Location: Princeton, NJ USA
A modest 1950s ranch-style house situated on a lot of just under an acre, located 8 minutes from Princeton University, was completely gut renovated.
The existing home had 3 bedrooms, 1 small bathroom, separate living & dining rooms, an awkwardly laid out kitchen connecting to a laundry room that accessed the garage and was directly in front of the home’s small main entry foyer. Apart from the 3 existing bedrooms, the home’s interior was completely reconfigured.
The old centrally located brick chimney, adjacent mechanical room, and interior walls separating the living, dining & kitchen areas were demolished to create a single large modern living area centered around a new open kitchen. The home’s single bathroom was converted to an ensuite for the master bedroom, accessed through a new walk-in closet, while a second bathroom was added where the old kitchen had been located. A smaller laundry and mechanical room were created adjacent to the bedrooms.
The masonry stoop at the front of the house was demolished and replaced by a wood deck. The original entry door was replaced by a pair of patio doors with another pair immediately across the foyer accessing the new deck at the rear of the house. This opened up the foyer and the living space, allowing greater connectivity to the rear garden and also more daylight into the living area.
A new connection to the city’s water system was added and the existing well was maintained for irrigation. The home’s plumbing, sanitary, and gas lines were all replaced. The existing electrical service was only 40 amps but in order to meet modern day usage requirements it was upgraded to 200 amps with all new electrical wiring throughout the house, including receptacles, switches and light fixtures.
The existing white oak floors were patched, sanded, stained and refinished. All of the existing interior doors were refinished and rehung with new blackened hardware. The kitchen cabinets and island are white to contrast with the black countertop and backsplash.
During the demolition of the interior walls severe termite damage was uncovered on the eastern exterior walls which had to be reframed. The existing wood windows were all replaced with new black aluminum insulated glazed windows. The existing exterior shake siding which had years of paint pealing off was replaced with vertical cedar board rainscreen siding.
The fire pit in the backyard was made using slate and other stones found on site during the digging of the two trenches for the new electrical and plumbing connections from the house to the street.