Lots of folks are moving into the suburbs of NYC. They have dreamed of owning something that looks like it walked off the pages of Dwell Magazine. What they are finding is far for that reality. Most of the housing stock in the NYC Metro Area was built from late 1800s to around the early 1940’s. Almost all of it is in colonial or Victorian styles. This means very few midcentury and modern homes are available.
But don’t worry! You can still transform your house into an oasis of contemporary style. One way to do this is rethink your front walkway. Nearly 100% of traditional styled houses have a walkway that bisects their front lawn. You can see what I mean by the BEFORE image of one of my projects below.
New Plants and Walkway Too
The existing plantings were also hiding the house, so we replaced them with grasses and perennials to both cover the skirt of the house and show more of it.
During the installation, we had to make a couple of decisions that weren’t fleshed out during the master plan. Both had to do with the walkway. We didn’t want to cut the pavers to make them fit.
This is only the first step in implementing the master plan. We have already started talking about redoing the kitchen to blur the lines between in and outdoors. As things progress, I’ll post more info about it here.