Before & After of Farmhouse in Kimberton
I love the balance and common sense of old homes. I like antique details and modern amenities; quiet corners, open floorplans; family gatherings, and "me" space. Energy efficiency, lots of daylight and views, solar energy whenever we can.
I like the term “adaptive reuse.” We demo-ed the 1960s addition, salvaged all the lumber, built on its footprint, and went up one story to create the master suite. We captured the best views and brought in tons of daylight. The kitchen and eating areas on the first floor were reconfigured to flow directly outdoors. All areas of the farmhouse were made accessible with circulation around both sides of the central stairway. A mudroom and laundry were placed logically where the family went to and from the garage and yard. A more “formal” entrance for guests (and clean feet) was made accessible to the driveway via a stone patio and perennial garden. A window at the top of the central stairway became the doorway to the master suite. Thick, super-insulated walls and ultra-high-efficiency electric heat pumps made this farmhouse very affordable to heat and cool. With a future Solar Electric system across the yard and behind the garage, it will be a Net-Zero energy home.