Renovated modern home in New Jersey boasting impressive transparency

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Christopher Street Residence is a renovated modern home that was designed by RHG Architecture + Design, located in Montclair, New Jersey. The primary focus of this project was to improve the overall flow, creating a light-filled addition and giving the home a new revitalized vibe. A 725 square foot rear addition was intended to draw the eye all the way through the home. The addition connects the family room and living room through a garden style hallway.

The glazing continues into the living room which connects to the exterior with a double sliding door system creating a grand 12’-0” opening out to the garden and pool area. When you come to the kitchen from the entry hall you are met with a minimalist white galley kitchen with a 15’ island. The millwork stretches into the living room for continuity. This includes a ‘Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ door that disappears when closed and reveals a mud room when open.

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The Homeowners: Sarah and Giles Colwell

Their Background: The Colwell’s are a British couple with two young sons. After years of searching for a new home, and considering building one ground up, they came across ‘the home’. While the house had a great energy, the flow had been disrupted due to a poorly scaled prior addition and chopped up interior work. RHG A+D was hired to help this family translate what they simply envisioned, into the home they had always dreamed of.

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The glazing in the living room was designed with an English Garden in mind. The mullions create a traditional rhythm that relate to the leaded glass at the front of the home. On the end of the house the garden windows extend to the peak of the vaulted space, transitioning a traditional element into a modern detail.

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What We Love: This renovated modern home plays with transparency, as it features integrated windows throughout, creating a light and airy atmosphere. The addition helps to open up the interior living spaces, helping to cater to the homeowners lifestyle. There is now a more connected flow throughout and a seamless indoor-outdoor connection, inviting nature inside. Stylish furnishings and fixtures helps to create an overall chic design aesthetic. We love it… how about you? Readers, please share your thoughts on this project in the comments below.

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Dining Room with sparkle wall finish.

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Family Room with sliders fully open.

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Above: The original service stair was removed and replaced with a floating stair encased in glass, allowing for transparency through to the living room and into the garden. Heated floor tiles create continuity and cohesive space between the kitchen, living room and connecting hallway.

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Master Bedroom.

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Master Bathroom.

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Stair hall sitting area.

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Children’s Bedrooms.

Photos: Emily Gilbert Photography / This project was submitted to us courtesy of RHG Architecture + Design. If you have a project you would like to share with One Kindesign, please contact us here: Submit Your Work.

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6 years ago

Looks a little too transparent given how close the neighbor’s homes are to this home. I’d be wanting some blinds installed.

Sarah Colwell
4 years ago
Reply to  Jane

Thank you for your comment! We do have blinds in all the bedrooms, have privacy hedges and never feel overlooked, but of course it’s a personal preference! If you’re at all familiar with Montclair you will know that this is a relatively large lot and not as close to the neighbors as it might appear. We wanted a home that felt light and bright all year round and that is what we have. A perfect blend of traditional and modern to fit our family needs!