SCOTCH PLAINS

Scotch Plains
A typical mid century split level home was transformed through several additions, a complete renovation, and a dynamic re-thinking about the idea of the split level. The owners, a family from India, requested that we use Vaastu principles to organize the relationship to the site as well as interior spaces. The garage was relocated to conform to the ideal entry position, thus creating valuable living space on the lower level. 

For Before photos, before and after Plans, progress renderings, and the story behind the project-

Modern residential architecture. The Owners say that passersby often stop in front of the house to look. Cool kid on the block.
The Owners say that passersby often stop in front of the house to look. Cool kid on the block. 
Modern residential architecture. New patios were created at each level. The connecting stair mirrors the one inside, separated by the planter and tall windows.
New concrete patios were created at each level. The connecting stair mirrors the one inside, separated by the planter and tall windows.
Modern residential architecture. Scotch Plains Back of house. Cantilevered 2nd floor terrace.
Modern residential architecture. The low concrete wall and cedar canopy signify the entry, although the front door isn't obvious on the front elevation.
The low concrete wall and cedar canopy signify the entry, although the front door isn't obvious on the front elevation.
Modern residential architecture. The entry area was opened up to become a story and a half space. An oak closet enclosure carves into the tall wall.
The entry area was opened up to become a story and a half space. An oak closet enclosure carves into the tall wall.
Modern residential architecture. From the entry foyer looking into the main living area.
From the entry foyer looking into the main living area. 
Modern residential architecture. From the lower level looking into the entry foyer.
From the lower level looking into the entry foyer. 
Modern residential architecture. A bar at the lower level dining and living room. New, wide stairs connecting to the kitchen level make a spacious connection not usually found in the typical split level arrangement.
A bar at the lower level dining and living room. New, wide stairs connecting to the kitchen level make a spacious connection not usually found in the typical split level arrangement.  
Modern residential architecture. A wood screen and in ground fountain highlight the position of the puja, a ceremonial altar space within.
A wood screen and in ground fountain highlight the position of the puja, a ceremonial altar space within.
Modern residential architecture. The various levels flow together in a an open way. The lower level floor slab was insulated assuring a warm and comfortable living space.
The various levels flow together in an open way. The lower level floor slab was insulated assuring a warm and comfortable living space.
Modern residential architecture. The partially cantilevered stair becomes sculpture against the white wall.
The partially cantilevered stair becomes sculpture against the white wall.
Modern residential architecture. From the kitchen, the view down to the lower level and up to a mezzanine on the master bedroom level.
From the kitchen, the view down to the lower level and up to a mezzanine on the master bedroom level.  
Modern residential architecture. The previous kitchen, dining room and living room were opened up and completely reconfigured in a way that makes this part of the house  feel substantially larger than in it's original form.
The previous kitchen, dining room and living room were opened up and completely reconfigured in a way that makes this part of the house 
feel substantially larger than in it's original form.
Modern residential architecture. The Master Bathroom Vanity Avalon Two by Vanity Fair from Hardware Designs. Plumbing fixtures by General Plumbing Supply. Light Candle Pendants by Sonneman from Arch St Lighting. Marble Slab in Shower is African St. Laurent
The Master Bathroom
Modern residential architecture. Daughter's Bedroom features a custom mural and hammock.
Daughter's Bedroom features a custom mural and hammock.

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