Sarah’s Style File – December 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 large addition project with a 1st floor garage and main floor family room and kitchen in McLean. Backing up to beautiful parkland, the clients did not want to lose their view or cul-de-sac location moving elsewhere and by choosing to renovate the home in phases (this is phase one for them, phase two will create a 2nd story master suite and reorganize the rest of the main floor bedrooms and bathrooms), they could stay in the house during construction saving long term costs. As you can see from the before and after plans, we gained a lot of space on both floors (getting a 1 ½ car garage with extra outdoor parking) and created a family friendly open floor plan, believe me, I am so in love with the space I didn’t want to leave! With the holidays upon us, you can see how wonderful this space will be for them and their family during this season.

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Family Room - After - Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.
Family Room – After

Floorplan - Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.

Kitchen - After - Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.
Kitchen – After

The goals of this project were straight forward, gain more useable living space and enlarge the small outdated kitchen. Being a multi-generational home with grandmother, parents and college aged kids, the space needed to be large and accommodating for everyone and their needs. We wanted to address the façade of the house really creating a front door space (previously the front door was around the corner creating an odd flow). By relocating the front door we could remove the old wood deck and then tear down the entire garage/kitchen portion of the house, building it back larger and updating the exterior finishes which will be used during future phases. Hardie Cement siding and a new architectural shingle asphalt roof provide a fresh look while the double ProVia entry door in Mahogany with Coffee Bean stain anchors the new path to the house nicely. In the family room we built cathedral ceilings highlighting the gorgeous architectural windows in the front which allow daylight to really pour into the space. Open to the family room, the large island in the kitchen can seat six comfortably and is perfect as a buffet for the adjacent dining room space. A large window in the back of the house above the sink overlooks the parkland and additional windows over the range allow extra light into the room. By layering the space with different types of lights it allowed the clients full control over brightness during any time of day. Recessed lights on dimmers provide ambient light, glass pendants provide accent lighting and under-cabinet lights allow for more direct task lighting around the room. Appliance locations and storage were also important to the clients. The large fridge provides plenty of storage for the whole family, the Kohler Stages sink has built in cutting boards and inserts all stored underneath in the sink cabinet and at 33″ wide it can hold a lot of dishes! The 48″ dual fuel range with pot-filler above makes cooking a breeze and the 1200 CFM glass exhaust fan ensures proper circulation of air throughout the space. We added customized storage cabinets which are very important in a multi-generational home for ease of use including a double wide pantry cabinet with roll-out shelves for all their dry storage, pull-out spice racks for easy viewing, and a pop-up cabinet for the Kitchen Aid mixer so no one needed to carry heavy equipment around the room. The desk area provides a nice “drop zone” for mail or papers and also functions as a charging station for laptops, phones, and other electronics. With the large space we were able to accommodate a variety of needs and storage types for the family.

Before Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen – Before
During Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen – During
Exterior - Before, During and After
Exterior – Before, During and After
When it came to finishes, the clients wanted the space to feel modern but welcoming and warm at the same time. This is one of the reasons I love being a designer, many clients can describe how they want to feel in a space or tell you if they don’t like something, but telling you what they do like can be more difficult and it’s up to the designer to interpret your thoughts and feelings as finishes, which to me, is really fun! Many people hear the word “modern” and are instantly concerned about a space feeling sterile, thoughts of hard metal and cold finishes can send them running for the hills! Here is a great example of what I consider a fresh modern space, with clean lines, lots of daylight and natural finishes the statement is the materials themselves, letting them sing without overly fussy details competing for attention. The cabinets in a kitchen are probably the most visible item in the space; they are Cherry with a Fawn stain in a Shaker door style with slab drawers. We installed a lot of large drawers in the base cabinets to make storing plates, pots, and pans easier, and it adds to a more contemporary look. The countertops are an amazing product called IceStone which is recycled concrete and glass with added pigments; it performs like a quartz product, so no sealing necessary, and its super durable and non-porous which is always important in a kitchen. The truly dynamic backsplash tile is a mosaic mix consisting of glass, chrome, marble and shell. The small brick pattern makes quite a statement with the metal pulling the color of the appliances and hardware and the natural stone and shell creating softness to the space. We used the same cabinets and countertops over in the family room by the fireplace but tiled the fireplace surround in a smaller version of the mosaic with only shell tile and when the light hits their iridescence it’s quite lovely. We matched the size and species of the existing oak floor planks in the rest of the house, but stained them in Minwax Provincial color which will be used throughout the space in future renovations.   We also updated the baseboard, door, and window trims to a flat stock trim instead of a colonial trim which enhances the modern feel and will be the new standard for the home. The paint color we chose for the entire space is a warm taupe from Benjamin Moore, HC-82 Bennington Gray, which changes between beige and gray depending on the time of day so it’s a great neutral to let the other finishes stand out.



Exterior – After

Thanks for joining me this month on Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again next year in January!! 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. Our in-house designers and talented remodeling team can help you make your dreams into reality.

written by: Sarah Wolf, Design Consultant