Sarah’s Style File – August 2013

032113__sarah_forWebWelcome to Sarah’s Style File, I’m Sarah, Foster Remodeling Solutions Senior Design Consultant and each month I’m bringing to you a feature project for you to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this month’s highlighted project I have chosen a kitchen remodel in a classic home in Arlington. The previous owners of the home built an addition off the back of the house creating the lovely eat-in area so we had a very nice footprint to work with. The clients’ main goals for the space were to update the finishes and really refresh the look of the space.



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Kitchen Remodel – After

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While the layout was being maintained in this kitchen the client did want to try and find a way to remove the existing soffits. In this kitchen the previous owner had maintained the soffit and integrated a lighting system into them along with the HVAC so getting that all neatly tucked away was a challenge. The adjacent dining room space couldn’t be affected to ensure the existing wallpaper wouldn’t be damaged so the work needed to be done from the kitchen side wall and ceiling only. To resolve this issue we maintained a portion of the ductwork for the exhaust vent inside the upper cabinet (you can actually see a small bit extend out passed the upper cabinet to the left of the stove) and relocated the HVAC into the ceiling space. We also pulled all the wiring for the old soffit lighting and installed recessed lights in their place. With these small adjustments we were able to get the 42″ cabinets all the way to the ceiling with a nice crown molding to finish off the top with bright new lighting to enhance the space.
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I often find that when clients are looking to remodel they either love the finishes they have and just want and updated version or hate what they have and want the exact opposite. With these clients they had a nice blend of both sides of the spectrum, they loved having lighter colored cabinets, but instead of the existing cooler tones wanted to update and go with something warmer. The cabinets we chose were a warm white painted cabinet with a brown glazing in a simple Shaker door style. One of the great things about Shaker style cabinets is that they play off of adjacent materials in their styling which is why they work well in both traditional and modern homes. Adding a more classic backsplash with oak flooring can make them feel more traditional where as adding rectangular floor tiles and glass backsplash and they feel very modern. This goes to show you that clean lines are timeless. To play off of the warmth of these timeless cabinets we chose a Cambria Quartz countertop in the color Canterbury. This counter has some great light and dark tones with a small fleck of copper in it that works really well here. For the backsplash we went with a Crema Marfil Marble tile in a 3″ x 6″ subway tile shape accenting it with a 1″ pencil trim in the marble that carries a nice line all way around the room. Behind the range we framed an accent window with our pencil trim and inserted a basket weave pattern mosaic tile in the Crema Marfil with a Dark Emperador Marble detail. Another question I’ll get asked about is mixing metal colors and in this space you can see we did just that with the stainless steel appliances and sink but for the hardware we chose an oil-rubbed bronze. I typically tell people hardware is the one place you can change it up a little, here the stainless or brushed nickel pulls seems too modern, but going with the bronze it coordinated well with the glazing, pulled out the warm tones from the countertop and really popped against the painted creamy white finish of the cabinets. Finally for the paint we chose a warm buttery tone on the walls that really brightened the space and made the whole room feel quick welcoming.


Thanks for joining me this month on Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again in September!! As always, if you have questions about a project or you are thinking about remodeling, give me a call here at Foster Remodeling Solutions!

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

written by: Sarah Wolf, Design Consultant