Northern Virginia-Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen Island

August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments »

A lot of attention goes into selecting the right storage for an island’s main base cabinetry. But don’t forget about the ends of the island. Depending on which way your island faces and how much space you’ve got in relation to the drawers and cabinets you select, you’ve got plenty of options for display and storage. Here are some creative ideas on how to maximize the storage potential of your new island.  

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Why Select A Builder/Remodeler With A Showroom?

August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments »

I’m a big fan of all forms of shopping, with the exception of grocery shopping. Honestly, I find purchasing bananas, toilet paper, and coffee K-cups annoying, tedious, and exhausting. Then there’s the torturous music that inspires running into the parking lot. How many Air Supply songs can one person be forced to endure?

But I LOVE shopping for everything else. Handbags? Yes, please. New Fall boots? At least two pair every year. Not that I’m opposed to online shopping. But I LOVE being able to see, touch and carry my desired items around like a baby if I please. In person shopping is the best.

This applies to selecting items for your remodeling project as well!


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Re-Thinking Subway Tile

August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments »

When most of us think about subway tile, we picture a solid white tile, laid like brick. It’s basic. It’s clean. It’s simple. Some might say “ho hum”. But what if you could kick that “ho hum” up a notch without losing the clean, simple look of a subway tile? You can! There are so many patterns a standard 3” x 6” subway tile looks fabulous in!


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Northern Virginia- Farmhouse Sinks 101

August 07, 2017 | 0 Comments »

The traditional farmhouse sink is generally a lot deeper than modern stainless steel under mount or top-mount sinks. Its design enables the user to stand directly in front of the basin, with no cabinets or countertop in between. This feature made the farmhouse sink more comfortable to use at a time in the past when women would spend a large part of their day there — preparing food and washing dishes, clothes and even babies. 

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Is There Hidden Space In Your Basement?

August 02, 2017 | 0 Comments »

Most of us have used our basements as a household “catch all”. An unseen storage area. Out of sight, out of mind. Right?

When my son was younger, I used to refer to our basement as “The Museum Of Brightly Colored Plastic Toys”, and you’d have to clear a path to get from one side to the other at your own risk.

Think about how much space you have in your unfinished basement. Now think about what you could actually DO with this space with the proper planning, design, and construction!

Wet Bars, Media Rooms, Extra Guest Bedroom, Full Bathroom… these are ALL great uses of basement space. But what ELSE can this space be used for? 


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Northern Virginia Remodeling - How to Prepare Your Home for a Remodel

July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments »

It has happened to the best of us. We accumulate a lot of STUFF! As consumers we make purchases, such as exercise equipment, new kitchen gadgets, and clothes, that we have the best intentions of using. But over time, those items that seemed so important and necessary begin to clutter your house, which can make preparing for your renovation overwhelming. Take a look at the tips below on how to decipher between what should stay and what should go, as you prepare to transform your home through a beautifully designed remodel.


Image via CG&S Design-Build

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Trendy & Traditional – How To Have BOTH

July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments »

Remember the 80’s? My hair certainly does. How did you decorate your home? Did you have hunter green and burgundy everywhere? Track lighting? Gigantic stereo speakers? How about a wallpaper border? And let’s NOT forget mirrored walls.  I did. I admit it. * Shudder * Apologies for the flashback, but I’m leading up to the point of this blog.

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New Moen Kitchen Faucets For 2017 – Which Style Do You Prefer?

July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments »

As an authorized Moen dealer we love their products, and install them in almost all of our remodeling and addition projects. They are reliable, beautiful, and offer a wonderful array of styles and finish options.

Fun fact!  One evening in 1937, Al Moen went to wash his hands using an old-fashioned, two handle faucet. The hot water burst out of the spout, causing him to jump back in alarm. It was this unpleasant surprise that inspired him to invent the single handle faucet. Ten years later, production began on Moen’s single lever faucets.


This year, Moen has introduced two new Kitchen faucets to their product line. One is a new twist on modern, and the other is timeless and traditional. Which one would you prefer in your home?

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Your Pets & Your Remodeling Project

July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments »

One of the many issues we address at our Pre-Construction meetings is the pets in the home. We think it’s extremely important to protect ALL members of your family during the remodeling process! Our process for Home Owners who are Pet Owners includes a Lead Carpenter “meet and greet” at our Pre-Construction meeting for you AND your pet(s). This eases a little of the tension of the “first day, noisy stranger” day. 

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I Hate Lazy Susan Cabinets

July 07, 2017 | 0 Comments »

I’m a Kitchen Designer. And I hate Lazy Susan cabinets. Yeah, I said it.

I lovingly refer to them as “Spinning Trash Cans” or “The Vortex Of Nothing”. Maybe it’s just my lack of patience or inability to correctly place items on my own. I’m sure there are countless people in the world who LOVE theirs, and don’t understand why I cringe when I have to use mine. My excuse for having one? I didn’t design my own Kitchen 15 years ago. I had NO idea. None.

But what choice do we have? I mean, it’s corner space, right? How many options can there be? The short answer is – more than you think!

Yorktowne Cabinetry, our cabinet company of choice, and its sister company, Medallion Cabinetry have several corner base options – and these are my three favorites:

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