The High Cost of the Low Price

Most licensed contractors are competent, honest, hardworking, and financially responsible. And yet almost everyone knows someone who has a nightmare story to tell about a remodeling job: the length of time it took; the inconvenience of the noise and dust; or the cost overruns associated with even the smallest project. Choosing the lowest bid comes with a high cost.

Adding a room or updating a kitchen can cost more than a new car, and consumers should take time and care in planning a home improvement project. Unfortunately, most consumers spend less time choosing a contractor than they do choosing a car.

Here are a few tips for choosing the right contractor:

  • Determine the type of Contractor you need for your project
  • Be sure they have a VA Contractors license
  • Check their references
  • Get bids (remember the lowest price isn’t always the best price)



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.




Smart Strategies for Bathroom Remodeling

You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value. You can have both.

Stick to a Plan

A bathroom remodel is no place for improvisation. Before ripping out the first tile, think hard about how you will use the space, what materials and fixtures you want, and how much you’re willing to spend.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending up to six months evaluating and planning before beginning work. That way, you have a roadmap that will guide decisions, even the ones made under remodeling stress. Once work has begun — a process that averages two to three months — resist changing your mind. Work stoppages and alterations add costs. Some contractors include clauses in their contracts that specify premium prices for changing original plans.

If planning isn’t your strong suit, hire a designer. In addition to adding style and efficiency, a professional designer makes sure contractors and installers are scheduled in an orderly fashion. A pro charges $100 to $200 per hour, and spends 10 to 30 hours on a bathroom project.

Keep the Same Footprint

You can afford that Italian tile you love if you can live with the total square footage you already have.

Keeping the same footprint, and locating new plumbing fixtures near existing plumbing pipes, saves demolition and reconstruction dollars. You’ll also cut down on the dust and debris that make remodeling so hard to live with.

Make the most of the space you have. Glass doors on showers and tubs open up the area. A pedestal sink takes up less room than a vanity. If you miss the storage, replace a mirror with a deep medicine cabinet.

Make Lighting a Priority

Multiple shower heads and radiant heat floors are fabulous adds to a bathroom remodel. But few items make a bathroom more satisfying than lighting designed for everyday grooming. You can install lighting for a fraction of the cost of pricier amenities.

Well-designed bathroom task lighting surrounds vanity mirrors and eliminates shadows on faces: You look better already. The scheme includes two ceiling- or soffit-mounted fixtures, and side fixtures or sconces distributed vertically across 24 inches (to account for people of various heights). Four-bulb lighting fixtures work well for side lighting.

Today, shopping for bulbs means paying attention to lumens, the amount of light you get from a bulb — i.e., brightness. For these bathroom task areas, the Lighting Research Center recommends:

  • Toilet: 45 lumens
  • Sink: 450 lumens
  • Vanity: 1,680 lumens

Clear the Air

Bathroom ventilation systems may be out of sight, but they shouldn’t be out of mind during a bathroom remodel.

Bathroom ventilation is essential for removing excess humidity that fogs mirrors, makes bathroom floors slippery, and contributes to the growth of mildew and mold. Controlling mold and humidity is especially important for maintaining healthy indoor air quality and protecting the value of your home — mold remediation is expensive, and excess humidity can damage cabinets and painted finishes.

A bathroom vent and water closet fan should exhaust air to the outside — not simply to the space between ceiling joists. Better models have whisper-quiet exhaust fans and humidity-controlled switches that activate when a sensor detects excess moisture in the air.

Think Storage

Bathroom storage is a challenge: By the time you’ve installed the toilet, shower, and sink, there’s often little space left to store towels, toilet paper, and hair and body products. Here are some ways to find storage in hidden places.

  • Think vertically: Upper wall space in a bathroom is often underused. Freestanding, multi-tiered shelf units designed to fit over toilet tanks turn unused wall area into found storage. Spaces between wall studs create attractive and useful niches for holding soaps and toiletries. Install shelves over towel bars to use blank wall space.
  • Think moveable: Inexpensive woven baskets set on the floor are stylish towel holders. A floor-stand coat rack holds wet towels, bath robes, and clothes.
  • Think utility: Adding a slide-out tray to vanity cabinet compartments provides full access to stored items and prevents lesser-used items from being lost or forgotten.

