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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Roof Deck Saga

Our client has enjoyed a view of the Center City skyline from the roof deck outside her third floor loft for a decade. Over the years, the client has asked us to make various structural and cosmetic repairs to the deck to extend its life with the hopes of one more dinner party set against that stunning backdrop. Unfortunately, the deck's life is coming to an end. The existing patio doors were in poor condition when the client called last winter. Sun exposure…

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