Modern Main Line Kitchen Renovation
The renovation created a more functional kitchen with modern style — all within the existing space. Rich Shaker-style cabinets, gray Quartz counter-tops and a variety of glass and stone mosaic tile give the kitchen a contemporary edge. Changing just a few things made a 180-degree difference.

Like it? Get the look:
1 – Shaker Style Cabinets by Stimmel Consulting Group
2 – 2″ x 12″ Himachal Black Slate from Gravena Tile
3 – Random Stick Slate and Glass Mosaic in Rust from Gravena Tile
4 – Honed Stormy Sky Chroma Quartz
5 – 1/2″ x 1/2″ Topkapi Stone and Glass Mosaic  from Gravena Tile

Check out a feature we wrote (Thinking of Remodeling? Think Again) on Pennsylvania Homes, one of the top sites for Pennsylvania real estate, including Philadelphia, PA real estate. Pennsylvania Homes also services Connecticut real estate and Michigan homes for sale. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite…

White Kitchen Sink with Black Granite

During a renovation, the homeowner has to make decisions about things they don’t think of too often — the location of sinks, the types of windows and a host of other details.

Two words will see you through any remodeling project: patience and planning.

Mark Fox, a registered architect and founding partner of Gardner/Fox Associates, a renovation firm based in Bryn Mawr, recommends that you start planning early for home improvement projects. “The success of your project depends on proper planning prior to the start of construction. Taking the time up front to think through the project will lead to a more enjoyable, successful process,” states Fox.

To ensure the success of your project, first determine your needs and start thinking about a budget. Be ready to explain how you want the new space to function. The next step is to contact a design professional who can work with you to develop and formalize your ideas. They will address obvious structural and support issues and provide information about products and trends that relate to your lifestyle.

Wolf EC24B Coffee System With Cup Warming Drawer
Not having seen or sampled this product in person, we can’t vouch for it, but the email announcement sure got our blood pumping like a triple shot of espresso. Check out these features:

Brews and cleans with the push of a button
Installs anywhere without special plumbing
Integrates seamlessly with other Wolf products

Drool… Add to that Wolf’s sterling reputation and a cup warming drawer?! We can’t wait to check it out. You can learn more here: http://www.subzero-wolf.com/oven/built-in-coffee#product_list

Before & After Powder Room Renovation
Bryn Mawr, PA – Before the renovation, a dated vanity floated above the floor in contemporary fashion. Angled ceiling height mirrors above the vanity were a bit much for this sophisticated homeowner. As part of a larger renovation, the powder room finishes were removed and the vanity was replaced by a more classic washstand. Blue-gray walls pair well with the geometric patterned tile floor for a look that balances classic style and modern flair.

Renovated McMansion in Villanova, PA

Recent renovations added character and charm to this Villanova home.

While the Main Line’s McMansions offer a dramatic amount of square footage, high ceilings, and big closets, they’re generally devoid of the charm and character associated with the region’s traditional dwellings.

In a well-written article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gardner/Fox architect and co-owner Mark Fox offers insight on the popular renovations that are bringing these particular homes from bland to grand. Give it a read: http://www.philly.com/philly/living/20140523_Remaking_McMansions.html.

Bonus: Photo gallery features a surprising bath renovation.

Marble Tile Rug with Custom Listello
Customized to fit your space, the “rug” is installed first, and the rest of the tile is worked in around it. It’s a great way to personalize your floor!
Clawfoot Tub with Custom Marble Tile Floor Rug
In this gorgeous master bath, a custom marble Listello incorporates soothing greens and creamy neutrals to give the impression of a fine rug. Inside the border, square Thassos marble have been tiles laid on a diagonal.
Green and White Marble Listello Tile Rug Border
The intricate design plays well with the subtle grays and elegant white tones of the main tile while evoking a feeling of luxury.

Family Room Addition "Main Line"

“My call to Gardner/Fox was answered by Eric Bruns and he provided me with service that went far beyond what I expected and proved that when one deals with a first rate company, first rate service is given. Thank you for this service. You are fortunate to have such a polite and attentive employee. Thanks also for my Great Room, which after 16 years still makes me smile in pleasure when I look around.”

Residential Client Review, Rose Valley PA

White Kitchen Renovation BrynMawr
Bryn Mawr, PA – Before the renovation, a peninsula jutted in the kitchen at an awkward angle, separating the kitchen from the breakfast room and giving it a contemporary feel. The angled peninsula was removed to unite the kitchen and breakfast room. A large wooden island with built in seating was added in its place along with room-brightening white cabinetry. Brand new hardwood floors replaced dated tiles to create a sophisticated transitional kitchen.