Ambler Couple Builds Dream House Using Reclaimed Materials
Lou and Maggie Polisano built their dream house in Ambler on a 20-acre nonworking farm using stone, wood, and bricks reclaimed from old buildings, writes Terri Akman for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The couple acquired the land in 2013 and spent the next year building the farmhouse they named GraCat Farm, after their daughters Grace and Catherine.
“We were looking for an old farmhouse without the headaches of having to repair everything,” said Maggie, principal at Ambler-based CamaPlan.
Using reclaimed materials was a priority for the couple.
For example, “the stone on the dream house is from an early 1800s barn in upstate Pennsylvania,” said Lou, president and an owner of Center City-based RockITdata.
The 7,000-square-foot dream house boasts five bedrooms, a gym, and a wine cellar, along with a full basement.
The spacious family room opens onto a gorgeous outdoor terrace that offers great views of the creek and meadow beyond.
“The home is a mix of our backgrounds,” said Maggie. “Lou wanted more of a farmhouse, and I loved the warmth of a farmhouse, but I wanted higher ceilings, big French doors, and lots of windows to let the sun in and keep the house bright.”
Read more about the dream house in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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