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Lake Ridge Design Project

All Kitchens great and small, all things bright and beautiful, Foster Remodeling loves them all!

We recently completed a kitchen remodel nestled in a sweet little community in Lake Ridge, VA. The neighborhood is full of cute little homes with cedar roofs and each home has a unique siding color and style to it. To me, it’s like a little storybook village. This particular client has a home with the typical 1980’s kitchen.  A little space, just 10×12 in scale and your basic builder grade oak cabinets with soffits and sheet vinyl flooring.  It needed an update and some TLC!  A call was made to Foster and I went to see the client and discuss the project. We talked about likes, dislikes and what together we envisioned for the space.

From the pictures above, you can get a feel for the space as it was when we met.  After our initial meeting I came back to my office and worked up a conceptual plan for the new space and what I would present in our next meeting. The main thing we talked about was how to make the small space seem bigger. The first thing I suggested was to remove the soffits…instant enlargement detail.  We also wanted to keep the space bright and fresh.  We focused on storage and products that would give our client the best value for her investment.  The ease of use and care was also big on the list.

When we moved into our design phase I informed and guided her towards particular selections that would not only fit her ideal budget, but would also perform best for her in terms of everyday wear and tear.  We went with our Waypoint cabinet line and selected a Shaker style door in a Maple Spice finish to meet her desire to have a wood tone in the space.  For the tops we selected the Weybourne color from the Cambria Quartz product line, backed by a simple white subway tile backsplash.

A small single bowl stainless steel sink is now centered below the pass-thru rather being offset as it had been previously.  In place of a wasted blind corner cabinet now sits a full size and fully functional lazy susan corner base unit.  The existing fridge was reused and remained in the same space, but we designed around the fact that if it were ever to be replaced, she would be able to trade in for a taller unit that fits by simply removing a filler panel.  The double oven range which she purchased from our partners, Appliance Connection, was repositioned to allow for a greater work space between it and the sink. One of the biggest transitions to the space was the addition of a center peninsula type island that took place of the old kitchen table. The island not only acts as additional storage, including a built-in trash can and prep space but now unifies the space and gives her that true eat-in kitchen experience.  We also addressed the need for even more storage by adding a tall panty unit modified to 15” deep for storing her larger cooking items.  The vinyl flooring was replaced with DuraCeramic 16×16 tile in Chateau Gray to tie in the need for some whimsical and soft marble type movement to mimic the countertops.

Top that all off with a nice stacked cabinet crown molding reaching to the ceiling.  We added some recessed lighting, on a dimmer, and repositioned her family heirloom Tiffany style pendant light as the focal feature that also served as inspiration for the paint color that was chosen.  As you can see below it’s quite the transformation and our client is beyond happy with the results. She is also very impressed with the workmanship, care and attention that was given to her “little ol’ project”. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and hope you will enjoy seeing the finished product as well.

Have a small space…let me help you make it shine too!

~Rachel

written by Rachel Mignogna – Design Consultant – Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.

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


 

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.

Written by: John Riha – House Logic – https://www.houselogic.com/by-room/bathroom-laundry/strategy-for-bathroom-remodeling/


 

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

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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Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Get your kitchen in order with this go-to guide for cabinet organization.

072616_saganWhen it comes to loving where you live, organization plays a big role. And while there are strategies, gurus, and services galore that focus on domestic overhauls, when it comes to organizing your stuff, it sometimes just feels better to do it yourself — and as simply as possible. Just don’t start to organize until you’ve taken inventory and purged the items you no longer need (like that mini food processor you bought with good intentions but never actually use).

So before you start browsing new homes to find a larger place for all your stuff, consider these simple kitchen organization tricks, which can help you but the fun back into what should be one of the most functional rooms of your home.

 

 

Start with a blank slate

0726_pickusWhen you’re playing the organization game, it’s important to start from scratch — especially in the kitchen. So empty out all those cabinets and drawers, and sort your stuff into three piles: trash, donate or sell, and keep. Take the trash out immediately, and put the donate/sell pile somewhere out of sight (like the trunk of your car), so you won’t be tempted to put any of it back into the keep pile.

Then, separate your keep pile into smaller piles by usage: cookware, dishes, seasoning, and storage, and put them near the cabinets and drawers where they’ll be most convenient.

Location, location, location

Yes, cookware takes up a lot of space — but it should still be easily accessible and kept close to the stove. If getting out your stock pot for spaghetti night is always an exercise in frustration, your take-out menus will probably get more use than it does.

