Suburban Newark Family’s Home Accommodates an Active Lifestyle
According to plan: when improving their Newark home, the Andersons take their time and do it right.
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Kathy and Gary Anderson have three kids, a dog, two careers and a large house in suburban Newark where they enjoy entertaining family and friends.
That active lifestyle is more of a pleasure than a challenge if you live in a home designed to go with the flow.
So how did the Andersons achieve a living space where the dining room table magically expands for celebrations, parents have a place to relax and the kids can grab a snack without creating a traffic jam in the kitchen? “We have a master plan,” Gary Anderson says.
When the couple bought the property 11 years ago, the house was turn-key, on a tranquil cul-de-sac in a great neighborhood. The wooded lot was adjacent to parkland.
Though there were no pressing projects on the do-to list, the Andersons knew they wanted to make improvements over time.
Their wish list gelled into a well-defined strategy when they sat down with Biff Bartron of BW Design Group to analyze their lifestyle and develop a list of priorities. He and business partner Kevin Weinstock also planned to ensure each individual project is banged out in a timely manner.
After all, it’s no fun living on a construction site.
“If you have a master plan, you can go at any speed you want to get exactly what you want from your home,” Bartron says. “If you fly by the seat of your pants, you are far more likely to get into trouble.”