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BucksCounty HOME & GARDEN

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Annual 2014 Edition


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Contents Bucks County Home & Garden Guide Annual 2014 Edition

Annual Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Home Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Home & Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Clean Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Designing Outdoor Spaces . . . . . . . . 46 Master of Trades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

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Jim Lukens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Home & Garden Resource Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Advertising Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 4

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Publisher William N. Waite Executive Editor Bob Waite

Account Executives Kathie Bachmann Lisa Bridge Kathy Driver

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Chanticlee Garden is a 35-acre pleasure garden open to the public in Wayne, PA. 610-687-4163; www.chanticleegarden.com

ANTIQUES 60TH ANNUAL YARDLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE ANTIQUES SHOW January 17-18: Over 20 antique dealers offering a variety of items, including primitives, country and traditional furniture, china, glass, silver, textiles, jewelry, pottery, and dolls. Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission.Yardley Community Centre, 64 South Main Street, Yardley, PA. www.yardleycommunitycentre.com. 2014 CHESTER COUNTY ANTIQUES SHOW April 4-6: The 32nd Annual Antiques Show is a benefit for the Chester County Historical Society. Admission. The Phelps School, Malvern, PA. 610-692-4800; www.chestercohistorical.org. ANTIQUE CITY April 12-13: 250 fine booths feature varieties of

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antiques and collectibles. Primitives, decoys, pop culture, postcards, amusements, and more will be on display. Admission. Free parking. Lehigh University Fieldhouse, 123 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA. www.antiquecityshow.com. THE 23RD STREET ARMORY ANTIQUES SHOW April 25-27: This Barn Star Productions event has 45 exceptional antique dealers presenting antiques in room-like settings. Celebrating its 20th year, the show offers period American, English, and French furniture, decorations, silver, ceramics, and fine art. Admission. First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Armory, 22 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA. 845-876-0616; www.barnstar.com.


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March 1-9, the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show returns to the Convention Center in Philadelphia. THE 2014 PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW April 26-29: Founded in 1962, this prestigious show is one of the longest running antiques shows in the country. The show offers diverse furnishings and decorative arts for both the period and modern American home. Preview April 25. Admission. Hall F, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA. 610-902-2109; www.thephiladelphiaantiquesshow.org. BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM ANTIQUES SHOW May 24-26: Outstanding furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts and other fine antiques from across the nation are featured at this show. U.S. Route 1 and P.A. Route 100, Chadds Ford, PA. 610-388-2700; www.brandywinemuseum.org.

TINICUM OUTDOOR ANTIQUE SHOW June: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Admission. Benefits the Tinicum Civic Association. Tinicum Park, River Road, Erwinna, PA. WARREN COUNTY ANTIQUES SHOW & VINTAGE MARKETPLACE August 16-17: Spend a few days shopping in the country for antiques. Along with antiques and collectibles, there will be lectures from respected historians, demonstrations, and world class exhibitions. Don’t miss the live entertainment and food vendors. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission. Free parking. Farmers’ Fairgrounds, Harmony, NJ. 908-343-5873; www.warrencountyantiqueshow.com. ANNUAL TINICUM PARK ANTIQUES SHOW September: Dealers from New York, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania will display merchanBucks County Home & Garden Guide 2014

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dise in and around the historic barn and farm buildings of Tinicum Park. Items will include furniture, textiles, glassware, paintings, prints, metalwork, and artifacts. Admission. Free parking. Rain or shine. River Road (Route 32), Erwinna, PA. 267-337-0955.

ANNUAL BUCKS COUNTY QUILT SHOWCASE July-September: Over 100 quilts of various types will be on display at the Bucks County Visitor Center. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA. 800-836-2825; www.visitbuckscounty.com.

ANNUAL DELAWARE ANTIQUES SHOW November: Sixty of the country’s most distinguished dealers present the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more. Admission. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. 800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org.

PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL QUILT EXTRAVAGANZA September 18-21: Come see exhibits of over 600 quilts and garments presented in gallery style. Over 200 vendor booths offer completed quilts, as well as the equipment and supplies needed to make them. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 484-754-EXPO; www.phillyexpocenter.com.

CRAFTS SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL March 14-16: More than 250 artisans display and sell their creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, and more. Admission. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 800-210-9900; www.sugarloafcrafts.com. PENNSYLVANIA GUILD OF FINE CRAFTSMEN FAIRS May 9-11: Philadelphia, PA June 8: Lancaster, PA July 26-27: Wilmington, DE October 10-12: Philadelphia, PA Admission. 717-431-8706; www.pacrafts.org. BYERS’ CHOICE AMERICAN ARTISAN SHOWCASE May 10-11: This juried show features about 70 handcrafters, who create traditional crafts, or crafts based on a traditional method or design. The craft booths will be indoors, in a large, well-lit expo facility within the Byers’ Choice building. Admission. Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA. 215-822-6700; www.byerschoicecraftshow.com.

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38TH ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW November 6-9: This annual art event is for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, to fund conservation and publication projects, and support exhibitions and education programs. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-6847930; www.pmacraftshow.org.

GARDENS BARTRAM’S GARDEN Visit this National Historic Landmark and House, circa 1728. The grounds are free and open to the public. Guided tours are available of both the historic garden, as well as the Bartram family home. Don’t miss The Bartram Nursery, complete with native plants and those discovered by the Bartram family. 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA. 215729-5281; www.bartramsgarden.org. BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE This is the perfect destination for seeing and learning about the native plants of the Delaware Valley. The 134-acre preserve has over 800 species of native plants in a naturalis-


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tic setting. Explore woods, meadows, a pond, and Pidcock Creek, as well as a changing collection of wildlife, birds, and wildflowers. Many educational programs are offered year-round. 1635 River Road, New Hope, PA. 215-8622924; www.bhwp.org. CAMDEN CHILDREN’S GARDEN Designed for children and families, the Camden Children’s Garden is a special place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play. Educational programs are offered April through December. Admission. 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ. 856356-8733; www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. CHANTICLEER GARDENS A 35-acre pleasure garden open to the public. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. Educational programs are offered year round. 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA. 610-687-4163; www.chanticleergarden.org. HORTULUS FARM A one-hundred acre 18th-century farmstead and nursery operation. It was created by garden and event designer Renny Reynolds and garden writer and author Jack Staub. The gardens and museum are open for tours from May through October. 60 Thompson Mill Road, Wrightstown, PA. 215-598-0050; www.hortulusfarm.com.

grams are offered year round. 8230 Easton Road, Ottsville, PA. 610-847-1300; www.lindenhillgardens.com. LONGWOOD GARDENS Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and dazzling fountains make up this estate created by Pierre S. du Pont.Year round visitors can enjoy music and theatre events, firework and fountain displays, seasonal festivals, guided tours, and educational programs. Admission. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA. 610-388-1000; www.longwoodgardens.org. THE MORRIS ARBORETUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Ninety-two acres of lush and colorful gardens await at The Morris Arboretum. Discover garden spaces and learn about 13,000 labeled plants, trees, and flowers. More than 100 classes, tours, and lectures are offered in spring and fall. Visitors also will enjoy changing exhibits. Admission. 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 215-247-5777; www.morrisarboretum.org. MT. CUBA CENTER The Mt.Cuba Center is situated on 600 acres. Its woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the region’s finest. Guided docent tours are available by reservation. Admission. 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE. 302-2394244; www.mtcubacenter.org.

JENKINS ARBORETUM & GARDENS Jenkins Arboretum features a collection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns in a natural landscape. The landscape and plant collections provide sanctuary for native birds, insects, and wildlife. Educational programs are offered year round. 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA. 610-647-8870; www.jenkinsarboretum.org.

THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE Encompassing over 300 acres of Swarthmore College, Scott Arboretum features over 4,000 types of ornamentals plants. The mission of the Arboretum is to display plants suited for home gardens in this area and to educate the public. Education programs are offered year round. Admission. 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA. 610-328-8025; www.scottarboretum.org.

LINDEN HILL GARDENS The retail nursery and destination garden of garden designer Jerry Fritz. Educational pro-

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contiguous acres and 20 miles of hiking trails. The Arboretum’s collections include rare plant specimens, ancient trees, and historic buildings. Educational programs are offered year round. 515 Painter Road, Media, PA. 610-566-9134; www.tylerarboretum.org. TYLER FORMAL GARDENS Built in the early 1930s, the gardens reflect early twentieth-century horticulture, and originally were influenced by larger Italian and French gardens. Divided into compartments and levels, separated by shrubs and stone walls, the gardens include manicured lawns, water fountains, gravel pathways, an espalier, and bronze sculpture. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA. 215-968-8000; www.bucks.edu. WINTERTHUR Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts.The estate features a research library, as well as a 60-acre naturalistic garden. Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Educational programs are offered year round. Admission. 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE. 302-888-4600;www.winterthur.org. 2014 PHS PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW March 1-9: This year’s show celebrates the fusion of art and horticulture and has the theme ARTiculture. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will partner with internationally renowned art museums, organizations, and institutions for the exhibits in ARTiculture and related shows in other arts venues. The region’s great garden clubs will be paired with area art schools to compete in the show’s artistic classes. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA. 215-988-8800; www.phsonline.org. INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW AND SALE April 11-13: This orchid extravaganza will feature more than 30 spectacular exhibits show-

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casing beautiful, sometimes bizarre, often fragrant, and always interesting orchids in full bloom. There also will be growing supplies, giftware, books, photographs, and orchid plants. Lectures and tours are scheduled. Admission. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. 215-299-1000; www.ansp.org. SEVENTH ANNUAL TYLER GARDENS AND LANDSCAPE LECTURE April 26: Derek Fell, noted Bucks County magazine gardening expert, horticulturist, author, and photographer will present a special lecture on The Magic of Monet’s Garden in the Gateway Auditorium on the Main Campus of Bucks County Community College. Fell’s book, The Magic of Monet’s Garden, will be sold and available for his autograph. The Tyler Formal Gardens also will be open for tours. 9:30 a.m. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA. 215-504-8500, ext. 6007 or email: rosenbel@bucks.edu. ANNUAL BUCKS BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN & GARDEN TOUR June: Enjoy the gardens on display during this popular one-day self-guided tour. The tour showcases a wide variety of homes and garden styles. Many gardens featured on the tour are designed and maintained by the homeowners, while others are designed, planted, and maintained by professionals. Bucks County Master Gardeners are on hand in each garden. Admission. Rain or shine. Doylestown, PA. 215-340-3639; www.bucksbeautiful.com ANNUAL HIDDEN GARDENS OF LAMBERTVILLE TOUR June: This annual self-guided walking tour allows visitors to enjoy elegant and unique “hidden gardens” in the backyards of residents in Lambertville, NJ. The tour begins at The Kalmia Clubhouse, 39 York Street, Lambertville, and showcases a variety of garden types and plants, from eclectic to formal, large and small. Net proceeds further The Kalmia Club’s mission and assist with its community outreach and


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GARDEN TOUR June: The Bedminster Land Conservancy’s garden tour allows visitors to experience private gardens. See how a private yard can be transformed into a garden oasis. Admission. 215-795-2352; www.bedminsterlandconservancy.org.

DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN & HISTORIC HOME SHOW February 28-March 2: The ultimate show for restoring, renovating, and preserving our Nation’s architectural heritage. Admission.Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 1st Avenue, King of Prussia, PA. 610-768-3215; www.historichomeshows.com.

21ST ANNUAL NEW HOPE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GARDEN TOUR June 7: The New Hope Historical Society presents its annual garden tour. Advance admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parry Mansion, 45 South Main Street, New Hope, PA. 215-862-5652; www.newhopehs.org.

THE 20TH ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA INVITATIONAL FURNITURE SHOW April 4-6: This annual show highlights artisan quality furniture and furnishings to suit all tastes. Admission. The 23rd Street Armory, 22 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-3878590; www.philaifs.com.

HOUSE & HOME AMERICAN CONSUMER SHOWS January 10-12: Greater Philadelphia Spring Home Show (King of Prussia, PA) February 7-9: Suburban Pennsylvania Spring Home Show (Lancaster, PA) March 21-23: Bucks and Montgomery Spring Home Show (Warminster, PA) 888-433-3976; www.acshomeshow.com. PHILADELPHIA HOME SHOW January 18-20, 24-26: The 2014 Home Show features appearances by Ahmed Hassan from DIY’s Yard Crashers and John DeSilvia from DIY’s Run My Renovation, along with designed rooms, the Cooking Stage, and the Xfinity Experience Stage featuring presentations on remodeling, renovation, organizing, décor, gardening, and outdoor projects. Free parking and shuttle. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 855-856-7469; www.phillyhomeshow.com. SUBURBAN HOME AND GARDEN SHOW February 20-23:Visit this annual show for decorating and remodeling ideas, learn more about companies, and stroll through gardens by area landscapers. Admission. Greater Philadelphia

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BUCKS COUNTY DESIGNER HOUSE & GARDENS April 27-May 25: This show house features the work of local landscapers and designers. It is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown to support Doylestown Hospital and V.I.A. community projects. Serendipity Farm, 131 Pineville Circle, Doylestown, PA. www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org. FOUR LANES END GARDEN CLUB’S HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND TEA November: This annual tour offers spectacular holiday floral displays set amid stately historic homes and buildings. Enjoy tea at the Middletown Country Club. Advance admission. www.flegc.buxcom.net. NEWTOWN OPEN HOUSE TOUR December: This annual event gives participants a chance to tour many private local homes and historic buildings decorated for the holidays. The Half Moon Inn (Court Inn) will feature open hearth cooking, Colonial music, and period reenactors. Advanced admission. 215-9684004; www.newtownhistoric.org.


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with shutters that were falling apart. He set out to find a company that could help him replace his shutters, but was not successful. That is when he took it upon himself to create the exterior shutter business. Whether you are a homeowner, builder, or architect, Timberlane, Inc. has an expert team of customer service representatives and shutter specialists to assist in the production process. Their artisan craftsmen take great pride in their work. “It is not as simple as buying shutters and putting them up on a house. There is a process. We are involved with the customer as much as they want. Our goal is to get a custom specification. The shutters have to suit not just their home, but their style. We strive for the best quality in the best time, typically between six and eight weeks,” Doonan says. Timberlane, Inc.offers shutters made of wood (Western Red Cedar, Spanish Cedar, or Honduras Mahogany) or maintenance-free manmade synthetic materials. There are four product lines available: sleek Endurian shutters; traditional Premium shutters; classic Advantage shutters; and basic fixed-mount Fundamentals shutters. Once the product line is chosen, it is time to pick a style: panels, louvered, board & batten, Bermuda, manor, or custom. Next, a configuration is selected. Timberlane, Inc. has eight signature configurations. Then it is on to options. There are 100 cut-outs to choose from, along with custom tops, beading, tilt-rods for working louvered shutters, mouse holes for tilt-rods, and rabbeting, a special millwork technique. Handforged shutter hardware also is an option. There are hinges, pintles, shutter tiebacks or shutter dogs, shutter locks, pull rings, catches, and latches, to name a few. After the options, 24 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2014

