As we move into the early stages of a return to normalcy, many people are beginning to let themselves once again daydream about ballgames, restaurants and, yes, dinner parties. Today we want to highlight two of our favorite kitchen remodels, starting with this kitchen remodel in Annadale, Virginia that turned out beautifully.

Our client purchased their home in the Canterbury Woods Neighborhood in Annandale, Virginia, in 1971. After raising a family and living with the original kitchen for more than 45 years, it was time for a complete renovation. We completely gutted the kitchen as well as removed a framed pantry and all bulkheads. Our client opted for a large island, which accommodates up to 5 seats, over the traditional eat-in kitchen table. The new layout provides openness, optimal storage, and a beautiful transitional design. The design incorporates a mix of stained and painted cabinetry, Armstrong Alterna floor, quartz countertops, a gray glass tile backsplash, and oil rubbed bronze hardware.

Creating Space
Not to be confused with social distance — creating space is one of the first things we hear many of our clients say when a project is complete. “Wow, I can’t believe how much roomier it feels in here now” is not uncommon in the kitchen remodel experience. And we believe this is with good cause. A successful kitchen remodel like the one here in Annandale, VA will open up your space to whole new possibilities. What once felt like a tired routine can suddenly feel like a brand new page, with brand new stories to be written.

Islands: Not Just a Trend
You’ll also notice the beautiful island in this kitchen remodel. Islands are great because they join form to function, beauty with practicality. Not only do they look good (when done properly!), but they also serve a day-to-day function for food preparation and facilitate those small social moments throughout the day that we all love so much.

Updating a Kitchen in Fairfax City, Virginia
Our second example of a kitchen remodel that brings a home back to life, and readies it for company once again — this kitchen remodel was done in Fairfax City, VA:

The Great Oaks neighborhood in Fairfax City features contemporary homes with open floor plans, large windows, and lots of towering oaks and other mature trees. Our client loved her home in this unique neighborhood, but needed updates to a kitchen that had minimal counter space, low ceilings, poor lighting, and inadequate storage. As an avid cook and baker, these drawbacks affected her daily. Our client was well-informed about the remodeling process and originally planning to manage much of the project herself. While visiting our Design Center to see Armstrong luxury vinyl, she met the FA Design Build team. This initial meeting turned into collaborative relationship. The result is a cohesive, well-designed living space that includes the foyer, kitchen, dining area, and family room. Highlights include:

  • Widening the doorway from foyer to kitchen.
  • Removing a large area of dropped ceiling in the kitchen.
  • Taking out a load-bearing wall and installing proper headers for support.
  • Creating a larger peninsula for baking and food prep.
  • Choosing Cambria quartz countertop for beauty and durability.
  • Adding a stained furniture-style buffet in the dining area.
  • Installing a larger, single-bowl sink to better accommodate big pans and dishes.
  • Replacing a over-the-range microwave with a hood for better ventilation.
  • Relocating the microwave and oven to wall units.
  • Using floating shelves to showcase backsplash and create openness.
  • Installing Armstrong Alterna in a herringbone pattern.
  • Utilizing recess lighting, undercabinet lighting, and decorative lighting.

Thanks everyone — hope you enjoyed these two beautiful homes — stay tuned for more kitchen highlights coming at you this summer!