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Contents

Bucks County Home & Garden Guide Annual 2018 Edition

Annual Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Shirley Mersky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Williamsburg with an Edge . . . . . . 46

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Home & Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Home Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Barns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

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Resource Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Advertising Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

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Annual HOME & GARDEN

Antiques Annual Yardley Community Centre Antiques Show January 12-13: 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.

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Sculpture Garden at Steven Snyder Cedar Maze

The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show April 20-22: This show offers diverse furnishings and decorative arts for both the period and modern American home. Admission. The Navy Yard, 11th Street and Kittyhawk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. www.philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com . Renningers April 26-28: Antiques and Collectors Extravaganza June 28-30: Antiques and Collectors Extravaganza September 27-29: Antiques and Collectors Extravaganza Admission. Rain or shine. 740 Noble


Calendar of Events

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Street, Kutztown, PA. 570-385-0104; www.renningers.net. Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show May: Outstanding furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts and other fine antiques from across the nation are featured at this show. 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA. 610-388-2700; www.brandywine.org. Antique City June 9-10: Rows of booths feature varieties of antiques and collectibles. Primitives, decoys, pop culture, postcards, amusements, and more will be on display.

Admission. Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 North 17th Street, Allentown, PA. www.antiquecityshow.com. Warren County Antiques Show & Vintage Marketplace August 25-26: 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. Admission. Free parking. Farmers’ Fairgrounds, Harmony, NJ. 908-343-5873; www.warrencountyantiqueshow.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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Delaware Antiques Show November 9-11: 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.

ous 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.

Crafts

Annual Traditional Artisan Show September: Bedminster Land Conservancy hosts this annual show. There will be over 40 artisans from 12 states selling Redware pottery, Windsor chairs, hooked rugs, Shaker boxes, floor cloths, Theorem paintings, stained glass, and more. Visitors also can see craft demonstrations. Delaware Valley College, 700 East Butler Avenue, Doylestown, PA. 215-795-2352; www.bedminsterlandconservancy.org.

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen May 11-13: Rittenhouse Fine Craft Spring July 28-29: Fine Craft at the Chase Center October 12-14: Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fall Admission. 717-431-8706; www.pacrafts.org.

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza September 13-16: 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. www.quiltfest.com.

Annual Bucks County Quilt Showcase July-September: Over 100 quilts of vari-

New Hope Annual Outdoor Juried Arts & Crafts Festival September 29-30: This festival will include

Annual Antiques Show November 10-11: The Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association presents their annual antiques show. Admission. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.bcad

Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals March 2-4: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center (Edison, NJ) March 16-18: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Oaks, PA) More than 250 artisans display and sell their creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home dĂŠcor, furniture and home accessories, and more. Admission. www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

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Doylestown Arts Festival September 8-9: For this weekend in September Doylestown turns into a festival. You will discover over 100 artists, live music on multiple stages, activities, food courts, and a bike race. Doylestown, PA. www.doylestownartsfestival.com.


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over 175 artists and craftsmen with such media as ceramics, sculpture, pastels, glass art, and jewelry. Free admission and shuttle. Rain or shine. New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope, PA. www.newhopeartsandcrafts.com. Crafts in the Meadow October 20-21: This fall invitational craft show features over 100 craftspeople, live music, and tons of activities on a weekend during the month. Represented will be ceramics, fine art, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, sculpture, and more. Tyler Park Center for the Arts, 10 Stable Mill Road, Richboro, PA. 267-218-0290; www.tylerparkarts.org. Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show November 1-4: 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 conserva-tion and publication projects, and support exhibitions and education programs. Admission. Penn-sylvania 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

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Bartram family. 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA. 215-729-5281; www.bartramsgarden.org. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve This is the 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 naturalistic 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. 215-862-2924; www.bhwp.org. Camden Children’s Garden Designed for children and families, the Camden Children’s Garden is a place to explore and dis-cover 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. 856-356-8733; www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Chanticleer 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 sculptur-al. Educational programs are offered year round. 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA. 610687-4163; 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. Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Jenkins Arboretum features a collection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns in a natural land-scape. 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. Linden Hill Gardens The retail nursery and destination garden of garden designer Jerry Fritz. Educational programs are offered year round. 8230 Easton Road, Ottsville, PA. 610-847-1300; www.lindenhillgarden.com. Longwood Gardens Flowers, trees, and 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. 610388-1000; www.longwoodgardens.org.

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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 one of the region’s finest. Guided docent tours are available by reservation. Admission. 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE. 302-239-4244; www.mtcubacenter.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. Tyler Arboretum One of the oldest and largest arboreta in the Northeast, this year-round destination has 650 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. 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. 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show March 3-11: This year’s flower show, “Wonders of Water,” blends the beauty of horticulture and water. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA. www.theflowershow.com. SEPOS Annual Show April 6-8: This extravaganza will feature exhibits showcasing orchids in full bloom. There also will be growing supplies, giftware, books, photographs, and a plant sale. Admission. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. www.sepos.org. Annual Lecture at Tyler Formal Gardens April 28: Paul Redman, president and CEO of Longwood Gardens, will present a lecture on Longwood’s Main Fountain

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Garden and its recent engineering feat. 10:00 a.m. Registration is $15 general; $10 Veterans and Bucks Alumni; $5 with student ID. Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA. www.bucks.edu/foundation/events or email: lyle.rosenberger@bucks.edu. Hidden Gardens of Lambertville Tour June: This annual self-guided walking tour allows visitors to enjoy “hidden gardens” in the back-yards 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 annual scholarship programs. Admission. www.kalmiaclub.org. New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour June: See private Bucks County gardens on this annual tour. Advance admission. Sponsored by the New Hope Historical Society. 215-862-5652; www.newhopehs.org.

House & Home

American Consumer Shows January 5-7: Greater Philadelphia Spring Home Show (King of Prussia, PA) March 23-25: Bucks & Montgomery Spring Home Show (Warminster, PA) 888-433-3976; www.acsshows.com.




  

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Philly Home Show January 12-15, 19-21: The 2018 Home Show features guest appearances by DIY celebrities, along with designed rooms and the Cooking Stage. The Xfinity Experience Stage featuring presentations on remodeling, renovation, organizing, dĂŠcor, gardening, and outdoor projects. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. www.phillyhomeshow.com.

