Author Archives: Bruce Gingrich

Contemporary Design in a Traditional Area

Powder Room St. Davids A few years ago I was commissioned to design and build a contemporary home in the Saint Davids Neighborhood of Wayne.  I am traditional in my personal tastes, the design challenged me and stretched me in … Continue reading

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Partial Kitchen Remodel, Wayne (Part II, The Door)

The clients had always wanted to eliminate the door at the top of the stairs that connect the game-room & garage to the kitchen.  The doorway was narrow and the door was rarely closed.  The knob stuck out and would … Continue reading

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Building Lot for Sale, New Holland

We have a single lot for sale in an established, small, rural neighborhood outside New Holland. It would be perfect for a couple that wanted to downsize to a new, low maintenance home with a first floor master. We build … Continue reading

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Partial Kitchen Remodel, Wayne

This is our third time working for this couple in Wayne.  In 2003 we removed the rear walls of the kitchen and dining room and added a Gathering Room.  In 2007 we removed half of the roof and added a … Continue reading

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Home Library

I could not wait to post these pictures.  The room was finished two days ago and the owners have not even finished moving into it yet. This is our second time working on this Ambler, PA home.  During the whole … Continue reading

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Lighting – Nordstrom’s vs. Wal-Mart

Ever wonder why Nordstrom’s and Wal-Mart feel so different?  Besides the obvious radical differences in the merchandise, they are “lit” very differently.  Nordstrom’s lights their merchandise using focused spot lights, so the store is dimly lit giving a calm feeling … Continue reading

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A Front Porch Is Inviting

Devon, PA A front porch is inviting, it provides shelter to our guests, give us a place to greet people as they enter the home.  After more than 20 years building and designing I am still amazed at the improvement … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day ~ Pink is the color of 2011

I received my March Issue of House Beautiful last week.  Their “Color Issue” follows Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year, which is a pink named Honeysuckle. Why do I care? Mostly I don’t. My design work tends toward classic.  I … Continue reading

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Kitchen Upgrade: What’s old is new and what’s new is old.

We built this home in 1988.  Recently the owners came to me wanting to upgrade the kitchen “without spending a fortune.” She did not love the cabinets, but they looked okay and were in good working order, “could we save … Continue reading

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Dark ceilings are dramatic!

Lancaster, Pa Dark ceilings are dramatic!  We painted the dining room ceiling of this recently completed custom home a deep eggplant purple, Benjamin Moore AF-650 caponata.  Common wisdom (which often isn’t very wise) says that dark colors shrink a room.  … Continue reading

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