Choose Low-Cost Design for High Visual Impact

A “soft scheme” adds visual zest to your bathroom, but doesn’t create a one-of-a-kind look that might scare away future buyers.

Soft schemes employ neutral colors for permanent fixtures and surfaces, then add pizzazz with items that are easily changed, such as shower curtains, window treatments, towels, throw rugs, and wall colors. These relatively low-cost decorative touches provide tons of personality but are easy to redo whenever you want.

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Make-Over Inspirations for your Home

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Remodeling Small Bathrooms

Space influence your mood. It helps you think and feel better in times when you feel down. That’s why in remodeling and redesigning any room in your home, always consider what makes you feel good. Look for inspiration in your day to day life and incorporate them into your own ideas.

So when it comes to your small bathroom space, here are simple bathroom remodeling ideas that can totally make a difference in the interior:

Vanity Mirrors

Vanity Mirror - Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.What plays an important role in your beauty routine can also magically make your bathroom appear bigger. Yes, mirrors can do that. These piece of furniture that almost every women swear upon can do wonders. When placed strategically in a location where light directly hits, mirrors can fool your eyes and make you feel like you are in a spacious room. It give the illusion of depth. Don’t you just like it when a single object can serve multiple purposes?

Graphic Lattice Wallpapers

Graphic Lattice Wallpapers - Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.If you are a lover of art and you want to include at least one significant piece to alter the look of your entire bath, get a graphic lattice wallpaper. It has numerous design ranging from basic overlapping lines to complex themed color schemes. Unlike paint, it doesn’t chip as easily and they come in unique color combinations. Choosing the right design that fits everything else in your bathroom’s new interior can add dimension into the room.

Space Saving Furniture

Space Saving Furniture - Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.Cut the clutter. If you find something that doesn’t go well with the limited space in your bathroom, take it out and get rid of it. Don’t include it in the interior ultimately. Aside from using designs that bring depth into your bathroom, you also need to work with pieces that won’t take up a lot of space. For example, instead of having a separate shower stall and a bathtub, you can just merge them into one.

Good Lighting


Never underestimate the power of a good lighting. A brighter room is always more pleasant to be in than a dimly lit one. Light can open up the space and makes you feel like you actually have a bigger breathing room. Allow more natural light in. You can add up extra windows if you like, or you can incorporate a smart lighting system. Whatever works for you.

Pastel and Muted Colors

Pastel and Muted Colors - Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.

Sometimes, when you are working with dark shades, the warmth of the color can make the room confining and constricting. This is an excellent technique to use if you want to make an empty large space look cozy. But when you’re not working with that much space to begin with, go for the lighter shades. Pastel and muted colors are perfect because they are fresh and clean to look at. They are also reflective and they can make a room feel airy.

Custom-fit Shelves

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Cabinets to put your towels and other bath essentials in can be bulky. To manage your space better, get custom-fit shelves instead. They can be placed anywhere you want and you can easily adjust them in any shape and size you want.

There you go! Six simple ways for you to completely transform your bathroom. Keep these in mind and make sure to work with professional remodelers in order for you to achieve the best results. 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!

Must Have Bathroom Trends this 2017

Planning a bathroom remodel for the new year? Here are interior design trends you shouldn’t miss out this 2017.

Non-slip & Matte Tiles

Non Slip & Matte Tiles - Foster Remodeling Solutions

Accidents often take place in bathrooms because the floors are almost always wet. This is a common problem for moms with little kids. A slippery floor is just too risky at times. That’s why non-slip, matte tiles are widely welcomed for the past couple of years. You can’t simply say no to this preventive design.




Bamboo & Hardwood Flooring

Bamboo & Hardwood Flooring - Foster Remodeling SolutionsThese two materials might not sound too ideal for the usual bathroom look, but these two are actually super chic. If you are thinking about recreating a tropical themed bath that will remind you of a 5-star luxury spa in the Maldives, this trend is for you. Bamboo and hardwood has this gorgeous, earthy vibe that compliments any color scheme. Think about incorporating dwarf-sized palm trees, potted plants and flowers for this design. You will definitely feel like you’re out vacationing somewhere sunny.