Philly Home + Garden Show February 16-18: Visit this annual show for decorating and remodeling ideas, learn more about companies, and stroll through gardens by area landscapers. Admission. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. www.phillyhomeandgarden.com.

Bucks County Designer House & Gardens April-May: 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. www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org.

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The Philadelphia Furniture Show April 13-15: This annual show highlights artisan quality furniture and furnishings to suit all tastes. Admission. 23rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA. www.philadelphiafurnitureshow.com. Annual Bucks Beautiful Kitchen & Garden Tour June: This self-guided tour features six Bucks County home. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Advance admission. 215340-3639; www.bucksbeautiful.org.

St. Mary Community Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Kitchen & Garden Tour October: This annual kitchen and garden tour is a must see. Funds from the tour benefit St. Mary Medical Center. Advance admission. 215-710-2591; www.stmaryfoundation.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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Shirley Mersky Bucks County artist Shirley Mersky enjoys capturing the way light lays across a landscape or still life

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hirley Mersky begins all her landscapes outside. She doesn’t consider herself a pure plein air painter because she often brings her work back to the studio to refine it. Her interest is light. “Light is what really intrigues me,” she says. “I like the way light lays across landscape and still lifes and I so enjoy trying to capture that.” It’s the light that draws Shirley outside. She likes to paint different kinds of light, like afternoon light or morning light. “That’s why,” she explains, “it is very important for me to work outside. I know

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a lot of artists like to work from photographs but to me, I can’t get that feeling of light unless I am there.” Shirley loved art as long as she can remember. She recognized that she had a talent for artistic endeavors at an early age and her teachers saw this too. “In elementary school, my teachers always recruited me to do the bulletin board. In high school

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I majored in art. They actually had an art major. My teachers encouraged me.” Shirley would have liked to have been an art major in college. “Economically it didn’t seem like a good idea to my parents, so I went to liberal arts college where I majored in art history and English and later got certified in special ed.” In 1982 Shirley graduated from the


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and began to paint. “After graduation I painted for a few years, and then started a family. I had two sons. So that took some time, I kind of got away from it, but never stopped painting completely. I painted on weekends. I taught special ed. My last job was at Rider University where I was their assistant director of disability services.” In 1996, Shirley seriously got back into painting. “I joined a few of the local art groups and got involved in the local scene.” She also decided to go back to school. “I reconnected to the Academy and started taking a few courses to refresh

myself—to get stimulated by new ideas. And I was fortunate enough to work with Peter Van Dyke, who I think is a really fantastic contemporary artist. I recently went out to the Wayne Art Center to work with Jon Redmond.” About ten years ago, Shirley began to sell her work at the Canal Frame Crafts Gallery in Washington Crossing. She found the owner, Debbie Crow, to be very encouraging. Shirley had made a decision to concentrate on painting landscapes and still lifes. For a while she was only painting landscapes, but when she took classes with Jon

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Redmond, she began to paint more still lifes. “When you are outside it is there for you, but for a still life, you have to put it together yourself.” Still lifes, Shirley admits, were difficult at first. “When I took that course with Jon Redmond for two years (four semesters) he had us paint still lifes.” Light and composition are what make a still life, and that is what interests Shirley. Landscapes have to be painted quickly because every day the light is a little different. Most of Shirley’s landscapes are painted in one day. Sometimes with a large painting she is out two or three times but as a rule she tries to capture that day’s light. Painting outside is the first response, and when that is done, she takes the painting into her studio and refines it, or as she

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says in her Artist Statement, “...the studio is the place to extend that first expression and make it something new and even more interesting.” hirley’s palette consists of eight colors. Her medium has always been oil and she uses both opaque and transparent colors to create the effects that are prominent in her art. By mixing these colors, she is able to cover the whole range of what she sees and sticks to neither warm nor cool colors but uses what is needed for the scene or still life she is painting. Shirley is hesitant to classify her work as realistic or impressionistic because she uses elements of both styles in her paintings. Her work is not abstract but she has the same love of shapes as an abstract

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painter. In spite of this love for shape, light is always the governing theme in her work. In love with the rural countryside and farms found in Bucks County, Shirley often simply rides around looking for scenes to paint. She joined the Peace Valley Painters, an Upper Bucks art group and has been given access to some farms by her associations. Another thing that Shirley loves to paint is the Delaware River, and loves the challenge of painting the light dancing on the water and the reflections of land and sky. Historical figures who have influenced her work are the Dutch painters, like Vermeer and Rembrandt. She also is influenced by Fairfield Porter, Garcia Lopez, and of course, the Pennsylvania Impressionists. Shirleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal for her paint-

ings is simply to improve her paintings through vision and technique. Shirley Mersky has been in juried shows at Canal Frame Gallery, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Coryell Gallery, The Delaware River Mill Society, Arts Council of Princeton, Howard Gallery, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Artsbridge, and many others. Her paintings can be seen at the Canal Frame-Crafts Galley, 1093 General Greene Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. To contact the Canal Frame-Crafts Gallery, call 215-493-3660 or visit www.canalframe.com. BOB WAITE IS THE EDITOR OF BUCKS COUNTY MAGAZINE AND MONTCO HOMES, Gardens & Lifestyle. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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Getting it Done

Seven projects by seven of the best design build, landscape and building firms in Bucks County and surrounding areas

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e all have projects in mind, whether on our dream wish list or actually in process. From the moment we buy a house, we begin to transform it into a home that meets our needs. Home ownership means change; things that have to be done and things we would like to have done. By presenting seven projects by area design build firms, landscape designers and building contractors, we are able to show you a variety of projects done by top area professionals. Most projects that homeowners do fulfill two needs. They

are either done for aesthetic reasons or functional reasons. We want a more winsome entranceway or we want a room for a baby or a pool for family fun. Most of the time we begin projects that both satisfy the desire for beauty and use. The projects we are showing you in our 2018 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide show how the interaction between professionals and homeowner clients can fulfill these needs. From complete makeovers to kitchens, baths, decks and swimming pools, the variety of projects we show will help you germinate ideas for the kind of renovations you would like to accomplish in 2018. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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COMPLETE HOME REMODEL

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fter being destroyed by a fire J. R. Maxwell had to completely rebuild this Bucks County residence. The new home boasts of five bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, modern upgrades, styles and new features. Select red oak flooring throughout the home was sanded and stained on-site. The custom kitchen highlights the work of Mink Run Millwork, a division of J.R. Maxwell Builders, which crafted the

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raised panel full overlay cabinets from solid wood and used paint and stain on the finish. For added convenience, the cabinetry in the kitchen was constructed with soft close hinges, drawers, and slides. Beautiful granite countertops finish the kitchen with elegance and style. Mink Run Millwork also constructed the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custom vanities and laundry cabinets. This is truly a dream custom home built from the ground up by J.R.


