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SJC Residence

South Orange, NJ, USA

Project Description

This majestic 1920s center hall colonial had a kitchen straight out of the 1990s. To add insult to injury, the previous owner had undertaken several renovations that undermined the structure of the first floor and had led to sagging of the floors throughout he home. Terrible things done to a great old home. MRVN was engaged to design structural repairs and renovate the dated kitchen into something more modern and functional. First, we redesigned the main load bearing walls to correct improperly cut and drilled main beams and repair the damaged structure, putting the house back on solid framing. Next, we worked with the owner to understand the way that they wanted to use the space, ultimately creating a layout where the kitchen was separated into two separate, but still well connected, zones. The first zone was the main cooking and food preparation space housing the primary sink, a 48-inch range and commercial grade vent hood, and the main refrigerator. The second zone consisted of an extended baking area with center prep table, undercounter refrigeration, and ample dry pantry storage space in the form of full height pantry cabinets. To the side of the baking area and adjacent the dining room, a full beverage station was designed, housing an icemaker, undercounter wine fridge, and a coffee station. The side entry area was renovated to create a new Mudroom / Laundry Room. The 1920s meets the 2020s. Pretty cool.

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