Saturday, July 31, 2010

Farmhouse 41

Great abandoned farmhouse behind several developments in the Eagle/Byers area. Would love to have this site and view!! Simply amazing, just drove down a dirt driveway and found it. Springhouse or summer kitchen is on the left. Fun!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Farmhouse 40

Great colors and shutters on this little gem, right next to number 39 and across the street from 38.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Farmhouse 39

This little three bay, two and half story house is great. The siding, the fake quoins (hidden by the trees), brackets, simple color, and metal roof just scream Chester County. Unfortunately, these trees do not loose their leaves and this might be the best pic I can get, given my pace of photographing the county. Still want to come back and revisit this place.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Farmhouse 38

Nearly abandoned piece of a farm just outside of Byers, this example shows that even though the bays are used, they are not always equal. Unfortunately, this building is squeezed between three roads now.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Farmhouse 37

This four bay was modified to have the cross gable, recentering the front elevation, it is visible at the eave line. The victorian details lead me to believe, that again, the original form was modified and dressed with some fancy scroll work.

Progress in Malvern

Update on the Malvern Cottage, move in date in a month or so. Also placed a sign outside to gain more exposure. Also have a few leads in Pittsburgh for a friend's garage and another addition in Downingtown.

Monday, July 26, 2010

East Liberty Project

This is another project I snagged on my trip to Pittsburgh last week. Definately a fixer upper, but East Liberty is changing, and this is a prime example of a house with great features that can be rescued.

Farmhouse 36

Three bay with enclosed porch. Cross gable again.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Coudersport Garage

Progress on the garage in Coudersport. This autumn, there will be more progress. Not much yet, but framing means action.

Farmhouse 35

Great variation on this one, again, I believe revised with the cross gable, but the original depth of the house and 3 windows deep may disprove me.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Farmhouse 34

Six bay Byers Hotel with three floors and a nice porch. Fake "quoins" out of wood are great touch and make the building feel taller.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Farmhouse 33

What else can I say, a great three bay with added accents of brackets in the greek revival style. Metal roof and shutters highlight the color.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Farmhouse 32

Three bay with alterations of the victorian era brackets. Still in Byers, and part of a dialog with the past and present.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Farmhouse 31

5-Bay with a garage, and a connection to a newer garage. More mid-western style windows, but great to understand the changes in technology with larger panes of glass, but the connection to the past with the bay style.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Farmhouse 30

Slightly off the "beaten" path, but great due to the simple details of the porch, windows, and roof. 4-bay but center hall entry. I wonder what the floor plan really is.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Farmhouse 29

Gracious porch and similar details, but some irregularity for the Chester County area, mostly due to the color. Red is great, but more for a barn, not the house.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Farmhouse 28

One of the many "farmhouses" in Byers, near Eagle. Several of these houses are similar in the bay and height dimensions. There is a commonality from the English-Welsh immigrants and the Germans that also permeated the Lancaster county area.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Farmhouse 27

Another "farmers twin." The farmer would live on one side and rent out the other side to farmhands. Simple and understated.

Farmhouse 26

Two and a half stories! This is the reason for my house that I shall build to look like it does. There is something just right about those third floor windows near the floor that makes the proportions right. Besides a neat place for the kids to peer out, they allow light into a dark attic space.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Farmhouse 25

A great example of house styles can be blended and that the house has evolved over time to incorporate bump outs and additions, but still honors the original plan. The Ionic columns really add a street presence to this house and the associated details filter down in the other elevations.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Farmhouse 24

The Eagle Tavern during repairs to the fire from three months ago. I want to get some more pix of this after the renovation. Nonetheless, this is a great 7 bay 3 story farmhouse with several additions in great condition.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Farmhouse 23

I have a feeling that this house, now a salon, was drastically modified in the late 1800's and has a victorian flair. Juxtaposed against the recent chain drug store, meant to recreate the same style, the proof is in the pudding when it comes to details and execution.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Farmhouse 22

Another great house in the village of Eagle with a great transom over the door, irregular porch, and brackets added in a "victorian" phase.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Farmhouse 21

A great 7 bay 2.5 story fancy farmhouse right in Eagle on Route 100. The high detailing of the columns in comparison to the farmhouse look just shows how flexible both design styles are.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Farmhouse 20

More West Chester townhouses. The continuity of the bay style and diminishing height of the floors is great in both the city and country. I love the exactitude of the brick in the city versus the stone in the farmhouses. Both are equally beautiful and appropriate.

Farmhouse 19

Friday and I am out of "farm houses" but I shall continue the trend with some houses from West Chester, the urban version of the farmhouse. These are great brick and stone houses in town. I know that the farmhouse shall return after I take a bunch more photos, as soon as we dry out here!

Farmhouse 18

For Thursday's miss! A nice house in Byers, between 401 and 100.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Farmhouse miss!

I missed yesterday, will catch up with some more photos!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Farmhouse 17

Another farmhouse on Byers Road as part of a little farmlet. Just love the simplicity and the story of time that is evident on the buildings due to the change in stone size and color, the window and door changes, etc.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Farmhouse 16

One of several houses on Byers Road that makes a nice little village, showing how it has been added over the years.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Farmhouse 15

Next in the exciting series, more pix will be taken this weekend, as I have been scouting more great shots.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Farmhouse 14

An unfortunate farmhouse that was the subject of a poor addition to increase it's value. Sadly it has sat for sale after it's "update and addition" for over a year.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Farmhouse 13

This is a neat garage attached to the farmhouse from yesterday. I really like the siding and stone proportions.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Farmhouse 12

This is a more formal looking farmhouse with dormers in a more intricate design.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Farmhouse 11

This is a great example of a house that started out as a 3-bay, with the intention to finish the other side to make it symmetrical.