Central Jersey NARI

2021 Contractor of the Year Award Winners

Residential Interior $250,000 - $500,000 — Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction

A 1990s builder-grade residence needed an upgrade for organization and natural lighting while updating the look and feel of the kitchen, attached family room and foyer. The homeowners requested more storage and workspace in the kitchen.The transformed space provides extensive storage, a larger island with seating, prep sink, microwave and open as well as closed storage. Strategically placed windows in the kitchen and family room emit more natural light but do not sacrifice workspace in the kitchen. The knee wall separating the kitchen and family room was eliminated and replaced with a decorative cased opening and transom window. The fireplace required renovation due to cracks in the outside brick; inside the red brick was whitewashed. New wood floors extend throughout the foyer, family room and kitchen with a black concrete surrounding the fireplace opening. 











Residential Exterior Over $150,000 — Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction

A 1950s Colonial required exterior repairs and renovation. The siding showed wear, several windows no longer worked, the shutters were in disrepair and paint was peeling. The front entrance, wooden columns at the corners of the house and the overhang offered excellent design opportunities to transform the home's appearance. With a new front porch, the home was transformed from a flat, plain mass into a substantial and elegant structure. Copper elements throughout — window headers, gutters, downspouts, porch and cupola — add beauty. The shallow roof overhang challenged the company, which added depth with the copper and window headers.Replacing the columns with recessed panels creates interest and balance.

Residential Detached Structure — Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction 

October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy decimated the Jersey Shore with high winds and storm surge. As many families with homes at the shore, this client lost a bungalow-style beach house...but decided to rebuild. With the completion of the original home, the lot next door became available! Purchasing the space for a garage and storage, they also wanted a guest house for extended family. The Cape Cod-style cedar shingle building complements the new home but does not overpower it. New building codes instituted since Hurricane Sandy limited installations. The two-story end wall is 8-inches thick to withstand hurricane force winds and flooding Stormproof windows with tempered glass were used throughout. Situating the detached building art the far end permits space for a swimming pool and ample gardens. 


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