There is no question that the town of Montclair is filled with beautiful homes. These homes are a reflection of the town’s history, charm, pride, and personality. But with the majority of Montclair’s homes built in the early 1900s (some even date back to the 17 and 1800s), home renovations have become part of our culture and a form of art and creative expression. That’s a nice way of saying Montclairians are proud of our homes and obsessed with home renovations and decorating. I personally believe this is because we have such interesting and beautiful homes to begin with. Our homes may be older, but they are filled with charm and unique features. So with a little sweat, paint, and decor, you have a space that is beautiful, unique, and makes you want to spend time in it. And in such a sought-after town like Montclair, a well thought out home renovation can be a very smart investment.
The home in this renovation story is a 1919 Center Hall Colonial located on a quiet street just steps from Brookdale park and blocks from Watchung Plaza. The home is in an ideal location for anyone who wants to take advantage of Montclair, without getting in their car. By putting money into their home, this family not only invested in a Master Bathroom, they invested in a tree-lined street, a walkable neighborhood, and a one of a kind town.
When I shop for homes with my clients, most of them want something that is already updated. But there are some people, like this family, who wanted to customize their home to meet their specific taste and needs. They are creative by nature and profession, so buying a home with more dated features gave them a chance to get creative and update the home in exactly their style. The original master bath in this home had a lot going for it. The space and layout were quite good for an older home, but the tile, tub, vanity, and fixtures were in need of an update.
Master Bath Before the Renovation:
Master Bath After the Renovation:
Claw Foot Tub with black underside and gold faucet
Black and White Painted Cement Tile
More Gold Fixtures & Accesories
With cement tiles and gold fixtures, this renovated Upper Montclair bathroom is truly custom and one of a kind. It blends old and new and makes me want to take a long soak (alone and kid free) in the claw foot tub (glass of wine in hand).