original_thank-you-very-much-letterpress-cardA great big thank you to our generous business partners who, along with Gardner/Fox, helped team YOLO (You Only Live Once!) raise nearly $82,000 in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign. These folks come up big day in and day out on our renovations, and they came up big again in supporting a great cause!
Our generous donors and business partners:
Acoustics Plus
Addesso Marble and Granite
Black Rock Tile
Body-Borneman
Capri Painting
City Cleaning Company, Inc.
Claude Reinhart
Clearwater Concrete
Devon Tile and Design
DMI Home Supply
Herman Goldner Co., Inc.
Instant Air LLC
L. Liberato Steel Fabricating
Len Sciulli & Sons
Marano Electric
Momenee Survey Group
Oliver Sprinkler
Select Demolition Services
Suburban Overhead Doors
Tague Lumber
Tandem Associates
Tighe Elecrical Inc
Village Handcrafted Cabinetry

Porch and Pool Addition Malvern PABefore 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.

Neutral Master Bath Renovation Bryn Mawr
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.

Like it? Get the Look:
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

Phillies Subcontractor Party and MWOY Benefit

In the photo, L to R: Our very own Mark Pennington and Brook Gardner, David Oliver (Oliver Fire Protection and Service), Barry Burkholder (Burkholder Landscaping), Brian McGettigan (Oliver Fire Protection and Service).

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.

http://www.mwoy.org/pages/epa/philly15/DonateNow?fundraiserPageURL=http://www.mwoy.org/pages/epa/philly15/mpenningto

Philadelphia Kitchen Renovation
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.
Before Renovation

Existing Family Room

Before Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia

Existing Kitchen

Renovated Family Room Philadelphia Row Home
French doors connect the rear patio with the family room so that family living can easily flow from space to space, indoors to out.
Philadelphia Kitchen Renovation
Floating shelves offer clean-lined storage and display.
Philadelphia Kitchen Renovation
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.
Modern Pot Filler Stacked Stone Backsplash
A pot filler located just above the range makes boiling water fast and easy.
Glass Panel Stair Renovation Philadelphia
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.
Philadelphia Townhome Renovation
Floorplan Before Renovation

Before Renovation

Philadelphia Townhome 1st Floor Renovation Plan

After Renovation


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.

Before Kitchen Renovation Bryn Mawr
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.

Before Bryn Mawr Kitchen Renovation
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.

Bryn Mawr Kitchen Renovation
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.

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Man & Woman of the YearMany 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!

White Kitchen with Contrasting Rich Wood Island
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…

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.