The guys over at houzz recently published an excellent article with solid advice and insight about budgeting for a renovation. Definitely worth reading – just click on the image above.

What is a dormer anyway? According to wikipedia, a dormer is “a structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface”. Perfectly clear now, right? Not so much? Picture a doghouse sitting on top of your roof – now you’ve got it! We love dormers because they pull double-duty by enhancing both the interior and exterior of your home.

Wynnewood PA Dormer Addition
From the outside, dormers can really boost curb appeal. Inside, they provide a source of light and ventilation while often increasing the amount of headroom.

Bathroom Addition in Attic Bluebell PA
Shed dormers in particular are great additions for increasing the amount of headroom inside an attic since they extend and flatten out the roof-line. As we can see, the dormer has provided plenty of room to maneuver inside this sunny attic bath.

Shed Dormer Addition in BlueBell PA
The architect plays a key role in carefully considering the scale and proportion of any dormer addition so that it blends in perfectly with your home’s exterior. The addition of this shed dormer created usable space for the bath pictured above.

Wayne PA Family Room Addition
This family room addition demonstrates how the dormer has the ability to create a more interesting roof-line. Inside, the dormer beams sunlight directly into the kitchen/family room hub to create a bright and inviting living space.

Timeless White Kitchen Renovation in Villanova
Hepburn Drive in Villanova, PA – Before the renovation, the kitchen and dining room were separated by a non-load-bearing wall that made both rooms feel cramped and marginalized. Dated finishes enhanced the effect. The offending wall was removed to unite the two rooms. Classic white Dynasty Cabinetry from Sterling Kitchen & Bath pairs well with the subtle gray subway tile backsplash and pale green granite countertop.

Wayne, PA Kitchen Renovation
Corner cabinets can be large spacious things (sometimes awkwardly so) or a place where two cabinets join together at a right angle (with dead space behind). Another intriguingly efficient use of the kitchen corner is the angled pantry. Placing the pantry in the corner gets it into the main work area while accommodating floor to ceiling storage possibilities. We love the farmhouse chic fabric-backed corner pantry door from this Main Line kitchen renovation.

Check out our Corner Pantry Ideabook over on to see many other ways you could incorporate a corner pantry into your kitchen remodel.

Wolf & SubZero Showroom Philly

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or just shopping for a new appliance, we highly recommend that you check out Fretz’s gorgeous new Wolf and SubZero showroom in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. We guarantee inspiration will strike as you tour their luxury kitchens (traditional and contemporary).

Personalized consultations are available by appointment. If that’s not your style, you could attend a live product demo complete with a chef-prepared gourmet dinner (reservations required).

Fretz SubZero & Wolf Showroom
Philadelphia Navy Yard
4050 South 26th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112

Kitchen Renovation Tour Ardmore, PA
Consider this your official invitation inside a few of Ardmore’s most recent kitchen renovations. Bring your appetite as the tour also features tastings by the finest chefs and merchants on the Main Line. Tickets are on sale now (only $25 in advance)! Proceeds benefit the Ardmore Library.

Bryn Mawr Master Bath Renovation
Take a good look at your bathroom. Are your storage options carrying their weight? If you plan on renovating, make storage one of your top priorities by thinking of all the ways you can sneak it in, such as adding a vanity tower like this one.

Covered Porch Addition in Villanova, PA
We have a serious case of spring fever here – can’t wait for the porch-sitting and cold-beverage sipping days of spring and summer. With that in mind, we’re bringing you a suggestion for making the most of your porch or patio — retractable screens. The cool thing about retractable screens is that you can have a completely closed or open structure – the best of both worlds really.

Covered Porch Addition with Retractable Screens
In the project above, a covered porch addition opens to a spacious patio and rear yard. When the screens are up – the patio and porch merge into one great outdoor space. When they’re down, the porch becomes an intimate, breezy, pest-free sitting room.

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Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour
The Ardmore Library’s 9th Annual Kitchen tour will take place Sunday, April 27th from 1 to 4 pm.