Hoboken rowhouse works with historic pattern of development but design is bold contemporary

From NorthJersey.com writer Kathleen Lynn: "How do you fit three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and two decks — not to mention a living room, kitchen and dining area — into a space that's just 13 feet wide and 35 feet deep?  That was the puzzle confronting Hoboken architect Anthony Vandermark, a partner in the 12-year-old Hoboken architecture firm Minervini Vandermark, after he and his wife decided to buy a tiny, decrepit Hoboken row house and replace it with a 21st-century home. "The house is on narrow, cobblestoned Willow Terrace North, where small row houses were built in the 1880s by Hoboken's founding family for construction workers at their Hoboken Land & Improvement Co.  The result is a sleek, contemporary home that takes advantage of every inch of space.  'You have to play visual tricks,' Vandermark said. 'If you increase the height of the door head, it makes the volumes feel bigger.'  The house recently won merit awards in two AIA competitions."  Full article with photos here.  (Photo credit: Kevin Wexler.)