Located in the historic suburb of Swarthmore, this addition to a center-hall colonial home is designed to accommodate a new Great Room. Utilizing the existing sloping grade of the property, the addition is presented to the street as an unassuming volume that does not disrupt the natural rhythm and scale of the neighborhood. Careful consideration was taken not to disturb a century-old oak tree in the rear yard but rather to make it the crux upon where the old and new spaces are hinged. Walking through the existing home, the modesty of the structure opens up dramatically to maximize the views of the landscape and soft north light. The tall ceiling and large expanses of glass create an experience of treehouse living. The result is a playfully unapologetic, yet cohesive dialogue between rich history and modern design.
General Contractor: Burgese Builders, Folsom PA
Interior Design: Susanne Schwarz