Berkeley Heights empty-nesters Judi and Matt Sills faced a challenge: how to make their home more welcoming for their expanding family. With both grown sons living several hours away, they wanted to make weekend and holiday visits more enticing, especially for their twin toddler granddaughters. Their gathering place had traditionally been the kitchen, but that space suddenly seemed awkward and outdated, and the family was unable to cluster around the small kitchen table crammed into the existing bay-windowed seating area.
They turned to their architect-hero Lisa Walzer of Livingston, who years earlier had rescued them from a similar situation by generating an inviting and generous family room seemingly out of thin air.
“My favorite part of being an architect is working on the schematic design – drawing and testing different options. I also enjoy watching projects being constructed after looking at them for so long on paper.”