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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.

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.

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.

The Functional Grand Entrance

22 Feb

Entryway Mudroom Renovation with Storage
Entryways are making a comeback – even if it means borrowing space from other rooms.  Statement making treatments from swathes of stone to creative storage and custom bookcases ensure that the entry is both functional and well appointed. We have bookmarked some of our favorite entryways over on our houzz.com page. Check ’em out.

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.

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