One of the latest IWI projects is Holmquist Farm in Solebury Township, Bucks County, PA. This 12.5-acre farm features a 1953 stone-and-stucco colonial revival house overlooking an expansive hay field. Designs were drawn up for a renovation of the main house and the building of a new three-car garage and guest cottage. The first ten photographs show exterior views and interior renovations and design details as of January 2017.
Following the photos of the new lower level home theater and wine callar Here are the black-and-white "before" pictures showing the house (as shot from the hay field) and the tree-lined main drive up to the house. The next five color photos show progress that was made early in the project on the outside of the main house. A long silt fence was put up prior to regrading the property around the house. Earth movers reshaped the entire backyard facing the hay field, extending the yard towards the road and compacting the ground nearest the field, which will eventually be the site of a pool with a vanishing or negative edge in Spring 2017. Everything has been seeded for new grass growth in the spring.
Twenty-six large white pines and other evergreens were planted along the road at the front of the property, and one photo shows the view of the hay field and house from the new line of trees. Extensive landscaping has been done all around the outer perimeters of the acreage to remove dead trees, limb and prune, cut down brush, transplant bushes, and reverse the overgrowth of the past 50 years.
During renovation, much of this early 1950s home began to open up and out. Walls were taken down to accommodate a large open-plan kitchen leading into the great room. The main house now connects to the old workshop wing of the house, which became the first floor master suite with en suite spa.
Pictures show the new milk carton ceiling details after the old dropped ceilings were removed. The next photo shows second floor renovation - the area to the left of the exposed wooden studs is a small bedroom which was removed from the floorplan. The floors were demolished and a balcony now overlooks the new double-volume family room. The entire back of the house was moved out 10 feet to create a truly impressive family room space.