The Lokal A-Frame is a boutique vacation home rental 50 minutes outside of Philadelphia. It was designed and renovated by Chad and Courtney Ludeman - the team behind Lokal Hotel and the 100K House. The home was purchased from the original owners who built the A-Frame on a 2.5 acre, wooded site fronting the Maurice River in the mid 1960's. The home had not seen a renovation since it was originally built.

The Ludeman's brought their 6 and 8 year old boys to the site the day after purchasing it and setup camp next to it. They all pitched in with the help of the in house construction team from Philly and renovated the home over the next few months while living onsite. The home was renovated in a Scandinavian Modern style with pine plywood, whitewash white oak flooring, concrete counters and tile and lots of black and white paint.

The main changes to the home were to demo a wall on the main floor that broke up the middle of the space, finished half of the basement into a bunk room with 4 beds built into new alcoves and shifted the hallway upstairs over as much as possible to convert the half bath into a full bath with concrete shower walls.

The front facade was torn out completely with new sliding doors and triangular windows from Anderson installed to flood the living area with light and views that it had been deprived of originally. All of the original beams inside and out were stained black and leftover cedar cladding from a Philly roof deck job contrasted the black beams and window frames for a completely refreshed facade.

The Ludeman's and their crew poured a lot of concrete for this project. A 44' long countertop stretches from the front of the house to the back and was poured in three sections. The front is in the living room, the middle the kitchen and the rear contains the home's bar with ice maker. A custom concrete fire pit and countertop were poured out back next to a Big Green Egg grill and both bath vanities as well as a custom jacuzzi tub top was poured. Finally all of the bathroom tile was concrete from Cle Tile and the shower and bath walls were treated with a vertical concrete product that was troweled on by the crew.

An 800 SF deck was built off of the back of the house surrounding and preserving existing trees on the site. At the end of the deck is an 8' diameter wood fired hot tub made from a feed trough from a local Tractor Supply store. With the help of Studio Bryan Hanes from Philly, who came down on a day trip and worked for grilled short ribs and beer, a new path was forged to the river about 100 yards away and trees were strategically limbed up while a few were removed completely to open up a view of the water from the house that did not exist when the day started. The Ludeman's wanted a beach vibe on this rural river for their guests and Bryan Hanes came up with a great idea to build a retaining wall and bring in 30 tons of sand to create a "rural wooded beach" 10 feet back from the original concrete bulkhead that was in need of costly repairs that the budget could not support.

The furnishings were handled mostly through a collaboration with Article. The Ludeman's didn't have the time or budget to spend countless hours searching for the perfect mix of old and new furnishings from multiple locations. They needed one company that valued design, comfort and versatility to furnish most of the space quickly. Article fit that bill perfectly and helped choose 90% of the furnishings with the owners. The Nirvana sectional was at the top of the Ludeman's list and continues to be a guest favorite. There are wrestling battles over the corner location where you sink into a deep, relaxing state while the shadows of the trees wash over you.

One of the pleasant surprises with the Article lineup was their newly expanded exterior line which is versatile enough to do double duty inside and out. This allowed chairs and end table to serve double duty both in the living area or on one of it's three decks, depending on where guests are congregating. Two custom pieces by local craftsmen filled out the furnishing needs. One is a live edge table/kitchen island made by Timberforge Woodworks and the other is a glass topped coffee table made from a salvaged wagon wheel by Ovuud.

The home is available for rent on AirBnB and through Lokal Hotel's website. It quickly became more popular than the Ludeman's imagined and has been booked up 100% since it's launch in January of 2018.

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Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Desk, Pendant Lighting, Storage, Light Hardwood Floor, and Stools. Kitchen and loft with live edge dining table/kitchen island by Timberforge Woodworks Photo  of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Kitchen and loft with live edge dining table/kitchen island by Timberforge Woodworks

Modern home with Living Room, Storage, End Tables, Floor Lighting, Coffee Tables, Light Hardwood Floor, Sectional, and Chair. Living room from loft with the fought over Nirvana sectional by Article. Photo 2 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Living room from loft with the fought over Nirvana sectional by Article.

