7 Northern Virginia Flooring Tips & Trends

7 Northern Virginia Flooring Tips & Trends

7 Northern Virginia Flooring Tips & Trends

It pays to think from the ground up,  when your planning a Northern Virginia home remodeling project — whether it's one room, a bathroom, or your entire home . Typically, when people enter a room the first thing they tend to notice is...you guessed it. The Flooring ; your flooring dramatically ties together all of the cabinets, furniture, appliances and décor into one distinctive and welcoming design.

Within the four main categories of flooring, (Natural Wood, Engineered Hardwoods, Tile and Carpet), there are hundreds, even thousands of flooring textures, patterns and colors to choose from. How do you know which one is right for you or your home? Well that depends on finding the right balance of fashion and functionality. Here are the 7 Northern Virginia Flooring Tips & Trends.

Before we show our clients a single sample or patch, we discuss these seven topics:

1. Traffic — Kitchens, stairwells and hallways tend to wear more often and easily because they get a lot of foot traffic ; while bedroom and bathroom floors, not so much. Natural Hardwood Floors in a wide variety of textures and stains are durable, beautiful and, according to USA Today, highly coveted by homebuyers. This Loudoun County home remodel in Ashburn features gorgeous wood stairs.
Loudoun County home remodel

2. Spills — Dining Rooms, family rooms and kitchens, can be prone to spills from dropped pates, drinks, paint, etc.  A little mess every now and then should be easy to clean up without causing permanent damage. This Engineered Hardwood floor in a Loudoun County Home Remodeling project (above), looks like real wood but doesn’t easily crack and won’t warp or discolor if spills are cleaned up quickly. Vinyl Plank flooring, on the other hand pictured below in a Fairfax County kitchen remodel, also looks like natural wood, but is spill and slip resistant, extremely comfortable to walk on, and very cost-effective.
Loudoun County Kitchen remodeling

3. Scratches — Families with dogs, cats or kids will definitely want to invest in flooring that doesn't easily scratch or scuff. Engineered hardwood flooring is a great option for areas with high pet or foot traffic. If you have your heart completely set on natural wood, a light hardscape will provide a beautiful rustic look that will allow light dings and scratches to blend in. Carpeting, like in this Loudoun County master bedroom and bathroom remodel in Ashburn, VA, allows furniture to be moved about without risk of scratches, scuffs or gouging. Waterproof carpet padding will further reduce the risk of mold and mildew.
Bedroom Flooring Remodel

4. Moisture — Besides direct spills, flooring can potentially be exposed to both visible & hidden moisture that can cause mildew, discoloration and warping. Flooring around dog bowls, sinks, laundry and dishwashing machines, showers and tubs, foyers and mudrooms are magnets for moisture. Tile is a great option for the mudroom/laundry room where tracked in mud, leaking suds and water puddles won’t cause lasting damage. The tile in this Loudoun County bathroom remodel holds up extremely well to humidity and near constant moisture in the bathroom.
Loudoun County bathroom remodel in Ashburn

5. Accents — When choosing the flooring for your Northern Virginia home remodel, always keep in mind that flooring cannot be changed as easily as painting a room.  This means that you should choose a flooring installation that is somewhat neutral in order to allow the greatest variety of furniture, cabinet, appliance, window treatment and wall color options. When choosing for your northern virginia kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel, colorful tile can be employed as an accent — along the sink backsplash area, or inside the shower, as done for this master bathroom remodel in Loudoun County.
Loudoun County Master Bathroom Remodel in Ashburn

6. Care & Cleaning
—  Always keep in mind when considering your flooring installation options, the health of you and those who are in the household with you. If your if your family has asthma or allergies, flooring options like carpet can increase exposure to dust, dirt and dust mites. Other flooring options like ceramic tiles with dark grout, engineered hardwood flooring and darker hardwood, as seen in this Fairfax County bar remodel, can hide dirt for longer, though weekly deep cleanings are always recommended.
Loudoun County Hardwood Flooring Installing in Ashburn

7. Comfort — Carpeting in the living & family rooms of a home can turn every inch into seating space for movie & game night. Cork floors, like in this newly remodeled Leesburg wine cellar, are ideal to control humidity; they’re also soft on the feet and protect wine bottles that tip over.
Loudoun County basement remodel in leesburg winery

Benefits of Bathroom Remodeling: Northern Virginia

Benefits of Bathroom Remodeling: Northern Virginia

Benefits of Bathroom Remodeling: Northern Virginia

Undoubtably, when it comes to home remodeling and upgrades, one of the first rooms people look to start, is the bathroom. The advantages of Bathroom Remodeling Northern Virginia can vary, depending on whether you’re staying for the long-haul or planning to list your home for sale in the near future. Whether it’s for appearance sake or simply increasing your home’s value, remodeling your home’s bathrooms can provide an abundance of benefits for you, your family and your guests.
With all the great benefits of a bathroom remodel it is still no small investment. According to the national kitchen and bath association the average cost to remodel a master bathroom is about $16,000. Understandably, some homeowners face a certain degree of hesitation to put up that kind of money. However, the investment you make it to your homes bathroom remodel is well worth the time, energy and financial investment, and here’s why!

