Even if your basement currently looks like a dark and dank storage facility for seasonal decorations and discarded household items, there are plenty of basement remodeling ideas to give your space the flare, excitement, and beauty it deserves!
Aging in place is a concept that homeowners are now embracing because the benefits are so clear: it offers the freedom and dignity to live in your home for a lifetime! From raising a young family, through busy midlife crises, and into your senior years, choosing the right home floor plans, products, and materials that help you stay in your home as you age is a smart decision. If you’re building a new home, think of aging in place as a design insurance policy that will help you remain at ease as you age with your home.
If you’re looking to either install a new, or remodel an existing bathroom in your home, you may be confused as to whether you need a bathtub, a shower, or both. Bathtubs are great if you have kids, or if you yourself love the relaxation that comes with jetted hydrotherapy. If your bathroom has ample space, a separate shower and bathtub can be ideal. For smaller rooms, a shower-tub combo might be best. There’s an art to selecting the right bath product that offers the function you and your family need. Choosing the perfect trends and products for your master bathroom remodel […]
Just as the perfect accessory can take an outfit from simple to simply stunning, a kitchen backsplash can significantly boost your space’s appearance. Elegant or funky, neutral or colorful, the look you choose to highlight the wall space between the countertops and cabinets is the perfect opportunity to inject some personality into your kitchen design. The backsplash is often one of the last details homeowners select for their kitchen remodel, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important than the other choices you make.
Have you ever thought about adding an entertainment room to your home? The plush seating, big screens, deluxe sound systems all help provide the sense of escaping reality. No matter if the family is into watching movies or the children playing video games, a separate entertainment room offers fun and leisure for everyone. If you want to remodel an existing room or build a new one, a state-of-the-art home theater is one of the many basement design ideas Abbey Design Center can provide to give you the ultimate entertainment experience for family and friends.
Is Your Home Missing a Powder Room? There comes a time after the kids are off to college or traveling where your nest feels emptier. Now is the perfect time for you to renovate your home and make it more in tune with your preferences. There’s nothing wrong with spending some of your hard-earned money on creating your perfect dream home. Ease your way into remodeling with some small bathroom ideas, such as transforming your hall bathroom into a luxurious powder room! Although powder rooms have been around for centuries, they are starting to make a comeback in the most […]
The bathroom is one of the first places we go when we wake up in the morning. Unfortunately, leaving your warm, comfortable bed for cold, clammy feet in the bathroom is less than ideal. However, with the latest bathroom tile trends, you can keep your feet warm and cozy with every step! Heated bathroom floor tiles are becoming an extremely popular choice for bathrooms everywhere. Not only do they provide luxury to your home, but they also increase the value of your home!
“Should I buy my lot first and then pick a plan? Or choose a custom home design and then go in search of a lot?” There is no one correct answer to this seeing as each home is different and each individual has different preferences. It’s a personal choice, but many people do choose a lot first. Since they’re custom designing their home, they can often adapt any plan to the lot. Whatever direction you choose, it’s important to consider your entire budget before making a choice. The land is the single largest item in any construction budget, typically […]
Building a new custom home in Northern Virginia is a very different process from buying one that’s already been built. At Abbey Design Center, we believe the advantages and benefits of designing and constructing your dream home far outweigh any of the unique challenges. In talking with our clients, we’ve discovered that one area many of them aren’t familiar with is construction loans. Most homeowners can’t afford to pay for home construction up front, and it isn’t easy asking a bank or mortgage lender to loan you money for a house that doesn’t even exist yet. Standard mortgages don’t apply here, […]
Winter is a great time for ice skating, hitting the cross-country ski trails or taking in the glorious holiday light shows. It’s also can be the perfect time to add to or remodel your home! We’re not recommending December as the month to install that pool you’ve been dreaming about, but a remodeling project is about much more than the outdoor temperature. Many homeowners believe spring and summer are the best seasons for home improvement, but you can save both money and time by creating your dream home with a winter remodel!
