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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.

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!

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

Photo Albums
331 Louella Avenue
319 Louella Avenue

Wayne Home Renovation Wins National Award

25 Jun

Colonial Revival Historic Restoration Cedar Shingles Slate Roof

The restoration of a circa 1903 Colonial Revival home located in the South Wayne Historic District was named a winner along with 87 other renovations from across the United States. Judges of the seventeenth annual Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence selected the winners from a pool of 475 entries based on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

Colonial Revival Cedar Shingle Siding Home Before Historic Restoration South Wayne Historic District

Before Restoration

The turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival residence had been forgotten in the long storied-history of South Wayne. The right homeowner at the right time allowed this once modest and charming structure to reclaim its rightful place of prominence along this historic streetscape.

Colonial Revival Foyer Historic Restoration Wayne PA

Thoughtful reconfiguration of interior spaces and circulation allowed the 107-year old residence to be sensitively updated and satisfied the daily needs and functions of a 21st-century family of four. Subtle exterior design details synthesized a century of architecturally unfortunate additions, while long-term decisions insured a new beginning for this historic structure.

“To win an award in this highly competitive category is quite an achievement,” says Ken Kanline, Director of the Awards.

Chrysalis Award 2010 Historic Renovation National Award WinnerThe Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fifteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling, as well as National Remodeler of the Year winners. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler or design professional in the United States.


Pictures of the 2010 award-winning projects can be seen at www.chrysalisawards.com.

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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