North Jersey NARI, Inc.

Residential Kitchen $100,001 - $150,000 

JMC Home Improvement Specialists

Updating a kitchen on a budget for resale included several limitations: do not damage in-floor heating system, and retain the greenhouse window system. With a new white/grey color scheme, installing see-through floating wall cabinets with grey details distracts from the vastness of the greenhouse windows. A new floor was installed by hand scraping the old tile from the floor before setting the new tile. The entertainment area contains an additional refrigerator and dishwasher. A coffered ceiling provides space for vent to be hidden and balance the vastness of the room. Additional columns were installed for attaching cabinets and continuing the balancing of the space. Pop-up outlets in the counter meets code. Total cost: $135,000.

Residential Interior Under $100,000

Hudson Home Improvements

Two bathrooms needed updating for resale in this 150-year-old Hoboken condo building. The footprint couldn’t be expanded yet the homeowners wanted a more open feeling to the rooms. Removing the wall in the Master Bedroom provided space for a double vanity in the Master Bath. A custom glass enclosure in the shower gives the appearance of a larger footprint. Floors were leveled and plumbing leaks were addressed by installing Ditra membrane under the guest bathroom floor. This contractor is not the approved contractor for the building so massaging management and providing 48 hours notice for deliveries were addressed. Total cost: $45,000.

Residential Addition $100,000 - $250,000

Keil Design and Construction

Homeowners of a charming Victorian wanted to update and expand their kitchen and add outdoor space. Keil Design and Construction continued the aesthetics of the home in the addition by creating a  curved outer wall, custom moldings, large roof overhangs, and a copper roof above the side entrance door. To span the 22-foot addition, oversized LVL beams were installed for support and for a possible future second floor expansion. Building curved walls on an overhanging cantilever with 2X6 framing provided several challenges. Plywood, drywall and trim had to be bent inside and out. Pella Architecture double-hung windows are a nearly identical match to the home’s original windows. The updated kitchen provides increased storage, recessed and under cabinet lighting. A center island with sink offers an extensive prep area and entertainment seating. Total cost: $204,248.

Residential Detached Structure Under $250,000

Keil Design and Construction

Town ordinances constricted the reconstruction of this collapsed 1902 carriage house eliminating the opportunity to tear it down and build from scratch. Retaining the part of the back wall and the two side walls, the remainder of the building was demolished. The reconstruction resulted in a three-car garage with epoxy flooring, wooden beams and staircase stained the color of the original building and cabana room on the lower level. The upper level has drywall walls, laminate flooring, dormers and Velux skylights for plenty of natural light. Total cost: $166,355.

Residential Historic Renovation Under $250,000

Kraftmaster Renovations with Team Member Scott Lavenburg Electric

The oldest house in Chatham needed to update a 1950s kitchen yet maintain the history and feel of the home. The remodel constrictions included working within the room’s dimensions while protecting the original kitchen fireplace, beehive oven, ceiling and floor. Homeowners desired the appliances to all be located within the kitchen and to improve lighting. The existing doorway was relocated to maximize space. New cabinets were glazed a deep muted red to match red paint used in early American furniture. During the remodel tree trunks with bark were discovered, as were the hand-hewn framing members. Drywall was dated 1894; horse or pig hair found in the plaster. Rotted timbers were replaced with new engineered lumber for structural support. Walls were straightened out…Soffits were created using existing wood and customer supplied wrought head nails which were hand hammered into the new floor to replicate the old floors. Total cost: $107,000. 

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