It’s an age-old question: should you build a new custom home or remodel the one you already have? It may come as a surprise that on a cost-per-square-foot basis, remodeling a used home is usually more expensive than purchasing a new home. But deciding upon new home options should not be solely based on the question of construction costs. Here are some factors to consider when looking into new home options: Considerations for New Home Options
If asked to describe the perfect home design, how would you respond? As an interior design center, Abbey Design Center hears all different kinds of dream home ideas, terms, and designs from homeowners. Though each home design is different and unique, the one common trend we always see it come down to is that people want a home that their family will enjoy living in for years to come. The “perfect” home, then, is made up of features that fit your family’s particular needs. What qualifies as a good home design hasn’t changed much over time. No matter where you build […]
What are Builder Allowances? Builder Allowances are a set amount of money for individual products that you have not yet picked out. They are included in your contract before selecting the items, and they help in putting together a total price to build your home. If any of the items cost more than what is in the allowance, your house will end up costing more than the contracted price because you will have to pay the difference. Builder allowances are frequently used in the planning stages for custom homes and common ones your contract may cover are: Cabinets […]
Have you ever wanted to add a shower to your half bath? With Abbey, you can turn your half bath into a full bath in no time! Not only will this add value to your home but it will make your home more functional. Whether you need the additional space for guests or for your own family, this bathroom redesign will enhance your home and make life simpler. Converting Your Half Bath First, you’ll need to make sure that you have all of the necessary plumbing fixtures. You’ll need to have the proper pipes and drains installed in your new shower. You […]
While a vintage or timeworn feel appeals to certain homeowners, some prefer a more up-to-date look for their kitchen. Abbey Design Center has the tools and talent to upgrade your outdated theme into a fashionable modern remodel! The modern kitchen revolves around a clean, sleek design with trendy applications, frameless cabinets, and bold monochromatic backsplashes. While there’s no everlasting definition of a “modern” theme – what’s modern is changing day by day! – we can guide you through today’s elements and supply you with the best tips on how to give your kitchen a modern feel.
“Your Future Looks Bright!” – Developing the Perfect Sunroom A lot of home builders in the Northern Virginia area usually recommend a solarium or sunroom as an interior feature for those building a new nest. Despite the room’s name, a four-season sunroom provides benefits all year round! Sunrooms offer a wonderful amount of light during the winter season, which offsets several symptoms of SAD, or the “winter blues”. The natural light provided makes for a brilliant reading nook, a home office, or just your morning quiet space to enjoy that first cup of coffee. Abbey Design Center can provide the tools […]
The Farmhouse Kitchen – a warm spacious style that’s perfect for big families! A kitchen is a place where families can come together and share their passions, experiences, and lives with one another. At Abbey Design Center, we know that a kitchen is more than just another room in your home. We are determined to make sure you have the perfect dining area for your lifestyle and family. Though there are many different kitchen themes and styles, we’ll be taking a closer look at how to capture the warm and homey feel that a farmhouse kitchen provides. What exactly […]
Storage is always at a premium in any home, and nowhere is that truer than in the bathroom. All the little odds and ends you use every day, and seemingly nowhere to put it all. Makeup, hairbrushes, toilet paper, towels and washcloths, razors, and first aid supplies. The list goes on and on. No matter what size your bathroom, you can probably use a little more bathroom storage. If a bathroom remodel is in your future, it’s a great time to read about some of the latest innovative storage solutions. Here are 9 great tips on how to add extra storage […]
A Beautiful Kitchen Can Increase Property Value A well-designed kitchen remodel can make or break the sale of your house. Furthermore, an upgraded functional kitchen can make your home irresistible to buyers and increase property value. Depending on the features you choose and how much you spend, a kitchen makeover is one of the best remodeling investments you can make – many homeowners see well over an 80% return. Whether your priority is to design a beautiful new kitchen for yourself or one that will appeal to potential buyers, here’s why it’s a worthy and smart investment.
Gemstone countertops are this year’s luxury item! Here at Abbey Design Center, we love to turn ordinary into luxury. Granite and marble have been the standard for years when it comes to high-end counter tops. One of our favorite new trends in home remodeling is the installation of gemstone countertops.
