York County Private Residence

Construction is just wrapping on this gorgeous York County residential home project, which has many incredible features. While we love commercial architecture, it’s always amazing to work with clients and help them redesign their dream homes.

  1. This particular home was an A frame from the 1980’s, and it certainly got a facelift!
    York County residential home - interior photos

    York County residential home – interior photos

With a focus on natural design, the home has many elements that help showcase the natural beauty of wood and stone. Large windows allow for a tremendous amount of natural light, and one-of-a-kind features make the home unique to its owners.

Project Highlights:

  • 1050 GSF addition for spacious master bedroom suite, loft, living room and storage
  • Complete renovation of exterior finishes, from siding and roofing to cleaning and eprinting stones
  • Complete renovation/reconfiguration of 2 bathrooms
  • Custom built-ins
  • Private Enclosure of exterior patio

Project Highlight: Riverview Residence

The Riverview Residence is an 8,000 SF custom-designed home located in a beautiful meadow that overlooks the Susquehanna River. The home’s position and configuration were all developed to maximize the gorgeous site views from any and all areas of the house.

Special features include many custom offerings: lofts above the children’s bedrooms offering a quiet escape, a custom beverage bar near the great room, specially-designed stair railings spanning both sides of the double staircase, a covered porch and outdoor kitchen which boasts a pizza oven beside a swimming pool and fire pit.

Throughout the home, large expanses of windows allow bright natural light and beautiful views throughout the year from all directions and all rooms.

The Riverview Residence

The Riverview Residence


Lykens Apartments Celebrate Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We were recently part of a very exciting ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Lykens apartments!
These 28-unit buildings (the old Lykens Hotel and Israel Building) are located across from one another on the 600 block of Main Street in Lykens, PA.
These projects have been termed both “architectural and renovation marvels” and “the catalyst for further economic development” in their town.
On Wednesday, July 12th we joined with elected officials, residents, developing partners and Home Leasing LLC to cut the ribbon on the apartment complex, announcing the official opening of this beautiful $11.1 million project. It now boasts a rental community complete with 17 one-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units and 5 studio apartments.
It is always exciting when we can help to preserve the beauty of something old and make it new and useful for the town again. We hope to see continued development for Lykens in the future thanks to the commitment of Lykens Community Development Corporation and other individuals dedicated to preserving and improving their beautiful city.

Lykens Apartments Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

SAAarchitects celebrates the grand opening of the Lykens Apartments during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

York Daily Record Chronicles SAA LEED Certification Ceremony

Thank you to the York Daily Record for their flattering coverage of our LEED certification ceremony! We are still so proud to have been honored in this way by the U.S. Green Building Council. If you haven’t seen our Brook Hill Residence LEED home yet, take a peek at one of their fantastic articles. We love green design!

Copy and paste this link into your browser to see their online article: http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2017/06/29/york-township-home-saves-energy-and-helps-environment/434027001/

York Daily Record

York Daily Record

Project Highlight: Union House Hotel

We’re excited to show more of the beautiful progress on our Lykens, PA Union House Apartments project: The Union House Hotel. These photos were taken on the Hotel side of the building. This $11 million adaptive-reuse project helped to restore the former Lykens Hotel building, which was built around 1902-1902.

The hotel is housed in a 4-story Beaux Arts building that features a beautiful, bright lobby, large windows and open spaces. This restorative project was developed and funded through the Hockenbury System for community development.

In working on this project, we partnered with Edgemere Developent. It was exciting to be part of such a historically-rich project and to have worked to preserve that history while planning this fresh, new look.
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Union House Hotel

Union House Hotel

Project Update: Union House Apartments

Take a look at the stunning progress that has been made in the Israel Building of our Union House Apartments Project! This is part of an $11 million adaptive-reuse job involving the restoration of two very historic buildings that each date back to the early 1900’s. The buildings are owned by Home Leasing. Their restoration will turn them into affordable housing units in Lykens, PA, which will offer tenants Federal Low Income Tax Credits as well as Historic Tax Credits.

