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Contents Bucks County Home & Garden Guide Annual 2021 Edition

Annual Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Home Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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George Gallo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Drumbore’s Hidden Changes . . . . . . 28

Paxson Hill Farm Tour. . . . . . . . . . 44

Home & Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Home Projects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Resource Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Advertising Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

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BUCKS COUNTY HOME H OME & GARDEN GARDEN

Publisher William N. Waite

Lisa Bridge, Kathy Driver,

Executive Editor Bob Waite

Lisa Kruse, Ann Ferro Murray

Art Director BCM MEDIA, INC.

Adminstration/Circulation

Photography Randl Bye Advertising Director Vicky M. Waite

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New Hope Annual Outdoor Juried Arts & Crafts Festival

Crafts in the Meadow

September: This Festival will include over 175

October 16-17: This fall invitational craft show

artists and craftsmen with suck media as

features over 100 craftspeople, live music, and

ceramics, sculpture, pastels, glass art, and jewel-

tons of activities. Crafters will be ceramics, fine

ry. Free Admission and shuttle. Rain or shine.

art, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, sculpture and

New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope,

more. Tyler Part Center for the Arts, 10 Stable

PA. www.newhopeartsandcrafs.com.

Mill Road, Richboro, PA 267-218-0290; www.tylerpartarts.org.

2021 Annual Antiques Show November: The Bucks County Antiques

Tinicum Arts Festival

Dealers Association presents their 71st annual

July: Enjoy the works of over 180 regional

antiques show the largest of its kind in Bucks

artists in the centerpiece Art Barn, and the

County. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

creations of over 140 artists and craft artisans

and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

displayed under the trees. Discover treasures

Admission is $6. Children under 16 are admit-

at the White Elephant Tent. Choose from liter-

ted free. Free parking. Eagle Fire Hall, Route

ally thousands of volumes at the Book Wagon.

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ment while savoring a fresh-squeezed lemonade, a tasty sandwich or a home-baked dessert

Doylestown Arts Festival

in the picnic grove. Special activities for chil-

September: For this special weekend in

dren and summer fun for everyone.

September Doylestown turns into a festival.

www.tinicumcivicassociation.org.

You will discover over 100 artists, live music on multiple stages, activities, food courts, and a

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Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve This is the destination for seeing and learning

Annual Bucks County Quilt Showcase Summer 2021: 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.

about the native plants of the Delaware Valley. The 134-acre preserve has over 800 species of native plants in the naturalistic setting. Explore woods, meadows, a pond, and Pidcock Creek, as well as a changing collection of wildlife,

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EVENTS birds, and wildflowers. Many educational pro-

grows various rare and exotic perennials,

grams are offered year-round. 1635 River

annuals and trees. Paxson Hill Farm has grown

Road, New Hope PA. 215-862-2924;

into one of the area's most unique and beauti-

www.bhwp.org.

ful places to visit in Bucks County. Our gardens include: shade gardens, formal gardens,

Linden Hill Gardens

ponds, bell garden, a place we call "never never

The retail nursery and destination garden of

land" and there are always more unique

garden designer Jerry Fritz. Educational pro-

gardens projects underway.

grams are offered year around. 8230 Easton

3265 Comfort Road, New Hope, PA. 215-297-

Road, Ottsville, PA. 610-847-1300;

1010; https://www.paxsonhillfarm.com.

www.lindenhillgarden.com.

House & Home 2021 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show June 5-13: The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event, will move outdoors for the first time, making the 2021 Show a history-making experience that will incorporate the beautiful landscapes of FDR Park in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and

Philly Home & Garden Show: April 30-May 2: Visit this annual show for decorating and remodeling, ideas, remodeling, ideas, learn more about companies, and stroll through gardens by area landscapers. Admission. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks PA. www.phillyhomeandgarden.com.

Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA. www.theflowershow.com. Longwood Gardens A Longwood Christmas Late November-January: Outdoors, illuminated trees, glowing orbs, a shimmering tunnel of lights, and captivating light displays choreographed to holiday music set the tone for

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.

Christmas. Road, Kennett. 610.388.1000;https://longwoodgardens.org. Paxson Hill Farm A 32-acre property in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The farm is home to a plant nurs-

Annual Bucks Beautiful Kitchen & Garden Tour June: This self-guided tour features six Bucks County homes. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Rain or Shine. Advance admission. 215-340-3639; www.bucksbeautiful.org.

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Seeing to Paint Before painter, script writer and movie director George Gallo could really paint in the tradition of the Pennsylvania Impressionists, he had to learn how see By Bob Waite

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t the age of 12 George Gallo’s mother gave him an oil painting set. As he experimented with his oil paints, he became enamored with landscape painting. “I don’t know why,” he admits. Then as a young man, George went to an art show in New York at the Grand Central Gallery, which at the time was owned by John Evans. This show not only firmed up his commitment to landscape painting, but he says, “…literally changed the direction of my life.” The show featured Pennsylvania Impressionists Walter Elmer Schofield, Daniel Garber and Edward Willis Redfield. George, recalling the

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show, says, “The impact that the show had on me was pretty overwhelming because I walked into this giant gallery on 57th Street and here are these large paintings that are like 57 by 60. Standing in front of a Redfield as a young guy trying to be a painter was an amazing experience. When you get close to one of his paintings it is just energized pieces of paint, but when you stand back—Wow! You just feel the warmth. I had to figure out how to do it.” The Grand Central’s owner John Evans and George Gallo soon became close friends. Evans gave George a stack of 5 by 7 transparencies to study and George bought a lightboard and became familiar with them all. “There wasn’t a lot of literature on the Pennsylvania Impressionists back then,” he recalls. To learn more about these Pennsylvania painters, George drove all the way to New Hope from upstate New York. “I went to New Hope, Phillips Mill and all the places that Pennsylvania Impressionists painted. And I fell in love with the area.” George from then on visited Bucks County regularly. “I started these pilgrimages to paint. I would attempt to paint outside—these large paintings. All I did was paint. Over time I began to get a handle on it and I painted nonstop.” Besides painting, George Gallo became a noted

