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…

Ceasarstone's Calacatta Nuvo White Countertop
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.

 Caesarstone London Grey
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.

Ceasarstone Quartz Reflections White Countertop
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!

Bianca Quartzite White Countertop

Bianca Quartzite

Honed Pegasus Quartzite

Honed Pegasus Quartzite

Sapori Di Mare Quartzite

Sapori Di Mare Quartzite

Luci Di Luna Quartzite

Luci Di Luna Quartzite

Super White Quartzite

Super White

Hope that’s helpful!

2015 Wizards vs FLITE Basketball FundraiserHey guys, just wanted to let you know about a cool event we’re sponsoring. Friday and Saturday March 20 & 21 at 7:00 PM, the Harlem Wizards are taking on a team of T/E teachers, administrators and students. You won’t want to miss this fun night of trick hoops and alley-oops! This exciting community event raises money to support FLITE-funded programs in the Tredyffrin/Easttown school district. You can buy tickets online starting February 10. Click here for more information.


This is such a cute kids bath with a few functional aspects we just had to share. First, with more than one kiddo, a double sink is a must. That’s one less argument you’ll have to hear about who is going to brush their teeth first! And with that in mind, check out the artwork; we love the gentle reminder. And since sinks are often just a tad too high, a step stool is essential. In the shower, green pebble-shaped accent tiles run vertically for a twist on a classic. A sliding shower head ensures a comfortable shower for everyone.
Kids Hall Bath Renovation Philadelphia
The fresh green tiles aren’t too juvenile, so the kids won’t outgrow it quickly. Meyer’s hand soap keeps germs and grime at bay while the brightly striped tissue box adds a touch of whimsy.
We are quite thrilled to be named the “Best of Houzz” for the second year in a row. The award is given in two categories — Design and Customer Satisfaction – and we won both!
Design award winners’ exhibited work that was the most popular among more than 25 million monthly users on the Houzz site. Customer Satisfaction honors were determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners received a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profile, helping to identify a professional’s popularity and satisfaction rating.
Wayne, PA Porch Addition

Traditional Porch by Bryn Mawr Design-Build Firm Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc was selected as one of the most popular home design images from the Philadelphia region.

“We are thrilled to achieve this distinction for the second year in a row, especially since it includes customer satisfaction. Our top priority has always been serving our clients and earning their respect, and it’s encouraging to be recognized for excellence in design and craftsmanship,” said firm partner and architect Mark Fox.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Gardner/Fox among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
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Kitchen Renovation Before & After Malvern PA
The former L-shaped kitchen lacked proper storage and style.  During the renovation, a few walls were removed and powder room relocated to create an open floorplan. The new U-shaped kitchens offers a more spacious dining and cooking area with a center island and attractive finishes. White cabinets replaced dark and dated wood for a bright and welcoming effect.

Bathroom Shower Renovation PhiladelphiaPeople often ask us for our opinion on whether or not they should do something to their home, based on resale value. Our opinion is always that you should do what YOU want and not worry about resale value (within reason and your own financial strength). The renovation will almost always cost more than the return, so do it because you want it. Does this mean you should tile all the walls in your bathroom bright orange? Probably not. But if you want to swap out that seldom-used soaking tub for a more spacious floor plan and to-die-for shower – absolutely!

Second Floor Addition Renovation Plan Devon PA

Second Floor Addition/Renovation Plan

On the second floor, a spacious master bath and closet were added to create an official master suite. The existing master bath was gutted and transformed into closet storage for the neighboring bedroom. The hall bath was reworked to include a larger walk-in shower and attractive new finishes.
Renovated Master Bath Addition Devon
The addition of a spacious master bath and walk-in closet gave the homeowner’s the space and privacy they had been missing.

Renovated Wet Shower Devon
Careful planning of the shower space eliminated the need for a door or curtain. The door-less shower was positioned so that moisture and over-spray are contained to water-resistant areas.

Renovated Master Bath Vanity Devon
A large new vanity offers loads of storage and his-and-her sinks. Its position near the door makes it readily accessible upon entering the room.

Renovated  Bathroom Devon
In the kid’s bath, a bump-out expanded the shower from a tub/shower combo to a walk-in shower. All-new cabinets and materials like this dark wood vanity updated it with today’s style.

2 story addition devon paBefore & After AdditionWe removed the entire right wing of the house (which included a breakfast room and garage) and stitched on a brand new two-story addition that blends perfectly with the home’s classic colonial style. Exterior architectural details help the addition to blend perfectly with the home’s classic colonial style. Exterior finishes include James Hardie Artisan lap-siding, long-lasting Azek trim boards, and stucco.
White Kitchen Renovation Devon, PA
The kitchen’s expanded footprint and attractive new finishes have helped it to become much more functional. Subtle furniture detailing on the central island provides a wonderful focal point, while also picking up on style cues from the rest of the home.
Breakfast Room Addition Main Line
The new breakfast room opens to the rear patio and includes a media station.
Mudroom Addition Philadelphia
The adjacent mudroom repeats the kitchen’s Shaker-style cabinetry and corrals jackets, boots and backpacks.

Demolition Plan

First Floor Demolition Plan

These floorplans give you a better idea of what happened. The small kitchen was under-perfoming as the central hub of family activity. It opened to a small breakfast room, but a peninsula of cabinets blocked the flow from room to room and just didn’t feel spacious enough. The existing kitchen, breakfast room, and garage were entirely removed.

First Floor Renovation Plan

First Floor Renovation Plan

Extending the breakfast room a few feet in the back and the front made a huge contribution to the kitchen’s square footage. The renovation plan elongated the footprint of the breakfast room to meet the front wall of the kitchen and a mudroom entry was added just beyond that. The garage addition was tucked behind the mudroom, easing the transition into the main living area.

Stay tuned for the second floor!

With the last days of summer long gone, you may be thinking of the harsh winter months ahead.  In a last ditch effort to extend the season, we encourage you to move the party outside!  We love how these outdoor living areas can be enjoyed in warm or cool weather.

Patio Addition in Villanova
The best thing about this covered patio addition – besides the rough-hewn timber framing – is that there are retractable Phantom screens that allow the structure to be fully open or closed with the touch of a button. Don’t you just love technology?

Patio Addition in Malvern PA
Flagstone pavers lead from the rear patio to a simple stone firepit surrounded by Adirondack-style wooden chairs. Picture the sun setting with a fire blazing and a few good friends gathered ’round while sipping on a glass of your favorite adult beverage. Who’s with me?

Flagstone Patio Addition in South Wayne Historic District
The arched openings of this fireplace match historic details of the main house. The flagstone patio is so Main Line.

Rear Porch Addition in Malvern, PA
This covered rear porch offers summer shade and cozy fires in late autumn or early spring. Here’s a super-cool feature – the stacked stone fireplace is double-sided! Inside, it’s a pizza oven.

Poolhouse Construction in Malvern, PA
The architect designed this poolhouse so it could be completely open or closed, depending on the season. Sliding barn doors accomplish this feat with architectural appeal. Salvaged timber framing reflects the farmhouse aesthetic of the main house.


Love these spaces? Get your own! Gardner/Fox designs and builds patios, poolhouses and porches too! Contact us today to get started.