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One-of-a-Kind Historic Philadelphia Kitchen

8 May

Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia
Another successful collaboration with kitchen designer David Stimmel made the pages of Signature Kitchens & Baths Winter 2013 edition (page 34). The existing 300-year-old kitchen was decidedly dark and dreary. Custom coffers and multistage crown molding add drama and host lighting that illuminates intricate details overhead and below. Creamy white cabinetry and white Carrera marble project even more light. A track and rolling ladder provides access to cabinetry that reaches the 12′ ceiling height.

Inspiration Snapshot: Traditional Kitchen Renovation {Philadelphia Style}

9 Apr

Philadelphia Cream Kitchen Renovation
Warmth abounds in this custom tailored kitchen renovation situated on Delancey Street in the heart of Philadelphia. Earthy and inviting soapstone countertops and creamy cabinets mix surprisingly well with the urban feel of the stainless steel apron front sink and appliances.

Like it? Get the look:
1 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops
2 – Conestoga Cabinets in Hard Maple Finished with Brown Glaze
3 – Natural Walnut Island Top with 2″ Square Edge (by Conestoga)
4 – Cherry Wood Island Sealed with Blue/Gray Paint Stain (also by Conestoga)
5 – GE Monogram Duel Fuel Range and Stainless Steel Backsplash

Country Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia
6 – Vault Stainless Steel Smart Divide Sink with Apron Front by Kohler
7 – Manchester Bar Stools by Pottery Barn
8 – Hand Forged Erlenmeyer Pendant by Hubbardton Forge

Backsplash Custom Tile
9 – Hand Made Tile Customized with Reproductions of Etchings from 17th Century French Artist Jaques Callot
10 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops

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.

See more photos of this award winning kitchen on houzz.com.

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.

Kitchen Islands, Bigger and Harder Working

28 Jan

Kitchen Island with Storage Seating Renovation Philadelphia PAAt the 2013 Builder’s Show, kitchen islands were all the buzz. Islands are getting bigger and harder-working, with increased storage space. One designer described the kitchen island as “the jewel in the setting” of the house.

Check out our Houzz Kitchen Island Ideabook for more inspiration.

Before & After: Downingtown Kitchen Remodel Goes Modern

11 Jan

Kitchen Renovation Before and After Downingtown PaFounders Way in Downingtown, PA – The existing traditional (and outdated) kitchen didn’t suit the homeowner’s modern style. The range took up most of the island top and the stools around the island stuck out into the path from the kitchen to the family room.

The existing kitchen cabinetry, plumbing and appliances were removed to accommodate the new look. The gas range took the refrigerator’s old spot, leaving the island free for food prep. The stainless steel vent hood and stacked stone back-splash create a dramatic focal point in the new location. The uniquely shaped island ends in a concave arc and bar seating – getting the stools out of the way of foot traffic. The dark cabinetry, gray Caesar Stone counter-tops and a variety of glass mosaic tile give the kitchen an edgy look.

Hey Realtors. Are your buyers on the fence?

30 Nov

Stone Farmhouse Garage Addition
They see a lovely home in a great location, but it’s missing something – perhaps it’s a garage or maybe a bedroom. We see a way to seamlessly connect a garage addition with an extra bedroom above.

We can help your client see it too. We can help you seal the deal.

We will walk through the potential property with you and provide quickly drawn schematic sketches to help visualize possibilities.

Free Consultations to Potential Home Buyers
Call or Email to Schedule

Jeff Brinton
610-525-8305 x233
jbrinton@gardnerfox.com

Mark Fox
610-525-8305 x226
mfox@gardnerfox.com

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