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6 Tips for Avoiding Home Design Mistakes

Posted by on 2016-05-04 8:18 pm in Design, Interior Design

Making even small design changes can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. However, all too often a design project goes too far, or misses the mark altogether.   Don’t fall into the common design pitfalls discussed below. Stick to our easy design tips, and you’ll be sure to live in a home you love.   1. Pay attention to lighting.   Bad lighting can ruin even the most beautifully decorated room. Plan for spaces with soft layers of lighting at different heights – a table lamp and a floor lamp, for example.   2. Hang pictures at the right height.   Frames should be hung at eye height, which is lower than most people think. For gallery walls, consider the entire layout instead of just one or two pieces.   3. Practice restraint with throw pillows.   Transforming a room with pillows is quick and affordable, but don’t go overboard. Stick to this rule: only buy a new pillow if you will part with an old one.   4. Use the trends that fit your lifestyle.   It’s understandable to want to keep your home up-to-date. However, not all trends may be right for your house. Feel free to adapt (or skip) trends to fit your needs. For example, instead of painting an entire room a bold, trendy shade, why not paint on accent wall instead?   5. Be selective with decorative painting.   Similarly, take a pass on those decorative painting trends that don’t fit your home décor goals. Some walls look fantastic with a mural, but many do not. Why not opt for a simple stenciled design, and keep your look “you”?   6. Part with pieces that no longer serve you.   Sentimental value can leave you wanting to hang on to pieces you need to let go. Or, you may feel guilty for parting with something you paid a lot for. However, take a hard look at your walls and shelves – if the objects are causing more clutter than they’re worth, it’s time to sell or donate them.   Resource:...

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10 Attributes Every Dream Home Must Have – Part 1

Posted by on 2016-04-12 2:35 pm in blog, Countertops, Design

One man’s dream home is another man’s nightmare, and after years of renovating and selling homes, few know that more than Jonathan and Drew Scott.   The Property Brothers and authors of Dream Home — a new tome described as “the ultimate guide to finding and fixing your perfect house” — say they have determined the ten things homebuyers want most. Here are the first 5 things on their list:   1. An Open Living Plan With Clear Sight Lines   According to Jonathan and Drew, compartmentalization is a thing of the past. “[About] 99% of homeowners want open-concept living,” they say. “This is better for families keeping an eye on their kids, better when entertaining and even better for making rooms feel bigger.”   2. Ample Kitchen Counter Space   You can never have enough counter space in a kitchen. Whether it’s a breakfast bar for serving food or additional prep space for cooking, ample kitchen counters add huge value.   3. A Separate Pantry   Ask any cooks in the family and they’ll say a pantry is a kitchen must-have. Not only does it help you display all your dry foods without having to open multiple cabinets, but it’s also a hugely efficient use of space.   4. A Kitchen Island   You may feel a kitchen island is just for homeowners trying to look fancy, and you’re right, according to Jonathan and Drew. But it’s also a functional component of your kitchen. An island or peninsula can give you more cabinets (on both sides), breakfast bar seating and additional counter space. Not to mention it also offers the opportunity to showcase kitchen design like two-tone cabinets or a stone waterfall feature with your countertop   . 5. Mega Storage Everywhere   Families have a lot of stuff, so you can never have enough storage. Think organization systems in your closets, storage racks in the garage, and even built-ins above and below your wall-mounted TV. Find creative ways to add storage without cramping your space.   In our next post, we’ll explore even more attributes all dream homes have. In the meantime, get in touch with FA Design Build to discuss how to make your own home a dream...

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3 Ways Working with a Class A General Contractor Can Benefit Your Remodel Project – Part 2

Posted by on 2016-03-22 9:56 pm in FADesignBuild, Renovation

In our last post, we discussed how FA Design’s status as a Class A contractor benefits the renovation process. Class A general contractors are authorized to build or demolish any building in the city that is regulated under the building code.   Let’s take a look at a few more benefits clients enjoy by working with FA Design Build.   We provide proven service to our customers.   This service includes commitment to your vision and responsiveness to your needs. In fact, we are the number one choice for renovation in the insurance industry. Each one of our convenient, locally-owned stores guarantees you will receive a unique level of personalized customer service.   When you work with FA Design Build, you’ll find that service is our number one commitment. During your experience with us, a knowledgeable store representative/designer will serve as your personal contact. He or she will be dedicated to assisting you throughout the entire remodeling process, from initial inspection to installation.   We are committed to your satisfaction.   No matter what type of project you have in mind, the FA Design and Flooring America teams are committed to your satisfaction, 100%. All you have to do is select the color and style you want, and our warranties guarantee that we will take care of the rest. So you’ll be guaranteed to have a worry-free experience, too.   Our lifetime installation guarantees will help you make you make a purchase with confidence. To help you achieve the design of your dreams, we even have a number of financing plans available as well.   What are your family’s renovation needs? Get in touch with our friendly team, and let’s make your home dreams a...

