In Point Pleasant, a dream kitchen
finally becomes reality. By Lauren Payne
in 1978, carol and tom miller purchased a contemporary
home in a quiet neighborhood in Point Pleasant. It’s been a construction zone ever since.
The two-bedroom ranch was long and narrow, Carol says,
“sort of like a trailer.” There was no master plan for expansion;
rather, Tom, a general contractor, started tinkering, adding a
room here, renovating a room there. He fit the work between his
outside jobs. “This home has been a work in progress since we
moved in,” he says.
The first steps were a face-lift for the dated kitchen and the
addition of a dining room, living room and master bedroom.
With two young boys sharing a room and Carol pregnant with
a third, the Millers needed the space—and fast. “The carpeting
went down the day before I came home from the hospital,” Carol
The revamped kitchen was functional, but quickly felt outdated. “It wasn’t a dream kitchen at all,” says Carol. But with
three growing sons, the Millers’ priority was increasing their
home&garden NE W JERSEY
nets are backed
with mahogany to
Carol and Tom
Miller relax in
the seating area
off their revamped kitchen.