Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead, look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.

Here are nine trends that are popular now, but have staying power because they address lifestyle needs, convenience, and savings — ensuring you’ll enjoy your kitchen for many years.

#1 Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong

It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get any more popular. But the preference for white cabinets continues to soar. Sixty-seven percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members said that white is their top choice for cabinets, a 20% climb from two years ago. And layering white on white — white backsplashes beneath white cabinets on white countertops — was spotlighted in the 2014 Best in American Living Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders.

Whirlpool’s White Ice collection, with its glass-like glossy sheen, is being hailed as the first appliance exterior to rival stainless steel.

White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it. Plus, the new icy look is simple, cool, and able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles.

And since stainless has filtered down to the masses, it no longer has that expensive and exclusive cache it once had. But white will always have staying power.

#2 Want Color? Go for Neutral Gray

The popularity of sleek, sophisticated gray color schemes is soaring. Seventy-one percent of NKBA designers said gray is the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens in 2014.

But gray can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, gray can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, gray can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity. So while white kitchens are a safe bet, gray is neutral enough — and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.

#3 Embrace Smaller Appliances

Small is big these days. Micro-living is taking off for millennials and retirees. Owners of multigenerational homes are installing tiny, secondary kitchens for returning adult children and elderly parents.

Typically, these micro-kitchens feature a two-burner cooktop, combo microwave/convection oven, 18-inch dishwasher, and 60-inch fridge or refrigerator drawer.

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written by: Lisa Kaplan Gordon – HouseLogic.com


 

Make-Over Inspirations for your Home

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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.


 

Hot Home Improvement Trends for 2017

If you weren’t able to achieve your dream home in 2016, don’t lose hope. 2017 has brought even better trends that will surely make you happy. It’s all about remodeling smartly, focusing on smaller changes and incorporating personal touches to create a different and unique outcome.

Here are hot home improvement trends you should definitely do this year:

 

Kitchen Remodeling – Latest Upgrades

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The latest upgrades will surely cut you some slack. It will make your life so easy, you’ll be able to magically prepare meals in the least time possible. Induction cook-tops provide easy touch and swipe controls that allows you to adjust the heat temperature according to your liking. If you are working on eating healthy, a steam oven can retain a food’s nutrients unlike the usual oven. It also cooks faster. You can also install a Bluetooth device that will automatically sync all your appliances together.

Pastel Shades – Wallpapers & Carpets

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One of the best ways to add color into a room is by adding carpets and wallpapers. They still require a lot of work, but unlike paint, they aren’t as messy. This year it’s all about colors and shades that are pleasant to the eyes. Pastel shades are great because they look soft and neutral, they can add a touch of elegance in any room. Faux fur carpets, on the other hand, are also a classic piece that never goes out of style. This trend will go well with wooden pieces of furniture.

Stain Resistant Fabrics – Upholstery

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Contemporary furniture producers have been working hard to develop upholstery fabrics that are resistant to stains. This will give homeowners the chance to wipe down and clean their pieces of furniture effortlessly. Something like this is good to have for longer periods of time because you won’t have to worry too much about its maintenance.

Stones – Accent Walls & Fireplaces

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An easy way to do this trick is by picking two complementary colors. It helps if you are well-versed with the color wheel, so you can pick the most suitable base for your walls as well as the accent color. You can even go monochromatic on this one. Black against white is always timely. But this year, it’s all about the piled stones and the bricked wall around the fireplace. It’s natural and bold at the same time, you will never go wrong with this trend.

Open Shelves – Sorting & Organization

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Open shelves give you a bigger space. It will also make the room a little less crowded. This is perfect to have around the kitchen in case you want an open pantry, or if you want to find your dishware right away without opening one too many doors. You can also install a floating shelf in your living room or bedroom so that you can place other things in it, such as your favorite book collection and your photo albums.

Working with the right home building team can help you make your dream home into a reality. 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!

9 Kitchen Design Trends That Can’t Go Wrong

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Remodeling your kitchen is a huge commitment. Make sure you’re getting the best return by making choices that’ll last. Here are 9 trends with staying power.

 

 

 

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead, look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.

Here are nine trends that are popular now, but have staying power because they address lifestyle needs, convenience, and savings — ensuring you’ll enjoy your kitchen for many years.

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1. Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong

It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get any more popular. But the preference for white cabinets continues to soar. Sixty-seven percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members said that white is their top choice for cabinets, a 20% climb from two years ago. And layering white on white — white backsplashes beneath white cabinets on white countertops — was spotlighted in the 2014 Best in American Living Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders.

Whirlpool’s White Ice collection, with its glass-like glossy sheen, is being hailed as the first appliance exterior to rival stainless steel.