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3 Ways Working with a Class A General Contractor Can Benefit Your Remodel Project – Part 1

Posted by on 2016-03-08 8:17 pm in FA Design Build Team, Renovation

When you’re searching for a contractor and flooring vendor in Northern Virginia, FA Design Build makes a compelling case to be your top pick.   That’s because we are more than a full service vendor – we are a full service, Class A General Contractor. In other words, we can handle the flooring and the build back all under one roof.   Class A general contractors are authorized to build or demolish any building in the city that is regulated under the building code. This regulation includes all work authorized by license types below this level as well.   Class A license holders have constructed at least three entire buildings, each exceeding five stories in height. The buildings must also have been of occupancy classifications other than Group R.   Did you know that Flooring America stores and FA Design Build are the largest providers and installers of floor covering to the property insurance industry? This status offers our customers and clients several benefits:   Your investment is protected.   Policyholders are assured to receive comparable products to what they had before a disaster or other unfortunate event. Samples are evaluated by an independent lab or industry expert specializing in analyzing construction products.   This process will help you to accurately determine Like, Kind, and Quality. Once your analysis is complete, you’ll be able to visit our stores with confidence and select from the nation’s largest display of home finishes.   Our next blog will continue exploring the ways a Class A contractor can benefit your next home remodel project.   Image credit...

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Top Benefits of Working with a Home Designer: Part 2

Posted by on 2016-03-03 10:01 pm in blog, Interior Design, Kitchen remodels, Renovation

In our last post, we discussed four benefits of working with a professional home designer vs. going it alone. As an alternative to tackling home design on a DIY basis, many people desire the expertise and know-how of working with a design pro.   Below we’ll present several more benefits you can expect to enjoy if you work with a home designer for your next project, whether it is big or small.   Designers can draw on a number of industry contacts.   Designers have many contacts that they can leverage to find the perfect materials for your home. For example, a design pro has vendor resources for lighting, carpeting, and other materials. They also know home improvement experts such as contractors, electricians, and more.   Design pros will being a trained eye to your project.   You can save time and money by relying on the trained eye of a designer. He or she can automatically tell you if something in your home is wrong – and make the necessary corrections. This skill is the result of years of experience and exposure to a wide range of designs and products. When you do it all yourself, you may end up making a costly and frustrating aesthetic mistakes.   Professional designers know how to make a statement with design.   Also known as the “wow factor,” designers can make a space pop or impress with the right combination of color and materials. They view your home as a blank canvas on which to paint a stunning design. Designers can view your home objectively, as an overall picture, whereas you may not be able to do so.   Designers use their skills to help you tell your story.   Design is more than simply corralling textures, color, and lighting in a space. A qualified designer will pull together those objects and design elements in the role of a storyteller to make your home a representation of you. He or she will help you tell your visual story and make your house a...

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Top Benefits of Working with a Home Designer: Part 1

Posted by on 2016-02-25 7:14 pm in Design, FADesignBuild, Kitchen remodels

If you see a home remodel or room redesign in your future, you may be wondering whether you should go it alone. After all, nobody knows your style and tastes like you do, right? And the home improvement store is just a short drive away, correct?   While some people choose to DIY, many others seek the guidance and resources that come with working with a design expert. If you are wrestling with the decision of whether to hire a design pro, consider the following benefits of working with a home/interior designer.   Working with a designer can save you money.   The additional fee of hiring a designer can be more than made up by the savings their professionalism will bring. A design pro can help you avoid costly mistakes, which will prevent wasted money and increase the value of your home.   A designer can help with budgeting and planning.   Another way a designer can help you save money is by guiding you through the (often less fun) process of budgeting and planning for your new home design. That’s because a pro knows exactly where to find the resources you will need, which will save you time and frustration. Information about products, brands, and prices will be right at your designer’s fingertips and, therefore, yours.   Your designer can act as a liaison to keep you on track.   Because they know other pros in the industry, your designer will help you keep the lines of communication open between your architect or contractor. Designers have a keen eye for details that might be overlooked, so they can ward off any missteps along the journey.   Working with a designer opens you up to a wide range of resources.   Designers have access to resources that are not available to the general public, including products, connections and more. By wrangling these resources, designers can find the perfect products for your space and the perfect pros to install them.   In our next post, we will continue discussing the top benefits of working with a home designer. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to discuss your own home redesign...

