been a small bedroom. They updated the kitchen
with new cabinets and appliances and dropped the
ceiling to add recessed lighting. “That’s the only
area where we need task lighting,” she says.
Soudry removed steam radiators, replacing them
with a high-efficiency hydronic heating system.
Where possible, she snaked the water-filled tubes
for the new baseboard radiators through the holes
from the old steam system. In fact, she kept the en-
tire structure intact, with no drilling into the walls.
“I intentionally added wall-mounted air condition-
ing units since I didn’t want to bury anything in the
walls,” she says. “I didn’t even level the floors. I just
glued the wood directly to the concrete.”
Because it’s concrete, the house has a very tight
seal. “It heats quickly and stays very cool in the
summer months,” Soudry says.
To restore the exterior, Soudry visited the Thom-
as Edison Foundation in West Orange and found a
picture of the home, circa 1912. “It was hard to guess
the colors since it was a black-and-white photo, but
I could tell what was dark and what was light,” she
says. Stripping away layers of paint, Soudry deter-
mined that the home’s last owner had painted it
salmon pink with darker pink trim. She repainted it
in a light gray with dark greenish-gray trim, which
she believes were the original colors.
While the restoration is nearly complete, the
rooms are sparsely furnished, with the exception of
a few prized pieces. The walls are still mostly bare.
“It looks industrial, but I wanted to keep the integ-
rity of the concrete,” she says. Punching holes in the
concrete for hooks would eventually require patch-
ing, which would be noticeable.
Soudry made one significant change to the origi-
nal home, installing new energy-efficient windows.
“I think Edison would approve,” she concludes. ;
POUR IT ON The
mantel is part of the
pour, as are the
bookshelves in the
molding is concrete.
Alma, 5, towers
over big sister Lia,
8, on the concrete
staircase. Walls are
mostly kept bare,
Soudry says, since
can damage the
NEW ANGLE The
pour even allowed
for such details as
the angular walls
seen at far left in
the archway from
dining room into
RESOURCES |Architect: Anat Soudry, AIA, Montclair, 646-303-6339, soudryarchitect.com. General
contractor: T&A Carpentry & Home Restorations, Inc., Clifton, 973-777-8111, tacarpentry.com. Exterior
painting: GIKAS Painting, Montclair, 973-835-7775, gikaspainting.com. Kitchen: Viola Park, New York City,
212-925-8190, violapark.com. Living room rug and pillows: Krista Stack, Krista Stack Design, Brooklyn,
718-755-0215. Fireplace rug: Vaishali Patel Studio, Brooklyn, 917-523-9314. Pavilion Lounge chair (designed
by Mies Van Der Rohe) and kitchen dining set (designed by Marco Maran), Gordon International, various
showrooms, gordonInternational.com. Flowers by Petal Street Flower Company, Point Pleasant, 732-295-
drawing illustrates the
The heavy and
to be Edison’s