This Saucon Valley stone home dates from the early to mid 19th century. Artefact was retained to design renovations and an addition to the home in two separate phases. The first phase included a small rear addition, the renovation of the kitchen and the conversion of several rooms into a master bedroom suite. The second phase addition included a wood and glass conservatory- connector and a stone wing that houses a library, office and guest suite. The stone work was meticulously matched to the existing home.
A series of ad hoc, attached outbuildings located on the property of a renovated Bucks County farmhouse were reconstructed to create more substantial and useful buildings. The uses of the new buildings are residential and agricultural, providing space for guests, entertaining, and implement storage. The buildings were constructed with timber framed structural components and structural insulated panels to create a highly insulated, energy efficient building with expressed structural system. The cupola in the main space provides passive cooling during the warm weather and brings daylight into the center of the large room.
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.