“They’re feeling like they belong to an actual community rather than being in a building where they get dropped off in the morning and picked up at night….” Read more at The Morning Call.
“We’ve literally gone from night to day with this building.” Read more at Lehigh Valley Live.
The 3,100 square foot education center was designed along sustainable principles to save energy and conserve water and building materials. The green roof is covered with soil and planted with low-maintenance plants. This feature reduces rainwater run-off and lowers the cost of heating and cooling by providing insulation.
The interior space is divided by a central hallway into classroom space and administrative office space. Folding partitions in the classroom area allow it to function as three separate rooms or one large group space. The administrative area includes a common space with several work stations and file cabinets, a private office, a room for office equipment and supplies, and a kitchen. The lobby and corridor are designed with space for various displays. A large covered front porch functions both as an outdoor classroom and as a staging area for educational forays into the conservancy grounds
This residential project began as a simple living room addition and matured into a full-blown renovation and new construction project. The client had purchased an ordinary Colonial Revival style house built in the 1980s. The front porch and two-story tower were awkwardly detailed with Victorian bric-a-brac made from a palette of vinyl products.
The scope of work gradually increased to include the complete renovation of the existing house, a garage addition, a backyard pool, and a large pool house with a wine cellar and a second floor guest suite. A comprehensive landscape design encompassed exterior terraces, a gazebo, and a new driveway.
With approximately 19,000 square feet of finished space, the new homestead accommodates the owner’s family with 8 bedrooms and 9 baths. The home’s exterior has been completely redone with an emphasis on natural materials. Cedar shingles and stone adorn the walls while hand-split cedar shakes and copper grace the roofs. Aluminum clad wood windows, painted wood trim, and stained and painted wood doors provide the finishing touches.