Outdoor Kitchens: The Perfect Summer Remodel With summer just around the corner, a lot of homeowners consider some form of home interior remodeling. While Abbey Design Center provides stellar work in the form of kitchen, bath, basement remodeling and more, we can also spruce up the exterior of your home with some outdoor renovations! One of our remodeling options that are popular this time of year is an outdoor kitchen. If you’re planning on expanding your kitchen to the great outdoors, there are a few things to consider: Flooring Sealed paved and concrete works well in regards to durability. […]
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named us one of their Contractors of the Year! Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards each year. Judging is based on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty by an impartial panel of industry experts. NARI named 172 Regional CotY TM Winners from the 2017 competition, with 30 team members. Regional CotY Winners advance as finalists at the national level. We have always held our work to a higher standard, and we’re glad the attention to detail and perfection paid off! Our passion for […]
If you live in a smaller home but want to expand your kitchen, you may not want to ruin it by knocking down all of the walls. However, tearing down the walls will make your kitchen expansion beautiful and functional. What your home currently lacks is floor space, storage space and of course kitchen space. With these steps, you’ll be able to maximize your space in no time! Kitchen Expansion Ideas First, you can consider combining three rooms into one. For instance, to enlarge a 10-by-14 foot kitchen, you can remove the dining room and living room walls. Doing […]
One of the concerns that some people fail to address when remodeling their basement is the basement lighting. Consider various lighting options when planning out your basement remodel! While there are a hefty amount of lighting options to consider, Abbey Design Center has provided you with the most common and crucial types of basement lighting. Keep these in mind as you transform your basement:
A kitchen island can instantly make your space more functional. Island styles can include sinks, stove tops, bars and more. The sky’s the limit! The idea is to choose a kitchen island style that fits the overall design of your space. When choosing the perfect island you have to think about countertop surfaces, colors, and accessories. We can help you look at all of the different options and fit the right match for you in our kitchen design center or in your own home! Kitchen Island Styles If your kitchen has a modern design, you’ll want cool and dark […]
Bathroom cabinet options will give you an organized and a beautiful bathroom! Abbey offers a wide variety of cabinet options that will help maximize your storage. Bathroom spaces can easily become messy with products, makeup, and various appliances. A good design means plenty of storage to hide all those things that clutter the space! Bathroom Cabinet Options One type of cabinet style is the furniture appeal. Cabinetry that resembles furniture, with legs and open shelves adds a unique touch to your bathroom. Repurposed hutches and vintage dressers can even be used as vanities to add beauty to your space. […]
Home Trends for the New Year With a new year comes new trends. If you’re looking to redesign your home with Abbey, keep these home trends in mind throughout the 2017 year. Discover what’s in and what’s out to avoid making home trend faux pas.
Bring “peace and quiet” back with technology free rooms! Remember the good ol’ days when people stared at the world through a window rather than a screen? Technology has quickly become the crutch on which society functions around, but it’s not too late to bring back some old charm into your home! Ditch the tech and TVs; technology free rooms will bring you peace of mind in no time! What is a technology free room? Well, exactly what it sounds like! Tech-less living spaces, also known as talking or reading rooms, are popping up more often in homes these days. This […]
Gray Tones: Beautiful, Not Blasé Gray is a very popular color this season, and it can be used all throughout your home. Installing gray hardwood flooring, gray laminate flooring, or even gray porcelain or ceramic tile flooring will add some extra class to your home! A great space to install gray flooring in your home is your kitchen because it is a space where a lot of people tend to congregate. Gray flooring will give your kitchen the illusion of appearing more spacious and welcoming. If you’re looking to install new flooring, then consider the color gray as it can […]
Closet design styles vary from family member to family member. Each person will have different needs along with different items they need to store. Once you determine what those needs are, you will be able to accommodate for them. Women’s Closet Design Styles In a women’s closet, you may find accessories galore. This will require proper organization. It’s best to organize accessories so they are easy to find and within reach. For jewelry, consider jewelry drawers divided into compartments for rings, bracelets, and earrings. Next, to the drawer set, a tie rack can display long necklaces to keep them […]
