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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.

Learn from an Award Winning Kitchen

28 Feb

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore PA
This kitchen continued a long-standing winning streak by taking home 3rd place for the Traditional category in the 14th annual kitchen design contest sponsored by Signature Kitchens & Baths magazine. That got us thinking – what is it about this kitchen that makes it so successful?

Kitchen Renovation with Island and French Doors Ardmore PA
This kitchen’s simple floor plan maximizes its functionality. A long single island anchors the center of the kitchen, providing an ideal setting for small intimate gatherings and a centerpiece for grand holiday soirees. A wall of French doors opens to an outdoor courtyard allowing guests to wander in and out with ease while flooding the room with the warmth and comfort of daylight. The adjoining family room invites additional interaction.

Custom Refrigerator Amoire Ardmore PA
Meticulous craftsmanship incorporated into the tiniest of details gives the space its distinct character. Distressed black painted cabinets provide a classic counterpoint to the rich American cherry whose radiused beaded-inset cabinetry is accented by molding and stars. The hood canopy was hand built on site and finished with a carved mantelpiece. Fully integrated refrigeration units resemble fine antique furniture. The one of a kind coffered ceiling functions as a grid for aligning the kitchen’s various components.

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore, PA
Despite its good looks, this kitchen was built with cooking and entertaining in mind. The 48″ range accommodates multiple pots and pans and is flanked with discrete pull-out storage units for ultimate convenience. The central portion of the island sits 1 1/2″ higher than standard to convenience taller than average homeowners. Top of the line appliance were selected for superior performance.

Did we mention it was a national competition? Kudos to kitchen designer and cabinetmaker David Stimmel of Stimmel Consulting Group for his (always) fantastic work.

See more photos of this award winning kitchen on houzz.com.

Master Bath Renovations Reconfigured

6 Feb

Master Bath Renovation Philadelphia

The master bath is a commonly renovated section of the home and unlike other rooms, it is the one area of the house that is being compartmentalized rather than opened up. Popular configurations include his and hers vanities as well as private alcoves for tubs, showers and toilets. Glass shower doors, plenty of natural light and bold tiles in very large or very small sizes are a must in today’s master bath renovations.

Check out our houzz.com Ideabook for inspiration and ideas.

Award Winning Traditional Kitchen

3 Feb

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore, PA

One of our favorite kitchen renovations took home 3rd place for the Traditional category in the 14th annual kitchen design contest sponsored by Signature Kitchens & Baths magazine. Did we mention it was a national competition? Kudos to kitchen designer and cabinetmaker David Stimmel of Stimmel Consulting Group for his (always) fantastic work.

Philadelphia Bathroom Renovation Named Best of Houzz

22 Jan

Modernist Bathroom Renovation Philadelphia
[Bryn Mawr, PA]  —  One of our bathroom renovations has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given to the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks.

We are absolutely thrilled to learn that our renovation stood out in comparison to 124 million professional images. It’s truly a testament to our creative architects and designers and wonderful clients. Thank you!

Before & After: Malvern Pool House

8 Jun

Pool House Before & After Malvern PA
Existing Malvern Pool House – The small pool house, which is situated on a 7-acre property in horse country, did not live up to the beautiful backyard pool it was meant to complement not did it relate to the architectural style of the existing main house a 19th-century colonial farmhouse.

Pool House Architecture & Construction Malvern PA
New Pool House – The structure was designed to remain within the footprint of the existing pool house and tie in to the existing pool deck. Sliding barn doors at the front and back of the pool house allow the structure to be fully open or closed, depending on the season. Care was taken to select durable and maintenance free interior and exterior materials such as Hardi Plank siding, natural stone veneer, Azek exterior trim,Marvin clad window units and stone tile floors. The local fieldstone blend covering the façade, the roof pitch, roofing materials and architectural details matches that of the main house. Rough-hewn trusses in the hearth room mimic the structural components of the family room in the main house.

Philadelphia Modernist Home Wins National Award

29 May

Living Room Renovation Modernest Home Philadelphia
Continuing to set new standards of professionalism, 81 remodeling companies from across the United States were named winners at the eighteenth annual Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The winning projects were selected from 420 entries. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

The scope of the renovation included updates throughout the entire home (including the replacement of 111 windows and 14 doors) along with adding a new glass-walled breezeway and two-car garage. The renovation plan maintained the integrity of the original design but also addressed the homeowners’ request for 21st century spaces such as a playroom, exercise room and nanny suite.

“To win an award in this highly competitive category is quite an achievement,” says Ken Kanline, Director of the Awards.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in sixteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.

Pictures of the 2012 award-winning projects can be seen on Chrysalis website www.chrysalisawards.com beginning in late June.

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