Maxwell Builders. Founded in 1976, J.R. Maxwell Builders is co-owned and operated by Jay Maxwell and his son James. Every project from design through to construction is closely supervised by Jay and James. At J.R. Maxwell builders, craftsmanship is and always has been a life-long commitment. Their carpenters and contractors are extremely passionate and

take great pride in their work. More importantly, every member of the J.R. Maxwell team is highly skilled and experienced in their area of expertise. Each carpenter, mason, plumber and electrician has dedicated significant time into the perfection of their individual craft. For more information, contact J.R. Maxwell Builders at 215-345-1953 or visit them at www.jrmaxwellbuilders.com.

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also wanted privacy, along with an informal, relaxed style to support the concept of a backyard getaway. According to the family, Landscape Design Group has transformed their lives by creating a delightful getaway just steps from their back door. The project surpassed their expectations. This getaway included several noteworthy design features. There are lush plantings in bold groupings to provide color and texture during the swimming season. The area


hugs a slope with two levelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one for the pool and the cabana, and the other for the spa and waterslide. Bold curves contrast with the natural surroundings. Natural materials were favored, but where necessary, cost-effective substitutes with a natural looking finish were used, such as the stamped concrete pool deck. The custombuilt structure has storage in the rear, with a simple outdoor kitchen/bar in the front. While sunning areas occur on both spa and pool levels, a playfully angled

pergola provides a delightful shady lounge area poolside. Outdoor lighting in high-quality brass and copper fixtures completes the space, providing safety and aesthetic lighting way into the evening hours. Landscape Design Group is located at 4284 Burnt House Hill Road, Doylestown, PA 18902. For more information, call 215340-7890 or see them online at www.land scapedesigngroupinc.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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orking in a 100-year-old home with original stone walls and slate roof where building an addition was not an option, instead Gemmi created from within. Creating a huge transformation while staying in the original footprint of the home, they needed to reorient the space from the 1920s kitchen layout. The original wall facing the backyard consisted of two small isolated windows, separated by

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wall cabinets. When they saw how the light was coming in, they knew where to begin. Opening up one entire side to create a wall of windows brought a panoramic view, great countertop and windowsill space creating greenhouse style area for plants, a deep bathtub style sink, and most of all, allowing more natural light to stream into the kitchen. The overall visual presentation is a beautiful long and linear counter, with an equally long and linear win-


dow, looking out to the backyard with a view of the kids and dog at play. The client wanted the kitchen to be current while still being true to the architectural era of the home. Gemmi obliged by replicating the kitchen archway to the rest of the house and designing custom cabinetry reminiscent of the style of the 1920s. There is a mixture of finishes throughout, with a chrome faucet and chrome cabinetry knobs, antique brass lights and stainless steel appliances.

Modern amenities add a mixture of technology, including a computer tablet and a specially designated area for the espresso machine and the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of all things coffee. The finished product encompasses the best of both worlds, culminating in an inviting and open space, ready for cooking and entertaining. For more information, contact Gemmi Construction, Inc. at 215-340-4600 or visit them at www.gemmiconstruction.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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he Master Bath was originally done in typical four by four plain white tile and had a very flat appearance. Bella Flooringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team evaluated and listened to their client who wanted to keep the existing tub while enlarging the shower stall. Bella was able to rebuild and enlarge the shower and retile the tub area too.

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They also built a half wall in the shower for privacy and moved the faucets there for easy access to turn on the water without stepping into the stall. The white double vanity with mirrors gives the room clean and modern feel. The customer was thrilled with the transformation and happy to give a rave review and share their experience online


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along with pictures. The Bella Flooring staff will assist with your material selection and also help put together ideaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and patterns to fit your taste and functional needs. Ther newly expanded showroom has countless samples and displays with designs for every decorating style. Bella Flooringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s installers have several years of experience and must adhere to

the highest of standards to represent our name. When they send an installer to your home, you can expect a clean and qualified professional who respects you and your home. For more information, contact Bella Flooring, LLC at 215-766-1660 or visit them at www.bellafloorgllc.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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ndrea Steinberg, co-owner with her husband Gary of GL Designs, looked at the existing deck on this Montgomery County home and determined that it was simply a glorified landing. The existing deck broke up the space in a way which left a huge amount of unusable space. The doors had no connection to each other, and each door became its own little exit to the deck. It also divided the ground around it in a way that made the area look like pieces not melded together. So the existing

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deck didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relate architecturally to the house nor did it relate aesthetically and practically to the grounds. Andrea saw the need for integrating the new structure to the house and grounds as one organic whole. This means a design that integrates all the entrances to the house, provides a good view of the pool and grounds, does not split up the ground in disparate parcels, and directs traffic in a logical and aesthetic way. The end result is gorgeous, yet looks very simple. Yet design that


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is simple and works is not easy to do, even though it appears so. Andrea says, “When you do good design, it should look easy—it shouldn’t look like you thought about it at all; it just works.” The finished deck is a masterpiece of design. Surrounded by beautiful rain gardens to keep water from running off by retaining it and slowly releasing it into the ground, it is integrated into the land and has railings, benches, a gangplank and walkway, which allows easy access to doors and house. The most incredible thing is that space is utilized and not wasted, nor stranded. The gang

plank, as Andrea calls it, connects the doors to each other and is one step down to the main deck which is, depending on the grade, one or two steps from the ground. And a view of the pool from the kitchen allows for child safety considerations. Andrea likes the organic connection when the deck sits close to the land. GL Designs is a design build firm and they supervise all the work done on site. GL Designs is located in Ambler, PA. For information or a consultation, call 215-628-4070 or email sales@gldesigns.net. You can visit them online at www.gldesigns.net. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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client contacted Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. after purchasing a new home in a picturesque town. As a family, they wanted to settle down and live there for many years. However, the house had been “budget” remodeled many times by the previous owners, and it lacked the quality and charm they desired. The client’s vision was to keep the core structure of the home and work within its existing footprint. As a family they had many things they wanted

