Another successful collaboration with kitchen designer David Stimmel made the pages of Signature Kitchens & Baths Winter 2013 edition (page 34). The existing 300-year-old kitchen was decidedly dark and dreary. Custom coffers and multistage crown molding add drama and host lighting that illuminates intricate details overhead and below. Creamy white cabinetry and white Carrera marble project even more light. A track and rolling ladder provides access to cabinetry that reaches the 12′ ceiling height.
The new homeowner wanted 21st century functionality from a circa 1893 Horace Trumbauer designed Shingle Style Victorian.
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.
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Wynnewood, PA – A second floor gable addition boosts the home’s curb appeal and transformed an unfinished attic into livable space. A new gabled entry addition welcomes friends and other guests. Multiple dormer additions brought light into the dark unfinished attic and resulted in two bedrooms a bath and playroom. Downstairs, the two existing bedrooms were reconfigured and re-purposed to expand the master suite and create a mudroom/laundry area and home office.
Villanova, Pa – We’re just finishing up a covered porch addition and kitchen renovation near the University in Villanova. The timber framing consists of stained rough sawn oak beams; a stone fireplace adds even more character. The porch will be finished with fully retractable phantom screens that will open to the brand new stone patio. The patio features a built in stone grilling area.
The kitchen layout basically remained the same. We removed a wall separating the kitchen from the breakfast room to open up the space. A new very long island sits in the middle surrounded by brand new cabinets and finishes.The project will be completely finished by the Thanksgiving holiday to accommodate holiday visitors. Check back for photos of the finished product!