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!


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

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)



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.


Sunrooms…Enjoy the seasons all year long

blog_dobsonIn the dog days of summer, spending time outdoors is often best left to the brave and hearty. Northern Virginia summers combine oppressive heat with high humidity and routine thunderstorms. One way to continue to enjoy the beautiful scenery of your home and have a safer outdoor experience this summer is with a sunroom. A sunroom affords the extra protection from high temperatures, gnats, mosquitoes and pouring rain. It is usually a straightforward addition that can be a single concept or combined with a garage or other rooms. What’s more, it is equally enjoyable in the cooler weather, a cozy place to watch the snow fall or the leaves changing colors.

Through our design build process, Foster Remodeling can help you create the ideal sunroom addition for your home. It can be essentially encased in glass or have a traditional ceiling instead. We can help you choose the right location, size and purpose for your sunroom. We specialize in architectural design and building construction as a team project. We handle the concept from beginning to end so that you meet your budget and we meet your time table.

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Creating a sunroom has a number of advantages for you as a homeowner beyond being a respite from summer heat and cold winter temperatures. For those with a beautiful yard, the sunroom can enhance the enjoyment. The sunroom, when placed thoughtfully, can have the best view in the house. Walls of glass afford an uninterrupted view of the waterfront, woods or well-decorated landscape.

Keep an eye on your children at play outside when you enjoy the comfort of the indoors without sacrificing supervision or safety. At night, a clear glass ceiling features spectacular stargazing or a rare opportunity to see storms forming above the house as it begins to rain. Add a table or some comfortable furniture for a quiet haven from the rest of the busy household. In the quiet of morning, watch rabbits or deer foraging for food outdoors while you enjoy a cup of coffee.

blog_senaOne key reason for adding a sunroom is to create more space in the home. Sunrooms make a nice place for entertaining where friends and family can gather for a meal or to watch a sunset. For the artistic and creative mind that works at home, a sunroom is the ideal environment to find solitude and a peaceful, productive environment. It can also be a place to add wireless Internet for laptop users or a nice speaker system for musical entertainment buffs.

Let Foster Remodeling Solutions help get you the sunroom of your dreams. Call us today for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. 703.550.1371

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9 Kitchen Design Trends That Can’t Go Wrong


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.


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

What is your Cabinet Style?

Whether you’re installing brand new kitchen cabinets or looking to refurbish existing ones, the range of available kitchen cabinet styles can seem overwhelming at first. Exploring the most common options and keeping a few helpful pointers in mind will help you choose the style that’s right for your home.


screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-03-57-amContemporary design is sleek and minimalist by nature, giving your home a streamlined and clean look. To achieve this effect, contemporary kitchen cabinets generally have flat surfaces and minimal ornamentation.

Contemporary cabinets will favor of a simpler look and will avoid the decorative trim or faux finishes that you might see in more traditional cabinetry.

Contemporary design refers to design that is current to the present era, but it may borrow from its design predecessor—modern design, which features clean, unadorned style. To achieve this clean, spacious look, contemporary cabinets will not have any crown molding or raised panels. Instead, the cabinets will have flat surfaces with sleek, simple hardware and no other decorative accents.



screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-05-02-amModern design can mean different things to different people, but in general if your design style is less traditional and more contemporary, you may favor using modern kitchen cabinets in your remodel.

Materials common in modern kitchen cabinets are often man-made and can include metal, plastic, concrete and glass. Semi-opaque or frosted glass is definitely a popular look for modern kitchen cabinets. Replacing old cabinet doors with frosted glass ones is a simple and cost-effective way to make your kitchen more modern. Modern kitchen cabinets can also be faced with wood veneer or plastic laminate. To achieve the characteristic modern look, you can use wood veneer with an exaggerated horizontal grain pattern. Mixed materials are also featured in modern kitchen design.

While traditional kitchen cabinets tend to be made of one type of wood throughout, modern kitchen cabinets can combine materials like wood, laminates, glass and metal to achieve a more unique feel.


screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-06-42-amRustic kitchen designs embody the country lifestyle with large cabinets, warm colors and lots of wood with interesting character. If you hope to create a country kitchen, start by choosing rustic kitchen cabinets to anchor your look.

While rustic or country kitchens fall under the traditional kitchen design category, they are unique in that they give off a casual, inviting feel. While many traditional kitchens are made to be admired, rustic kitchens are made to be used. Cabinetry is usually made with durable lasting materials such as wood, with pine and oak often being featured.

