Osborne Construction is an owner-operated in-house design/build firm offering integrated design and project management as a general contractor based in Philadelphia. Over the last decade, we have built a reputation for delivering hand-crafted, highly efficient homes and commercial spaces in and around Philadelphia and New York. In the fall of 2017 we completed the 4000 SF custom fit-out of the flagship store for United by Blue at the corner of 2nd and Race streets under the Ben Franklin Bridge. The project features two hand-made rustic cabins salvaged from 200 year old barns and buildings. The combined retail, coffee shop and restaurant was built to a LEED Platinum standard using over a dozen species of wood reclaimed from within the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Our focus as a firm has always been aimed toward the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. This has helped us garner a reputation amongst architects and for having the experience and appreciation needed for performing extensive renovations on historic buildings and homes in Philadelphia. In 2017, we attended a rigorous training and exam to become a Certified Passive House Builder. In the past year, we have employed multiple facets of the passive house building methodologies, building healthier and more efficient homes for the next hundred years. We remain steadfast in using materials sourced locally and find the use of reclaimed wood and salvaged architectural elements, when suited to the design, to be a huge boon to the environment and a signature of the originality in our custom work.
Our In-House team is comprised of highly skilled artisans, fine woodworkers, tile setters, furniture and cabinet makers and metalworkers--all with a deep appreciation for the meticulous execution of custom elements in a home that become a reflection of the unique people who inhabit them. Our knowledge base in building science and sustainable building practices allow us to apply a ‘whole house organism’ approach to mechanical assemblies in new construction and retrofits in old homes.
Some of us also have backgrounds in the visual arts, film and scenic arts, design, performing arts and as fine woodworkers within the trades. We see each project as an opportunity to make the building process as painless and mindful of every client’s unique vision and situation. Our aim is always toward the creation of long-lasting, artful work that will outlive us. Work that not only will deeply resonate with our clients, but creates a ripple effect toward the beautification of Philadelphia and New York, and the world, as a whole.
Brian Osborne: Owner+Principle Brian’s Great Grandfather, JW Osborne built custom homes in Palo Alto in the 1940s and into the late 1960’s. Both Brian’s Father and Grandfather worked on the crews who built these homes. In early 2008, Brian took on the namesake of his Great Grandfather’s Company and continued the family tradition on the east coast. Brian is graduate of Marquette University and is a Certified Passive House Builder registered with PHIUS.
Martin Madden: Project Manager. Martin has been working on homes since the age of 15 and has cultivated a deep appreciation and expertise in custom fine home building and historical renovations. Brian and Martin have been collaborating on a myriad of projects since they both landed in Philadelphia in 2005.
Aaron Klingelhoefer: Lead Carpenter. Aaron is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art and has been working in the residential construction and the custom fabrication field for over 15 years.