Passive House Building Principles at Kamp Kaolin in Landenberg

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Currently under construction in southern Chester County (Landenberg, to be precise), Kamp Kaolin is a 2,700 square-foot home designed with a whole slew of industry buzzwords in mind. Sustainability. Passive house principles. Aging-in-place.

We talked to Hugh Lofting, of Hugh Lofting Timber Framing Inc., who is in charge of the project. The company is one of only seven certified passive house builders in Pennsylvania, so he’s the man to talk to when you want to confirm that the building principles involve more than a bunch of architects standing around saying things like “wherever you think the truss should go is fine with me” or “I’m sure that foundation is level enough.”

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Chesco’s “Le Petit Mont” Has Great Views for a Little Mountain

TREND photo courtesy Long and Foster.

TREND photo courtesy Long and Foster.

“Le Petit Mont” translates directly to “the little mountain.” It’s a quaint name for a ten-plus-acre property that includes vista views of practically all of Chester County and comes with a farmhouse, two separate garages, a two-stall barn, a run-out shed and extensive pastures and walking trails for your horses.

The farmhouse has been finished in the traditional style but includes modern upgrades. The first floor includes inside access to the first garage, which accommodates three cars. The kitchen is adjacent to a breakfast room and boasts three walls of inlaid cherry cabinetry and the usual granite/stainless steel luxury combo. It also features a handsome peninsula and several pantries. The living room and family room both include large fireplaces. The upstairs master has its own balcony and a custom, en-suite spa with a window seat. Three other bedrooms on the floor share the second full bath. A bonus room could be turned into a fifth bedroom or an office, according to the listing. The third floor is also ripe for a project. The listing suggests turning the open space to a game or media room. The basement is also finished and could easily home another full bath.
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On the Market: $1.33M Paoli Home with Soccer Ball-Proof Walls

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The next FIFA World Cup probably won’t be in Philly (not that many care, I presume), but for fans of the game, this custom-built stone residence could keep you hyped up for the next tournament: the 1,600-square-foot finished lower level has walls and ceilings made of rock fiber, a material the listing says “allows for indoor fun to swing a club or kick soccer balls.”

Take that, rainy days!
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Seize the Home: “Carpe Diem” Is On The Market For Over $3.3 Million

Exterior shot of Carpe Diem.

Exterior shot of Carpe Diem.

Carpe Diem, a Chester County residence with an ambitious name to live up to, embraces its 34 acres of land by putting it to use with an assortment of resort-like features: spa, wet bar, waterfalls, ponds, a stream, and a grotto (steps away from the home’s wine cellar I might add, but more on that later). It also boasts a 1,500 foot driveway, an allée lined with red maple trees.

Inside, the home has high ceilings and wide windows to allow in as much light as possible. The formal living room shows off a hefty dose of millwork and oak hardwood floors (as does the formal dining room), while the kitchen encompasses a wet bar, sitting area, and French doors leading out to the deck.

Other rooms on this floor include a marble-floored music room with vaulted ceiling and fanlight windows, a step-down billiard room with fireplace and back deck access, and an office with built-ins and oak floors. Additional office space can be found above the the detached 4-car garage, which boasts a two-bedroom guest apartment with full kitchen and laundry room.
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The Super Luxe Delchester Farm Is Looking for an Owner

974 Delchester Road, Newtown Square, PA.

974 Delchester Road, Newtown Square, PA.

There’s 24 acres of land in Chester County that together make up Delchester Farm, a property that’s been on the market since last June. It must be the price that’s kept it in want of an owner for so long because by the looks of its video tour (included below), the home is lovely, and so is its fieldstone bank barn, stone guest house, 4-car garage with a second floor apartment, and swimming pool.

Among the usual home features, the main dwelling also includes a conservatory, kitchen with adjacent morning and breakfast rooms, an office, recreation room, and a master bedroom with his & her master bathroom (“her” bathroom was originally the master bedroom, to give you an idea of its size). Plus, there’s a pantry whose expanse might as well deem it a room.

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After Largest Drug Bust in Chester History, Chester County DA Accidentally Describes Futility of Drug War

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Last week, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced a huge drug bust. After a year-long investigation, the county completed the drug sting called Operation Telaraña (Spanish for spiderweb). The results: The arrests of 44 people, warrants out for 12 others and the disruption of a cocaine trafficking network that the DA said moved product into Chester County for the last 20 years. “This is the largest drug prosecution in the history of Chester County,” Hogan said.

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Super Opulent Chester Springs Home

2619 S. Chester Springs Road, Chester Springs, PA

2619 S. Chester Springs Road, Chester Springs, PA

Anglophile or not, this lavishly designed home inspired by English Manor estates could draw anyone’s attention. It’s been custom-built with luxe amenities and craftsmanship in mind, and is situated on over five acres of land comprised of landscaped gardens, multi-tiered patios, and private woods. There’s also a swimming pool and pool house.

Interior elements worth mentioning are its custom millwork, artisan wall treatments, eight fireplaces, and designer lighting. The kitchen was designed by Clive Christian, the notable British custom-kitchen designer and creator of one of the most expensive perfumes in the world. Also included are an office, two laundries, master suite with sitting area, and walk-in attic.

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Avalon Restaurant Reopens Today

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Today, Avalon Restaurant is opening at its new location at 116 East Gay Street. John Brandt-Lee’s restaurant used to operate as a BYOB on High Street. In addition to the bar and liquor license, the new location is twice as large as the original which lasted twelve years. Brandt-Lee will also add live music, an antipasti bar and down the line, a wood-burning pizza oven. What will remain the same will be the rustic, Italian cuisine.

The bar will offer eight local craft beers on tap, a selection of wine from boutique vineyards and cocktails made with Pennsylvania-based liquors. A light menu will be served at the bar till 10 p.m.

Avalon Restaurant [Official]

Reduced: Gorgeous 1850s West Chester Farmhouse

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Originally listed for sale at $3.6 million in October, this 19th-century West Chester farmhouse has a lot to love, including a rustic kitchen hearth (above), extensive woodwork, woodburning stoves, cast iron tubs and a restored stone bank barn used for entertaining and athletics.

Renovated from top to bottom in 2009, the home’s custom kitchen has cabinetry by Goebel and appliances by Thermador and Sub Zero. Outside, landscaping and hardscaping have resulted in a patio suited for entertainment.

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Chester, Montgomery Counties Are Hotbeds for Texting and Driving

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The above chart comes from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a “legislative agency” of the Pennsylvania General Assembly that produces publications and reports for lawmakers. It recently published this map of texting-while-driving citations in 2013, showing that the 8th and 10th counties with the most texting-while-driving citations in Pennsylvania are Chester and Montgomery, respectively.

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