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Things We Like: Azek Decking

20 May

Azek Deck and Railing Addition Wayne, PA
Stain and scratch resistant Azek (and similar) decking and railing performs well overtime and under pressure.

azek deck and stone patio addition
It can be worked just like wood – even mitered, routed, and turned on a lathe.

Azek Deck Boards Detail
The decking and railing materials look like real wood are mold and mildew resistant and impervious to moisture and insects.


Shedding Light on a Renovation Plan

2 Jan

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Sometimes it’s tricky to imagine what the architect envisions, so we occasionally produce snapshot-like renderings of what the finished space will look like. In this case, the renovation plan includes an addition with outdoor lighting and other site amenities. The renderings show how the lights will illuminate the nighttime landscape in a way that’s just – well – enlightening.

Before & After: Outdoor Living in Villanova

13 Sep

Exposed Truss & Beam Porch Addition with Outdoor Fireplace Before & After

What They Wanted:

The homeowners wanted a space that could be used for parties and social gatherings throughout the year. They wanted several seating areas, an outdoor grill, and a masonry fireplace to keep warm on chilly Pennsylvania nights.

What They Got:

The new space features rustic details, such as rough hewn oak beams and a copper roof and gutters. The trusses forming the porch structure are repeated inside in the expanded kitchen and adjacent family room. Fully retractable Phantom screens on all sides of the porch allow the structure to be fully open or closed, depending on the season. An outdoor grilling station and adjacent sink provide a practical area to prepare food for small or large gatherings. The low stone wall along the perimeter doubles as extra seating for larger gatherings.

Under Construction: Villanova Covered Porch Addition

15 Nov

Covered Porch Addition Under Construction in Villanova, PA

Villanova, Pa – We’re just finishing up a covered porch addition and kitchen renovation near the University in Villanova. The timber framing consists of stained rough sawn oak beams; a stone fireplace adds even more character. The porch will be finished with fully retractable phantom screens that will open to the brand new stone patio. The patio features a built in stone grilling area.

The kitchen layout basically remained the same. We removed a wall separating the kitchen from the breakfast room to open up the space. A new very long island sits in the middle surrounded by brand new cabinets and finishes.The project will be completely finished by the Thanksgiving holiday to accommodate holiday visitors. Check back for photos of the finished product!

Modernist Home Renovation Kick Off

25 Mar

Modernist Home Renovation and Addition in Fairmount Park Philadelphia
We’ve just started the renovation of a unique 1958 modernist home on the edge of Fairmount Park. Solid stone walls, expansive walls of glass and a low-pitched roof characterize this dramatic, modern home originally designed by Montgomery and Bishop.

A half-century of exposure to the elements has taken a toll on this wonderful home, and even though the home was ahead of its time in 1958, the new homeowners would like to incorporate some 21st century lifestyle modifications into the renovation. Gardner/Fox will essentially be renovating the entire home (including the replacement of 111 windows and 14 doors!) along with adding a new glass-walled breezeway and two-car garage.

The floating cantilevered solaria (above) will be structurally repaired while leaving the design unchanged.

Modernist Home Renovation
Inside the home, mahogany covered walls and ceilings give way to large expanses of glass with spectacular views. The renovation plan maintains the integrity of the original design but also addresses the homeowners’ request for 21st century program spaces such as a playroom, exercise room and nanny suite.

1958 Modernist Home Renovation & Addition in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
The stone-walled garage addition and glass-walled breezeway blend right into the design of the existing structure.

Heart Outdoor Living

14 Feb

Schematic Architectural Drawing for Patio Addition Philadelphia, PA
It’s the middle of February (Valentine’s Day!) and 60 degrees in Philadelphia today. Naturally many people are thinking about springtime and spending a little time outdoors. Perhaps snuggling with a loved one in front of a cozy little fire while tuned into the latest news about the first day of spring training.

Schematic Architectural Drawing for Patio Addition Philadelphia, PA
Seriously though, who can resist a double-sided fireplace?

These schematic illustrations were drawn by Gardner/Fox architect Jeff Brinton for a patio addition/renovation currently under construction.

Designing an Outdoor Living Space

22 May

Summer is here! Now is a great time to find a cool space in the garden to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Imagine sipping an iced tea while lounging in an outdoor chaise lounge beneath a cedar pergola blooming with trumpet vine. Can you see the wood, stone, and planted elements used to create a perfect garden room? Want to spend a summer afternoon this way in your own home garden? If you find yourself longing for new garden spaces or the renovation of existing garden spaces at your home, the Gardner/Fox Landscape Division is happy to meet with you to discuss your project. Contact Tony Assetto at (610) 525-8305 to learn about the services Gardner/Fox Associates can provide for you and your home landscape.

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