Design Center Educates Homeowners with Remodeling Plans

Design Center Educates Homeowners with Remodeling Plans

Open House, April 22, will feature three seminars, industry experts and New showroom.

Remodeler David Foster (left) talks with a homeowner browsing in the recently-opened Design and Selection Center, which is holding an Open House on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Open House will feature three seminars, access to representatives from major home improvement product manufacturers, a raffle and chef-prepared hors d'oeuvres.

Remodeler David Foster (left) talks with a homeowner browsing in the recently-opened Design and Selection Center, which is holding an Open House on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Open House will feature three seminars, access to representatives from major home improvement product manufacturers, a raffle and chef-prepared hors d'oeuvres. Photo by Suzy Foster


Three full-size kitchen displays are now on view in the Lorton showroom. The 3,270 square foot Lorton showroom is one of the largest home improvement product expositions in northern Virginia.


A home laundry with mudroom features has proven popular in northern Virginia homes.


A full-sized outdoor courtyard illuminated by natural light spotlights some of the durable materials and styles now being applied to roofing and siding.


The April 22 event will feature three seminars: Kitchen and Bath Design, Aging-in-Place Strategies for the Home and How to Plan a Successful Remodel.


Major vendors and manufacturers participating in the Design Center have increased substantially. Options for cabinet facings, plumbing fixtures, surface materials, tile and flooring are part of the permanent display. Foster designers are regularly exposed to new products and materials.

Foster Remodeling Solutions will launch its new 3,270-square-foot Home Design and Selection Center in Lorton with an open house on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will include seminars on a variety of topics ranging from kitchen and bath design to “How to Plan a Successful Remodeling,” to steps entailed in introducing “Aging-in-Place” modifications into the home. Seminar presenters are recognized experts in their respective specialties. Representatives from top manufacturers will also be on hand to answer questions about specific products, appliances and emerging technologies. Several manufacturers also will be contributing new products as raffle items.

Visitors can arrive as early as 10 a.m. and browse the newly-expanded Design and Selection Center. Chef-prepared hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served throughout the day.

There will be several full-sized kitchen and bathroom designs on view, vignettes featuring cabinets, vanities, flooring and lighting, even a full-sized outdoor courtyard which spotlights break-through materials and styles being applied to roofing and siding.

“Our goal is to make it easy for attendees to find answers to an array of home improvement questions in a single day,” said David Foster, who has operated Foster Remodeling Solution for over 34 years. “We encourage attendees to come prepared with questions, drawings and photos, and to bring interested friends and neighbors. All of the offerings are free and open to the public.”

Design and Selection

There are three design consultation rooms that allow homeowners to review in-progress design details of a home improvement on a flat screen television.

“Home improvement is a very dynamic industry,” Foster said. “You have to stay ahead of changing technologies and evolving practices. We're expanding methods for bringing ideas to homeowners that have already proven successful. … This Open House will be more of an exposition than we've offered in the past; we're building on what we've learned about local homeowner interests.”

The three one-hour seminars will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. so that interested parties can attend all three without conflict.

  • Design consultant Sean McLarty, a veteran remodeler with 33 years of professional experience, will provide tips on “Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling” at 11 a.m.;

  • Dory Clemens, a space planning specialist, will conduct a seminar at 1 p.m. on “Aging-In-Place” applications. The session will focus how to assess which modifications to your home are most appropriate for near-term and foreseeable needs;

  • At 3 p.m., Chris Arnold, whose 25 years of remodeling experience embraces every facet of the industry, will discuss “How to Plan a Successful Remodel,” including best options for financing a project.

Interested parties can register for the show room opening and for individual seminars online at, or by calling 703-350-1371.

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Manufacturer and Vendor Participation

Ferguson Enterprises, one of the largest wholesalers of such bathroom fixture brands as Kohler, Moen and Mirabelle will have a representative on hand to answer questions and discuss trends and innovations.

Chris Clark of NVB Mortgage will help attendees assess current financing options.

A representation from DNB Wireless, a Florida company that specializes in Smart House technologies, will offer demonstrations on home systems management that can be operated via a smartphone app. DNB Wireless, a certified dealer for Control4 Home automation systems, recently established an office in the Design Center.

“While younger people readily embrace Smart technologies”, Foster says, “we're finding more people over sixty getting educated in this newer area of home improvement because they recognize the value these conveniences can bring to their lives.”

Smart devices, which are increasingly manageable via a smartphone, can be programmed control everything from house lights to HVAC to security systems.

“The front door bell can activate an audio/video system that allows a homeowner to see and talk to whoever is at the front door, even when they're not in the house,” Foster says. “This can be a significant boon to personal safety and comfort.”

Breakthrough applications are by no means limited to the electronics arena, Foster points out. For instance:

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) looks like wood, but is less expensive and much easier to replace. Optional cork or foam backing makes walking easier.

Ink-jet printing now being applied to porcelain tile has greatly expanded the aesthetic possibilities of this durable flooring material. Shades can range from “high-gloss” to “textured” This has significantly augmented the interior designer's palette.

Quartz is gradually becoming more popular than granite, marble or natural stone for counter surface applications. It's low maintenance and offers a variety of colors, tones and shades;

Texturing techniques such as “brushing” now lend visual distinction to traditional hardwoods; ceramic-infusion, when applied, has resulted in floors that last longer.

Raffle: Several recently-introduced home improvement products are being offered as raffle prizes. Ferguson is donating a Moxie showerhead with wireless speaker that plays music in the shower via Bluetooth technology; DNB Wireless will provide a Sonos Connect Wireless Amp for streaming music and a free custom installation for a flat screen TV of up to 65”; Appliance Connection has contributed a KitchenAid Mixer.