it is on to finishing. Exterior shutters can be ordered unfinished, primed, or fully primed and painted. There are 24 standard color options available for the Endurian, Premium, and Advantage lines. Timberlane, Inc. also has a custom color matching process for customers in need of a unique color. The final step is measurements. Proper measuring is very important. Timberlane, Inc. walks customers through this step for shutters, hardware, and radius tops. Timberlane, Inc. is constantly building new relationships. According to Doonan, they have partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Save America’s Treasures program. The company donated operable louvered shutters, functional hardware, and services to the restoration of the Lincoln Cottage, as well as other landmarks across the nation. Customers can purchase Timberlane, Inc.’s custom exterior shutters through their deluxe catalog by calling 800250-2221. The catalog kit includes a digital catalog, print color catalog, hardware guide, shutter and hardware pricing, and a paint color brochure. Purchasing also can be done online at www.timberlane.com. Web visitors will find a virtual shutter builder, as well as a quick quote creator. While on the Web, do not miss the Timberlane, Inc. Facebook page. If you prefer to talk to someone in person, visit their showroom, located at 150 Domorah Drive in Montgomeryville, PA. If you would like to see behind the scenes at the Timberlane, Inc. facility, schedule ahead for a guided tour. MARY BETH SCHWARTZ

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illiam Draper Cabinetmaker is Bucks County’s premier, fullservice custom cabinetry design firm. Offering a wide selection of premier cabinetry, tile, appliance, and fixture options, their design experts will help develop your vision while quality craftsmen ensure excellent service. Our three distinct lines of cabinetry, two award-winning designers, and comprehensive project management services set our showroom apart from the competition.

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& Garden arb-Lin Carpet One, family owned and operated, has been providing excellence in the floor covering business since 1948. Our quality and service are what the community has been able to depend on. The flooring industry has undergone many changes in recent years. Barb-Lin Carpet One is one of the few carpet retailers who have met this challenge by aligning themselves with major brands such as Karastan, Bigelow, Lees, Pergo, Mannington, and Armstrong just to mention a few. We invite you to visit our showroom and let our professional staff answer any questions you may have about flooring.

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arrett Vaughan Builders is a leading custom home builder in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Our team of dedicated professionals ensures that attention to detail and superior craftsmanship are the rule, not the exception. We also specialize in renovations including one-of-a-kind kitchens, bathrooms and home additions. Browse our online portfolio at jarrettvaughan.com, or call for an appointment to visit our showroom.

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Home aste is everything, especially in the kitchen. At Bill Vandegrift, Inc., you can choose from 24 custom colors while still getting a range engineered to provide the superior cooking performance you have come to expect of any Viking Range. Just as every gathering takes on a personality all its own, so does every kitchen. With our knowledgeable staff, we can help guide you to the products that will bring professional performance to your home. “It’s your kitchen.Enjoy it.”

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BILL VANDEGRIFT, INC. 450 East Butler Ave., New Britain, PA 215-345-5616 Billvandegrift.com

elaware Valley Window Tint specializes in window glass films. These films make less glare, reduce in-home fading, and can make homes more energy efficient. The 99 percent UV light reduction results in protection for furniture, carpet, draperies, and wood flooring. Increased shatter resistance results in increased safety for the family.

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& Garden acations have never been easier than owning a cottage in Schnabels’ Woods, a private gated community of individually owned recreational cabins. Conveniently located and affordable, cottages come in a variety of sizes and styles, all with access to the beautiful Tohickon Stream. It’s pristine, because there are no permanent homes or rentals. Enjoy acres of wooded beauty, commune with nature or do nothing at all, here in your cottage, in the woods by the water.

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uperior Woodcraft handcrafts heirloom–quality custom cabinetry with environmental sound practices and materials; creating a locally made, sustainable product of lasting value, utility, beauty and harmony. Our cabinetry is traditionally handcrafted from only the finest woods from properly managed forests, with the best quality components and exceptional finishes; providing you quality, value and peace of mind. Family owned and operated for over 46 years.

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Home endrixson’s Furniture has been helping homeowners create beautiful homes for over 40 years. We offer a variety of personalized services to make this possible. Our designers are happy to offer each of our customers a complimentary design consultation in our store or in your home. Each design plan begins by creating a floor layout to establish guidelines in the selection of your furniture. By taking into account your personal tastes and the circumstances of your existing living space, our designers can help you to integrate the existing furniture you intend to keep, and develop the best aesthetic and functional plan for your room.

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HENDRIXSON’S FURNITURE Rt 263, Furlong, PA 215-794-7325 Lehigh Valley 610-967-0699 hendrixsonsfurniture.com

alter’s Nursery, Inc., a full service landscape design build firm, has been devoted to enhancing the beauty of Bucks and Hunterdon counties since 1930. Our college-educated design staff can guide you through the project, from conceptual drawings to the completion of your garden. The use of Walter’s on staff horticulturists, masons, and integrated pest management specialists will all assure that your garden will endure for years to come. Call 215-297-5860 to make an appointment with a designer.

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& Garden rom facades and kitchen cabinets to built-ins, there is distinctive American character in everything we build. We place significant emphasis on quality control from start to finish and we refuse to cut corners— every detail of every project has the unique touch of our craftsmen. Each carpenter, mason, plumber or electrician who works with us has dedicated significant time and effort to the perfection of their individual craft.

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ear-round comfort. Service. Value. Security. Convenience. You can have it all with Harris Comfort. For over 50 years and four generations, the Harris family has been providing the region with top quality fuel oil, along with expert residential and commercial heating, cooling, and backup generator installations. With every piece of equipment, every drop of fuel, we also deliver unyielding dedication to full service, personal attention and your total comfort.

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Home t Dear Garden Associates, Inc., we create and maintain amazing outdoor living spaces of the highest quality possible and are as dedicated to the clients we work with as we are to the gardens we create. Rather than subscribing to a formula that imposes a trademark “look” to each project, we rely on the architecture of the home, its environment and our clients’ input for the basis of our innovative designs.

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om Wells has always had a passion for integrating high quality construction practices with his concern for the environment. He has a long and distinguished career as a builder, contractor, remodeler and champion of green building. Thomas G. Wells Construction LLC is an awardwinning residential remodeler and renovation company located in Yardley, PA. The company has been in business since 1988 and specializes in energy efficiency, sustainable building practices, green remodeling, energy audits, ingeniously designed kitchens, baths, and additions.

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& Garden Zaveta built home shares an uncommon excellence of design and construction expressing exacting standardsin all phases of your dream project. Richard Zaveta takes unprecedented care in each and every detail…known for integrity and attention to fine artisanship, Zaveta Custom Homes will make‘your dream, your reality. We go to great lengths to ensure we provide premium building materials, superior craftsmanship, skilled dedicated staff, coupled with personal client care.

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rom our very beginning in 1976, we at Cooper Mechanical have followed a time-tested principle “Customer trust is earned through superior performance.” By installing quality brands in a professional manner at a fair price, we have continued to earn customer loyalty. That loyalty has helped us grow to where we are today. Our customer driven support gives us a solid direction for today and tomorrow.

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can be enjoyed for several years to come. Once complete, there is a thorough cleanup, final inspection, and once satisfied, final payment. The options are limitless when it comes to decks. JR Freed Construction, Inc. can create wood decks using pressure treated materials, cedar, or hardwoods such as Ipe, Camaru, Tigerwood, and Mahogany. Low-maintenance decks, created with composite and PVC materials, implement the latest decking technology. Designs can include built-in benches with storage, functional gates, low-voltage lighting, adjacent patios, railings, and simple or complex stair systems. Shade structures, such as a pavilion, pergola, or trellis also can be a part of the deck design.

