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.


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!)
Black Rock Tile, Heshy Bregman
Instant Air, Lou Riemer
Claude Reinhart Painting, Keith Reinhart
Village Handcrafted Cabinetry, Joe Trave
L. Liberato Steel, Lou Liberato
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.

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!