Location: New Vernon, NJ
Estimator: Kurt Becker
Project Manager: Angelo Santoro
With a homeowner looking for a design that was responsive to the neighborhood, the environment and the landscape, we recently had the pleasure of working on a very unique project in New Vernon, New Jersey. Several years back we had completed an exterior paint job on the home of this residence. The homeowner recently contacted us again about helping him achieve his vision for restoring the existing barn structure on the property.
The homeowner, Jerry Rose a very successful floral designer who owns a wedding and event planning business had very clear goals for the renovation of this barn. He wanted to use it as a staging area for his events and parties.
He approached project manager, Angelo Santoro with photos he had collected, pencil drawings, and big ideas. The two collaborated on the design elements, with Santoro making many samples along the way to ensure that everyone was on the same page before moving to the next stage of the project. This collaboration included several “drive bys” where Rose and Santoro would take field trips to other Morris County area farms to point out examples of the design elements indicative to the Northern New Jersey architecture and landscape.
Important to both homeowner, Rose and Santoro of Monk’s Home Improvements was that the renovated barn look like it had always been there when it was completed. Although they chose a very traditional design, their creative use of simple and natural materials provided a very unique finished project, like using two different colors of roof shingles to create a striking design feature.
Another classic twist was the use of a beautiful mahogany handrail above the simple white horizontal railings on the deck.
The overall scope of the project included reframing and reinforcing the roof structure without changing the integrity of the barn.
We restored several dilapidated sheds and animal stalls that were attached to the main barn building.
We also created new storage and a staging space for the homeowner’s business. The entire building was resided with board and batten siding, the roof was reshingled and several sections of traditional post and rail fence were added to anchor the site.
Project timeline: 8 weeks