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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.


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 Ideabook for inspiration and ideas.

Main Line Homes Previewed in Wall Street Journal

5 Oct

Opened up the Wall Street Journal this morning to find the Preview supplement by Caldwell Banker. No big deal right?

Updating a Historic Home
Until you turn to page 62. Bam! A classic Malvern home renovated by … Gardner/Fox!

Previews Fall 2012 Repeating History
More beauties on the next pages. It’s a great article really. The writer interviewed our resident expert – architect Alex Rice. He gives specific advice for updating a historic home.

Click on any of the images above and it will take you to the online version of the booklet. And if you have any specific questions about a historic renovation, give us a call. 610-525-8305

Happy Friday!

Before & After: Formal Powder Room Renovation

17 Oct

Before & After: Formal Powder Room in Wayne, PA
South Wayne, PA – The powder room in a historic home was remodeled as part of a larger whole house renovation. Thoughtful reconfiguration of interior spaces and circulation gave the powder room a larger footprint suitable for a formal hall bath. The existing 1st-floor powder room was cramped and poorly situated. The new generously spaced powder room comfortably accommodates guests and complements the formal spaces at the front of the original house that is serves.

Hot Off the Press! Local Kitchen Featured in National Magazine

29 Sep

Women's Day Remodeling & Makeovers Cover September 2011Pick up the latest edition of Woman’s Day‘s Remodeling & Makeovers for a look inside a Lansdowne kitchen renovation. The renovated kitchen features a large island, a reconfigured pantry and a roomy breakfast nook. To prevent the galley from appearing dark, the couple mixed driftwood stained alder and oak cabinets from local cabinetry maker Adelphi Kitchens. Want to know more? Click here to download the PDF.

Hot off the Presses! South Wayne Splendor

28 Feb

Main Line Today Magazine March 2011The March 2011 issue of Main Line Today magazine features an intimate look into the renovation of a 107-year-old Colonial Revival home in South Wayne.

Together with the home owners, Gardner/Fox architect Alex Rice created a plan to update the historic structure to serve 21st-century daily family needs and restore the property’s historic presence in the South Wayne historic district. The renovation occurred within the existing footprint with the exception of the new 3-car attached garage addition that was added to replace the existing carriage house. (The existing carriage house was converted to an in-law suite.) Significant structural work was avoided by reconfiguring spaces without moving load-bearing walls. The article also covers the home owner’s decor selections. 

Read the entire article at the Main Line Today website or view more photos of the project in our Picasa Web Gallery.

South Wayne Street Home to Historic Renovation Awards

8 Jul

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Main Line Suburban Life reporting in our most recent award:

On one South Wayne street, two homes have earned historic-preservation awards within just two years.

This year, renovation work at 331 Louella Ave. earned local design/build firm, Gardner/Fox, the Chrysalis Award for best residential historic renovation. The award is given by editors and writers of consumer publications.

In 2008 the same firm received for its renovation of 319 Louella Avenue the Best of the Best Design Award from Professional Remodeler magazine (no longer in publication) for the best project overall in a national remodeling competition.

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Read the entire article at the Main Line News site

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331 Louella Avenue
319 Louella Avenue

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