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Nude & Muted Colors

Nude & Muted Colors - Foster Remodeling Solutions

Sometimes, bright colors can come out as offensive, it may even make a room look smaller and warmer. You may find it harder to relax when the walls are speaking volumes. What you can do this year is to go for nude, muted, and pastel colors. They are clean and polite on the eyes, they promote a certain freshness in the room, and they can make the space appear wider. It is also more on the feminine side. So ladies, if you are thinking about spicing up your bathroom, repaint its walls.



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Soft Lighting

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White fluorescent lights are a little too harsh on the eyes. A good chandelier or a warmer and yellow toned light will do a better task at helping you relax, especially if you love to pamper yourself. Soft lighting can be tastefully placed all over your master bath, so think about having a gorgeous glow from the walls near your bathtub or right on top of the vanity mirror and sink.


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Geometric Designs

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Squares aren’t the only thing that’s acceptable to use for your bathroom walls and flooring. This 2017, it is absolutely trendy to use other geometric shapes to form an artistic collage. Be it a triangle or an octagon, the possibilities are limitless. If you and your interior designer can whip up a color that perfectly suits your master bath’s theme, you will be one lucky person. A unique bathroom look can impress all sorts of guests.

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Classics & Vintage Patterns

Classic and Vintage Patterns

When in doubt, you always have a safe pick with the classics. It is timeless and it matches all the seasons of the year. White tiles with pink and coral detailing will fit any bathroom type. Vintage designs on the other hand is treasured well. Remember the patterned tiles? Yes, they are indeed a lovely feature to have.

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With these trends and with the right home building team, you can turn your dream bathroom into a reality. What are you waiting for then? 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!


Bathroom Makeover Ideas for Every Season

As seasons change, your bathroom designs should too. It’s not enough to just have one look throughout the entire year. It can get boring and you will most likely lose interest in your bathroom that way. Here are some tips on how to make your bathroom presentable for all seasons:


bathroom remodeling - spring season - foster remodeling solutions Floral is a staple for Spring. You can do this by placing fresh flowers on a vase next to your sink. White flowers with light pink and lush green foliage is a perfect decoration for every bathroom. You can have them in detail around your mirror, or have it as a pattern for your curtains if you have any. These simple changes can make anything look more alive and feminine.

You can also try painting the walls with muted and pastel colors for that cool and clean effect. Classic white tiles is a traditional grand bath design that will work with every season of the year too. Lighter tones and spacious designs can promote a calming feeling that will surely encourage you to spend more time in your tub.


bathroom remodeling - summer season - foster remodeling solutions Summer has always been a loud season. Loud in a sense that it is usually incorporated with bright, bold colors that usually reflect fun and excitement. Hues of yellow, green, orange and electric blue give of that tropical vibe. You can add some art works of your choice. It could be splotches of paint or a well-crafted piece of furniture. With the help of experts, it’s possible to squeeze in a tub big enough for two people inside a normal-sized bath. And they can even make it look spacious. Bathing will then feel like you are on a luxurious spa somewhere in the South Pacific.

Don’t ever limit yourself when it comes to your home. Bathrooms may not be the first room your guests would think about, but it’s a pretty personal area that can really show people how well you enjoy your “me time.” If you are a Summer person, don’t hesitate to incorporate a single design that goes well with the season.


bathroom remodeling - fall season - foster remodeling solutions With the red and brown leaves falling to the ground, Fall is surely a unique season on its own. It’s colder than the last two seasons, but it’s also warmer than Winter. Usually this season attracts color with warmer tones and hues.

Add an armchair or two in your bathroom. Place it just beside your tub or right next to your sink where it hits the mirror at a perfect angle. This way, if you ever felt like sitting down while you are waiting for the tub to fill or the water to reach its perfect temperature, you’d have somewhere to sit on. Deep mahogany cabinets and pieces of furniture will complete your grand bath’s Autumn theme. You can also go for the classic plum if you want. An excellent interior design team will be able to provide you with the look that can best portray the magic of this season without much hassle for your bathroom remodeling.


bathroom remodeling - winter season - foster remodeling solutions Winter is a festive season. It’s cold, but it shouldn’t stop you from achieving your ideal bathroom interior design. When it’s freezing outside, it should be soothingly warm inside. But to celebrate the holidays brought by this season, you can incorporate deep colors of red and green. These two may not look good with the other three seasons, but if you pair and match them up with a complementing color, it will work.

