Sarah’s Style File – July 2014

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 to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this month’s highlighted project I have chosen a family room in Woodbridge. Updating the tired finishes with new built-ins around the space created a bright comfortable area with lots of style and plenty of storage!



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The main goals of this project were to create a comfortable and inviting family room space for watching the television with lots of storage and a wet bar while also updating and refinishing the fireplace for a secondary seating area. As you can see from the plans the layout did not change, we mainly needed to create the storage and designed the layout for two individual seating areas. The space was located in the lower level of a split level home so we wanted to maintain a light filled space and define the areas of this longer room. Furniture can often help define spaces like this while still maintaining the open feel of a room. Here the built-in cabinetry creates the seating arrangements while also providing quite a bit of storage. At the fireplace the built-ins provide plenty of open storage for books and photographs, while the closed storage below gives lots of space for all those items we don’t want to display but need to find a home for! At the TV area we installed a large open shelf for the clients’ expansive DVD collection and included a new mini beverage fridge with sink and wine storage on the opposite side. Additional closed storage and open shelves provide lots of additional space for display and places to tuck things away. I love storage spaces and closets, anytime I can find a nook to put a built-in or a closet I will because as I like to say “If you built it, it will be filled!”

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Rendering                                                                      After Photo

As I mentioned previously, the space is in the lower section of the house, so keeping the finishes from being too overwhelming was important. The clients’ classic design taste led us to select a more traditional raised panel cabinet in cherry with a chestnut stain and a van dyke brown glaze. This provided the warm tone of the space and along with the crown moldings and arched valances added to the high-end feel. For the countertops at the TV and for the hearth of the fireplace we chose Cambria Canterbury for its durability, natural look, and small flecks of copper that added just a bit of sparkle. In contrast, we chose Cambria Sutton for the fireplace surround which had similar colors, but added variety. For hardware and plumbing fixtures we chose oil-rubbed bronze which blended nicely with the warmer rich tones of the space. Since the room was built on a slab concrete floor, we decided to go with a cork backed engineered luxury vinyl plank floor. The vinyl is extremely durable and less affected by temperature than a wood floor, while the cork backed versions provides a little cushion on the foot and has the added value of some additional sound absorption. Also, since the product comes in 5″ planks, it is installed similarly to a wood floor (staggering seams) so it has a very natural look. The product we used from COREtec has an inner core so waterproof it can be submerged in water for months and never swell, so it’s a great option for basements! Recessed lights kept the space bright and a nice crisp coat of Benjamin Moore AC-32 Pismo Dunes added warmth but kept the room light.
Thanks for joining me this month for Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again in August!! As always, if you you are thinking about remodeling, give me a call here at Foster Remodeling Solutions!

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