The bottom shelf — prime cabinet real estate — is for deeper pots and pans. Store with handles out to render them just a quick grab away from use and to give you a clear view of what dimensions and depths you actually have on hand.

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Written by: Trulia – Life At Home

Transforming Your Laundry Room

Doing laundry is something that no one enjoys, but everyone knows is a must. However, a cluttered, inconvenient laundry room will make the task more difficult. Have you ever considered a laundry room renovation? We’ve put together a few ideas for relatively simple renovations that may ultimately innovate the way you do your laundry. If you find yourself dreading laundry day more than all the other tasks you complete, maybe one of these renovations will make life a little easier for you.

  • laundry-room-countertops-thmbAdd Countertops – Choosing a front-loading washer and dryer and installing them within countertops (much like your dishwasher is installed in a countertop system in the kitchen) will give you plenty of counter space for folding laundry and completing other tasks. The best part of this renovation is that you are given some creative license—you can choose from any of the fresh, modern countertop options available today.
  • A Utility Sink – Utility sinks in the laundry room are much more useful than you would ever imagine. Think about how nice it would be to soak stained clothes in the laundry room. Imagine using this sink for a bleach load. Additionally, you always have a handy sink for washing your hands too.
  • laundry-room-shelving-thmbConsider Custom Shelving – Custom shelving is an option that works great in a walk-in closet. However, it can be a magnificent choice for laundry rooms too. Adding cubbies, drawers and hanging rods will give you plenty of space for items that need to be sewn or even those objects that don’t seem to have a home anywhere else in the house.
  • Fold-Out Racks – If you find yourself taking advantage of any available space to dry clothing that cannot go in the dryer, an easy solution might be to install fold-out drying racks. These will be available for your use when you need them and can be folded up into the wall when you do not.
  • laundry-room-window-thmbAdd a Window – While a window may not be a “must” for a laundry room, it is an excellent idea. You can let in a little fresh air, let some of the stale, dryer air escape. Adding a window will also help add natural light to a space that can often feel cramped and tight. Depending on the placement of the laundry room in the house, a window may also allow you to keep your eye on your yard or driveway.
  • Under Counter Pet Bed – In many homes, the laundry room becomes the “pet room.” If this is where your dog or cat goes to eat and relax anyway, why not create a space of his or her own? If you have a counter, leave the door off one area and install a washable pet bed inside. This keeps the bed from taking up floor space and gives fluffy a safe, comfortable place to escape.

If you are interested in trying any of these renovation ideas, or you have an idea of your own, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. We serve the Northern Virginia and Washington DC area—providing all types of remodeling and renovations, from the simplest to the most complex. We look forward to working with you, too!

9 Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Cleaner Longer

davidFunkBecause scrubbing tile is low on the list of things you want to do this weekend…

We hear you. When we polled 5000 Good Housekeeping readers about their cleaning habits, it came through loud and clear that the bathroom is not only one of your home’s most important rooms to keep clean, and but also one of the most difficult.

Here’s how to get more mileage out of your efforts and help this high-traffic room stay fresh longer.

1. Stop moisture in its tracks.
Nothing helps delay mildew stains like a dry shower. Hang a squeegee over the shower head and make it a rule that the last one to take a shower wipes down the walls, tub, and shower doors. A couple extra minutes of work can really minimize cleaning time in the long-run.

You can also quickly zap moisture by opening a window and turning on the exhaust fan while showering. Leaving the door open, even a crack, helps it dissipate. And don’t forget to stretch the shower curtain open when it dries, too.

2. Coat shower walls and doors with a water repellent.
We like EnduroShield or RainX. They help water, minerals, and soap scum bead up and run off, so there’s less for you to scrub away.

3. Skip bar soap at the sink.
Use a liquid soap with a pump or a even hands-free soap dispenser instead. Eliminating the grimy soap dish with help your sink and countertop stay cleaner.

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by: Carolyn Forte – Good Housekeeping

 


 

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


 

13 Design-Friendly Storage Solutions for the Bathroom

Adequate storage is crucial to the success of any room, and the bathroom is no exception. In fact, we often overlook the need for storage in this much-used area or are challenged by the small dimensions of the space. But whatever the size or style of your bathroom, there are nifty ways to work in storage, whether it’s built-in drawers around a bath, handsome shelves or vintage baskets.
Modern Bathroom by Kristy Noble Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Squeeze in a drawer. A bathroom often contains little pockets of underused space. Think about exploiting them by building in neat little drawers. As many bathroom products are small, even a sliver of additional storage can be really useful.

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April 27, 2016   Houzz UK Contributor

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