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Hollywood director and screenwriter and is known for such films as Midnight Run, Bad Boys and Middle Men. He started working in the movie industry at the age of thirty and moved to California. Nonetheless he continued to make his pilgrimages to Bucks County to paint what he views as the most beautiful scenery in the country. He says, “I am a painter first. I make movies to support my painting habit. As soon as I finish a movie, I go right back to the easel.” eorge paints from life, memory and photographs.Painting from memory is something that took him a long time and a lot of patience to achieve, but it was worth it, because it improved his ability to think out a painting in abstract shapes and colors. He most enjoys painting from life and he likes to at least begin a painting outdoors, even if he ends up putting on the finishing touches in his studio. When he visits Bucks County, he always brings a camera with him. “If I can’t paint from life,” he says, “I paint from the many photos I have taken.” George never went to art school. His training began with studying other painters and trial and error. Seeing that he needed more, he began an

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apprenticeship with the internationally known impressionist painter, George Cherepov. “I was his apprentice for a few years. I was there countless hours. He taught me how to see. A lot of what he taught me was to not see things as objects but as color shapes with notes of color inside. He taught me about soft edges and hard edges.” During and after this apprenticeship, George began to paint in a way that seemed to make the colors vibrate. He says, “Everything I’m doing I’m basing on the interaction of secondary colors.” Secondary colors are made through the combination of the primary colors red, blue and yellow. So, for example, red and yellow make orange and blue and red make purple and blue and yellow make green. The interesting thing about combining complimentary colors is that if you place colors next to each other that are at the opposite end of the color spectrum, you get them to vibrate—a technique used by

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Redfield and other Pennsylvania Impressionists. A book by the Impressionist painter Emile Gruppe extended George’s knowledge of color theory. Gruppe painted exclusively outdoors like Redfield, and he further developed the color theory that was used by all the impressionistic painters. George explains that the cones in our eyes crave complimentary color and will even fill it in when it is not there. Nature itself presents what we see in this way. So, for example, red from fall leaves will make sheep painted


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with white paint look pink in a painting. So by using complimentary colors correctly you not only get a vibrating effect, but you are actually painting the way things appear to the eye. Knowing what colors to place next to each other, especially in an Impressionistic work, creates in the eye colors that are not really there but are expected, and not only that, it gives color a certain vibrancy that if taken to its extreme can even be “garish.” This is where the painter’s skill and feel for color must come into play. George mixes his paints while painting. “I don’t use earth colors. I mix all the browns. I mix compliments, purples and orange. If you keep certain colors close together, when you step back from the painting, you see what the artist has seen in nature.” George Gallo’s paintings are all large and vibrant. Even though in Impressionist style George puts the paint on thick and uses wide brush strokes, there is much subtlety in the composition sometimes with tiny bits of color and soft edged lines that are colored on a continuum of hue and value. George Gallo has won many awards for his luminous paintings and has had several one-man shows at prestigious galleries in New York, including three at the Grand Central Gallery. His work is found in collections around the world and in the private collections of Robert DeNiro, Meg Ryan, Bruce Hornsby, Armin MuellerStahl and Mel Gibson. George, whose large vibrant paintings are available through the Rich Timmons

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Fine Art Gallery, in Doylestown, misses his regular trips to Bucks County. “I would come to Bucks County constantly to paint, but with Covid, I haven’t been there for a year. I did a movie called Comeback Trail and a lead actor who lives in Bucks County asked me if I wanted to come stay with them when the pandemic is over. It’s not a good idea, because I’m never going to leave.” George admits that he plans to eventually leave the movie business and devote the rest of life to painting. Work by George Gallo can be seen at the Rich Timmons Fine Art Gallery, located at 3795 Route 202, Doylestown, PA. For more information, call 267-247-5867 or visit www.3795gallery.com. Bob Waite is the editor of Bucks County Magazine.

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DRUMBORE’S Hidden Changes By Beth S. Buxbaum

Photos: Randl Bye

Having a history of renovations in seamless conformity to the original, the new owners, Don and Trish Wolfe, were also able to make changes to this historic Perkasie house while preserving its historic character

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RUMBORE FARM'S HISTORY HAS BEEN preserved throughout the years with a seamless execution of renovations. It would be difficult see where the original home ended, and the newer spaces began. This preservation of the farmhouse's past is appreciated by the newest owners, Don and Trish Wolfe. California transplants, they moved to the East Coast in 2006. Don had a business opportunity with his employer, Deloitte, which was based in Horsham. Deciding where to buy a home was a challenge. They wanted to live near Don's work and looked in several nearby locals. “We wanted to live in the country,” Don adds, “and had the idea of a stone house or cottage. Also, we like homes with historical character.” The couple began doing a lot of online searches. “We looked at many properties and were getting very discouraged,” says Trish. When they saw Drumbore Farm in Perkasie, it sparked some interest, so they decided to visit the property. This was the Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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Described as an understated Federal-style pointed stone farmhouse, this homestead has been lovingly maintained throughout its history.

last place they went to see. “We drove up one evening,” Don describes, “and the light was perfect; it was magical.” Both Don and Trish had the same reaction, that this might just be the house. Once they were inside, they knew this would be their next home. The property Don and Trish looked at had all the proper historical credentials. Drumbore Farm has been on this land since the early 1800s. Its earliest known history indicates that the original log cabin was built on a parcel granted to William Penn in 1681. During its long and storied past, thousands of acres of this land have changed hands. Some acres were sold to new settlers, more than

Opposite top, purple-toned clematis climb a trellis up the stonewall in the back of the original summer kitchen. Opposite bottom left, wisps of lavender larkspur dot the landscape in this flower garden in back of the homestead. Top, Adirondack chairs are strategically placed for a serene view of the pond. Inset, an artistic rendering of the farm's namesake, Drumbore Farm, proudly hangs at the entrance to the homestead.

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Top left, this is a glimpse into Trish's workroom where she works her textile loom. Once the original summer kitchen built in 1815, it was separated from the main house until a 1990 renovation. Bottom left, art of the 2006 addition, this is a view of the hallway that leads to the master bedroom suite. At the end of the hall is a hand-made table by Camilo Lopez, a local cabinet and furniture maker. Right, accented in a variety of wood tones from floor-to-ceiling, the kitchen addition is appointed with a wood-beamed cathedral ceiling, lots of windows and central to the space is a distressed wood custom center island topped with soapstone. An original work of art by Pat Singer adorns on the front wall depicting three vignettes of life at Drumbore Farm with the Wolfes.