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to do and wanted it to work over a long period of time. They basically wanted to improve the function of the home for their family as well as add the details to the house that were missing. With over 5,000 sq. feet of house to remodel, they were expecting this to be a daunting task. After beginning the Design/Build Process, they immediately appreciated the level of detail brought to the table and from there the journey of the remodel began. The kitchen in blue and white has


ample workspace and storage. The hardwood floors create a warm feel that is blends with blue and white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances to create an upto-date design that is family friendly. The work island is flanked by a table and cabinets which increases function and access. The spacious master bath in white and beige and blue has ample cabinetry, a clean looking shower stall and tub that is separate from the shower. The tile floor brings together all the design elements.

The client said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rolf Schroeder General Contractors are incredibly detail oriented and extremely organized. Their design skills are current, innovative, and historically accurate. Their teams experience and skills have made a daunting project become much easier for us.â&#x20AC;? Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. is located at 1979 Stout Drive, Suite #1, Ivyland, PA. To contact Rolf Schroeder, General Contractors, call 215-672-0829. For information, visit www.rolfschroedergc.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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hen a husband and wife wanted to convert a Newtown residential property into two commercial sites, they called upon Michael J. Hutchinson Building and Design to get the job done. On the back of the property, Hutchinson converted a barn into a sensory gym for children with autism. This business, now Sensory Zone of Newtown, is owned by the wife. For this project, the entire first floor of the barn was redone. Climbing

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walls, areas for swinging, cushioned gym mat flooring, ceiling hooks, a platform treehouse, and a zip line were installed. Other installations included windows, entry doors, and a parking lot. At the front of the property is the husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law firm. It is headquartered in the turn-of-the-century residence. According to Hutchinson, this home project involved both repair and restoration. Changes on the exterior of the home included the addition of unique colors, use of stone and stucco,


wood siding, a new roof, and the repointing of stone piers. There was lots of work to do on the inside as well. The front porch, now the reception area, was restored with the addition of heat, air conditioning, and new windows. The living room area became the conference room. The existing kitchen was removed and a kitchenette was put in its place. In the same area, accessible restrooms were installed. The dining room in the back of the house became the lawyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office space. Upstairs a full bath was installed. All of the second-floor bedrooms

were converted into office space. Throughout the home, Hutchinson repaired and restored plasterwork, trim, and missing floorboards. He repurposed as much material as possible. During the entire process, Hutchinson stuck to his goal to maintain the existing character of the house. Michael J. Hutchinson Building and Design is located at 132 North State Street in Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-3767 or visit www.michaelhutchinson.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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Williamsburg With An Edge

Photography: Exteriors: Randl Bye

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Designer Deborah Leamann used her skills to give the interiors in this reproduction Colonial Williamsburg Newtown home a little more edge, while still maintaining its period look.

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uilt in 1980, this reproduction 18th century Colonial Williamsburg home in Newtown has an air of stately sophistication. Designed with the stature and architectural finery befitting a residence of the period, the home has a classic, traditional appeal. The interior elements were set to the taste and lifestyle of the original owners. In 2011 the house was sold and the new owners appreciated the house's authentic replication of a Colonial Williamsburg style home

but wanted to change and update elements of the interior living space. The owners commissioned Deborah Leamann, of Deborah Leamann Interior, to transform the interior of their home. Designed to meet the likes and preferences of the prior owners, the new owners felt the interior was outdated, according to Deborah Leamann. “It was the homeowners' wish to bring the home into the 21st century,” she explains. “They wanted to blowout the cobwebs and bring it back to life.” The interior was dated; it was stuck in

Above, an expansive view of the pool area accented with a brick surround. Opposite, a view of the exterior of the new family room and the fireplace.

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the 1980s, according to Deborah. “There were a lot of bright colored walls and wall coverings,” she describes, “and the rooms were looking very worn.” While maintaining the authentically replicated architectural elements, it was Deborah's task to give the interior a facelift, from floor to ceiling. With attention to detail and balance, the living space was refreshed and reappointed reflecting the tastes and lifestyle of the new owners. According to Deborah, there was very little reconstructing, but there were a few rooms that were transformed with architectural modifications “We didn't gut anything,”

Opposite, against an opposite wall in the sunroom is a seating area accented with a reproduction Oshak rug, and appointed with a linen sofa and knuckle chairs. The French doors lead out to the patio with the pool and gazebo around the corner. Above, in the entry hall, along the center wall is a biblioteque ( a bookcase) flanked by two Queen Anne Chinoisserie side chairs with stenciled leather seats. Bottom, in the family room, dressing one wall is a custom wall cabinet finished in a warm dove white, built by Worthington and Shagen. A collection of unique accessories, including an antique weather vane, which is mounted above a new custom bench, finish this space.

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Moving away from informal and cozy to the more formal dining room, in this room Deborah wanted to maintain a more traditional look.

Deborah adds. “My intent was to create a fresh feel,” Deborah explains, “I wanted to streamline the space, dialing down the 1980s decor.” Room by room, Deborah restyled and reappointed the space beginning with new

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coats of paint. “I freshened it up with lighter wall colors and window treatments,” she adds. She covered the bright colors with a more neutral, warm palette. Beginning with the entry, Deborah infused the space with a new sense of airiness and


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Left, the formal dining room is accented with the original dentil molding. An antique Oriental rug is the focal point in this room furnished with a reproduction 18th-century double pedestal English mahogany table with a satinwood border. Two Jacobean style chairs covered in a linen floral print sit at each end of the table. The side chairs are new and covered in a linen velvet. Illuminating the space is an iron chandelier with crystal beading. Finishing touches were done with selected pieces of art and accessories including an antique case clock against the back wall. Top, mudroom off the side entrance of the house is a major traffic area. An old pine bench from a local antique dealer fills the space and offers a spot to discard your outdoor gear.

