Happy Spring! Now that we’re seeing the light at the end of the winter tunnel, we’d like to turn it to one of our employees! For March, we’d like to present Mr. Robert Dunner!

Robert has been a part of the GFA crew for two and half years now, as a superintendent. Prior to that, he owned his own design/build company in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specializing in LEED certified and passive solar homes. His extensive knowledge of home building and vast experience made him the perfect candidate for our residential construction team. He recently switched over to our commercial team, to work at our beautiful Stoneleigh Project.  The versatility he has displayed in the switch between the residential and commercial construction worlds has proven what an asset he is at Gardner/Fox.

Speaking of Stoneleigh, he told us that it has been his favorite project so far! In fact, he said, “We are helping to transition a beautiful estate into a public garden in Villanova. The project is diverse in scope and the setting is beautiful. I’m also looking forward to sharing our work with my family and friends.”

In his downtime, Robert loves to spend time with his wife, Anna, and their wonderful son and daughter. Additional, he spends his time serving within his church community, and hanging out with his friends and neighbors. If there is time left over, he enjoys reading and working the wood shop, a true craftsman! One fact that he would like everyone to know, he used to be a high school History and Philosophy teacher. Talk about a career change! Thank you for everything you do Robert, and keep up the awesome work!

Gardner/Fox recently completed this country themed basement in Chester County! The 2,560 square foot unfinished basement gave the family a large canvas to create a unique space.

The reclaimed wood wrapped beams and stone walls throughout give the space a rustic character, with all of the modern comforts a family could need. The motivation to finish their basement was to create a space where they could all be together, while simultaneously incorporating each of their own unique interests.

The first stop on the tour is a Gardner/Fox first, the gymnastics room. The client wanted to create a place where their daughter could practice her craft, and we delivered. The room is complete with ceiling to floor mirrors, a ballet bar, and rubber flooring in the event of a fall. There is also access to a storage space along the back wall.

Through the sliding barn door and across the hall is the one of a kind spa bathroom. The custom made sink is built from limestone and reclaimed wood. The spa shower has a beautiful niche, bench, and stone floor. The reclaimed wood was also used to create shelves, for added storage.

In the main living space, you can find the family room, poker table, and bar. As you can see, the sectional sofa is extra large, ensuring that everyone has enough space on movie night. Another fun feature to the family room is the popcorn machine and candy counter!

Behind the sofa, we come to the wet bar. The custom bar, thanks to Village Handcrafted Cabinetry, is the center piece of this brand new basement. It is complete with a soapstone counter top, copper sink, and built in mini-fridge. Conveniently, the bar is located directly between the custom built wine wall, and leather poker table.

The poker table’s gray chairs match the bar stools, and the color of the niche bench. Check out the cool camouflage behind the bench! The panel is actually removable and allows the home owners access to the mechanical system.

Finally, we come through the commercial grade glass sliding doors to the in-home gym. The room also includes wall to ceiling mirrors, as well as hidden storage beneath the stairs for towels or spare weights.


For February’s employee spotlight, we’ve chosen someone new to the GFA crew!  Brandon Schiff joined us about 10 months ago as an estimator for our commercial division.  Often working on projects long before construction begins, Brandon generates cost estimates with input from our well qualifies network of subcontractors and vendors. 

Before starting with Gardner/Fox, Brandon studied mechanical engineering at The College of New Jersey.  As a student, he also worked as an electrician’s assistant, which provided him with valuable insight and experience for his current position. 

When asked what his favorite project has been so far, Brandon indicated that it was The Inn at Penn.  This was his first project to move forward into constructionyou can read more about it, here.

When he isn’t working, Brandon enjoys playing soccer on local leagues in his home town, and coaching his local youth soccer league.  He also enjoys biking, and playing, writing, and listening to music.  One interesting fact?  Brandon can play over 6 instruments, talk about talent!  We’re so happy to have you on board Brandon!

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

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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!