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A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White: An Allendale Basement Suits Whatever Kind of Mood You’re In Tonight – Design NJ – Aug/Sept 2017

A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White

An Allendale Basement Suits Whatever Kind of Mood You’re In Tonight

John and Ariane Canavan wanted a lot from their Allendale basement. The goal for the 1,600-square-foot space was “to create a comfortable atmosphere for the young children, keeping in mind they will be using the area for entertainment for all ages,” says Glen Lumia, owner of Creative Design Construction Inc. in Northvale. Based on that request, Lumia’s team created rooms that speak to sophisticated adult gatherings, children’s playtime and family fun.

The various gathering spaces in this basement have decidedly different tones. The bar area, with its refined dark neutrals, feels like a chic urban club. The television zone is cozy and warm, beckoning kids and parents to relax in the deep sofa. The children’s playroom is bold and bright, with plenty of room to spread out. Still, all the spaces have something in common — a linear design softened by strategically placed curves.

The play of angles and curves begins upon entering the basement. Here, a preponderance of right angles — the frosted glass on the playroom door, the box panels on the stairwell wall, and the wine-rack-wall tile — serves to accentuate the spherical bottles in the prominent floor-to-ceiling wine rack.

At the bar, the hard angles of the cabinetry are juxtaposed with the graceful waves of the barstools. In the television area, cubed ottomans in orange and brown mimic the lines of the paneled door and cabinetry. The carpet adds a curved counterpoint with its flowery swirls in coordinating colors. A carpet adorned with circles takes center stage in the playroom surrounded by crisp white cabinetry festooned with fun flower and heart decals.


The funky and fun playroom can be viewed from the other rooms — or not as the situation requires — thanks to the design team’s thoughtful addition of decorative frosted-glass pocket doors. “They were used to separate the children’s spaces from the adult areas,” Lumia says. This facilitates sound control “and allows the spaces to be hidden in the event they become messy.”

Other practical and pretty accents fill the space. The flooring throughout is vinyl disguised as wood, chosen for its utility in a subterranean environment. “It’s free-floating and anti-bacterial — priceless for a basement application,” Lumia says. (A floating floor does not need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor, allowing for expansion and contraction.)

In contrast to the smooth plane of the floor, stacked stone tiles bring some rough edges to the entry, bar and television areas. Inset at differing depths rather than flush, the uneven stone adds interest to the spaces. In a departure from the horizontally set tile in the bar and television spaces, the tile in the wine rack/entry area is set vertically to create a pleasing contrast with the horizontal wine bottles.

In fact, all the various spaces in this basement contrast pleasingly with each other, yet work beautifully together. The result, Lumia says, is exactly what the Canavans ordered — “a space that grows with the family.”


SOURCES Overall: contractor, Creative Design Construction Inc. in Northvale; Coretec flooring in seven-inch alabaster oak, Floor Town in Paramus; wall tile (except in bathroom), Golden Honey stacked stone from Fuda Tile Inc. in Ramsey. Wine Wall Area: wall color (here and in Bar and Seating area), Benjamin Moore 2108-50 Silver Fox; wine rack, VintageView Wine Storage Systems in Denver, Colorado; frosted glass door, TruStile Doors through Dykes Lumber Co. in Closter. Bar Area: cream quartzite bar counter, Imperial Marble & Granite Inc. in Pearl River,DNJ

New York; cabinetry, Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. in Princeton, Minnesota; stools, Lee’s Discount Dinettes in Paramus; pendant lighting over bar, Quorum International in Fort Worth. Bathroom: wall color, Benjamin Moore 2140-50 Gray Horse; cabinetry, Crystal Cabinet Works Inc.; vanity top, quartzite in Glacier White from Imperial Marble & Granite Inc.; wall tile, Precious Queen Glitz and Glamour from Fuda Tile Inc. Seating Area: cabinetry, Crystal Cabinet Works Inc.; ottoman, sofa and throw pillows, Ethan Allen; door, Trustile Doors through Dykes Lumber Co.; carpet, Children’s Play Area: wall color, Benjamin Moore AC-26 Ozark Shadows; cabinetry and coffee table, Crystal Cabinet Works Inc.; carpet,; three-light Globus round pendant, Dainolite Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; swivel desk chairs, Ikea.