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5 Simple Tips for Creating Fun and Functional Children’s Rooms – Part 2

Posted by on 2016-01-26 4:02 pm in blog, Children's Room Remodeling, FADesignBuild

Our last blog featured tips for designing a bedroom that fits a child’s needs and imagination. But we still have 3 more important tips to share. Read on to learn how lighting, color, texture, and other elements can help you design the perfect room for your child.   3.  Don’t forget lighting – it can make a statement: Lighting is very important for all of us, particularly if we want to raise good, strong readers. Make sure you consider both overhead and easy-to-use task lighting. Your child’s desk will need a lamp, but so will her bedside table. Provide options for lighting, according to the needs of various parts of her room. But, keep design in mind! These days, lighting fixtures are both functional and attractive. Some of them can even be the statement piece in a room.   4.  Have fun with it – color, pattern, texture: Decorating a children’s room is your opportunity to let your inner child out. While you may prefer to keep things more traditional or simple in your living and dining areas, the children’s rooms is the perfect place to try some of those bolder design ideas you’ve seen in magazines and on Pinterest. This is a safe spot in the home where getting a little more active and spunky with your design ideas is totally acceptable. Don’t be afraid to mix fun patterns, colors and textures together. You’d be surprised how many options you would never consider that can actually end up looking amazing together. Try creating idea boards to mix and match patterns and colors until you get a combination that works for you. Consider using toy, such as large stuffed animals and dollhouses, as part of the décor. What do you wish your room had looked like when you were a child? Now is the time to indulge those ideas — Go ahead, let your inner child loose!   5.  Get your child involved – While you probably have tons of amazing ideas for what you’d like your child’s room to be, don’t forget that it is their space, after all. It is important for children to feel totally themselves in their room. Even if their design style clashes a bit with yours, let them have input on what their room looks like. For example, ask them to describe what their favorite room would look like, and try to incorporate some of those ideas into the décor. Also, let them participate in compiling the idea board so they can have a hands-on role in the process. Treat it like a fun crafting project, and see where their imaginations lead! Allowing them to make decisions about their room will give them confidence and will ensure that they get a room they will enjoy. Even if they come up with ideas that aren’t very practical, you could try to use a variation on their idea that will still be creative and original. There are always ways to make their off-the-wall ideas work. Who knows, they could turn into the next hot design trend!   Implementing these tips into your child’s room can be a lot of fun and can completely transform an important space in your home. While we may not immediately put a lot of thought into the décor of our...

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5 Simple Tips for Creating Fun and Functional Children’s Rooms – Part 1

Posted by on 2016-01-12 4:00 pm in blog, Children's Room Remodeling, FADesignBuild

Remember when you first decorated your baby’s nursery, when you could choose any style and color you wished to prepare that special room for your special little one?   Well, now that baby is growing up, complete with her own ideas about which colors, furniture, and décor looks best! She wants a room that reflects her personality, as well as one that showcases her favorite colors and decorative tastes. You want a room that provides her with a quiet place to study, a fun place to play and spend time with friends, not to mention an organized space that will help her get ready for school – and help you get out the door – in the morning!   Can both of you have everything you want in a room? You definitely can, with a little bit of planning and teamwork. By keeping your child in mind as you make decorating decisions, as well as by asking her to join in the process, will help you create a room that is perfect for her and that fits perfectly into your home. Here are five simple tips to keep in mind as you plan your child’s perfect space:   1.  Consider easy-to-transition storage – As your child grows up, her storage needs will change. In the first few years, large toys and stuffed animals will need a place to be tucked away. But, when she gets older, she may have more clothes, handbags, and shoes that will need to be organized. Consider storage solutions that will easily transition based on your child’s age and interests. Also, consider any hobbies your child has – arts and crafts, sports, etc. – because these items will require additional storage as well. Benches, bookcases and cubbies are great solutions.  Under-the-bed storage is also a great use of space and can easily transition from toys to shoes and purses and your child ages.   2.  Make room for play and work – Your child should enjoy spending time in her room playing and reading, but she will need a quiet place for doing homework, too! Consider multiple locations where your child can do these activities comfortably. Having a special place to do school work can help your child focus instead of being distracted by other things in their room that are competing for attention. A good, solid desk with plenty of storage and a comfortable desk chair will be very important, particularly for tweens and teens. Make sure it is in a location where plenty of outlet space is available for charging phones and tablets. A comfortable seating option, like a nice chair or small sofa will allow them to read out of bed, entertain friends and work or play on the iPad or laptop.   In our next blog, we’ll reveal our other 3 tips for designing a magical room any child would love....