JR Freed Construction, Inc. has incorporated unique elements into decks. For a client in Warrington, a 1,500-square-foot living space included a hot tub, fire pit, and water feature, along with a pergola, Tiffany solar light caps, bellow deck storage area, and paver patio. Two special features of a Saucon Valley deck design were a custom privacy screen and stone deck inlay. A Collegeville deck design included a patio with a backyard fireplace. Get started on the deck of your dreams. Call JR Freed Construction, Inc. at 215-869-7119. Their mailing address is 1755 Upper Ridge Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073. You also can visit them on Facebook or at www.jrfreeddecks.com.

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Clean Lines

Interior Design Consultant Linda Notoris of Hendrixson’s Furniture completely transformed a 1960s era split level home using a transitional design BY MARY BETH SCHWARTZ

nterior design is constantly evolving. No longer does a homeowner have to stick to traditional or contemporary. Now it is possible to have both with transitional design. This style, according to HGTV, is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials, and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. Fabric is as diverse as graphic patterns on overstuffed sofas and textured chenilles on sleek wood frames. A minimalist approach is taken

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with carefully selected accessories. The transitional palette relies on a lack of color to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere. All of these elements were considered in a recent project by Hendrixson’s Furniture. Hendrixson’s Furniture is a high-end furniture retail and interior design business with locations in Bucks and Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Ranked a Top Ten Stickley Dealer in the World, Hendrixson’s Furniture strives to serve the increasingly diverse and sophisticated tastes of its customers by finding the companies that best

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execute styles, ranging from French Country to English Hepplewhite, from Philadelphia Queen Anne to 19th-century American, and from Colonial Windsor to Norwegian Contemporary. Along with furniture, Hendrixson’s Furniture offers art, dishware, lighting, pottery, tile, statues, and figurines. Their extensive list of manufacturers includes such names as Stickley, Century, Baker, Arroyo Craftsman, Hickory Chair, Kindel Furniture, Ralph Lauren, Stressless, Keno Bros., Theodore Alexander, and Henkel Harris.


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Top, the master bedroom with bed and matching nightstands from Kindel. Bottom left, two large cobalt blue vases purchased in Philadelphia’s Chinatown flank an armoire by Baker. Opposite, Linda Notoris incorporated this Kimono silk made in Philadelphia to create a focal area in the master bedroom. 40

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A family-run business for over 40 years, Hendrixson’s Furniture has had design projects all over the country. Featuring its own team of designers, the company offers services for lighting, color and fabric selection, area rugs and fine carpeting, delivery, furniture repair, and furniture customization. Interior Design Consultant Linda Notoris of the design team recently worked on the transformation of a 1960s era split level home using transitional design. “My clients were a couple who had been customers of Hendrixson’s Furniture for quite a long time before I began working with them. They owned an iconic Bucks County style farmhouse that they had decorated very traditionally, with Chippendale and Hepplewhite style furniture throughout, Persian rugs, and brass light fixtures. It was very beautifully done and very appropriate to the setting in which they lived. When they came to me, however, they had decided to move back into one of their childhood family homes, a 1960s era split level located in Warrington. Furthermore,


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House Left, contemporary furniture was used in the pool house design, including such names as Stressless and Keno Bros. Below, the fireplace shown goes out to the deck and into the living room of the pool house. Opposite, the pool house kitchen features a table with two levels, table height and counter height. At night, there are lights that subtly illuminate the marble countertop.

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and design philosophy,” Notoris says. ccording to Notoris, the clients wanted to strongly emphasize the presence of light throughout the house. To that end, they used a lighting architect who created a plan that would enhance the position of windows and recessed lighting, obviating the necessity of floor and table lighting. In order to emphasize this presence of light, Notoris worked with Hendrixson’s Furniture’s Window Treatment Specialist Peggy Williams to create window treatment options that allowed for both the presence of strong natural light as well as privacy. “For instance, in the bedroom, Peggy designed a shade that consists of panels of raw linen having a tactile quality that appears much like the rice paper of Shoji screens, a soft, natural, quality that also res-

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onates with the Asiatic feel of much of the room. She then carried these panels through to the adjacent bathroom. Elsewhere, we used top-down bottom up shades that allow light to come through from the upper section of the windows, while providing privacy below. The exception to this approach was in the rooms for guests, grandchildren, and meditation, where we opted for blackout shades which allow for greater control of the range of lighting,” Notoris says. The primary concern, according to Notoris, was enhancing the soft lighting that flowed throughout the house. “The walls were painted with soft beiges. The color options emphasized the feel they wished to dedicate to each space. In the pool house, which featured seating by Stressless, the upholstery materials were ice blues and creams. They used three Stressless Paradise sofas, two high back and Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2014

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one low back, surrounding a storage ottoman and two Spirit chairs. They used transitional Keno Brothers side pieces from Theodore Alexander, beside these sofas, including the Tall Fine Point II table with its slender cabriole legs. They used a contemporary pool table, which has an interchangeable surface and adjustable height that allows it to double as a dining table. The full kitchen area includes a stone topped counter with a feature that illuminates its translucent surface. The interior features two wide screen televisions for simultaneous sports viewing, as well as one before the exterior deck seating area,” Notoris says. “They sought the same open atmosphere in the public areas of their primary residence, where the formal dining room is only subtly separated from the kitchen by a curving, glass topped island. Throughout, a strong emphasis is placed upon displaying a broad spectrum of natural wood tones. The curves of the dividing island, which pick up

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on the flow of the adjacent bannister, are again reflected in the sweeping inlay motif on the surface of Kindel Furniture’s Knowledge dining table. While this allows for a functional separation of the space, it does so without rigidly blocking the flow between these areas. As with the lighting, this open space plan creates a fluid and peaceful feel throughout the home,” Notoris adds. Consider the design team at Hendrixson’s Furniture for your upcoming house renewal. You can visit them in Bucks County at 3539 York Road in Furlong, PA. (Phone: 215-794-7325) They also have a location in the Lehigh Valley at 5386 Chestnut Street in Emmaus, PA. (Phone: 610-967-0699) Visit them online on Facebook, or their Website, www.hendrix sonsfurniture.com. MARY BETH SCHWARTZ IS A FREELANCE EDITOR WHO FREQUENTLY CONTRIBUTES TO REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS.


