Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Location: Brandon Farms, Lawrence Township, NJ Contractor: General Construction Pros
The stately home shown in the picture above began as a typical builder grade suburban house (see below). The existing two-car garage on the left was remodeled into a new in-law suite, laundry room, utility room, and a secondary stair. A second floor was added above that space to house a large home office suite and new bathroom. Finally, a new garage was constructed with a large bonus room above.
The facade was redone with new stone veneer, new dormers and gable, a new front porch, and new siding.
Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Owner: Private Residence Location: Hopewell, NJ
This mid century ranch had all the property the new owners wanted, but none of the charm. They wanted a more craftsman feel to the home. To accomplish that, a new front porch was added with stone column bases and square posts. Two new dormers were put onto the roof and two new gable ends were constructed over the garage and bedroom wing. Finally, the whole house was wrapped in new siding in two patterns.
In addition to the facade, several internal walls were removed and a porch was enclosed to create an extremely open concept feeling inside with views out to the back yard.
Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Owner: Private Residence Location: Yardley, PA Status: Under Construction
This project involves an 800 square foot single story addition to an existing suburban home and renovations to 180 sf of existing space. The addition is an age-in-place first floor master suite which features vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, an accessible bath with roll-in shower, a huge walk-in closet, screened porch and views out to a new patio.
Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Location: Hamilton, NJ Contractor: Lima Contracting
By reclaiming the space from an underutilized screened in porch, this home’s kitchen expanded, dramatically changing the way the owner’s use their home. In addition to having additional counter space, a brand new island, and a wall of pantry cabinets, they were able to add a custom banquette and a built-in desk.
The house grew 7′ wider, so the exterior siding was redone to match the existing and the new windows were sized to approximate the original, making the addition appear seamless with the original construction.
Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Owner: Private Residence Location: Main Street, New Hope, PA Contractor: Sparano Builders Completed 2015
Renovations of the interior of a 1922 five bay center hall colonial home in the historic district of New Hope, PA are underway. Drawings have been submitted, reviewed and approved for two large additions to the home by the Historic Review Board. The left side 2nd and 3rd floors addition is under construction while the permitting bodies review the right side 3-story addition.
Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Owner: Private Residence Contractor: Old World Construction Location: Trenton, NJ Completed: Summer 2011
This 1936 Tudor home had seen years of neglect. The old pine finger-jointed Tudor board were rotting and large cracks had formed in the stucco. A complete removal of the front facade down to the bare studs allowed for updates to the electrical wiring in that wall, installation of insulation, and new Zip-System wall sheathing.
An 8′ bay window with a copper standing seam roof added depth to the front of the house. The new Tudor boards were cut from Brazilian Mahogany and extend all the way to the peak of the roof, making the house look larger. Quality details were used including copper flashing at all horizontal elements and biscuit joints at each intersection of the timbers. 1″ diameter hardwood pegs were placed in the wood joints for an authentic old-world appearance. The new three-layer hard coat stucco exterior was kept 1/2″ back from the face of the timbers to create a subtle shadow line, accentuating the construction.
This project not only increased the curb appeal of the home, but also corrected problems with water infiltration, electrical concerns, and energy conservation.
ARCHITECT: BRIAN VIEHLAND, DESIGN ON THE SQUARE DEVELOPER/OWNER: 187 W HANOVER, LLC LOCATION: HANOVER STREET, TRENTON, NJ
This project converts the abandoned state weights and measures building into four new loft-style condos with community space and a roof deck that overlooks the state house. This project, when completed, should be a LEED certified Silver building. Unfortunately, this project stalled due to the economy and has not yet been rejuvenated.