Clever Renovations Keep Home’s 19th Century Feel, 21st Century Lifestyle

David Bjorkgren
Laura and Doug Yeakle performed successful renovations on their Newtown Square home
Image via Monica Herndon, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Laura and Doug Yeakle outside of their home in Newtown Square.

The Newtown Square property had everything Doug and Laura Yeakle wanted. Once part of Mineral Springs Farm, it just needed renovations.

A stately traditional Colonial home and a 5-1/2 acre wooded property.

So they bought the place in 2016, writes Terri Akman for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

But renovations were needed at the 1848 home.

“It was old and dated, but it had great bones, and the property is private with a tremendous amount of trees and unique plantings,” said Doug, owner of ETO Associates in Newtown Square.

The interior still had original plaster moldings, windows, seven fireplaces and many of the original doors and hardware.

But it was missing a mudroom. The primary bedroom was small with no bathroom.

“We knew it needed major change, but we wanted to maintain the integrity of the house,” Laura said.

The solution: They added a 3-story additional to the back to keep the original look out front.

Now they had an open-concept kitchen great room, side porch and foyer, a third-floor guest suite, a lower-level mudroom and exercise room, and a primary suite.

There’s also a sleeping porch.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about many of the details that went into the renovations.