Summit, New Jersey has a history dating to its incorporation in 1869 – nomenclature relating to the “summit of the Short Hills” or Summit Lodge.  Summit’s original name was “Turkey Hill” to distinguish it from a local area then known as “Turkey” (New Providence’s original name until 1759).  In 1837 the Morris and Essex Railroad (now NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex lines) was built over “The Summit” hill and allowed Summit to become the economic powerhouse and cultural center of Union county that it is today.    

At approximately 6.1 square miles in area and 22,016 residents Summit is an engine of growth in Union County.  Besides its rich history Summit has a vibrant and historic business district at the nexus of Union, Essex and Morris Counties.  Learn more by visiting the Township of Summit website here.

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Front Porch Traditional Large Columns

McGookin Remodeling is a local residential remodel contractor that takes pride in helping its clients realize the vision they have for their home and living spaces.  We focus on Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Basement Remodeling, Outdoor Living and Whole Home Remodeling as well as Design/Build Projects of all sizes.

The picture on top is from one of our Summit neighbors in Chatham showing a beautiful front-door entry and front foyer.  This front porch combined with stone work, roof overhang, and railings completely changes the look of this home. The hardscaping ties nicely into the stone columns. The porch creates much more exterior living space and adds an additional dimension to a home beyond simple vertical massing.

The image that follows is of a complete demolition of an existing house. The foundation remained in place, then we added 2 courses of block to create a more useful basement ceiling height.  The 1st floor was increased in size including wrap around front porch. The 2nd floor increased in size matching the footprint the 1st floor.  And the following shows a front entryway was part of a whole home remodeling project. This portico is completely new including the new masonry front stoop. All new siding, exterior trim, and shutters rounded out the exterior work.



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