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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.

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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.

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.

Shedding Light on a Renovation Plan

2 Jan

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Sometimes it’s tricky to imagine what the architect envisions, so we occasionally produce snapshot-like renderings of what the finished space will look like. In this case, the renovation plan includes an addition with outdoor lighting and other site amenities. The renderings show how the lights will illuminate the nighttime landscape in a way that’s just – well – enlightening.

Before & After: Outdoor Living in Villanova

13 Sep

Exposed Truss & Beam Porch Addition with Outdoor Fireplace Before & After

What They Wanted:

The homeowners wanted a space that could be used for parties and social gatherings throughout the year. They wanted several seating areas, an outdoor grill, and a masonry fireplace to keep warm on chilly Pennsylvania nights.

What They Got:

The new space features rustic details, such as rough hewn oak beams and a copper roof and gutters. The trusses forming the porch structure are repeated inside in the expanded kitchen and adjacent family room. Fully retractable Phantom screens on all sides of the porch allow the structure to be fully open or closed, depending on the season. An outdoor grilling station and adjacent sink provide a practical area to prepare food for small or large gatherings. The low stone wall along the perimeter doubles as extra seating for larger gatherings.

Things We Like: Natural Light

8 May

Bright Kitchen Addition Jenkintown, PA
Natural light is an essential part of any renovation and there are many ways to welcome it into your home. Some of our favorites include a span of French doors, skylights, or floor-to-ceiling windows.

Visualize Your Renovation

4 Apr


The most important first step in building an addition, renovating or remodeling your home, is starting with a well thought out design. Adding to your home is an investment in an extremely personal asset. And if you have no prior remodeling or construction experience, a home renovation can be a daunting task. If well planned, any project can be enjoyable and result in the satisfaction of living in a home that is tailored to your needs, wishes and desires.

Gain greater confidence as you move closer to starting your project by requesting an animation of your renovation plans. The above animation provides a big picture’ view of what it will feel like to walk around the renovated home. The animation addresses issues of scale and depth that can be difficult to understand from a typical architectural rendering.

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