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Home Residential Projects Private Residence, Haverford, PA
Private Residence, Haverford, PA
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Private Residence, Haverford, PA

The renovation of this home, that was originally a caretaker's house to a much larger estate, was given a Victorian addition which disguises a previous addition from the 1980’s. This latest renovation more accurately reflects the character of the original dwelling.

The original house dates back to the 1880’s. The 1980's addition housed a kitchen and a small family room.  The addition was given a “French provincial/Dutch gambrel” appearance, which, while efficient and avoiding a complex roof connection, was unsympathetic to the character of the original building.

When the current owners bought the home, they needed a larger living room for entertaining. It was decided to add on across the front of the 1980’s section to give the house a more formal front from the drive, and to hide the gambrel roof addition. The gambrel roof was disguised to act as a link between the main house and the new large addition, while a variety of window sizes and types (including reuse of an existing picture/double hung combination unit) alleviated the strict symmetry and introduced a bit of playfulness to the façade.The addition also has a full second floor master suite, with a balconied attic space. The ground floor is a Great Room with a fireplace and connection to the outdoors though many windows and doors. The old kitchen was completely renovated (full design, colors and materials selected by the owners) and opens to the old family room, now a family dining room. The covered patio/porch adds to the visual formality of the front while giving the owners a place of restful retreat overlooking the garden.

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