This week’s project is a unique one! In 1994 Gardner/Fox provided the design and construction services to convert a timber-framed bank barn into a dramatic, open-plan artist’s studio. The barn required substantial structural repairs, which were completed with recycled antique rough cut posts and beams. A few of the new additions to the space were two lofts which overlook the main studio, as well as a custom brass accented spiral staircase. To make the studio complete, Gardner/Fox installed the barn’s first ever plumbing system, to supply the full bathroom and kitchen with running water.

In this project spotlight, our homeowners were looking for a more modern kitchen, with extra space for their expanding family. The original space was small, with very little natural light. The dark wood cabinetry didn’t help the size of the space, either.

Gardner/Fox designed a kitchen centered around a large, free-standing island. In order to accommodate the homeowners need for more space, we knocked out the wall the stood between a small family room and kitchen, and expanded! The new space is now double the size of the original.

The new kitchen is complete with bright white cabinetry, Coastal Grey quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances, but the real star of the show is the extra-large custom built kitchen island. The cabinetry, countertops, and appliances give the kitchen a pretty modern feeling, which is half of what our home owners wanted. The all-new island (designed by Village Handcrafted Cabinetry) is topped with a natural stained butcher’s block, which helps to break up the modern look. The wood stain gives the kitchen a softer, more classic element, plus it helps to incorporate the oak flooring into the space.

There you have it, a bright shiny new kitchen, that looks modern but feels homey! To see more pictures, check out the project here, on houzz!

In this renovation, Gardner/Fox transformed a 1980’s house into a 3,500 square foot modern home. The interior renovations included the installation of all new maple flooring throughout the home, and the installation of wet-joint glass windows, which provide the home with panoramic views and plenty of natural light! The renovation also required a newly designed vaulted entrance and extensive hardscaping.


In 1996 Gardner/Fox created two unique additions for this (now) 70-year-old Main Line colonial home. The homeowners wanted to create more livable space, so Gardner/Fox designed an interior addition that expanded their family room and additionally created an all-new breakfast room. The new addition was lined with windows, giving the new area a wide open and spacious feeling. One of the requests of the client was to integrate the additions in seamlessly with the rest of their home. To achieve this look Gardner/Fox utilized the same oak floors in the new space that were used in the rest of the home. The second addition came in the form of a brand new brick patio built in the back yard, giving our clients plenty of space inside and out.

This month’s employee spotlight is focused on someone who has spent most of his life around Gardner/Fox. Meet Mr. William Cavalieri!

As the son of our Lead Principal of Commercial Construction, George Cavalieri, Will has been part of the crew for quite some time!  He remembers coming into the office with George when he was only a few years old.  Some of our more tenured employees remember him walking around when he was knee high to a grasshopper.

Before officially joining us at Gardner/Fox in 2012, Will attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech.  After graduation, he started with us as a commercial superintendent and has since moved into the role of a commercial project manager.  This means that he oversees multiple jobs, working on site and directly with the clients, to assure that they stay on track and are completed on time.

Will’s favorite project, so far, was the massive Audi of West Chester!  The reason?  The intricacy and level of detail made the project challenging, and therefore fun.  He also mentioned that the grand opening gala gave him a little extra incentive.

Outside of Gardner/Fox, Will enjoys hanging out with his girlfriend and his dog.  In his free time, he also enjoys sailing, shooting trap, and vacationing on the island of Nevis in the West Indies.  Will is also a member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Professionals Council, where he networks with other individuals in the area.

One interesting fact about Will is that he is working towards obtaining his pilot’s license!  “Since I was about 3 I have always dreamed of becoming a pilot, and although my career path doesn’t reflect it, I plan to have my license in the next 3-5 years!”  We’re excited for you Will, we know if you put in the same hard work and dedication that you do for GFA, you’ll have it in no time!

20 years down and 10 years to go! In 1997 Gardner/Fox built a new 3-story addition to this 1930’s Main Line farm house. The addition created a new personal office (complete with it’s own fire place, of course), family room, and breakfast room. The addition also included the construction of two bedrooms, each with their own full bathroom. One of the key features of the renovation was the exterior materials used, we matched and replicated the stone and siding on the rest of the house to seamlessly integrate the new addition.

In 1998 Gardner/Fox provided design and construction services to build this 15,000 square foot luxury home! The home included 5 bedrooms, 13 baths, and 4 fireplaces. Additionally, the construction included live-in maid quarters with a kitchenette and private bath. A few of the unique features in the home was the kitchen flooring with radiant heat, as well as a 30 x 40 square-foot glass-walled sports room in the basement!

Phew! We’re into the 20th century! In 1999 Gardner/Fox completed the design and interior remodel of a 1960’s Main Line ranch style home. The renovation included vaulted ceilings, inlaid hard wood flooring, and contemporary finishes. The renovation also included extensive custom cabinetry, built-ins, and column covers. In the master bathroom Gardner/Fox used tumbled marble and a frame-less shower enclosure to match the rest of the home’s new contemporary feel. The final element was the construction of the all new open risers staircase.taircase.

In 2000 Gardner/Fox designed and completed extensive interior renovations to a 1920’s European-style home. The project included renovations to the kitchen, breakfast room, pantry, family room, bedroom, bath, and finally, the computer rooms. One of the beautiful pieces of this renovation was the custom arched french doors which lead to the new patio area.  One of the new features was a two-story connector that was constructed around the former breezeway to create a mudroom, and a second floor entrance to a newly remodeled game room above the existing garage.