From the looks of it, things are off to an excellent start! The gleaming wood, large windows, and beautiful natural lighting are all sure to please those who move in. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as this historical project is completed.

Union House Apartments

Union House Apartments, Israel Building

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February 24, 2017

History refreshed: Union House Apartments

Take a peek at the start of one of our latest projects: the Union House Apartments in Lykens, PA. This is an $11 million adaptive-reuse project that involves the renovation of two very historic buildings into 27 units of affordable housing.

The iconic buildings involved include the former Lykens Hotel and the Israel building, each built around 1902-1903. The Israel building is a late Victorian-era commercial building which was originally used as retail spaces as well as a meeting spot for multiple fraternal lodges. The Lykens Hotel is a 4-story Beaux Arts building complete with an ornate lobby, dining areas, and bank spaces. It was developed and funded through the Hockenbury System for community development.

Due to its location, this new renovation will be able to offer tenants Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits through PHFA (LIHTC) as well as Historic Tax Credits through NPS. The building is owned by Home Leasing.

To complete this project, we will be partnering with Edgemere Development. We look forward to seeing the finished project, and to working within such a historically-rich area, once the center of the coal trade for the upper end of the state.

Union House Apartments

Union House Apartments

June 10, 2016

Union House Apartments

Groundbreaking for the Union House Apartments in Lykens, PA! A momentous occasion to kick-off the renovation of two historic structures for 28 new residential apartments. This $11M project includes former hotel and lodge structures and will receive historic tax credits from the National Park Service and PHFA funding. Check back to watch the progress as these historic structures return to viable landmarks in this community once again!


Brook Hill Residence – Interior

The eco-friendly and one-of-a-kind interior of SAAarchitects’ Brook Hill Residence in York County was designed using state-of-the-art green building techniques. The residence features a spacious single floor, open-plan living layout to eliminate the formality of unused rooms. The cork flooring throughout the interior is a sustainable and recyclable material. Geothermal heating and cooling maximizes energy efficiency with natural gas for supplemental radiant floor heating, creating additional comfort in the winter for the homeowners. A house-wide ERV system provides constant air exchange, pre-cooling warm air, and pre-heating cold air to provide ventilation and humidity control that eliminates the need for traditional items such as bathroom fans. Natural light and light infiltration is incorporated throughout the home through the use of suntunnels, skylights, and etched glass doors. At night, the light fixtures in the suntunnels provide energy efficient LED light. Speaking of LED lighting, absolutely no incandescent lighting is present in the home — only LED lighting. As a whole, this innovative home aids the homeowners to live an environmentally conscious and sustainable life.

Additionally, the Brook Hill Residence is in the final stages of documentation to become a LEED for Home Certified Home, and will be the only LEED certified residence in York County!

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Linden Lofts: Phase 2 Update

Linden Lofts II 0019 Linden Lofts II 0010SAAarchitects has now completed phase 2 of their Linden Lofts Project, and phase 3 is currently under construction. The lofts, located in York, feature 49 complete units now that phase 2 has wrapped, and will offer 73 units total between 3 buildings when the project is fully finished.

The apartments feature some beautiful and unique architectural design, as well as a long history, dating back to 1802 when York Wagon & Gear Co. built their wooden coaches for horse-drawn carriages out of the facilities.

A few of the units feature twin wall safes, another piece of the past left behind from the building’s former days, when it was York Safe & Lock Company. Luckily for residents, instead of ripping out the wall safes years ago,  96 South George Street LLP. decided to incorporate them with the York Casket Company holdovers into the design of the apartments, preserving some town history while mixing in other modern features.

Even units that don’t boast wall safes have beautiful historical elements, from hardwood floors to exposed beams and brick walls. Several of them have large industrial skylights as well, which add to their unique charm and draw. Apartments range in size from 813-1,884 square feet.

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