Color is an important characteristic of a rustic country kitchen. Rustic kitchen colors tend to be warm and natural, featuring hues that accentuate the wood cabinets chosen for the room. Rather than using glossy stain finishes, rustic cabinets may be left rugged or matte to accentuate the authentic feel of the wood used. Wide-planked wood floors, ceramic sinks and hammered copper are additional features found in rustic kitchens that flow nicely with the natural wood feel of the cabinets. Soapstone, honed granite and butcher block countertops also combine well with rustic wood cabinets to bring that homey feel to a country kitchen.


screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-08-01-amShaker kitchen cabinets are a popular trend in current kitchen renovations because of the classic and simple look they give to either a traditional or contemporary design.

The Shaker design originated from a religious movement that began in the 1770s during the American colonial era. The design tends to avoid any flourishes of style in favor of a simple and functional aesthetic. The simple and clean lines of Shaker cabinets lend themselves to placement in modern or contemporary kitchen designs, despite their traditional origin.

Some trademark characteristics of Shaker kitchen cabinets include flat paneled doors with rail frames, sturdy construction with quality wood, and utilitarian designs. In terms of materials, Shaker-style cabinets tend to use high-quality local American woods traditionally found in the northeastern United States. Examples include durable woods such as cherry, maple, hickory and quartersawn oak.

Whether you seek a modern or more traditional kitchen in your home, using Shaker cabinets can give you a high style look while being durable and long-lasting.

French Country

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-22-52-amFrench country design mimics the beauty and charm of rural France. French country kitchen cabinets use natural materials such as wood, as well as earth-toned color schemes for a comfortable environment that favors serious cooking.

In order to create the rustic and cozy charm of a French country kitchen, cabinets will have characteristic materials, colors and components to complete the look. Cabinetry tends to include ornate woodcarvings and furniture-like features such as decorative moldings and intricate arches. Most French country cabinets are made of wood and are left in natural warm tones showing distinctive wood graining. They can also be antiqued or distressed in order to portray a welcome, lived-in look. If the wood cabinets are painted, they tend to be in warm earth tones or cream-based colors to reflect colors seen in the rural French countryside.

In terms of cabinet components, hardware used in French country kitchens is usually ornate and made of antique brass, bronze or iron. Leaded glass or wire grille door panel inserts are additional touches that can give your cabinets that authentic French country feel. Rustic beadboard can also be added to cabinetry to give a more casual, lived-in feel.

Regardless of your design budget, the French country look can be achieved in your kitchen by including warm colors, distressed wood and an emphasis on the reason why kitchens exist to begin with—to cook and feed family and friends. Bon appetit!


screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-24-38-amTuscan kitchen design comes from the fabled Italian countryside, known for its natural beauty and culinary tradition. Traditional Tuscan kitchen cabinets evoke warmth and elegance, with an emphasis on the joys of cooking and eating.

Glass-paneled doors featured in corner cabinetry and cabinet underlighting are common additions seen in Tuscan kitchens. Ornate iron, bronze, copper and brass are metals used to complement the wood cabinetry in order to evoke a Mediterranean feel. Rustic or Italian tile work is popular in Tuscan kitchens and complements the rich tones and ornate details of the wood cabinets.
While rich woods are the materials of choice in a Tuscan kitchen, deep reds and greens are also popular and can be used as decorative accents or even as painted cabinet colors in order to evoke the warmth seen in Tuscany. Wrought iron chandeliers are also popular accents above kitchen islands along with ornate wrought iron pot racks displaying appealing, functional cookware.

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-25-38-amCraftsman-style kitchen cabinets are often defined by simple straight lines, quality construction and minimal ornamentation. They originated with the Arts and Crafts movement, which began in the end of the 19th century in England.In order to achieve the quality construction expected of Arts and Crafts design, custom cabinetmakers are usually employed. Therefore the costs of Arts and Crafts cabinet installation can be high. An important consideration for homeowners when bringing this design style into the kitchen is that between costs of high-quality wood and the labor it is difficult to create an authentic Arts and Crafts kitchen on a tight budget.Arts and Crafts cabinets lend themselves nicely to a more traditional or antique-style kitchen. Because wood is abundant in this style of cabinetry, homeowners may want to consider antique accessories and hardware as well as accentuating tiles made of stone to break up all the woodwork.  Despite the high cost of the custom cabinetry usually seen in an Arts and Crafts kitchen, the popularity of this style of kitchen has made it possible for homeowners to incorporate this look in their home by using available stock and semi-stock versions of these cabinets, enabling more homeowners to feature this classic and high-quality look for less.For more information about the construction of cabinet styles…
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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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.











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.

Stop in and visit us anytime:

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.


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