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Rebuilding an Old Mount Lebanon House into a Timeless Home


Project Scope

When we were approached by the owners of an old split-level house in Mount Lebanon, PA, we knew we had a unique opportunity to create the perfect forever retirement home. The homeowners longed for a spacious, modern space that would not only suit their current needs but also adapt to their evolving lifestyle over the next 30+ years.

Preserving the Past While Embracing the Future

The original house presented a significant challenge due to local building codes. To ensure a seamless construction process, we designed the entire new house around the existing foundation, allowing us to stay within the remodeling building and zoning codes. By preserving parts of the existing foundation, we were able to blend the charm of the old with the functionality and beauty of the new.

Our journey with the homeowners began with an initial consultation in 2017. At the time, the owners were exploring their options but eventually worked with an outside architect on the designs. In 2021, they returned to Action Builders, eager to bring their vision to life. They chose to collaborate with us because of our commitment to designing within their budget, providing realistic suggestions, and showcasing our extensive knowledge of Mount Lebanon building and zoning codes. From the moment they signed a design agreement, we took the reins, taking the house down to the foundation and designing the home that would become their sanctuary.

Creating A Space Tailored to Their Needs

This newly constructed home boasts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two powder rooms, two laundry rooms, and a total of four attached garages. In addition, we built three detached garages to accommodate their vehicles and provide ample storage. The highlight of the house is the open-concept 12′ high kitchen and living space, designed to create a welcoming atmosphere for both family and friends. The grand two-story entry greets guests, setting the tone for the elegance and sophistication that awaits inside.

Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail

Action Builders takes pride in its ability to provide comprehensive services in-house. From the complete rebuilding of the house to the construction of a new detached garage, we handled every aspect of the project with precision and expertise. We meticulously regraded the entire lot according to the new design, ensuring both aesthetic appeal and practical functionality. Our team’s craftsmanship and attention to detail resulted in a home that exceeded expectations at every turn.

We understand the unique challenges involved in designing and building on such properties, and our experience in this area sets us apart. By taking a dated, small house on a substantial private lot and transforming it into a spacious, modern home, we have showcased our ability to combine the benefits of location with the comfort and beauty of a thoughtfully designed living space.

Building Relationships Every Step of the Way

As a client-centered company, we understand the importance of collaboration and clear communication. Throughout the entire construction process, our team worked closely with the homeowners, ensuring that their vision was brought to life. From the initial design stages to the finishing touches, our project coordinator and project managers provided invaluable guidance and support.

Exceeding Expectations

We measure our success by the satisfaction of our clients, and in this case, we couldn’t be happier. By the end of the project, the homeowners were not only thrilled with their new home but proudly wore Action Builders’ hats and t-shirts, eager to show off their incredible space to friends and family. Their happiness is a true testament to our commitment to turning dreams into reality.

Trust Action Builders to turn your dream home into a reality. Contact us today to start your own journey towards a beautifully remodeled or newly constructed home in Mount Lebanon, PA.

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