Designing Outdoor Spaces

Three area landscape professionals discuss trends and unique projects from their portfolios BY MARY BETH

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Collaborative Design ounded in 2004, Dear Garden Associates, Inc. is a full-service landscape design and maintenance company. Known throughout the Mid-Atlantic states for its distinctive design, Dear Garden Associates, Inc. core values include reliability, accessibility, and sustainability. According to Principal Bill Dear, there are a few landscaping trends. And, of course, there are the always popular outdoor kitchens and living spaces. Clients are also willing to be patient and create a quality space over time rather than doing a project all at once. “They appreciate the time and effort that is required to do it properly,” Dear says. “Clients also are requesting more detailed work, more use of natural materials, such as natural stone.They also want more sustainable plantings that can withstand harsh weather conditions.There is less use of specimen materials. And, people want to be able to experience their garden,” Dear says. Bill Dear discussed a Upper Bucks County farm that has been a collaborative work in progress. “As restoration work on the house was completed, attention was turned towards the design of gardens to surround the home. Walkway, terrace, and a parking area were installed to provide access to the home and outbuildings, as

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well as to create outdoor spaces for entertaining, and dining, as well as for private reflection. Reclaimed hardscaping materials were used in order to carry the age and character of the home into the landscape and were utilized in such a way as to create the appearance that time had worn away the newness of the garden and to reinforce the feeling of an old farm.” “Once the hardscaping was in place, plantings to define spaces while providing color and interest throughout the year became the focus. While creating a planting scheme for a property with so many opportunities and character may appear simple, this site was not without its challenges. The property is surrounded by acres of open woods with streams and ponds all combining to create the perfect habit for deer, and to cap it off, walnuts, with their ability to prevent other plants from surviving, are the predominant tree on the property,” Dear continues. “A lighting scheme was designed and installed to add another dimension to the garden, while providing safety and improving security. Lights were placed under the trees in order to highlight the sculptural qualities of their branching patterns or along the walk and by steps in order to provide safe passage,” Dear says. “The gardens have evolved and expanded as the various outbuildings, continued on page 77

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Modern English SOPHISTICATION ince 1930, Walter’s Nursery, Inc. has been designing grand landscapes from Yardley to the Saucon Valley, Hunterdon County in New Jersey, and as far out as Souderton. Their design professionals offer estate maintenance, stonework, custom woodwork, and garden designs, such as master plans, vegetable gardens, orchards, and outdoor rooms. J. Willis Buck Walter, Head of Garden Design at Walter’s Nursery, Inc., finds that new trends in landscaping often come from the The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in London. “I like to attend the show every couple of years. You see such spectacular additions to the plant world from growers around the globe. They are the trendsetters with garden design. You see things in England three or four years before they come to the United States. We adapt them for use in this part of the country,” Walter says. Walter cited some interesting trends that he terms Modern English. One is introducing edible plants and fruits into an ornamental garden. “It is very rewarding to have applies, pears, currants, even raspberries in your garden. They can be used ornamentally, and also be a source of food for your own table.

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You can mix them in with other plantings without having a separate orchard or vegetable garden,” Walter says. Another smart idea is the boxwood cloud hedge. “Various sized boxwoods are placed tightly together and pruned into a cloud shape. It creates the look of a very old boxwood hedge that has been pruned and shaped over the years,” Walter notes. Yet another trend is extending the season of your garden as much as possible. “When extending the season of a garden, it is important to pick a color palette. Then you can narrow down your plantings. Camellia Yuletide is a red flower that blooms from November through January. Hamamelis Arnold Promise is a bright yellow plant. It starts to bloom in February and goes through March. Angelina blooms from May through November. Geranium Johnson’s Blue are still blooming the garden even after the frost. And Japanese Anemone will bloom through the late summer through the first heavy frost,” Walter says. Lastly, is the idea of using a meadowy mix to create a perennial flower border. Annuals and perennials are mixed so that there is continuous color from season to season. With trends, Walter notes, you need to create balance. continued on page 77

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Sculpted Landscapes or 29 years, Professional Landscape Services, Inc. (PLS) has been providing landscape, hardscape, and property maintenance services throughout Bucks County and the surrounding areas. Landscape services include design and installation, rain gardens, putting green installation, water features, lighting, renovation, and fence installation. Hardscape services include patios, walkways, walls and pillars, and decks. Maintenance services include pruning, edging/mulching, seasonal colors, and leaf removal. According to Landscape Designer Jeff Robinson, customers are examining their landscaping and investing in outdoor living spaces. They are upgrading with lower maintenance materials. For example, renovating old decks using new composite type materials, or switching to hardscaping. Clients want less maintenance and durability. “We also are seeing an interest in renovation of plantings. Renovations are both interesting and challenging. There is existing mature material that you must work around. Sometimes it is overgrown and needs to be relocated. There is more immediate effect with mature material versus an immature landscape,” Robinson says. Professional Landscape Services,

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Inc. (PLS) recently completed a comprehensive landscape project for a family in Blue Bell. “This was a brick center hall colonial is a single family type house neighborhood. The client wanted an outdoor living space in the backyard and the front walk needed some interest with color to match the brick facade. In the front, we renovated it with a new walkway with concrete pavers. We also redid the driveway with the same concrete pavers. We worked around the mature plantings and added some new, including a low evergreen groundcover type shrub called Sarcococca. It takes a few years to mature and grows twelve to eighteen inches. It is also deer resistant. In the backyard, we built a deck onto the house, with steps that lead down to a nice patio space and seating walls. This then leads out to a play area for the children. We installed some Red Sunset maples in the backyard area. When they mature, it will create an overhead canopy,” Robinson says. Contact Professional Landscape Services, Inc. (PLS) for a design consultation at 215-862-5531. Their address is 6650 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Feel free to visit them on Facebook, or online at www.plsblue.com.


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Masters of the Trade Discover how five Bucks County builders created dream designs for families in need of new space BY MARY BETH SCHWARTZ

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Today’s homeowners are interested in staying in their homes longer and are looking for new ways to add value to their real estate. HGTV recently came up with a list of 20 ideas to increase property values. Among them are adding a family room, renovating a master bedroom suite, updating the home office, investing in a major kitchen remodel, and renovating attic space. Read on to see how five Bucks County builders have incorporated these ideas and more into their clients’ properties.

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Three-Floor Build emmi Construction Inc. spent a year and a half working on a center hall colonial for a family in Buckingham. “This was an extensive undertaking. First we took one of the second-floor bedrooms and converted it into the master bedroom closet. Second we installed a staircase to get to the attic. We put a shed dormer on the home complete with a solar type system. Next the attic became the third floor. We created two additional bedrooms with their own bathrooms, as well as a media room, complete with a dance floor and stage. Once we finished the third floor, it was time to move down to the first floor and expand the kitchen,” says Owner/President John Gemmi. “We took an average size kitchen and doubled it. It is 24 feet by 24 feet. It has two massive islands that can sit eight to 10 people around each island. All of the cabinetry was hand built in a local cabinet shop. Everything was custom to the client’s taste—the marble countertops, sapele mahogany islands, white painted perimeter cabinetry, even the hood over the stove. We reproduced the hood from a photo the client gave us. It weighs over

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200 pounds. Since there was so much cabinetry and not much wall space, we used a lighting control system that can be operated from tablet or cell phone,” Gemmi says. The kitchen, which was designed for a large family who enjoys entertaining, also has a Wolf stove, wet bar with TV, shell mosaic tile backsplash, random width red oak flooring, arched details, and two Sub-Zeros–one the freezer, one the refrigerator. There also is an icemaker, a beverage center, a refrigerator drawer for the kids, warming drawing, and two dishwashers, one a drawer type. “Most of the items are hidden with cabinetry. We made the cabinetry for the Sub-Zeros look like an armoire,” Gemmi notes. Gemmi Construction Inc. has over 20 years of experience in creating awardwinning living spaces. The full-service firm services Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Hunterdon County in New Jersey. You can contact them at 215-340-4600.Their mailing address is P.O. Box 87, Mechanicsville, PA 18934. Visit them on Facebook or online at www.gemmiconstruction.com.