Modern home with Living Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Sectional, Coffee Tables, Floor Lighting, End Tables, Chair, Lamps, and Rug Floor. Living room with furnishings by Article & custom wagon wheel table by Ovuud Photo 3 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Living room with furnishings by Article & custom wagon wheel table by Ovuud

Modern home with Exterior, House, Cabin Building Type, Small Home Building Type, Shingles Roof Material, A-Frame RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. A-Frame Entrance and Facade Photo 4 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

A-Frame Entrance and Facade

Modern home with Kitchen, Light Hardwood Floor, Wood Cabinet, Dishwasher, Drop In Sink, Pendant Lighting, and Concrete Counter. Live edge dining table / kitchen island by Timberforge Woodworks Photo 5 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Live edge dining table / kitchen island by Timberforge Woodworks

Modern home with Storage Room and Shelves Storage Type. Entrance Photo 6 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Entrance

Modern home with Bath Room, Enclosed Shower, Undermount Tub, Concrete Counter, Soaking Tub, Vessel Sink, Whirlpool Tub, Cement Tile Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Two Piece Toilet, and Concrete Wall. Concrete shower walls meets concrete tub surround meets concrete tile. Soaps by local Duross & Langel. Photo 7 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Concrete shower walls meets concrete tub surround meets concrete tile. Soaps by local Duross & Langel.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Light Hardwood Floor, and Wall Lighting. Bedroom with Parachute linens and Casper mattresses. Photo 8 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Bedroom with Parachute linens and Casper mattresses.

Modern home with Bath Room, Vessel Sink, Wall Lighting, and Concrete Counter. Bath vanity with Kohler sink, matte black fixtures by Delta and Triple Seven Home. Poured in place concrete sink by us.  Photo 9 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Bath vanity with Kohler sink, matte black fixtures by Delta and Triple Seven Home. Poured in place concrete sink by us.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Painted Wood Floor, and Accent Lighting. Pine plywood A-Frame interior and sliding barn door. Custom tray by Peg & Awl. Photo 10 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Pine plywood A-Frame interior and sliding barn door. Custom tray by Peg & Awl.

Modern home with Bedroom, Storage, Bed, Bunks, Concrete Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Bunk room in basement with custom artwork on floor by Sean Martorana. Curtains by West Elm. Photo 11 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Bunk room in basement with custom artwork on floor by Sean Martorana. Curtains by West Elm.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Shelves, Stools, Pendant Lighting, Rug Floor, and Light Hardwood Floor. Vintage run. Reclaimed White Oak Flooring from Provenance Architecturals, Live Edge table, Japanese concrete lights. Photo 12 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Vintage run. Reclaimed White Oak Flooring from Provenance Architecturals, Live Edge table, Japanese concrete lights.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. Custom stair made entirely of matching pine plywood. Photo 13 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Custom stair made entirely of matching pine plywood.

Modern home with Kitchen and Concrete Counter. Bar supplies by Art in the Age. Detail of original beam reveal shown painted with matte black milk paint. Photo 14 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Bar supplies by Art in the Age. Detail of original beam reveal shown painted with matte black milk paint.

Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Counter, and Wood Backsplashe. Complementary tea provided. Kettle by Fellow products.  Photo 15 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Complementary tea provided. Kettle by Fellow products.

Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Counter, and Wood Backsplashe. Complimentary coffee provided by Rival Bros from Philly with branded chemex Photo 16 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Complimentary coffee provided by Rival Bros from Philly with branded chemex

Modern home with Kitchen, Range, Ceiling Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Wood Cabinet, Wood Backsplashe, and Concrete Counter. Chef's kitchen detail with open plywood shelves. Range by Thermador Photo 17 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Chef's kitchen detail with open plywood shelves. Range by Thermador

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Chair, Sofa, End Tables, and Rug Floor. Living Room view with hidden projector and Sonos Playbar Photo 18 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Living Room view with hidden projector and Sonos Playbar

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Front Yard. Front facade with firewood stacked beneath new cedar deck Photo 19 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Front facade with firewood stacked beneath new cedar deck

Modern home with Windows, Metal, Casement Window Type, and Sliding Window Type. Front facade in snow Photo 20 of Lokal A-FrameView Photos

Front facade in snow

Credits

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Interior Design
Landscape Design
  • Studio Bryan Hanes
Photographer
Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 0
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Scandanavian
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 1500
  • Lot Size
  • 2.5 Acres
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