting by     Peggy Rivers     “So you think you are in control”

The family room begins with the original glass door from the living room on to what was the back porch.. The former porch was extended another eight feet to create a gracious sun drenched gathering space as well as a foundation for the new Master Suite above. Painting by Peggy Rivers “So you think you are in control”

The Master Suite features soaring ceilings and six windows in all. With view of the sun rise in the morning and moon in the evening. The natural wood trim is consistent with the existing trim details in the rest of the home.

The Master Suite features soaring ceilings and six windows in all. With view of the sun rise in the morning and moon in the evening. The natural wood trim is consistent with the existing trim details in the rest of the home.

To read more about this project check out the “Client Empathy” Blog series that follows the project from conception to completion.

…and the Garage with storage loft above.

…and the Garage with storage loft above.