Raphael Architects Newtown Home Office Project was awarded the 2022 AIA Bucks County Small Project Award. This Newtown, PA project included an addition and a transformation of unused attic space into a home office and outdoor living space.
“Newtown Home Office is a small gem hidden behind a fairly typical residential structure in a fairly typical residential neighborhood. It very skillfully speaks to the increasingly prevalent condition of remote work, and the tension between commercial activities in a residential setting. Considering commonalities, the project incorporates materials that are ‘of the house’ and integrates them in a way that makes it clear this is something different. The stair façade and its relationship to the rear garden is striking and modern yet appropriate for the use….and the existing house. While small in stature, this design has large impact. I particularly enjoyed how it contributes to the growing dialogue about “office” and “home” and the appropriate expression of each in a singular structure. This is a very deserving Chapter Small project Awardee. “ Juror comments.
The surrounding courtyard, garden walls, and plantings were critical to create the calm private patio. Carter Van Dyke Associates designed the exterior landscape elements. Linda McManus Images captured the essence of the addition and renovations for the improvements. Scott B. Lesser, Custom Builder, LLC built the well-crafted construction improvements.
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