Thursday, December 11, 2014

Renovation: Giving An Old House A Fresh Start In New Jersey

Colonial Style House in NJ BEFORE RenoAreader named Doug wrote me about fixing up this old house in South Orange, New Jersey. It was built in 1912 and hadn’t really been updated much since. When he and his wife took on the challenge of renovating it to sell, it was in pretty bad shape, but it looks a whole lot happier now…
Renovated Colonial in New Jersey | hookedonhouses.net
Doug is a Realtor in South Orange: “I have an investor client who renovates and restores old houses. He was busy with a much larger project, so he hired my wife and I to do this property for him. We did all the design work and hired all the contractors. From a totally brand new roof, down to all new mechanicals in the basement, every inch of the house was touched and given much needed love! We then staged the house and I photographed it for the MLS. The house is now on the market and awaiting its new owner.”
Here’s how that enclosed porch looked before:
Colonial Style House in NJ BEFORE Reno (2)
It no longer looks like a scene from a horror movie — more like a romantic comedy (ha):
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (3)
From the front hall looking into the living room before:
Colonial Style House in NJ BEFORE Reno (1)
And the living room today:
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (14)
The dining room and kitchen were separated by a wall before:
Colonial Style House in NJ BEFORE Reno (4)
They opened it up so the kitchen no longer feels so dark and cramped, and the dining area feels more connected to it:
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (8)
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (10)
The house has about 1,500 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (5)
The kitchen was so small before that the refrigerator couldn’t even fit in it:
Colonial Style House in NJ BEFORE Reno (5)
Opening up those walls gave the kitchen more space and light:
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (4)
Remember when I said the house hadn’t been updated much since it was built? The kitchen was really showing its age:
Colonial Style House in NJ BEFORE Reno (6)
They really made this house livable (and lovable) again for a new generation.
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (6)
The listing says, “This stunning Colonial is just blocks from everything the Village of South Orange has to offer including the Mid-Town Direct train, just 30 minutes to NYC. The home’s classic features of beautiful hard wood floors, tall ceilings & fabulous moldings add character & charm.”
Colonial Style House Renovated NJ (9)
It’s on the market for $419,000. Check the listing for the rest of the photos and more information.
152 Tichenor Ave South Orange NJ
From Hooked On Houses hookedonhouses.com

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