In 2002 Gardner/Fox completed the completed the design and renovation to a 100-year-old home in Wayne, PA. Our client needed an update to their master suite that fit a more modern life style. While the suite itself turned out beautifully, the truly impressive portion of the renovation was the bathroom. The updates were complete with an all new glass surround shower and marble whirlpool surround tub. The custom built-in cabinetry gave our clients the storage space they needed and was topped with matching marble counter tops. Although the bathroom was updated, the traditional design was consistent with the historic look and feel of the home. 

This year Gardner/Fox placed first in the Kitchen and Bath Design Awards! Our Country Chic basement won first place in the Specialty Project category, which you can read all about here. We’re very proud of this achievement and everyone who played a role in the project, most importantly, our fantastic client! You can check out more about the project here, and to see more images, check it out Houzz!

 

In 2003 Gardner/Fox provided design and construction services to a client who was looking for an open floor plan! Prior to the renovation, the dated kitchen was dark and closed off from the rest of the first floor. Gardner/Fox reconstructed the load bearing walls to create an open floor plan, connecting the kitchen to the open dining and family rooms. After the major floor plan adjustments came the updating! The kitchen received all new custom cherry cabinetry, which works well with the beautiful granite counter tops and mosaic tile back splash. A matching breakfast bar/cooking island was installed, complete with a built-in range. The finishing touch was the oak hardwood flooring, which matched the flooring throughout the rest of the home.  

For this month’s project spotlight we are featuring a gardner’s paradise!

Tucked away in the heart of Villanova sits a beautiful home surrounded by a tenderly and meticulously cared for outdoor space. As anyone with a green thumb knows, it takes hard work and dedication to grow and maintain a garden with a whole variety of plants and flowers and our clients are no different. Their home is surrounded by hand selected trees, a variety of flowers, and multiple vegetable gardens, all which our clients care for themselves. As the gardens grew, so did their need for storage and most importantly an indoor work space. With a little luck, and a bit of searching, we helped our clients add the perfect barn to their property!  

The barn was purchased through a great company, Country Carpenters, located in Hebron, Connecticut. Country pre-cuts and ships construction materials for custom designed barns. After deciding on the perfect design and color, the barn was shipped to our home owners, and Gardner/Fox went to work.

The one story barn is 764 square feet, and includes a garage, storage, and workshop space. Originally, the barn did not include plumbing, or shelving, but we were there to assist, adding those features once we completed the construction. The workshop now includes a utility sink surrounded by durable, easy to clean, granite counter tops. We added brick flooring and open pendent lighting which enhance the barns already rustic feel.

In the back of the barn, a large storage area gives our clients all the space they need for equipment and tools. The wide barn door allows easy access to the outside, for any heavy-duty machinery.

We had to mention a few of the finer details of the space. Outside, Artisans of the Anvil (a Pennsylvania based iron works artisan) handcrafted the tulip light and iron basket hangers that accent the barn so beautifully. You can visit them online, here.

And that’s how we helped create a functional gardening space, disguised as a beautiful eye-catching barn, right in the heart of Villanova! To see more of this project, visit us on houzz!

In 2004 Gardner/Fox designed and renovated a 3,000 square foot basement into an entertainment paradise! The completed basement included a game room, home theater, and custom oak wet bar! The finishing touch was the climate controlled exercise room, complete with a full wall of mirrors and built in T.V.

In 2005 Gardner/Fox designed and constructed custom renovations and multiple additions to this 1960’s colonial home. The project was designed to replicate the farmhouse look of the home, while incorporating all of the modern conveniences inside.

The additions increased the living space on both floors of the home. The first addition included the enlargement of the kitchen, which was also renovated to include new granite counter tops and commercial grade appliances. The second addition gave our clients the space for a new family room with vaulted ceilings, and a new sunroom, which included radiant in-floor heating, for use even in the winter months.

This month we are bringing you Mr. Bill Walker! Although he is relatively new to the GFA crew (3 years), he has made quite an impact in his role as Director of Business development and Commercial Pre-Construction Services. He works closely with our commercial clients to help find solutions for their construction needs, as well as heads up our marketing and development teams.

