How do you mark the point when a space becomes your very own? It’s hard to draw a line in the sand because personalizing an apartment happens in a thousand understated moments. From repainting a room to marking up a door frame to measure children’s growth spurts, the process takes place slowly over time.

But one major component of claiming a space as your own is investing in it, and this project came about because the owners decided to do just that. Having lived in their apartment for 12 years, they committed to staying in the neighborhood and raising their kids. As such, it made sense to update and customize their apartment.


This space is part of a historic building overlooking Hamilton Park, and we chronicled the initial stages of this renovation in Project in Process: Jersey City NJ Historic Apartment Remodel. The Project In Process post contains Before and During pictures, as well as samples of Mood Boards, Demo Plans, and Proposed Plans.

Today, we’re coming full circle and celebrating the difference between Before and After!

Jersey City NJ Historic Apartment Renovation Bedroom Before and After

Jersey City NJ Historic Apartment Renovation Kitchen Before During After

Jersey City NJ Historic Apartment Renovation Bathroom Before and After 2016

Jersey City NJ Historic Apartment Renovation Hallway Before and After 2016

Here’s what the homeowner had to say:

“We hired Houseplay Renovations to undertake a full apartment renovation for us. They transformed our home, on budget and on schedule, without rushing or making compromises.

Tammy and Niall are a pleasure to work with. They are very nice people, extremely professional and experts in their domain. Tammy’s designs and design aesthetic choices were spot on. She listened to us and translated our desires into reality. Niall seamlessly oversaw the logistics of a complete overhaul. If there were any surprises behind the walls, we did not hear about them!

Our home feels brand new: the rooms feel lighter, brighter, bigger, taller. Everything is fresh, new, and modern. The functionality of and storage in our reconfigured kitchen has improved immensely. They created dedicated closet spaces- for pantry, utility, coat and linen, enlarging the closet doors to provide soaring access to the upper shelves. Integrated lighting throughout the apartment was completed with beautiful fixtures.

We wholeheartedly recommend Houseplay Renovations.”

To view the full story and completed project photo gallery, click here: An Apartment Becomes A Home


~ The Houseplay Renovations team