front exterior, dutch colonial revival whole house remodel
Photo: Tria Giovan

A Pro's Personal Touch

It never hurts to have a decorator in the house—especially one with drafting skills. Witness what pro Jennifer Vreeland McDermott was able to accomplish at the place she shares with her husband, Mark, and their two kids. Never mind wallpapering the dining room ceiling and hauling home a vintage stove. On some days, while the rest of the family was fast asleep elsewhere, she was standing in the backyard of their discombobulated Dutch Colonial Revival. "I was out there at five in the morning to make sure we got it right," she recalls of the rear addition. "I would say, 'No, it needs a better curve,'" meaning the final swervy dip taken by the new roof.

Architect: Lou Heiser, Tall Tree Studios; Tucson, AZ
General contractor: All State Builders and General Contractors, Harrington Park, NJ; 201-784-2600
Landscape architect: Garden Makers Landscaping, Trenton, NJ
Roof: Authentic Roof
Shutters: Atlantic Shutters, Inc.
Balusters, newel posts, and brackets (exterior) and beams and molding (interior):
Paint: Benjamin Moore's HC-113 Louisburg Green (siding), HC-9 Chestertown Buff (trim), and PM-15 Cottage Red (door)
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