Michael Robert Construction
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A traditional exterior fits seamlessly into the neighborhood traditional-exterior

A traditional exterior fits seamlessly into the neighborhood

The exterior of this home, originally built in 1939, was only enhanced. The goal was to leave as much of the facade as unchanged as possible, to blend seamlessly with the rest of the beautiful suburban NJ neighborhood. An addition was added on the right side. The existing garage was leveled and reconstructed without demoing the original structure. Copper flashing and new trim was added. Landscaping and an unconventional yet still traditional-minded paint scheme finish the exterior renovation.
Photo by Mike Mroz of Michael Robert Construction

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June 27, 2013
aprilparkerc wrote:
What sheens did you use for each paint color?
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I believe the shutters and trim were semi-gloss and the house paint is flat, or whatever the painter says is suitable for exterior paint.
    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 10:31AM
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May 30, 2013
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Thanks again. Have a great night.
    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 6:03PM
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Greatz house
    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 12:42AM
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April 8, 2013
guppygal wrote:
Stone front - Hi, this is just beautiful! We are looking to do a similar type of stone work around the main door area all the way to the roof. Can you still do this and maintain the original vinyl on the house? Or does the vinyl need to be replaced?
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This stone was original to the house. It may be difficult, but if you use the right contractor he should be able to preserve the siding while adding the new stone facade.
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December 26, 2012
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This is a "1 plus" size garage. My guess is that when our house wa built, in the 30s, it may have fit 2 cars. We built shelving all around and use it as a 1 car. In terms of how much space you need for a stair entry, that would depend on how high your door is I think.
When we renovated we would have loved to expand the garage, but due to very strict zoning rules could not. We would have had to go for a variance which is a long and arduous process.
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Michael was the general contractor for the home, so he and Ellie decided to make minimal changes to the exterior of the house. The couple wanted to maintain the home's original look and fit the rest of the neighborhood. A new garage was added to the home, but the only other changes outside are copper flashing and new trim.

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