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Kitchen Remodel Takes Flight at Dulles Home

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Kitchen Remodel Takes Flight at Dulles Home

kitchen bathroom remodeling dulles vaTo say that Dulles is a part of many things would be saying it in a literal sense, geographically. An unincorporated community in Loudoun County, it is part of Sterling, which is also an unincorporated area. A part of Washington Dulles International Airport, named after John Foster Dulles who was a former US Secretary of State, is in Dulles, which is why the community is called that. However, that only began in the 1980s, and it was because Pam Treadwell of the Loudoun County economic development lobbied for it to the US Postal Service. If you send a package to a 20166 zip code through the USPS, you can legally use either "Dulles" or "Sterling" as the city name.

Dulles is the location of some high-tech companies because of its proximity to the airport. These include Orbital ATK, ODIN Technologies, GeoEye, Harris IT Services, and at some point, AOL and MCI Inc. The National Weather Service also has its Baltimore/Washington forecast office and Sterling Field Support Center in Dulles, the latter which could as well say Dulles Field Support.

The Dulles community has a total population as of 2014 of 109,725, a significant percentage of which have a bachelors or graduate degree (38%). The average household income is $145,740, and the median home value is $396,373, both significantly higher than the state median.

Things to do in Dulles

Unless you have business to do in Dulles itself, it is unlikely it is your final destination. However, if you find yourself with time on your hands, find something to eat along the many restaurants in the airport corridor, all within a two-mile radius. You will find everything from sushi to steak, so you will not go hungry.

If you are staying more than a few hours, you could make the drive to Reston or Dulles Town Center shopping malls, about 6 or 7 miles from Dulles Airport. Dulles Town Center is quite large, over 1.4 million square feet of retailers, restaurants, and other mall entertainments. You might even manage a trip to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and/or the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Dulles is more than an unplanned layover, however. You can play a decent round of golf at the Dulles Golf Center and Sports Park or learn a thing or two about rural life at the Frying Pan Park/Farm. Take a wagon ride and hobnob with a few farm animals while you're at it, why don't you?

Getting creative with kitchen countertops

The clients is a young couple with a child that have lived in Dulles for a few years. They have a lovely rancher style 3-bed, 2-bath home within walking distance from the shopping mall. Their kitchen/dining area had an open floor layout, with a nice view of the woods at the back. However, the clients wanted to kitchen design with stone countertops and called us in for a consultation.

Consultation

We came over for an ocular to better discuss the options for materials and modifications of the kitchen to achieve the clients' vision. We walked them though the different materials we could use for the countertops, talking about the advantages and disadvantages of marble, granite, and quartz. The clients listened closely and asked a few pertinent questions. They finally decided that granite was their best option for their lifestyle and design preferences.
We walked through the kitchen and suggested adding a sink to the existing island and extending it so they could use part of it as a breakfast area which could also be used as a wet bar for entertaining. We pointed out that extending the island would give them considerably more space with which to work. They thought this was an excellent idea, especially after we sketched it out for them. We took out measurements and gave them a rough estimate of the costs, depending on the granite slabs they chose. They would need two full slabs for the kitchen, and we invited them to visit the showroom to pick out their favorite. We advised them to bring along photos of the kitchen, especially the cabinets, which they were not replacing. This would help them make a good decision on the stone.

Picking out the granite

We have a huge inventory of granite slabs, and the clients felt slightly overwhelmed by the choices. We sent an experienced staffer to assist them as they browsed. They were there for a couple of hours, and with the help of the staffer, they were able to narrow their choices to three slabs, which they asked to put on hold for a few days while they debated on which one would look perfect in the kitchen. They left after giving an initial deposit, armed with photos of the slabs they had chosen.

Templating

The clients called back a couple of days after saying they had decided on the Rain Forest Green. We scheduled our fabricator to visit the home the next day to take the final measurements and make the templates. Granite slabs can have a great degree of variation in design, so we invited them to come in to indicate what parts of the slab they wanted for each part of the kitchen. We pulled out the slabs for their inspection in time for their second visit, and discussed with the fabricator how to position the templates to make the best use of the unique features of each slab. They also took the opportunity to pick out an edge profile and backsplash that would go with the style and look of the new granite counters. They left an hour later, much excited to get started on the project.

