Firm Profile

KATZ/NOVOA Architects + Planners is an award-winning, full service Architectural firm specializing in residential and commercial projects, including new construction, alterations, and rehabilitation of structures.

The firm was founded in March 1988 by its partners, Ileana Martin-Novoa, R.A. and Jonathan B. Katz, R.A, MBA, in Springfield, NJ, and moved to Millburn-Short Hills, NJ in 1989. Since its inception the firm has developed a reputation for excellence in the areas of Architectural Design and Client Service. From its base in Short Hills KATZ/NOVOA has done projects in New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Puerto Rico.

The firm’s portfolio encompasses a diverse range of work including high-end residential projects, indoor pools, commercial structures, religious buildings, and banking and health club facilities. Services and capabilities include complete Architectural Services, Project Programming, Space Planning, and Construction Management.

The firm’s work has been featured in publications such as The New Jersey Star Ledger, Architecture New Jersey, Garden State Home and Garden, New Jersey Monthly, Casa Diseño and Solar Today. The firm’s projects have also been highlighted in Weather Shield Windows and Doors Architectural Showcase 29, and various Weather Shield Windows and Doors, Marvin Windows and Doors and Velux Windows catalogs.

In 1990 the firm received a Commendation for Design from the New Jersey Society of Architects for one of its large residential projects in Short Hills NJ. KATZ/ NOVOA is a member of the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce, the US Green Building Council, and is WMBE and SBE certified.

SELECTED PROJECTS

Residential

Residence, Bedminster, New Jersey: Complete rehabilitation and expansion of a 1720’s stone country home, situated on 24 acres rolling acres in the heart of hourse country in New Jersey. Services: Architectural and Procurement of Variances.

Barn and Hunting Lodge, Bedminster, New Jersey: 4,500 square foot structure to house a hunting lodge, barn and garage. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Palmas del Mar, Humacao Puerto Rico: 6,000 square foot Mediterranean style residence on a hill in the Palmas del Mar Resort, overlooking the ocean and the island of Vieques Island. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Mendham, New Jersey: 16,000 sq.ft. Bucks County style country home on 23 acre estate.Services: Architectural and assistance in procurement of site development and health department permits from the township of Mendham, and NJ DEP permits. This is Katz/Novoa’s second project with the Clients.

Beach House, Southampton, New York: 4,500 sq. ft. beach house on the Speonk River. The design of the house evolved from an emphasis on solar exposure, wetlands and resource preservation and views. Services: Procurement of all permits and approvals (from the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Southampton Health Department and the Southampton Board of Adjustments) Architectural and Construction Management. This is Katz/Novoa’s third project with the Clients.

Residence, Maplewood, New Jersey: Alterations to an existing Tudor style residence in Maplewood. Services: Architectural. This is Katz/Novoa’s second project with the Clients.

Residence, Chatham, New Jersey: Alterations and expansion to an existing Colonial style residence. Services: Architectural. This is Katz/Novoa’s third project with the Clients.

Residence, Chatham, New Jersey: Alterations and expansion to an existing expanded ranch style residence in Chatham. Part of the project consisted in adding a “homework / therapy room” for the Clients’ autistic child, and reconfiguring the existing spaces to make the house work more efficiently for the child’s needs.

Residence, Springfield, New Jersey: Alterations and expansion to an existing Colonial style residence to add a handicapped lift, first floor bedroom, and to make the house handicapped accessible for a young quadriplegic man. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Livingston, New Jersey: New 5,000 square foot home. Services: Architectural

Residence, Livingston, New Jersey: New 4,500 square foot home. Services: Architectural and Procurement of Variances.

Residence, Short Hills, New Jersey: Alterations to an existing 1800’s Victorian home, designated as a Historic home in Short Hills. Services: Architectural and procurement of permits from the Short Hills Historic Preservation Commission.

Residence, Short Hills, New Jersey: Alterations and additions to an existing Colonial style residence. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Chatham, New Jersey: Complete reconstruction of an existing 3,000 sq.ft. expanded ranch home into a 4,500 sq.ft. center hall Colonial residence. Services: Architectural and procurement of permits.

Residence, Chatham, New Jersey: Outdoor pool and cabana addition, and deck redesign for existing Colonial style residence. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Chatham, New Jersey: Kitchen renovation, dining room expansion and solarium addition to existing Colonial style house. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Nantucket, Massachusetts: 3,000 sq. ft. vacation home and 1,300 sq. ft. guest cottage on a hill overlooking the Nantucket Sound. The design was guided by design parameters established by the Nantucket Historical Society, budgetary constraints, and panoramic views from the site.

