Things We Like: Azek Decking

20 May

Azek Deck and Railing Addition Wayne, PA
Stain and scratch resistant Azek (and similar) decking and railing performs well overtime and under pressure.

azek deck and stone patio addition
It can be worked just like wood – even mitered, routed, and turned on a lathe.

Azek Deck Boards Detail
The decking and railing materials look like real wood are mold and mildew resistant and impervious to moisture and insects.

One-of-a-Kind Historic Philadelphia Kitchen

8 May

Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia
Another successful collaboration with kitchen designer David Stimmel made the pages of Signature Kitchens & Baths Winter 2013 edition (page 34). The existing 300-year-old kitchen was decidedly dark and dreary. Custom coffers and multistage crown molding add drama and host lighting that illuminates intricate details overhead and below. Creamy white cabinetry and white Carrera marble project even more light. A track and rolling ladder provides access to cabinetry that reaches the 12′ ceiling height.

Historic Home Addition – Why It Works

29 Apr

Shingle Style Victiorian Home Wayne, PA
The new homeowner wanted 21st century functionality from a circa 1893 Horace Trumbauer designed Shingle Style Victorian.

Victorian Before Renovation Wayne, PA

View of Existing Home Before Renovation

The architect kept true to the home’s original architecture to seamlessly blend the old (pictured above) with the new  (pictured below).

Victorian Addition Wayne, PA
Here’s why it works:
Stone masonry is used at the ground level, while stick frame walls are used above. The existing roof pitch, soffit overhang, window headers, the wall flare at the second floor, siding and roofing, etcetera are carried through to blend the new and old masonry.

A new attached 2-car garage was added and a new driveway approach was designed in order to reclaim much of the front yard. The garage doors were turned away from the street elevation and new windows consistent with the rest of the house disguise the 21st century function behind them.

The architect’s restoration and modernization plan included renovating the kitchen and attaching a breakfast area and small family den along with an attached two-car garage, mudroom, and pantry. On the second floor, an additional bedroom allows the entire family to reside on the same level. New heating and cooling systems and the restoration or historically accurate replacement of all interior and exterior finishes and fixtures completed the homeowner’s objectives. The result is a dramatic, classic yet modern home.

Splurge Worthy: Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures

15 Apr

Master Bath Renovation Wayne, PA
The standard glass shower enclosure is composed of a relatively thin piece of glass framed with metal for extra strength. Although much cheaper to produce and install, standard enclosures tend to collect mold and last only about a third as long as frameless glass enclosures. But want to know why we really love frameless? Cause they’re purrrdy and much less likely to harbor disgusting colonies of mold and mildew. The thicker tempered glass costs more to fabricate and install but we think the streamlined look and extended durability far outweighs the competition.

Our Verdict: Totally Splurge-Worthy!

Inspiration Snapshot: Traditional Kitchen Renovation {Philadelphia Style}

9 Apr

Philadelphia Cream Kitchen Renovation
Warmth abounds in this custom tailored kitchen renovation situated on Delancey Street in the heart of Philadelphia. Earthy and inviting soapstone countertops and creamy cabinets mix surprisingly well with the urban feel of the stainless steel apron front sink and appliances.

Like it? Get the look:
1 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops
2 – Conestoga Cabinets in Hard Maple Finished with Brown Glaze
3 – Natural Walnut Island Top with 2″ Square Edge (by Conestoga)
4 – Cherry Wood Island Sealed with Blue/Gray Paint Stain (also by Conestoga)
5 – GE Monogram Duel Fuel Range and Stainless Steel Backsplash

Country Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia
6 – Vault Stainless Steel Smart Divide Sink with Apron Front by Kohler
7 – Manchester Bar Stools by Pottery Barn
8 – Hand Forged Erlenmeyer Pendant by Hubbardton Forge

Backsplash Custom Tile
9 – Hand Made Tile Customized with Reproductions of Etchings from 17th Century French Artist Jaques Callot
10 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops

Outdoor Living Heats Up

4 Apr

Porch Addition Post & Beam Villanova, PA
An increasingly popular trend in our informal lifestyle is outdoor living – a great way to combine indoor luxuries with the pleasures of the great outdoors. Televisions, fireplaces, ceiling fans, ambient lighting, cozy furniture – all are finding their way outside. As the trend becomes more widespread – we’re seeing an increase in the variety of products designed for use in an outdoor kitchen as well – including pizza ovens, wine coolers, warming drawers and even dishwashers.

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Homeowners extend the use of these outdoor living areas by choosing structures that can be either fully open or closed depending on the season.

Before & After: Master Bath Expansion in Wynnewood

11 Mar

Master Bath Expansion Wynnewood, PA
Wynnewood, PA – Two existing bedrooms were reconfigured and re-purposed to create a master suite with an expanded bath, and his and hers closets.

Master Bath Renovation Wynnewood PA
The new bath includes a soaking tub, double vanity and frameless glass shower enclosure.

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