Installation

We sent in the work crew with a small dumpster to remove the existing counters and put in the additional plumbing necessary for the bar sink. They set up a work station in the backyard. They made the support structures for the granite slabs, including the proposed extension, which would also include additional open shelving for the glasses and bottles of the wet bar. These were stained to simulate the finish of the original island, so it blended in seamlessly. The work crew removed all the debris from the kitchen, and cleaned up.

With the prep work done, the installer was able to bring the stone slaps and bar sink and install them. It took about four hours for the installer and work crew to carefully position each piece, glue them on the wooden support after getting approval from the clients, drill in the holes for the faucets, polish out minor scratches, and seal them. We advised the clients to leave the seal to "cure" for a few hours. The tiling crew came over the next day to install the backsplash. It was pretty messy, but the crew was careful to put down work cloths on the counters to protect it from dust and damage. They finished in 12 hours, and did the final clean up. We then presented them with a set of six granite coasters for their wet bar from the remnants of their granite. They were very grateful for the unexpected present.

Post installation

The clients were extremely happy with the counters and extended island. They said it was exactly what they wanted, and was very profuse in their praise over the professionalism of the different workers that came to their house. The project took a week to complete, but the trouble was worth it for the clients for achieving their dream kitchen.

If you want your dream kitchen and bathroom remodel  in Dulles to come true, contact Fairfax Kitchen & Bath. Nobody does it better.

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kitchen bathroom remodeling burke vaBurke is a census-designated place or CDP located in Fairfax County. It was named after farmer Silas Burke, who was also a local politician. He owned a big plot of land in the area overlooking the valley of Pohick Creek around 1824. At that time, Burke was 17,000 acres larger that it is now, because it included what is now known as Burke Centre, a planned community south of Burke CDP, and eventually became a CDP as well.

The separation of Burke CDP and Burke Centre in 2010 reduced the population of Burke CDP to 41,055 from about 57,000, and the total area to 8.7 square miles from 11.5. Despite the separation, the median household income in Burke remains high at $134,618 as of 2013, more than double the state median of $62,666 for the same period. The population is quite mixed, with 62.1% white, 20.6% Asian, 9.7% Hispanic, and 4.5^ African American. Quite a few residents had been born outside the US. At approximately 10,000 strong, that is nearly double the average for Virginia overall.

Like many high-end suburbs in Virginia, many celebrities have either come from Burke, or have gone there to live. Sports commentator and former professional wrestler Byron Saxton, born Bryan Jesus Kelly is a native, while American gymnast Justin Spring, professional wrestlers Sonjay Dutt (aka Retesh Bhalla) and Big John Studd (aka John William Minton) and chose to make their home in Burke. American soccer player Mia Hamm and NBA player Hubert Davis both attended Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke at roughly the same time.

Things to Do Around Burke

One of the distinctive features of Burke CDP is the extent of Burke Lake Park. A self-contained outdoors activity center, it covers just over 888 acres of land. It is built around a large recreational lake where you can go boating, set up camp, or and have picnics. The park also has numerous jogging and bike trails. It also features an 18-hole par three course and driving range for gold enthusiasts. For non-golfers, you can still enjoy putting around the miniature golf course.

The best time to visit Burke is from May to October on Saturdays when the fair weather makes it a pleasure to browse the Farmers' Market located at the VRE parking garage. The annual fall festival of Burke is also held around this time for two days in September.

Family Kitchen Gets a Complete Makeover

The clients were a young couple with two small children. They inherited a semi-detached house from an uncle who favored linoleum and ceramic tiles for the kitchen. The home was built in 1985, and it was well-maintained, the kitchen did require extensive updating. The clients wanted to make a complete kitchen remodel , including the floors, sink, countertops, and backsplash. They also wanted to remove the wall separating it from the dining room and replace it with an island. They contacted us to give them an estimate for the remodel. We made an appointment to do a free consultation the next day.

