Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
This new residence set in the countryside outside of Philadelphia evokes a traditional, idealized farmstead. The crisp, white gabled forms are expressed in humble materials utilizing painted clapboards and wood trim on a plinth of rough stone. The house is a synthesis of tradition and contemporary themes, blending a gracious, traditional exterior countered by modern interiors that encourage active use and interaction by all family members.
A new drive winds past a small barn and orchard to arrive at a new entry court.
While the house is more private on its north entry approach, the south façade opens to a rolling meadow and is lined by a continuous sequence of porches. The house is arranged in linear organization of major rooms linked by generous porches that frame landscape vistas.
The Entry Hall has an active black and white checkerboard marble floor complemented by a flowing staircase with dark stained oak treads and white painted risers. An arched gallery opens to a vaulted ceiling Dining Room on one side and a Family Room on the south, all linked by dark stained, wide-plank floors. The Family Room, used for large video projection, includes custom designed millwork and a cork-lined coffered ceiling.