Spacious Row Home Addition in Newbold, Philadelphia
Location: Newbold, PA
Building type: Rowhome
Renovation style: Eclectic
Rowhome construction poses unique design constraints for renovation, but at Bellweather Design Build, we know from experience that constraints can also inspire creative options. The owners of this grand, historic Philadelphia row home in Newbold, near Passyunk Square, needed more sun-filled space to accommodate their growing family.
Rather than looking for a new house and moving out of the neighborhood, the family worked with Wyant Architecture, a local Philadelphia architectural firm, to draw up plans for a second and third-story addition. Although the architect did a fantastic job drawing up the plans. This family came to Bellweather to act as an advisor to troubleshoot and confirm numerous engineering solutions to the home’s structural weaknesses. We were also asked to verify that the plans were within budget, and to help with a variety of final selection and design choices that were needed in the second story addition (new primary suite) and third story addition (new laundry room).
These clients were extremely happy with their project, and left us these words: “We used Bellweather to do a row house reno — we needed a good deal of structural diagnosis, and their engineer was fantastic! Bellweather was so professional and communicative, and they handled setbacks or unexpected issues quickly and reasonably. Plus, their attention to detail was beyond amazing! And we continue to reach out to them when we have questions or need suggestions for smaller projects or other maintenance work, and they are extremely attentive.”
It has been a particular pleasure working with this family, and we are excited to be starting another project with them for their carriage house located in the back of the property.
Second Floor Addition in this Philadelphia Rowhome
The plans for the second-floor addition in the rear of the home would be the new space for the primary suite. This would include a spacious bedroom, bathroom as well as access to a dressing room with custom built-in storage.
As in many of the homes we renovate in Philadelphia, our goal is to honor the existing look and feel. One priority was to refinish the home’s existing white oak flooring. Not only did the floors throughout the home turn out great, but our team at Bellweather was able to match both the materials and the pattern of the original floors when creating the second-story suite addition. This made the addition feel like it was always a part of the existing structure.
The high-gloss appeal of the flooring is reminiscent of design techniques employed in mid-century modern homes in Philadelphia suburbs, and the cohesive patterning creates a seamless and high-impact transition from the original floorplan into the new hallway with floor-to-ceiling built-in storage that leads into the primary suite.
The new suite features a large walk-in closet, a compartmentalized commode, and a new bathroom with a large, two-person shower and a dual vanity with generous storage. The full wall mirror above the vanity amplifies the serene wall tones, the light, and the space of the bathroom, while variegated hexagonal floor tiling and arabesque shower wall tiling add interest and dimensionality.
Third Floor Addition in this Philadelphia Rowhome
In addition, we also had a third-floor addition! This new space would house a laundry room with ample space for appliances, storage, and a sink. Similar to the second floor, the goal in this area was to also honor the home’s character while also creating a seamless, yet modern addition.
One obstacle in this addition was to maintain the home’s original window and radiator positioning. After much thought, collaboration, and planning, we were happy and able to achieve this request.
The spacious laundry room has side-by-side appliances, a sink, and a long stretch of upper and lower cabinetry. At Bellweather Design Build, we believe that every space, no matter how ostensibly insignificant, should be treated with precision and design consideration. This tenet is apparent in the stunning patterned cement tile in the laundry room that modernizes the space.
- Original pattern matching for white oak flooring;
- Arabesque shower wall tile in the bathroom; and
- Patterned cement tile on the laundry room floor.