Q: What features do you like best about your completed project both inside and out?

MRS. DIAZ: We love the design of the back of the house. David really brought the Dutch Colonial style to life with his design.  We have received so many compliments on the actual addition part of the home. It fits in perfectly and blends into our home style as if it were always there. We love the open feel of our home and the extra living space both upstairs and downstairs. The addition of the open concept kitchen/family room is great for entertaining and everyday living as a family of five. The master suite has provided the closet space that we had been lacking and the design set up is beyond what we could have imagined.  

Before of the rear outside of the Diaz home.

Pictured: Children playing in the family room.

​Q: Can you tell us more about the Dutch Colonial style we brought to life on the back of your house?

MRS. DIAZ: We bought this house 10 years ago because we absolutely love the Dutch Colonial design. It was our goal to maintain the beautiful charm and character of the home. David's design speaks for itself. It's gorgeous, and is beyond what we had envisioned. The entire team including David at Forefront Designs, Robin at RWB Designs and our contractor, Shoreline East, had a very thoughtful approach to maintaining the Dutch Colonial style while vastly improving the functionality. It's all in the details, and none were missed by design or craftsmanship.

Pictured: Family room, kitchen, dining and bar area in the DIaz home.

Q: Would you recommend working with an architect and an interior design consultant to other clients renovating their home?

MR. & MRS. DIAZ: Absolutely. We quickly learned that hiring an experienced architect was key in achieving our goal. Robin's interior expertise in architectural elements enhanced the details and was instrumental in ensuring the design fit our needs and budget. David and Robin also provided support and guidance throughout the construction process. Ultimately, the expertise and coaching provided by David and Robin throughout the entire process provided us with the home we dreamed of.

Q: How did you like the design process of working with Forefront Designs and the zoning variance process?

MRS. DIAZ: Honestly, we couldn't have done this without Forefront's help.  Within the first ten minutes of our meeting, we were amazed with David's knowledge and his ability to pinpoint exactly what we could do and the variances that would be required.  He was also upfront about the timeline and estimated project cost start to finish, which ended up being almost exact. It was also important and helpful that David was able to speak on our behalf at the town's zoning meeting to get our project approved.

Pictured: Mudroom details.

Pictured: The Diaz Family in their new and improved kitchen.

Pictured: Dutch Gambrel roof line.

Forefront Designs and RWB Designs are delighted to have been able to work on this project with the Diaz family and hope to continue fulfilling our clients' wishes beyond expectations.

Forefront Designs, LLC

cLASSIC RESidential & commercial architecture

Pictured: The beautiful entryway of the home.

Pictured: The stunning and multi-functional kitchen in the Diaz home.

Q: What were your two objectives in renovating your home?

MRS. DIAZ: Our family of five was quickly outgrowing our 1920's home. We wanted to add some modern day functionality with a main floor open design and a master suite, while maintaining the integrity of the 1920's Dutch Colonial.

By Nicole Kopchak

Photography Emily Bailey & Nicole Kopchak

Published September 13, 2018

After of the rear outside of the Diaz home.

​​Dutch Colonial in Westfield, NJ Comes to Life from the Inside Out.

When you first step into your future home, you instantly get a rush feeling of “this is where I’m going to raise my family”. The home may not always be exactly what you envisioned from the start, but you have your vision and all you need is execution.

Finding the right architect and designer is almost like a mini marriage. They are your better half. You are the visionary and they are the artist. When that relationship clicks perfectly, something beautiful happens. The home you’ve always dreamed of comes to life. Having that overjoyed reaction from a family is what every designer strives for. It means you’ve done your job.

This past week we were able to interview one of those families. We are beyond delighted with how the project turned out and how happy the family is with their new home. The Diaz Family really helped us bring this project to fruition and we had the pleasure of asking them some questions about their experience. Here is what they shared about the process.​