Traditional Touches Add Warmth and Homeowner’s Personal Style
When Frank and Sue moved into their 55+ single-family home in Plainsboro, NJ, they loved the layout, high ceilings and full basement. Yet they wanted the home to feel more like their own, with traditional touches, personal spaces and a comfortable, welcoming vibe.
“We weren’t looking for an all-white, HGTV look for our new kitchen. We’re very traditional people, and that was reflective in the colors, style of cabinets and hardware, and other details we chose,” says Frank.
Like many couples with grown children, they sought a comfortable, convenient home with less square footage. “Being just the two of us now, but with a grandchild on the way, we were searching for a home that was nearby, was easy to maintain and keep clean, and offered plenty of privacy and separation when needed,” he explains. “This house fit all our needs but not our personal style. With the help of the team at Dickson Development, we were able to renovate the entire home with minimal disruption.”
Rightsizing, Not Downsizing, During the Pandemic
The couple was fortunate to find Dickson Development when they did, prior to the coronavirus shutdown. The Dickson crew was able start the job and completely transform the space following all the recommended guidelines for safety.
Scope of Interior Renovation
- Gut and completely remodel the kitchen
- Add a large shower to an updated master bathroom
- Refinish the hardwood floors
- Repaint the entire home
- Build a cedar closet in the finished basement
A Clean Slate for a New Master Bath and Kitchen
At the start, it was clear the kitchen and master bathroom would need to be gutted to create a blank canvas for the homeowners. They wanted the kitchen to be the heart of their home, a place to congregate, especially when family came to visit.
“We removed all the old cabinetry and made the kitchen larger by extending the bar seating area,” says Richard Dickson. “We kept the basic plan but installed high-quality maple cabinets, stained in a deep brown color, providing a nice contrast from the light oak floors.”
A consistency of style was carried throughout the home renovation. The master bathroom vanity was chosen for its updated traditional aesthetic, as well as the custom tilework. Yet the most welcome change was the removal of the original whirlpool tub to make room for a large shower with a built-in seat.
“It’s like a fancy hotel shower,” notes Frank. “Everything just looks great, down to the last detail. Almost everything is new, even the lighting.”
Minimal Disruption, Maximum Results
Despite the extent of work performed, the homeowners chose to stay in their home during the project, and were pleasantly surprised by the lack of disruption. “The Dickson crew was courteous, not just to us, but also our neighbors. They were clean and not at all noisy; we received none of the usual complaints you might get from neighbors. Because we live in a 55+ community, they were extra careful not to disturb anyone,” says Frank. “I can’t say enough about their crew.”
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