Braunbeck Residence

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Renovation and over-build of an existing suburban home to an airy modern escape

In three words:

Adaptive-Reuse,
Minimal,
Open-Plan

Many homeowners would have walked away from the existing Newtown Square property with its chronic water problems and awkward layout.  But the owners had a vision that it could be transformed into a light-filled, minimalist refuge from a hectic world.  Working closely together, Re:Vision and the owners simplified and reduced the building footprint while turning a partial second story into a spacious full-story with vaulted ceilings.  The ground floor was opened up, including strategically placed windows and doors to complement existing openings and connect with the expansive back yard.  A continuous layer of insulation and weather barrier was carefully added over the multiple existing wall types (stone, block, and wood frame).  The site around the house was regraded to prevent future water issues.  This gut renovation is made to last!

Fast Facts

Existing stone walls were left in place and overbuilt instead of being demolished and sent to a landfill

Large format 4’ x 4’ floor tile unifies the entire ground floor

The building design is based on Passive House design priniciples for energy conservation

New design created a level main floor instead of the original which had multiple steps and levels

Basement waterproofing issues were addressed and isolated from main level living spaces

““We hired Re:Vision to design our main house and couldn't be happier. We wanted a very contemporary look that took into consideration passive house principles. Everyone we worked with at the firm was very knowledgeable. It was truly a collaborative effort to get to where we wanted as owners while keeping an eye on budget. We would absolutely work with them again on future projects.” ”

– Matt Braunbeck

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