Kitchen appliances that are built-in are the latest trend! They will enhance the function of the most popular room in your home. They will mirror the glamor of your overall kitchen aesthetic. It will make your appliances appear slim, crisp and unobtrusive.If your kitchen is missing something and you’re not sure what it is, adding built-in kitchen appliances will make all of the difference. Types of Built-in Kitchen Appliances Rather than having your refrigerator out in the open, build your cabinets around it. You can even install custom door panels that match your cabinets. Your fridge will then blend into […]
Marble accents will add pure elegance to your home. The Ancient Greeks used marble to create some of the most glorious architecture in the world, unparalleled in magnificence and design. With Abbey Design Center, you can bring the beauty of marble accents into your own home! Marble accents and marble flooring are both great ways to brighten up a room. With marble, a little goes a long way. You can start by replacing your countertops with sophisticated slabs of marble. Marble flooring also provides a perfectly smooth and elegant look and it’s easy to clean. With marble’s striking grain patterns […]
Say goodbye to messy floors by installing a mudroom! It’s not uncommon to have people walk around the house with their shoes on. As the seasons change and winter rolls into town, tracking snow, mud or slush becomes a real concern. Even with secluding the outside debris to your front doorway, your home can still look uninviting and be a hassle to clean every day. Thankfully, Abbey Design Center offers an alternative solution to clomping your dirty boots outside on the welcome mat: the mudroom! What is a mudroom? While the name might not be pretty, that doesn’t mean the room itself can’t […]
Bamboo flooring may seem like an illusion at times. It’s actually a type of grass while having a similar look and feel to hardwood flooring. Bamboo grass can live on for years, made from one of the fastest growing plants in the world. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly and durable flooring choice, look no further! Quality bamboo flooring is captivating, affordable, and magnificent – it’s even 160% more durable than oak hardwood floors, which are prone to nicks, scratches and water damage. If hardwood floors don’t fit your budget, just “shoot” for bamboo! What are the benefits of bamboo flooring? One of the main benefits […]
Choosing the best tile backsplash for your kitchen: A backsplash is the section of wall behind a kitchen sink or kitchen counter. They help protect your walls from grease stains and cooking oil, and also look fabulous doing so! A tile backsplash adds just the right amount of style to a kitchen. Your kitchen’s tile backsplash acts as a focal point in the room, catching the attention of any guest. Most people tend to lean towards tile as the material for backslashes. It’s easily adapted for different styles, fits most budgets, and also offers a wider range materials to use. Nevertheless, you may be wondering what sort […]
Space Optimization – The Kitchen Triangle Are you having trouble with the spacing of your kitchen? Can you not prepare food efficiently? Space Optimization is crucial to a kitchen that can be navigated through well without too much hassle. Believe it or not, there is a formula to your kitchen space! It is called the work triangle. The work triangle consists of three main areas: the food storage area, cleanup, and cooking areas. If these three areas are properly spaced in your kitchen it will make it easier to navigate around your kitchen. The Work Triangle It is important that […]
Here are some old styles that mean it’s time for you to update! Is it time for a change? Remember your grandparents’ colorful kitchen decor. Old styles used to be in, but the times are always changing and so are the styles. It’s out with the old and in with the new. Don’t get stuck in the past. Rustic is out and modern is in. Wood paneling is being replaced by sleek, modern styles such as whites and grays. Ceiling fans are being updated to chrome, matte colors. Cabinets are being refurbished from darkened wood to painted white. 1970s: Older homes […]
One look at our home theater design and you’ll never leave! Are you tired of going to the movie theater every Friday night? Well, we have a solution for you! Let our designers make a cozy home theater design for you. With our design team, we can have a theater up and running for you to enjoy with your family. These theaters can be used for a variety of things, not just films. Football games for the upcoming NFL season, video games, or even television shows. The theater will be great for everyone in the family. The Bells and Whistles […]
Vinyl Flooring is in and it’s Time For a Remodel! Vinyl flooring is what you’ve been dreaming of and looking for. It’s the allure and style of hardwood flooring without all the maintenance! Hardwood flooring is notorious for scratching and staining. If you have any children and/or pets, you know this all too well. Additionally, many people like to cover their floors in a carpet or two in their living and dining areas to make it cozier, especially during the winter months. Areas where the sun touches the hardwood can lighten the wood so the colors on the […]
