Happy Valentines day! We’ve put together a list of trends that we simply love in 2017!

1. The Color of the Year: Greenery! Used as either an accent or the primary choice in your home, you can’t go wrong with this refreshing pop of color.

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2. Ship Lap Walls! Ship lap isn’t just for barns any more. This versatile wall covering looks good in any room, plus, it’s just as easy to paint.

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3. Grouped Lighting! We love the modern feeling that these lights bring to any room in the house.

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4. Gold Accents! To be honest, we never stopped loving gold accents, but we’ve seen our clients using them more than ever in 2017.

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That’s our short, but sweet, list! Are there trends that you’re loving in 2017? Let us know, and maybe they’ll make our next list!

Gardner/Fox has been featured in County Lines Magazine! You can find our project as well as the 7 other inspiring kitchens in the “Dream Kitchens” article here. This is not the first time this project has been recognized, the 300-year-old ballroom-turned-kitchen also won 2nd Place in the Traditional category in the Annual Design Awards as seen in Signature Kitchens & Baths. To see more about this award-winning project, visit us on houzz!


For January’s employee spotlight, we’ve left the office and moved to the front lines!

Matt Deblaay has been a valuable member of our team of residential field superintendents for two years. Having owned his own construction company, and worked as a sales representative for Conrad corporations, Matt joined Gardner/Fox with a unique combination of construction knowledge and interpersonal skills.

Though he has worked on numerous projects for Gardner/Fox, Matt indicated that his favorite project was the Coblitz home in Wayne, PA. He appreciated the uniqueness of the home, and the variety of challenging elements involved in the project as a whole.

Matt and his wife have a lovely family, two sons and two daughters, all under the age of 10! When he is not building dream homes, Matt can be found playing soccer, fishing, hunting, and volunteering with his church or with his son’s soccer team. One interesting fact he would like everyone to know: he played hockey while attending college in Northern Wisconsin. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication Matt!

Wow!! We’ve won the Best of Design and Best of Customer Service over at Houzz for the 5th year in a row! You guys must really like us or something 🙂  Thank you so much for helping us win these awards! If it wasn’t for our clients and their beautiful projects, we’d have nothing to show. We also owe the largest thank you to our hardworking and extremely talented staff of architects, estimators, designers, and field staff. We’re so proud! Thank you!

If you have a chance, check out what all the fuss is about over at houzz.com

white kitchen renovation with oversized blue stove

Paoli Kitchen Before Renovation

Before Renovation: A row of cabinets blocked off the kitchen.

This homeowner desperately wanted a more open kitchen layout. Removing a peninsula of cabinets opened up the floor plan to the dining area, making the room feel much more spacious and functional. The outdated wood cabinetry was nixed in favor of an all-white color palette, from the brand new overhead cabinetry to the built-in refrigerator and subway tile backsplash. Visually, the updated kitchen is clean, bright, and classic.
Paoli Kitchen Renovation Wide Plank HardwoodNew wide plank flooring maintains the home’s historic character and gives it that comfortable lived-in feeling.

Kitchen Renovation PaoliKitchen Renovation PaoliThe next piece in this renovation was the enormous center island. We love this island for its custom gray timber wolf color (thanks to Village Handcrafted Cabinetry), which matches the honed Calcutta Macchi Veccia marble top. The island also contains a built-in mini fridge, as well as seating and additional storage space.

Paoli Kitchen RemodelThe star of the show is an 86″ Lacanche Range, in French blue. The hand painted ceramic tile back splash contains the accent blue, pulling the whole kitchen together and creating a rich vintage look.  To see more photos of this beautiful kitchen visit our houzz site, here!

Wow! We could not be more grateful to our vendors, employees, and members of our community for making our Philabundance food drive such a success! Over all, we raised (including our monetary donations) about 1,300 lbs of food! We more than doubled our original donation goal! We look forward to making this an annual event at Gardner/Fox, so start saving those cans! Special thanks to our friends at Meridian Electrical, Ferguson King of Prussia, Kieffer’s Appliances, Tague Lumber, and TruTeam, for their donations!

If you are interested in finding out how to help Philabundance, check out their website at www.philabundance.org. They are a wonderful organization that provides food to families in need all over Delaware County.

