Outside Insulation Solution

The Fishtown neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia boasts a proud working-class history, it's name derived from the shad fishing industry that developed along its border on the Delaware River. There's even an annual festival - Shad Fest - to celebrate its seafaring tradition. Our clients drew inspiration from their neighborhood's past to design a 3rd floor master suite with many industrial flourishes: exposed brick walls, surface-mounted electrical fixtures, a new steel S-beam (to replace the old wood one, which allowed us to shorten the…

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Custom Attic Redesign

"It’s a very open, inviting, and comfortable space, where most of the family tends to congregate. We took the most unpleasant and uncomfortable space in the house and converted it into what’s often the very best place to be." A client's vision for an in-home studio was complicated by the lack of usable space in his attic. The attic was without natural light, electricity, or insulation and the space felt "closed-in." Through an exciting collaboration, we transformed the attic from a cramped storage…

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Graduate Hospital Kitchen Remodel

For some parents of young children, an all-white kitchen would be a bold, almost daring move. But Charlie Hall, the father of six and ten-year-old sons, has a relaxed attitude about it. “We’re through the potentially destructive phase…I’m more worried about my friends than [the kids],” he laughed. Charlie is the drummer of the Philadelphia rock band War on Drugs. He and his wife Anne have frequently hosted his band mates and crew for overnight stays. Their recent kitchen renovation, which is very…

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Cupola Restoration

Gloucester City, NJ was one of the first settlements on the Delaware River. Originally named Fort Nassau, early Dutch settlers transformed the small trading and transportation port into an industrial hub. With industry came investment, entertainment, and fine architecture. In 1869, Gloucester City dedicated a new City Hall, which stood for 70 years until it was demolished in 1939 to pave the way for the current city hall (now the Police Administration Building) that was built in the 1940s. Flash forward another 70…

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Five-Star Basement Spa with an Endless Pool

Imagine your basement... Like most of us, your basement is dark, cold, and vacant - an ordinary storage space full of old holiday decorations, unused fitness equipment, and broken down camping gear. But, what if that clutter was gone? What if your basement was bright, warm, and cozy? Now, imagine your basement with a pool... Our clients envisioned their basement as a getaway - an oasis tucked away in their Philadelphia twin. But as it stood, their basement was lifeless, colorless. There were…

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Adding Comfort and Value to Sunrooms and Porches

“Our porch was structurally unsound and out-of-date. We wanted a space that was an extension of the house, another living room. Our goal was to make the porch a place we felt comfortable in.” This summer, one of our repeat clients dreamed of adding more space to accommodate her growing family. But, her West Philadelphia row house didn't allow for much expansion. Like many of her neighbors, she purchased the home with a large front porch that had been converted into a closed-in…

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Built-In Bay Window Seat

The 2nd floor bay in this client's master bedroom lacked a clear function with a cast-iron radiator set under its windows. So, we designed and built a custom, oak, bay window seat to conceal the radiator. The built-in helps define the space, while the natural wood adds warmth to the modern decor.

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Custom Stair Redesign

A client's vision for her new living room was complicated by a turn in the main staircase that terminated in the center of the space. The client was committed to preserving as many period details as possible. We removed the landing and engineered a stair section that salvaged the original oak treads and bent risers, and extended the Victorian newel post. The walnut inlay was replicated in front of the stairs to match the adjacent floor detail.

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Award-Winning Facade Restoration

Our Bay Window & Restoration project won an award from a local historical society! The neighborhoods that make up University City are Philadelphia's oldest suburbs. Rural until the 1860's, the "Street Car Suburb" expanded west from Center City with the introduction of electric trolley cars in the 1890s and soon became home to the city's rich, who built elegant mansions across the Schuylkill River.  Many of the homes in Powelton Village, Cedar Park, and Woodland Terrace have maintained their hundred-year-old charms:  slate roofs,…

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Bay Window Restoration

We've received a lot of calls this fall for weatherization work from clients eager to upgrade their windows, heating systems, or insulation. A recent University City client had a particularly drafty bay window attached to her ever-cold living room. Not only was the bay uninsulated, but it was severely water damaged on the exterior. So we were presented with an opportunity "to kill two birds with one stone": insulate the bay and repair the rotted woodwork. (The ceiling and exterior walls of the…

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