Dating back to 1895, the Union Provision and Packing Company building in Lawrenceville located at 5136 Butler Street, once housed a butcher shop, slaughterhouse and meat storage coolers.Continue reading “Project Story: Slaughterhouse Transformation in Lawrenceville”
Our client had a dilemma that many growing families face—running out of space in their current home, and they had no desire to move. They loved the neighborhood and location, as it was right across the street from Frick Park, one of the larger parks in the city.
Since the home was in an urban location with tightly spaced homes on small lots, it only allowed us to build on a small footprint. The plan called for adding more first floor living space that included a kitchen/dining room and family room, and a second-floor master bedroom suite. An additional requirement was, the owners wanted to leave enough room in the small backyard for a one-car garage to be built in the future.
We designed and built the addition to blend seamlessly with the existing house by matching the exterior features and finishes. The client desired an open floor plan to connect the expanded kitchen with the existing living room and the new family room.
At the rear entry is a small mudroom complete with a bench and coat hooks. The ¾ height wall between this area and the new family room allows the natural light from the full-glass rear door to pour into the family room but still partitions off this area as well as the entry to the new powder room.
The kitchen features a large island with stools for casual dining, a work-sink and a microwave tucked at a lower level for easy access.
The kitchen offers a lot of light, including natural light from the side, recessed lighting, beautiful pendant lights over the island and under-cabinet lighting to give working areas plenty of light.
Behind the range, the beautiful marble tile in a herringbone pattern complements the white subway tile.
Upstairs, we added a full master suite with a bathroom and walk-in closet. Both the master bath and closet entries are accessed using sliding barn doors.
The master bath has his-and-hers sinks with a marble countertop, a soaking tub and a roomy walk-in tiled shower with a built-in cubby.
These 1,800 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathroom duplex-style townhomes were built on a city infill lot with a steep grade change from front to rear. Continue reading “Project Story: Duplex Style Townhomes Built on Eutaw Street, Pittsburgh”
This family of four needed more space, particularly Elisabeth, the mom. With two teenage boys, the quaint, Mt. Lebanon home was feeling cramped. As much as Elisabeth loved her boys, she also longed to have her own space to relax after a day of teaching without the noise of video games and teenage banter in close quarters. The answer would come in a 1,000 sq.-ft. two-story addition.
The lots are small and the homes are close together in Mt. Lebanon, and while there was room on the lot for the addition, excavating at the rear of the house was a challenge because it couldn’t be accessed with heavy machinery.
This renovation began by enclosing the existing side porch and converting it to a den, which would double as a guest room, and adding a large family room to the backside of the house. It was important to Elisabeth and Jacob to create a space that better accommodated their mothers during their stays, so in addition to the den/guest room, a small powder room was converted to a full bathroom with a no-threshold walk-in shower and a teak-bench seat. This small change created a “suite” for the grandmothers, which allowed for first-floor living and privacy, when wanted, yet they could still be close to family activity.
The new family room was designed with a large wall of windows that gives them an outstanding view to their backyard. The window seat makes a nice, comfortable place for them to enjoy seeing deer grazing or birds on the feeders. Since the family enjoys watching movies and playing board games together, the room has a new, larger flat-panel television and a square coffee table.
Outside, the garage was lengthened to accommodate two vehicles, when parked in tandem, and a “captured” bay was added behind the house to serve as an auto shop.
Upstairs, the master bedroom was expanded above the downstairs addition to include a full master suite which includes the bedroom, a new master bathroom and a walk-in closet. The existing bedroom was turned into a sitting room – where the couple can watch television, read or simply unwind. A second floor laundry was added so that Elisabeth no longer has to lug clothes up and down two flights of stairs to the basement.
As Elisabeth told us, “Our new home is beautiful inside and out. The addition has a very organic feel in the neighborhood, prompting more than one of our neighbors to state that ‘it looks like it always belonged there.’”
Aaron and Liz loved their Squirrel Hill neighborhood. It was convenient to Aaron’s work, shopping and offered the type of atmosphere the couple wanted for raising their young family. While they absolutely loved where they lived, their home was too small, and with another child on the way, they needed to figure out a plan.
Aaron and Liz heavily considered moving and even made an offer on a home about 1½ blocks away from their current home. However, at the final moment, they rescinded the offer. They realized what it would mean to move away from their neighbors, who were like family – even if it was just a few blocks away.
That’s when they decided to renovate their existing home. They asked friends for referrals and found us.
In addition to gaining more space for their family, the other goal Aaron and Liz had was creating a more inviting area downstairs for entertaining friends and relatives – which they frequently did. The once-cramped galley kitchen was opened up to the dining room and transformed into a spacious culinary haven to give Aaron and Liz plenty of space to prepare food while still entertaining guests. To add a personal touch, Liz had doorknobs from her grandmother’s home; a combination of original and replica were installed onto the cherry cabinets.
To add even more space, the small deck off the dining room was expanded to wrap around to the kitchen – so it could be accessed from both rooms.
Upstairs, Aaron and Liz worked in a spacious master suite, complete with a walk-in closet and small office nook. The master bathroom has a beautiful glass-enclosed walk-in shower and upgraded finishes and fixtures, including a large vanity with his-and-her vessel sinks.
Each child now has their own bedroom and shares a dedicated bathroom with a quartz double-sink vanity (made to look like marble) and an attractive tiled tub with plenty of space. A second-floor laundry closet was also added.
All in all, the family got exactly what they were looking for – a larger home in the perfect neighborhood.
This empty-nest couple, Bernadette and Chuck Gerbe, wanted to start a new life in the city. They’d purchased a 150-year-old building that had previously housed a men’s clothier, a butcher and a beauty shop. They had a vision of creating a live-work glass studio in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. Continue reading “Project Story: Lawrenceville Art Studio”