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.

two story addition in Wayne. pa
We removed the entire right wing of the house (which included the existing breakfast room and garage) and stitched on a brand new two-story addition that blends perfectly with the home’s classic colonial style. Inside, the addition accommodates a much larger kitchen and breakfast area, a new mudroom, and 2-car garage with a new master bath and walk-in closet above. James Hardie Artisan lap-siding covers the exterior along with long-lasting Azek trim boards and stucco to match the original.

Kitchen Condo Renovation Philadelphia
You’re renovation should be all about what YOU love, not the hottest trend on HGTV. If you’re not the soak-in-the-suds type, nix that big tub and spend your remodeling dollars on something that you will truly enjoy and use regularly.

Office Condo Renovation Philadelphia
Case in point, the owner of the renovated condo pictured here is a surgeon and as such spends all her days in super-bright sterile environments. She specifically requested dim lighting and a warm rich environment in which she could rest her eyes and relax. This choice bucks the trend of installing bright white cabinetry and big open windows, but it works for the homeowner. And it’s quite striking, if we do say so our self.

Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia
Before the renovation, a peninsula separated the kitchen and breakfast room, making both rooms feel smaller. The peninsula was removed and a central island installed instead. Moving the doorway to the right left room for the fridge at the other end of the kitchen. The resulting space feels much more spacious, even though the square footage remains the same. Creamy new cabinets, granite countertops, a paneled refrigerator and glass globe pendants polish off the kitchen with modern-day style.

Villanova Kitchen Remodel Featured in National Magazine
We are pleased to report that one of our kitchen renovations has been featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Signature Kitchen & Baths magazine (page 40). Give it a gander next time you’re at Lowe’s, Home Depot or Barnes & Noble. We especially love how the classic white cabinetry contrasts with the espresso stained island for a distinct look. If you love white kitchens this Ideabook is for you.

Kitchen Renovation with Banquette Built-In
Banquette seating in a kitchen saves space, brings pattern and color to the room through fabric and creates a cozy spot for meals. Plus, it can be designed to match any kitchen style. Banquettes can be custom built by a finish carpenter, purchased as a bench from a cabinet manufacturer or assembled from cabinet parts.