454 East Orange Street | Before & After

I genuinely thought I couldn't love a project more than James Street, until we started Orange Street. I have a feeling this is becoming a pattern. To be honest, when we first walked through this home, I did not have a ton of vision...due to the strong smell of cat pee I was actually having trouble focusing on Brent's tour (being a *little* dramatic here, but seriously it was bad).

The design challenges included:

-Square footage: Coming in at just over 1,000 square feet the house was already small, and the layout did not help.

-Layout: Separate rooms and a super narrow staircase that was completely enclosed and was actually in the kitchen.

-Low ceilings: It felt pretty claustrophobic from the moment you walked in. Not the wow factor you aim for when entering a home.

-Lack of natural light: A combination of all the above things and not many windows made this home feel dark and dingy.

-Second Floor Layout: This house had one bathroom, and in order to access it you had to go upstairs and walk through both bedrooms.

The list could go on, but my point is that this project felt pretty huge in my (35 week pregnant) mind. However, Brent was convinced it was going to be good, and after a few disagreements we went for it. When I walked in on the last day of demo to find that we had essentially gutted the whole thing I was less than thrilled...like how deep have we gotten ourselves in here? But I will be the first to admit that this home was so 100% worth every amount of energy poured into it. The design aspect came together perfectly and flows so well I still can't believe it. We got to work with some of the best contractors in Lancaster, and gained so many great connections for future homes. Best of all, a wonderful realtor found us the perfect owner for this house before it even hit the market! Worth it is an understatement. We are thankful for this home, and way it ended up as a stepping stone to doing even more of what we love!


Before & Afters are my favorite part of every design blog/show/social media profile. I love to see the old turned new, and appreciate the creative thought process behind designing these spaces. A few things we did to remedy the design challenges I mentioned above include:

-Exposing the first floor ceilings and painting the beams white. This raised the height of the space, and created a wow factor/more open and light feeling as soon as you walk in the door. 

-Knocking down walls, because what good fixer upper doesn't include some of that?

-Flipping the staircase (as I mentioned you originally entered from the kitchen) and opening it up with a delicate metal railing and built-in office space underneath. 

-Adding a back door in the kitchen that allowed more natural light into the space.

-Raising the master bedroom ceiling to the roofline. I LOVE THAT ROOM.

-Adding a second full bath so that each bedroom has a bathroom. 

Other details I love:

-Lots of texture. I've never been huge on shiplap but I felt like it worked so well on the living room wall and up the staircase! The ceilings, of course, added texture to the space, along with the exposed duct work, grasscloth wallpaper in the kitchen and handcrafted clay subway tile in both the kitchen and bath. Exposing the brick wall in the master bedroom was yet another opportunity for something different than drywall!

-Painted cabinets. The sage color is my new favorite, and everywhere I look I'm now drawn to it. When we first walked through this home the one redeeming quality I saw was the backyard. Honestly besides filling in a fish pond and power washing, not much had to be done- it was just that perfect. So I set my sights on "bringing the outside in," and that is how green entered the picture. I love the restful feel it brings to this home. 

-Concrete countertops. The white kitchen counters are actually concrete, for those who have asked! A friend of ours started a business working with a more high end product and the results are amazing.

-The trough sink. Again, concrete, but in a different form. I saw this sink at Terrain, and it was actually a garden sink- but immediately told Brent we NEEDED ONE. Thank you Tyler Martin for making it happen! 

-The light fixtures. Honestly my favorite part of the design process, and usually my biggest splurge.

-And we cannot forget to talk about the exterior! I chose an off-white tone to give the brick a softer feel, and compliment the soft green shutters (same color as the kitchen cabinets). The black windows and door were the perfect accent for the muted tones. Also, Brent built the curved shutters of my dreams. 


I could go on and on, boring you with every little detail of this home (in fact if you were at the open house I may have already done that). We poured our hearts into it and are so excited to see the new owner settle in here! Below are links to a few of the details I have mentioned about the home. We would highly recommend all the contractors we used, as well as the products and brands! If you have any other questions about details please don't hesitate to message us on Instagram or Facebook. We'd love to help you! 

And stay tuned for future projects, *coming soon!*


Paint Colors by Benjamin Moore (Purchased through Grauer's Paint & Decorating):

Cabinets & Shutters: CSP-760 Oil Cloth

Walls & Ceilings: Oc-152 Super White

Exterior Brick: Oc-17 White Dove

Trim & Window Frames: Hc-178 Charcoal Slate

Wallpaper: Wallquest

Thank you to:

Tyler Martin- Concrete Countertops & Design

TrueNorth Metalworks

Grauer's Paint & Decorating

Renovations by Dienner Co.


