There’s an elegant simplicity to the
stone farmhouses that have dotted the Philadelphia suburbs for more than two
centuries. From their rudimentary materials to their handcrafted essence, Jeff
Devlin has been mesmerized by these structures since This Old House
him to start doing carpentry at age 15.
And now, the Bucks County native who
now resides in one of these stone farmhouses has centered a new HGTV show
around his lifelong passion.
Stone House Revival
, which premieres
this spring, celebrates the history of these homes. Jeff believes the
original design of these homes will never go out of style and tries to avoid
integrating modern architecture into his work.
“It’s been around for 250
years,” he says. “This style isn’t going anywhere.” Jeff sometimes finds
himself putting down his power tools when renovating or recreating some classic
“Instead of getting out a
power sander, I’ve found that a simple hand plane will create a flush joint in
seconds,” he explains. “I feel like there is a balance that we have now, in which
we can choose when we want to use the power tools.”
The region’s stone houses were
generally constructed by farmers who used the stones they uncovered when
plowing their fields as material. Jeff says the homes’ two- to three-foot
thick walls insulated the residents from the elements well. Building with stone
was much more cost effective and less labor intensive than wood – and it
allowed homeowners to keep trees on their property to provide shade.
Jeff says the Philadelphia region has
recently discovered a new-found passion for stone farmhouses, inspired by what
they see on HGTV and Philadelphia’s strong sense of history.
“I find that more and more people here have
a genuine appreciation and respect for the people who built these houses and
their way of living,” he says.
Catch Jeff at the Philly Home Show
this weekend! The DIY Network and HGTV star will be sharing his DIY knowledge with crowds at the Make-It, Take-It Workshops
. He'll be there Saturday, February 13th giving out renovation tips and advice. Don't miss him!
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