Award winning interior designer Deborah Leamann opened her Pennington design studio in 1989.As a full service design firm, Deborah Leamann Interior offers all levels of design, from a full house to a single room or a one-time design consultation. Her skill as an interior designer runs the gamut from providing designs for complete renovation or new construction, space planning and furniture placement to freshening up a kitchen or bath with new tiles, floors and back splashes. Her expertise is multifaceted, with an eye for architectural elements and construction to cabinet and mantel designs, lighting, window treatments and wall colors. “Having a strong connection to my client is what inspires my work," she explains, "with each project being uniquely different. I always listen to the homeowners and to the house," she adds.Whether working on new construction, a complete renovation, or freshening up an interior, helping homeowners transform their lives through quality design is her primary goal. Her design style and personal goal with every project is to complete the design process and make your house a home. Deborah's signature statement encompasses what guides her in her design approach: “Rooms you love to live in.” My goal is to create warm and inviting interiors," Deborah explains. Deborah is an alumni of the New York School of Interior Design and is a member of the ASID. Deborah has received an array of interior design awards, has been named in Best of HOUZZ for several years. She volunteers her time and talent for a variety of local charities. Deborah Leamann Interior Design LLC is located at 250 South Main Street, Pennington, NJ 09534; 609-737-3330; deborah@deborahleamanninterior.com.

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Top, in the living room, the fireplace mantel was replicated from an original drawing of an 18th century mantel and refinished to look aged. An inviting seating area is arranged in front of the fire. Below, across the living room a second gathering area has been created with a love seat and two chairs. Above is an arrangement of art pieces displayed in salon style over the sofa. Custom bookcases were added in the living room on each side of the love seat. Opposite, this cozy setting in the family room is has a traditional wood burning stove.This space was painted a shade of mustard to complement the original cherry floors and coffered ceiling. An antique drop-front desk sits in one corner.

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made it more welcoming. Deborah’s appointments were more non-traditional. “Breaking away from the classic table with mirror above, in this entrance I placed a biblioteque ( bookcase) to showcase the homeowner’s books and sentimental art objects,” Deborah describes. “Two Queen Anne Chinoisserie side chairs, with stenciled leather seats, elevate this vignette,” she continues. Tucked under the stairs is an antique settee with vintage pillows from the studio of Mary Jane McCarty. This entry is a front-to-back design, with French doors at the rear of the entrance hall that lead out to the patio and beyond. Taking advantage of all the light in this space, Deborah added a mini greenhouse overflowing with greenery. From the entry we move into the rest

of the living space. To execute some minor architectural modifications, Deborah enlisted the expertise of local builders, Worthington and Shagen, to create a few custom pieces. For instance, in the living room, Deborah had them remove the builder's grade white wood mantel and widen the wall. The craftsmen from Worthington and Shagen replicated a mantel from an original drawing of an 18thcentury mantle and refinished it to look aged, like it had been there for 200 years. Custom bookcases were added on the opposite side of the room. To finish this room, Deborah created multiple seating groups and hung art pieces salon style over the sofa. “It's a nice juxtaposition to all of the straight lines in this space.”

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In the master bedroom Deborah also used a soft, crisp palette. Floral window treatments in pastel shades dressed the windows and accent a cozy sitting area in one corner of the room.

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he den, just off of the living room, offers a cozy, intimate feel. Embellished in neutral shades of cream and tan, this informal gathering space is furnished with a cream-colored leather sofa and chair pulled together with a neutral colored area rug. Deborah removed the glass doors from the bookcases and applied a brown grass cloth backdrop, opening up the space. A light, bright color scheme sets off the bookcases. In the study, directly off of the den, Deborah wanted the two rooms to have a flow and connection. Also done in tones of brown and cream, this room overflows with natural light streaming in from the bay win-

dows adorned with roman shades. Deborah worked with the same color palette she applied in the den, adding the same window treatments and matching fabric and rug. Two easy chairs sit, facing a French-style walnut desk, offering views of the outside through the wall of windows. Another more informal gathering area to be reappointed was the family room. Repainted in a shade of mustard to complement the original cherry floors and coffered ceiling, this room's facelift included a woodburning fireplace that Deborah designed for this space. “My purpose was to add personality and warmth to the room,” she explains “in a traditional motif with the raised panels, she designed the Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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arch of the mantel to create a curved line in a very linear space. A few other modifications involved lowering the wainscoting for better proportions and adding a custom wall cabinet finished in a warm dove white. Built by Worthington and Shagen, this cabinet houses the flat screen TV and other entertainment equipment. To complete this room Deborah added an antique drop front desk in one corner and a collection of unique accessories, including an antique weather vane mounted above a new custom bench. A departure from the other rooms, Deborah made few changes in the sunroom. One major renovation that had to be addressed was to put in a new floor, since the original floor had water damage. Very little was changed except to address the water damage. Other than that she just added new furnishings to give it a new look and ambiance. “This is a great space to entertain on a more casual level,” says Deborah. She created an inviting dining area with a settee and wicker chairs on one side, balanced by a comfortable lounge area on the other. This room is appointed with French doors leading to the patio with the pool and gazebo around the corner. oving away from informal and cozy to the more formal dining room, in this room Deborah wanted to maintain a more traditional look. Deborah began with the selection and placement of an antique oriental rug and built everything else around that. A reproduction 18th century double pedestal English mahogany table with a satinwood border is adorned with two Jacobean style

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chairs. “These are very masculine chairs so I added slip covers in a linen floral print by Lee Jofa to give them a feminine touch,” Deborah continues. The side chairs are new and covered in linen velvet also designed by Lee Jofa. Illuminating the space is an iron chandelier with crystal beading from Neirman Weeks. An antique mule chest was placed to function as a buffet and doors were added to a corner cabinet. Deborah used lamp lighting to add softness to the space. Finishing touches included a selection of art pieces and accessories including an antique case clock. All the first floor living space was transformed with Deborah's eye for comfortable and warm interiors. This theme was carried out with the two upstairs bedrooms as well. The daughter's bedroom was actually one of the first rooms Deborah redid. Deborah explains that the owners wanted their daughter to feel at home in the new house. “The daughter had some definite ideas of how she wanted her room to feel and look,” Deborah adds. Awash in soft and calming tones, this bedroom was accented with celadon and ivory French toile wallpaper and filled with off white furnishings and an antique chest. “I finished the room with plantation shutters and an over curtain to add softness,” Deborah adds. In the master bedroom Deborah also used a soft, crisp palette. Floral window treatments in pastel shades dressed the windows and accent a cozy sitting area in one corner of the room. The arrangement has two overstuffed chairs that are on casters so they can be turned easily to face the fireplace. Deborah explains that new furnishings were rearranged to fit the space. “Art and acces-


