THE FARM AT LILY VALLEY ROAD
The original portion of this Quaker inspired traditional stone farmhouse dates from the mid 1700’s, necessitating a well conceived blending of historic architecture with the current renovation. Reorienting the main entrance provided a link element designed in scale with the front of the home, allowing for a larger addition situated toward the scenic rear views and giving the appearance of the house evolving over time.
In keeping with the original character of the farmhouse, we used small windows, exposed the interior stone, and created a series of connected spaces with various floor materials. Adding warmth, we brought in hand hewed 22-foot long chestnut beams and reclaimed heart pine floors. The sunroom is oriented toward the 10-mile view, with courtyard areas “sitting” in the landscape adding “exterior rooms” for entertaining and lounging on the 80 acres of preserved property.
Comfortable elegance abounds with columns adding a sense of classicism to the rural farmhouse style, while window seat / bay window combinations in both the kitchen and master bedroom overlook the valley views. Details are a cornerstone of this architectural showpiece, such as a “hidden” closet in the upper attic accessible via the master bedroom, and local Bucks County soapstone sinks and counters throughout the home. Three fireplaces include one that has been completely restored, another that is centered along a wall with built in drawers under the adjacent window seats, and lastly, a beehive fireplace in the oldest part of the house with original brick floors and tree trunk timbers. Balancing the old and the new, radiant floor heating and carefully placed HVAC elements from a geothermal system are set throughout the home.
CATEGORY: Residential / Historic Renovation
LOCATION: Tinicum Township, PA