Norwood Residence

Extensive remodel of a large 1970's suburban home in Norwood, New Jersey

Home in Norwood, NJ was renovated for a remote client based in Japan. The scope included a gut renovation of all eight bathrooms and two kitchens, opening up the common spaces, installation of an elevator and finish updates throughout the house.  

Project date


Project location

Norwood, NJ


Design lead


Koko Architecture + Design

Primary responsibilities:

  • Survey existing conditions

  • Concept and design development (all phases)

  • Specify interior finishes and lighting 

  • Produce construction documents and respond to RFI’s 

  • Manage construction schedule and budget at site meetings

An opportune site

The home was built in the late 70's to high-end specifications, however had not been updated since conception. As a result there were many features to the home that had not aged well and needed thoughtful intervention.

The layout too was dark and dysfunctional. The pool house was accessible only via the garden, however was one of the heaviest used spaces for the family. The new plan sought to create an open plan style more conducive to modern family living, and one which could celebrate the unique backyard with mature, woodland landscaping.



All bathrooms were gut renovated. In the case of the master bath, the existing layout was cramped with no natural light or ventilation, and did not fit the master suite of a large home. The design involved fragmenting the master robe and bathroom to share space creating a private wet room and wc separate from a generous dressing and bathing area off the bedroom.



The kitchen changed from a sprawling layout following the perimeter of its large room, to centering around an oversized island overlooking the main living space.


A generous pantry occupies what had been a surplus circulation corridor, and creates a secondary kitchen for the family's elderly in-laws to use next to their bedroom.