Brian J. Billings Architects- Architecture & Interior design- 225 E. Jacoby Street Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401


RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO

Blue Bell Addition
A small (150 SF) addition serves as the Dining Room for a new kitchen. The addition fills the inside corner and serves as the connector between the main house and the Great Room, which has a cathedral ceiling. We opened 16í of the back wall of the original house with a flushed-framed beam. The folded ceiling keeps the space flowing between the addition, great room and kitchen, without any headers below the ceiling.
2009 to 2010
Springhouse Loft Apartment
A 2-story stone outbuilding, built into a hillside, was converted into a 1,100 square foot loft apartment. It features exposed stone walls, timber beams and a cathedral ceiling with skylights in the loft area.
2009 to 2010
Brigantine Expansion
We added two stories on top of the garage of a 1980ís shore house, nearly doubling its original size. The second floor includes a new master suite and hallway, connecting the new wing to the original house. The stairs and elevator provide access to the pool and the third floor, offering 270 degree views of the ocean, bay and Atlantic City skyline. The form of the new wing steps in and out, while rooflines and exterior materials of the house are continued from the original to create an overall unity of form. 2005 to 2008
Lake Wynonah House
Located in central Pennsylvania, this home was designed to take advantage of sweeping vistas of the lake and surrounding hills. The steep, north-facing slope makes the house rise high above the hillside. The deck is cantilevered dramatically from the house and is anchored to the hill by rustic stone piers. The 2-story Great Room has a 22-foot high ceiling and affords multiple views from the second floor loft. 2006 to 2007
Great Room Addition
This addition, in Conshohocken, includes a cellistís studio, kitchen, dining area, laundry and bath under one roof. The great room has a 16 foot high cathedral ceiling, spanning 25 feet. The addition added over 600 badly needed square feet to a 18th century stone farmhouse. Fitting the program into the available space required careful planning. Classical details lend style and a sense of scale to the whole. 2006 to 2008
Gywnedd Porch
A grand house that needed a proper entrance. We gave it a small porch with a new entry door, blending the porch to the roof of the house and using formal elements in an assymetrical composition. The long retaining wall ties the house to the garden. The Crafstman Style columns and the sunburst pediment make an inviting entrance. The porch shelters the entrance and makes a place to enjoy the front garden. 2008
Gladwyne Sunroom
A small sunroom that dramatically expands and enhances the kitchen and connects the interior of the house with the informal garden. At the same time, it functions as a light and airy breakfast room. This project incorporates passive solar features, energy efficient insulation and radiant floor heat. A deep roof overhang and trellis shade the south facing glass. 2001 to 2002
Gladwyne Porch Enclosure
We did structural repairs and enclosed the porch on the north side of the house, creating a new room with lots of light and connection to the outside. Craftsman style detailing outside enhances the look of the home. A beadboard ceiling and wainscoting keeps the porch feeling on the interior, while new insulation and energy-efficient windows keep the space warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 2005 to 2008
Ridgewood Townhomes
This development of 52 townhouse units is currently under construction. Units range in size from 2,400 to 3,000 square feet. Traditional details and a variety of roof shapes enliven the building and give a sense of scale and identity to each house. At the first floor level, interior spaces flow into each other, from the entrance to the Garden Room. 2005 to 2006
Ocracoke House
Traditional seashore house vocabulary on the exterior gives way to a sweeping, 2-story great room, with mezzanine, inside. Sleek lines and simple detailing allow the natural beauty of the wood to stand out. 1992
Malvern Additions and Alterations
This project included exterior upgrades, with dormers and a classical portico; Master Suite, with Master Bath and a Studio. The Master Bath features views deep into the woods, custom cabinetry and Blue Bahia granite countertops. 1998 to 1999
Bala Breakfast Room
This addition, along with the Kitchen renovation, expands the house into the back yard and brings light deeper into the house. The jewel-box ceiling gives height and a sense of shelter to the room, at the same time. 1991 to 1992
Swarthmore Studio
A 400 square-foot studio for wood carving was added above a garage by raising shed dormers front and back. Skylights and ample windows fill the room with natural light from all directions. A deck provides access from the spiral stair and a spot to relax after a strenuous day of carving. 1991
Brian J. Billings, Archictects     225 E. Jacoby Street Norristown, PA 19401     610.277.6717