This new residence blends traditional materials with modern design influences, resulting in a unique dwelling that settles comfortably into the surrounding rural landscape. The owners’ stylistic preferences set the direction for our efforts in composing a palette of finishes among a dynamic series of spaces.
7,100 sqft Custom Residence
Photos by Matt Wargo
East Nantmeal Residence
The wide-open yet secluded site encouraged a plan with easy access to the grounds from nearly every corner of the first floor. A low profile design met the clients’ wish for stylistic informality and their desire to not overshadow the natural features of the site.
The exterior is a traditional combination of stone and stucco with shingle and metal roofs that reach down to the first floor eave in many places. The use of site-harvested stone and custom millwork crafted by the builder gives the house a connection to its exact place unique to it and its occupants.
6,500 square feet.
Reconstruction of an existing historic stone mansion, and the construction of two large additions, updates this substantial house while taking advantage of the beautiful site amenities on this creekside ten acre property.
Project also included cosmetic renovations to a caretaker’s dwelling/garage building, and plans for future renovations to an existing 4,000 sqft grist mill barn structure along the creek.
9,400 sqft Custom Residence
Renovations to this mid-1970's house included rebuilding the rear wall to open the interior spaces to the yard. The project also included extensive renovations of the kitchen, the master bath and dressing room, and the entry hall.
Keeping the new work in character with the existing while updating the overall aesthetic of the home was the owner's primary request and was foremost in our designs for this project.
Reconstruction of a former dairy barn into a contemporary weekend home. Custom cabinetry, specially fabricated metalwork, and an attention to simple detailing highlight this compact luxury retreat.
Includes commisioned artwork (over the bed) by Marc Pinard and Thom & Dave Design.
800 sqft Custom Residence
2001 and ongoing
High-style country residence on a prominent triangular corner lot. A distinctive tree line encouraged the house to be wide with sweeping rooflines. Public views of the house from all sides gives the house many “fronts”.
Project Cost: $1,650,000
8,500 sqft Custom Residence
The Gramercy Roof
This renovation called for transforming an unused rooftop space into terrace and gardens for the tenants. The existing stairs and the elevator were extended to the roof where the entire roof area was rebuilt to receive pavers, plants, and trees. A new aluminum shade trellis is the centerpiece, supporting vines and metal mesh panels for shade.
The crispness of the new work is intended to both compliment the classic lines of the existing building while juxtaposing the century-old detailing of the masonry structure. Efficiency in materials is important too since the project area is six stories up and on a tight site with limited room for craning and staging.
210 S 13th St. Philadelphia Built 1915 (Clarence Eaton Schermerhorn, architect) 1st floor commercial, 2nd through 6th floors house one apartment each.
The Gramercy Interiors
This project involved complete fit-out renovations for three full-floor apartments with direct elevator entrance. The urban building has a very industrial character with oversized windows, exposed concrete structure, and high ceilings. Within that framework we laid out a series of similar apartment plans with finishes that differed slightly in character to play off the building's New York City name with looks characterized as Downtown (4th floor), Midtown (5th floor), and Uptown (6th floor).
The Roberts Block building is a rehabilitation project of a 1916 structure with a commercial ground floor and four apartments on the second floor. Despite the building’s declined state there were many features to capitalize on including decorative tile work, ornate metal cornices and brackets, brick pilasters, stately pediments, and a unique terracotta cornice.
The building faces the Glenside Train Station and when built it undoubtedly served as an elegant mixed-use hub between the tracks and the surrounding neighborhood, and our renovation was intended to renew that role.