Central Jersey NARI

Residential Kitchen Under $30,000

Kitchen Magic

The homeowners wanted to alter their existing footprint of their kitchen adding an island and create a Transitional kitchen with Traditional and Contemporary design but were constrained by a budget. By mixing new cabinets and refacing the old ones, Kitchen Magic could perform the desired changes within the budget.  Refacing uses 75 percent of the existing structure, replacing only the doors and drawers. Cambria countertops, sourced and manufactured in North America, recycle all metal tooling and 100 percent of the water they use for polishing, are safe for use in food preparation. A new green kitchen was created for $29,820.

(Photography by Andy Ryan Photographer:  https://www.andyryanphotographer.com)



Residential Kitchen $30,000 - $60,000        Kitchen Magic

The builder-grade cabinets needed to replaced with a modern design reminiscent of the homeowners’ Manhattan lifestyle. Relocate the coffee station corner and reposition the refrigerator to create an authentic galley style with free-flowing traffic and open floor plan. The upper cabinets flanking the window were replaced with open shelving to permit more natural light access. To improve storage, a bank of pantry cabinets was created in an adjacent area. To assist in providing more light, Satin White cabinets were installed with steel grey granite countertops. The counter was extended to create a dining area on the peninsula. Layout changes were made so dish drawer handles did not strike the oven handle. The new Modern kitchen was created for $41,790.(Photography by Andy Ryan Photographer; https://www.andyryanphotographer.com


Residential Interior $100,000 - $250,000

Aurora Kitchens and Interiors, LLC

Planning to live in their home into retirement, these homeowners wanted to reconfigure their home to include a master suite with bathroom and laundry area on the first floor. The homeowners originally requested a small bump-out but to accomplish this multiple variances were required, making a complex process. Because the footprint expansion was not an option, it was decided to take two small bedrooms and one small bathroom to create master bedroom suite with his and her closets, a master bath with two sinks and comfortably sized shower, powder room and laundry area. When space is tight, creative thought must be implemented. In the master bathroom, a 54” vanity allowed for double sinks,an extra-deep linen closet provides storage, and integrated lighting in the closet helps with functionality. The shower received two niches – one for shaving utensils – the other for soaps, etc. One small closet was insufficient. The solution was a custom closet system with barn doors. Bringing the laundry up from the basement was a space problem, so a stacking washer and dryer unit was installed providing space for hampers and shelving. The renovation was accomplished for $143,254


Residential Bath $50,001 - $75,000

Aurora Kitchens and Interiors, LLC

A 1990s pink bathroom with small shower and broken corner Jacuzzi required updating and fixing. The skylight needed replacing, privacy desired for the toilet area, and shower expanded. The re-imagined  layout features a generous shower, a new undermount whirlpool tub, a new vanity with his and hers sinks and a private water closet. Skylight was repaired and replaced and heated floors added to warm the space. Making room for the 42 x 72 tub and enclosing the toilet area were a challenge; the ceiling was not flat and the skylight interfered with the proposed layout of the privacy wall. Using a pocket door for the toilet area reduced the floor space requirement. Recessed lights were installed in the angled ceiling over the tub and in the shower to add light to a dark room and heated floors added warmth. Total cost: $68,049

Residential Detached Structure Over $250,000

KCH Contracting LLC

Making an architect’s drawings a reality can be a challenge. These homeowners wanted  a lot of natural wood, which included timber trusses with no metal connectors. A pizza oven and a BBQ were to be installed without visible exhaust vents. While the original architect plans called for metal connectors, the homeowners desired mortise and tenon connections as well as traditional post and beam construction. The French Le Panyol wood-fired pizza oven was delivered to the homeowner disassembled. Gas for the BBQ was delivered to the outbuilding by running a trench with gas line from the home. Reclaimed wood was used throughout the building. Decorative and functional lighting was installed without visible wiring  by hiding the electrical wiring with the trusses. The building includes a functioning kitchen island with seating, a dining area, TV and game area plus fireplace. The building was completed for $264,000.

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