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The Schuylkill House is an environmentally conscious residence constructed on a reclaimed site, specifically selected for its ability to revitalize the existing developed area. Contextual elements of the industrial, residential, railroad and Schuylkill River were incorporated into the design. This residence is intended to inspire an urban up-scale lifestyle that is environmentally conscious by providing unique architectural finishes and materials that relate to the area. Designed to minimize circulation and maximize living space, this 2,000 sq. ft. home is both efficient and surprisingly spacious. Numerous operable windows, strategically placed to frame views, allow for both the sites and the sounds of the Schuylkill River to enter the home. Decks and patios surround the building on three sides, serving not only as supplementary areas for living and entertaining, but also as an additional interface with the site. At two and one-half stories, this three bedroom, two and one-half bathroom home includes Kitchen and Dining Areas, Living Room/Den, Family Room and Laundry. The existing foundation from the previous residence was also reinforced and reused, creating additional storage space. Located in Leesport Borough, the Schuylkill House is a conscientious alternative to development houses.
Photos by James R. Cutler, rendering by Joe Galentino
Nestled amongst the trees of a 23-acre Kutztown site, this 3,200 sq. ft. custom residence features natural stone construction and standing seam metal roofing. Designed to maximize views of the breathtaking surroundings, the spaces are accentuated by strategically placed windows, including 12' tall picture windows in the great room and skylights in both the kitchen and master suite. Views of the existing logging trail are framed by the windows of the sitting, dining and great rooms. The expansive great room also boasts timber construction, a cathedral ceiling and a custom-built, solid-wood spiral staircase. Other spaces on the first floor include: a gourmet kitchen with pantry, home theater, master suite, plant room, laundry and three-car garage. The second floor features his and her offices, an additional bedroom and a balcony overlooking the great room. The finished basement consists of a den, work room, sitting room and craft room, as well as a supplemental kitchen for entertainment purposes. Exterior living spaces further reinforce the coexistence of nature and the built environment.
Photos by James R. Cutler
This four-bedroom, 3,775 sq. ft. home is located on a prime corner lot in an upscale suburban community. The street side facades of the house were designed with a neighborhood mandated "farmstead" aesthetic, and incorporate traditional wooden railings, a wrap-around porch, stone and standing seam metal roofing. The private north side of the home is located adjacent to a beautiful quarry that has been converted to a lake. It features cascading patios with contemporary glass railings to provide unobstructed views. The uniquely shaped lot required the utilization of angled elements in the design in order to maximize the footprint and frame views, while maintaining a contextual "historical" appearance on the public facades. The hexagonal element contains a stand-alone gourmet kitchen and the two-story great room features an extensive window wall to provide lake views to both the first and second stories of the house.
Photos by Patrick Neenan
Design of two additions and interior renovations to the existing home. The 300 sq. ft. addition includes a foyer, elevator and laundry room. The 900 sq. ft. addition includes a large sun room on the first floor and a master suite on the second floor.
Additions and renovations.
This urban architectural design project in the heart of Reading, PA on Penn Street called for the design of two four-unit buildings. Each unit includes a garage, rec room, kitchen, deck, living room, laundry, dining room, master suite, bedrooms and bathrooms. The exteriors feature historical features of the surrounding, existing homes.
Cardinal Ridge is a unique concept in senior housing for Berks County. These ranch-style villa units offer one-floor convenience with provisions such as wide doorways and bathroom grab bars for a senior's safety and convenience. Units are available to seniors 60 years of age and older and their younger spouses or adult children, Cardinal Ridge fills a need for seniors in a safe, carefree, affordable housing. All units include a master bedroom suite with private bath, guest bedroom and spacious living room and dining room to complete the space. All units also include a roomy one-car garage with opener, powder room, laundry room and outside patio or deck. The floor plan incorporates an open design, with the kitchen, living and dining areas blending together to provide an increased sense of space.
Watkins Architect was pleased to be the Penn State Schuylkill project architect for the $4 million residence hall that opened in August 2010. The 30,000 sq. ft. new apartment building includes 12 apartment units with 72 beds, student lounge, laundry facilities, public restrooms and a student life office. The project is LEED silver certified.
Planning and designs for multiple townhouse, duplex, and single family low income residences for the Schuylkill Community Action. Each unit includes a living room, kitchen, deck, laundry, dining room, master suite, bedrooms, and bathrooms. The exteriors feature historical elements of the surrounding existing homes, specifically selected to blend with the older community.