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once it was on auction and several times it was handed down from father to son. When the homestead was purchased by Henry Drumbore, in 1798, the farm took his name. In formal tax records the farm is listed as 180 acres with a one-story log house and a log barn. From this point, for many decades, each time the property changed hands, there was a reduction in the acreage. What is known is that the present stone house, stone barn and stone summer kitchen were probably built by Daniel Althouse between 1815 and 1820 on 49 acres. The farmhouse consisted of a living and dining room downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs. Accounts state that their

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architectural evidence shows that the stone house was built over the footprint of the old log house. The Althouse family lived on the farm from 1811 to 1904. After this point it changed hands many times. One notable owner was the Dutch-born artist, Joseph Meierhands who lived here from 1934 to 1943. After 1945 several tracts of the land were carved out of the original farm and sold separately. While the total acreage of the homestead decreased, the farmhouse expanded over its lifetime to accommodate the families that resided there. Described as an understated Federal-style pointed stone farmhouse, this homestead has been lovingly


Opposite left, Trish's handmade quilt, constructed with pieces of antique fabrics on display in the second-floor hallway. Sitting in front is Trish's grandmother's wash basin in a handmade metal stand. Above, a cozy sitting area, by the stone fireplace, completes the master bedroom suite. Sitting next to the fireplace is an old rocker from Mississippi that belonged to Don's grandfather.


maintained throughout its history. All original spaces have been preserved, with most of the original features intact during the expansions. From owner to owner, there were renovations and upgrades. In 1990 there was a renovation that involved some

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extensive exterior and interior modifications. The original stucco exterior was sandblasted, windows were replaced, and stone was repointed. Part of this renovation attached the original summer kitchen to the main building, integrating it with the main


house. A few years later, in 2001, the original summer kitchen was transformed into a new kitchen and pantry. Also during this renovation, a back door was constructed in the back wall of this area, and a stone terrace and retaining wall were added. What is notable is that the authenticity of the structure has been respectfully maintained. “The house was in good condition and had good bones,” Don says. Don and Trish already had a few very specific ideas in mind. “We knew we had some work ahead of us and that we were going to build an addition to create a master bedroom suite on the first floor,” says Don. Most important for them was the usability of space. There was no downstairs bedroom or bath, and the kitchen was too small—two features that Don and Trish needed to address. Soon after they moved in they contacted the general contractor who had renovated the house in 1990,

Opposite top, the living room with a view to the dining room. Opposite bottom, a view of the dining room, part of the original structure, was the kitchen. Central to the space is a handmade Knotty Alder wood table and hutch. Below, a rustically accented seating area in the new kitchen creates a sense of division between the old and new kitchen space. A transition from the old to the new was done with wall-to-wall wood beam and posts. With this framework in place, the low sideboard cabinet sets the rooms apart, yet allows an open flow.

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Bottom left, an inviting vignette awaits in the new master bath with the rose-petalled French porcelain tub against the blue stone tile floor. A custom vanity adds color to the space. Above, a custom 4-poster iron bed is the focus of the master bedroom suite. Above the sleeping area a dropped wood beam feature was added for a sense of coziness to the space.

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The Barnacles, Don's band, play a set in the upper level of their renovated barn. The music studio was once the granary. Now Don and his band mates rehearse and record here, when they are not playing at one of Don and Trish's annual bashes. Below, on the lower level of the renovated bank barn is the party room, festively decked out for their next gathering.

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Mike Killough. Don and Trish, who was a commercial interior designer, collaborated with Mike and Rick Yarnell, the architect to share their vision. n 2006 they worked with Mike and Rick to build their first-floor bedroom suite. “We wanted to maintain the historical character of the house,” Trish explains. All raw materials were repurposed, including salvaged and reclaimed wood beams and doors, as well as the use of stone from a nearby property. “My goal was to have as much exposed stone exterior walls as possible,” Trish adds. Exposed stone walls and a rich wood toned floor and ceiling create the illusion of an old room. These were the chosen elements that orchestrated the new master suite. A unique feature was constructed above the sleeping area that had an exposed stonewall backdrop. Rick created a dropped wood beam ceiling to add a sense of coziness to that space. The bedroom is appointed with their custom four-poster iron bed that would not fit up the stairs to the second floor. On the other side of the bedroom suite is a relaxing sitting area in front of a stone fireplace, done by Doug Kelough, who is a local stonemason. All the stone and wood accents in their newest addition blend perfectly with the rest of the house. This concept of earthy and rustic, to complement the original farmhouse, was a distinct part of their vision. The couple also was intent on expanding the kitchen, which they felt was too small. In 2017 the kitchen addition was constructed. Working with David Denson, the architect, and Al Giovino, the general contractor,

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Trish drew up the plans.” Everything was designed to be exactly how we wanted to use it,” adds Don. Don and Trish love to entertain and Trish cooks a lot. “We wanted a new space where we had the room to gather,” Trish adds. To begin the renovation, the former kitchen, part of the prior owner's 1990 renovation, was torn up and converted into a cozy sitting room. To connect the addition and create a flow from old to new, an entrance from the dining room into the addition was created by removing a window from the exterior stonewall. This kitchen addition added the space they envisioned and met all of their needs. A wood-beamed cathedral ceiling and lots of windows appointed this room to establish an open, airy and expansive room. Continuing to establish that seamless and rustic element, the addition was designed with the original exterior stone walls as the backdrop. Natural wood floors and reclaimed ceiling beams add that rustic touch. “The challenge was how to put the old and new kitchen together,” Trish explains. To lend a sense of connection and flow, the transition from the old to the new kitchen was done with wall-to-wall wood beam and posts. This wood framing also became the opening from the sitting area into the new addition. With this framework in place, a room divider was created with a low sideboard cabinet, leaving the rest of the framework opened. Don and Trish were lucky to find Camilo Lopez, a master cabinetmaker, who designed and built all the kitchen cabinetry with Knotty Alder wood and furniture. A signature piece is the wood and glass cabinet Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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above a custom-made sideboard of Knotty Alder wood topped with oak, all built by Camilo. The cabinet is mounted on the stonewall and suspended from the ceiling beam. In designing the center island and cabinets, Camilo's skillful touch is evident in how he incorporated many of the modern amenities into the design without being visible. Most of these elements were built into the interior of the cabinetry. Even the refrigerator was disguised by housing it in a beautifully styled wood cabinet. For seating, alongside the open space of

