Light up Your Life – Tips about Lighting your next Remodel

Lighting your new space so you can comfortably see and work, is a important aspect of your remodeling project.

Lighting greatly affects the mood, aesthetics and functionality of your living spaces. Your lighting layout should never be an afterthought or haphazard decision. This is true whether you are remodeling your current home or building a new one. Lighting design is all about creating a plan.

To look its best and function well, a space must be properly lit — and that involves more than just specifying stylish fixtures. A good plan blends lighting into the architectural and decorative details of the room.

Plan for a Layered Look
No single light source can provide all the necessary light for a kitchen. A well-lit kitchen layers and blends four different types of light. Every kitchen remodel should include the following:
• Task Lighting. It is the workhorse of illumination and provides adequate light for tasks like chopping vegetables and reading recipes. Optimum placement of task lighting comes between a person’s head and the work surface, which makes lighting located below the upper cabinets so effective. If a kitchen remodel includes a pantry, make sure to specify task lighting there as well.
• Ambient lighting. It creates a warm glow that fills a room, softens shadows and helps to make people feel instantly welcome in a kitchen. If cabinets do not reach all the way to the ceiling, that space is a great spot for ambient light. Of the four types of lighting, ambient is most often overlooked.
• Accent lighting. It gives depth and dimension to a kitchen. Examples of accent lighting include fixtures placed inside glass-front cabinets to illuminate China, glassware, and other collections as well as recessed, adjustable low-voltage fixtures used to spotlight art.
• Decorative lighting. Whitehead likes to refer to this type of lighting as architectural jewelry. It adds sparkle to a space.

Consider these steps when developing the perfect home lighting plan:
1. Supply light where you need it. Consider the purpose of the room and place lights in areas that you will be using regularly.
2. Light your space in the right quantity and the right quality. The height of the ceilings, size of the room and tasks performed all affect the amount of lumens needed in a particular room.
3. Confirm that the lighting design meets the needs of the client. If this is not your own home, be sure to consider the age and special needs of the home’s inhabitants.
4. Select lights that define the form of the space. Your lighting should help further the design and style of your space, not hinder it. Lighting can serve as a beautiful focal point or aesthetic piece in residential applications.
5. Identify what each area will be used for, and how lighting will affect those activities.

 

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In-Law Suite: The Perfect Present For Your Aging Parents

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One of the latest trends today for remodeling is an in-law suite. This is an area transformed into a living space for your parents or your in-laws. The feature can be anything as an apartment over a garage, a basement suite, a detached room, or a stand-alone apartment. This remodeling can be just a simple amenity like a bedroom or a full-scale project.

People will say that it is hard living with an aging parent. You will be faced with a unique challenge on your part. This is true when it concerns one who is sickly. Members of this age group are the most vulnerable when it comes to accidents in and around the house.

But with in-law suites,major changes will be made into your household. As it is not a part of the house’s original design. These changes are added to prevent accidents from happening and as mentioned give accessibility. In-law suites commonly feature various alterations to improved your aging parents’ living standards.

  • Replacing bathtubs with walk-in showers
  • Installation of safety rails
  • Expansion of doorways and passageways
  • Installation of a stair lift
  • Adjusting the height of door handles, light switches, and doorbells at a fitting level

A good design team will also help you predict the needs of your loved ones. This goes more than just the usual bed and shower. You will be given other ideas to think about too. Like the space in your house where your parents will spend their mornings and evenings. You will also need to consider their hobbies. You will need to give them that space for sewing, knitting, and reading. A space for these pastimes can be a great feature on your in-law suite design.

You will be amazed to know that a lot of professionals are giving this new trend a positive reply. Because they all agree on the idea. That they should give space in their homes for an elderly relative. If you haven’t considered living with your in-laws, then these benefits will persuade you to remodel your house. Benefits that will give good memories for your family through the years to come.

  • A bond will be built between your children and their grandparents. Promoting closer family ties
  • As working professionals, you will now have the benefit of having a warm cooked meal. Most parents are good cooks and you now have something deliciously prepared ready on the table before you arrived.

Retrofitting your home for a loved one is no small task. You will need space requirements and specific design elements.Take note, that in-law suites need not be big in size. All it needs is to have the necessary features and amenities. Besides these, you will be dealing with a lot of emotional issues. For some, this is a life-changing event. You should have your eyes wide open and be realistic in your expectations. Know the limitations at hand so that the transition for both of you will be a smooth process.

For over 30 years, Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc. has been offering kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodelingin-law suites and home additions improvement services. Our service area extends to Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA. Request for a FREE CONSULTATION at 703-550-1371 or visit us at 7211 Telegraph Square Dr, Lorton, VA 22079 today!

