“The straightforward design is based on the traditional and simple houses collected along the nearby Sawkill Creek that served as worker housing for the Jervis gristmill just a few hundred yards from our property. The house is meant to offer modern living while fitting into the timeless vernacular neighborhood.”
Richard Pedranti, architect and owner
The property is located on a one-acre parcel along the Sawkill Creek in historic Milford, Pennsylvania. While being only a few blocks from the center of the village, the house is very private and the garden setting makes it a true retreat home for two small business owners.
The master planning is informed by the view over the Sawkill Creek to the forested mountain to the south. Rather than placing the house in the middle of the property, blocking the view from all but a few spaces within the house, a north / south pedestrian pathway is created connecting the spaces inside and out allowing the home to be an edge rather than being the dominant object in the landscape. This dramatic central gesture organizes the rooms both inside and out creating a flowing sense of space. The home’s architectural language includes traditional Milford elements of a two story home with front and back porches, 12 on 12 roof pitch, 2 over 1 double hung windows and wood clapboard siding. Although an honest vernacular house in a garden, the home appears modern by adjusting the scale of the forms and windows. The first floor has a modern open plan with kitchen, dining, and living spaces. A Danish high efficiency wood stove in the living room heats the entire home. The second floor is private with three bedrooms.