The clients of this home loved traditional colonial architecture, a vernacular consistent with their established central PA neighborhood. Where many colonial homes tend to extend both back and to the sides, we were challenged by a shallow, wide lot and zoning restrictions for building setbacks and height limitations.
In order to connect the main living spaces to the back and primary side yard, large windows and french doors were incorporated maximizing visibility across the backside of the house along the width of the lot. The adjacent rear neighbor is closer to the street allowing us to borrow some of the openness from their rear yard which is below the level of this house. A rear porch connects the garage, breakfast area, family room, wet bar and master suite to an outdoor dining area and grill.
Following a traditional center-hall style colonial plan, the entry hall serves as the connection to the formal dining room and living room, second floor, and the rear of the house. Unlike traditional "formal" living rooms, the client anticipated using the living room/library daily thus the inclusion of large pocket doors. In every primary "public" room of the house, there is a view of at least 3 other spaces helping to maintain an open, light-filled interior but one which has clearly defined "spaces" at the same time.
The master wing is included on the first floor along with a home office. The second floor houses the children's bedrooms, guest suite, exercise room and playroom. The basement is currently unfinished but in-slab plumbing was accommodated in case the homeowners' needs change.