Tour a 19th-Century Town House in Hoboken, New Jersey

A young family undertakes a serious remodeling project

“We expanded the back of the town house and moved the kitchen from the garden level to the parlor level on the second floor,” Seth adds. “The living and dining rooms were also moved to the parlor level. And in a city like Hoboken, where parking is basically an extreme sport, we held on to the garage.”

When it came time to focus on the home’s interior design, Seth and Kristina worked with Enger and Trochim to balance traditional and modern details. Oak herringbone floors were paired with new moldings as a nod to history, while custom millwork—particularly in the kitchen—followed current trends. “The couple discussed replacing the original staircase, but we convinced them to restore the existing one and stabilize the treads and risers,” Enger notes. The door frames were given more height to better complement the existing high ceilings, which were outfitted with mostly sleek light fixtures at the owners’ request. And the overall feel of the rooms stayed at a neutral calm, as a soft backdrop to the energy of two little kids.

“We wanted cleaner lines, a contemporary vibe, and visually stunning elements to captivate the eye,” Seth says. “But it wasn’t just about making everything look good. We also had to think long-term: homework spots, play areas, and of course, spaces for adult time too.”

The entire project wrapped up in May after about two years of construction, and Enger and her team feel lucky to have helped this family begin anew in a place with steady roots. “They wrote the entire team a lovely note expressing how much they appreciated our hard work at the end,” Enger says. “It was a class act.”