This couple from St. Louis bought an existing home in Newtown, PA, desiring to retire near their families in Philadelphia. The owners wanted the home to reflect their tastes and lifestyles, so they committed to renovate the twenty-year old home to create a home that could serve as the centerpiece for their family gatherings. Raphael Architects collaborated with David Brooke Rush Builders to help the owners achieve their dreams, all before moving back to the area from Missouri.
The initial change involved inserting a three floor elevator into the middle of the home. An equally significant construction effort involved transforming the existing kitchen, family room, library and living room into an open plan configuration.
On the second floor, the master suite was reconfigured to provide a large bedroom, sitting area, his and her walk in closets and a reconfigured master bathroom. Less ambitious renovations to the remaining bathrooms on the second floor include new tile, cabinets, countertops and fixtures.
The third major renovation transformed the finished basement into a seven seat home theater, supported by a kitchenette and a contiguous game room. The theater room radiates so all seats face the screen. Acoustical panels complete the wall finishes to create the correct acoustical environment required for the state-of-the-art home automation and theater equipment installed and designed by Current Concepts.
The final improvement to the home includes renovations and an addition to the small three car garage. Intermediate posts have been demolished, and new long span beams provide space to open doors and load car. A five feet long addition completes the space, creating ample depth to walk around the vehicles. Interior finishes materials are being installed now, expecting to have the home ready for occupancy by the end of March.
Kitchen stove with vent.
Library half wall.
Library half wall cabinetry.
Capital detail family room.
Family Room TV and fireplace.
Master tub and shower
Master fireplace and TV.