A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White: An Allendale Basement Suits Whatever Kind of Mood You’re In Tonight

Light The Fire – Qualified Remodeler – September 2017


Fireplaces and fire features can provide a focal point for outdoor spaces as well as extend the outdoor living season in certain regions of the country

By Kacey Larsen

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” as the adage goes, and that is particularly relevant considering the popularity of fireplaces and fire features in outdoor living spaces. According to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Study, 36 percent of the homeowners surveyed who have completed, are currently working on or are planning an outdoor project intend to include a fire pit within their outdoor living purchases. Houzz further breaks it down by identifying homeowners’ locations who have or want a fire pit: 31 percent urban, 35 percent suburban and 40 percent rural.

Another piece of interesting news from the Houzz study is that outdoor projects come in all budgets — nine out of 10 homeowners spent or plan to spend less than $5,000 on minor projects while over two in five homeowners spent or plan to spend $20,000 or more on complete outdoor overhauls. Jarod Hynson, president, Earth, Turf,& Wood in Denver, Pa., can personally vouch for this trend in spending. “We’re a design/build company that specializes in outdoor living. It’s people’s backyards, but it’s a high-end residential market,” he says. “We’ve done projects anywhere from $20,000 to $1.2 million. We’ve probably put a fireplace in about 40 percent of the projects we built.”

Fireplaces and fire features can certainly accommodate a myriad of budgets as they can range in size, material and types of fuel used. In the opinion of Glen Lumia, president/CEO of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling in Northvale, N.J., good, better and best options can correspond to the size of a client’s budget. He considers drop and use (pre-made units) to be good; modular units that provide design flexibility to be better; and full masonry structures with endless possibilities to be best.

Another decision to be made involving fire features and fireplaces is what type of fire fuel will best fit a homeowner’s needs or desires. Lumia recommends considering if there is accessibility to hard piped gas preexisting on-site; if not, direct piping can get expensive and be invasive to the landscape, he says. Maintenance; types of use in terms of heating, ambience, and/or visual interest or focal point; and ease of use should also be discussed. As Lumia points out, “Many clients don’t want the hassle of wood and would rather have the ability to push a button or turn on [a fireplace] from their hand-held device,” which is why an honest conversation needs to be had during the planning and design phase.

Hynson echoes the importance of understanding your client’s wants and needs, but indicates that he does have a personal preference when it comes to fuel. “Personally, I’m a big advocate of firewood because I like the crackling and the popping of the firewood and the heat it throws off. Gas is quick because it’s the throw of a switch and you’ve got a gas fire — you may not have a whole lot of heat from it, but it’s clean, simple and you don’t have to get firewood,” he explains. “The thing we’ve found with outdoor fireplaces is they turn the backyard from one season with a pool into a three-season area. So you could sit out back in October, November to watch Monday night football with a TV over top the fireplace and be very comfortable with a roaring wood fireplace. We always encourage our customers: The bigger the firebox, the more wood you can fit in there, the more heat it will throw.”

Beyond decisions about the fireplace or fire feature, consideration should be given to how it will fit into the overall outdoor living space. “When we design outdoor spaces, we are always conscientious of the views primarily and traffic flow secondary,” explains Lumia. He points to one of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling’s projects involving a pool and spa in addition to a fireplace, as an example, indicating the placement of the pool and spa were intentionally to the left so the placement of the fireplace did not interrupt lines of sight from the outdoor space’s covered area or any of the home’s windows.

