Sarah’s Style File – July 2015

Sarah2_121812Welcome to Sarah’s Style File, I’m Sarah, Foster Remodeling Solutions Director of Design and I’m bringing to you a feature project to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this issue’s highlighted project I have chosen a kitchen remodel in Reston. In this kitchen minor changes to the layout and major changes to the finishes created a high impact look with unique and classic choices.




01_kitchen The main goals of this project were to modernize the space in both layout and style. The original kitchen, while open with lots of natural light, provided limited storage and the appliance layout broke up the work triangle and ate into the countertop space. As you can see from the before and after photos we reworked the layout keeping the kitchen within its comfortably sized footprint to provide more storage and more open counter space.









On the floorplan you can see the original layout left an open nook of space at the doorway from the main foyer into the kitchen. This doorway had two operable doors which they never used so they just took up space and to try and make use of this area the clients placed a small desk which ended up getting cluttered. After playing with a few different options for the layout we decided to remove the doors and use this void space as the new location for the double oven which faces inward toward the kitchen and a broom closet behind it facing the adjacent wall. Floor to ceiling cabinets for both added quite a bit of storage and allowed for upper and lower cabinets with countertop to the left of the cooktop which is ideal. We also removed the peninsula and small island so that we could build a much larger island with an overhang. This island space functions not only as prep space and storage, but also works as a buffet and creates a “buffer zone” between functional tasks for the kitchen (ie doing dishes or cooking) and non-functional tasks (ie hanging out and chatting). It’s always nice to have a buffer zone between the functional and non-functional space in a kitchen because guests always end up there so we might as well accommodate them so they don’t get in the way! Another nice feature of this kitchen is by removing the soffits (that were purely decorative) we extended the cabinetry upward to the ceiling and with high 9′-0″ ceilings added a double stacked crown to add visual interest and draw the eye up. This detail alone makes the space feel and look much larger.

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For the finishes in the space we wanted a unique look without going too trendy. We started with the cabinets as they are the largest impact item in the space. Originally teetering between a gray stain and an espresso we decided to combine the two and make the overall main color the nice charcoal gray and contrast the island in the deeper espresso. Gray stains have become VERY popular in the past few years and what I love about them is they’re a nice neutral, a little more interesting than a typical brown stain, and being a stain it still allows the graining of the wood to show through. For the countertops we chose a granite with warm tones to balance out the gray so that the overall look wouldn’t go too cool. This one, Giallo Fiorito, is typically quite consistent in pattern and color but with any natural stone I always recommend hand selecting your slabs in person as was beneficial in this case because the color variation between several slabs of this stone was quite high. For the hardware and plumbing fixtures we matched the stainless steel on the appliances but you can see the accent lights are a dark bronze. This created a nice contrast and pulled more of the brown color also found in the espresso stain which was a nice choice. For the backsplash we started with a classic glazed subway tile and installed a band of accent tiles along each wall. This accent tile had varying shades of neutrals with a mix of natural stones and glass. For the floors we removed the existing tile and matched the original oak hardwoods in the adjacent foyer and dining room re-staining in Minwax Special Walnut which is lighter brown tone and works well throughout the home. A soft warm gray on the walls pulls all of the finishes together and provides just enough contrast to allow the cabinets to pop off the wall.

Thanks for joining me for Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again! As always, if you have questions about a project or you are thinking about remodeling, give me a call here at Foster Remodeling Solutions!

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Written by Sarah Wolf – Director of Design – Foster Remodeling Solutions