A good tip for this time of year is to add fairy lights along your glass shower doors, plain walls, mirrors, or tubs. They are not too harsh and they are lovely to have around come winter holidays.

Bathrooms are easy to redesign and redecorate once you get to work with the right professional home-building team. Of course, there are some DIYs all over the internet that you can most likely try, but when it comes to major renovations and remodeling, call the experts.

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12 Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas

Whether your bathroom is large or small, these savvy storage ideas will help you add space and stay organized.

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Making use of every inch of space is essential in a small bathroom. Marian Parsons hung an easy-to-make handmade cabinet to make use of the empty wall space. The different compartments store a variety of bathroom items while maintaining an organized look.




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This built-in storage tower not only stores several towels, but it also brings visual interest to the neutral bathroom. This designer placed rolled towels in the compartments to add color and texture to the space. The floating vanity has open shelving for even more storage.




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Freestanding storage is a great option if you frequently change the design of your bathroom. Ana White built this simple storage ladder and stored different items at each level. Paint the ladder any color to match your bathroom design style, and fill the ladder with different types of containers to bring dimension to the space.



screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-2-29-56-pmVanity Niches
This Old World-style bathroom, is centered on a large vanity with oversize drawers for plenty of storage space. The vanity mirror is flanked by two deep niches complete with shelving to store towels for guests.





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Bathroom Remodeling – Splurge or Save?

0914_landryFunction is the No. 1 priority in a bathroom—if it doesn’t “work” for you, who cares whether the tile is patterned in period-perfect Arts and Crafts style? Ultimately, you must be able to easily, conveniently use the space and the features within it.


“In the end, you need a good quality toilet that works well, a good valve body for the faucets that gives you the type of water flow you want,” says Ken Perrin, president, Artistic Renovations, Cleveland, Ohio.


That said, the bathroom should be an appealing place to go. Especially in a master suite where the bathroom becomes more of a spa/resting space than a utilitarian room, some of the bells and whistles (heated floors) are certainly worth the splurge. And, in fact, some of the luxuries that seem like they would blow your budget are actually within reach (again, heated floors).


Here is some general advice on where to spend and splurge:


Tile. Save money on the background tile and spend on some decorative eye candy. Or, choose targeted spaces for beautiful tile treatment—such as a vanity backsplash or a wall in the shower—and fill in the rest with economical but effective, basic porcelain. “You can do one wall of mosaic that will cost $20 to $50 per square foot, but the space is only 40 x 10 inches, and do the rest in plain field tile that is $5 per square foot,” says Cassia Wyner, designer/owner, CW Design, Brookline, Mass. “It’s worth spending an extra $500 for some ‘wow’ factor.”
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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7 Mistakes NOT to make in your Bathroom Remodel

Whether you are just replacing an outdated vanity or renovating the entire space, bathroom remodeling can be an expensive proposition. Read on to find out the 7 most common mistakes made during a bathroom renovation and how you can avoid them in your own home.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-1-00-57-pm1. Don’t Ignore the Bathroom Fan

Don’t forget about this often-overlooked feature: an appropriately sized bathroom exhaust fan. Without proper ventilation, humidity gets trapped in the enclosed space. Over time, this moist environment becomes the perfect home for mold and mildew, and allows paint, grout, and metal to deteriorate. Whether you already have a fan or add one in your renovation, make sure to vacuum the vent clean of construction dust and debris before switching the fan on in your updated space.


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Planning is everything! Instead of discovering your bathroom’s specific needs after you’ve already ripped out the toilet, make a plan that takes into account precise measurements, anticipated cost, all materials, and your own personal taste. Map out your plan for any family members or contractors who will be helping you with the remodel.


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If your plan for your bathroom renovation focuses on looks rather than function, that’s a big problem. Leave the decorating for later and think about the layout and spacing first. If you’re breaking down walls and moving plumbing fixtures, you’ll not only want to make sure the new layout satisfies building codes for minimal spacing guidelines, but also be certain that the placement of fixtures and furnishings allows for comfortable    everyday use.


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Bathrooms undergo some serious stress—from high moisture levels to quick temperature shifts. To prevent warped or mildewed floors, walls, or vanities, you’ll want to choose materials designed specifically for the bathroom. When you’re spending lots of money to redo your space, it’s important to know that your wallpaper can survive high humidity and your wood vanity will stand the test of time.


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