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Splurge Worthy: Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures

15 Apr

Master Bath Renovation Wayne, PA
The standard glass shower enclosure is composed of a relatively thin piece of glass framed with metal for extra strength. Although much cheaper to produce and install, standard enclosures tend to collect mold and last only about a third as long as frameless glass enclosures. But want to know why we really love frameless? Cause they’re purrrdy and much less likely to harbor disgusting colonies of mold and mildew. The thicker tempered glass costs more to fabricate and install but we think the streamlined look and extended durability far outweighs the competition.

Our Verdict: Totally Splurge-Worthy!


Before & After: Formal Powder Room Renovation

17 Oct

Before & After: Formal Powder Room in Wayne, PA
South Wayne, PA – The powder room in a historic home was remodeled as part of a larger whole house renovation. Thoughtful reconfiguration of interior spaces and circulation gave the powder room a larger footprint suitable for a formal hall bath. The existing 1st-floor powder room was cramped and poorly situated. The new generously spaced powder room comfortably accommodates guests and complements the formal spaces at the front of the original house that is serves.

Philadelphia Condo Renovation: Guest Bath

4 Feb

Hall Bath with Soaking Tub After Condo Renovation Philadelphia
Spa Luxury with a Sunken Tub – Undermount bathtubs are designed with a flat edge that mounts under the deck so the tub rim is invisible. In this installation, the tub rests beneath the tile, creating a sunken-tub effect.

Philadelphia Bath Remodel Soaking Tub Blue Sink
A peacock blue sink coordinates with the bath’s iridescent glass tiles and complements blue flecks in the surrounding granite countertop.

Why hire an interior designer during a remodel?

6 Oct

Tuscan Style Kitchen Renovation Malvern

During a home renovation, you’re going to have to make all kinds of decisions about things you may have never thought about before. For example, if you’re renovating a bath, you’re going to need a sink, but what kind? single or double? pedestal or vanity? custom or stock? what kind of wood finish, painted or stained? If you’re going with a vanity, what kind of counter top? How wide can it be? How deep? And the faucet – nickel, chrome, brass, polished, brushed?  And then you’ll want to tie it all together and stick to your budget. Just for a friggin’ sink!

Hotel Style Bathroom Vanity Open Shelving Main Line RenovationSo why hire an interior designer? Because she (or he!) can make your life easier. An interior designer can define and develop your style while sticking to your budget. Once she  identifies your budget and style, she can help customize all your choices and select the best vendor to supply your materials. In fact, interior design professionals can help stretch your budget and avoid mistakes, saving money in the long run. Let’s say for example, that your architect has finished the drawings for your renovation (yes you need an architect too!)  and you show them to your designer. Your designer reviews them and points out “Hey your office desk is 84″ long and the cable and electrical outlet is all the way on the other side of the room.” Your designer just saved you the hassle of rewiring your cable and electrical, patching the drywall hole, and repainting.

An interior designer’s goal is to help you get what you want. They can expand your resources to include local and national suppliers and provide access to those who only connect with the trade. And if you have too many resources, they can help edit and focus your choices. Heck, they can even help squash a squabble between you and your sweetie over the satin or brushed nickel faucet.

Modern Bathroom Renovation Main LineThe important thing for you to do is to start collecting images or samples of things you like or dislike. That way the designer can develop an understanding of your taste and style. Once you meet with a designer, communication is key. Don’t be afraid to say “Hey, I don’t like that” or “Is that covered in my contract?” Share with them your vision for your home and what day-to-day activities take place in each room. The more you communicate, the happier you will be in the long run.

Hey, if you have a knack for design, the courage, the stomach, the time and the money for designing and remodeling your own project, go for it! It’s a valuable learning experience. If not, leave it to the experts. They have the education and experience to create that special look for each client. They know what’s current, which vendors may need a little extra time, which fabrics carry stain resistant lines, and as with any professional, stuff you don’t even know you don’t know.

Still not sure? Chat with a professional one-on-one. Gardner/Fox offers design consultations free of charge to serious homeowners. Schedule yours today! 610-525-8305

Chromatherapy? Is that a typo?

20 Mar

Actually no. Chromatherapy is the term for a branch of holistic healing that utilizes color to achieve optimal health. It’s based on the fact that what we think of as color is actually reflected light that reaches our retinas through vibratory wavelengths. Our brains then interpret the waves as colors.

If we think of color as a sensation, it’s reasonable to entertain the idea that colors can affect mood and a sense of well-being. Research shows that certain colors have measurable psychological and physiological effects on people. For example, warm colors like red and orange can act as stimulants, increase heart rates, induce perspiration, and arouse feelings of excitement. Studies have also shown that people attach symbolic significance to certain colors, such as red, which most people associate with love, regardless of their cultural background.

Recently, luxury shower and bath manufacturers have begun to incorporate chromatherapy options into the bathing experience. LED and fiber-optic lights built into showerheads and tubs can shower you with eight colors light and water. Digital controls allow you to cycle through the color spectrum or pause on one color to relax or invigorate the senses. Combined with aromatherapy and aural sensations from the sound of running water, you can enjoy a complete sensory experience that’s sure to affect you mentally and physically.

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