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How to Renovate a Small Guest Room Your Visitors Will Love

Posted by on 2015-12-21 3:57 pm in FADesignBuild, Renovation

The holidays have many of us thinking of ways to accommodate the house guests who will visit this season. Having everyone under one roof allows for plenty of family fun and memories, but sometimes our homes get a bit camped.   Instead of asking friends and family to sleep on the pull-out sofa, or – worse – putting them up in a hotel, why not transform an extra room into a comfortable, stylish guest room? Even if a spare room is small in size, it can be big on comfort. Undersized bedrooms or spare rooms can be coaxed into stylish spaces with the help of color scheme, lighting choices, and material selection.   Flooring   To enhance smaller spaces with flooring, choose materials that are one shade darker than the walls to make the room feel larger. If you elect to use carpet flooring, choose a type with no sculpting, which can visually distract and cause a room to appear smaller. Fewer visual interruptions make a room feel expansive. With wooden floors, select a light variety with minimal grain variegation, which could add heaviness to the room.   Walls   Light colors make rooms appear larger than their measurements indicate. Choosing a light shade for a small guest room, such as dove white, creamy tan, or butter yellow, adds a feeling of spaciousness to the space. For added space enhancement, paint the ceiling the lightest value that is found at the end of the paint-selection strip for a cohesive look. Light ceilings give the illusion of height to the room. Finish it off with a later of crisp, gloss-white paint on window moldings and doors.   Lighting   The right lighting can set the mood for a room, as well as make it feel larger. Therefore, light fixtures are especially important for small guest rooms. Adding a small chandelier directs the eyes upward and makes ceilings appear to be higher. If your décor is modern, opt for recessed lights in the ceiling to brighten up your room. For extra, task lighting, use wall sconces on a dresser wall or beside the bed to add light to this area. Avoid heavy draperies that block natural light – choose for pull-down shades or lace panels to provide more privacy.   How do you envision the perfect guest room? No matter how much space you are working with, we can help. Get in touch to make your design dreams into a reality the whole family will...

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How to Renovate a Small Guest Room Your Visitors Will Love

Posted by on 2015-12-08 6:55 pm in blog, Interior Design

The holidays have many of us thinking of ways to accommodate the house guests who will visit this season. Having everyone under one roof allows for plenty of family fun and memories, but sometimes our homes get a bit camped.   Instead of asking friends and family to sleep on the pull-out sofa, or – worse – putting them up in a hotel, why not transform an extra room into a comfortable, stylish guest room? Even if a spare room is small in size, it can be big on comfort. Undersized bedrooms or spare rooms can be coaxed into stylish spaces with the help of color scheme, lighting choices, and material selection.   Flooring   To enhance smaller spaces with flooring, choose materials that are one shade darker than the walls to make the room feel larger. If you elect to use carpet flooring, choose a type with no sculpting, which can visually distract and cause a room to appear smaller. Fewer visual interruptions make a room feel expansive. With wooden floors, select a light variety with minimal grain variegation, which could add heaviness to the room.   Walls   Light colors make rooms appear larger than their measurements indicate. Choosing a light shade for a small guest room, such as dove white, creamy tan, or butter yellow, adds a feeling of spaciousness to the space. For added space enhancement, paint the ceiling the lightest value that is found at the end of the paint-selection strip for a cohesive look. Light ceilings give the illusion of height to the room. Finish it off with a later of crisp, gloss-white paint on window moldings and doors.   Lighting   The right lighting can set the mood for a room, as well as make it feel larger. Therefore, light fixtures are especially important for small guest rooms. Adding a small chandelier directs the eyes upward and makes ceilings appear to be higher. If your décor is modern, opt for recessed lights in the ceiling to brighten up your room. For extra, task lighting, use wall sconces on a dresser wall or beside the bed to add light to this area. Avoid heavy draperies that block natural light – choose for pull-down shades or lace panels to provide more privacy.   How do you envision the perfect guest room? No matter how much space you are working with, we can help. Get in touch to make your design dreams into a reality the whole family will...

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