Make-Over Inspirations for your Home

At Foster Remodeling Solutions we want to help you build the space of your dreams. We have a Solution for every project. All kinds of solutions. Check out some of our latest “before” and “after” projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are feeling like it’s time for a change, maybe it’s time to Remodel! Give us a call today at 703.550.1371 and we will help you make that change. Or request an appointment online at http://www.fosterremodeling.com/contact-us/ .


 

8 Ways to Convert Empty Spaces

You’ve done it. You’ve raised your kids and they’re ready to be on their own. Maybe they’re leaving for college or maybe moving out for good (fingers crossed), and you’ll be left with an empty nest. What should you do with all the extra empty rooms? Here are a few ideas…

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Space means everything to the craftily inclined. With the right light, organization and style, your indoor craft space can be just as inspiring as nature outdoors. We can help you with cabinets, shelving units, fun and practical seating, and cool pendants to create the perfect creative space.

 

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Pingpong, pool and foosball — what’s not to love? Games offer screen-free entertainment, bring the whole family together and make parties more fun. If you have a lot of space, you can knock yourself out with a full-fledged rec room, but if you need more of a rec corner, consider adding a pingpong net to a seldom-used dining table or hanging a dart board on a basement wall. There are lots of reasons to create a place for more fun in the house.

 

Mom Cave
For years, men have had the luxury of escaping to the comfortable — and usually sports-themed — domain that is known as a man cave. It’s often located in the basement or garage of their homes, and usually consists of a TV, refrigerator, sports memorabilia — and peace and quiet from the rest of the world. But what about Mom? In recent years, moms, too, have been seeking out their own private area, or mom cave, in hopes of a little R&R away from the rest of the family, or just the struggles of day-to-day life.

 

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Home offices are becoming increasingly popular among commuters in Northern Virginia, who would rather spend less time on transit and more time on being creative. They’ve made new use of their living rooms, spare rooms and lofts — and even built additions to their homes. The common thread seems to be that they love having more control over their time, and most seem to integrate work with life and combine business with pleasure.

 

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Who wouldn’t want to visit your own personal wine room after a long day at work? Especially if you like to stock up on your favorite varietal when it goes on sale. Having a designated room to store, display and enjoy a glass of wine on your own, or with friends, is a unique experience. If your budget allows, install tile or hardwood flooring for easy cleanup of the inevitable spilled merlot. Our plumber can add a sink or small dishwasher. And if you want cheese with your wine (who doesn’t?), install a mini-fridge for snacking convenience.

 

 

 

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It might be cliché to automatically turn one of the extra rooms into a home gym, but it can be a practical move. By having some free weights, yoga mats, and workout DVDs just down the hall, you won’t have any more excuses to avoid a quick workout. People are converting a spare bedroom into exercise space, finally taking the treadmill and exercise bike out of the garage and locating them in a designated exercise room in the house.

 

Walk-in Closet
Have you always dreamed of a luxurious, spacious closet? If you have a spare bedroom that you’re not sure how to use, stop fretting over bedroom design ideas. Instead, convert that extra space into the walk-in closet of your dreams. Call us and we will help you create a completely custom design with all the bells and whistles.

 

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No longer mere storage space for broken dolls and old clothes, attics are being turned into the most stylish of bedrooms. When homeowners start to feel cramped, they don’t immediately think of upgrading to a bigger home. Instead, many are looking for ways to maximize the space they have. One area that can provide major square footage without adding on to a home is the attic. If you have an unfinished attic, consider the possibility of turning your unused space into a bedroom.


 

Benefits of A Home Addition

dobsonHome additions are a great way to transform your home and give your family the necessary amenities and space they always dreamed of. While many families across America look into remodeling plans, others are taking full advantage of the numerous benefits a home addition can provide such as added space, potential rental income or more natural light. There are many other advantages to investing in a home addition.

 

 

 

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One of the first wishes all homeowners bring up when they are updating their home is more space. Americans like to store photo albums, bikes, workout equipment and so much more. A home addition can greatly add to your usable square footage, whether it be in the form of a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or family room. Sometimes, even a very small addition can yield big results. Adding just three or four feet to a small kitchen or bathroom can open up a world of possibilities.

Whether you choose to add a living room, dining room or maybe even a bow window, a home addition will give you the extra space you know you want.

 

 

sena2. Home Additions Can House Extra Family Members

It is no secret that more kids are moving back home. In fact, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, almost 40% of young adults live at home with their parents. In 2012, a record 21.6 million millennials (ages 18 to 31) did so. Furthermore, elders are choosing to move back in with their children. In 2011, 4.6 million elders moved back home.

