Sarah’s Style File – February 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 master bath that we transformed into a calming luxurious escape for the client. The existing floor plan was one that many of us here is Northern Virginia are all too familiar with; there was a standard sized master bath off of the bedroom with a separate vanity space outside of the bathroom itself, see the floor plans below. The client knew she wanted to update the space’s finishes, but when I brought up the idea of enclosing that extra vanity area and creating a much larger bathroom, she jumped right on board and loved the idea. As you can see, we removed a non-load bearing wall between the two vanities and built a new wall with a pocket door to close off the new larger space from the bedroom.


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Client Concerns
One of the client’s concerns, aside from aesthetics, was quality construction. The original builder had made some interesting choices during construction, so she wanted to make sure her investment in the bathroom would address any underlying issues (water damage, insulation, etc) so that we weren’t just covering up something that would need to be addressed again in the future. This is one of the main reasons that if a client of mine is looking to fully remodel a space, I highly recommend removing all drywall before the renovation, especially in older homes. You would hate to spend money on a renovation and then have to take it out in a few months or years for something that could have been easily addressed when the walls were open. In this case with a few minor updates, we got everything waterproofed and ready behind the new shower walls so there would be no issues in the future.

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Soothing Finishes
For the finishes on this project our springboard for our selections was a gorgeous linear accent tile from Dal Tile, this mosaic was a mix of Carrera Marble, Crema Marfil Marble and a lovely spa blue glass tile. From that, we selected the ceramic wall and floor tile in the warm beige tone. Given the nice high cathedral ceiling and skylight in the space we felt confident going with a little bit of a darker finish on the vanity cabinets for a rich, high-end feel. Also, by gaining the extra space from the outside vanity area we were able to have much longer vanity with dual sinks, lots of drawer space, and an extra storage tower with crown moulding to play up on the height of the ceiling. The rectangular shaped under-mount porcelain sinks gave a more modern feel along with the Moen Eva faucets in a Brushed Nickel finish. The last touch was our fabulous Juparana Gold granite countertops, this rich multi-colored stone has varying shades of gold and peach with some dark ebony veins, a perfect selection for the space. Our paint color was a Benjamin Moore shade that directly correlated back to the spa blue accent tile and tied everything together with a soft soothing tone. Check out the video above for a look at the space!



Thanks for joining me this month on Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again in March!! 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