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Historic Home Addition – Why It Works

29 Apr

Shingle Style Victiorian Home Wayne, PA
The new homeowner wanted 21st century functionality from a circa 1893 Horace Trumbauer designed Shingle Style Victorian.

Victorian Before Renovation Wayne, PA

View of Existing Home Before Renovation

The architect kept true to the home’s original architecture to seamlessly blend the old (pictured above) with the new  (pictured below).

Victorian Addition Wayne, PA
Here’s why it works:
Stone masonry is used at the ground level, while stick frame walls are used above. The existing roof pitch, soffit overhang, window headers, the wall flare at the second floor, siding and roofing, etcetera are carried through to blend the new and old masonry.

A new attached 2-car garage was added and a new driveway approach was designed in order to reclaim much of the front yard. The garage doors were turned away from the street elevation and new windows consistent with the rest of the house disguise the 21st century function behind them.

The architect’s restoration and modernization plan included renovating the kitchen and attaching a breakfast area and small family den along with an attached two-car garage, mudroom, and pantry. On the second floor, an additional bedroom allows the entire family to reside on the same level. New heating and cooling systems and the restoration or historically accurate replacement of all interior and exterior finishes and fixtures completed the homeowner’s objectives. The result is a dramatic, classic yet modern home.


Learn from an Award Winning Kitchen

28 Feb

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore PA
This kitchen continued a long-standing winning streak by taking home 3rd place for the Traditional category in the 14th annual kitchen design contest sponsored by Signature Kitchens & Baths magazine. That got us thinking – what is it about this kitchen that makes it so successful?

Kitchen Renovation with Island and French Doors Ardmore PA
This kitchen’s simple floor plan maximizes its functionality. A long single island anchors the center of the kitchen, providing an ideal setting for small intimate gatherings and a centerpiece for grand holiday soirees. A wall of French doors opens to an outdoor courtyard allowing guests to wander in and out with ease while flooding the room with the warmth and comfort of daylight. The adjoining family room invites additional interaction.

Custom Refrigerator Amoire Ardmore PA
Meticulous craftsmanship incorporated into the tiniest of details gives the space its distinct character. Distressed black painted cabinets provide a classic counterpoint to the rich American cherry whose radiused beaded-inset cabinetry is accented by molding and stars. The hood canopy was hand built on site and finished with a carved mantelpiece. Fully integrated refrigeration units resemble fine antique furniture. The one of a kind coffered ceiling functions as a grid for aligning the kitchen’s various components.

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore, PA
Despite its good looks, this kitchen was built with cooking and entertaining in mind. The 48″ range accommodates multiple pots and pans and is flanked with discrete pull-out storage units for ultimate convenience. The central portion of the island sits 1 1/2″ higher than standard to convenience taller than average homeowners. Top of the line appliance were selected for superior performance.

Did we mention it was a national competition? Kudos to kitchen designer and cabinetmaker David Stimmel of Stimmel Consulting Group for his (always) fantastic work.

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Award Winning Traditional Kitchen

3 Feb

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore, PA

One of our favorite kitchen renovations took home 3rd place for the Traditional category in the 14th annual kitchen design contest sponsored by Signature Kitchens & Baths magazine. Did we mention it was a national competition? Kudos to kitchen designer and cabinetmaker David Stimmel of Stimmel Consulting Group for his (always) fantastic work.

Visualize Your Renovation

4 Apr

The most important first step in building an addition, renovating or remodeling your home, is starting with a well thought out design. Adding to your home is an investment in an extremely personal asset. And if you have no prior remodeling or construction experience, a home renovation can be a daunting task. If well planned, any project can be enjoyable and result in the satisfaction of living in a home that is tailored to your needs, wishes and desires.

Gain greater confidence as you move closer to starting your project by requesting an animation of your renovation plans. The above animation provides a big picture’ view of what it will feel like to walk around the renovated home. The animation addresses issues of scale and depth that can be difficult to understand from a typical architectural rendering.

Before & After: Stone Farmhouse Addition

3 Oct

Two Story Stone Garage Addition Before & After in Malvern, PA
Jaffrey Road in Malvern, PA – The homeowner wanted to add a garage and family room to their 1930’s historic reproduction home. The renovation included bath, kitchen, sunroom, and great room alterations as well as a new two-story garage addition with a second floor office. A new retaining wall surrounds the driveway and patio.

Gardner/Fox Ranks Among Top Remodelers Nationwide

2 Sep

Remodeling 550 and Top 500 Remodeler Award 2011
We just got word that we made the two big remodeling lists again this year: Remodeling magazine’s 550 and Qualified Remodeler magazine’s Top 500. The lists are compiled based on revenue under the premise that the best business practices produce the most revenue. A great big thank you to everyone who has helped make this success possible!

Before & After: Basement Renovation

22 Aug

Before and After Basement Renovation in Villanova, PA
Existing Billiards Room – Just barely big enough to accommodate a billiards table, the architect envisioned a new plan for the existing billiards room – a cozy study with sophisticated finishes connected to a temperature controlled wine cellar.

After – The cigar study and adjoining wine cellar find an intimate setting in the former billiards room. Glass front arched French doors keep smoke in and children out, ­while maintaining a visual connection to the rest of the lower level. Luxurious finishes and custom cabinetry (by Stimmel Design Group) exhibits the home owners preference for class and sophistication.

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