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sories were placed to make it personal and inviting.” Inviting is the best way to describe the newly renovated lower level. What was once a giftwrapping room was transformed into a stunning wine cellar. Located off the house's side entrance at the bottom of the stairs, this space was completely overhauled from top to bottom. They tore out all the hunter green cabinets and reconstructed the walls, floors and ceiling. “We put our hearts and souls into this space,” Deborah reveals. First they exposed the staircase to open the space and add some interest. All the walls and the floor were done in brick which was balanced with the wood ceiling and the wine cabinets and shelves. In the center of the space sits a reproduction antique farm table constructed with a tongue and groove application. Recessed lighting sheds a soft glow and a pendant light hangs over the reproduction farm table adding a rustic feel. “Every element was taken into consideration during

the design process in this room,” Deborah adds, “from the stair treads to hinges and knobs, nothing was overlooked.” Nothing was overlooked throughout the entire interior transformation. Deborah's approach is to balance everything, with attention to interior elements and styling, to have the end result be fitting of the house's character and space. “This house was modeled after a Colonial Williamsburg home,” she explains, “and I worked with the footprint of the house.” Her intent was to maintain as much of the original architecture and flavor of the reproduction as possible. “I wanted to push the envelope a little. I wanted the owners to step out of the arena of the expected. We put more of a spin and an edge on the interiors, while still remaining traditional.” BETH S. BUXBAUM IS A FREELANCE WRITER FROM PHILADELPHIA AREA.

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GEMMI CONSTRUCTION, INC. 4936 York Road Buckingham, PA • 215-340-4600 Gemmiconstruction.com

emmi Construction, Inc. is a full service, 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. Our commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations is evident in all the work we do. From our first meeting to the final walk through, you are an essential part of the team.

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he offering of Bella Flooring are extensive and include tile, hardwood, carpet, vinyl, linoleum LVT, bathroom and kitchen floors and backslashes and accent walls. They have a showroom with samples and offer design assistance and installation Bella offer s wide range of materials and pricing to fit every need. The staff at Bella will help you make your project a smooth process from start to finish. Come visit our 12,000 square foot showroom.


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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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hen it comes to home heating, c o o l i n g , plumbing, and fuel delivery, it’s important to have an HVAC partner that provides the highest quality service and equipment at the most competitive prices. That’s why hundreds of homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery counties trust IT Landes. As an employeeowned company, we provide unbiased recommendations that allow you to make the best choice. For all of your home comfort needs and 24/7/365 emergency service, choose IT Landes.

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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. WALTER’S NURSERY, INC. 152 River Road • Point Pleasant, PA 215-297-5860 Waltersnurseryinc.com 64 Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018


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ounded in 1979, GLDesigns has designed and installed projects for clients from Hatboro to The Hamptons. For us there is nothing more rewarding than visiting a landscape years later, to see that it has stood the test of time.The background of our team comes from many disciplines: fine art, design, photography, and landscape architecture, giving us a distinct way of looking at things. We also employ master craftsmen for our installations: carpenters, masons, master woodworkers, electricians, and of course landscapers.We want to work with you to bring out the best your property has to offer – for you, your family and friends.

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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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ounded in 1979, GLDesigns has designed and installed projects for clients from Hatboro to The Hamptons. For us there is nothing more rewarding than visiting a landscape years later, to see that it has stood the test of time.The background of our team comes from many disciplines: fine art, design, photography, and landscape architecture, giving us a distinct way of looking at things. We also employ master craftsmen for our installations: carpenters, masons, master woodworkers, electricians, and of course landscapers.We want to work with you to bring out the best your property has to offer – for you, your family and friends.

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ince 1979 Kitchen Magic’s team of experts have designed, manufactured, installed an refaced more than 50,000 beautiful kitchens. We offer award winning kitchen renovations including cabinet refacing, custom cabinetry and luxury countertops in granite, quartz and durable Corian. All of Homeownership Warranty. Our team of dedicated kitchen specialists service NJ, NY, PA, CT, MA and NH. We offer a free in-home consultation. It’s our job to offer the best advice, free and without obligation whether we earn your business or not.


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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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ehman Design Remodeling is a family owned and managed full-service design-build company serving southeastern Pennsylvania since 1990. We offer a FREE in home - no hassle initial consultation. Our projects are designed and built by our own employees, not sub-contractors. Each project is covered with a written 5-year craftmanship and 10-year structural warranty. Every member of our team shares our commitment to creative design, quality work and delivering on our promises to exceed your expectations. GEHMAN DESIGN & REMODELING 355 Main St.,Harleysville, PA 215-876-0454 Gehmanremodeling.com

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COLEMAN HOME REMODELING Souderton / Teford PA 215-721-4431 Colemanhomeremodeling.com

ince 1994, Coleman Home Remodeling has provided Full Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing & Electrical services. We offer a very high standard of quality craftsmanship, earning new clients everyday and maintaining them is our goal.We listen to our customers... "No project is finished until the customer is completely satisfied." At Coleman Home Remodeling we strive for excellence and we do right the first time! 3D custom design provided with project.

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e are proud to sell and service John Deere equipment for commercial and residential customers. Our main goal is helping customers find the equipment they need to get the job done right and helping them keep that equipment running for years to come. The Little family has owned and operated Little’s for 71 years. Our current owners are the third generation to work in the business, and several fourth-generation family members are in the business as well. In other words, our commitment to quality an selling American-made products from one of the great American brands is generations in the making.


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ear-round comfort. Service. Value. Security. Convenience. You can have it all with Harris Comfort. For over 75 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.

