Ellen Happ Architect

Bucks County Farmhouse

This addition to a farmhouse in rural Bucks County includes a light-filled bathroom and stairs to a lower level playroom. It is a retreat for my clients, a young couple from Manhattan. Since they often have family and friends visit for the weekend, they wanted to add a second bathroom to the house. They also wanted a playroom for their growing family.

The addition is attached to the original house with a transparent connecting link that serves as a mudroom entrance. This transition space between outside and inside includes a flagstone floor and the exposed stone wall of the farmhouse. The walnut board ceiling and trim complement the warm colors of the fieldstone.

This connecting link has doors leading to the terraces and pool at the back of the house, a doorway leading to the existing kitchen, and a doorway leading through the addition to the new stair to the lower level. The stair, handrail and the low wall surrounding the stair are all finished in walnut.

Large double-hung windows in the bathroom frame views of the property that sits on a plateau above the Delaware River. Clerestory windows bring additional light into the room. The bathroom includes a claw foot bathtub and a steam shower. The mirror for the double width sink is built-in between the window trim. The new ceilings have exposed painted wood joists, similar to those in the farmhouse.

General Contractor: Brian Smith Builder

Photos: Taylor Meacham

Site Development & Engineering By Parlee Stumpf