This Bryn Mawr Home Was Perfect For This Blended Family of Eight


Image via Ernst Brothers + Builders.
Ernst Brothers + Builders and Michele Plachter Design was responsible for renovating the Bryn Mawr home that now is housed by Sandra Choi Roderick and Matthew Gantz and their blended family.

Couple Sandra Choi Roderick and Matthew Gantz hit the jackpot in June 2021 when they found an 8,000-square-foot, six-bedroom house in Bryn Mawr for themselves and six young-adult-aged kids, writes Terri Akman for The Philadelphia Inquirer

The house, originally built in 1981, needed some renovating and updating, and Roderick had just the eye for making it their home.

“The previous owners had been there for over 30 years,” Roderick said. “Several generations had a wonderful time in this house and you could feel that energy and love.”

Spring House, Montgomery County-based Ernst Brothers + Builders, and Michele Plachter Design, which operates in Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, spent eight months realizing Roderick’s vision. 

The work included modernizing the home, replacing doors and windows, and completely renovating the solarium and basement. A glass-enclosed wine cellar is the basement’s highlight, celebrating Gantz’s love for fine wine, a passion passed down from his parents. 

“They started a tradition with all the grandchildren — nine in total — purchasing a case of fine French Bordeaux in their birth years,” Gantz recalled. 

The basement serves as both a retreat spot for the kids and adults.

It fits the overall structure of the home, making it a retreat for everyone there.

Read more about the “perfect” Bryn Mawr home for a big, blended family at The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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