Services: Preliminary Design, architectural consultation during construction document and construction phases, interior design consultation.

Residence, Warren, New Jersey: New 4,600 square foot residence. Services: Design and Construction Documents.

Residence, Short Hills, New Jersey: Complete renovation and expansion of an existing 1950’s ranch style house. Additions included a large family room and partial second floor. Interior rooms were combined and reorganized to give way to a more spacious, brighter and better flowing structure. Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Residence, Stowe, Vermont: 2,300 sq. ft. vacation home. The design concept derived from the desire to reflect traditional Vermont architecture while incorporating contemporary design elements in the interior of the house. Services: Architectural through Construction Documents.

Residence, Montclair, New Jersey: Total renovation of an existing 1920’s center hall Victorian-colonial house, and addition of a media room, library, conservatory, indoor swimming pool, and four-car garage.

Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Residence, Gladstone, New Jersey: 6,300 sq. ft. English Manor house on three-acre site in New Jersey’s horse country. Services: Architectural through construction drawings.

Residence, Far Hills, New Jersey: Addition of family room, study, exercise and billiard rooms to an existing Williamsburg Colonial residence on a two-acre sloping site. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Far Hills, New Jersey: Total renovation of existing 2,500 sq. ft. house, and addition of 2,400 sq. ft. of new construction, including a large master bedroom suite, and breakfast and great rooms. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Short Hills, New Jersey: Addition of 2,800 sq. ft. of new construction and total renovation of an existing 4,350 sq. ft. private home. The project included total remodeling of the house, retrofitting attic spaces into living quarters, and construction of a glassed-in breezeway linking a new indoor swimming pool to the existing structure. Services: Architectural as well as Construction Management.

Residence, Short Hills, New Jersey: Addition of master bedroom suite and renovation and expansion of eat-in kitchen in an existing 3,000 sq. ft. home. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Short Hills, New Jersey: Expansion of dining and living rooms, kitchen renovation and remodeling of various parts of an existing 1960’s center hall Colonial style residence. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Livingston, New Jersey: New 5,000 sq. ft. home on the grounds of an old estate. Main design thrust was to integrate the clients’ preferences of a center hall colonial layout and a Tudor exterior, as well as to relate the new house to an existing turn-of-the-century mansion, which it faces. Services: Architectural

Residence, Livingston, New Jersey: 500 sq. ft. master bath/dressing room addition, and renovation and expansion of master bedroom and kitchen. Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Residence, Livingston, New Jersey: New 4,800 sq.ft. residence on the foundation of an existing house.

Services: Architectural.

Residence, Livingston, New Jersey: Second floor addition and master bedroom extension to existing Ranch style residence. Services: Architectural.

Residence, Livingston, New Jersey: Two-Phased Project: Phase One: Master bedroom suite addition and interior renovations to existing ranch style residence. Phase Two: Expansion and complete renovation of the living areas, including Kitchen,, Dining Room, Great Room, Laundry Room, and Study. Services for both phases included: Procurement of variances and Architectural.

Residence, Summit, New Jersey: Addition of an entry foyer, study, family room and detached two-car garage, and extensive renovation of an existing Center Hall Colonial residence. Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Residence, Summit, New Jersey: Addition of 1,000 sq. ft. of new construction, extensive renovation of an existing ranch-style house, and addition of exterior spa and deck. Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Residence, Summit, New Jersey: Family room addition and renovation of existing residence. Services: Architectural.

Residence, South Orange, New Jersey: 1,000 sq. ft. master bedroom suite addition. The program included a large bedroom, his/hers walk-in closets, television/reading alcove, a sun deck and a luxurious bathroom. Critical factors controlling the design were the clients’ desire to avoid any exterior evidence of new construction, an extremely steep and inaccessible site, and very limiting building setback requirements.

Services: Architectural, procurement of variances and permits, and Construction Management.

Commercial

Essex County Division of Welfare Offices, Newark, New Jersey: Interior renovation of existing 20,000 sq. ft. office facility, including new handicapped-accessible entry ramp, and toilet facilities. Services: Architectural.

Warner Lambert Offices, Morris Plains, New Jersey: Conversion of existing 2,500 sq. ft. of warehouse into office space. Services: Architectural.

Interior Space Planning: Preparation of construction documents for 30,000 sq. ft. of tenant spaces at K.Hovnanian Investment Properties’ Commerce Center, North Brunswick, New Jersey. Services: Architectural.

Office Building Addition, Chalfont, Pennsylvania: Proposed 50,000 sq. ft. office wing addition to existing manufacturing facility. Studies of present space allocations and future growth requirements, and schematic layouts for proposed facility. Services: Architectural.