We are once again showing our appreciation to our amazing staff at Gardner/Fox by choosing Patrick Baker for our Employee Spotlight!

Pat has been with Gardner/Fox for the past 23 years. Prior to that he worked as the commercial carpentry foreman for W.T. Stocom and Sons. He also used to work as a draftsman in electrical circuit design as well as a field clerk for United Engineers and Constructors, so needless to say, Pat is the man to handle just about any project we throw at him.

At Gardner/Fox he handles all of the major commercial projects that come through our doors. He spearheads our commercial estimating team, and finalizes all bids that we send out, from 2,000 square foot office fit outs to 53,000 square foot laboratories.

When he is not at Gardner/Fox, Pat can be found spending time with his family. He and his wife have 8 children and 4 grandchildren. His family is spread out across the country, but interestingly enough, he sees at least one of his many children every day; his daughter Joanna works with him as a commercial estimator right here at Gardner/Fox.

Aside from traveling to see his children, Pat enjoys boating, skiing, and snow boarding. Pat and his family are active members at Vineyard Community Church, and he also mentors at a local robotics club!

We asked Pat if he had any fun plans for the Holiday’s, and he told us they are always fun! All of his family will be coming in visit and they hope to sneak in a ski trip at some point.

Pat, we appreciate all that you do for us, and all that you have done for the past 23 years, we wouldn’t be where we are without you!

Each and every project Gardner/Fox works on receives our unending commitment to make the difficult EASY!  That is why we enjoy partnering with Dave Stimmel of Stimmel Design Group, his ability to see tremendous possibilities in every circumstance helps our clients envision the unique potential of their spaces, delivering beautifully unique projects that they will love for a lifetime.

Award Winning Kitchen Featured in Trends Magazine

Each one of Dave’s projects is unique and individual, which is what he loves best about his career. He has been designing cabinetry (as well as other things) since the young age of 16, and started with his own company in 99’. His projects speak for themselves, and with his use of practical design and attention to detail, he has become a popular choice for, not only in our region, but nationally as well. He now has studios in Bryn Mawr and Blue Bell, but will travel pretty much anywhere to further his craft and help his clients.

Finished Basement and Bar

Dave’s award-winning  cabinetry design has been featured on HGTV and tons of publications like This Old House, Trends, and Signature Kitchens and Baths. Most recently, Dave won the International Design Award from Designer Kitchen and Bathroom for his design of a kitchen in Woodmont.  He takes pride in every project he works on, big or small, and loves a challenge.

National Kitchen of the Year Award Winner

Our relationship with Stimmel Design Group began about 15 years ago when we worked together with Dave and another architect on a project, truly a team effort! Since then, Dave has worked with Gardner/Fox on countless projects, many of which have won awards (including one of the partner’s homes)!

Finished Basement with Wine Cellar


“Always expect the unexpected, and don’t get worried, each instance of imperfection is an opportunity to change and make the project better.”

-Dave Stimmel  

In the spirit thankfulness, we would like to express ours, by putting Jonathan Hahs in the Employee Spotlight!

Jonathan is a Project Manager in our commercial division.  He is responsible for overseeing jonathan-hahsa number of our larger commercial projects, from the initial walk through to the final check list. Most importantly, Jonathan makes sure his projects are completed on time, and accurately. One of his recently completed jobs was UAS headquarters in Paoli. When he is not on site or in the office Jonathan can be found working on projects around his home. He can also be found, family man that he is, vacationing at Myrtle beach with his wife and two daughters. Thank you for everything you do Jonathan!

The holidays have arrived, and what better way to show how grateful we are than to donate to a wonderful cause? Gardner/Fox will be collecting donations for Philabundance through the end of December.

In case you’ve never heard, Philabundance provides food and access to services to three-quarters of a million people at risk of hunger and food insecurity. Founded in 1984, Philabundance has become the largest hunger relief organization in 7fe4829970ed9ca7862daa4c1db9a516the Delaware Valley. To find out more about this charity, you can visit their website, by clicking on the banner above.

We’re excited to be helping out such a fantastic cause, and we’d love to extend the invitation to you! The more the merrier! All non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Gardner/Fox office at 919 Glenbrook Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, or you can call to schedule a pick up by calling 610-525-8305. All donations must be received before December 31st.

If you have any questions, please email rhammond@gardnerfox.com.