Have you ever walked into a room, and felt it lacked personality? Consider sliding barn doors your solution. First things first, barn doors are an easy, space-saving way to give a room some character. These doors can be perfect for a rustic home, but are versatile to fit into a sleek modern home.

Barn doors aren’t just used to liven up archways anymore, barn doors can be used to create cubbies in your home. You can leave them open for daily access to spaces, but close them when you need to hide a mess, plus they eliminate the problem of door swing in small spaces. Another use for barn doors, is cabinet space. They can be used to cover bars and glass wear. If you are looking for a fun update to your bar area or want something different from your traditional cabinets, check out sliding barn doors.

Below are a few of our example jobs as well as some that we just find attractive! Check out our houzz website for more examples of our projects at www.houzz.com/gardnerfox

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Come check out the Wayne Music Festival on Saturday, June 11th! It will be a fun day full of music from 7 different local bands, in addition to food and drink from local restaurants. While you’re there, come visit us!  We will have a booth on N. Wayne Ave, so stop by and say hello! We’d love to answer any questions about projects that you are working on or are considering starting.  To find more information on the Wayne Music Festival check out www.waynemusicfestival.com


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Gardner/Fox was mentioned in Signature Kitchen and Bath’s Annual Bath Design Awards. The project was completed in collaboration with Stimmel Consulting Group, Inc. The reconfigured floor plan allowed for more space to accommodate the larger tub and marble counter. To see more projects like this one, check out our portfolio on houzz.com


M. Pennington.jpgFor the last 29 years, Mr. Mark Pennington has been at the beating heart of Gardner/Fox Associates in Bryn Mawr, PA. In 1987, Pennington signed on with Brook Gardner and Mark Fox to start the successful construction management company. Mark’s role was principally to handle all business matters within the office that were not directly related to design or construction in order to facilitate the everyday functions of the architects and builders.  With Mark filling the gaps and handling all of the behind the scenes work necessary to run a successful business, Gardner and Fox were able to do what they do best: design and build.

Mark worked as the head of Human Resources, IT and accounting – thus Mark had essentially been the problem-solver of the office environment.  If wearing so many hats were not enough, Mark also lead numerous volunteer ventures and organized dozens of events for employees and vendors.  He made it his mission to make Gardner/Fox a wonderful place to work, and succeeded in establishing an employee base where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

In his final comments about Gardner/Fox before starting his retirement, Mark said he couldn’t have asked for a better place to work. In the ever challenging industry of construction, he was never bored. It was fun to see the amazing things that Gardner/Fox had designed and built over the years. Mark also said the most satisfying part of working at Gardner/Fox was being able to see employees grow in the business and raise families.

In his retirement (which he insisted is only a sabbatical), Mark plans on traveling to New Zealand, Patagonia, and Scotland. For now, his upcoming adventure is a road trip to the Pacific North West.

We wish you luck where ever you find yourself Mark! Thank you for the amazing job that you have done, and we’ll miss you here at GFA!


Last week we attended the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia. During the 4-day convention, Philadelphia hosted over 20,000 architects from all over the world. The convention boasted over 800 exhibitors and over 500 educational seminars.

There was a lot happening at the convention! We attended seminars on lighting, paint products, BIM and Net-Positive building design, and one of our senior architect, Jeff Snyder led a tour to the Morris Arboretum.  On the floor, some of the most interesting items we came across were the new lighting and building envelope products. Even the Bacon Brothers stopped by on Friday night to entertain.


Bacon Brothers Performing at AIA Convention

We’re so glad we were able to participate in this educational event and bring so much back to Gardner/Fox with them! Thanks to AIA Philadelphia for organizing the convention.



hrtr.jpgAre you tired of the same old ceiling light and looking for something fresh? Exposed bulb lights are on the rise, and we are finding them frequently requested!

These trendy light fixtures are versatile and easily fit in to every type of style, from modern chic to classic to rustic. Another fun feature is how much drama the lights bring into your space, exposed bulb lighting, like the fun pieces above, bring more personality to a space. These unique pieces are also an excellent way to incorporate soft metal tones into a room, like gold and bronze, which are also making a coming back. Check out some of our favorite styles above, and examples in projects below. For more of our jobs featuring exposed buld lighting, checkout our website at www.houzz.com/gardnerfox


Although the Phillies lost to the Marlins, Gardner/Fox had a great time hosting our annual Phillies Tailgate! It is a rare event that the whole GFA crew is able to get together and hang out, so a big thank you goes out to everyone who was able to attend and make the night such a success! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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Untitled design (3).jpgEarlier this week our very own Ellen Hanggi became a LEED Green Associate. After weeks of studying, Ellen took a rigorous exam. Receiving the LEED Green Associate Certification means that Ellen has proven that she has the most up-to-date knowledge and understanding of green building practices. She now understands the most environmentally sustainable techniques in the construction and building industry.The next step for Ellen is to complete the LEED AP Homes certification.We are so proud of Ellen and her accomplishment! Way to go!

For our final #throwbackThursday for Gardner/Fox’s birthday, we found a picture of the whole GFA founding crew (and their lovely ladies). This photo is from the Pre-Kentucky Derby Ball for Baker industries in 1996. In this photo we have Brook Gardner (back middle), Mark Fox (front, sitting), and Mark Pennington (far right).Final TBT.jpg

Do your tile floors need an update? We’ve been inspired  by these new patterned concrete tiles! They’re versatile and eye-catching and using pattern floor tile is a great way to give a small space a ton of personality. They work perfectly for back splashes in the kitchen, floors in the bathroom, or even add a splash of fun in a mud room. Here are a few of the inspiring patterns we are loving right now!Untitled design.png