Solebury Two-Plex
Site and History Inspire New Housing
New Hope, PA

Project Type

A hundred-year-old derelict duplex provided the setting for a set of two new housing units.  It is called a “two-plex” because each unit is distinctly different.

Site Challenges

The existing foundations of the original duplex were on a site forbidden by modern zoning and within stream buffers disallowed by environmental constraints.  Those foundations provided the platform upon which to build a new structure of two housing units.


The exterior siding is comprised of three styles of the same wood: board and batt, horizontal ship lap, and vertical siding.  These siding arrangements, along with fenestration, break down the mass of the building while maintaining the verticality of the original building. 

Double-Height Space

In each unit a bedroom was sacrificed to give a two-story height to the living rooms.

Connection to the Outdoors

The indoor and outdoor living areas of each unit front onto the stream. The south unit also has an elevated deck patio, part of which is a green roof.