According to accounts, the barn was modernized for dairying sometime in the early twentieth century. the connecting framework, is a long and narrow harvest table that Camilo built. A unique styling was done with the base constructed out of small trees. This infusion of natural materials adds a dimension of authenticity to the interior. Wood beamed ceilings, natural wood floors, exposed stone walls and distressed wood accent pieces appoint this home's living space. With all the elements used to renovate the home, this old farmhouse's facelift is undetectable. The artistry and craftsmanship that went into the two major renovations were so skillfully executed, with great attention to detail, every addition seamlessly complements the original living space. In addition to the interior modifications and transformations, Don and Trish took on

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several projects on the property. In 2008 the original bank barn was renovated. Records state the barn dates from the first quarter of the nineteenth century when Daniel Althouse owned the property. This threebay barn has stone-sided earthen bank with two additions on three sides. According to accounts, the barn was modernized for dairying sometime in the early twentieth century. To refurbish the barn they stripped all the stucco on the exterior and re-did the interior. “We tore up all the old, soggy floors,” Don adds,” and re-used them after re-treating the wood.” They describe how the original milking stanchions were in place, as well as the haymows. Today, the renovated barn is an entertainment space, with a music studio on the upper level. The main, center of the barn functions as the party area and upstairs they the music studio where the granary used to be. Upon retirement, Don decided to learn how to play the guitar. He and his band, the Barnacles, rehearse and record here. Aside from music as a newer hobby, Don always liked to fish. In 2010 they added a barn garage and a pond. “We filled the pond with bass, blue gills and cat fish,” Don adds. Whether indoors or out, Drumbore Farm has been transformed once again to fit the lifestyle of the newest residents. Don and Trish enjoy their lives on Drumbore Farm. Intimate gatherings and grand parties take place at this homestead frequently. “A place like this is meant to be shared,” Trish explains, “and life is short. We want people to come and enjoy.” Beth S. Buxbaum is a freelance writer from the Philadelphia area.


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Paxson Hill Farm A 32-acre property in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The farm is home to a plant nursery, animals and beautiful gardens By Bob Waite

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he 32-acre Paxson Hills Farm is the home of a plant nursery, animals and an amazing garden that is considered one of the most beautiful and unique places to visit in Bucks County. The nursery grows various rare and exotic perennials, annuals and trees. The garden is open to the public for a $7.00 per person fee and includes shade gardens, formal gardens, ponds, bell garden, wing gardens, a place we call “never never land,� and there are always more unique gardens projects underway. Strolls through the garden take you along interesting paths where you can encounter bridges, ponds blanketed with water lilies. There are also many ponds that have large koi. Colors change with the seasons and the design of the continually changing garden allows for variety and a feeling of leaving the ordinary Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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Tiki Garden

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and taking a journey. Many pleasant surprises await the lucky visitor around each bend. All you need to bring is your curiosity and sense of adventure.The garden is open for visitors from March 15 through November 24 from Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 25 through December 24 from Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Sunday10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visits to the garden from December 26 through March 14 are by appointment. See Website www.paxsonhillfarm.com for Covid-19 guidelines and review before coming. Paxson Hill Farm is many things. It is a nursery, with a large inventory of plants of all kinds and sizes with a staff ready and able to help and where even rare and unusual plants can be found. It is also a place to get the services that include garden design, installation and renovation, pond and water feature installation, garden maintenance and tree removal. It’s owner, Bruce Gangawer, is wellknown for designing and installing some of the best gardens in Bucks County including his own scenic gardens at Paxson Hill Farm. Paxson Hill Farm is located at 3265 Comfort Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania. For more information, call 215-297-1010 or visit www.paxsonhillfarm.com.

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From living rooms to bedrooms, home theater to home offices, the selection is large. If you don’t see what you want on the showroom floor, we will be happy to try to order for you. Our unique pieces are manufactured of the highest quality, and each piece of furniture is handpicked for its quality and value. Mastroieni Furniture takes pride in providing mostly MADE IN AMERICA products, which can be made in different finishes and with different fabrics.

Our sales force and design team is here to help you find the perfect furniture for your home.

1113 Bethlehem Pike • Montgomeryville, PA • 215.643.6372 / Mastroienifurniture.com

Heating Oil & HVAC 215-968-2041 www.kenderdines.com

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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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PAXSON HILL FARM 3265 Comfort Road New Hope, PA • 215-297-1010 Paxsonhillfarm.com

thirty-two acre property in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The farm is home to a plant nursery, animals and beautiful gardens. The nursery grows various rare and exotic perennials, annuals and trees. Paxson Hill Farm has grown into one of the area's most unique and beautiful places to visit in Bucks County. Our gardens include: shade gardens, formal gardens, ponds, bell garden, a place we call "never never land" and there are always more unique gardens projects underway. . Many pleasant surprises await the lucky visitor around each bend. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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amily-owned and operated since 1908, Tague Lumber has been serving the tristate area for over 112 years. The certified designers at our Showrooms specialize in creating truly custom looks for your kitchen and baths. Not only will our beautiful displays inspire you; our design professionals can help you assess custom options and decide which types of cabinets and countertops will function best for you, TAGUE LUMBER DESIGN SHOWROOM all while being respectful of your budget. We can work with you to 6100 Easton Road plan your entire kitchen or work in Plumsteadville,, PA • 215-348-9408 tandem with your architect, conTagueLumber.com tractor, or interior designer.

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ince 1979, GLDesigns has created hundreds of projects from Philadelphia to the Hamptons. Our experienced design/build team can handle all aspects of your project from gardens, patios, walkways and decks. Each project is customized to reflect your taste and lifestyle while delivering multi seasonal interest and a seamless functionality that enhances the home for years to come. GL Designs is located at 1122 E. Welsh Rd., Ambler, PA 19002. For information, call 215-628-4070 or visit www.gldesigns.net.


