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Top to Bottom Transformation: Video Tour

Transforming your space can transform the way your family lives. Such was the case with this full home remodel of a two-family fixer-upper in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Jersey City Heights. We reconfigured every floor to reflect how the family wanted to use the space, and expressed their personal taste in the midcentury modern design. [...]

2018-11-01T18:38:30+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Videos|
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Project in Process: Little House in the Woods

Our clients moved to this fixer-upper single-family home in HoHoKus, New Jersey from Cliffside Park (not far from an earlier Houseplay project, Peeling Back the Layers), where they had done their best to create a green living space in their small backyard. Now, as their family was growing up, they were ready to live closer [...]

2018-10-25T16:52:22+00:00October 26th, 2018|Projects In Process|
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New Project: Making Room for a New Addition

Babies change everything - including how we use and interact with our space! Figuring out how your home can support you during a big life transition can make that transition feel much smoother. For this apartment renovation in Jersey City, our clients’ renovation goals included transforming a second bedroom into a functional nursery and creating [...]

2018-10-18T22:35:24+00:00October 19th, 2018|Gallery Projects|
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Identifying Your Personal Home Style

You’re considering a renovation of your space...but you’re feeling stuck on the question of style. Maybe an interior designer has asked you a few questions and you felt like she was speaking another language. Maybe you’ve been flipping through magazines but haven’t quite put your finger on what would truly feel like home. In today’s [...]

2018-10-11T18:30:45+00:00October 12th, 2018|Renovation Ideas|
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New Project: History Revitalized

The theme of this project is truly about revitalizing history: brushing up historic features of this Jersey City brownstone remodel and upgrading with modern elements to create a true transformation. This theme is embodied in four elements of the renovation, which included a remodel of the entire first floor of the home. View the full [...]

2018-10-05T07:29:21+00:00October 5th, 2018|Gallery Projects|
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Project in Process: Feels Like Home – The Sequel

In the age of movie remakes, it’s truly special when a sequel turns out even better than the original. The same is true for home remodels! Our lovely clients from the Feels Like Home project have returned to work with us again, this time to completely remodel their kitchen and update the parlor level of [...]

2018-09-21T23:40:51+00:00September 21st, 2018|Projects In Process|
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Project in Process: The Secret Garden

We all need a space where we can rest, restore, and rejuvenate. For our client in this Jersey City renovation, that space is her garden. Jersey City Historic Home Garden Space Jersey City Historic Home Garden Space   She’s owned her historic home for a long time and has invested most [...]

2018-08-24T00:15:50+00:00August 24th, 2018|Projects In Process|
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A Day in the Life of a General Contractor #3: A Wrench in Our Plans

Here at Houseplay, our entire business is designed to provide the best possible service to our clients. This means, of course, creating beautiful designs that meet our clients’ goals, and then executing these designs with excellent craftsmanship. But more than that, it means managing every detail of the entire project from start to finish. We [...]

2018-08-16T15:43:40+00:00August 17th, 2018|A Day in the Life of a General Contractor|
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