The owners of this former one-story ranch house had clipped a newspaper article featuring Morpurgo Architects’ receipt of the coveted State and County Historic Preservation Awards. As they read the article, they knew that they had found the firm with the expertise to turn their ranch into a Dutch Colonial two-story home with sweeping roof lines. It was their family’s opportunity to return to their roots that lie in the early history of the Dutch settlements in Bergen County.
We designed renovations that reconfigured and expanded the first floor. The relocated entrance, centered on the new stone masonry front facade that replicates the rope grouting of the 1800’s, opens onto a vestibule that provides access to the new kitchen, dining, living, and family rooms. The new second floor roof sweeps and dormers add interior visual interest to the bedroom and bathroom.
Our clients tell us that neighbors frequently stop by to admire their distinctive home, unique among the nearby ranch houses. They feel that they have the best of both worlds, living in a house that has the look of a historic home and includes authentic features such as wide plank floors, square-cut nails, bulls-eye glass, Dutch doors, strap hinges and latches, while enjoying all the modern amenities of today’s homes.