Perched up on a hill with views of the park, old skate pond with stone warming house, this old stone house looks like it may have been part of an original estate that included the park. It is one of the many jewels in South Orange, New Jersey.
The side porch however, was lacking. The owners approached us to take the covered concrete patio with mildewed dropped ceiling just off the living room, and create a three season room that was a bit more refined while maintaining the rustic charm that could be used as an indoor/outdoor space when entertaining. So without compromising the historical details and charm of the original stone structure, we went to work.
First we enclosed the porch. A series of custom picture and operable casement windows by JELD-WEN were installed between the existing stone columns. We added matching stone below each set of windows and cast sill to match the existing homes’ details. Second, a set of custom sliding mahogany barn doors with black iron hardware were installed to enclose an eight foot opening. When open, entertaining between the house and the adjacent patio flows. Third, we enhanced this indoor outdoor connection with blue stone floors in an English pattern that flow to the new blue stone patio of the same pattern. And lastly, we demolished the drop ceiling and created a varnished batten with bead board cove ceiling adding height and drama. New lighting, ceiling fan from New York Lighting and furnishings indoors and out bring it all together for a beautiful and rustic indoor outdoor space that is comfortable and pleasantly refined.