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Cedar Crest renovates homes, brings them up to today’s standards

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March 22nd, 2016
Cedar Crest apartment home

Cedar Crest apartment home

Cedar Crest may be 15 years old this August, but its apartments don’t look it.  This year, all available inventory at the Pompton Plains, N.J., Erickson Living community will receive a dramatic facelift—bringing the homes up to today’s aesthetic standards.

Cedar Crest’s “dynamic duo,” Project Manager Rich Ferguson and Reoccupancy Manager Danielle Hillman, say that every apartment home that comes on the market will receive a laundry list of updates. 

In the details

The most notable changes come in the shape of elegant stainless steel kitchen appliances and flat-top stoves. 

“We have many people who still love to cook and bake even though they don’t have to here at Cedar Crest, so the flat-top stoves are a big deal because they are so easy to clean,” Hillman says. 

The kitchens will also gain recessed lighting and switch from Formica countertops to durable granite—a standard in the bathrooms as well.

Flooring details include 16- by 16-inch DuroCeramic tile flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. A limestone-based engineered ceramic, DuroCeramic tile combines ease of maintenance with strength and the beauty of natural stone.

New residents will have the option of wall-to-wall carpet or pre-engineered hardwood laminate, a durable alternative to natural hardwoods. “The hardwood laminate is very popular,” Ferguson says.

Every doorway and window will get new, thick, colonial base trim, and crown molding will elevate the look in the living room, entryway, and kitchen.

Major changes

Some homes will get more than a facelift. To create a more open floor plan, Ferguson’s team may even knock down a wall or create a half-wall between the kitchen and living area.

“We often create a breakfast bar, which is very popular,” Ferguson says. “It adds seating, more natural light, and a better flow to the whole living area.”

Ferguson says floor plan styles have changed in the past 15 years. People want more open floor plans for easier entertaining. “We’re bringing our homes up to today’s standards,” says Sales Director Ray Guarino. 

Hillman says she works hand in hand with Guarino’s sales team to satisfy new residents.  “We support and work with marketing to help residents adjust and feel at home,” she says. 

Hillman oversees the entire process of refurbishing each apartment home. A Cedar Crest veteran employee of 14 years, she knows which contractors to trust. She ensures each home meets all standards. “We work as a team to ensure all of our Is are dotted and our Ts are crossed,” she says.