The circa 1790 stone farmhouse is set against a natural backdrop of the scenic Paunacussing Creek in Bucks County. The owner fell in love with the breathtaking views and flowing water seen and heard from the backyard deck. From within the home, however, the spectacular views of the creek and forest were blocked by the heavy stone walls. The existing deck and some of the homes interior spaces were also in need of an upgrade. Raphael Architects (RA) task was to integrate a new addition with the original historic home, and to bring the outdoors into the home year round.
RA designed the kitchen, dining, living and sleeping room addition primarily of glass and stone to bring in much desired diffused daylight and panoramic views of the creek. Solid portions of stone walls give privacy where needed and the historic charm of the original home is uncovered in the homes interior. The owner wanted to feel as though they were in the middle of the forest. Oversized, insulated glass is maximized along the creek side of the home. Bays of sliding patio doors open up to bring in the sounds of the creek throughout the home. RA designed the 2nd floor sleeping loft with a cathedral ceiling and gable end windows that look into the tall green forest. RA strategically placed skylights to address the owners objective to sleep under the stars.
The additions and renovations combine the owners love of the old stone farmhouse, with their desire for an open plan, light-filled living area offering expansive views of the surrounding landscape.
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