Sustainable Design and Luxurious Décor Under One Roof in Wynnewood

When David Lincoln and Melissa Morris set their sights on a century-old Colonial, the two didn't shy away from DIY and TLC.

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Builders: Ranieri & Kerns Associates, 19 Elliott Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 520-9838,
Designer: Lynne Templeton, Greenable Building + Design Center, 41 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore; (610) 645-0600,

The spacious new mudroom is one of the more recent additions. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)A 100-year-old home is rarely move-in ready. So when David Lincoln and Melissa Morris set their sights on an early-20th-century Georgian Colonial in Wynnewood, they were hoping the pros would outweigh the cons when it came renovations. “You know an older home is going to need some TLC,” says Morris. “The house had great bones.”

Because electrical and plumbing systems had been recently updated, the new owners’ primary focus was on the aesthetics. Renovations were completed in a year—impressive when you consider that every room needed extensive work.

The kids’ Jack-and-Jill bathroom and the en-suite master bath required complete makeovers. Another was converted into a second-floor laundry room. Two of the whopping seven bedrooms became home offices—one for him and one for her.

But it was the heart of the home re-quired the biggest overhaul. “We took the kitchen down to the studs,” says Morris.

In keeping with the home’s older charm, Morris went with a warm, rustic feel over a more modern design. The end result: a French farmhouse-style kitchen with a homey feel.

From the get-go, the couple wanted their project to be as enviro-friendly as possible. “David works in green energy, and we’re very conscious of everything that ends up in landfills,” says Morris. “It felt like being sustainable with the project was what we were supposed to do.”

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