In 2014 Gardner/Fox fulfilled this client’s wish list for a larger kitchen and master bathroom retreat! The previously narrow kitchen was renovated and expanded into the adjacent dining room area. The new space has a modern feel with all stainless steel appliances, custom made dark wood cabinetry, silestone counter tops, and a glass mosaic back splash.

In the master bathroom Gardner/Fox created a serene spa escape with a pebble floor shower, glass mosaic tiles, and floor to ceiling gray slate tile. Want to see more? Click here to check out our houzz page!

 

Every year, Remodeling magazine surveys the nations full-service remodelers, contractors, restorations firms, and franchises, ranking them based on growth and total revenue. The favorable economic conditions and strong growth of the construction community were proven with the record high revenues of 2016.  Gardner/Fox placed 12th out of the top 550 contractors, and was the only firm in Pennsylvania to make the top 25! We’re very proud of our achievements and growth in 2016, and hope to continue the trend for next year!

Meet Bill Damato, our employee for May’s Employee Spotlight!

Bill has been with Gardner/Fox as a residential project manager for 11 years, but has been working in construction for much longer. Prior to joining our team he owned his own general contracting business. He has since brought our team years of invaluable experience.

His favorite project during his time with Gardner/Fox has been the renovation on Country Club Road, in Gladwyn, PA.  The project boasted phenomenal marble, onyx, and custom woodwork throughout its design, and Bill enjoyed working on the project with our fantastic clients.

At home, Bill enjoys spending time with his lovely family, including his wife, three daughters and three grandchildren. When he isn’t working in someone else’s home, he can be found working on his own or tending to his garden.  Bill also coaches softball – a past time to which he has been loyal for 18 years.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication Bill! We couldn’t do it without you!

Piggy backing off of yesterday’s good news, we’ve decided to showcase our award winning kitchen for this week’s 30 Years in 30 Weeks segment!

In 2015 Gardner/Fox renovated this historic home in Wayne. When our clients came to us in need of an update, we designed an open floor plan to connect the kitchen and dining room, while keeping the classic style of the home intact. On the second floor, we renovated the master bathroom. The open shower and white mosaic tile created a modern spa retreat in this historic home.

 

 

We’re very proud to announce that we’ve placed second in the Traditional Kitchen category of Sub-Zero and Wolf’s Kitchen Design competition for 2017! Although they have not yet announced the winners, we would like to give you a sneak peek at our award winning kitchen!

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Welcome to our historic Main Line kitchen renovation. This home, originally built as a dormitory for the nearby Valley Forge Military Academy in 1921, needed an upgrade for its small and closed off kitchen. Gardner/Fox created an open floor plan concept, creating an all in one kitchen and dining room.

This traditional beauty received all new white cabinetry with marble counter tops and back splashes. The custom island is topped with a hearty butchers block, which accentuates the wide oak plank hardwood flooring. A custom built overlay was designed for the newly installed Sub-Zero refrigerator, creating a seamless wall of cabinetry, to complete the kitchen’s clean and classic look.

We’re so proud of this project and to the team involved. To see more images on our Houzz, click here.

This week we’re taking it back a year! This beautiful renovation took place in a historic home in Bryn Mawr. Gardner/Fox renovated the client’s kitchen, bar, mud room, powder room, family room and pantry, but that’s the just first floor! On the second floor, Gardner/Fox completed a total renovation of the master bathroom, master living space, and two guest bathrooms! You can read more about this project on our blog by clicking here, or just check out more of the photos on our houzz, here.

We’ve decided to kick off our 30 weeks in 30 years with the most recent projects and work our way back!

This year, Gardner/Fox completed a beautiful multi-room renovation to this 1930’s estate. The renovation included the master bedroom, office, master bath, kitchen, breeze way, patio enclosure, and completion of the basement to include an in home gym and bar. If you want to see more of this beautiful project (which we highly recommend)  check out our Houzz site here.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc. one of the Main Line’s oldest and largest construction firms. Throughout its history and growth, the firm has been involved in hundreds of projects in the Philadelphia area and as far away as Washington, D.C. and New York.