Hepplewhite Drive | Custom Home

At Brentwood Builders, we have the opportunity to build our designs around concepts presented by our customers, and also create custom models of our own. This home, located in Hepplelwhite Esates | York, PA, was just completed and is currently on the market!

Below are a few photos of our favorite features in the home:


Upon entering this 3,200 square foot home you walk into a spacious hallway with hardwood floors. The den to your left is showcased by two craftsman style french doors. The doors throughout the home are painted an accent color to make them pop.


The wall color throughout the home is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.


A large picture window allows light to pour into the spacious dining room. Craftsman style wainscoting wraps the lower half of the walls, creating a more formal feel.


The open kitchen features white painted cabinets that run to the ceiling, Slate appliances, subway tile backsplash and a unique black granite for the counters.


Custom nooks like this mudroom/organization station can be found throughout the home.


The living room area features a 17 foot ceiling and your eyes are immediately drawn to the brick fireplace accented with white shiplap.


Last but not least, another favorite room in the house is the master bath. Inspired by marble and slate, this spacious bathroom is filled with natural light and feels luxurious.

For more information on the details of this home, or to schedule a showing call the Brentwood Builders offices | 717-397-9350 or e-mail brent2bwb@gmail.com.

21 West James Street | Before & After

I want to begin this post by sharing a little background on our company! Brentwood Builders was founded in 1994 by Clair and Orpha Hostetter (my in-laws) based on the desire to build quality new homes and bring homeowners' design dreams to life.

Fast forward 20 years, and in 2014 Clair's son Brent (my husband) joined the Brentwood team. Coming from a background in remodel and renovations, Brent brought with him a passion for not only new construction but also for the character and potential that older homes offer. (And being married to Brent, I by default became a tag-along to all of his projects haha!)

Now in 2017 we are thrilled to combine these two passions and dreams with our first full-home renovation here in Lancaster City (where the Brentwood office is now located)! We appreciate all of the support surrounding this new business venture, and are excited for the future of this branch of Brentwood!


The key things that caught our attention when we saw the listing for 21 West James Street were:

-2,000 square feet (on the larger side for a city home)

-Central AC and gas heat already installed

-Location within walking distance to both College Row and downtown Lancaster

-A third floor with potential

When we actually walked through the home I felt a mixture of disgusted and in LOVE. The home definitely felt spacious compared to our 1,600 square foot city home, and the 9 foot high ceilings are amazing! Paired with the huge windows and lots of natural light I was already sold. Another feature I loved was the makeshift addition off the back of the house. This little room almost met it's demise when Brent kicked a wall and the whole thing shook, but I made the case for a four-seasons room just like all of the pictures I had pinned and thankfully it happened! Then there was the attic. My two favorite features of our city home are the finished attic, and our fireplace. Well this home had one of them, and Brent built the other! (Let's be real, I have Joanna Gaines and her latest Magnolia Magazine to thank for all the inspiration that went into this fireplace).

Just a few of the challenges:

-Complete bath and kitchen remodels

-Adding a second bath and laundry hook-ups in an area that did not initially have plumbing

-Every wall and ceiling was textured

-The backroom- literally falling apart

-Wrecked wood floors (but so much potential!)

-Low ceilings/claustrophobic attic


And then there is the completed project, aka. all our silver linings in a package deal! Those floors turned out to be BEAUTIFUL when restored! The texture magically went away (thankful for drywall), and that giant window in the kitchen was an unplanned addition that makes me want to move in. I have an old Pottery Barn magazine to thank for my trim-wall inspiration, and Anthropologie could take all my money in exchange for wallpaper. I was excited to keep the wood ceiling in the kitchen (see the transformation of above vs. below) and love the character it adds. Raising the drywall to the beams in the attic was definitely worth it for added space and light. Then of course keeping that back room, first floor laundry, and adding a second bath. The double sink vanity with soapstone look-alike bowls, painted tile, and kitchen light fixtures were just a few of my favorite finds while searching for the perfect accents.

I could rave about this house forever, but really you just need to see it for yourself! Call Brent Hostetter (717-715-9878) if you are interested in a tour, or e-mail brent@boldpa.com with any questions you have!

Hopefully I have given you a behind-the-scenes look into the transformation of this home, and also how much we enjoyed the process! We cannot wait to share many more creative projects with you!

-Katie Hostetter (just call me the "design assistant") :)



We are so glad you're here! This blog will a place for you to gather information on the latest home trends, gain inspiration as you build a home of your own, and understand more of what we do here at Brentwood Builders. We invite you to follow along with our projects not only here, but also on Facebook and through following @brentwoodbuilders on Instagram!


Stay tuned for more, and thank you for your support!


-The Brentwood Team