White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it. Plus, the new icy look is simple, cool, and able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles.

And since stainless has filtered down to the masses, it no longer has that expensive and exclusive cache it once had. But white will always have staying power.

 

011717_greyKitchen2. Want Color? Go for Neutral Gray

The popularity of sleek, sophisticated gray color schemes is soaring. Seventy-one percent of NKBA designers said gray is the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens in 2014.

But gray can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, gray can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, gray can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity.  So while white kitchens are a safe bet, gray is neutral enough — and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.

 

 

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Written by: – House Logic Contributor

How to Spice up Your Foyer

Aside from your home’s exterior, your foyer would be the first thing people will notice the moment they step foot into your house. Spice it up by getting additions remodeling from design-build experts. They can turn your interior around and magically make it more attractive than ever. Yes, it’s on the costly side, but it’s the best value for money. It will give you a quality transformation that you might not get through DIYs. With that said, here are some tricks and tips you should try with your interior design team.

Patterned Walls

patterned walls - foster remodeling solutions Plain walls are boring. They lack life and they are pretty common. Instead of painting your walls with a single color and decorating it with picture frames, try drawing a picture on it. You can have geometric shapes or single lines. Then as you go on from one shape to another, paint it in different colors. You can go with monochromatic ones or you can check the color wheel for references on which shades go best. You can elevate this trick by doing murals. That would look like you have a work of art plastered all over your entryway. As you walk in, you will be automatically met with an image that makes you enjoy being home.

Oversized Mirrors

oversized mirrors - foster remodeling solutions Mirrors are classic decorations. They are not too fancy and they don’t overwhelm the entire room either. Having one or two oversized mirror in your foyer is actually strategic. Mirrors, when placed in front of your window, reflects light. It will make your foyer appear larger and spacious. It’s also handy to have around because you can easily check yourself while you are on your way out of the door. It will give you a very good excuse of fixing yourself and admiring your look before stepping out and starting your day.
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Vintage Pieces

vintage pieces - foster remodeling solutionsIt’s nice to have something from the past in your home, especially if those certain pieces hold a significant value to you and your family. It could be your grandfather’s old bicycle, your grandmother’s favorite vanity mirror, your family’s old grand piano, your mother’s rocking horse, etc. These are unique pieces that makes your foyer stand out from the rest. Vintage pieces are also great conversation starters for when you are entertaining guests. As they walk into your home, you can casually tell them the story about how you obtained them and how long have you had them. It will be an interesting topic that people would surely enjoy to listen.
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Works of Art

works of art - foster remodeling solutions Place your interests in your entryway. Whether you’re into paintings, sculptures, or pottery, make it a point to have these pieces where people can see them. Sure, you can always have them all in a private room where you can take better care of them, but what’s the point of obtaining them if you’re just going to hide them? Place one of favorites on a wall just next to your front door. It will your guests right up that you have eye for art and if they are interested in the same artist as you are, you could easily get into a friendly conversation.
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Don’t hesitate to try these in your very own home. Work with design-build professionals such as Foster Remodeling. These experts know what goes best with your home’s interior and they can easily work their around it without compromising its original design. Foster Remodeling has been providing home remodeling solutions to many homeowners in Northern Virginia for over thirty years. Work with them today and get a free estimate.

Sources:

https://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/entryway-ideas/g650/fabulous-designer-foyers/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/516014069775859271/
https://photos.hgtv.com/rooms/other-space/foyer/midcentury-modern/p/1
https://www.colsite.com/12851-17-excellent-foyer-painting-photo-ideas/home-painting-ideas/

Cabinet Styles 101

2 When it comes to cabinet construction, there are 3 types. Inset cabinets have doors that recess into the face frame so that doors and cabinet fronts are flush. This is how cabinets were constructed up until the mid-twentieth century and it’s a popular choice for traditional style and historic homes. One thing to keep in mind when considering doors styles is storage capacity. Inset doors and drawers are an elegant choice, but will be narrower than overlay.

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A partial overlay door sits on top of the cabinet face frame and overlaps the opening, leaving typically between ¼ and ½” of the frame exposed. This is the most common type of door and works with either a traditional or modern design style. Overlay has a slightly increased storage capacity over inset.

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Full overlay, also known as full access offers the most storage capacity per cabinet because the face frame is eliminated or considerably reduced. It is often associated with modern style kitchens, but can work well in a transitional style kitchen with a raised panel or shaker style door.

The best way to understand different cabinet styles is to visit a showroom where you can see and compare them side by side.

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Foster Remodeling Solutions
7211-H Telegraph Square Drive
Lorton, VA 22079

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Written by: Dory Clemens – Design Consultant – Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.