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.