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Project of the Month

Every month, Elite Home Remodeling will highlight a past project to showcase some of the best home remodeling practices in the Northern Virginia area.  This month, Elite will be highlighting some major renovations to a laundry/mud room in Oakton.

Oakton Laundry/Mud Room Renovations

The picture above shows the renovations done to the laundry/mud room.  The goal of this project was to create as much storage space as possible while creating a beautiful and designer space.

Oakton Laundry/Mud Room Renovations

One of the best parts of the project was the new granite counter tops and backsplash added to the new cabinets.

Oakton Laundry/Mud Room Renovations

These fantastic floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets actually sit up on an 8″ riser.

Oakton Laundry/Mud Room Renovations

Look at all of these cabinets and drawers!

Oakton Laundry/Mud Room Renovations

The counter top actually extends beyond the cabinets.  To support the counter top, a metal support bar had to be installed to hold up the counter top.

Oakton Laundry/Mud Room Renovations

A laundry room wouldn’t be complete without a sink.

Oakton Laundry/Mud Room Renovations

A few wall cabinets attached to a box-out steel column make use of all nooks and crannies.

Be sure to come back in September to check out the next project of the month!

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Countertops, Countertops, Countertops

Here’s a quick secret for your next remodeling project: a good countertop can make all the difference between a good looking space and a perfect looking space.  Making sure you have the right people ready to go to get your perfect countertop is crucial.  Check out these 4 tips before you select the right countertop for your project.
1. Sinks Away!  Whether you are installing a countertop in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, you are most likely going to need a sink and a faucet.  The key is to always have your sink onsite before the countertop templating process begins.  With the sink will be your sink template.  This sink template is critical because it gives a diagram on exactly where the sink is to be installed.  This template not only has an effect on your countertops, but also your cabinetry, plumbing and even framing.
Before countertop template day arrives, you should already know exactly where you want your sink to go.  That way, it’ll make the templating process much easier.  It was also make adjustments to the cabinetry and plumber much less invasive.
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If you are installing an apron-front sink, there can be several different ways to place the bowl.  Think about the spot where the front edge of the counter and the sink meet.  Some sinks have a notch into which the counter fits.  The way this detail will align with your counter overhang should be decided in advance of template day.
2. Wall Faucets.  To get this piece right, you’ll need to know a few extra details before the project even begins.  For starters, the plumbing behind your wall will need to be much different than if you were having a traditional countertop-mounted faucet.  You’ll need to know where the finished wall surface will be once the backsplash is installed.  Thay way, when it comes time to install the faucet and the sink, everything will be centered so when the water comes out of the faucet it will fall squarely on the sink drain.  Before the plumbers start roughing in pipes, every decision needs to be made or you risk ending up with elements that don’t work well together.
3. Hang 10, Dude!  If any section of your countertop will overhang the cabinets, consider how you will support this area.  Overhangs of 6 to 12 inches are possible without bracing, depending on the material.  However, anything more than a foot of overhang should have some sort of additional support.  A few ideas for support include adding an attractive bracket support against a wall.  This can not only be a structural piece but also has the potential for a nice architectural feature.  Another option would be to add a support leg uner the overhang.  This piece can almost look like a stair baluster with many intricate and delicate patterns.
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4. Counter height.  Different people and different tasks require different counter heights.  If custom cabinets are not in your budget, one way to vary the finished height of the counter is to use materials of different thicknesses set on standard cabinets.  A standard kitchen counter is 36 inches off the floor, but if you have someone tall in your family, 39 inches may be a more comfortable prep height.  Different countertop heights are especially useful in your master bathroom if you have two different vanity areas.  Making one vanity taller than the other is a perfect comprise for the busy couple on the go.
After the countertops are installed, your project is almost done.  To finally wrap things up, you’ll need to think about backsplash and paint.  Your counter sets the lower line for your tile, so even though you could install the tile before templating, you’ll get a better-looking backsplash if you wait.  Muscling a heavy counter into place is a difficult job, and some walls inevitably will get bumped or dinged.  Save your finish painting until after the install for this reason.
To find out how Elite Home Remodeling can work with you on your next home remodeling project, visit our website and give us to call to find out how we can serve you today!
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