LIVINGSTON, NJ - After 18 painstaking months, a full menu of interior upgrades and comprehensive remodeling has been completed at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel on 68 Old Short Hills Road in Livingston.
Louis Urban, the managing director of the chapel, has come full circle, having guided the original decor when the facility opened at this location 17 years ago.
"I oversaw original construction of work back then in 2001," said Urban, who had plenty of input into the current redesign, which, he says, serves a purpose that goes beyond mere modernization. "[We wanted to make] the facility more welcoming, to make it more inviting. With the changing times and the growth of our business, we need to make adjustments and let the community see that we take pride in our facility."
That pride is exemplified in all the updates that have been made throughout the funeral home.
"The entire chapel has been redone, including the family receiving rooms and grand foyer," said Urban. "I'd call it traditional classic. We try and stay away from anything too modern because that ages quickly. This is an entirely new color scheme. Everything has been replaced and repainted, the rugs have been replaced, and we have all new furniture. Basically the entire main level of building has been redone."
Remodeling commenced in the chapel first in late 2016, followed by the replacement of the carpeting, then painting, and finally, all new furniture.
"I worked with the Brielle Interiors and Furniture from Sea Girt for furnishing and carpeting, and we used local painters," said Urban. "All then design work was done by myself working with the decorator."
Now that all the work has finally been completed, Urban is happy with the finished product, and he said that visitors to the chapel have likewise been impressed.
"It is beautiful," he said. "People can't get over it. It reminds you of a boutique hotel lobby. It's that nice."
Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, a TAPinto Livingston advertiser, is a member of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Dignity Memorial providers offer exclusive benefits, including National Transferability of Prearranged Services, the Bereavement Travel Program, the 24-Hour Compassion Helpline and access to an acclaimed grief management library. For more information, contact the chapel at 973-422-0600 or 1-800-938-6372. Visit them on the Internet at www.dignitymemorialjewish.com/bernheim-apter-kreitzman-suburban-funeral/en-us/index.page.