It all started innocently enough. George showed our client photos of his favorite contemporary staircase. Then Jessica (the architect) suggested the treads be “heavy” … a few weeks later added that it might be nice to “consider” concrete. John and Carrie (the clients) mentioned that a reclaimed tread would be awesome. John started talking about LED lighting, which caused George to get a lump in his throat and a mist in his eyes … and that’s how you end up with a truly custom staircase at Rittenhouse Builders.
Well meaning people with great intentions can ruin a home’s aesthetic appeal. This 1853 mill worker’s home in Newtown Square witnessed the Civil War, the Great Depression, the heroics of the greatest generation, and sadly, some really misguided efforts to “historically restore” it in recentView Field Note