If you have the space, home additions can include an entire bedroom. In fact, if the plumbing allows for it, you can even add a small bathroom or extra guest bathroom. The extra bedroom and bathroom would be perfect for out of town guests as well.

Home additions can get expensive, as we noted in our home addition cost estimator, but when it comes to family, you can’t attach a price tag.

 

3. You Can Rent It Out for Additional Income 

If you choose to build a full bedroom and bathroom, homeowners could also rent out the additional space. While the entire home may get cramped, some homeowners are choosing to rent their addition to make up for the building costs. It’s not the most common route to take for home additions, but certainly one that can’t be ignored given current times.

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!

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Top Reasons to Remodel your Kitchen

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association offers advice on when and why to update.

Many homeowners think their kitchen is outdated from the looks of their worn cabinets, dated appliances and crackled countertop. What they may not realize is that there are many other reasons, more important than cosmetic, why a kitchen needs to be remodeled.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) offers the following tips to help homeowners evaluate the current condition of their kitchen and decide if the time is right for a remodel.

Adequate space: Are you satisfied with the amount of counter space, cabinet space and floor space in your kitchen? The position of your refrigerator or shape of your counter may be taking away useful workspace. According to the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines, when replacing a countertop or changing the shape of your kitchen, keep in mind that a total of 158″ of countertop frontage, 24″ deep with at least 15″ of clearance above, is needed to accommodate all uses, including landing area, preparation/work area and storage.

Traffic flow: If there’s more than one cook in your household, you may want to consider making more room around the main workspace. If you enjoy entertaining, you may want an open plan kitchen that allows for more social interaction between the kitchen and other rooms. According to the NKBA Kitchen Planning Guidelines, the width of a walkway should be at least 36″ and the width of a work aisle should be at least 42″ for one cook and at least 48″ for multiple cooks.

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!

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article from National Kitchen and Bath Association


 

Convert Your Tub Space to a Shower

ordonezThere are so many examples of large bathrooms, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most of us have bathrooms that are about 50 square feet (5 by 10 feet). A dream shower can often become a reality only if it fits into the footprint of a dated tub. But what’s the best way to go about this conversion?

The first step is to put everything down on paper. Before you start ripping out tile, bringing home sale items or searching for the perfect grout color, make sure you measure, plan and research.

JW – Houzz Contributor

11 Ways to Age-Proof Your Bathroom

Learn how to create a safe and accessible bathroom without sacrificing style

gayIf you’re planning to stay in your house for the rest of your life, it might be wise to renovate your bathroom with accessible design in mind. Along with kitchens, bathrooms are one of the spaces homeowners use the most. They also happen to be wet zones, which increases the likelihood of slips and falls. That said, reducing slip hazards and ensuring adequate lighting and maximum comfort are vital when creating an age-proof bathing space. These 11 ideas will ensure that your bathroom is safe and easy to use for decades to come.
2. Install a handheld shower head. These clever shower heads are easily adjustable for height and, when placed adjacent to your shower bench, enable you to wash up while seated.

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– Houzz Contributor – February 12, 2016

Adding an In-Law Suite

In Law Suite Additions PlansSometimes, you need more than just a guest bedroom for your aging parents and your in-laws. As your family extends and grows, it is only natural for your household to expand as well. This is so that you will be able to accommodate more people and adjust to certain changes in living conditions.

An in-law suite is an amazing home addition if you have older folks who are depending on you. Not only does it provide a whole new space for your parents and in-laws to stay in, it will also provide privacy for all.

 

If you’re thinking about getting an in-law suite for your home, here are some of the things you can do when it comes to the planning and designing:

A Home Within A Home

For bigger property homes with spacious indoors, you can create your in-law suite depending on the available space. The garage, basement and other areas of the house can be remodeled into another room. If your home’s foundation can handle another level, then build up.

Two Connecting Homes

For smaller property homes but with bigger outdoor space, you can create another home next to your own and connect it with the use of a covered pathway or maybe even just a single door. This is a better alternative if you don’t have enough space to spare to modify certain areas in your home.

So instead of sending your old parents and in-laws to nursing homes, you should take care of them in your home. Remember that they are the ones who raised you and supported you all throughout your life. They will really appreciate it if you can give back to them even in this simple manner.

Of course, to have a successful remodel, make sure to ask the pros for help and assistance. Experts from the home building industry can consult you on the best possible interior designs, methods, and materials that will definitely suite your needs as well as your budget.

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 Maureen Blaney Flietner