HARRIS COMFORT 215-788-4596 215-968-7477 Harriscomfort.com

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e are a design-build company; we build what we design. We are also landscape architects, trained in environmental design, horticulture and site planning. This way we have complete control over both the design and construction aspects of your project. As a client you will enjoy comprehensive, seamless service from initial consultation to project completion.

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MICHAEL J. HUTCHINSON BLDR. 132 N. State St., â&#x20AC;˘ Newtown, PA 215-968-3767 Michaelhutchinson.com

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hen you need a general contractor, Bucks County builder Michael Hutchinson is one of the area's finest. His strong eye for detail, coupled with an intolerance for mediocrity and decades of superior craftsmanship, puts Michael Hutchinson in a class of his own. From minor residential renovations to major commercial construction, Michael Hutchinson brings the same set of enthusiasm and pride to every job. In Bucks County, the Hutchinson name has been known for building excellence and Mike has continued this trend for a quarter of a century.


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rom Custom Homes and Remodeling to Millwork and Commercial Renovations, 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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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ince 1950 Abram W. Bergey & Sonss has taken great pride in offering the highest quality floor coverings. Family owned & operated, you can trust Abram W. Bergey & Sons for all your floor covering & countertop needs. Bergeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly trained sales staff and expert installation services will combine to make your shopping experience memorable. Call today for a free-in-home flooring consultation!

ABRAM W. BERGEY & SONS, INC. 311 Main Street, Haryleysville, PA 215-256-8846 Bergeyflooring.com

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centeer. We have an extensive line of home and seasonal decor and a boutique filled with scarves and jewelry including “Firefly” and John Michaels Richardson. We also stock a wide variety of plants and specialize in potscaping. From spring to winter we can help design your pots to look amazing all year long. Contact us at 1814 South Easton Rd., Doylestown, PA;

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… this EP Henry raised patio with fire pit comprise of cast stone wall Durango, 14” double sided Devonstone Caps Bluestone, Bristol Stone I and II Pewter blend 16 and Blue Spruce. Eddington Supply carries a large display and stock of EP Henry, Cambridge, CST and more. Eddington Supply, 2734 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA; 215-639-0990; www.eddingtonsupply.com.

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Barns in Bucks County are more than just buildings to store hay and house animals. They are artifacts of a culture that has all but vanished. They are beautifully built historic documents that point us to a time when small farms were the mainstay of the economy and life was simpler. Now, though some are still used for the fleeting farms that are left, barns stand as monuments paying tribute to yesteryear.


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Home & Garden Resource Directory ANTIQUES Aniques at 200 East & East Broad Street Antiques, New Britain PA; 215-345-5616. 200 East Broad St., 215-536-4547. 141 East Broad St., 215-536-4408. Quakertown, PA; www.200eastbroadantiques.com. Two unique, multi-dealer antique shops, just steps apart, located at the intersection of Routes 212 and 313 in the quaint, Antique District of Quakertown, PA. Operating since 2005, these two fine quality antique shops offer everything from Vintage Clothing, to Estate Jewelry; County Chic to Primitive Furniture; Architectural Hardware; Collectibles; Trains; Frames & Artwork, Antique Clocks (with warranty), Textiles, and much, much, more. APPLIANCES Bill Vandegrift, Inc., 450 East Butler Ave., New Britain PA; 215-345-5616. www.billvandegrift.com. Bill Vandegrift Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;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. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, custombuilt Perfecta retractable awning with the quality, reliability and experience they deserve. The possibilities are endless from sunrise to sunset. BLOCK & CONCRETE Eddington Supply LLC, 2734 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA; 215-639-0990; 215-6390990; www.eddingtonsupply.com. Located in Bensalem, Eddington Supply LLC has been in the business of providing the best masonry and hardscaping since 1949. They provide delivery services at the convenience of our customers. We deliver both quality and value by making outstanding hardscaping. CUSTOM BUILDERS Coleman Home Remodeling Souderton/Telford, PA; 215-721-4431; www.colemanhomeremodeling.com Since 1994 Coleman Home Remodeling has provided Full Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing & Electrical Services. We offer a very high standard of quality craftsmanship, earning new clients everyday and maintaining them is our goal. We listen to our customers. No project is finBucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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ished until the customer is completely satisfied. At Coleman Home Remodeling we strive for excellence and we do right the first time. 3D custom design provided with project. Gehman Design Remodeling, Harleysville, PA; 215-513-0300; www.gehmanremodeling.com. Dennis Gehman founded Gehman Design Remodeling (GDR) In 1990 in a Basement office in his home. Since that time, Gehman has grown to over 20 dedicated professionals providing expertise, quality design and remodeling services to homeowners throughout the southeastern Pennsylvania area. GDR offers a full range of remodeling services, specializing in Kitchens, Baths and Room Additions. Gemmi Construction Inc., 4936 York Road, Suite 1200 Buckingham, PA; 215-340-4600. www.gemmiconstruction.com. Gemmi Construction, Inc. is a full service, remodeling firm, specializing in Custom Renovations and additions founded by NARI Certified Remodeler, John Gemmi. With over 20 years experience, Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 facades and kitchen cabinets to builtins, there is distinctive American character in everything we build. We place significant

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emphasis on quality control from start to finish and we refuse to cut cornersâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;everydetail of every project has the unique touch of our crafstmen. Michael J. Hutchinson Builder, 132 North State Street, Newtown, PA; 215-968-3767; www.michaelhutchinson.com. Tucked away in historic Newtown, Michael Hutchinson quietly runs one of the most respected restoration construction companies in Eastern Pennsylvania.His ties to this quaint Bucks County birthplace, coupled with several generations in historic construction and a passion for history, have equipped Michael with the unique skill of meticulously refitting older homes. Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc., 1979 Stout Drive Suite #1, Ivyland, PA; 215-672-0829; www.rolfschroedergc.com. An Award Winning Construction Firm that offers the Design & the Building aspect needed for successfully managing and completing any remodeling project. in Over the last 30 plus years, the Company has been built around Professionalism, Reputation, Integrity, Dedication, and Experience. 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 Abram W. Bergey & Sons, Inc., Harleysville, PA; 215-256-8846; www.bergeyflooring.com Offering flooring soluction for every project. Wall to wall carpeting, area rugs, vinyl flooring, luxury vinyl tiles & planks, hardwood, laminate, Corian and Granite & Quartz countertops too. Trust the Abram W. Bergey & Sons family to find the right flooring and countertop soluction fo you, with expert workmanship by their highly skilled installation team. Call today for a free in-home flooring consultation or visi our showroom. Barb-Lin Carpet One, 640 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-8116; www.barb-lin.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. Bella Flooring, LLC, 6907 Easton Road, Pipersville, PA; 215-766-1660; www.bellaflooringllc.com. Bella flooring offers a wide range of materials and pricing to fit every need. We help make every project a smooth process from start to finish. Come visit our 12,000 square feet showroom where you will find tile, carpeting, hardwood, vinyl, lineoleum and more.

