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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


 

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

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


 

Transform the Look of Your Kitchen with a Range Hood

Distinctive hood designs — in reclaimed barn wood, zinc, copper and more — are transforming the look of kitchens

lundgrenThe exhaust system installed above ranges and cooktops is probably not what most kitchen design or renovation dreams are made of. However, ventilating away smells, steam and heat created during cooking is an important ingredient of any kitchen with the design of the hood itself presenting a great opportunity to elevate a kitchen’s style. From classic to industrial, fabricated from a wide range of materials, kitchen hoods can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the room. If a kitchen design or renovation is in your future, here are some ideas to discuss with your designer.

When envisioning kitchen hoods the typical stainless steel model with straight lines and a chimney is just one of many possibilities. With a hood liner encasing the necessary mechanics, your design options open wide. Here the hood was custom made from wood with a charming cut scallop detail, painted a shade similar to surrounding cabinets.

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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February 27, 2016 Houzz Contributor.

 

How much room do you need for a Kitchen Island?

Installing an island can enhance your kitchen in many ways, and, with good planning, even smaller kitchens can benefit

August 18, 2015
Houzz Contributor.

island1Kitchen islands are a much-sought-after feature — almost nine out of 10 of our kitchen design and installation firm’s clients ask about them in their first design meeting. A well-planned island layout can allow a smooth workflow and provide a comfortable space for preparing and cooking food. Islands also frequently provide space for dining, working and storage.

But while a well-planned layout offers much enjoyment, a poorly planned island can be frustrating. This is particularly true if there is insufficient space for an island to begin with. If you’re considering a kitchen island, follow these tips to help you decide whether you have enough space to make an island work for you. And if you don’t, discover what else you can try.

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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The 15 Most Popular Kitchen Storage Solutions

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Solve common kitchen dilemmas in style with custom and ready-made organizers, drawers, shelves and more.

As the home of appliances, cookware and every specialty gadget under the sun, the kitchen is and always will be a perplexing place to organize. The never-ending accessories and endless food cans, boxes and bags easily fill up every nook and cranny, especially in a not-so-big kitchen.Houzz users have been finding and creating innovative organization techniques to help solve their kitchen dilemmas, from storing pots and pans to organizing a messy walk-in pantry. The favorite solutions below, pulled from our list of most popular photos on Houzz, have been added to tens (and in some cases hundreds) of thousands of users’ ideabooks. See if one of them will inspire an idea for your own kitchen.

 

 

 

 

How to choose a backsplash

If you’ve fallen for a gorgeous slab, pair it with a backsplash material that will show it at its best…

So you’ve chosen granite countertops for their beauty and durability, but now you’re stumped about what to use for your backsplash. Granite is a tricky one. There are so many different color and pattern choices. Some are very busy, while others are subtle. Some are dark; others are light. Some have large swooping vein patterns, while others are dotty or splattered.

Each slab is unique, so it’s not possible to make sweeping generalities about what works with every piece of granite. But if you look at why and how these pairings are pleasing, you’ll get some good ideas for a material to pair with the particular stone you’ve fallen for.

4 Prep Steps for Construction

Day one of kitchen remodeling work won’t leave you in a flurry when you follow these guidelines ahead of time

Houzz contributor & founder/ principal designer at KitchenLab
There are two actions that come to mind as being the most important in getting ready for a construction project: Avoid denial and prepare. Everything you need to do falls under one of these two categories. But how, specifically, can you prepare for the first day of construction? Here are the basic steps.

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Living through a Kitchen Remodel

Here are some tips that we found helpful, when living through a kitchen remodel.


Living through a kitchen remodel isn’t always fun, but these steps will help you work around a kitchen in disarray

 

Houzz Contributor.

Congratulations — the kitchen remodeling job you’ve planned for months is finally ready to begin! Now comes the hard part: making do without a fully functioning kitchen for the duration. There’s no escaping the inconvenience, but with some smart planning, it doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your household. Follow these tips to make the construction process as smooth as possible.

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