Mix a little Southern Comfort into your home with barn doors! Rustic, antique barn doors are a great way to accessorize any room! It also adds a classic country vibe to your home. A barn door can serve many purposes in the home. They can be used as partitions, replacements for traditional doors, or even hung up as like pictures as decorations. Connecting several barn doors and staggering them is a great way to divide a room, providing you with the right amount of privacy and style. The most common way to incorporate some of these doors into your homes […]
New Faucet Designs, Including Hands free for Kitchens and Bathrooms! Have you ever had dirty hands from cooking and had to use your elbow to turn on the kitchen faucet so that you don’t dirty up the handle? Well, we have some good news for you: hands free faucets help avoid this problem! There are two main models of hands free faucets that allow you to turn the water on without touching them. These new faucets work by tapping your foot against a switch that is installed below the cabinets in order to turn the water on or off. This allows the cook to move […]
Kitchen Islands: A Different Kind of Paradise If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, kitchen islands are a great way to start. Kitchen islands make your kitchen look larger, efficient and professional. If you’re a cook, you will especially appreciate the extra space. Model your kitchen island around the functionality you need in your kitchen. Additionally, your kitchen island can serve as a cooktop, additional food preparation area, dining area, breakfast bar, or an appliance island with an additional sink or oven. If you decide to get a kitchen island, pick a concept that will work for your kitchen and […]
Tile flooring can be seen in more rooms than just your bathroom! Tile flooring is very versatile. When most people think of tile they automatically associate it with bathrooms. However, tile can have multiple uses. It can be seen all throughout a home in more rooms than just one. From bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and more, tile will leave a lasting impression on your home. It’s a practical and functional flooring material. It is now being seen in more rooms than ever! Styles and Variations Using tile instead of hardwood or carpet allows for creative design choices. There’s a […]
Make your home your staycation spot! During the summer, people travel to various destinations all over the country, and some all over the world in hopes of achieving the ultimate vacation. What if you could achieve that vacation by staying right at home? A staycation! With Abbey Design Center you can turn your home into an oasis that you never want to leave. Abbey Design Center’s Flooring Sale will help you achieve the ultimate staycation. Carpet pricing starts as low as $1.89 per square foot installed and hardwood pricing starts as low as $6.49 square foot installed. If you’d like […]
Kitchen Organization in 4 Easy Steps Kitchen organization should be next on your to-do list. Is your pantry overflowing? Looking for ingredients for that new recipe you’ve been dying to try, but can’t find them? Try these easy tips to organize your kitchen, fast! Abbey Design Center has hundreds of designs to make your kitchen the functional one you’ve been dreaming of. Utilize all the space in your pantry It’s easy for your pantry to become an overflowing mess. Group items together by shelves or buy cheap storage containers to fill up with food such as snacks, chocolate chips, flour, […]
Throw Out the Old and Bring in The New with these Bath Remodeling Tips! A bath remodel can seem like a daunting task. Abbey Design Center has some helpful tricks that will turn your bathroom into the beautiful retreat you’ve always dreamed of. Step 1: Decide what your bathroom is missing. Whether it’s your master bathroom, a half-bath on your main level, or a kids bathroom, there’s always room for improvement with a bathroom remodel. Is your bathroom missing a common element? Does it need a little updating? One easy design trick is to incorporate an element consistent with the rest […]
New Home Design Trends With a new year come new trends. What’s considered “in” is constantly evolving and there are always new concepts and ideas popping up. If you’d like to update your home but you’re not sure where to start, check out these 10 home design trends that will help you improve your home this year! Top 10 Design Trends Two- tone cabinets. By differing the color of your upper cabinets to your lower cabinets, you will be able to incorporate two different styles into your kitchen in a unique way. Colored stainless steel appliances. Silver shiny stainless steel […]
Vessel Sinks: Pros & Cons Vessel sinks are becoming even more popular these days. They are great ways to add style to your bathroom but they are not for everyone. Read the pros and cons list to find out why. Pros 1) Vessel sinks have the ability to completely hide the sink. Most think of a vessel sink as a way to accent the sink itself, but if you use a glass vessel sink that is wall mounted, it lets you draw attention to other parts of the bathroom. 2) Vessel sinks have so many different styles. There are limitless […]