An interesting trend Hynson reports is for families to have both a fireplace and a fire pit in their backyard, which can create a destination and separate gathering spots. “At my house, I have a fireplace and a fire pit because the kids always seem to gather around the fire pit. But over by the fireplace, we tend to see that more as an adult congregating area. And we have a multitude of families who say, “Hey, we want to do both,” because in reality a fire pit doesn’t cost that much,” he says. “The fire pit becomes a destination somewhere in the backyard.”

Some homeowners want their fireplace or fire feature to be more than a destination — they want it to be a focal point. Lumia points to a project involving an infinity spa that drops into an infinity pool which drops into a lake, and the homeowners wanted a focal point. So Creative Design Construction & Remodeling constructed fire bowls that cascade water into the pool, have LED light features, and are controlled via pool controls including the homeowner’s cellphones. He explains that the units were “raised to offer a focal point and starting/finishing line for the drop-off edge and patio.” Direct burial materials (PVC piping) is used for the fire features’ conduit.

One important key before and during the design phase, as Hynson points out, is to check and double check all building codes regarding fireplaces and fire features. “We typically research a lot of that before we even begin the design because we don’t want to have a customer fall in love with a design that we can’t build because of regulations.”


Awareness of recommendations and codes can aid the planning and placement of fireplaces and fire features to ensure the safety and comfort of homeowners. “Always check with manufacturer recommendations and local building codes to ensure compliance. With so many options available, size and features will definitely impact location choice,” Lumia says. “Generally speaking, electric fireplaces will not need a vent. Wood burning fireplaces will need a chimney — generally 2 ft. taller than anything within 10 ft. It is best to review the manufacturer recommendations for gas units. We always use licensed tradesmen for the utility connections.”

The regulations Hynson indicates his team runs into most often when it comes to fireplaces and fire features relate to distances and heights. “I would say that probably 75 percent of the outdoor fireplaces we build have some type of a pavilion on top. If you want to go the route of having an outdoor TV or other types of electronics, you really want that to be covered. If there’s adequate room, there’s usually an outdoor kitchen which might be under the pavilion as well, so now you’re going to have grill smoke and stuff as well. You’ll want to have a cupola or venting system at the peak of the pavilion to get the smoke out,” he says. “Every township is so different it’s enough to make you go nuts, but we do run into some regulations in terms of distances and heights — sometimes a fireplace has to be so far away from the house; sometimes the pavilion needs certain rooflines.”

An additional thought for consideration when planning and selecting a fireplace or fire features with clients is the ability to convert down the road. “I would say that 90 percent of fireplaces we design are wood burning, but you can always convert a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace,” Hynson says. “You can always put gas logs or a gas enclosure in a wood fireplace, but you can’t go the other way.” |
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Not Entirely Outdoors – The Record – March 5, 2017


Homeowners look for ways to keep patios, decks away from the elements



EASTERN OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS Outdoor living spaces can include a trellis and an underdeck, bluestone floors and even weatherproof flatscreens.

Homeowners want to bring their living spaces outdoors, but not completely outdoors, according to North Jersey designers and contractors.

As outdoor kitchens and living areas become more sophisticated, with couches, fire pits, fireplaces and more, homeowners are looking for ways to keep their patios and decks away from the sun.

“We’re doing a lot of covered patios,” says Glen Lumia, president and chief executive officer of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling in Northvale. Those patios are either attached to the home, detached or part of a cabana, he says. Clients have been asking for sun protection, too. “We’re looking for different, creative ways to block sun without blocking light to the house,” says Lumia, including powered screens that retract when not needed to block the bugs. “A lot of people will ask for the screened-porch option, but then not want to look at the screens all year,” he notes. Homeowners can press a button or their phone to retract them.

Another option Lumia’s company offers is an underdeck – finishing the underside of a second-story deck so that residents can stay out of the sun or remain dry when it’s raining. A house with a walk-out basement can have a full deck on the first floor.

