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jung lee masters
Registered Architect in NJ and NY
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I live in a a town that has a very strong arts community. It's one of the things that draws many from their beloved NYC neighborhoods to this one. This family is comprised of four amazingly creative, intelligent, and kind people. I'm lucky enough to also call them my neighbors... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at jlm design: blog
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The previous owners of this charming home had an addition constructed that, on paper, was an improvement to the function. There was a new rear entry, powder room, laundry/mud room, family room and full height basement added. But what it really did was create a strange condition with the existing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at jlm design: blog
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There were so many charming homes built in the 1920's but nearly 100 years later even the ones that received updates are in need of renewal. This lovely home is no exception. It has original woodwork and character, but the existing kitchen was not in keeping with the 1920's style... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at jlm design: blog
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With school backpacks, sports gear, and all that comes with year-round activity, whether it be snow suits & boots or sunblock and towels, there seems to never be enough space for all the stuff. As with many households, the back door from the driveway is the primary entrance for this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at jlm design: blog
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The owners of this beautifully set, split-level home love to cook and entertain but the existing kitchen made it extremely challenging with the limited work area. The plan was to enclosed the existing seldomly used screened porch and capture the floor area for the kitchen and dining room expansion. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at jlm design: blog
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When I meet potential clients for the first time, I am not only grateful for the opportunity to work with them on their home but I am honored to be invited to understand their personal routines, their styles and aesthetics. Even though I am an architect and designer with my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at jlm design: blog
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Here in the northeast, the changing seasons can be beautiful or brutal. If you have kids , indoor activity space is gold. This family had untapped space in the basement and wanted to better utilize the area for storage, mechanical systems, and play. The existing concrete slab was in good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at jlm design: blog
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When this couple decided to renovate their bathroom and powder room, they went to town! The pink bathroom (circa 1930) had served them well but was ready for an exit. Knowing that their budget would rather be placed on finishes rather than construction costs, they kept all the fixtures in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at jlm design: blog
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Sometimes these older homes beg the question how the families of generations past functioned with limited storage space and counter area. This lovely family's West Orange home was a perfect example and was in need of a 21st century makeover. They needed a kitchen that embraced the idea that food... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at jlm design: blog
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How cool is this rectangular stacked tile? Love this stone mosaic with glass inserts: How about these oversized floor tiles? Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at jlm design: blog
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With growing kids and a need for more space, my clients decided to expand their home by adding a master suite above the existing attached garage. Positioned toward the rear yard, the addition also allowed for greater privacy, which parents and tweens, alike, can really appreciate! An existing small room... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at jlm design: blog
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From the moment I met my clients in their charming cul-de-sac home, with the fragrant aromas lingering from their home-cooked dinner, I knew that this was going to be a project focused on serious cooking. The existing kitchen was small and severely lacking in storage. The windows were located high... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at jlm design: blog
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My husband and I took a little break from our every day to celebrate our milestone birthdays in Paris! It was my first time there, and it was just as beautiful as I imagined it to be. With only one week, we barely scratched the surface of what Paris has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at archi*couple
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Our center hall colonial previously belonged to a doctor who segmented the house to serve as his primary residence as well as a neighborhood pediatrician's office. When we bought the house, Dr. F's widow was delighted to know that we would convert the pediatrician's office into an office of our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at archi*couple
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Nestled in a beautiful cul-de-sac, this quaint Maplewood home is getting a fully redesigned and expanded kitchen, as well as a refinished basement. Here is a sneak peek at the addition: Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at jlm design: blog
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Why choose your favorite season? Enjoy them all! This South Orange home's screened porch served more as a storage room than an enclosed retreat. The old windows did little to block the cold on chilly days, and did even less for ventillation on hot summer days. As the rear entry... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at jlm design: blog
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Sometimes projects take years to develop, cultivate and bring to fruition. The idea to bring a simple 3-d architecture class to students at my sons' school started back in 2009. I wasn't sure exactly how, but I had a strong desire to introduce kids to model making, and thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at jlm design: blog
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Many thanks to Kathleen Hong for the beautiful logo and website design! Check out www.jungleemasters.com. It's a beautifully simple page, which links (back) to this blog. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at jlm design: blog
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When my clients approached me about designing their kitchen, the original intent was to modernize the appearance, maximize the storage capacity, and simplify the connection to the dining room. The exisitng kitchen and dining room were connected through the mudroom, which was converted from an enclosed back porch. The Maplewood... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at jlm design: blog
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When we moved into this house, our sons were temporarily situated in the "Rose Room" with the idea that we would quickly get their permanent bedroom ready for living. Can you guess why we called it the "Rose Room"? Well, getting the boys' bedroom ready took a bit longer than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at archi*couple
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This custom cabinet, in the main hall, reveals a bit of its past. It was evidently built into the original opening to the den. When the previous owner, a pediatrician, opened his private practice at his home, he closed off the house by creating a "public" entrance and inserting this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at archi*couple
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Something the kids always wanted at the last house was a blackboard wall. In just a few hours, I had the one wall go from this.... to that.... The boys were very excited when I told them the paint had cured and was ready for use! As you can see,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at archi*couple
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One of the first things we did when we bought the house was to upgrade and update the electrical service and wiring. Although the previous owners had made improvements to the service and installed new wiring here and there, original LIVE knob and tube was all over the house. Often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at archi*couple
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JLM design is venturing into new territory: additions! This expansion, built above the existing attached garage, is nearly 540 square feet of complete privacy. The master bedroom suite consists of a connecting hallway, walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom, and spacious bedroom. The construction is scheduled to be complete in January of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at jlm design: blog
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A Maplewood family's hall bathroom was recently transformed from retro and tired to clean and crisp! Before After The clients are thrilled with the new layout. The original bathroom felt like a long, narrow hallway. With a linen closet, shower stall and tub aligned along the right, and the toilet... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at jlm design: blog