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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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ill Vandegrift, Inc presents the Sub-Zero and Wolf brands in the environment in which they are meant to be experienced, showcasing the breadth of products and offering the opportunity to interact with the appliances much like one would in a home kitchen. See the full model line-up from Sub-Zero and Wolf incorporated side-byside in a real setting, helping you to visualize how these two brands might complement one another in your own home.

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DEAR GARDEN ASSOC., INC. Pipersville, PA

PA 215-766-8110 • NJ 609-919-0050 Deargarden.com

ear Garden Associates, Inc. is an award-winning firm specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of outdoor living spaces. Our goal is to create and maintain gardens of the highest quality possible and to provide a great experience for our clients. In addition to specifying plant materials, hardscape layouts, pools and structures, our plans include details for water features, fencing and lighting, among other garden elements.Our team routinely cares for specialty types of gardens such as formal, cutting, vegetable (from planting to harvesting), woodlands and meadows, to name a few.

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alph C. Fey Architects specializes in a wide range of building design– including restaurants, event venues, multi-family residential conversions and development, equestrian training facilities and stable relocations, historic renovations and restorations, new residential construction and renovations, municipal and educational buildings as well as signage in both public and private sector projects.We pride ourselves in creating and fostering long-term relationships and participating with our client’s entire team to create a successful project.


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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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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.

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Home R ROLF SCHROEDER Ivyland, PA 215-672-0829 RolfSchroedergc.com

olf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. is an award winning construction firm that offers the design and the Building aspect needed for successfully managing and completing any remodeling project in Bucks County and Montgomery County. Over the last 30 plus years, the Company has been built around professionalism, reputation, integrity, dedication, and experience. They offer to complete any and all home remodeling projects, while specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, and custom home remodeling.

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ELA OUTDOOR LIVING 5095 RT. 202, Doylestown, PA 215-794-2400 Elaoutdoorliving.com

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eautiful landscape design starts with an excellent plan based on a complete understanding of a client's needs, desires and budgets. The award-winning landscape designers and architects at Environmental Landscape Associates will listen closely to your ideas and concerns as we work with you to create a landscape design you will love. Our in-house landscape contractors and construction family of professional masons, carpenters, operators and installers will build your project with full attention to the details, never cutting corners along the way.


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rom custom homes and remodeling to millwork and fine 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— 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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olstenholme Associates, an award-winning Bucks County architecture and design firm, draws its inspiration from the local architecture. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality, sustainable designs, modernizing them in a fresh and classical manner that realizes your vision and achieves a unique and inspired architectural expression.

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ear Garden Associates, Inc. is an award-winning firm specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of outdoor living spaces. Our goal is to create and maintain gardens of the highest quality possible and to provide a great experience for our clients. We are able to meet those goals by utilizing high quality materials and having an experienced, talented and well-rounded team. Our designs focus on the immediate as well as long term goals of a garden. This approach ensures success over time as it matures becoming more special with each

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season. Our design process incorporates the client’s objectives, tastes and lifestyle in order to create a tailor-made garden. The architecture of the home, site details and its surrounding environment are considered in the design as well. In addition to specifying plant materials, hardscape layouts, pools and structures, our plans include details for water features, fencing and lighting, among other garden elements. Our installation process is no less exacting. From soil preparation and planting to hand cutting a stone for a water feature, no detail is overlooked in our quest to ensure


the success of your garden. We are extremely particular about the members on our team. By hiring experienced and talented individuals passionate about their chosen specialty in garden making we are able to install or construct all elements we design. This includes, but is not limited to, planting, hardscaping, driveways, pools, pergolas, fencing and lighting. Building and planting an outdoor living space is part of a progression that continues with nurturing and evolving the idea of a garden into one that grows and matures. We are proactive in caring for our gardens in order to keep them looking their best. Our maintenance crews are com-

prised of detail oriented individuals with a strong background in horticulture. Having dedicated crews allows team members to learn the subtle nuances of a property, a client’s preferences for how the details are addressed, and to plan what is to be done during the next visit. Our team routinely cares for specialty types of gardens such as formal, cutting, vegetable (from planting to harvesting), woodlands and meadows, to name a few. For more information, call 215-7668110 (Pennsylvania) and 609-919-0050 (New Jersey) or visit our website www.deargarden.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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his project is a great example of how to merge a 19th century wood framed farmhouse with a 1950’s addition and turn it into a 21st century masterpiece to enjoy for years to come. By opening up the floor plan and adding more glass to give the effect of bringing the outdoors in, Gemmi Construction created a more contemporary feel to the home overall while still capturing many of the original

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farmhouse elements. A major component was building a cupola light monitor. Located in the center of the living room, heat exhausts through natural convection, natural light is abundant, and it adds a beautiful aesthetic to the space. This is a great example of form and function as a centerpiece in a room. Supporting the design work by Ralph Fey Architects, Gemmi Construction


applied the proper means and methods to ensure sustainability in construction. This carried through to other areas of the home, such as the owner’s suite. With an existing chimney and the client’s taste for the contemporary, they added old stone to a modern fireplace. Once again, the Gemmi Construction team was able to work with the architect and their design to find creative solutions while respecting the function and construction of the fireplace. They also added original farmhouse beams to the ceil-

ing that they were able to reclaim from another part of the home. A special feature on the exterior is the unique trellis at the often used side entrance, echoing the natural surroundings of the property. With the client’s interest in reducing their carbon footprint, green building elements such as a full photovoltaic solar system and low voltage lighting were incorporated throughout this Stockton, New Jersey home. Visit GemmiConstruction.com to see the full project or call 215-340-4600. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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ho wouldn’t want to live in this absolutely stunning custom-built modern country farmhouse in Upper Buck County? Each room combines clean design with a touch of rustic style. J.R. Maxwell Builders worked with fellow Bucks County-based architecture and interior design firm Wolstenhome Associates to build this residential 4,000 square-foot beauty, complete with open-space floorplans, high-

