shingle style: chatham, nj


Period details like the stone chimneys, deep overhangs, natural shingles and exposed rafter tails contribute to the historic quality of the architecture. Traditional craftsmanship and materials, both outside and in, coupled with modern conveniences like smart house technologies, maintain the sense of home and place that are familiar.

Chatham home, before renovation
Chatham home, before renovation

"Clawson Architects helped us to make our 1960's builder model home into a newly renovated, highly efficient beautiful home with the character and feel of a 1920's home. Marvin and Rene were wonderful to work with, listened to our thoughts and idea's and together with their architectural expertise created the home we always dreamed about." - JL

Chatham home, same view, after renovation
Chatham home, same view, after renovation

While many do not associate traditional style homes with the latest trends in new construction, this house is all-new construction on the foundation of an existing 1970’s faux Dutch Colonial home. One hundred square feet of additional foundation was added to the back to accommodate an informal eat-in kitchen and family room. So as not to overwhelm the scale of the neighborhood yet still achieve the program goals set forth by the owner, the zoning ordinances of this challenging corner lot were skillfully coordinated during the design process. The home exceeds the requirements of today’s energy and water efficiency codes while meeting the lifestyle and functional needs of the modern family that resides within it. The home was designed in tandem with the landscape providing gracious living and entertaining spaces that flow from the interior to the exterior with style and grace.


Traditional, period and revival style homes are timeless, romantic and good neighbors. They offer more character that evokes a level of comfort and security attractive to families. In the Northeast, they maintain their value and are a better investment when compared to homes of a more modern aesthetic.  It is no wonder that so many of our clients either want to restore an old house or renovate and add authentic details that bring old world charm to their existing home. 


As a corner property at a crossroad, the home is exposed making it very important for all of the elevations to be designed and detailed. Consideration was given to every way this home would be approached. Design thought was also given to maximizing the views from the inside. Landscaping was meticulously placed to add privacy as well as glimpses in and out of the yards.