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Our Story 2017-07-25T03:18:11+00:00

How It All Began

Houseplay Renovations was co-founded by Niall and Tamara Templeman, who first met at summer camp in Scotland when they were just teenagers.

Over the years their friendship turned to love and they married in 2006, when Niall moved to the United States from England.

In 2007, the pair launched Houseplay Renovations, utilizing both Niall’s extensive work experience as a tradesman and Tam’s rigorous design school training at Parsons, the New School for Design.

Niall’s ability to see the big picture and simultaneously manage the details has been key to Houseplay’s success and staying power in the demanding construction industry.

Similarly, Tam’s talent for creating beautiful, functional spaces that fulfill clients’ needs and desires has earned Houseplay a superior reputation and multiple repeat clients.

A Note from Tam and Niall: We’re Not So Different From You

Since we bought our first home, a tiny one-bedroom condo in Jersey City Heights, NJ, we have been in a constant state of flux. Experimenting with different arrangements of furniture, different colors on the wall, and different storage solutions; always working to get it just right.

Transforming our home into a place we love spending time in has been our ongoing mission.

As our family grew, we moved to a two-family fixer-upper in Cliffside Park, NJ. We completely renovated the house, and now its two apartments serve as a rental units. For the inside scoop on the renovations of our historic 1921 home, check out Peeling Back the Layers.

We have three kids and two cats, so we are particularly adept at working with families. We have firsthand experience with the craziness of renovating with the kids around. We’ve cooked in half a kitchen and had contractors stomp into the bedroom minutes after putting the baby down for a nap.

And while the families we work with today typically choose to move out of their homes (or delay moving in) for three to four months, we remember what it was like to live in a space under renovation.

We know that it isn’t easy to rearrange your habits and routines for a remodel. However, we also know that regular renovations are an essential part of maintaining the value of a home over time.

Updating your space isn’t a luxury; in fact, it’s part of the responsibility that comes with home ownership. When you invest in your space, you keep your property value high and position yourself to command an excellent selling price when the time comes.

At Houseplay, we offer a comprehensive suite of expert home renovation services to take you from concept to completion.

So when you’re ready to make the home of your dreams a reality, give us a call – we’ll support you every step of the way.