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Bigger isn’t always better

Custom colors make this apartment one ‘you want to come home to’

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October 22nd, 2013
Al Kachadurian

When Al Kachadurian first moved to Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., from Hawthorne in 2008, he chose a two-bedroom, two-bath, Jackson-style apartment home. But after his wife died, he realized he didn t need all of the space. The Jackson is a beautiful apartment, but I realized that financially it would behoove me to move to a smaller apartment, Al says. Plus, I didn t need two bedrooms and two baths. Al chose a one-bedroom, one-bath, Ellicott-style apartment home, which he had outfitted with custom paint, an extended tile floor, Corian countertops, a stunning kitchen backsplash, and new appliances. When I saw this and I realized all of the advantages of living here, I said, Let s do it, says Al. He changed apartments in August and has adjusted seamlessly. Some people might think one bedroom and one bathroom is too small, but for me it s perfect, he says.

Lovely layout

Upon entering, a bright, white kitchen complemented by earth tones in the tile floor backsplash, and a chocolate-colored accent wall greets you on the right. A bathroom, painted two complementary shades of warm orange, sits to the left. But most impressive, says Al, is the large picture window that overlooks the beautiful campus from his living room. It s the first thing you see when you walk in, he says. Most days, Al eats lunch in his dining room, which is open to the living room and its view. The living room also houses his 42-inch TV, which hangs on the wall, a soft brown sofa, two chairs, and a few decorative knickknacks. To the left of the living room sits his large master bedroom with linen closet and spacious clothes closet. A red accent wall complements the red valance over his bedroom window. His bedroom has a queen-sized bed, a desk, and, soon, a 50-inch TV. The spacious full bathroom connects to his bedroom as well.

Colorful connection

Despite having room for two large, flat-screen TVs every man s dream Al seems most impressed with the d cor. It s just beautiful. I have great carpeting, and the colors are sensational, he says. Just like someone moving to Cedar Crest for the first time, Al had the opportunity to customize his apartment home before moving in. His girlfriend Marcia Burch and Reoccupancy Coordinator Danielle Hillman helped him choose paint colors, and all the work was completed by the general services department before he moved in. We had so much fun designing Al s apartment, Danielle says. It s so modern and fresh. It s welcoming and cheery definitely a place you want to come home to. Danielle worked with both Al and Marcia for nearly two weeks to choose paint colors and accents like the kitchen backsplash. She also had contractors create a half-wall from the kitchen to the living room, making a breakfast bar and opening up the kitchen to loads of light. It s something we re doing in a lot of our Brighton and Ellicott apartments, Danielle says. It makes the space comfortable, open, and more roomy. Anyone moving to Cedar Crest may choose to work with Hillman to select options such as crown molding, granite countertops, hardwood floors, tile, window treatments, light fixtures, and more. For Al, having a helping hand or four really made the difference. I have to thank Danielle and Marcia for helping me, he says. It s so beautiful.

No slowing down

Al loves his new apartment, but he certainly doesn t spend all his time there. He plays golf, horse shoes, and recently took up lawn bowling. Al may have taken a short break from his golf game to move into his new apartment, but not for long. He was back out on the green in no time. I m 90 years old, but I m still very healthy and active, he says. Thanks to all the assistance from the Cedar Crest sales and general services teams, and with the apartment move out of the way, Al and Marcia are back to traveling a cruise here, a visit to Vermont there and simply enjoying each other s company.