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ceilings, custom millwork from Mink Run Millwork (a division of J.R. Maxwell Builders), an in-ground pool and outdoor entertainment area. Entering the flowing kitchen, dining, and living area, there is bright natural light, highlighting the kitchen’s marble backsplash, accented by wood floating shelves and slate counters. Moving through to the living area, high ceilings and exposed wood beams frame a stun-


ning fireplace surrounded by Mink Run Millwork built-in shelving. A custom sliding barn door serves as the entrance to the master bedroom, which boasts a wood accent wall and master bath complete with double vanity, marble shower, and soaking bath. Other touches throughout include custom railings, additional spacious second-floor rooms, and more stylish built-in storage. J.R. Maxwell Builders and their fel-

low craftsmen at Mink Run Millwork are committed to building to the highest standards in both style and quality, and this is exhibited throughout Fox Hollow. Each and every room, custom millwork piece, and detail is given the attention it deserves and requires. Dare yourself to dream of your ideal home and contact J.R. Maxwell Builders to discuss your plans: online at jrmaxwellbuilders.com or call 215-345-1953. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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& R Staging and Interior design is a Philadelphia based company offering services to homeowners, real estate agents, and developers. In the growing and competitive real estate market, it is important to stand out. Staging is an essential aspect in making a property more appealing to the potential buyer. Staring at empty room can get boring! When a visual is provided for the buyer, the property is more likely to sell quicker.

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Most staging companies offer simple decor while our company likes to spice it up with fun colors and modern accents. Interior Designer Romina Ustayev was always a creative person. Keeping up with fashion trends and decorating was always her passion. After designing her own home and having the freedom to be creative, she realized that this was a business she could prosper in. Her fiancĂŠ is a developer in the Philadelphia area and frequently hired


stagers to help sell his properties quicker. This inspired Romina to open a staging and interior design company, and now R&R Staging & Interior is taking over the staging market in the Philadelphia area with their unique and modern designs. If you’re a developer, real estate investor, or just looking for a creative approach in designing your property or personal home, look no more! From kitchens to floors, to bathrooms and out-

doors our specialists can assist in creating your DREAM HOME! Contact us today for staging and Interior design of your property to decrease time on the market and create a vision of their future home for the buyer. We specialize in staging as well as interior design. For more information, call 267-346-2547 or visit our website at www.rrstagingdesign.com Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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his architectural design is a great example of what is possible when completely transforming an existing home. Conceived as a pastoral retreat from the clients’ New York City loft, it warranted a deep connection with nature, rich materials, and a breathable space. Elements of wood, stone, and metal create a tactile, warm atmosphere in the midst of high ceilings and unbounded views. The open twostory area is a modern expression of the

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barns of Bucks County with an open floor plan and a soaring, vaulted ceiling. The new residence sits on the existing foundation and while many improvements were made, the entry remains as a memento of the original home. In this new design by Ralph Fey Architects, the building grew in height, taking advantage of the tremendous views and embracing the moving sun at all points of the day. This project is one of two Bucks County


AIA (American Institute of Architects) awards received by Ralph Fey Architects in 2020. “Our vision is always to create successful projects for our clients”, says Ralph Fey. “We greatly appreciate the acknowledgement and recognition from our architectural design peers for the work that we do.” The thoughtful joining of spaces on the first floor creates a functional, livable floor plan where rooms are delineated by changes in height or gestures of exposed structure

while the staircase embraces the “modern farmhouse” feel with elements of steel and wood. The “barn” is evident in the overall shell of the house but with long spans of steel instead of traditional wood timber framing. The result is a space that breathes, ultimately providing all the light, views, and openness that a farmhouse rarely receives. For more information, contact Ralph Fey, AIA Architects at 215-489-2042, design@rcfarchitects.com, or visit www.rcfarchitects.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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LA Outdoor Living is a design build firm specializing in outdoor living spaces, both construction and hardscape as well as plantings and softscapes. Founded in 1989 by Keith Frederick as a small boutique landscape company. ‘The company’s growth has surpassed the six original employees to a team of 45 individuals. The company now performs large scale high-end residential projects that

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encompass additions and renovations to the homes that they service as well as masonry and swimming pools. Frederick still maintains a hands-on approach with his customers and his team. The company has evolved into a lifestyle company that helps customers with many aspects of the outdoors as well as their connection to the indoors. Earth, Fire & Water are elements of


every project and how the homes architecture relates to the theme of the outdoor space. Form follows function in good design and planning no matter the project scope. Designing usable, well-functioning gardens and outdoor rooms doesn’t happen by chance. The team at ELA represents a wide range of skills from architecture to horticulture. We personally meet with every customer to discuss their wish list, their style and their working budget to ensure com-

plete satisfaction. Recently ELA has constructed a showroom and retail center located at 5095 U.S. 202, Doylestown PA 18902 just one mile south of Peddlers Village where customers can meet the team, view their 3D design models, screen and browse for specialty “hard to find” and deer resistant plants. Contact ELA today to schedule an inhome consultation to discuss your outdoor paradise at 215-794-2400. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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he trust that is built is evident from the first meeting to the day the project is completed. This is why when interviewing their clients, the common theme of responses arises as to why they chose to have Rolf Schroeder General Contractors complete their remodeling and addition projects. “They had our best interest in mind…They listened…They helped me stay on budget or explained to me where I went over and

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allowed me to decide what was important to me…” The list goes on. The photos above are just a few examples of the projects completed for these clients. Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. was established in 1982 by local carpenter/builder Rolf Schroeder. The company specializes in the design and building process of residential remodeling. In 2008, his son Derek Schroeder joined the company full time after graduating from


Pennsylvania State University. The company's passion for remodeling continues to grow as they build on family traditions. Although they are based in Bucks County, they design and build fine detailed projects in Montgomery County, PA as well as New Jersey. They are an experienced group who are dedicated to their craft which is evident in all their remodeling certifications and continuing education classes completed each year. Their main goal is to create spaces which meet the needs of each client while using high quality products and a well-rounded experienced

team. Having a company and team of individuals who takes pride in their work creates unsurpassed quality and uniqueness in every project. Their thorough Design/Build Process ensures your project is planned, designed, and finalized before the work even begins, allowing for an efficient project which is completed in a timely manner. Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. is located at 1979 Stout Drive, Suite #1, Ivyland, PA. For more information, call 215-672-0829, email derek@rolfschroedergc.com, or visit www.rolfschroedergc.com. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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of additional storage. Now trending in kitchen design are islands with multiple levels. Whether it’s cantilevered design or an island with different heights on opposing sides, creating different levels in your island offers more options for prep space and comfortable seating. In this featured kitchen project from the Tague Design Showroom, the higher side of the island offers inviting seating while cleverly disguising the cooktop and prep areas from the entry view. The addition of the unique “X� design to either side of the island along with shiplap creates visual interest while adding


