1805 Brook Road
Abington, PA 19001


1636 Brisbane Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902
215-886-6916 (universal)



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Harm Residence
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Harm Residence

This client is the new owner of an "un-fooled-around-with" single story old 60’s HUD house in a well established neighborhood, with a decent size floor plate and, especially, stone veneer on the exterior. The house is located on a prominent corner lot and, at the time of purchase, seemed distinctly out of character with a wonderful collection of colonial and eclectic styled houses nearby.

Innumerable floor plans and elevations later, we settled on a surprisingly traditional 3-bedroom plan with an upstairs laundry and office or den, and an attic big enough for future renovations. The new elevations used stucco to complement the stone first floor, with a hipped roof and dormers for scale and character, as well as light for the attic rooms. Trim details tie the house to the older homes in the area.

Since the new staircase had to be placed sideways to avoid an existing beam, we were able to naturally divide the floor plan into public areas to the front with space for a formal dining and living area, and a new larger kitchen flowing into a family room to the rear, connecting, in turn, to a spacious side patio. The front entrance has been improved with a a gracious portico to enhance guests and friends’ arrivals, and a small side door was widened for double French doors to a new patio to the west and a new walkway to the detached garage.

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