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Edgy and Contemporary in Edgewater

Kitchen Design: Glen Lumia, Creative Design Construction & Remodeling Inc., Northvale.

Thinking “out of the box” gave this stylish and streamlined Edgewater kitchen a crisp, contemporary point of view, says Glen Lumia, owner of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling, Inc in Northvale.

“Keeping aesthetics and ease of access in mind,” he says, “we eliminated unnecessary upper cabinets, added flip-up doors and introduced a Liebherr 48″ combination refrigerator/wine/freezer appliance that doubles as a major design statement.”

“The homeowner enjoys entertaining and wanted to open up the living space to accommodate all types of gatherings,” Lumia says.

He removed a wall between the living room and kitchen to create a more open and inviting space and improve traffic flow. The resulting L-shaped design includes a generous peninsula that extends into the living space.

Working with a primarily neutral palette, Lumia added dimension with custom Crystal Cabinets by Quest in a dark raisin finish. The homeowner wanted to minimize the use of upper cabinets, leading Lumia to include just four upper cabinets, each with a flip-up access (instead of conventional cabinet doors) and frosted glass to hide everyday dishes and glassware.

A glass tile counter-to-soffit backsplash by Fuda Tile in Ramsey was designed to showcase the contemporary 42-inch stainless steel wall hood by Independent Manhattan and complement Bianco Antico granite countertops and a neutral striated porcelain floor, also by Fuda Tile. Other stylish stainless design elements include Tec track lighting, a Thermador dishwasher, Elkay Avado under-mount sink and a trio of ultra-contemporary counter stools.

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Outside In

The owners of the Allendale home had grown weary of their 1980s white formica kitchen. When Glen Lumia, president of Creative Design Construction, suggested drawing inspiration from the natural rear landscape, the kitchen renovation was off and running. Bamboo privacy screens at the pool sparked Lumia’s idea for carbonized bamboo cabinetry throughout the kitchen. Breaking up the expanse of bamboo are uba tuba granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a slate backsplash inspired by hardscaping in the backyard. “The kitchen looks like it was carved into the side of a mountain,” Lumia says. The 14-by-14-foot kitchen was a challenge because it opens to an 8-by-10-foot breakfast area, and the remaining three sides are cut up with doors or windows. To ease traffic flow and create a spot where people can visit with the cook without getting in the way, Lumia angled one end of the island. He also installed pocket doors leading into the mudroom and living room and a swinging door into the dining room. He moved the refrigerator/freezer between the latter two doors, allowing him to extend the cabinetry. Steel shelves beside an enlarged window lend an open look. “The homeowners used to hate going into the kitchen,” Lumia says. “Now it’s their favorite room.”

SOURCES: design, production, cabinetry, oak flooring, Falling Water Slate tile.


Traditional Elegance

Old-world elements and details abound in this elegant kitchen (facing page) designed by the talented design team at Creative Design Construction & Remodeling. They include double crown moldings, wrought iron pendant lights, turned table legs supporting the island counter extension and custom tile behind the range.

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A Dash of Contrast

Cinnamon and sugar are the sweet hues that dominate this Englewood kitchen. Glen Lumia and his design team created detailed cabinetry in off-white to complement a cherry hood and center island. The hues are also repeated in the cream stone back-splash and rich granite countertops. “It’s not uncommon nowadays to use multiple colors,” says Lumia, president of Creative Design Construction and Remodeling in Northvale. “It gives us the opportunity to highlight a focal point.”

Here, that focal point is the hood, which Lumia designed to resemble a mantelpiece with rope molding and a center medallion. Besides taking center stage, it cleverly hides the duct work and also houses two pull-out spice racks that sit on each side of the stove top.


Sight Seeing
A New Jersey couple now enjoys Old-World Europe from the comfort of their master bath
By Stephanie Herzfeld

Looking at the sophisticated layout and elegant materials, it’s hard to believe that this beautiful bath was ever anything but. Yet such was the case when Glen Lumia, president of Creative Design Construction and Remodeling, first set eyes on it. Belonging to a professional couple in Ridgewood, NJ, the space was outdated and gaudy (picture pink patterned wallpaper and you start to get the idea), and in desperate need of a makeover. Fortunately for the doctor and his wife, Lumia was raring to remodel and had a host of inspirations to share with his clients at his showroom to breathe new life into this master bath.

Very visual by nature, Lumia’s clients came in with open minds as to how to transform their space, but needed a bit of direction in developing a design theme. “They gave us free rein,” said Lumia. “The only caveat was that we have to achieve an upscale result that would be functional and attractive and later improve the home’s resale value.” To that end, a design consultant at Lumia’s firm created a hand rendering of what the bath might look like based on the materials and products the clients gravitated toward in the showroom, bringing all the possibilities together. “Many features of this project were pulled from different areas of our showroom,” Lumia explained. As it became apparent that the couple was attracted to a more traditional Old-World style, Lumia and his staff developed different design details to round out the European-inspired theme.

Chief among those details are the trompe l’oeil murals surrounding the tub and a cloud-painted ceiling that conveys a rich, “outdoor” feeling, Lumia noted. Both serve to visually enlarge the roughly 13-ft. x 9-ft. footprint and impart an atmosphere reminiscent of a quaint European village. The wall and ceiling artwork can be enjoyed from all parts of the bathroom, including the glass-clad shower adjacent to the tub and a catty-corner vanity area. Columns flanking the mural on the far side of the tub create “the illusion of supporting the elliptical detailing above,” Lumia noted, and underscore the concept of a European countryside as observed from an opulent, estate-like retreat. “The framed murals really give the effect of windows overlooking a spectacular view,” he added.

Rich materials, such as stone flooring, an onyx tub deck, ornate gold-toned fittings and fixtures (particularly the swan-shaped tub filler), further accentuate the theme of luxe living abroad. In addition, vintage sconces and a dazzling chandelier, suspended in the center of the space, were procured from local antique shops to complement and work in tandem with furniture-inspired bath cabinetry. The cabinetry, a highlight in and of its own right, features grillwork-like wire inserts that were specifically selected for their Old-World appeal.

Not surprisingly, Lumia and his clients love the resulting bath. “I get great satisfaction when my clients truly fall in love with their space,” he said. On that note, the only problem that the doctor and his wife have with their refurbished bathroom is that it’s not for prying eyes. Although it would be nice to share a taste of Europe with family and  friends, the homeowners told Lumia, visitors don’t regularly get to see the private master suite. “They told me they wished they could show off the space more,” Lumia said. “Since it is the master bathroom, showing it off is a bit difficult.” One never knows though-we all think the kitchen is the heart of the home, but with a bath like this, perhaps the master suite is the next frontier in entertaining at home.

Designers/Contractor: Creative Design Construction and Remodeling, Northvale, NJ; www.CreativeDesignConstruction.com

Manufacturers: Faucets, tub and sink: Kohler; Tub filler: St Petersburg; Toilet: TOTO USA; Vanity cabinets; Decora; Decorative molding and millwork: Enkeboll, White River Hardwoods Photography: ©Peter Rymwid Photography

Designed for a professional couple in Ridgewood, NJ, this master bathroom draws inspiration from Old-World Europe. In the vanity area (left and bottom left), gold-toned fittings combine with furniture-style cabinets to establish an atmosphere of elegance and refinement. The cabinets are outfitted with wire inserts for extra vintage appeal. On the walls adjacent to the tub, trompe l’oeil murals, a swan-shaped tub filler and decorative columns (bottom right) further reinforce the theme.