A Refreshed New Jersey Home by Steven Harris Architects

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Owning a historical home can be wonderful — especially if you have the chance to enlarge it while still maintaining its architectural integrity. Such was the case with this 1797 farmhouse near Oldwick, NJ, reconfigured in a design by architect Steven Harris. Now, boxwood trees for which Boxwood Farm is named aren’t just a windbreak; they hold pride of place beside both the house and a thoroughly modern addition: a pool. The pool’s not the only thing new here, either. New white paint freshens a traditional sitting/living room, brightening the bookshelves along the wall that flank a refurbished fireplace. Photographic art hangs above a dining room with modern light-colored leather chairs around a table that gives new interpretation to the word “trestle.” Bright color cheers up a sitting room — blues and oranges in addition to the charcoal couch and cream chairs.

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The kitchen, with corner wood stove/fireplace, is a great mix: carved wood chairs and long farm table are balanced with modern globe fixtures hanging from the ceiling, shining cabinets and sleek appliances. Note, especially, the island and the faucet with its high-arching spray head: Great-grandma never had anything like that. Steps away from the kitchen workspace and table are patio doors leading to a splendid garden and outdoor living area; sheds and other outbuildings have been spruced up to match the freshness in the main house. Stone paths lead from one part of the grounds to another, connecting all the buildings and their functions in one smooth whole. Everything old can be new again, with tender loving care and the right design: Boxwood Farm has benefited from both.

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