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oodsmith Construction, LLC is committed to expanding your outdoor living space and function. They create: custom decks and patios, porches/sunrooms, pavilions, porticos, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and firepits. Pete Buechle started Woodsmith Construction in 2008. Prior to this, he worked his way up in the industry, working for a variety of home builders; from home builders, residential framers, designers and luxury/kitchen bath installers. With a vast knowledge and skill base at his disposal, the

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company has been known to take on most projects, as do most “General Contractors”. However, over the past few years and with 2020 being at the forefront of it all, he started shifting primary focus to outdoor projects. This past year has been a prime example of the benefits obtained from enjoying the outdoor environment. Physically and cognitively, outdoor living is something that should not be ignored in the home but incorporated into everyone’s daily life. Woodsmith Construction was founded on two major principles: bringing back an


era of true craftsmanship and establishing and maintaining a transparent approach to residential construction. With countless products and construction methods at the disposal of consumers, building outdoor spaces has become joy for the team at Woodsmith Construction, and they strive to bring that to all customers. Give them a call today, and bring the luxuries of the indoors‌.out. Woodsmith Construction is a building company based in Bucks County, PA. Focusing on residential construction, fine home remodeling, outdoor

retreats and exterior upgrades. Licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Woodsmith Construction is owned by builder/contractor Pete Buechle. With nearly two decades of experience in the trades, Pete’s mission is to create the highest quality and beautiful lasting spaces for the client-on budget and on time. For more information about Woodsmith Construction, LLC, call 215-862-2148 or visit www.woodsmith construction.com All inquiries/calls are acknowledged within 24hrs. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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he Little family has owned and operated Little’s for 75 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 and selling American-made products from one of the great American brands is generations in the making. In 2007, Little’s decided to start

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expanding its operations to help more property owners and commercial landscaping and lawn care professionals. We now have five John Deere dealer locations serving Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Berks and Philadelphia counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. At Little’s we offer inventory, warranties and service you won’t find at bigbox merchants such as Lowe’s and Home Depot. Not only do we carry high-quality


John Deere equipment not available at the big boxes, but we also work directly with John Deere to take care of any problems you have with your equipment not covered by warranty. When you visit us, you’ll find sales staff and maintenance technicians all trained and certified to John Deere standards. With our training and years of experience, we know how to guide customers to the right equipment for their needs and budget. Little’s offers an annual subscription

service for high-performance care of all the equipment we sell, including regularly scheduled maintenance and repairs on your equipment. Additionally, our Ready To Mow mobile service sends a technician to your home to conduct on-the-spot repairs. Visit relittle.com or one of their local locations to see the full line of John Deere equipment. They have showrooms close by in Silverdale; 215-257-5177. Hatboro; 215672-4100; Zieglerville, PA; 610-287-9643. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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y clients had recently moved from Germany, having relocated for work and missed their old environs,” says Andrea Steinberg co-owner and landscape designer from GL Designs. “Their house was hidden behind plants, and had an impersonal, two-dimensional feeling, devoid of color. My job was to make it homey.” Of course, Andrea concedes that making it homey means different things to different people.

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What is it that creates an entrance, a home you want to come home to? “The view should feel welcoming. Many houses have plants that are located in ways that do not complement the architecture. There can be oversized shrubs blocking views of the house and doorway. Worst of all, are trees that were not planted in the right location.” (As seen in the two sets of before and after photos: Bushes were blocking entrance and stone detail. New landscap-


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ing on both sides of the walkway create the feeling that you are walking through a garden. Summer color adds multi-season interest. Existing walk is changed to a more natural flowing path reusing the original stone. We hid the A/C unit and built a trash can enclosure. Modified plant bed gives visual interest and color to the pathway to the backyard.) “The key to a successful renovation is to meld your style with realities of the site. Plants can stay where they are, be transplanted and some just need to go. It’s amazing how refreshing it can be to remove plants that were planted in the

wrong spot or are hiding desirable views.” “Once the landscape editing is done, the fun begins! Recreating your landscape in a new style, accentuating the architecture and adding a variety of new plants can really make the house pop and creates a welcoming entrance.” “Like most things in life, sometimes you need to be willing to change to make an improvement.” GL Designs is located at 1122 E. Welsh Rd., Ambler, PA 19002. For information, call 215-628-4070 or visit www.gldesigns.net. Bucks County Home & Garden Guide 2021

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HOME & GARDEN RESOURCE DIRECTORY ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Ralph C. Fey Architects, 300 N. Broad Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-489-2042; www.rcfarchitects.com. Founded in 1996, Ralph C. Fey Architects focuses on design excellence incorporating the traditional and artistic heritage of the region with contemporary architectural technologies including sustainable practices and green building. Ralph brings the hand of an artist and visionary to the design process, understanding and working with the entirety while attending to the most particular architectural details.

pickup or convenient delivery directly to the jobsite. Tinsman Brothers Lumber, 6632 Old Carversville Road, Lumberville, PA; 215-297-5100; www.tinsmanbrotherslumber.com. Established in 1785. Tinsman Bros. Inc. has all your home improvement and building supplies, and a team of trained and experienced experts to help you decide on the right tools and materials.We are a full service lumber yard and hardware store. The oldest family run lumberyard in the United States. We offer delivery of all of our products. CUSTOM BUILDERS

Wolstenholme Associates,108 N. Main Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-701-3065; www.wolstenholmeassoc.com. Wolstenholme Associates, an award-winning Bucks County architecture and design firm, draws its inspiration from the local architecture. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality, sustainable designs, modernizing them in a fresh and classical manner that realizes your vision and achieves a unique and inspired architectural expression.

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, 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.

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.

J. R. Maxwell Builders, Inc., Doylestown, PA; 215-345-1953; www.jrmaxwellbuilder.com. From 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.

