The new homeowner wanted 21st century functionality from a circa 1893 Horace Trumbauer designed Shingle Style Victorian.
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).
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.
Wynnewood, PA – Two existing bedrooms were reconfigured and re-purposed to create a master suite with an expanded bath, and his and hers closets.
The new bath includes a soaking tub, double vanity and frameless glass shower enclosure.
Founders Way in Downingtown, PA – The existing traditional (and outdated) kitchen didn’t suit the homeowner’s modern style. The range took up most of the island top and the stools around the island stuck out into the path from the kitchen to the family room.
The existing kitchen cabinetry, plumbing and appliances were removed to accommodate the new look. The gas range took the refrigerator’s old spot, leaving the island free for food prep. The stainless steel vent hood and stacked stone back-splash create a dramatic focal point in the new location. The uniquely shaped island ends in a concave arc and bar seating – getting the stools out of the way of foot traffic. The dark cabinetry, gray Caesar Stone counter-tops and a variety of glass mosaic tile give the kitchen an edgy look.
Steeplechase Lane in Malvern, PA – The old basement, which stored seasonal equipment and other odds and ends, had a concrete floor, exposed plumbing and floor joists, and stone foundation walls.
No longer dark and uninviting, the basement now provides a casual counterpoint to the more formal living spaces in the rest of the house. The architect dressed up the stairway with a wooden handrail and balusters and created a storage area beneath the stairs. The arched opening beneath the stairs maintains the connection between rooms. Effective use of recessed lighting also contributes to the basement’s appeal. Support posts that had to remain for structural purposes were disguised with attractive architectural casing.
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.
Bryn Mawr, PA – The existing kitchen was cut off from the dining room and dark cabinetry made the space seem smaller than it was. The renovated kitchen plan called for an opening to the dining room where the refrigerator and oven stood before. A transom window above the new opening mimics architectural elements found elsewhere in the historic home. The renovated kitchen also includes a built-in espresso machine, white apron front sink and a custom cabinet-front refrigerator. Creamy subway tile backsplash and light colored cabinetry boost the kitchen’s overall brightness.
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.
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.