When this 1925 Dutch colonial hit the market, the property had a housing complaint filed against it from the city’s housing bureau for an unpermitted, two-story addition. While most people would have run, the buyers brought in Mountainwood Homes during the buying process to ensure that they could remodel the home to fit their style and bring the addition up to today’s codes.
The bones of the house are classic yet compartmentalized, so the home’s design and layout needed work. While the kitchen had been previously remodeled, it was too traditional for the new owner’s taste. The perimeter cabinets are now inset with white quartz countertops. The island features overlay cabinets with honed, Carrara marble countertop that seats four. Even though classic elements were selected, the herringbone pattern tile backsplash adds interest. The soft grey color on the cabinets is also unique with black accents in the Rejuvenation lighting. The homeowner payed homage to a cabinet she loved at her grandmother’s house by incorporating a shallow, built-in on an end-cap that will create a memory point for her own family.
A wet bar with walnut, open shelving was added in the dining area. Refrigerator drawers allow for easy entertaining with two separate drawers for beverages.
The homeowners opted not to use their formal dining room and incorporated their custom table into the eat-in kitchen to fit their family’s lifestyle. Changes in the kitchen layout now give a better view into the backyard with a large, Marvin sliding patio doors that provides the look of French doors in an area with limited room for a swing door.
On the main floor, the existing guest bath was spruced up with wainscoting, wallpaper and pocket door. The media/family room features built-in shelving around the TV and doors into the backyard. A mudroom area was created in the back hallway to hang coats since the detached garage is in the backyard. With iPad and phone charging station, this area serves as the command center for this busy family.
In the expansive, master bedroom suite upstairs, we added larger windows, ceiling fans, lighting and updated the adjoining laundry room. The master bath featured a dated mural and lacked original charm. We brightened up the space with tile wainscoting, vintage-style clawfoot soaking tub and diminished the cave-like shower to a reasonable size with glass panels. Existing plumbing stayed in same location, however the second master closet was converted into a private water closet. As repeat Mountainwood Homes clients, our homeowners loved their last bathroom and duplicated many of the same elements such as dark, charcoal walls, black and white hexagon tiles and the exact same sink and faucet they previously selected since classic design never goes out of style.