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 sunrise to sunset.

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 & Building aspect needed for successfully managing and completing any remodeling project. Over the last 30 plus years the Company has been built around professionalism, reputation, integrity, dedication, and experience.

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Tague Lumber & Tague Design Showroom, 6100 Easton Road.,Plumsteadville, PA; 215-348-9408; www.TagueLumber.com Since 1908, Tague Lumber has been providing top-quality building materials to the tri-state region. Tague Lumber offers 5 convenient locations, plus a Custom Millwork Division, a Custom Door Shop, two Design Showrooms, and Premier Commercial Door, Frame & Hardware to our family of companies. Every division is staffed by experienced, knowledgeable salespeople committed to providing superior customer service and the finest quality building products at fair prices. Plus, Tague Lumber offers call-ahead ordering with express

Woodsmith Construction, Buckingham, PA; 215-862-2148; www.woodsmithconstruction.com. Specializing in decks, renovations, basement remodeling, kitchens, baths and more. We pride ourselves in high-quality products and skill in our craft; simplicity in communication and timelines; as well as attention to detail and results that will take your breath away. We know that all great things start with a dream and it is our privilege to turn your dreams into a reality.

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FLOOR COVERING 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. HEATING AND AC Harris Comfort Year Round, Serving you from our two locations in Newtown and Bristol, PA; 215-9687477; www.harriscomfort.com. We are a local air conditioning and heating oil company with deep roots in Bucks County, a skilled local workforce, and a proud record of service to the community. For more than 60 years and four generations, the Harris family has provided our region with top quality fuel oil delivery, along with expert residential and commercial heating and air conditioning service and installations. Kenderdine’s Heating Oil & HVAC, 500 S. State St., Newtown, PA; 215-968-2041; www.kenderdines.com. For more than 50 years, Kenderdine’s in Newtown, PA has been Bucks County’s premier home heating oil delivery company. We are a family owned and operated fullservice provider capable of handling all your home comfort needs for heating and air conditioning, hot water, and humidifiers. Working with residential and commercial customers.

unsurpassed quality and attention to detail. Equal to our goal of creating quality gardens is to be certain we provide value. Having an experienced team ensures efficiency due to thorough planning and execution allowing the work to be performed properly and in a timely manner. ELA Outdoor Living, 5095 Rt. 202, Doylestown, PA; 215-794-2400; www.elaoutdoorliving.com. Design and contruction for outdoor living since 1989. Lanscaping, design, property care, lighting, masonry, structures, pools and outdoor kitchens. Beautiful landscape design starts with an excellent plan based on a complete understanding of a client's needs, desires and budgets. The award-winning landscape designers and architects at Environmental Landscape Associates will listen closely to your ideas and concerns as we work with you to create a landscape design you will love. GL Designs, Ambler,, PA; 215-628-4079; www.gldesigns.net. Since 1979, GLDesigns has created hundreds of projects from Philadelphia to the Hamptons. Our experienced design/build team can handle all aspects of your project from gardens, patios, walkways and decks. Each project is customized to reflect your taste and lifestyle while delivering multi seasonal interest and a seamless functionality that enhances your home for years to come.Contact us today, for a free consultation. INTERIOR DECORATING & STAGING

FURNITURE Mastroieni Furniture, 1113 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA; 215-643-6372, www.mastroienifurniture.com. Our mission is to bring your vision to life. We are dedicated to finding the furniture that fits your lifestyle through custom design and customer service. Family owned and operated since 1926, we pride ourselves on delivering a superior furniture buying experience. Looking for the finest furniture in Philadelphia? Think Mastroieni first. GARDEN AND LANDSCAPING Buckman’s Home & Garden, 1814 S. Easton Rd., Doylestown, PA; 215-348-0877; www.buckmanshomeandgarden.com. Buckman's Home & Garden is a family owned business located in the heart of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Buckman's has been providing the highest quality perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables and houseplants, in addition to an unprecedented selection of home decor and boutique items. Dear Garden Associates, Inc. 6746 Old Easton Rd., Pipersville, PA; 215-766-8110; www.deargarden.com. Distinctive design, installation and maintenance. Our goal is to create and maintain gardens of the highest quality possible. We are able to meet that goal by utilizing high quality materials and by having an experienced well rounded team. Having the work performed by individuals passionate about their craft ensures

R&R Staging and Interior Design, 267-346-2546; www.rrstagingdesign.com. If you’re a developer, real estate investor, or just looking for a creative approach in designing your property or personal home, look no more! From kitchens to floors, to bathrooms and outdoors our specialists can assist in creating your DREAM HOME! KITCHENS Tague Design Showroom, 6100 Easton Rd., Plumsteadville, PA; 215-348-9408; www.taguelumber.com Since 1908, Tague Lumber has been serving the tri-state area for over 112 years. Our showrooms feature fullscale kitchen and bath vingettes and our certified designers can help you select the woods, finishes, colors, and door panel configurations that will make your vision a reality. Our custom cabinetry options offer styles from classic Colonial to contemporary European, from the best manufacturers, plus we offer storage and organization solutions that are as stylish as they are functional. Tague Lumber features a selection of windows and doors from top manufacturers, as well as hardware, moulding and millwork. Our showroom is “one-stop shopping” at its finest. And yes, we are open to the public—so drop by for design inspiration or call ahead and schedule a FREE consultation with one of our certified designers.

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Advertising Index Bucks County Home & Garden Guide Annual 2021 Edition

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Barb-Lin Carpet One

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Bill Vandegrift Inc.

5

Buckman’s Home & Garden

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Dear Garden Associates, Inc.

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ELA Outdoor Living

7

Gemmi Construction, Inc.

3

GL Designs

9

Harris Fuels

27

JMT Awnings

6

J. R. Maxwell Builders, Inc.

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Kenderdines Heating

52

Little’s John Deere

8

Mastroieni Furniture

52

Paxson Hill Farm

16

R & R Design

17

Ralph C. Fey Architects

1

Rolf Schroeder General Construction

15

Schnabels Woods

14

Tague Lumber

13

Tinsman Brothers

43

Wolstenholme Associates

43

Woodsmith Construction

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