Mark Fox and Brook Gardner joined together in 1987 with a love for designing and building, and look how far they’ve come. Gardner/Fox now employs a team of over 50 individual architects, designers, engineers, and project managers. Without our highly-skilled and dedicated employees, we would not have made it to this milestone. We would also like to thank our industry associates and vendors for their support over the years.

Most of all we would like to thank you, our clients! Without you, none of our projects would be possible.

To commemorate this exciting step, we’re going to take a walk back through time! Each week we’ll be posting a project from a different year that we’ve been in business. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some retro design inspiration from 1980’s.

We’re so excited to be sharing this monumental occasion with all of you. It is our goal to continue providing you, our clients, with the legendary service synonymous with the Gardner/Fox name.

We know that the saying is April showers bring May flowers, but we’re hoping to give them a little sunshine too with this month’s Employee Spotlight! This month we are featuring the ever motivated, Mrs. Joanna Trago.

Joanna has officially been with Gardner/Fox since 2006, but briefly before she went into the U.S. Marines, she worked with us as a field carpenter. After she returned, she began working with her father, Patrick Baker as a commercial estimator. She is now second in command in the commercial estimating department and has a hand in almost every commercial estimate that goes out of our doors.

Joanna has seen hundreds of sets of plans and drawings, and her favorite project so far has been the renovation of the maternity ward at Pennsylvania Hospital. The maternity ward remained opened during the renovations, therefore, it required extensive temporary protection and a complex phasing plan. “Generating the estimate involved conferring with our designers and project management team to determine the best guidance to offer our subcontractors during the bidding effort.” Joanna enjoys the challenges that come with estimating.

As if 40 hours a week wasn’t enough, she also volunteers her estimating skills to the Community Design Collaborative (CDC). She helps develop design and estimate packages that can be used to request grants for small business owners, educational facilities, institutional facilities, and community initiatives. Joanna was actually a finalist in the CDC’s Community Design Awards last year! You can actually read about it here.

Not only does Joanna kick butt in the estimating department, but she kicks butt in real life! A fun fact about Joanna is that in addition to being a Marine, she has a black belt in Shotokan Karate. She has competed and won numerous competitions, and occasionally teaches at a local dojo.

When Joanna is not running out for permits or sending out estimates, she can be found studying. She is currently working towards acquiring her Accounting & Finance degree. When she finally finds down time, she enjoys spending it with her husband and dog, fixing up their newly purchased home.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication Joanna, we wouldn’t be here without you!

When this beautiful Devon home became an empty nest, our clients decided it was time to update. The home, built in 1955, was in need of a brighter, and more modern look. In addition to an update in style, the homeowners expressed the need for more storage space.

To begin the transformation of the classic home, Gardner/Fox renovated the sitting area on the first floor of the home. A new gas fireplace was installed, as well as all new oak hard floors. 
Next, the client expressed the need for more storage in the butler’s pantry. Gardner/Fox worked closely with Sterling Kitchen and Bath to create eye-catching storage solutions. The custom pieces were designed and installed with the homeowner’s style in mind. To keep in the classic style, Old German style glass cabinet doors were installed on both the butler’s pantry and butlers hutch. The cabinetry is accented by the black walnut counter top.

Around the corner, Gardner/Fox built a new wet bar. The custom cabinetry includes a wine rack, as well as a space for the inlaid drink fridge. While the cabinetry is similar to the butler’s pantry, the clients chose to switch out the black walnut counter top for soapstone, which will prove more durable over time with incidental spills and splashes. Finally, the new copper sink beautifully accents the brushed bronze cabinet hardware.

Other renovations completed on the first floor include new custom cabinetry in the client’s home office, as well as the renovation of the hall powder room.

On the second floor, the homeowners wanted to expand the size of their master bathroom. In doing so, they lost their closet storage space. Sterling Kitchen and Bath designed a full wall of custom cabinets for the clients, to compensate. The storage solution brightens the room while keeping to the classic style of the home.

Gardner/Fox completely redesigned and built this master bathroom. The new space is complete with a marble vanity, his and hers sinks, and custom built-in cabinetry. The new glass surround shower includes a marble bench, detachable shower head, and rain shower head.        

If you would like to see more of this stunning renovation, you can visit out Houzz site here.