Consultation

The home was quite cozy, ideal for a young family, and the clients were anxious to make the kitchen a hub for the whole family. The floor the dining area was hardwood, and the kitchen was of good quality ceramic tile, and we pointed out to the client that it would be possible to repair the minor damage so they could avoid the costs of replacing it. However, they wanted hardwood flooring for the kitchen as well, and it was actually a good call because when the wall is knocked down, it would enhance the flow from kitchen to dining room. We made our measurements based on the clients desired layout for the new kitchen, and invited them to the showroom to pick out the materials for the remodel.

Picking out the materials

The clients arrived at the office and we suggested they choose the countertop stones first, as this would unify the look of the kitchen. Our staffer assisted them as they looked through the marble and granite slabs. There was a lot from which to choose, but they finally agreed on a Sucuri granite slab, which would look very well with the hardwood floor in the dining room. We suggested black cabinets to go with it, which would look well with the stainless steel appliances they had just ordered. They chose the Touchstone Aurora in thermofoil, which had a contemporary two-toned edge.

To avoid making the kitchen look too dark with the black cabinets and dark hardwood floors, we suggested white mosaic tiles for the full backsplash, and off-white paint for the new island. The clients liked the idea of a black and white kitchen, so we went ahead and gave them a quote. After a short discussion, we agreed on a project price. We gave them a project duration of three weeks, which would include demotion, construction, installation, and cleanup. We advised them that the kitchen and dining area would be unusable for the duration. The clients decided to stay with relatives while construction was underway. We agreed to a start date on the following Monday.

Workflow

The messiest part of the project was the demolition. A work area was set up in the backyard, and with the large amount of materials that needed to be carted away, we stationed a dumpster in the driveway. It took four days to move the existing appliances to the covered garage, prep the area, tear down the walls, pull down the existing cabinets, and tear up the kitchen floor.

It took another day to clean up the room and prep the floor for the new hardwood floors. While that was going on, the crew worked on assembling components of the kitchen island purchased by the clients. They modified it to accommodate a bar sink and support the granite slab. With the floor laid, the crew was ready to install the new cabinets, backsplash, sinks and island. By the end of two weeks, the tops were ready for the fabricator to make templates. It took another two days to cut and install the granite countertops, and one more day to clean up. We finished two days ahead of schedule.

Post Installation

The clients were very happy about the early end of the project, and more so when they say the transformation. They were diligent about visiting the worksite on a daily basis , so we were able to make timely adjustments based on their feedback. As a result of our collaboration, the end product was very much to their liking and saved us a lot of trouble. They saw no fault with the work, and happily turned over the balance of the payment after a thorough inspection.

Satisfaction guaranteed

It is not always easy to satisfy customers despite our best efforts. The clients in this project were very proactive, and this helped us give them what they wanted. We always welcome feedback of customers, because we strive for complete customer satisfaction, and that isn't always possible without their input. Contact us for a free estimate for kitchen and bathroom remodels , and see how easy it is to collaborate on a project close to your heart.

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Retired Contractor Oversees Centreville Bathroom Remodel

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kitchen bathroom remodeling centreville vaLocated in Fairfax County, Centreville is suburb of Washington DC, which is about 20 miles away to the east. It is a census-designated place with a population of 71,135 as of 2010 and a total area a little over 12 square miles.

The name of Centreville is descriptive. It literally lies in the hub of roads that lead to Alexandria, Georgetown, Middleburg, Dumfries, Colchester, Leesburg, and Warrenton. Established in 1728 as Centerville, it was part of Loudoun County until a boundary shift in 1798 landed it in Fairfax County. For some reason the forces that be decided it would be spelled Centreville at some point in tis history.

Because it was in the middle of everything Centreville was a place of significance for both sides of the Civil War. It was the site of the first railroad for the exclusive use of the military (Centreville Military Railroad) and served as a supply depot for both the Union and Confederate armies.
Today, Centreville is also the hub of many cultures. Slight less than half of the population (47.5%) is white, and almost a third (29%) is of Asian descent. Hispanics (12.7%) and African Americans (6.5%) make up most of the remaining population. Centreville residents tend to be better off than the rest of the state, with a median household income of $102,361 (2013), relative to the state median at $62,666.

