BEFORE AND AFTER: A Full Renovation in a Historical JC Building

Just like our last post, we've finished up another extensive renovation and are ready to share all the details! This one took place in a historical Jersey City building, complete with ancient wiring, crumbling plumbing, and terra cotta walls. 

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Our first step was to gut the kitchen. Though we tried to salvage that once-pretty glass front cabinet (see below), unfortunately it wouldn't come out in one piece. Similarly, removing the backsplash was a challenge, too. The tiles were double-thick and adhered to walls made of clay blocks. Once the backsplash was taken care of, we began to rewire and clean up the plumbing. 

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Next we had to deal with the awkward closet taking up precious wall space.  It backs up to a hallway, so we decided to open it on the other side and close off the opening in the kitchen. This allowed us to move the fridge to the back wall and widen the entrance into the room, making it feel more cohesive and spacious. We added a floor to ceiling pantry to the right of the doorway, providing more storage.

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Though there wasn't anything worth saving in the kitchen, we did find some architectural elements to restore in the rest of the space. Hidden by some bad plaster work, mirrors, and doors, were original arched alcoves (two in the entry vestibule and one in the dining area of the LR), that were begging to be re-instated. We opened them back up, then built floating shelves for art and other small decorative items to rest on.

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The bathroom was in need of a full refresh, as well. We removed the same double-thick tile and an old vanity, tub, and toilet. Next we created a new, wider shower floor, enclosed some pipes, and tiled floor to ceiling (including around the window alcove) to create a new walk-in shower. A floating vanity and efficient toilet finished out the space. 

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Other upgrades included refinishing the floors, repairing and adding new moldings, and restoring some fixtures like original door knobs. We also installed closet organizers and refinished an original radiator to make the space as functional as possible. 

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To see the full project, visit the Jersey City project on our site!