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June 2014
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Topic of the Month: An English Revival Home in Tavistock, NJ

Architectural Firm of the Month: Thomas B. Wagner, Architect

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Architectural Firm of the Month: Thomas B. Wagner, Architect

As a fully licensed and insured architectural firm, located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, The firm of Thomas B. Wagner, Architect has over 30 years of residential as well as commercial/public project experience. Their work is well known in South Jersey, and they have completed a variety of projects for local municipalities, Boards of Education, as well as commercial offices and retail shops in many South Jersey towns.

However, their most sought after experience is in the high quality design, remodeling, and new construction residential houses, retail and office projects that they have completed for their clients in Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Voorhees and Moorestown. They have additional expertise in multi-use residential projects such as Haddonfield's Kings Court Retail and Condominium Complex and the new Haddon Heights Kings Run Senior Living Complex. In addition, Mr. Wagner has completed many historic preservation projects such as Haddonfield's Mable Kay Senior Hospitality House, the Borough's new Public Works Facility and many of Haddonfield and Moorestown's beautiful historic residences.

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Tavistock is the smallest town in New Jersey containing only three homes and a private golf course. The owners of one of the homes recently decided to remodel and expand the house for comfort and to add more room for family entertaining.  Architect Thomas B. Wagner was hired for the project and now the home is a lot more spacious, light-filled and has a magnificent view of the golf course.


Golf is the main reason why Tavistock exists as its own borough in Camden County. "Tavistock is the smallest community in New Jersey," explains Wagner. "In 1921 they separated from Haddonfield because they weren't allowed to play golf on Sundays and alcohol was not allowed, so the golf course decided to secede from the town." With this history, it makes sense why the owners of this original house in Tavistock wanted a view of the main feature in their town.


Wagner began working on the project about four years ago and successfully designed the expansion while keeping with the style of the original house. Wagner explains, "I think the biggest challenge in my mind was trying to make the addition blend in well enough so that the house as a whole looks like it was designed from the beginning and not like an addition was put on."


The expansion of the left side of the house encompasses a new two-car garage on the lower level and a new Great Room upstairs with a tray ceiling, fireplace and a breakfast area.  Wagner explains, "The clients wanted to remodel the house and add a Great Room that had a view of the golf course. At first we were going to do a larger version, including a first floor master suite in addition to the family room and the garage. We had planned for an elevator and we put in the shaft for the elevator but we didn't actually install it. The master suite on the first floor is under construction now."


The Great Room with its tray ceiling makes the space feel very open and airy and the windows above the bookshelves on the sides of the fireplace bring in a lot of light. "We had a lot of different designs for the ceiling in the Great Room where the tray ceiling is. Some of those ideas included doing a cathedral ceiling, another idea was to do something with a lot of big trusses in it, but I think this went along with the house a little bit more. With the tray ceiling we didn't have a ceiling that was really out of character with the house, so that's what we decided to do. We brought it down and created that little tray and had those inset windows on each side of the fireplace. It kept the character of the house and didn't create a room that was out of scale with the rest of it." 


In the interior of the house, other changes included a new kitchen with a large island and granite surfaces, commercial appliances and inset cabinets. An enlarged foyer and curve stair was also newly decorated and furnished. Upstairs, a couple of the bedrooms were combined to create larger suite-style bedrooms on the second floor.


One particularly interesting feature on the exterior of the new section of the house is a doorway at the bottom of the chimney. Wagner explains, "The house has a lower level that walks out and we redid that space as well. One thing that I thought was fun to do is a doorway that goes into the garage from the driveway at the lower level. The doorway is under the fireplace, so from the outside you see a doorway at the bottom of the chimney, which is a little unique."


As part of the remodeling, some changes in materials were made to bring the house more up to date. Wagner explains, "The house had some nice stone and stucco materials on it and a lot of wood. The tudor boards were all wood at the time, but we changed a lot of that and instead used the new paintable Azek material that looks like wood. We did a lot of things to the house to make it more maintenance-free. We re-stuccoed a lot of the house, replaced the windows with Pella's Architect series windows and put new roofing on the house. We really remodeled the whole outside as well and the inside of the house, upgraded all the heating systems and air conditioning systems and tried to match the wood flooring as best as we could. We did all of this while keeping the character of the original house intact."


"The clients were great to work with. They gave me the flexibility to come up with something that would look right in the end. That's one of the good things about having a client that trusts your judgment. I also selected the builder who works a lot in the area who was terrific, and having them as part of the team made a big difference."


Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
For more information visit:

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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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