Centreville natives and residents include both famous and infamous people. There are notable sports figures such as NFL players Scott Secules and Will Montgomery, football players Mike Glennon, Sean Glennon, Richard Taylor, and Eddie Royal and figure skater Sebra Yen. You also have Cho Sheng-Hui, the South Korean expatriate that took to killing 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, and New York Times former journalist Jayson Blair, who was accused of plagiarizing and fabricating news stories.

Things to Do Around Centreville

Centreville is inevitably the site of some historical events, given its location and the role it played in the Civil War. Among the places that history buffs should visit is the Mount Gilead House, one of three sites in Centreville in the National Historic Sites Registry. It was built in the 1700s and was a tavern for several decades until 1789, when it became the headquarters the Northern Virginia Confederate army under the command of General Joseph, E. Johnston.

You should also make a point of going to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, site of the pivotal Battle of First Manassas. Right before that historic clash is the encounter at Blackburns Ford, which is where the Union and Confederate armies engaged in a minor skirmish. If you are feeling the need for a little refreshment, The Winery at Bull's Run is in an adjoining estate. Set in the 1860s, the experience will leave you feeling a little nostalgic.

Of course, being an upscale neighborhood with a rich cultural mix means you have many shopping and dining choices. You can get some good Italian food at Ciao Osteria or take a load off at Sweetwater Tavern. There is also no dearth of shopping malls in Centreville, such as Newgate Plaza and Centreville Square.

A meeting of minds

The client was someone we have worked with many times before. He was one of the top contractors in Virginia, and had often called us in to do the stone installations for many of his projects. He had recently retired, and had turned his professional attention to his own home. He had a nice three-level two-bedroom townhouse with one full bath and two half-baths. He had already kitchen remodel and bathroom remodels, and wanted us to do his countertops and vanity tops. He was thinking of having granite put in, and we were glad to oblige an old friend.

Consultation

As we expected, he did a very good job with the remodel. What was amazing is that he had done everything himself. He commented on the irony of life: he retired from contractor work and promptly dived back in! At his request, we brought along samples of light-colored granite we had in our remnant stock for the bathroom vanities, and samples of dark granite for his kitchen counters. He was a knowing one; he knew he could get the lowest prices with remnant stock, and he only needed small pieces for the bathroom design. By bringing along samples, it was also easier for him to visualize how it would look in the rooms. He made his choice and we gave him a quote. Of course, he tried to bargain us down, but he knew our quote was actually as low as it would go. We shook on it and we promised to send over the fabricator the next day.

Installation

The fabricator came in the next day as promised with the work crew to make the support structures of the new countertops and sinks. The fabricator made the templates and left the workers to carry on with the work. They were done by that afternoon.
Since the remnants and slab the client selected were in stock, the fabricator was able to get right on cutting as soon as he got back to the workshop. He was also ready to deliver by that afternoon, but postponed it for the next day for the installer.

The installation itself went very quickly. It was a straightforward job, and the counters and vanities were curing by lunchtime.

Post Installation

The great thing about working with a contractor on his own property is we didn't have to cross the Ts and dot the Is for him. He knew how it worked, and did not have any unrealistic expectations when it came to delivery times. We were able to give him the stones he needed within a very short time, however. He was pleasantly surprised when we were able to finish the job in two days. He was also very pleased on the quality of the work, although it was what he was expecting from us from past experience. We were very happy to be of service to a colleague.

We work fast

Working with another trade professional is easier for us because we don't have to explain everything, and makes the work go faster. However, even if we work with clients that do not have a clue, we make a point of working as fast as possible without sacrificing the quality of the work. Contact us to get your remodeling project done in no time.

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Bathroom Remodel for Chantilly Home

kitchen bathroom remodeling chantilly vaThe census-designated place known as Chantilly can be found in the western portion of Fairfax County in Virginia. Back in the 1700s, it was home to a number of plantations, one of which was Chantilly Plantation, after which the CDP is named.

The Chantilly Plantation was owned by married couple Charles Calvert Stuart and Cornelia Lee Turberville. She had inherited a portion of Leeton from her father in 1817 on which she and her husband built Chantilly Plantation. It was named after the plantation in Westmoreland County owned by her grandfather, Richard Henry Lee, who incidentally is a sigher of the Declaration of Independence. That in turn was named after the Chateau de Chantilly in France. The manor house of the Chantilly Plantation was burned to the ground by federal troops during the Civil War, and only one building has remained intact. It is believed to be the overseer's quarters. Cornelia Stuart sold the property after the war because of debt.

