Sarah’s Style File – December 2014

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 to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this month’s highlighted project I have chosen a 1st floor remodel in Springfield. We opened the family room to the kitchen and removed a large reach in pantry allowing us to expand the kitchen space. We also updated the foyer staircase, remodeled the powder room, and installed hardwoods and with a fresh coat of paint throughout.










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The main goals of the project were to refresh the whole downstairs and create a more open kitchen layout. As you can see from the floor plans we did just that, opening the load bearing wall between the family room and kitchen and designing a more modern layout with an island in lieu of the peninsula. In the kitchen we kept the sink in its existing location, centered on the window, and also kept the range and microwave hood centered on the adjacent wall. We pulled the refrigerator out of the corner so that the French doors can open widely and not be hindered by the doorway to the dining room and then installed a large built-in pantry with roll-out shelving. Where the large reach in pantry was removed we installed upper and lower cabinets providing extra storage and also providing extra counterspace. The nice thing about going to cabinetry in lieu of a drywall hard-built pantry is you do save a few inches, without losing out on storage. As you can see, the new pantry we installed is built floor to ceiling, which would be similar storage-wise, however the major difference is the depth. A standard hard-built pantry is 24″ deep and then you have the 4″-5″ depth of the framing and drywall, by installing cabinetry only you save that 4″-5″ which doesn’t sound like a lot, but in a smaller space could be the difference between having enough clearance for an island or not. In this situation, installing upper and lower cabinets (in lieu of full height) allowed the space to feel more open and visually wider.

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For the finishes of space there were several areas where we made a dramatic difference. Starting with the kitchen you can see from the before photos, the existing original cabinets and countertop were passed their prime. We knew right away we wanted to remove the soffits and install cabinets to the ceiling with a nice crown molding. The cabinets that we chose were a traditional raised panel cherry cabinet with an umber stain and keeping durability in mind we chose a Cambria quartz countertop in Canterbury. Brushed nickel pulls and accent lighting worked nicely with the stainless steel appliances and sink faucet. For the backslash we wanted to stick with our traditional feel and add a pop of color, so we installed 6″ x 6″ square porcelain tiles in a marbled beige tone on the diagonal and then we accented it with a 2″ x 2″ burgundy glass tile with a crackle finish. The pop of color added interest and also pulled from the counter material tying the space together nicely. All new prefinished hardwood red oak floors in a gunstock finish throughout the main level unify the rooms and soft paint finishes make every space feel bright and airy. In the powder room a new cherry vanity with ginger stain and black highlight provides contrast to the adjacent kitchen and the Bianco Romano granite countertop provides distinction from the blue walls. At the main staircase, the old carpet was removed from the stairs themselves and we installed solid wood tread caps stained to match the prefinished floors and new painted wood risers to create a classic colonial look. A new larger box newel post anchors the staircase and painted balusters balance the stain from the handrails. All and all the changes made a huge impact on the space and now the main floor feels up to date, fresh and renewed.

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

Sarah Wolf – Senior Design Consultant