Design-build · Architectural Restoration · General Contracting
Specialists in the architectural restoration, rehabilitation and repair of old and historic structures and design-build services. Serving the Greater Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and western New Jersey for more than 25 years.
Caufield-Norman Residence · Blue Sky Farm · Williams Township, PA
R. J. Doerr Company was contacted by the future owners of this property during their deliberations over the purchase. The multi-unit home they were considering was by first impression of little value, yet certain qualities of the house, specifically its proportions and massing, suggested something more. Limited investigative demolition revealed a circa 1770s log house and a later 18th century limestone summer kitchen, long hidden beneath layers of aluminum, plywood and drywall.
Thus began a meticulous restoration and renovation, including a design-build addition that effectively doubled the size of the residence. The scope of work was inclusive, interior to exterior, systems to finishes. Structural remediation included the underpinning of existing foundations, replacement of deteriorated logs, repair of floor and roof systems, and rebuilding of masonry hearths and chimneys. Existing mechanical and electrical systems were completely replaced. Exterior restoration included the construction of pent eaves, the installation of flush-board siding, replacement of log chinking, masonry repointing, period door and window replacement, and roofing among other components. Interior restoration included the construction of a two-level winding staircase, the fabrication and installation of period mantelpieces, installation of antique flooring, period millwork, casework, and plaster finishes throughout.
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Private Residence & Bank Barn · Southeastern PA
Work for this client began with a commission to coordinate the relocation and reconstruction of a circa 1830 Pennsylvania bank barn. The 47 by 91 foot barn, was removed from its original site near Gettsyburg and, following the repair of its timber frame, reconstructed on a new hillside foundation in eastern Pennsylvania. To take advantage of sweeping views of the Delaware River Valley offered by its new locale, a 20 by 14 foot observation cupola was added atop the structure. The cupola is accessed by way of a new timber-framed central stair-system. Both the cupola and its stair were designed by R. J. Doerr Company. Roughly 80% of the barn’s original construction was retained during relocation and reconstruction.
Soon after the completion of the barn, R. J. Doerr Company was commissioned to construct a new residence on the same tree covered hillside. The residence was designed by California architect Thomas Michna in a style that while contemporary, expresses an affinity for the past. The home is rich in architectural details that honor the use of traditional materials and craftsmanship, thus making a strong connection with late 19th and early 20th century design. A towering stone chimney and fireplace anchor the house's interior arrangment. Surrounding this feature is an expansive great room, with rough sawn trusses and a bedroom and services core that incorporates the timber frame of a 19th century carriage barn.
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Scribner Residence · Deemer Farm · Williams Township, PA
Constructed in 1825, the Scribner Residence is nice example of the Federal style type of domestic architecture that was popular during the first quarter of the 19th century in rural Pennsylvania. R. J. Doerr Company assumed restoration work begun by the previous homeowner targeted at reversing decades of change and deferred maintenance that had greatly diminished the luster that distinguishes the fully restored property today. Though now outfitted with the amenities of a contemporary residence, the house represents a highly intact traditional Pennsylvania farmhouse.
Conducted over a period of 10 months, R. J. Doerr Company's work included design and construction services addressing the home's interior and exterior, including mechanical / electrical systems and groundwater management. On its exterior, deteriorated woodwork was repaired, being and replicated as required to match existing period profiles, and stonework was cleaned and repointed. Two of the home's three chimneys were rebuilt and all were relined to render them functional once again. Limited window repair and restoration was also performed, and new reproduction shutters were installed.
The interior scope of work included the construction of a fully updated and modern kitchen, two full bathrooms, and the conversion of a previously unfinished attic area into guest quarters. Period moldings were installed and extensive casework was performed throughout the residence. Staircases were repaired and modified as warranted and antique flooring was repaired and refinished. Finishes included the repair of existing and the installation of new plaster surfaces and painted finishes inside and out.
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Snidtker Residence · Lower Mount Bethel Township, PA
This project entailed the design and construction of a sizable addition, compatible to a c. 1830 Federal style farmhouse within a strictly confined area. The addition included a master bedroom and bathroom suite, a family room and powder room. Period appropriate moldings and millwork components, plank floors, clapboard siding, and fine exterior joinery are some of the noteworthy elements of this project. The additions configuration creates a private courtyard/patio area that capitalizes on the bucolic views of surrounding farmlands. Design-build: R. J. Doerr Company