Sarah’s Style File – November 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 kitchen remodel in McLean. By making minor changes to the layout and updating the finishes we were able to bring this space to life and the 21st century.






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The main goals of this project were to reinvigorate the space with refreshed and timeless finishes and also make a few changes to the layout so that it worked better for the clients. As you can see from the existing floor plan, the original layout had an island facing out toward the family room and a double oven next to the sink; this limited not only the size of the island, but also the countertop space available for prep and cooking. By rotating the island 90 degrees clockwise we were able to elongate it and by shifting the refrigerator down we were able to relocate the double oven giving much more counter space by the sink. We also demolished the existing drywall pantry and installed a pantry cabinet in its place. These have been quite popular in kitchen because the not only provide a nice cohesive built-in look to the kitchen the storage they deliver is fantastic! Adjustable height roll-out shelves allow for ease of use and accommodate everything from soup cans to giant Costco boxes of cereal! Another item that significantly changed the space was the ceiling. In the existing photos you can see the ceiling was dropped tile which severely dated the space, by removing that and installing drywall with recessed lights, we brightened the space and added extra inches allowing the upper cabinets to be taller.

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For the finishes the clients wanted simple clean lines without too many nooks and crannies so that everything would be easy to maintain. Mid-tones in earthy colors kept the space feeling timeless and updated without being too trendy. We started with Maple cabinets in a Praline finish on a classic shaker door style then we added in the Cambria quartz countertops in Bradshaw finishing the edges with a clean beveled edge. Satin Nickel cabinetry hardware worked together nicely with the stainless steel from the sink, faucet and the rest of the appliances in the space. For the backsplash we selected a 3″ x 6″ ceramic subway tile as the field tile and then accented it with a mixed ceramic mosaic in a geometric pattern with colors in the brown, tan and grey families. For the floor tile we selected a ceramic tile in a 13″ x 13″ which is nicely proportional to the space and installed in a diagonal pattern mixes it up a little with the rest of the very linear quality pieces. As you can see from the photos between the selections and layout changes we had quite a dramatic change to the space.


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