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Kitchen Remodel Takes a Split-Level to the Next Level

Renovated Split Level - Princeton, NJ Home Builder

Spacious Open Floor Plan Blends Kitchen and Living Space Into One

Kitchen Remodel to Open Floor Plan in Princeton

The enclosed kitchen before renovations began.

Alice remembers the first time she saw her new home in Princeton, NJ. Everything was perfect … except the house. “We loved the wooded property, the neighborhood, the walking distance to school,” she says. Yet, the classic 1960s-style split-level was gloomy and dated.

Fortunately, Alice had the vision to see beyond the dark, closed-in space and shared her ideas with Richard Dickson. “He knew right away that this wasn’t just about renovating a kitchen; it was about taking down walls, putting a beam in the ceiling, updating the HVAC system,” says Alice. “It was about creating a contemporary space that worked with our family’s lifestyle.”

Dickson’s design made the best possible use of a small space, moving the cabinets to one side of the kitchen, and adding an oversized island that blends seamlessly into the living area. “I have three young children and spend half my day in the kitchen,” says Alice. “With a split-level home, I never feel very far from my kids,” she says.

Princeton Kitchen Expansion

The new open floor plan, nearing completion of the project.

This is one reason for the renewed interest in and respect for split-level homes. Dickson made a point to retain the character, charm and efficiency of a split-level floor plan. “The original kitchen didn’t feel very usable to us. It was cramped,” she says. In addition to opening up the entire first floor, Richard suggested adding recessed lighting and a neutral gray color palette.

“The transformation has been nothing less than dramatic,” says Alice.

To schedule a consultation with Richard Dickson, call  609.799.0220.

 

 

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A Spacious Yet Tranquil Retreat

New Home Construction - Princeton NJ

Australian Family Finds a “Happy Space” in Their New Princeton Home

You don’t make a move from Australia to New Jersey without careful consideration. Carmen and her family lived in Princeton for 18 months before they found their perfect home.

New Home Construction PrincetonTheir brand-new home is a stunning and contemporary Colonial with five bedrooms, four full baths, and a comfortably elegant entry foyer that adjoins a spacious and modern living room and dining room with volume ceilings. The home features a floor plan that is a seamless blend of formal and informal living spaces.

“This house is just beautiful. We love living here,” says Carmen, who has barely finished unpacking but is already making plans to entertain on their large back deck. “We love the high ceilings, the open living spaces and good build. It is surprisingly quiet and tranquil in the house, a tribute to quality construction and excellent design.”

Carmen calls the kitchen her “happy space.” It is a bright, expansive room where her family spends much of their time. She especially likes the island with its Carrara marble top, as well as the large pantry. “Our guests joke that they want to reserve their own shelf, that’s how big the pantry is!” she says.

The kitchen opens up to a large deck that spans the length of the house. “We enjoy spending as much time as we can outside, like we did back in Australia. I like how the deck is connected to two living spaces, which brings the outside in,” she says.

Carmen describes the master bath as “gorgeous,” with its deep bathtub and large shower with three showerheads. “It’s quite lovely and different.”

The “his” and “her” walk-in closets are highly coveted by her two teenaged daughters. “My daughter says it would be a dream to have a wardrobe someday just like mine.”

Everyone in the family enjoys having their own “cubby” or place to leave their things in a pristine mudroom that connects to the garage. “The whole house is so well designed, just full of carefully thought-out details,” Carmen explains. “I found Richard Dickson and his team to be supportive, helpful and very responsive.”

To schedule a consultation with Richard Dickson, call 609.799.0220.

 

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They Rebuilt Their Home after a Fire

Vaulted Ceiling Addition in Princeton Colonial

This completely renovated Princeton Colonial features a unique vaulted ceiling.

The loss of a house to a fire is devastating on so many levels. Your home is the host to your most cherished memories. It’s the place you go to seek comfort and spend time with family.

When Marc and Susanna Monseau lost their home to a fire, they wanted to work with a builder who would support them every step of the way. It was a difficult time, but the personal service and attention to detail they received from Richard Dickson and his team made a tremendous difference in the process.

“It was a big job,” Susanna recalls. “We needed new floors, walls and windows throughout the house. We needed three new bathrooms and a new kitchen. We also added a brand new bedroom over the garage.”

That bedroom features a unique ceiling with exposed Glulam construction and an elegant copper roof. Glulam refers to a glued laminated timber that is as strong as it is beautiful.

Rustic Kitchen Renovation - Princeton NJThe project, from start to finish, took eight months to complete. “We worked closely with our client to complete the project in a timely manner,” says Richard Dickson. “This included the selection of the new kitchen cabinetry.”

Dickson’s designer helped the client choose all the finishes and also provided them with contacts at kitchen, bathroom and tile vendors. This made the process run smoothly and efficiently. The lovely Colonial home, located in Princeton, NJ, also features stunning plumbing fixtures from Ferguson throughout the new bathrooms and kitchen.

“The fire was a terrible experience for our client,” says Richard. “It was personally satisfying to know that the assistance we gave to them and the work we performed made the return to their home easier.”

To schedule a consultation with Richard Dickson, call 609.799.0220.


  • “Dickson Development did a great job and they actually finished ahead of schedule. They were very responsive and made sure we always knew what was going on.”
    - Susanna Monseau
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Princeton Sunroom Addition

Featured Home - Harding

Brighten Up Your Day with a New Sunroom

This sunroom addition in Princeton was once a simple screened-in porch with limited access and few amenities. We tore it down and started from scratch to create an inviting year-round space to relax and entertain.

The breezy new sunroom features a volume ceiling with a paddle fan to circulate air without air conditioning. Its tall, elegant windows on three sides allow natural air and sunlight to fill the room, creating a pleasant, spacious aesthetic.

What’s more, the room will have a single-zone heat pump to provide heating and air conditioning year-round. Radiant heat is being installed under the tile for added comfort and to heat the room when a larger system is not needed.

This spectacular sunroom offers better access as well. The original screened-in porch could only be reached by walking through the living room. We added a connecting space to the kitchen to allow access from the rear deck as well.

Check back to see more photos of this exciting new project as it continues to unfold.

Princeton Junction Remodel

Home renovations in Princeton, NJ

Wake Up to a Fresh New Look

This remodel features a bright kitchen, which opens up to a cheery sunroom with heated tile flooring. Kitchen details include beautiful hardwood floors, quartzite countertops, bold, contemporary lighting fixtures and a crisp, clean color palette.