Chantilly is about 25 miles from Washington, D.C., and hedged by Centreville, Herndon. Reston, and Fairfax. The development of the CDP was slow but steady, particularly after the construction of the Little River Turnpike, otherwise known as State Route 236, in 1806 which made Winchester accessible. However, it had a surge of development in the 1980s when people started building residential and commercial areas where there only used to be farmland. Today, Chantilly is a pleasant upper-class suburb with a population of 23,039 people that are apparently doing quite well. The median household income in Chantilly is $118,078, nearly double the state median of $66,262.

Among the public personalities associated with Chantilly include the author Kaye Dacus, soprano Alessandra Marc, and poet Stephen Tomajczyk. Sports figures include football coach Chris Beatty, and professional football players Bhawoh Joe, Joe Koshansky, Jimmy Martin, Eddie Royal, and Evan Royster.

Things to Do Around Chantilly

When in Chantilly, you should make a point of visiting the home of northern Virginia's first congressional representative and Robert E. Lee's uncle Richard Bland Lee. Formerly the Sully Plantation, it is now the Sully Historic Site, and has been kept as it had been in the 18th Century. If you feel like playing Scarlett or Rhett, this would be a good place to pretend it's Tara.

You can also climb the observation tower of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is part of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. From this vantage point, you can watch the air traffic at Dulles Airport, and explore the history of aviation and space travel.

Bathroom revamp

The clients were a young couple that had recently moved to Chantilly, and had purchased a 1,200-square foot condominium built in 2005. It was a contemporary three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with hardwood floors, modern fireplace, and granite counters. However, the clients did not like the bathrooms, which were utilitarian to the extreme, done completely in white ceramic tile. They contacted us to do a complete bathroom remodel for their master bathroom. We came over to see what we could do.

Consultation

There was actually nothing wrong with the bathroom even though it was 12 years old. It was well-maintained and very clean. It was quite generic, however, almost like a public bathroom, except it had a sunken tub. The clients didn't want the tub, but had no real idea for anything else in the design of the bathroom. We offered the services of our staff designers to present them with some ideas. The clients seemed almost relieved to leave it all to us. We made our measurements and promised to give them studies in a few days.

Design presentation

We at Fairfax Kitchen & Bath take special pride in the creativity and attention to detail our staff designers give to bathroom designs. We presented three separate layouts to the client, ranging from contemporary to dramatic. They preferred the contemporary design, which featured an all glass shower enclosure with Kohler Shower Heads and Bodyspray fixtures, Ancient Bath tile wall from Mosaics, and an Adler vanity with white Carrara marble top from Hardware Resources. It was an excellent choice given the design of the master bedroom. We gave them a quote for the remodel, and a timeline of four weeks, from demolition to finishing. The clients agreed and we scheduled the start for the following week. We did request the clients to move to one of the other bedrooms as the demolition was going to make it impossible for the clients to sleep comfortably for the duration.

Remodel

The remodel went as predicted. The underlying plumbing and structure of the bathroom was sound, so there were no unexpected issues that would have delayed the work. The biggest worry was a delay in the delivery of the vanity because it was out of stock, but it came just in time. The clients observed the work sporadically, and made some minor changes to the placement of certain accessories, but nothing that couldn't be easily accommodated. We finished the project within the four-week schedule, which was very satisfying.

Post construction

The project went much more smoothly than most bathroom remodels. In many cases, problems with the plumbing can cause costly delays for both us and the clients. However, because the building was relatively new and had an excellent maintenance service, we had no issues with the plumbing at all. The clients loved the new master bathroom, and made plans to have the second bathroom remodeled in a similar fashion.

Preparation is the key

There is always a chance that some unexpected issues will arise during a bathroom remodel. Because we constantly coordinated with the clients and were meticulous in our inspection and design, we were able to minimize that risk to almost nothing.
Contact us if you need help with your bathroom or kitchen remodel. It is what we do best. You should also ask us about our packages. You'll love it.

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