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Smaller Home Upgrade

growing family needed more space, but had a limited budget. They were in search of some family room space, a first-floor bathroom, and a screened porch. They did some research, and contacted full-service custom building company Jarrett Vaughan Builders, Inc. “This was a small Cape Cod, circa 1930s, in Doylestown Borough. We wanted to show something modest, but wonderfully created. It had to look like it was always there. It also had to be scaled and not overwhelm the property, but still represent elements on the existing house. Over five months we added a big family room, screened porch, small breakfast room, and a downstairs bath and laundry. Cara Smith, a local architectural designer, worked with the client on the interior. The homeowner collected artifacts that we implemented in the

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Arts and Crafts design–accent windows, old doors, wooden accents, even an old vessel bowl that we used in the bathroom,” says Principal Brian Vaughan. Founded in 1977, Jarrett Vaughan Builders, Inc. offers custom homes, additions, renovations of kitchens and baths, and large renovations—presenting the highest levels of quality, material, workmanship, and unparalleled customer service in every project. Their millwork division, Cold Spring Cabinetry, Inc., does custom millwork, handcrafted furniture, kitchens, mantles, bars, wainscoting, countertops, and remodeling. Call them at 215-345-8008. Their headquarters is located at 4050 Skyron Drive, Suite G, Doylestown, PA 18902. Visit them online on Facebook or their Websites, www.jarrettvaughan.com and www.coldspringcabinetry.com.


Natural Subdivision ward-winning luxury homebuilder Richard Zaveta is in the production phase of a new residential community in Solebury Township with seven new building lots on 66 acres. Each building lot will range from six to 14 acres. “We worked diligently to keep within the natural confines of hedges, streams, and topography. Each of the lots is skillfully placed amongst this natural topography. It will give a limited disturbance presence to this entire site,” says President Richard Zaveta of Zaveta Custom Homes. Named Winding Creek, the site has magnificent Paunacussing Creek frontage winding through the rear of the property. “We have integrated attractive new methodologies, such as extensive natural meadow grass configurations. These aesthetically pleasing meadows will be used for purification of runoff water and groundwater recharge. Farmers have used meadows for years in maintaining difficult areas of their fields. We are drawing on that overall technology and embellishing on it, Zaveta says. “We also are doing extensive reforestation and planting of trees. We worked diligently with a landscape architect, as well as planning commissions and supervisors, to create natural hedgerows and natural groupings of trees,” Zaveta adds. Building on Winding Creek will begin in the spring. According to

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Zaveta, the current trend in home building is 4,000- to 5,000-square-foot homes that are architecturally refined, of superior quality, and specifically tailored for homeowners. Many of these clients have gone through the starter home, and the epically dramatic home, and now are looking for a home to spend the balance of their days in. “Our home styles range from the traditional Bucks County colonial through more of a European influenced cottage style architecture. We try to have a mix of styles so that the homes play off of each other, yet are individual,” Zaveta says. Zaveta Custom Homes also is working on Sycamore Edge, a 50-acre development in Doylestown Township. There are eight lots on this site. “You can get a Tinicum or Solebury feel from this property, yet be minutes from the train station or Starbucks,” Zaveta notes. Zaveta Custom Homes covers Bucks County, Saucon Valley, east over the Delaware River, south to Lower Makefield, west to Gwynedd, and into the Pennington area of New Jersey. The Zaveta Companies also include Zaveta Home Services, Zaveta Millwork Specialties, Inc., Zaveta Excavation, and Zaveta Land Development. You can contact them at 215-348-0882. Their address is 4030 Skyron Drive, Suite H, Doylestown, PA 18902. Visit them on the Web at www.zaveta.com.


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Estate Library hen a Jamison family came to Sullivan Building & Design Group, they wanted to convert their static white-walled home office into a warm estate library. The room did not fit in with the new construction home. According to Project Manager Molly Hanisch, the client wanted to have functionality in this book matched, figured mahogany clad library, but all of the modern necessities had to be hidden. “All of the lower drawers hold file folders. One of the cabinets pulls out and there is a paper shredder. Beneath the desk is a drawer. When this is pulled out, there is a printer and the computer’s hard drive. All of the cords are hidden. The only thing on the desk is a computer screen,” Hanisch says. Special features of the library include a large cabinet above the desk, flanking bookshelves, a built-in window seat with shallow storage beneath, fluted pilasters, and heavy crown molding. There also is figured, book matched mahogany wain-

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scoting with a carved mahogany chair rail, and the mahogany desk’s top is inlayed with honed granite. Along with custom libraries, Sullivan Building & Design Group has worked on historic restoration, timber frame barns, custom homes, conceptual designs, and custom renovations. Cider Press Woodworks is their millwork division. Their services include kitchens, furniture, cabinetry and built-ins, and architectural millwork. Sullivan Building & Design Group has clients in New Jersey, New York City, and Eastern Pennsylvania. The familyrun, community-based, sustainable company has been in business for over 25 years. You can contact Sullivan Building & Design Group by calling 215-8041100. Their headquarters is located at 585 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA.Visit them online on Facebook, or their Websites, www.sullivanbuildingde signgroup.com. and www.ciderpress woodworks.com


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Expansion Trio .R. Maxwell Builders, Inc. recently helped a Doylestown Township family undertake a substantial project in their home. “We expanded three areas of the house. There was a kitchen addition, where we doubled its size. There was a kids’ bedroom addition on the second floor. And we did a covered porch out the back of the home,” says James Maxwell. According to James Maxwell, this project was done in two phases–the kitchen and kids’ bedroom, followed by the patio. “When we were framing the kids’ bedroom, we took the vaulted ceiling area and created a loft. We have a full-service cabinet shop, Mink Run Millwork, so we were able to make some built-ins to fit some of the nooks. We made a built-in ladder that got the kids up to the space,” Maxwell says. “The larger kitchen was reworked to be fully automated. There is a computer station centrally located in it. There are stateof-the-art appliances, multi-functional sinks, all of the latest and greatest gadgets. A large eating island was installed for

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family dining. The kitchen also has granite countertops, tile backsplashes, and black walnut flooring, which we expanded through most of the first floor,” Maxwell adds. “The patio is as impressive as the kitchen. It is directly connected to the kitchen and completely under cover. There is an exterior fireplace, bar with a large stone top, and a built-in grill surrounded by stone. The goal was to replicate an Old World exterior space,” Maxwell says. J.R. Maxwell Builders, Inc. was founded more than 30 years ago and is coowned and operated by Jay Maxwell and his son James. Working on custom homes, additions, renovations, kitchen and bath remodeling, finished basements, historical renovation, and construction management, the company covers Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Hunterdon County in New Jersey. Contact J.R. Maxwell Builders, Inc. at 215-345-1953. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 1327, Doylestown, PA 18901. You can visit them on Facebook or online at www.jrmaxwellbuilders.com.


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Jim Lukens When Quakertown artist Jim Lukens paints a landscape, he begins way off the canvas and then zooms in, filling it with views that resonate with local memory • by Bob Waite

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his paints and brushes and stuff like that. I was in sixth grade when he passed away. I had been oil painting my whole life.” He remembers that he took art lessons as a child. “When I was growing up I was always begging for art lessons. I had a natural ability.” People noticed his natural ability and friends and family said the kind of things that helped reinforce his early identity as a painter. Yet when Jim graduated from Central Bucks East in 1977, he didn’t know what he was going to do. Art seemed a less likely choice than other ways of making a living, so Jim went to Bucks County Community College as a business student. He finished with a degree and a real estate license and thought he may prepare to go to law school.

