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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.


Meet Us at the Old House Fair

19 Mar

Old House Fair 2010 Philadelphia PASaturday, April 3, 2010
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Germantown Friends School,
31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia

OLD HOUSE FANS! MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THE DATE! This terrific one day event, designed to bring together owners and aspiring owners of older and historic homes with historic preservation specialists from throughout the Philadelphia area, is the place to be for fans and stewards of old houses.

Attendees of the 2010 Old House Fair will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to visit 70+ booths of vendors and preservation professionals representing, products, services and information pertaining to older and historic houses, along with a select group of state, local and regional non-profit preservation and design-related organizations.

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