Homebuyers look for newly remodeled bathrooms

First place prospective homebuyers typically look when it comes to making their purchase decisions about a home are the bathrooms and the kitchen. A nice bathroom is usually the hallmark of the well-maintained and modern home and most buyers love to see up-to-date guest and master bathrooms.

Bathroom remodeling northern virginia


Increase your homes value

(Especially in Northern Virginia)

When it comes to home remodeling projects it’s always a key point that you want to maximize your return on investments and in an area like Northern Virginia, this point is especially key, considering the competitive local housing market .According to remodeling magazines cost versus value report in 2013, bathroom remodeling recouped anywhere from 54 to 65% of their value. Industry professionals like Mary Leonard author of “Mary’s home-improvement guide” believe that upgrading your bathroom or kitchen, has by far, the best opportunity of getting the best return on your investment. ” As far as getting a return on your investment, the best money is in remodeling your bathroom or kitchen. All the realtors want to know if you were that you have the greatest chances of getting your money back on those two [upgrades]”.

Home Energy efficiency

In regards to bathroom remodeling, one of the most overlooked benefits has been home energy efficiency. In recent EPA statements, it was said that if 1 in 10 homes upgraded their bathrooms with energy efficient lighting and plumbing, over 70,000,000,000 gallons of water and 1.5 billion in energy costs would be saved. So whether you’re looking to do good for the environment or your bank account, updating your home’s bathrooms with energy efficient showers, plumbing, or lighting can save you a bundle on utility costs down the line.

Bottom Line: Though the investment into your home’s bathroom project can be significant, The abundance of benefits that a newly updated bathroom offers, make it an investment much worth making.

Your Bathroom Remodel in 6 Easy Steps!

Numero Uno.

Choose Your Bathroom Remodel's Design Style

The first step in your Bathroom Remodel project is to decide on an overall theme or color scheme. Deciding specific elements that you like such as shower tile, floor tile, or fixtures, can be a great way of getting started on your project. Using sites like Houzz.com or the Pinterest app is an easy way to generate new and creative ideas, as well as to keep your own ideas thoughtfully organized. Another good idea is to keep notes on what specific elements you admire about each of your findings. Bathroom Remodels can be an extremely fun and rewarding project, but don't forget to stay organized!

Step duex

Team Up with A Bathroom Remodel Pro

The next step in your process is to partner up with a qualified remodeling and renovations contractor. Working with the right contractor will help you to design and lay out your dream bathroom as well as, actually execute the project itself. When selecting a contractor (cough* cough*) Be sure to above all else, work with a contractor who you feel comfortable with and who doesn't treat you or your home like the next big paycheck!

Step 3

Set Your Budget

Step 3

Work with your contractor to Set your budget

Next to full-blown home renovations and additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels are two of the most expensive projects in your home. In the Washington metropolitan area, a full bathroom remodel on a standard 5 x 7 bathroom can average up to $16,000. Larger more complex bathroom remodels can reach even higher. Obviously, this number is deeply affected by the materials, fixtures and layout that you choose, so working with a designer or contractor from the start can really help to set a proper budget and expectation for your project.


Step Four

Select your fixtures

Select your fixtures and materials

So here's were some real fun begins. Selecting your materials can be a daunting but exciting task. There are such a variety of options! From accent tiling to vanity mirrors & lighting, this is where your inspiration notes will definitely come in handy. Don't be afraid to share your Pinterest board or houzz.com idea book with your contractor. They should be more than willing to look through your compiled notes and ideas to help select the right materials with you. At this point, taking trips to local kitchen and bath showrooms, tradeshows, and local suppliers will be a necessary step in selecting the best fixtures and materials for your taste.


Numero Cinco

Begin the Construction

Step Cinco

Begin construction

Now this is where all the magic happens. The beginning of construction is typically the most exciting moment for homeowners in this process, that is, until day two. Demolition and construction is a loud and messy event, but don't let it discourage you from looking forward to the end result. Keep your eyes on the prize! Prepare yourself for obstacles or possible mishaps during the process, this is the nature of the business & why it's important to work with a team that is dedicated to working through the process with you! They will have a plan to keep your project moving and on track.


Bathroom Remodel Before and After

Finally, Step 6

The BIG Reveal

Step 6

The Big Reveal!

Watching your project come together can be in extremely fun enjoyable and rewarding process. Your bathroom will go from being a complete war zone to a clean space and before you know it you will have a new and upgraded bathroom better than it's ever been before. Enjoy the rewards for. your hard work, money spent and patience! 

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