Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Our New Carriage House

We have a carriage house folks.  Can you believe it?  I still find myself surprised when I look at the backyard.  It's there!!  Our Amish crew arrived last Monday, and the building was completed on Wednesday.  They pre-fabricated the first story in their Chester County warehouse.  It was delivered in two pieces and the rest of the building was built/assembled on site.  Watching them put the pieces together was mesmerizing, and I snapped LOTS of pictures.  If you follow me on Instagram (@kellyrobson), you've already seen a few of these photos.  But, here's a play-by-play of last week's momentous build.  :)


Day 1:

It's 1:30pm and the truck arrives...


The first floor of our carriage house, separated in two pieces, on the back of a big rig (my jaw dropped when I saw this).
 
 
Each piece was wheeled in place onto our concrete foundation (!!!).
 
 
One half down, another to go.
 
 
Here comes part 2.
 
 
Now, they're lining the two parts together.  The mule looks like this up close (the entire machine was specifically designed for these types of Amish builds).  It was very fun to watch.
 
 
 
Day 2:
 
7:30am - a team of four Amish men arrive to build the second story.
 
 
Within a couple of hours, we had a roofline.




 



Progress on the backside.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Around lunchtime, our dormers were built,
 

And, by the end of the day, there was tar paper on the roof.


 



Day 3:
 
The guys worked all day, installing the roof shingles, hanging gutters, finishing electrical work, etc.  It was truly amazing to watch it all come together.
 

Benjamin Moore "Gray Owl" is the color we chose for the exterior.  The bucket also makes a nifty step stool when installing some electrical work.  :)
 


Our new lanterns, ready to be hung.  These fixtures are made by World Imports (the Sutton Collection) and we ordered the largest size possible, which measured 21.5" high. 



This is what the carriage house looks like today:
 
 
 
It's finished! 
*We still haven't selected a light fixture over the side door.  We'll find something soon, I hope.




We chose insulated carriage-style garage doors with an extra foot of height (just in case we ever want to park a monster truck inside).  The handles are functional and I love the way the hardware looks from the house.
 


our new cupola, with a cast iron eagle weathervane.
 
 
 new lanterns.
 
 
The shed dormer allows for SO MUCH head room on the second floor, we had to include it in the design.  Since it doesn't totally relate to the architectural style of our home, this dormer faces the backside of the property.  So, you can't see it from the house.  I like that.


It's hard to tell from the photo, but there is a TON of space on this level.  We're so excited to set up a workspace for Dave near the back.  :)


Here is the second story.  This room is massive, measuring the entire footprint of the garage itself (24' x 28').  Right now, we'll use it for storage space.  But someday, we'll insulate it and drywall.  I would love to make it an office...  or, a play room.  Or, a separate guest house.  :)
 
 
so much space!
(love the head room provided by our new hipped dormers)
 
 
 
 a note about our builders:
 
We hired Stoltzfus Structures to build our carriage house, and our entire experience with them was TREMENDOUS.  Located in nearby Chester County, Pennsylvania, this family-run Amish builder specializes in pre-fab and custom-designed garages, carriage houses, barns, pool houses, and sheds (they also build cabanas, gazebos, and chicken coops!).  I can't say enough about these people.  We first met with Jonathan in February.  Dave and I were in the "research" phase of this project, and had narrowed it down to a small handful of potential builders.  After we toured the facility and experienced the professionalism and warmth of the staff, we immediately knew that we wanted to work with them.  Over the next several months, we exchanged a few emails with Jonathan, keeping him updated on our schedule.  We never felt pressured.  When we finally felt ready to begin the project this summer, we worked with him to customize our design.  He was so extremely professional, friendly, and easy to work with (even with our last minute changes to the front elevation!). 
 
Like I mentioned above, the carpenters at Stoltzfus Structures built half of our building off-site, in their Chester County workshop.  The carriage house was installed in modular units and then the rest of the building was built on site.  The crew that showed up to our house was AWESOME.  These guys worked from morning til night, they were friendly and courteous (some of the finest young men you'd ever hope to meet).  Dave and I are truly thrilled with the end result and hope to work with Stoltzfus Structures on future projects (pool house anyone?!).
 
