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Staying Close to Home

Staying Close to Home

As families spend more time together there has been a surge in adding or renovat-ing unique spaces – creating a “get away” while at home. Pool houses, party barns, guest quarters, offices, indoor gyms – even treehouses and sleeping porches are now “escapes” from our daily routines. Southfen has been...
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Profile of Porches

Profile Of Porches

The portico, the precursor to the porch, originated in ancient Greece as a formal framing device that created an appearance of authority. The design element was brought to America by the British and were often used as status symbols. Full-height entry porticoes were also functional – to take advantage of...
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Kitchen Collaboration

Kitchen Collaboration

Annapolis Home Magazine featured “A Kitchen for Every Style – Luxe Kitchen Re-Do” showcasing our collaboration with Kenwood Kitchens of a kitchen redesign and build in Baltimore’s Homeland neighborhood. The collaboration of Glenn Donohue, Senior Designer at Kenwood Kitchens, and David Sutphen, founder of SouthFen Restoration Home Builders, produced a...
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John Brown Butchery

John Brown Butchery

In scenic Shawan Valley, just west of Hunt Valley, stands an historic structure that has served the valley as various food venues and services since the 1930s. The original John Brown’s Store was a mercantile and the residence of the business owner. Today, John Brown General and Butchery serves a...
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Restored Log Cabin

Restored Log Cabin

Gustav Stickley, noted furniture manufacturer, design leader and chief promoter of the American Craftsman style, believed “there are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea.” Stickley would be proud of a new home built in Sparks, MD that “envelops” a log...
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If I Were A Carpenter

If I Were A Carpenter

Over 40 years ago, I lived in a small stone house on a beautiful farm in Long Green Valley. It had two rooms on each level that was built by the owner as a tenant house. The stone came from the fields and it sat a half-mile off the road....
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Secret Garden

Secret Garden

As a builder, having a homeowner with vision and passion always yields the finest results. We have been fortunate to provide restoration and construction for a magnificent home in Harford County. After extensive interior renovations, the owner asked if we could build a garden room on the south side of...
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Brush Strokes

Brush Strokes

One would think that as a builder, the last thing I would want to do for relaxation is to paint. Having tools and projects always in focus, it would make sense to seek activities like – sports, fishing, hiking. Well, that’s how all of these passions collide and for good...
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