His background in construction and earlier experience working with a commercial construction firm in Lancaster, PA, makes him a valuable member of our team. He brings insight and knowledge that help our clients to see the different possibilities their projects can offer.

Although he is often out meeting with clients, Bill is always working hard and gaining insight on how to take Gardner/Fox to new levels. In his free time he enjoys reading about different businesses, how they  operate, and reaching out to other colleagues and companies to learn about their work.

He enjoys his time off, spending it with his wife, Cora, and his three children, Matt, Tom, and Alli. They enjoy hiking, barbecuing, and other outside activities, like yard work (just kidding, Bill has teenagers to do that). One very interesting fact about Bill, which his children recently brought to his attention (and asked him to stop), is that when they go on hikes, he picks up trash along the way.  He likes to think that picking up at least one piece each time will help the park look nicer.

You keeping working hard Bill, we admire your dedication, and so does Mother Nature!

 

It’s hard to believe this kitchen was renovated 11 years ago, because it still looks fresh in 2017! In 2006 Gardner/Fox designed and expanded the cramped kitchen in this 1940’s home, as well as a new entry and mud room! The original kitchen was dated, and as you can see by the before photo, in dire need of an expansion.

Gardner/Fox designed an addition that expanded the kitchen an additional 20 square-feet, which gave our client the space they needed to create their dream kitchen. The new transitional space was complete with all white cabinetry, a subway tile back splash, and lime stone counter tops. The new kitchen island and custom refrigerator panels work as a nice contrast to the bright white cabinetry, and help to incorporate the oak wood floors into the space.

In this project, we designed and built a modern master bathroom with plenty of space and amenities to spare.

The original master bathroom was dark, tight space, and was lacking in modern features. The large jacuzzi tub and shower took up unnecessary space, as well as the in-bathroom linen closet. The single vanity was lacking in storage, and made it difficult for more than one person to be in the space at a time. Our client wanted an open, airy, and uncluttered space, with a modern look.

First, in order to enlarge the space, Gardner/Fox removed the small linen closet and pushed into the hallway that lead from the master bedroom to the owner’s closet and bath. This extended the room an extra 51 square feet, which was all that we needed to create an open and airy space.

To begin, we installed porcelain floor tile, for a clean crisp look. Next, came the installation of the gorgeous beveled crystal chandelier, which gave the space a touch of luxury (not to mention the matching crystal pendants that line the vanity and make-up counter).

After lights, came the most important elements, the shower and tub! We used the expanded space to create a glass enclosed shower, with gloss white tiles and river shell accent bands made from freshwater shells. The shower features a Kohler Digital Showering system, that provides control over all of the shower components, including the ultra-massage body jets and rain shower head. The freestanding tub is the perfect place to soak after a long day at work. It features an extra deep basin, plus a tub filler and detachable sprayer. 

After the plumbing came the custom built-in cabinetry and vanity, with his and hers sinks! This provided our home owner with the storage they needed, while also doubling the original amount of counter space. The dark wood built-in cabinetry provides a bold contrast to the Calcutta Nuvo quartz counter tops, and the Swarovski crystal knobs give even the drawers a touch of luxury.

Across from the vanity, sits a perfectly sized floating make-up counter, with extra storage space and matching quartz counter top.

There you have it, a modern spa bathroom, with space to spare, and plenty of options for relaxation. To see more pictures, check out our houzz page!

 

What do you do when you have a beautiful pool, a lack of entertaining space, and two cars without a place to go at night? You build a pool house/garage of course! And that is exactly what Gardner/Fox designed and constructed for our clients in 2007.

The new mixed-use detached structure was designed to match the clients existing home, from the beautiful open-trellis to the windows and paint. Inside, the structure holds a kitchenette, bath, changing area, in addition to the two car garage. With the additional space on the second floor, the clients decided it would be the perfect spot for an all new media room.

Outside, Gardner/Fox created a custom built-in stone fireplace/grill, installed privacy fencing, and provided landscaping services to create the perfect summer retreat!