If you are considering a build like this (garage, carriage house, pool house, whatever!), I highly recommend Stoltzfus.  Even though they're based in Eastern Pennsylvania, they work with customers all across the country (and just recently finished a project in California!).  I feel like I need to disclose that Stoltzfus is not paying me to write this, nor did they discount our project-- I am just so honestly THRILLED with the service, I want you to benefit as well!  Ask for Jonathan and tell him that Kelly sent you.  ;)
 
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So, our carriage house is complete!  What do you guys think?  If you have any questions about our experience, please feel free to email me personally or you can leave a comment at the end of this post.  Thanks so much for following along with this project, dear readers!  It's been so fun relaying ideas with you and sharing updates on the blog.  Now, I look forward to starting our NEXT home project and sharing all of the progress here with you.
 
xoxo
Kelly
 
 
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25 comments:

redbrickbuilding said...

Wow! Way to get it done! I'm totally impressed by how quickly they worked...and the carriage house looks beautiful.

shannon said...

Love the carriage house! I am putting the same light in a clients house {just arrrived yesterday!} Great job! {can you take pictures of the Amish?!?}

AmyHN said...

Gorgeous! What an amazing experience.

Carol said...

I am most impressed by this project! It's gorgeous and I can't believe that building came together in a matter of days. We built a garage last year at the back of our property and it took far longer, and was not as grand as yours, a very utilitarian one story garage, but built on site.

My Crafty Home Life said...

It looks fantastic. That is the same company I bought my garden shed from. Love them.

Sherry said...

Love it!! I have been stalking your blog for updates, it didn't disappoint!

Martha Rule said...

This is so great! Love all your choices - something unusual would be fun over that side door. Congrats!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Looks so great, Kelly! I can't believe they built that in 3 days. Amazing.

Jodie Okun Interiors said...

it looks amazing! i follow you on pinterest so i have some of the photos...but thank you for posting all of these with the details! what a fun process to watch. i grew up in bucks county and lived in chester county for a few...so i love to see posts about your house! jodie

Lauren (The Cottage Mix) said...

It's adorable! And so many possibilities for the 2nd story. Love all of the architectural details you included in the carriage house. Great to hear that you had such a great experience!! Congratulations!

Lauren | Seventeenth & Irving said...

Wow, Kelly! This looks incredible! It's been so fun following your design process and now to see it come to a close - amazing!!

Kay said...

Thank you for all the pictures of your beautiful carriage house. Great visual to help me see what our renovation (starting in a few weeks) will look similar to.

amanda bevington said...

It's exceptional Kelly! They did an amazing job! I love what you wrote ; ) I can feel your excitement, and I love that you documented the entire process with photos! Congratulations!!! xo, A

Shauna said...

It really came out beautifully! So happy for you guys!

Lindsey said...

Wow! It's gorgeous! And I'm so impressed that the majority of it was built off-site. The Amish sure know a thing or two about building. A few questions: does the grey color match your house? I remember it being blue for some reason- maybe that's just the shutters. And have you finished the rest of the stone driveway that you were working on? Please share photos if you have! Love seeing the progress.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Wow, love your carriage house. I was born in Chester county, PA and just moved South a year ago. I had the STOLTZFUS family replace a roof for us. I love Chester County but visit there a lot since family is still there. I am one of your new followers.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I love it and can't believe how quickly it was finished. also love your lanterns.

Whitney said...

This is absolutely gorg! You have to be so extremely happy/excited about the end result! Congrats!

Susan said...

We'll be building one at some point and I've bookmarked this...it looks so great Kelly!

Meryl & Russell McLendon said...

Beautiful! A perfect carriage house! Our first house as newlyweds was a carriage house in the Houston Heights. I have a soft spot for these. Yours is perfect.

Jenny said...

Semi-new reader but first time commenter. I just wanted to say that this is absolutely gorgeous! I' have those lanterns in mind for our house. They look great!

Joanne Barragan said...

Wow! That was real quick. It didn’t require much manpower and time. And it is great because the structure and lines are pretty consistent. I’m so impressed by the beautiful outcome! A carriage house, what a brilliant idea!

Margie said...

We are planning a very similar carriage house and would love to see the configuration of the stairs and second storey. Thanks.

Rebecca Conway said...

This is SO nice! Our home is an 1850's Victorian and we NEED a carriage house. I note that carriage house is colonial but would LOVE to have the kind of experience that you had! Do you have any floor plans to share? Did you finish the inside of the carriage house yourself? How did you make initial contact with the workers? Did you provide the plans or were there simply "stock" plans in which to choose? Any ideas you can offer would be most appreciated!

Lisa researching building garage said...

It is beautiful! The Amish do really nice work. We just had a new shed delivered recently. They did a fantastic job on it.

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