In 2004 Gardner/Fox designed and renovated a 3,000 square foot basement into an entertainment paradise! The completed basement included a game room, home theater, and custom oak wet bar! The finishing touch was the climate controlled exercise room, complete with a full wall of mirrors and built in T.V.

In 2005 Gardner/Fox designed and constructed custom renovations and multiple additions to this 1960’s colonial home. The project was designed to replicate the farmhouse look of the home, while incorporating all of the modern conveniences inside.

The additions increased the living space on both floors of the home. The first addition included the enlargement of the kitchen, which was also renovated to include new granite counter tops and commercial grade appliances. The second addition gave our clients the space for a new family room with vaulted ceilings, and a new sunroom, which included radiant in-floor heating, for use even in the winter months.

This month we are bringing you Mr. Bill Walker! Although he is relatively new to the GFA crew (3 years), he has made quite an impact in his role as Director of Business development and Commercial Pre-Construction Services. He works closely with our commercial clients to help find solutions for their construction needs, as well as heads up our marketing and development teams.

His background in construction and earlier experience working with a commercial construction firm in Lancaster, PA, makes him a valuable member of our team. He brings insight and knowledge that help our clients to see the different possibilities their projects can offer.

Although he is often out meeting with clients, Bill is always working hard and gaining insight on how to take Gardner/Fox to new levels. In his free time he enjoys reading about different businesses, how they  operate, and reaching out to other colleagues and companies to learn about their work.

He enjoys his time off, spending it with his wife, Cora, and his three children, Matt, Tom, and Alli. They enjoy hiking, barbecuing, and other outside activities, like yard work (just kidding, Bill has teenagers to do that). One very interesting fact about Bill, which his children recently brought to his attention (and asked him to stop), is that when they go on hikes, he picks up trash along the way.  He likes to think that picking up at least one piece each time will help the park look nicer.

You keeping working hard Bill, we admire your dedication, and so does Mother Nature!

 

It’s hard to believe this kitchen was renovated 11 years ago, because it still looks fresh in 2017! In 2006 Gardner/Fox designed and expanded the cramped kitchen in this 1940’s home, as well as a new entry and mud room! The original kitchen was dated, and as you can see by the before photo, in dire need of an expansion.

Gardner/Fox designed an addition that expanded the kitchen an additional 20 square-feet, which gave our client the space they needed to create their dream kitchen. The new transitional space was complete with all white cabinetry, a subway tile back splash, and lime stone counter tops. The new kitchen island and custom refrigerator panels work as a nice contrast to the bright white cabinetry, and help to incorporate the oak wood floors into the space.

In this project, we designed and built a modern master bathroom with plenty of space and amenities to spare.

The original master bathroom was dark, tight space, and was lacking in modern features. The large jacuzzi tub and shower took up unnecessary space, as well as the in-bathroom linen closet. The single vanity was lacking in storage, and made it difficult for more than one person to be in the space at a time. Our client wanted an open, airy, and uncluttered space, with a modern look.

First, in order to enlarge the space, Gardner/Fox removed the small linen closet and pushed into the hallway that lead from the master bedroom to the owner’s closet and bath. This extended the room an extra 51 square feet, which was all that we needed to create an open and airy space.

To begin, we installed porcelain floor tile, for a clean crisp look. Next, came the installation of the gorgeous beveled crystal chandelier, which gave the space a touch of luxury (not to mention the matching crystal pendants that line the vanity and make-up counter).

After lights, came the most important elements, the shower and tub! We used the expanded space to create a glass enclosed shower, with gloss white tiles and river shell accent bands made from freshwater shells. The shower features a Kohler Digital Showering system, that provides control over all of the shower components, including the ultra-massage body jets and rain shower head. The freestanding tub is the perfect place to soak after a long day at work. It features an extra deep basin, plus a tub filler and detachable sprayer. 

After the plumbing came the custom built-in cabinetry and vanity, with his and hers sinks! This provided our home owner with the storage they needed, while also doubling the original amount of counter space. The dark wood built-in cabinetry provides a bold contrast to the Calcutta Nuvo quartz counter tops, and the Swarovski crystal knobs give even the drawers a touch of luxury.

