New Jersey Farmhouse

Bedminster, NJ
Summer, 2012
In collaboration with Colleen Bashaw

This house, located on a large farm alongside a river in northern New Jersey, had been abandoned for a number of years when Stokes Architecture was approached by the owners to create a home for their large family. The original house is approximately 350 years old, and had served as an inn at one time. The building had hand-hewn timber framing (from the adjacent mill on the property), and hand hewn siding on sections of the house. The house had no insulation, and was in structural disrepair, with one roof near collapse. The challenge was to create a modern residence for a family with 4 young children, while not expanding the footprint of the house, due to DEP regulations. The solution was to create a large open kitchen from a number of smaller rooms as the heart of the house, and preserving the formal dining room and living room. All original siding was removed, new sheathing installed, and the original siding reinstalled. Original wood windows were removed, restored, and reinstalled. The roof of the kitchen/master bedroom wing was rebuilt and raised. Stokes Architecture worked with the interior designer, Colleen Bashaw, to create custom interior millwork, new finishes such as reclaimed wood flooring, giving each room an individual character. Outbuildings, such as the historic mill, and a caretakers cottage, were restored and put to new uses.