Lumia, three-time president of the Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern New Jersey, says he used to get asked for covered porches maybe once a year, but such requests are now much more common. In the last six or seven years, more people are investing money in outdoor projects. Such projects can take between three and seven weeks to finish, he says, and can range from modest to high end, depending on the materials used.

One high-end project in Old Tappan, for instance, featured a bluestone patio and stone fireplace, and was designed to be maintenance-free. A more modestly priced two-story project in Mahwah featured a trellis meant to shade the deck at the hottest point of the day, and an underdeck with a gutter system. The trellis will periodically need water-stain removal, though the aluminum underdeck won’t need maintenance.

“For myself, I did a cabana with a screened area. It really extended the season,” Lumia says. “We open our pool now in early April, sometimes even late March, depending on the weather. But last year, we put the cover on the day before Thanksgiving.” He also uses a fireplace and small heaters similar to those that restaurants use for outdoor dining.

CREATIVE DESIGN CONSTRUCTING & REMODELING IN NORTHVALE Deck with trellis over an underdeck at a home in Mahwah.

Sun exposure is a bigger issue for people now, says Lumia, who’s had firsthand experience: He and his wife have both dealt with skin cancer. “It’s something that’s happening more and more,” he says. “We grew up in the sun, we were sun worshippers. Now we pay the price.”

Residents can always walk out of a covered area and enjoy the sun, “but you’re not obligated to stay in it,” Lumia says.

The furniture and materials used in outdoor spaces have gotten more stylish as well, says George Vallone, president of the Hoboken Brownstone Co. in Jersey City. His company has created a number of multi-unit residences – including Maxwell Place on the Hudson in Hoboken and Van Leer Place in Jersey City – that feature rooftop decks.

“It’s as comfortable as your living room furniture,” Vallone, also chairman of the board of the New Jersey Builders Association, says of current patio sets. And where his company previously used pressurized lumber for the finish on roof decks, the crew now uses more high-end, durable finishes such as ipe wood or composite materials.

Outdoor kitchens are a booming business, according to Will Evertz, president of Eastern Outdoor Furnishings in Totowa. When the company launched in 2008, it designed eight outdoor kitchens. Last year, the company did 562 kitchens for clients nationwide, from Boston to Key West, and about 300 to 400 kitchens in the Bergen County area. “The trend is just exploding,” Evertz says. “We just find people are spending more time in their backyards, not really going out on vacations or renting the Shore houses.”

Another big trend is fire features. Evertz reports getting a lot of requests for fire pits and fireplaces, saying customers are “getting away from your standard dining room table and they’re creating more of a lounge-y kind of area, where it’s couches, big comfortable chairs outside, surrounding a fire pit.” He says many of their designs lately include outdoor fireplaces with weather-resistant, waterproof televisions above them. The flatscreens range from $3,000 to $24,000, depending on size, Evertz says.

Creative Design also creates fire features, and as part of one recent project, added fire bowls to either side of a pool overlooking a reservoir in Woodcliff Lake. The bowls switch on and off by phone, Lumia says.

Though most fire features (which can be either wood or gas) are designed for visual impact and warmth and not meant for, say, roasting marshmallows, Evertz does offer a fire pit that comes with a pizza stone and grill grates.

Eastern Outdoor Furnishings uses drawings from the homeowner or contractor to create a 3-D rendering of the design and build the kitchen, then ships the materials to the job site. This condenses the process “from about three weeks to about three days,” says Evertz, who adds that the kitchens range from $4,000 to $90,000.

Tastes in furniture have changed, Evertz says. “Five years ago, everyone was into that teak furniture, and now we find that it’s just declined rapidly. People just didn’t like the maintenance of it, the wear and tear on it. They constantly have to be sanding it, finishing it, if they don’t want that weathered look.” Cast-aluminum furniture is still the most popular, he says. Evertz says his company uses stainless-steel appliances and natural stone, “so there’s really nothing that can go wrong,” and only granite counter tops. “Granite’s been in the ground for millions of years – nothing’s going to happen to it within the next 30.”