Retail

The Shoppes at Galloway: 10,000 sq. ft. retail building for K.Hovnanian Investment Properties in Galloway Township, New Jersey. Services: Architectural through construction documents.

Ostrower Building, Woodbridge, New Jersey: Reconstruction of 20,000 sq. ft. burned-down downtown retail strip building. Services: Architectural.

Neves Jewelers, Woodbridge, New Jersey: Interior renovation and expansion of existing 4,500 sq. ft. jewelry store. Services: Architectural through construction documents.

Research and Development

Warner Lambert’s NOVON LAB, Morris Plains, New Jersey: Renovation of existing 30,000 sq. ft. of existing facility to accommodate new research/development laboratory and offices. Services: Architectural

Banks

Ironbound Bank, Elizabeth, New Jersey: Interior and site renovations, and addition of ATM lobby and remote drive-through teller facility to existing bank building. Services: Architectural, procurement of permits from the Planning Board, and coordination with all consultants and professionals.

Ironbound Bank, Newark, New Jersey: 2,500 square foot branch banking facility. Services: Architectural.

Religious

Baptist Temple, Elizabeth, New Jersey: Interior renovation of existing 2,000 sq. ft. Baptist temple. Services: Architectural.

Temple Beth Torah, Florham Park, New Jersey: New synagogue building for 20 year old Conservative congregation. Services: Design and Procurement of Variances from the Township of Florham Park. Project on hold, waiting for funding.

Food Service

G & G Farms, Woodbridge, New Jersey: Interior fit-up for 6,000 sq. ft. delicatessen / specialty food store. Services: Architectural

Java Espress, Lake County, Illinois: Pre-fabricated drive-through “café” for new national chain. In association with Continental Cart, Inc., Livingston, NJ. Services: Procurement of permits, Architectural, coordination with all consultants and with fabricator of structure.

Taco Bell: R & D for packaging options. As consultants for RONPAK.

Industrial / Manufacturing

DELTA GRAPHICS, East Brunswick, New Jersey: Interior office planning for specialty printing company.

RONPAK, South Plainfield, New Jersey: Warehousing and flow chart studies for an existing bag manufacturing facility. Services: Schematic drawings, flow efficiency studies and cost estimating for the replacement and upgrading of existing storage and warehousing racks and equipment.

High-Hazard Chemical Mixing Facility: 2,000 sq. ft. addition to existing glue manufacturing plant in Newark, New Jersey. Services: Architectural

Prototype Lottery Printing Plant: Proposed 23,000 sq. ft. prototype manufacturing facility for the production of instant lottery tickets, in Ireland. Services: Schematic Design, and presentation drawings for the project’s promotion in Ireland.

Printing Plant Addition, Chalfont, Pennsylvania: Proposed 120,000 sq. ft. addition to existing printing facility. Services: Schematic Design, growth requirement and feasibility studies and site planning.

Swimming Pools

Indoor Swimming Pool, Stowe, Vermont: Indoor lap swimming pool addition to existing 2,500 sq. ft. vacation house on a sloping site, in the ski resort town of Stowe, Vermont. Services included Preliminary Design and Cost Estimating.

Indoor Swimming Pool, Short Hills, New Jersey: Indoor swimming pool and spa addition including support spaces such as sauna, wet bar, shower and changing rooms. Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Indoor Swimming Pool, Montclair, New Jersey: Indoor swimming pool and spa addition including shower room and sitting room with fireplace. Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Swimming Pool, Rye, New York: Indoor swimming pool addition to existing 5,000 sq. ft. vacation home on overlooking the Long Island Sound. The design of the exterior was guided by the need to avoid the appearance of new construction, and the design of the interior was focused on taking advantage of beautiful views. Services: Procurement of approvals from the City of Rye Architectural Review Board, and Architectural.

Swimming Pool, Chatham, New Jersey: Indoor swimming pool addition to an existing Colonial house. Services: Preliminary design and cost estimating.

Swimming Pool, Chatham, New Jersey: Outdoor swimming pool and and pool house. Services: Architectural and Construction Management.

Swimming Pool, Livingston, New Jersey: Outdoor swimming pool and pool house. Services: Procurement of variances and Architectural.

PUBLICATIONS

“Casa Diseño” Magazine

Aqua Magazine

Architecture New Jersey Magazine

New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Garden State Home & Garden Magazine

New Jersey Star Ledger

Solar Today

Wearhershield Windows and Doors Architecutral Showcase 29

Marvin Windows’ special publication: Before and After

Velux Skylights Product Catalog

AWARDS

Commendation for Design, New Jersey Society of Architects 1990 Design Awards Competition