In 1998 Gardner/Fox provided design and construction services to build this 15,000 square foot luxury home! The home included 5 bedrooms, 13 baths, and 4 fireplaces. Additionally, the construction included live-in maid quarters with a kitchenette and private bath. A few of the unique features in the home was the kitchen flooring with radiant heat, as well as a 30 x 40 square-foot glass-walled sports room in the basement!

Phew! We’re into the 20th century! In 1999 Gardner/Fox completed the design and interior remodel of a 1960’s Main Line ranch style home. The renovation included vaulted ceilings, inlaid hard wood flooring, and contemporary finishes. The renovation also included extensive custom cabinetry, built-ins, and column covers. In the master bathroom Gardner/Fox used tumbled marble and a frame-less shower enclosure to match the rest of the home’s new contemporary feel. The final element was the construction of the all new open risers staircase.taircase.

In 2000 Gardner/Fox designed and completed extensive interior renovations to a 1920’s European-style home. The project included renovations to the kitchen, breakfast room, pantry, family room, bedroom, bath, and finally, the computer rooms. One of the beautiful pieces of this renovation was the custom arched french doors which lead to the new patio area.  One of the new features was a two-story connector that was constructed around the former breezeway to create a mudroom, and a second floor entrance to a newly remodeled game room above the existing garage.

This week we have a very special employee spotlight, Mrs. Holly Charles! Holly works in the marketing department, with a focus on our marketing materials and all things graphic design.

Before joining us, Holly worked for Freeman Design, a boutique design agency with a wide variety of clients from Villanova University to Lankenau Hospital. She started at Gardner/Fox in 2006, but in 2012 decided to head back home. After moving to North Carolina, Holly continued as a part-time employee working remotely and is still with us 11 years later — now joining us from Chicago, IL!

Holly’s favorite project is usually the one she’s working on at the moment. Right now, it’s our brand new landing pages! Holly enjoys the freedom of creativity and bringing fresh energy and insight to every new project that comes her way.

Outside of her work with Gardner/Fox, Holly enjoys spending time with friends and family. She has a 9 year-old daughter who loves volleyball and science and a very active 3 year-old son who loves firetrucks and Paw Patrol. In addition, she is a member of the Libertyville Running Club, and volunteers with Little Hands Big Hearts, an organization which brings children into nursing homes to do arts and crafts with seniors.

One interesting fact few people know about Holly is that she worked in her father’s machine shop as a welder during college. Although she was paid well, she occasionally caught fire or was burned by sparks. She’d like to note that working in a non-air-conditioned warehouse in the southern heat was the perfect motivation to finish her degree.

Whatever the motivation, we’re glad you finished and decided to stick with GFA after all these years! Thank you for all of your creativity and effort, Holly Charles!


In 2001 Gardner/Fox provided design and construction services to complete multiple additions and renovations to this classic Main Line colonial home!

On the first floor, Gardner/Fox added an addition that expanded the family room and kitchen, and also created a breakfast room! On the second floor the master suite received a full upgrade and renovation. The final in home portion of the renovation was to the attic, with it’s conversion into 2 new bedrooms!

Outside, Gardner/Fox completed the construction of a new pool house with kitchenette, and the installation of an in ground pool!

In 2002 Gardner/Fox completed the completed the design and renovation to a 100-year-old home in Wayne, PA. Our client needed an update to their master suite that fit a more modern life style. While the suite itself turned out beautifully, the truly impressive portion of the renovation was the bathroom. The updates were complete with an all new glass surround shower and marble whirlpool surround tub. The custom built-in cabinetry gave our clients the storage space they needed and was topped with matching marble counter tops. Although the bathroom was updated, the traditional design was consistent with the historic look and feel of the home. 

This year Gardner/Fox placed first in the Kitchen and Bath Design Awards! Our Country Chic basement won first place in the Specialty Project category, which you can read all about here. We’re very proud of this achievement and everyone who played a role in the project, most importantly, our fantastic client! You can check out more about the project here, and to see more images, check it out Houzz!


In 2003 Gardner/Fox provided design and construction services to a client who was looking for an open floor plan! Prior to the renovation, the dated kitchen was dark and closed off from the rest of the first floor. Gardner/Fox reconstructed the load bearing walls to create an open floor plan, connecting the kitchen to the open dining and family rooms. After the major floor plan adjustments came the updating! The kitchen received all new custom cherry cabinetry, which works well with the beautiful granite counter tops and mosaic tile back splash. A matching breakfast bar/cooking island was installed, complete with a built-in range. The finishing touch was the oak hardwood flooring, which matched the flooring throughout the rest of the home.  

For this month’s project spotlight we are featuring a gardner’s paradise!

Tucked away in the heart of Villanova sits a beautiful home surrounded by a tenderly and meticulously cared for outdoor space. As anyone with a green thumb knows, it takes hard work and dedication to grow and maintain a garden with a whole variety of plants and flowers and our clients are no different. Their home is surrounded by hand selected trees, a variety of flowers, and multiple vegetable gardens, all which our clients care for themselves. As the gardens grew, so did their need for storage and most importantly an indoor work space. With a little luck, and a bit of searching, we helped our clients add the perfect barn to their property!  

The barn was purchased through a great company, Country Carpenters, located in Hebron, Connecticut. Country pre-cuts and ships construction materials for custom designed barns. After deciding on the perfect design and color, the barn was shipped to our home owners, and Gardner/Fox went to work.

The one story barn is 764 square feet, and includes a garage, storage, and workshop space. Originally, the barn did not include plumbing, or shelving, but we were there to assist, adding those features once we completed the construction. The workshop now includes a utility sink surrounded by durable, easy to clean, granite counter tops. We added brick flooring and open pendent lighting which enhance the barns already rustic feel.

In the back of the barn, a large storage area gives our clients all the space they need for equipment and tools. The wide barn door allows easy access to the outside, for any heavy-duty machinery.

We had to mention a few of the finer details of the space. Outside, Artisans of the Anvil (a Pennsylvania based iron works artisan) handcrafted the tulip light and iron basket hangers that accent the barn so beautifully. You can visit them online, here.

And that’s how we helped create a functional gardening space, disguised as a beautiful eye-catching barn, right in the heart of Villanova! To see more of this project, visit us on houzz!