Eastern Outdoor Furnishings is a debut exhibitor this year at the “New Jersey Home Show,” which runs March 10-12 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison. Evertz says they’re doing the show “to create awareness and get the ball rolling for all the customers.” Now is the time to schedule outdoor projects, he says. “We’re already back-ordered, probably about 35 outdoor kitchens right now. In the height of our season, we can get back-ordered up to 80 or 90 of them.”

At least three exhibitors will be focusing on patios and decks this year, says Eric Udler, producer of the home show. Customer surveys reveal an increased interest in outdoor kitchens, he says, citing an improved economy as a factor. “Everybody wants to dress up their outdoor space,” he says, and these people are looking for ideas.

Udler says vendors book 80 percent of their business for the year because of the show, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees over the course of the weekend. “People are planning now what they’re going to do for their spring projects, summer projects,” he says.

Making A Big Splash – March 2017

An Old Tappan pool house is a hit all year long, proving that the fun doesn’t end when you leave the water.

A Tennessee flagstone path leads to the covered lounge area of this Old Tappan pool house. Motorized screens are hidden from view but can be lowered to keep unwanted pests from spoiling the party inside.

What happens when the kids outgrow their backyard playhouse and an old shed is underused? For one Old Tappan homeowner, the answer was: Call in the wrecking ball. Well, it wasn’t that dramatic, says Glen Lumia, president and CEO of Northvale-based Creative Design Construction & Remodeling, but replacing those old structures with a one-of-a-kind pool house was a viable solution.

A simple pool house with four walls, windows, roof and a door just wouldn’t cut it for this property, he says. The yard already featured an in-ground pool with tanning shelf, spa, grotto and waterfall, while an outdoor kitchen, firepit area and trampoline dotted other spots on site. “The owner wanted the pool house to fit in with the character of the outdoor space and be an extension of the main house,” says Lumia, whose company oversaw each stage of the project. Their shared vision evolved from the concept of a Japanese pavilion, from its general shape and form to an interior chock full of upscale amenities and comforts. On the wish list: a full bath with indoor and outdoor showers, a changing room with washer and dryer, a bar with refrigeration, an entertaining area with TV and fire features, and plenty of storage for pool equipment and furniture.

Location played a large role in the intricate design of the building. Because direct sunlight literally hits the spot during summer days, “we designed the roof to allow for the natural process of convection,” Lumia says. Stay-cool Tennessee flagstone is used for patio floors, and the open ceiling—constructed of natural cedar—allows rising heat to escape. A roof transom is installed for function and aesthetics; it aids in the release of hot air while allowing views of summer sunsets.

Motorized screens around the cabana’s covered outdoor entertainment lounge provide protection from nature’s elements (including pesky bugs!).

“This space is important because it allows for more family time, Friday night pizza and movie events or just a cozy romantic night by the fire,” Lumia says. Portable decorative space heaters were added to extend the entertaining season. “Now, all the comforts of the inside can be enjoyed outdoors any time of the year,” he says.

A full indoor bathroom with seeded glass offers privacy, but the available outdoor shower is convenient for those needing a quick rinse.

The bar area includes refrigeration, sink and stone countertops with waterfall detail.

The covered entertainment area with free-floating fireplace and fire table makes outdoor gatherings a year-round possibility. Natural cedar lines the cabana ceiling, in keeping with the designer’s “outdoor organic” theme.

Creative Design Construction & Bergen Magazine

Bergen Magazine – October 2016

From a 1990s-style foyer to garish bathroom hardware, everything inside this Upper Saddle River home begged for a renovation—and the project was tops on Glen Lumia’s to-do list. Though the homeowners needed a little convincing that a total redo was in order, says Lumia, president and CEO of Northvale-based Creative Design, “they’re thrilled with the outcome and couldn’t imagine their home any other way.”

