This stucco-clad Colonial has a sensibility that’s as a lot trendy as it’s conventional, due to a fantastically executed DIY makeover by its homeowners.
I do not know whether or not proprietor Jay Campbell and his spouse love watching HGTV or Excessive Makeover: House Version. I additionally have no idea whether or not or not they subscribe to Architectural Digest.
What I do know is that this: They took a stucco-clad center-hall 1929 Colonial in Villanova to the subsequent degree with a incredible do-it-yourself makeover.
“We had been drawn to this home in 2006 for a number of causes,” Campbell writes in an electronic mail. “We lived in a small, cute home in Gladwyne on the time.”
I need to admit that I hardly ever see the phrases “small,” “cute” and “Gladwyne” in the identical sentence, however I do know that one can certainly discover such homes there, particularly in its Early-American-throwback village middle. The Campbells had been early converts to the work-from-home life-style, although, and that small, cute Gladwyne home simply wasn’t slicing it by way of sufficient house, both inside or outdoors.
In order that they began looking for new digs and ran throughout this far more spacious home on a bigger lot.
“We liked that this property was on three quarters of an acre and had three separate, outlined outside areas — a big entrance yard which we made even bigger, a personal and fairly facet yard which gave a pleasant view from the screened-in porch, and a spacious again yard with an exquisite pool.”
All of this they studded with flowering vegetation, shrubs and bushes. “We’re enthusiastic gardeners, so this gave us a ton of house to work with, and work with it we did — we put in all of the plantings ourselves.”
A lot of what you see inside can be their very own work. Their makeover made this Villanova Jazz Age Colonial home on the market directly extra like itself and distinctively trendy whereas giving them an opportunity to showcase their knack for each inside and exterior design.
The more-like-itself stuff contains the chair rails and crown moldings in many of the rooms, beginning with the very conventional lobby.
Additionally they let the lounge stay its conventional self.
(The French doorways flanking its hearth result in that screened porch subsequent to the facet yard.)
However on the opposite facet of the lobby from the lounge, they combined previous and current collectively in a really artistic method whereas freshening up its decor, which Campbell says was “extraordinarily dated.”
Essentially the most artistic a part of the makeover was turning the formal eating room, kitchen and adjoining household room right into a purposeful on a regular basis dwelling suite with out violating the spirit of this home by turning every part right into a single, huge house.
You may see how the Campbells blended trendy and conventional design sensibility within the eating room, which mixes basic wallpaper and detailing with a contemporary starburst chandelier.
The eating room then bought tied into the kitchen through a pass-through window and counter.
The kitchen additionally bought completely gutted and changed with a traditional-yet-modern-mixtape that features conventional cupboards with up to date pulls, full subway-tile partitions, and high-end stainless-steel home equipment.
(Service stairs additionally lead from the kitchen to the bedrooms on the second ground, permitting them — and also you — to raid the fridge with out waking everybody else up.)
An open passageway ties these two areas to the household room, whose twin bay home windows fill it with pure gentle.
On the alternative finish of the household room from these bay home windows, a built-in bookcase and media middle fills the wall. Sure, the Campbells constructed it in.
Upstairs, the entire bedrooms bought a refresh, as did the bogs, which had been completely gutted and rebuilt. Campbell additionally constructed the studying nook on the high of the principle stairs.
Two of the 4 bedrooms are presently configured as work-from-home areas like this dwelling workplace in one in every of them.
Initially, nevertheless, there have been 5 bedrooms on this ground. The Campbells turned two of them right into a single major suite whose bed room features a sitting room on the facet.
It must also be clear from what you’ve seen to date that they worth performance over showiness. The first rest room epitomizes that aesthetic.
Its twin vanities are modest in scale and its soaking tub and bathe are likewise easy but purposeful.
Along with all of the greenery and the distinct outside areas, this Villanova Jazz Age Colonial home on the market has a indifferent three-car storage subsequent to its fenced-in rear patio.
“And the home is nice location-wise,” writes Campbell. “We’re simply a few minutes from companies, shops and eating places in Villanova and St. Davids. It’s very straightforward to get on the Blue Route, which was essential because it makes it straightforward to get to the airport and my spouse travels an amazing deal for work. And within the different route, it’s solely a few minutes from Bryn Mawr and all it has to supply.” He additionally pointed to the close by Villanova College campus as an amazing place for leisure strolling and added that each Villanova and Radnor Regional Rail stations are inside strolling distance.
Additionally inside strolling distance, however a far much less nice stroll as a result of the Blue Route interchange with Lancaster Avenue will get in the best way, is the St. Davids Sq. purchasing middle, whose retail combine features a Large grocery store and an outpost of HomeSense, an upscale designer model of HomeGoods (the 2 chains are company siblings).
What all this implies is that with this Villanova Jazz Age Colonial home on the market, you’re not getting a run-of-the-mill do-it-yourself makeover venture — you’re getting a handy, extremely purposeful, fashionable but comfy home that gives suburban peace and quiet in addition to entry to a lot extra. And it does all this in a most tasty setting.
(And reality to inform, since they’re clearly adept at each inside design and at gardening, they actually ought to think about pitching their story to Higher Properties and Gardens.)
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,194
SALE PRICE; $1,225,000
OTHER STUFF: One other factor the Campbells added: Further attic insulation and a ductless high-velocity air-conditioning system. The unfinished attic gives cupboard space however might simply be transformed right into a bonus room because it has a hardwood ground. This home’s sale value was decreased by $75,000 on June twenty third.
108 S. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, PA 19085 [Geiger M. Smith III and Robin Gordon | The Robin Gordon Group | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]