Sarah’s Style File – June 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 marvelous custom kitchen with bright colors and unique finishes. As you can see from the floor plans, the basic layout stayed this same, though we did opt for an island in lieu of the peninsula when we updated. Some of the client’s goals were to open up the kitchen with the island, create a feature area where the previous additional peninsula was located to define the space, and find a way to address the necessary soffit while creating display for décor and art. In the after plans you can see how we space planned the room, updated all the finishes, and created a functional kitchen that provides a lot of visual interest and style.

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Kitchens are the heart of the home and this one is not only quite functional but also feels inviting, bright and open, and welcoming to friends and family. Adjacent to the family room, the custom bar area defines the space but still maintains its open appeal. Equipped with a beverage fridge, bar sink, and glass shelving that is internally lit for displaying stemware, it provides plenty of storage and also creates another gathering zone in the space should the kitchen get too busy. In the main kitchen area we have a great work triangle with the sink centered on the window, the cooking surface to the left with countertop on each side, and the refrigerator just past the island with the double ovens on the other side. While most people don’t use their double ovens everyday (unless you are big on baking), they have become quite popular for holidays or large family get-togethers when the extra cooking space is needed. Another popular trend is having a coffee bar; here we placed the coffee machine next to the refrigerator so that people can make a cup of coffee without getting in the way if a lot of cooking or prep work is happening. Many new coffee machine models can be built into the wall or have a copper water line installed in to eliminate the need for filling up at the sink!


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Many clients ask if you can mix and match cabinetry styles and colors and this kitchen is a perfect example of a tasteful way to do so. The main cabinetry color is a painted soft ivory finished with a chocolate glaze and on the island we chose to contrast with brick red paint and a bead board type finish. By having the island a different color it stands out, adds visual interest, and creates an almost furniture like feel to the piece. To further emphasize the island we decided to select a different color and material for the countertop. The island has a Cambria quartz countertop with red accents in it and a polished finish, while the main kitchen has black granite countertops in a leathered finish which adds texture and removes the shine. Another item of note in the kitchen is the sink; since we were installing the dark countertops we felt a stainless steel sink would be too stark a contrast. In this case we chose to install a Blanco Silgranit sink in Anthracite to blend in with the dark countertops. This manufactured granite surface is extremely durable, does not absorb odor or bacteria and is heat resistant up to 536°, all great features for a sink surface! For the backsplash we chose a porcelain tile in a red tone (tying back to the island) that has a high shade variation; meaning between tiles there is a lot of color difference providing a nice amount of movement to the splash. We used a 6″ x 6″ version on the diagonal and then behind the cooktop we used a 2″ x 2″ version to create a focal point. As we have seen before, the soffits in this kitchen couldn’t be removed due to HVAC ducts, so in this case we reduced where we could and had the cabinetry-maker build a deeper crown-molding shelf that we installed for display of art and other personal items. As you can see, when it comes to mixing and matching in a kitchen, the main thing you want to remember, and why it works in this kitchen, is that its all about balance.  Here, the main cabinets and countertops are somewhat neutral and the backsplash and island are allowed to make the statements in the room. Good design always provides this balance in a space with a full cast of finishes, some playing the staring roles and some playing the supporting roles, but together they work in harmony.

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