Across from the vanity, sits a perfectly sized floating make-up counter, with extra storage space and matching quartz counter top.

There you have it, a modern spa bathroom, with space to spare, and plenty of options for relaxation. To see more pictures, check out our houzz page!

 

What do you do when you have a beautiful pool, a lack of entertaining space, and two cars without a place to go at night? You build a pool house/garage of course! And that is exactly what Gardner/Fox designed and constructed for our clients in 2007.

The new mixed-use detached structure was designed to match the clients existing home, from the beautiful open-trellis to the windows and paint. Inside, the structure holds a kitchenette, bath, changing area, in addition to the two car garage. With the additional space on the second floor, the clients decided it would be the perfect spot for an all new media room.

Outside, Gardner/Fox created a custom built-in stone fireplace/grill, installed privacy fencing, and provided landscaping services to create the perfect summer retreat!

In 2008, our clients came to us needing a new use for their basement. While it was finished, it wasn’t living up to the home owners needs. The existing basement held a full guest bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, exercise room, family room, and bar. The problem was that the space was compartmentalized, each area was smaller and closed off. Our clients had a vision for wide open spaces, where entertaining guests would be a breeze.

Gardner/Fox designed a big, beautiful, open basement, that easily flowed from room to room. After taking out the bedroom and exercise room, we created a large, open sitting area, which included a bar and game area. Towards the back of the basement, we designed a theater room with reclining movie theater seating. On the other side of the sitting area, we created a cigar and wine lounge, which is separated by french doors. This way, our home owners could entertain in this area, but could still be part of the action going on in the main space. The best part? Attached to the lounge is a dedicated wine vault! To see more of this gorgeous basement, check out houzz!

 

In 2009 our clients came to us needing more space for their growing family. They needed renovations, as well as space for their children to be, well, children! Gardner/Fox designed and built an all-new 2 story addition. Originally, a covered walkway was the only way into the home from the garage. The new addition was built above and around the walk way, maximizing the footprint of the farmhouse style home.

The new addition, appropriately named the “children’s wing”, holds two bedrooms, a playroom, and a full bathroom. On the first floor, the addition added a new mudroom, powder room, laundry room, and additional storage space. In total, the addition added 2,000 square feet of livable space to the home. You can check out houzz to see more photos!

In 2010 Gardner/Fox and Stimmel Consulting Group worked together to turn this 300 year old home’s ballroom into a one-of-a-kind kitchen masterpiece!

The original space was dark and closed off, with an almost non-existent plaster ceiling. The solution: custom coffers and multistage crown molding which held lighting that indirectly illuminated the space and showcased the millwork and the intricate details. The white Carrera marble backsplash gives the kitchen an even brighter look. The space was decked with floor to ceiling white cabinetry, the whole 12 feet. A track and rolling ladder were installed to give the kitchen another original feature. Check out more of this glorious renovation on houzz.

We have a very special employee spotlight this month – meet Mrs. Lucy Schneider! Lucy has been with us at Gardner/Fox for about two and half years, working in our residential department as an ArchiCAD facilitator, and is an Engineer in Training.

Lucy attended Brown University, where she received a scholarship for women in STEM, and studied mechanical engineering. Prior to joining us at Gardner/Fox, she worked for seven years for her father, who is a design/build architect in Chester County. She worked primarily in the field, learning everything from concrete pours to finish carpentry to roofing. Moving from the field to the office at Gardner/Fox was a change, but learning the in’s and out’s of ArchiCAD, the 3D modeling software that we use to present our designs, has been her favorite ongoing project so far.

Recently, Lucy has taken the next step in education to becoming an engineer. She passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam in April. She took several online courses to prepare to the exam in the Civil concentration so that she could be ready to work as an Engineer in Training focusing on construction. We are so proud of her and her achievement!

Outside of the office, Lucy spends her time reading, working out, and going to hear live music with her husband, Claudio. She also has a passion for sewing and clothing design, and you can see some of the one-of-a-kind pieces she’s made for for friends and family at www.golucy.net, check it out!