Novotny House Restoration

Novotny House Restoration

The Novotny House is a circa 1750 farmhouse located on Chestnut Lane in Horsham, PA. Curt Kaller, president of CD Kaller Inc, purchased the farmhouse through a public bid to save it from demolition and did a complete rehab/restoration.

"The house was, by all rights, a tear down. Everything in it had to be replaced, except for the stone walls and the framing. Plumbing, electrical, heat, everything."
photo of Novotny house before restoration on left and after being restored by CD Kaller on right

The Novotny House is a circa 1750's farmhouse that nearly fell to the wrecking ball in the early 2000s. Not much is known about the specific history of the home but it does feature a number of interesting examples of early colonial architecture such as winder staircases, exposed beams, and corner fireplaces in the interior of the building. The home stands on the Blunston tract, one of the original land grants made by William Penn. The Blunston tract has some significance since the grant was made to a woman, Mary Blunston, which was very unusual for the time.

The home was sold to a local developer following the deaths of its former owners. HPHA, recognizing that this home was one of the last remaining homes on the Blunston Tract dating back to colonial times, worked with the developer - David Cutler Group, Horsham Township, and others to save the structure with Cutler eventually donating the home to HPHA to be restored. HPHA then sold the home through a public bid to Curt Kaller. Proceeds of the sale went toward the restoration of the Penrose Strawbridge House.

Some of the work included:

Complete interior rehab including a modern kitchen (this turned out great but we can't find a photo!)
The home probably had had a pent roof at some point but it had been long since removed by the time we began our restoration. We added a new, metal pent roof across the front facade featuring a standing seam metal roof by Harvey Building Products, plus new copper gutters and flashing. The Colonial Red Kynar Paint Finish on the roof has a 35 year non-prorated limited warranty.
photo of standing seam metal pent roof on Novotny House in Horsham PA
We repaired the masonry and stucco and painted the entire exterior, but left the stone quoins exposed.
photo of exposed stone corners, stuccoed walls and chimney
photo of new windows, doors, shutters on Novotny House
New historically accurate energy efficient wood windows by Marvin: traditional wood construction and authentic, single-glaze divided-lite options, as well as custom sizing, casing and glass options to meet any restoration project...



photo of Novotny House before restoration showing original attached garage



We had to remove the old attached garage and a patio off the kitchen to allow a right-of-way for a road back to Kohler Farm.





photo of new 2 car garage at Novotny House



...so we built a new 2 car garage on the opposite side of house...




.. and a new Cedar Shake Roof using Certi-label™ shakes with a 50 year warranty.

The Novotny House is now a private residence. Read more about the Novotny House and how HPHA and CD Kaller saved this beautiful piece of history.

xphoto of Novotny house before restoration on left and after being restored by CD Kaller on right
Image on the left shows the c1743 Novotny House before we began restoring it in late 2002. The house is shown on the right after restoration
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Novotny House after restoration by CD Kaller Inc
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photo of standing seam metal pent roof on Novotny House in Horsham PA
New standing seam metal roof by Harvey Building Products. The Colonial Red Kynar Paint Finish on the roof has a 35 year non-prorated limited warranty. This project, the historice Novotny House, was a complete restoration by CD Kaller Inc
xphoto of exposed stone corners, stuccoed walls and chimney
We repaired masonry and redid the stucco work and repainted the exterior
xphoto of new windows, doors, shutters on Novotny House
We installed new Marvin historically accurate 6 over 6 double hung energy efficient wood windows, wood doors, and new wood shutters
xphoto of Novotny House before restoration showing original attached garage
The home originally had an attached garage and a patio off the kitchen in the back. These had to be removed to allow a right-of-way for a road back to Kohler farm.
xphoto of new 2 car garage at Novotny House
CD Kaller built a new 2 car garage at the Novotny House. The original garage on the other side of the house had to be torn down.
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We replaced the existing roof with an historically accurate cedar shake roof and added new copper gutters, flashing and downspouts
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