“The existing foyer wasn’t only outdated, it didn’t allow for open flow or open line of sight,” he recalls. Several obstacles, namely walls, hid the view of the rear yard and the nearby river.

It wasn’t a complete tear-down-this-wall scenario, but Lumia and his team still tinkered with the home’s original layout to create the open floor plan. It was a welcome change, particularly for anyone walking through the front door: upon entry, one’s eyes take in the kitchen and the backyard oasis with just a single glance. To add to the design, extra millwork and wainscoting were installed in the foyer and along the staircase, a feature that Lumia says adds a sense of warmth and directs foot traffic to other areas of the home. A relocated first-floor powder room and reorganized kitchen also improve navigation and sight lines.

The great room was also revamped to live up to its name. Wide-plank white oak flooring—which is found throughout the home—was installed in a diagonal pattern to “create a visual interest without being overpowering,” Lumia says. Detailing along the doors and fireplace “helps bring the eye up” by connecting the floor to the ceiling, he adds, while large windows and two pairs of French glass doors serve multiple purposes.

“The windows give maximum exposure to the landscape outside, and the dual doors give symmetry and a second entrance when hosting large gatherings,” he says.

The second-floor master bedroom also includes a pair of glass doors, which open to a backyard balcony overlooking the yard, an infinity pool and the river. Balcony railings incorporate clear glass panels, giving unobstructed views of the landscape and hardscape below.

Inside, each window is dressed with Roman blackout shades, allowing the homeowners to drift off to sleep at any time of the day. Angles come into play in the master, from the floorboards to the ceiling, which is accented with variations of crown molding.

“We love to take advantage of the ceiling line and add details whenever possible to create a unique look,” Lumia says.

A reconfigured en suite bathroom gave the design team ample space to install his-and-hers walk-in closets, which were much-desired by the homeowner. Silver wood natural stone tiles were used for the bathroom floor and create a soothing “driftwood-type feel” around the soaking tub. The shower stall features the same tile along with a vertical stone/glass mosaic.

“A good trick to give the illusion of height is to install the decorative tiles on a vertical,” Lumia says. “This makes you look up toward the ceiling and doesn’t define the perimeter.”

The low placement of the front window presented one of the biggest challenges, he says. To counter its position, they added a custom design at the top of the window to “give additional height” and complete the renovation.

Page 69: A redesigned millwork package accents the high ceilings and natural light in the great room. Opposite: The entrance foyer and staircase are the “perfect places” for wainscot detail. It makes the space “warm and welcoming,” says Creative Design’s Glen Lumia.
Page 70: A bathroom chandelier combines design and function. It sets the mood of the space and addresses general lighting needs, as do the recessed lights above the luxurious soaking tub. Opposite: Windows in the master bedroom are dressed with dark Roman shades, giving the homeowner the chance for relaxation at any time of day.

Bergen Magazine – September 2016



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Every homeowner would agree that constant and clear communication with their contractor is key to a successful project. But does that actually happen? Yes. There’s a design-build firm that clients trust to put that expectation into practice. “We’ve designed a communication system catering to our clients because they expect exceptional value on their investment,” says Glen Lumia, president of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling. Clients receive ongoing, professional project summaries discussing updates on the daily inner workings of their projects, including inspections, payments, concerns, scheduling issues, all on a weekly basis.

“We have weekly production meetings where we review every project and bring that information to the client,” Glen says about the faces behind Creative Design Construction & Remodeling’s award-winning inhouse design team, build teams, cabinet department and showroom. As one client testimonial says, “They are there for you every step of the way and communication with the team is exceptional.”

(201) Home Fall 2016

Fresh and Focused
Construction & Design: Glen Lumia, CGR, GMB, CAPS
Creative Design Construction & Remodeling
Photography Courtesy of John Martinelli

A major renovation of a traditional Center Hall Colonial in Upper Saddle River gave Glen Lumia, owner of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling in Northvale, the artistic freedom to create an open floor plan that promoted better interaction between all of the rooms on the home’s first floor.

