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Building a Future from the Past

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The 1849 Stone House

For Nicole and Ronnie, building a home rooted in tradition was something they had dreamt about for a long time. Living in historical Bedford, Pennsylvania, the couple owns 200 acres of land that has been passed down in Nicole’s family for generations. Included on the property is a stone house that was built in 1849.  While it is not uncommon for clients to come to PrecisionCraft with inherited acreage, the couple’s request to incorporate their existing stone home into their new design was a first. Here is the story of how Nicole and Ronnie worked with PrecisionCraft’s M.T.N Design to create a design that showcased their past, while accommodating for their future.

When the couple first started browsing through PrecisionCraft’s website, they were instantly struck by the look of an existing home in Idaho that blended multiple building textures, including log and timber with a significant section of stone. Comforted by PrecisionCraft’s success with blending stone with a timber structure, the couple went to M.T.N Design to create a similar timber frame design that would incorporate their 164-year-old stone home as a similar section.

PA home rendering

Nicole and Ronnie's Rendered Design


The couple wanted their design to be laid out so that the original home’s stone could not only be seen from the new home’s interior, but could also function as a part of their new home’s floor plan. To accommodate this, their designer incorporated doors leading from the dining and great rooms into the stone home’s main floor. The structure’s original staircase would be restored during construction to be used as a secondary staircase. The stone home section was also reconfigured to function as an office for Nicole and Ronnie and a game room for their children.

Overall, the couple wanted a home that showcased their family’s history while still providing for their modern day lifestyle. Their new 7,000 square foot home design has all the amenities they need and includes luxury spaces like; four bedroom suites, an expansive master closet, and a large exercise room above the garage. Moving from the inside out, the couple’s love for outdoor dining also prompted their designer to include glass bi-fold doors off of the great room. These doors can fold away to reveal an expansive, covered outdoor living space where the family can barbeque and enjoy their historic acreage.


This unique blend of past and present is scheduled to begin construction summer 2013. Keep an eye out for future updates on Nicole and Ronnie’s dream home project on Facebook.