Sarah’s Style File – September 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 master bathroom in Woodbridge. Though the footprint didn’t change in this space, updated finishes and loads of extra storage provided the homeowners with a brand new look that created a private sanctuary from the rest of the house.







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The main goals of this project were to update all the finishes while creating lots of storage with interesting details to elevate the space so that it felt like a real master bath. While the vanity area had previously been open to the bedroom, we decided to close it off with a pocket door for more privacy. Pocket doors are great for bathrooms or any other smaller room in a home as they are quite an efficient use of space since you don’t have to worry about the swing of the door. A few things to keep in mind with pocket doors are: you need to use a solid core door, as they are weightier, so that it stays on the track; also, reframing the wall is required as you need to create the void for the door to pocket into. For those reasons they are definitely a little more expensive than a standard hinged door, but for many clients, it’s worth the extra investment. For the layout we also decided to keep the shower and toilet room closed off from the vanity space, though we did widen the shower by a few inches to maximize the area. The existing sinks were located very close together, so by roughing-in a new sink location we were able to spread the sinks out further to create a more balanced countertop space. An existing bi-fold door closed off the HVAC unit in the adjacent unfinished space, so we removed these doors and added an extra full height recessed cabinet. Though shallow, this cabinet provides extra display above and closed off storage below, tying the room together nicely. Lastly, the existing ceiling was previously finished with ceiling tiles so we removed those and installed the drywall ceiling as high as possible giving a clean finished look and while we weren’t able to gain a lot of height, keeping the ceiling bright white made it feel much higher.

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The finishes of the space were pulled from one of the clients gorgeous pieces of art, you can see it installed next to the vanity, and the beautiful blues and greens of the ocean waters were our inspiration for the space. Knowing that we really wanted a wall color that popped (Benjamin Moore 2049-40 Peacock Blue), we started with bright white cabinets in a raised panel door for classic elegance. By recessing the side cabinets and installing raised feet we gave the vanity the look of a custom piece of furniture. One trick I employ when installing furniture feet on a vanity is to keep a recessed toe, but recessing it an extra 6″ or so, that way you don’t have to go cleaning all the way underneath the vanity, but it’s not visible unless you get on the floor and look underneath. For the hardware and plumbing fixtures we went with brushed nickel. Many of you know how popular brushed nickel has been in the past few years and it continues to be a top choice, what you should know is that while it is “silver” it is actually quite a warm silver tone, not a cool silver like a chrome, which why I think it is so popular. You get the silver tone without it feeling too cold or modern. The countertop we chose is a Cambria quartz in Sharpham, the client really liked the stark contrast of the black background against the cabinets while the white veining tied it in nicely and I think it turned out lovely. Mirrors on standoffs with wall sconces provide depth and interest while the upper cabinets with glass shelves and recessed lights anchor the wall with a bookend effect. The floor tile is a ceramic with high variation so it looks very much like a natural stone; we installed it on a diagonal with a border around the room to add detail to the floor. In the shower large format 12″ x 24″ porcelain wall tiles look elegant and minimize grout joints while a basket weave floor tile and border mimic the detail on the main floor. The recessed wall niches allow for plenty of storage and the arched tops tie back to the mirrors and arched upper vanity cabinets in the main room to really pull together the look.





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