Sarah’s Style File – November 2013


Welcome 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 hall bath remodel in Arlington. In this space we gained a small amount of space from the adjacent master bedroom to enlarge the bathroom and as you can see adding a couple feet in a bathroom can make a huge difference in the layout.




Bathroom Remodel – After

The goals for this bathroom were to expand the room, update the finishes, and create more storage with the extra space. A previous addition had been put on the home to expand the existing master bedroom with a nicely sized en suite bathroom and walk-in closet, so there was no problem stealing a couple feet to enlarge the hall bathroom as the master suite was already quite spacious. In the existing bath, the small pedestal sink, while charming, did not provide the storage required of an often used guest and family bathroom. Inside the new tub alcove we installed a handheld shower head on a hook for easy cleaning of both children and the tub itself. Semi-frameless doors keep water from splashing and also allow you to see the lovely tile work that would have been blocked if a shower curtain had been used. There are several things that I love about semi-frameless sliders; first, they give a nice clean modern look to the space, second, because they are semi-frameless, there is no track at the bottom (the horrible u-shaped channel that you literally need Q-tips to clean) so they easy to keep clean, and third, they can be installed on tubs or showers, which is great, especially in tight spaces where the swing of the door would prohibit you from going with a hinged door. They are also quite a bit more cost effective than fully frameless as they come in standardized sizes and don’t need to be custom-cut like a frameless enclosure, all and all a great look for the price!

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 10.57.12 AM

Before                                                                   After

Since this was a hall bathroom we wanted to update for a fresh look, but keep the finishes neutral so they would look great for many years to come. The new vanity cabinet, mirror trim, and wall cabinet above the toilet set the tone in a cherry wood with a breezewood stain and brown highlight which provided a nice warm hue to give the space a comfy feel. Getting the extra drawer storage in the vanity and closed storage at the wall cabinet was a definite plus. The countertop we chose was a lovely Giallo Fiorito granite, this color is quite popular as it is fairly consistent for a natural stone and has some very nice brown and peachy tones in it. For the plumbing fixtures and accessories we went with the Moen Eva line in Brushed Nickel. I typically recommend staying with the same manufacturer for your all your plumbing fixtures if possible, as many finishes of the same name can vary widely between brands. Keep in mind as well, that brushed nickel is a warm tone and not a “true” silver. If you want a more silvery or cool metal finish, chrome may be a better choice. There are even a few manufacturers that make a satin chrome option for those that want the silver tone but do not want a polished finish. For the floor tile we chose a DalTile 12″ x 12″ ceramic from the Franciscan Slate collection and what I love about this tile is the variation of color, each tile has a different look which lends itself to a more natural feel. I have a lot of clients that like the slate look for this reason, but going with a natural slate can make cleaning difficult as it should be kept sealed. Also, since it is a natural stone of the shale variety it is not always a perfectly flat surface, you can get variations in height or clefts, great if you a looking for visual depth (gorgeous outside on a patio), but not as great if you are looking for something easy to keep clean. This ceramic tile gives you the look without the hassle, which is great! On the walls we used tile from the same collection in a lighter shade so you still get that variety in color and pattern, but it allows the floor to anchor the space in the darker tone and brighten the walls in the lighter tone. Lastly, the accent tile, also from DalTile, is a mosaic mix of natural stones and a blue glass pulling in the neutral tones, the white of the porcelain fixtures, and a nice little pop of color with the blue.

Hall Bathroom Remodel – After

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