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But he paused. “I just couldn’t imagine my life going that way,” he says. “Really!” So not too long after high school and Bucks County Community College, Jim was living in New Hope and someone suggested that he apply at the Philadelphia Academy of Arts. Jim had no idea how he would pay for it, but he got together a portfolio and brought it to the interview for this prestigious institution. The Academy gave Jim a full scholarship. While at the Academy, Jim worked nights in the Rittenhouse Hotel as a waiter and lived at 20th and Walnut Street. Life was exciting and Jim was soaking up his art education. After the completion of his third year at art school, Jim was offered an opportunity to come to Palm Springs, California

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to sell his art. A couple who Jim waited on at the Rittenhouse Hotel owned a gallery and liked Jim’s paintings and invited him to paint and sell art at their gallery. “I sold everything I had and bought a one-way ticket to Palm Springs.” he gallery featured a jeweler, an abstract painter, and Jim was the Impressionist painter. People knew he was from the East Coast because of his colors. “Out there everything is bright and vibrant because there is not so much water in the air.” While in Palm Springs, Jim would sell his paintings at art festivals. “We would go to shows and go from town to town just doing the art festival route. The gallery was on the main drag in Palm Springs. On Thursday nights there was a street fair and you could sell

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his distinctive paintings using techniques he has acquired throughout his life. One of the remarkable things about Jim Lukens’ paintings is the sense of depth. Jim says that artist and gallery owner Trisha Vergis said of one of his paintings, “Boy, I feel like I can just walk right into that.” The sense of three-dimensionality can come from the several glazes he sometimes puts on his finished paintings, but it also comes from a perspective that Jim learned from an art instructor at the Academy. “When I paint I … this is something I remember one of the instructors from the Academy told me, ‘Start from the farthest point out.’ The clouds in the sky? ‘No,’ he says. ‘Look further … to the other side of the universe.’ So you start beyond the painting, then you are coming into the earth, then the atmosphere, then the clouds, then the furthest mountain or horizon, then middle ground, then foreground. Think way, way, way beyond where you are going to start and then bring it up forward.” Jim’s palate reflects the colors found in rural Bucks County. “There’s a yellow ochre which is like a gold color. I mix it in with every one of the colors because it takes a bright blue and kind of mutes it down a little. Also I love the soil here in Bucks County. I think the basis of a painting is the red underneath the grass. What a beautiful growing area we have. As opposed to having something that is very bright, I like more muted earth tones.” Jim is also a firm believer in using red in all his paintings. Red makes greens look greener and adds a certain vibrancy that

works with the earth tones, making his paintings sometimes seem very luminous. “I’m getting a little bolder with color—getting out of my comfort zone.” You can see this boldness in his paintings of the Moland House, a building with a lot of blue on the door and shutters in Springtown, a painting of a summer garden and other landscape paintings such as one on his Website of the creek by Carversville Road. im displays a refreshing humility when he talks about his art. He says,” I knew from a young age that there were going to be better artists than me and that there would be worse artists than me. I always knew where I fit into the big scheme of things.” He realizes that local artists have their niches, their own strengths and weaknesses. Pricing for example can be too high, overvaluing the work and keeping it from those who would enjoy it or too low, which in turn would undervalue the work and hurt the artist. “I want to be affordable,” Jim says. “I don’t want to price myself out of the market. I want to keep them flowing. I want people to be able to afford my paintings and enjoy them. Price wise, I am in the middle of artists with same amount of experience and talent (I hate to put it that way). Some of my peers charge much more than me and some less; I am in the middle.” Jim Lukens’ art can be seen at Trisha Vergis Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Suite 11,Lambertville, NJ; 609-460-4710; www.trishavergisgallery.com and the Chapman Gallery, 46 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-2011; 215-348-2011.

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Home & Garden Resource Directory APPLIANCES Bill Vandegrift, Inc., 450 East Butler Ave., New Britain PA; 215-345-5616. www.billvandegrift.com. Bill Vandegrift Inc.—the only one you need to call. Let our knowledgeable staff and 60 years of experience help you choose the right appliance for your needs. We’re just a phone call away. AWNINGS JMT Awnings, 215-659-5239; www.jmtawnings.com. For over 20 years JMT Awnings has provided customers with a beautiful, custom-built Perfecta retractable awning with the quality, reliability and experience they deserve. The possibilities are endless from from sunrise to sunset. CLOSETS Affordable Closets Plus, 1-888-823-4227; www.affordableclosetsplus.com. Founded in 1993, Affordable Closets Plus is approaching 20 years of experience designing and installing custom space solutions and cabinetry for residential and commercial properties. Space planning for all your needs. Closets, pantries, mudrooms, built-ins, home offices, and more.

remodeling firm, specializing in Custom Renovations and additions founded by NARI Certified Remodeler, John Gemmi. With over 20 years experience, John’ s skill and pride in his craft are building elegant and comfortable living spaces all over Bucks and Montgomery Counties that will be as appreciated in a century as they are today. J. R. Maxwell Builders, Inc., Doylestown, PA; 215-345-1953; www.jrmaxwellbuilder.com. From façades and kitchen cabinets to builtins, there is distinctive American character in everything we build. We place significant emphasis on quality control from start to finish and we refuse to cut corners—every detail of every project has the unique touch of our craftsmen. Jarrett Vaughan Builders, Inc., Doylestown, PA, 215-345-8008; www.jarrettvaughan.com. Specializing in one of a kind homes, additions and renovations. Along with our custom cabinetry division, Cold Spring Cabinetry, Inc., our staff has been beautifying homes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties for more than 35 years.

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Thomas Wells Construction, LLC, 942 S. Woodbourne Rd., Levittown, PA; 267-583-3482; www.tgw-construction.com. Thomas G Wells Construction LLC is an award-winning residential remodeler and renovation company specializing in energy effiency, sustainable building practices, green remodeling, kitchens, baths, and additions.

Gemmi Construction Inc., 4936 York Road, Suite 1200 Buckingham, PA; 215-340-4600. www.gemmiconstruction.com. Gemmi Construction, Inc. is a full service,

Zaveta Custom Homes, LLC., 4030 Skyron Drive, Suite H, Doylestown, PA; 215-3480882 ; www.zaveta.com. A ‘Zaveta built home’ shares an uncommon

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excellence of design and construction expressing exacting standards in all phases of your dream project. Richard Zaveta takes unprecedented care in each andevery detail…known for integrity and attention to fine artisanship, Zaveta Custom Homes will make ‘ your dream, your reality’. CUSTOM CABINETRY Superior Woodcraft, Inc., 160 N. Hamilton Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-345-9942; www.superiorwoodcraft.com. Our craftsman abide by the principles of honesty of materials, solidity of construction, utility, beauty and individuality. This philosphy transcends every style and thematic design when producing heirloom-quality custom cabinetry for your kitchen, bath, library and other bespoke interiors. William Draper Cabinetmaker, Buckingham Green, PA; 215-794-9198;

www.williamdraperinc.com. More than 20 years of designing and crafting custom cabinetry and furniture in Bucks County contributes to our exceptional vision and expertise in creating a kitchen to fit your own distinctive lifestyle. FIREPLACE Grates & Grills, Inc., 105 S. Main Street, Dublin, PA; 215-249-0182; www.gratesandgrills.com. Since 1975 Frank Rymdeika and family have been helping people stay warm and toasty with an extensive inventory fireplace tools and equipment. Also filling your barbecue needs with a huge array of gas and charcoal grills. A family business for your family needs. FLOOR COVERING Barb-Lin Carpet One, 640 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-8116; Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2014

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www.barblin.com. Family owned and operated, Barb-Lin Carpet One has been providing excellence in the floor covering business since 1948. Through the years, our quality and service are what the community has been able to depend on. We invite you to visit our showroom and let our professional staff answer any questions you may have about flooring. Colonial Plank Floors, 215-997-3390; www.colonialplankfloors.com. Our hand crafted plank floors are characterized by solid hardwood boards up to 13 feet long with amazing texture and beautiful hand rubbed finishes. Great choice for traditional Bucks County Style. FURNITURE Hendrixson’s Furniture for Destinctive Homes, Route 263, Furlong, PA; 215-7947325; www.hendrixsonsfurniture.com. Hendrixson’s Furniture has been helping homeowners create beautiful homes for over 40 years. We offer a variety of personalized services to make this possible. Our designers

