An excerpt from a New York Times, February 2023 article featuring the Montclair Colonial Revival.
“To handle the architecture, they chose Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture and Design, a firm based in Summit, N.J., after being impressed with the architects’ nuanced approach to updating traditional and historic homes. For the interiors, they hired McGrath II, a New York firm whose work Ms. Tiboris had long admired. And by the time they got the keys, they had a builder, Brinton Brosius, ready to begin work.
Although it was a large house, the ground floor was cut up into small rooms, including a tight galley kitchen, so the biggest changes involved reconfiguring that level.
“It was a really cool house to begin with,” said Tom Conway, a partner at Rosen Kelly Conway. “It had a lot going for it, but it was a really bad use of space, which is typical of those vintage houses, including an undersized kitchen shoved in the back corner.”
His firm knocked down walls, removed an unused fireplace and added new supporting beams to create more generous spaces, including a large kitchen with a connected family room on one side of the house. On the other side, the architects rearranged space to create a new living room, dining room, sunroom and an office for Mr. Tiboris with a connected den. In the foyer, where there was no closet, they sectioned off an area just inside the front door with a new arched opening and added built-in cabinetry to hold coats and shoes. Upstairs, they moved more walls to create a spacious primary suite and six additional bedrooms.”