In 2010 Gardner/Fox and Stimmel Consulting Group worked together to turn this 300 year old home’s ballroom into a one-of-a-kind kitchen masterpiece!

The original space was dark and closed off, with an almost non-existent plaster ceiling. The solution: custom coffers and multistage crown molding which held lighting that indirectly illuminated the space and showcased the millwork and the intricate details. The white Carrera marble backsplash gives the kitchen an even brighter look. The space was decked with floor to ceiling white cabinetry, the whole 12 feet. A track and rolling ladder were installed to give the kitchen another original feature. Check out more of this glorious renovation on houzz.

We have a very special employee spotlight this month – meet Mrs. Lucy Schneider! Lucy has been with us at Gardner/Fox for about two and half years, working in our residential department as an ArchiCAD facilitator, and is an Engineer in Training.

Lucy attended Brown University, where she received a scholarship for women in STEM, and studied mechanical engineering. Prior to joining us at Gardner/Fox, she worked for seven years for her father, who is a design/build architect in Chester County. She worked primarily in the field, learning everything from concrete pours to finish carpentry to roofing. Moving from the field to the office at Gardner/Fox was a change, but learning the in’s and out’s of ArchiCAD, the 3D modeling software that we use to present our designs, has been her favorite ongoing project so far.

Recently, Lucy has taken the next step in education to becoming an engineer. She passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam in April. She took several online courses to prepare to the exam in the Civil concentration so that she could be ready to work as an Engineer in Training focusing on construction. We are so proud of her and her achievement!

Outside of the office, Lucy spends her time reading, working out, and going to hear live music with her husband, Claudio. She also has a passion for sewing and clothing design, and you can see some of the one-of-a-kind pieces she’s made for for friends and family at, check it out!


We’ve got an award winner this week! In 2011 Gardner/Fox completed renovations to this 54 year old home, giving it new life with 21st century updates and amenities.

Our clients loved the architecture of their home, but needed updates in design and energy efficiency.

To begin, Gardner/Fox completed the installation of 111 energy efficient windows throughout the home, including the impressive cantilevered solaria in the main family room.  We also added a few more with the construction of a glass-walled breezeway to a newly constructed two car garage.

During the interior renovation of the home, Gardner/Fox touched almost every room. In the main living space, we installed a modern gas fire place, which fit with the overall modern feeling of the home. The homeowners additionally expressed the need for private nanny quarters. Gardner/Fox re-purposed the original study (behind a hidden door next to the fire place), and added a full bathroom and closet, to fill the need.

The originally closed off and dark kitchen was opened and expanded! Talk about a breath of fresh air. This kitchen was given a new modern feeling with dark wooden cabinets and a slate mosaic back-splash, which contrasts nicely with the sleek stainless steel appliances. To further the energy efficiency of the renovation we installed all energy efficient appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and recessed lighting that utilized CFL & LED lamps.

In the master bathroom Gardner/Fox created a unique retreat for the new home owners. The bathroom includes an entire wall of windows, which were to remain in the new design. To combat the heat loss and gain associated, a layer of foam insulation was used to keep the bathroom climate comfortable. The entire space was decked in glass tile, and includes a hydronic towel warmer on the outside of the shower. The final touch was the floating vanity, which fits perfectly with the home owners modern aesthetic.

The originally unfinished basement was completed and included an exercise and play room for children. In addition to the interior design of the home, Gardner/Fox completed updates to the HVAC, electrical, lighting, and mechanical systems.

In 2012 this project took first place in the Chrysalis Design Awards for Residential Interior Design! To see more of this award winner, you can visit the project site on our houzz.

In 2012 Gardner/Fox completed renovations and updates to an existing pool house in Malvern! Originally, the existing pool house was an unfortunate eyesore on an exquisite property. Our client wanted to build something that really complemented the main house, which was only a couple hundred feet away. Additionally, the original pool house was not meeting the home owners needs as a gathering place for their family of six, or as an entertainment area for friends.

The homeowner wanted the design of the pool house to compliment their colonial farmhouse, therefore the structure included sliding barn doors on the front and rear, as well as matching the stone veneer used to build their actual home.

The interior of the pool house creates a warm and inviting space, perfect for entertaining guest, or just eating a casual dinner during the week. The pool house includes a grilling station with storage, full bathroom with washer and dryer, central seating area, and a grand stone hearth that scales the entire length of the vaulted ceiling.

In this design/build project, our client decided to take the plunge and downsize to a smaller home after her children moved out. Luckily she found the perfect home…right down the street! Half a mile down the road, a rundown two story home was placed on the market! Our homeowner saw the potential in the home, and came to use to make her dream home a reality.

