Before the addition, the rear of the home opened to a decent-sized rear patio, but lacked character and depth. Plus, there was a big empty space for the pool that the family really wanted. The addition of a wrap around porch increased the family’s lounge space and provided an inviting escape overlooking the lush backyard and brand new pool. Ceiling fans and a fireplace extend the family’s porch season almost year-round. The corner gazebo and standing seam metal room add a ton of charm to the previously bland elevation. A bit of stonework, a waterfall feature and professional landscaping complete the look.
Creamy neutrals abound in this Bryn Mawr classic master bath renovation. A clever rearrangement, handsome cabinetry and borrowed space make all the difference in this room. The use of honed marble and cream cabinetry established the luxurious yet casual feel the homeowners were after. Mirrored cabinet fronts add visual interest and a bit of “pop and sparkle” to the subdued palette.
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1 — Frameless Yorkshire Cabinetry in White with Champagne Glaze from Adelphi Kitchens
2 — Polished Botticino Semi Classico Marble Vanity Top from Michael Adesso Marble & Granite
3 — Perrin & Rowe® Georgian Era Column Spout Widespread Faucet in Satin Nickel from Ferguson
4 — Hudson Valley Lighting Glenford 2-Light Wall Sconce, Antique Nickel from Bright Light Design Center
5 — Honed Cappuccino Basketweave Mosaic Marble with Amazon Dots from Gravena Tile
Gardner/Fox hosted a subcontractor and vendor appreciation night at the Phillies game last Thursday which also raised over $2,700 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A great time was had by all and a great cause was served! If you’d like to donate to the fight against blood cancer, please follow this link now! The campaign ends today.
Queen Street, Philadelphia– Before the renovation, the dated kitchen was squeezed into a relatively small space at the rear of the home and lacked a dining area. The architect reconfigured the floorplan to move the kitchen to the more expansive front room (previously the family room). Swapping the spaces accommodates a more functional workspace in the kitchen complete with an island and dining area. Pale gray cabinets paired with a stacked stone backsplash and stormy gray quartz countertops give the kitchen a modern edge.
French doors connect the rear patio with the family room so that family living can easily flow from space to space, indoors to out.
Floating shelves offer clean-lined storage and display.
At the far end of the island, the inviting kitchen nook combines a modern loveseat, classic mid-century chairs, abstract artwork and a cheerful color scheme. The result is an inviting command post, conversation center and dining spot.
A pot filler located just above the range makes boiling water fast and easy.
Before the renovation, a flat-topped kneewall enclosed the stairway. It was replaced with a glass panel railing that contributes to the clean, modern interior.
Before The existing galley kitchen was crammed into the rear of the home and offered no dining area. Although cozy and inviting, the fireplace in the living room jutted into the room’s valuable square footage. After The kitchen and living room swapped spaces during the renovation and the fireplace was entirely removed in the interest of maximizing floor space. The reconfiguration gave the kitchen much-needed breathing room and also accommodated a cozy dining nook. In the renovated family room, a new gas fireplace is flanked by built-in bookcases that maximize functional storage and modern style.
As you can see here, the kitchen faced the family room along a knee wall that separated the two rooms. There’s a nice big window at the far end of the kitchen, but the cabinetry stops about 3/4 of the way through the room, so the workspace was pushed to one end and away from natural light sources.
The existing cabinetry isn’t half bad, but it’s definitely not taking advantage of the kitchen’s ample footprint. In addition, the bi-level island was overtaken by a cooktop and left little room for food prep. The door to the left leads to a stairway that we opened up. See below.
Together with the client, we came up with a more functional layout and a classic look with creamy cabinets, a built-in desk and message center and a multifunctional island with a prep sink. Removing the knee wall ensured that the main entertaining areas flowed together.
Many thanks to our vendors and subcontractors for joining GARDNER/FOX in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the year campaign to raise funds for blood cancer research. Our latest champions of hope to aid the cause are:
Tague Lumber (who went BIG and became a Silver Sponsor!) www.taguelumber.com
Black Rock Tile, Heshy Bregman
Instant Air, Lou Riemer hvacinstantair.com
Claude Reinhart Painting, Keith Reinhart www.reinhartpainting.com
Village Handcrafted Cabinetry, Joe Trave www.villagehandcrafted.com
L. Liberato Steel, Lou Liberato liberatosteel.com
All money raised will be used to research cures for blood cancer. If you’d like to contribute, use this link to support the cause! Donate Now!
Public Service Announcement! Ardmore Library’s annual Kitchen Tour is about a month away. Go ahead and block it off on your calendar.
Sunday April 26 from 1-4 p.m.
If you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen (or any other room, for that matter), the tour is a really great way to get ideas, inspiration, and general information about materials, vendors, builders, architects, etc. Although you should know by know that if you’re looking for a top-notch renovation firm, we’re your huckleberry.
Kitchens and baths with milky white counters and backsplashes are everywhere these days. And it’s easy to see why: white makes a space look bigger and airier and enhances other design elements. But which ones are the best? We’re glad you asked…
We particularly like Ceasarstone’s Quartz counter tops. Especially Calcatta Nuvo (pictured above) or London Grey (pictured below). These both look great with white kitchens or dark grey cabinets. Perhaps even espresso islands paired with white cabinets at the perimeter.
Ceasarstone surfaces are virtually care free because the surface is hard and nonporous. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to maintain its luster.
For a kids bath, a favorite white counter top is Caesarstone’s Quartz Reflections. Shiny pieces of glass give it a cool reflective quality AND it’s composed of recycled material that’s extremely low maintenance. Kids dig it ’cause it’s different & has some bling.
For those of you that want real stone & don’t mind a little bit of maintenance or paying more for something unique, our favorites: Bianca Quartzite, Honed Pegasus, Sapori Di Mare, Luci Di Luna, and Super White. All have properties of granite with white, grey, and sometimes green veining characteristically found in granite or marble. All look great in classic kitchens & baths!
Hope that’s helpful!