By removing a dark interior hallway, relocating the powder room and altering the staircase, Lumia was able to address several design challenges and create additional storage and wall space. “The additional wall space allowed us to create a range feature wall and a large two-tier island that work both as design elements while also concealing the working side of the island from the family room,” he says.

Wide plank white oak floors, stained dark walnut, unite the rooms and draw attention to the island’s curved Burmese teak breakfast bar. Classic floor-to-ceiling matte white custom cabinetry get a fresh update, thanks to two complementary backsplashes, one in polished dolomite accented by a decorative water jet leaf mosaic in Thassos and Bardiglio marbles above the stove, and shimmery April Showers glass tile mosaic, both from John P. Fischer Tiles in Hawthorne.

Stainless steel, zinc and brushed nickel finishes, including a custom RangeCraft hood, cabinet hardware in four lengths and a pair of transitional orb chandeliers over the island, add an extra dose of glamour to the space.

(201) Home Spring 2016

Addressing The Essentials
Builders and designers: Glen Lumia and Sarah Roy, Creative Design Construction & Remodeling, Northvale photographs courtesy of John Martinelli Photography

Passionate about delivering on homeowner expectations, Glen Lumia of Creative Design Construction seized on the opportunity to wow his Old Tappan clients with a bathroom that addressed all their essentials, including a modern-profile freestanding tub and custom oversized doorless shower with a thermostatic valve and rain-head fixture.

“The unique challenge of the space was utilizing current colors, textures and styles in the overall design,” explains Lumia, who opted for matte finishes to achieve a cohesive, modern look. He framed Kohler’s strikingly contemporary Abrazo 66-inch deep-soaking tub in cast acrylic with textured travertine mosaic tiles in shades of cream and soft taupe, paired with silver wood Classico travertine stone, both by Porcelanosa.

“This created a unique focal point surrounding the tub,” he adds. Kohler’s Margaux Collection faucet was the perfect finishing touch, with a brushed nickel finish that allowed the fixture to blend seamlessly into the design.

The deep espresso finish on the double maple vanity, by Crystal Cabinets, wraps around the mirror and recessed lighting, complementing the room’s overall earth tones. “I carried the finish across the room to the tub surround to tie the space together,” Lumia notes.

(201) Home Fall 2015

Eclectic Style
Gothic beauty meets avant-garde sophistication in this newly renovated kitchen in Old Tappan. Glen Lumia, owner of Creative Design Construction, effortlessly paired principles of ancient architectural design with innovative, modern detailing to create an inviting and user-friendly space for empty-nesters who enjoy cooking.

An expert at scale and dimension, Lumia and colleague Sarah Cassidy played up contrast with a combination of frosty white and espresso cabinets and modern mix of counter materials. Beneath the 48-inch Viking cooktop and the island, darker cabinets are attention-grabbers but it is the island’s striking three-tiered, geometric shape that creates the room’s focal point. Lumia heightened the drama by adding a 2 ½-inch Wenger wood Top with double Roman ogee edge on the tallest tier. The tiers draw the eye upward to the tray ceiling, which mirrors the island’s unique shape. A pair of simple Schonbek glass pendants over the island adds a contemporary touch.

Clean, neutral contrasts and parallels define the theme of the entire kitchen, down to every detail. Satin nickel wire mesh inserts accent the tallest cabinets along two walls of the kitchen, just beneath classic molding that wraps the entire ceiling and tray ceiling. The deep decorative molding complements the ogee-edge of the ice white granite tops.

A picture window just above the sink, with a custom Gothic style grill, echoes the modern metal mesh pattern along the cabinets. Lumia effortlessly pairs old and new by evoking the austerity of Gothic architecture with the opulent sophistication of modern-day design.