Susan and Jeff Hedrick's French-Themed Malvern Home
Inspired by the châteaus of Normandy and the George V hotel in Paris, the Hedricks' home is a destination all its own.
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Interior Design: Kass & Associates and Susan Hedrick
Contractor: Ed Mahoney, E.B. Mahoney Builders, Inc., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-6584
Landscaping: Jack Blandy, Stoneybank Nurseries, Glen Mills, (610) 459-5100
Hardscaping: Mike Toth, Toth Brothers, Sellersville, (215) 368-7178
At least once a year, Susan and Jeff Hedrick travel to Paris. The trip usually combines business—Jeff owns an engineering company—with pleasure. Through their excursions in France, the Malvern couple has gained a serious appreciation for the country’s architecture, especially the Normandy style.
When the Hedricks began looking for a new home in Willistown Township, they hoped to find an approximation of one of the French châteaus they so admired. Three years later, they were ready to give up. “So many of the houses we looked at had the typical characteristics of a Chester County farmhouse, with small rooms,” says Jeff. “We wanted more of an open floor plan with larger rooms.”
Then they stumbled onto a property less than a half-mile from their home. Situated at the end of a long, private driveway winding through the woods, the large contemporary house was built in the early 1980s on a clearing of more than eight acres. Its open layout and large rooms were begging for renovation.
Enter Spence Kass of Kass & Associates of Philadelphia. “The house looked like one you’d see in the mountains or out West,” says Kass. “It didn’t have any great character, other than being a contemporary home.”