Holland Floor Covering, 35 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA; 215-357-0909; http://www.hollandfloor.com. Family owned and operated for over 40 years. Carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile. Excellent service, reasonable prices. Free estimates. Let us show you how beautiful your home can be with new flooring. GARDEN CENTER Buckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home & Garden, 1814 South Easton Road, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-0877; www.buckmanshomeandgarden.com. Buckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home and Garden is a Buck County tradition that has been family owned and operated for over 36 years. We are more than just a garden cener. We have an extensive line of home and seasonal decor. In our boutique we carry a fabulous selection of scarves and jewelry. We also stock a wide variety of plants and specialize in potscaping. From spring to winter we can help design your pots to look amazing all year long. HEATING & COOLING C & C Heating & A/C, 800 Hagey Road, Souderton, PA; 215-799-0515; www.cc-hvac.com. C&C Heating & A/C is your local heating and cooling experts for over 40 years. Our company is family owned and operated since 1972. We custom design heating, cooling, and home comfort systems with your comfort in mind. Our furnace and air conditioner service technicians are factory Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2018

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trained. They are equipped with the latest tools and skills to completely diagnose and repair any system. Their trucks are stocked with many repair parts to fix your system and restore your comfort. 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.

HOME HARDWARE Home Hardware Designs, LLC, 192-196 Scotch Road, Glen Rock Shopping Center, West Trenton, NJ; 609-883-5353; www.homehardwaredesigns.net. Home Hardware Designs, LLC, offers highend architectural hardware for your home or business. We will show you the best in decorative hardware, manufacturered by the best names in the business. Our 3000 square foot showroom will just amaze you. with such companies as Baldwin Brass, Omnia, Bouvet, Ginger, Valli & Valli, and many more. We also have a large selection of sinks, tubs, and faucets. We offer a variety of styles and options that will delight your senses.

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KITCHENS Kitchen Magic, 866-929-7441; www.kitchenmagic.com Since 1979 Kitchen Magic’s team of experts hav designed, manufactured, installed and refaced more than 50,000 beautiful kitchens. We offer Award Winning Kitchen Renovations including cabinet refacing, custom cabinetry and luxury countertops in Granit, Quartz and durable Corian. All of our work is backed by a lifetime of homeownership warranty.

high quality outdoor furniture and accessories, unusual trees, shrubs and ground covers, decorating and gift ideas. Our landscaping design services include container gardening, landscape lighting, hardscaping, ponds, and more.

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Flowing Springs Landscape Designs, Inc., 426 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA; 610408- 0739; www.flowingspingsdesign.com. Flowing Springs is made up of highly experienced craftsmen who plan and build unique exterior environments for entertaining, family gatherings, special events and activities, and peace and tranquility.

Bucks Country Gardens, 1057 N.Eason Rd., Doylestown, PA; 215-766-7800; www.buckscountrygardens.com. Bucks Country Gardens offers distinctive,

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Design, GL Designs has created over 1000 projects for clients from Philadelphia to The Hamptons. We aim to check everything off the above list. For us there is nothing more rewarding than visiting a landscape years later, to see that it stood the test of time. Landscape Design Group, Inc., 4234 Burnt House Hill Road, Doylestown, PA; 215-340-7890; www.landscapedesigngroupinc.com We are a design-build company; we build what we design. We are also landscape architects, trained in environmental design, horticulture and site planning. This way we have complete control over both the design and construction aspects of your project. As a client you will enjoy comprehensive, seamless service from initial consultation to project completion.

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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 Little’s, 3 Little Road, Perkiomenville, PA; 610-287-9643, www.relittle.com. In 1946, Robert E. Little and his brother inlaw Joseph Gilberg founded Little’s in the Perkomenville/Zieglerville area of southeastern Pennsylvania. We’re proud to sell and service John Deere equipment for


commercial and residential customers. Our main goal is helping customers find the equipment they need to get the job done right and helping them keep that equipment running for years to come. LAWN FURNITURE The Southern Company; 2330 Wyandotte Road, Willow Grove, PA; 215-659-8929; www.thesoutherncompany.net. The Southern Company is the expert in bringing new life to old patio and pool furniture. In the past 30 years, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners extend the life of their furniture and same money by restoring instead of replacing. Even expensive high end outdoor furniture will eventually show signs of age. Normal wear, Mother

Nature, and chemicals cause furiture to fad, rip, and discolor. VACATION COTTAGES Schnabels’ Woods, Bucks County, PA; 215536-6255; www.schnabelswoods.com. Nestled on 137 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Schnabels’ Woods is a private recreational colony designed to provide vacation cottages and cabins to people interested in relaxing and recreating in a country setting, Schnabels’ Woods is an experience that is uniquely original. It is an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside and woods of Bucks County with the offering of leisure-home ownership without the burden of a typical real estate transaction.

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ADVERTISING INDEX

Barb-Lin Carpet One Bella Floor Covering

Bill Vandegrift Appliances

Buckman’s Home & Garden C&C HVAC

Coleman Home Remodeling Eddington Supply

Gehman Design Remodeling Gemmi Construction, Inc. GL Design

Grates n Grills, Inc. Harris Fuels

Holland Floor Covering Home Hardware IT Landes

JMT Awnings

J.R. Maxwell Builders, Inc. Kitchen Magic

Landscape Design Group Little’s John Deere

Michael J. Hutchinson Builder

Rolf Schroeder General Contractors Schnabels Woods

Southern Company Walters Nursery

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