The homes interior was  worn from years of neglect from it’s previous owners. The space was also closed off and dark from lack of windows and a dated floor plan. Gardner/Fox was there to help, designing and open floor plan and space that fit the homeowner’s style. This included plenty of large and open windows in the front and back of the home. We also designed a matching shed in the backyard, to give the homeowner additional space!

Original Floor Plan

New Entry and Fireplace

During design, we wanted to create a more open floor plan. To accomplish this task, we moved the stairs from the center of the home to the kitchen. We also moved the kitchen from the back of the home to the very front, where we could install a large bay window for lots of light! The only remaining piece from the home’s original interior was the fireplace, which received a new facade.

On the first floor, we created a new entry way on the side of the home, which leads from the newly constructed driveway. Inside, the living area and dining room are one large open space. We gave the room an extra large feeling with vaulted ceilings, and reclaimed wood ceiling beams. We constructed a new office space, which contains a Murphy bed, and a full first floor bathroom for guests! The entire space has a warm and inviting feeling, which stems from the wood features, including the wide plank hard wood flooring.

First Floor

The new kitchen is complete with soap stone counter tops and cream cabinetry. The new island breaks up the space with it’s marble top, and beautiful grey custom paneling. The stainless steel appliances give the space a slightly modern look, while the cream cabinetry and wood floors mesh to keep the space feeling warm and inviting.

Up the stairs, we find the master bathroom, complete with glass enclosed shower, and whirlpool tub. The marble counter tops accent the Geoerge tile and wall covering. The dark wood cabinetry gives a bold contrast to the rest of the finishes. The design is simple, yet still feels like a spa retreat.


In the master bedroom, we find the original hard wood flooring! Restored to a beautiful color that accents the wood trim. The vaulted ceiling gives the room a wide open feeling, in addition to the large windows that overlook the front of the home.

Master Bedroom

The original half bath on the second floor was converted into a laundry room for added convenience. In the guest bedroom, we find another vaulted ceiling and plenty windows for added sun light.

Guest Bedroom

Attic Stairs

Our favorite portion (if we really had to pick just 1) of this renovation, was the client’s decision to keep her attic stairs. Instead of closing it off, she chose to display them with glass french doors, and line the walls with family photographs. This is a unique feature that we felt really made the home hers.

In 2013 Gardner/Fox completed the design and renovation of this historic home on Delancy Street in Philadelphia. The project included renovations to the master bedroom, master bath, family room, dining room, and the star of the show, the kitchen. 

The soapstone counter tops and cream cabinetry combine beautifully with the custom blue of the kitchen island. The stainless steel appliances combine well with the wooden island counter top and hardwood flooring, to give this kitchen modern yet comfortable feel. To see more of this renovation, visit our houzz.


In 2014 Gardner/Fox fulfilled this client’s wish list for a larger kitchen and master bathroom retreat! The previously narrow kitchen was renovated and expanded into the adjacent dining room area. The new space has a modern feel with all stainless steel appliances, custom made dark wood cabinetry, silestone counter tops, and a glass mosaic back splash.

In the master bathroom Gardner/Fox created a serene spa escape with a pebble floor shower, glass mosaic tiles, and floor to ceiling gray slate tile. Want to see more? Click here to check out our houzz page!


Every year, Remodeling magazine surveys the nations full-service remodelers, contractors, restorations firms, and franchises, ranking them based on growth and total revenue. The favorable economic conditions and strong growth of the construction community were proven with the record high revenues of 2016.  Gardner/Fox placed 12th out of the top 550 contractors, and was the only firm in Pennsylvania to make the top 25! We’re very proud of our achievements and growth in 2016, and hope to continue the trend for next year!

Meet Bill Damato, our employee for May’s Employee Spotlight!

Bill has been with Gardner/Fox as a residential project manager for 11 years, but has been working in construction for much longer. Prior to joining our team he owned his own general contracting business. He has since brought our team years of invaluable experience.

His favorite project during his time with Gardner/Fox has been the renovation on Country Club Road, in Gladwyn, PA.  The project boasted phenomenal marble, onyx, and custom woodwork throughout its design, and Bill enjoyed working on the project with our fantastic clients.

At home, Bill enjoys spending time with his lovely family, including his wife, three daughters and three grandchildren. When he isn’t working in someone else’s home, he can be found working on his own or tending to his garden.  Bill also coaches softball – a past time to which he has been loyal for 18 years.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication Bill! We couldn’t do it without you!

Piggy backing off of yesterday’s good news, we’ve decided to showcase our award winning kitchen for this week’s 30 Years in 30 Weeks segment!

In 2015 Gardner/Fox renovated this historic home in Wayne. When our clients came to us in need of an update, we designed an open floor plan to connect the kitchen and dining room, while keeping the classic style of the home intact. On the second floor, we renovated the master bathroom. The open shower and white mosaic tile created a modern spa retreat in this historic home.