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are happy to offer each of our customers a complimentary design consultation in our store or in your home. Each design plan begins by creating a floor layout to establish guidelines in the selection of your furniture. By taking into account your personal tastes and the circumstances of your existing living space, our designers can help you to integrate the existing furniture you intend to keep, and develop the best aesthetic and functional plan for your room. HEATING & COOLING Harris Comfort, Bristol, PA; 215-788-4596; Newtown, PA; 215-968-7477; www.harriscomfort.com. At Harris Comfort, customer satisfaction is our goal–that's why, when you send us your feedback, we listen! We've improved our online customer portal system so that customers can enjoy a seamless experience with easy-to-use, helpful features for convenience and comfort year round. KITCHENS Sweetbriar Cabinetry and Design Inc., 8330


Easton Rd., Bldg. D, Ottsville, PA; 610-8475551; www.sweetbriarcabinetry.com. Sweetbriar Cabinetry & Design, Inc. specializes in Kitchen and Bath design, as well as many other rooms in the home, including bars, libraries, outdoor kitchens, dressing rooms and home offices. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Dear Garden Associates, Inc., 6746 Old Easton Road, Pipersville, PA; 215-766-8110; www.deargarden.com. Dear Garden Associates provides distinctive design, installation and maintenance services. We rely on the architecture of the home, its environment and our clients’ input when creating our innovative designs and extradordinary garden spaces. Professional Landscape Design, Inc., New Hope, PA; 215-862-5531; www.plsblue.com. PLS has been serving our community and clients with Landscapes, Hardscapes and Maintenance Services. Landscape design, property management, and installation. Walter’s Nursery, Inc., 152 River Road, Point Pleasant, PA; 215-297-5860; www.waltersnurseryinc.com. A third generation family run design-build landscaping firm. Walter’s Nursery specializes in the “Bucks County Look.” In addition to plantings, we do walks, stone walls, patios, garden sheds, arbors, estate maintenance, and even holiday decorating. Call us for an appointment. LAWN & GARDEN Detlan Equipment, Inc., 141 E. Main St., Silverdale, PA; 215-257-5177; www. Detlan.com. Detlan Equipment is a full service John Deere dealer. Stop in and let us show you why we were voted the number one lawn & garden dealer in the area.

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PLUMBING Cooper Mechanical, Inc., 7696 Easton Road., Ottsville, PA; 610-847-2441; www.coopermech.com. From our very beginning in 1976, we at Cooper Mechanical have followed a time-tested principle–”Customer trust is earned through superior performance.” By installing quality brands in a professional manner at a fair price, we have continued to earn customer loyalty. That loyalty has helped us grow to where we are today. Our customer driven support gives us a solid direction for today and tomorrow. ROOFING Whitney Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., 699 Cedar Lane, Perkasie, PA; 215-429-4098; www.whitneyroofing.com. Whitney Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. provides experienced, high-quality, roofing repair and restoration services throughout the

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Steven R. Snyder, 252 Cafferty Road Pipersville, PA; 610 294-9106 www.stonesculpture.net. A resident of Bucks County since 1966, Steven Snyder has been sculpting stone since 1981. Self-taught, he entered stone sculpting through his work as a stone mason which he began in 1976. Fascinated by early Pennsylvania stone architecture, the diversity of indigenous stone in Bucks County, and the tradition of stone carving and shaping in this region, he began exploring form and texture through simple carvings in native stone. SHUTTERS Timberlane Shutters, 1-800-250-2221; www.fineshutters.com/bucks. At Timberlane, artistry is very important to us since our shutters are a work-of-art. Our meticulous artisans are embodied with creative minds, skillful hands, and flawless techniques that prove to be the best in the business. With precise attention to detail and the ability to create a beautiful shutter from scratch, our Artisans go above and beyond to make sure Timberlane's reputation is as it was when we first started...the leader in the shutter industry. WINDOW TINTING Delaware Valley Window Tint, 15 Penn St., Hatboro, PA; 215-672-1041. Filter damaging UV rays wih VISTA window film. Vista film blocks up to 99.9% of all UVA and UVB rays, helping to protect your family and reduce fading of your furnishings, fabrics and carpets.


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such as the barn, guest cottage, and potting shed, have been restored. In addition to the gardens’ rooms around the house, a vegetable garden and orchard were installed, while areas around a pond, along a stream, and in the woodland were planted to add color and interest, while creating a habitat for wildlife. Special attention was paid to the plant selection to ensure the plantings in these natural environments works well with existing plant communities and extra care given during installation to be certain no damage was done to the surrounding environment,” Dear adds. “Although gardens such as this provide many opportunities to be creative, much care is given to show restraint in order to create a garden that is in keeping with the style of the home and feel of the property, while addressing the goals of the client in the most creative and practical manner possible,” Dear says. Dear Garden Associates, Inc. has a comprehensive gallery of their high-quality projects online at www.deargarden.com. They also are on Facebook. You can phone them in Pennsylvania at 215-766-8110, or in New Jersey at 609-919-0050. The company is located at 6746 Old Easton Road, Pipersville, PA 18947.

The garden has to be easily maintained and you need time to enjoy it. Walter’s Nursery, Inc. recently worked on a Victorian style garden in Point Pleasant, PA. “This is very much a gardener’s garden. It has three or four different zones and light conditions within it. 65 feet by 25 feet wide, this garden is hedged in on one side with a 100year-old Rose of Sharon hedge. It has a picket fence that goes all the way down the one long edge that is lined with apple trees pruned in the old european art of espalier. We used varieties of McIntosh, Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, and Yellow Delicious. This long rectangular garden is edged in with a pea gravel path and a bluestone path, as well as a pea gravel patio area for dining. There is a large rectangular grass lawn that is perfectly flat. It can double as a larger dining area for large events. A topiary boxwood mimics the architecture of the house with the steep gables on the roof. Mature hemlock and pine trees create a canopy over the garden, which creates an intimate garden room,” Walter says. To see more of Walter’s Nursery, Inc.’s projects, visit their Website at www.waltersnurseryinc.com. You also can visit them on Facebook. If you plan on visiting the firm’s headquarters, complete with a 33-acre nursery, it is located on 152 River Road in Point Pleasant, PA. The design-build company’s phone number is 215-297-5860.

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Pools Swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes and at Carlton Pools, their draftsman can help you create a swimming pool of your dreams arlton Pools, which began building swimming pools in 1973 is now in the second generation of family ownership. Carlton Pools thinks of pools as part of the landscape, so they often use the word, poolscape to describe the custom in-ground concrete and vinyl swimming pools that often have water features such as spas and waterfalls. Dave at Carlton Pools said, “The green movement has allowed us to offer customer pumps, filters, heaters and our new and exciting AquaBright™ pool finish, that saves our customers money and helps protect the environment at the same time.” Some of the more popular features are the cozy corners, sun shelves, spas, negative or infinity edge, new water features and AquaBright pool finish. Dave, speaking particularly about Carlton’s services said, “Our custom design centers and five pool parks give potential pool buyers a myriad of designs and features to choose from first hand. We have seven retail stores to serve you with everything you need for the pool and the backyard.” He also mentioned the importance of having a good service department. For more information about Carlton Pools, visit www.carlton pools.com.

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