Should you Select Stained or Painted Kitchen Cabinets? One of the biggest decisions for making your dream kitchen is the finish on your kitchen cabinets. Staining and painting a cabinet are the two main finishes people use but are completely different. Keep in mind, that you should make your decision while also looking at samples of your countertops, backsplashes as well as any other textures and colors in your kitchen to make sure that they all compliment each other. Finishes to Consider: Stain It is often the less expensive option, and more customs cabinet shops offer in-house staining than painting. Stain has […]
Current Hardwood Floor Types Are you getting tired of that old, worn out carpet? Switch to hardwood! It’s easier to clean and adds a modern look to your home. This year there are many current hardwood trends that can help make your home feel brand new. Get acquainted with the trendy stains, finishes, and styles. Look for the one that’s best for you and make the most of your upgrade! Stains Really dark and really light cool tones are in. Now people tend to stray away from warmer red tones. The darkest of dark is a fairly popular hardwood stain. The […]
Have you been thinking about remodeling your home or redoing your kitchen? What about new hardwood flooring or finishing your basement? Now is the time! During our 27th anniversary sale, you will get the best pricing of the entire year on any or all of these projects and you can take advantage of 18 months of interest-free refinancing! Also, earn up to $1,200 in Visa Gift Cards. For every $2,500 you spend, we will add $100 to your gift card. The sale runs until March 28th so there is not much time left. If you are interested in scheduling an […]
Meet Shiva Etessam, Owner of Abbey Design Center Shiva, owner of Abbey Design Center, began the company in 1989 with her husband. The company has grown to 32 employees and they have 2 showrooms in Sterling and Leesburg, Virginia. Shiva and her family immigrated to the United States in 1986 from Iran. They had owned restaurants in their home county and sold them and moved to the United States. Now as the owner of Abbey Design Center, Shiva acts as a successful entrepreneur who runs a company that strives towards customer satisfaction. My husband and I started a flooring company with two of his friends in 1987 and […]
Santec Faucets provides custom-designed plumbing fixtures that bring refined class to your home Santec Faucets are based out of California. They design and manufacture unique, one-of-a-kind plumbing fixtures. Estate and Designer are the two different product lines that they offer. Abbey Design Center has chosen to become a distributor of these faucets because we are committed to providing excellence and quality to our customers. “Fluid Imagination” – the motto behind Santec Faucets Santec provides a balance between art and technology. Their philosophy is “Fluid Imagination,” which represents their company’s brand image. They believe in the free flow of ideas and that’s what […]
Add a Dash of Beauty in Your Home with Kitchen Flowers! It’s no secret that spring is the most welcome time of year at Abbey Design Center. The green grass, the tree buds; but mostly the color that was missing for so many winter months. And it doesn’t take much to draw our eye in a gray neutral winter. That tiny pop of purple is planted in our minds as just the beginning for what the season has in store, and we can bring that beautiful element into your home with kitchen flowers! The reasoning behind kitchen flowers Your […]
Spring savings start with National Karastan Month! Today begins that twice a year promotion at Abbey Design Center called National Karastan Month. If you are unfamiliar with the promotion, it is the opportunity to save on one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious carpet and area rug brands. As the only authorized Karastan dealer in Loudoun County, Abbey Design Center has welcomed loyal brand fans from near and far for this semi-annual savings event for decades. Abbey is one of the select few authorized Karastan dealers in Virginia. Our installers have been trained as Karastan Certified Installers. As an […]
Spring Cleaning for Northern Virginia Spring has been an aloof guest again here in Northern Virginia. Each time we opened the door to check on its arrival, we were greeted with a mélange of snow, rain, sleet and heavy winds with nary a speck of sunshine. This kept most of us hidden indoors for weeks beyond our liking, but some adventurous types just can’t be contained. They’re out there anyway — planting peas, pruning trees, running races, mountain biking and generally trying to enjoy nature. Loudoun County has much to offer for outdoor activities, but bringing the great outdoors inside […]
High-End Kitchen Countertops – What’s Your Preference? The look and feel of stone is so popular, nearly all kitchen countertops we install are either natural stone granite or quartz composites. The natural stone, granite, continues to be the leader in countertop choices at Abbey Design Center, but quartz composites are becoming more popular than ever. Here are some reasons these two are the leading choices for countertops and the features that differentiate them. Granite Granite is igneous rock formed by the earth. Hundreds of granite color patterns reside in countries throughout the world. Due to supply in the country of […]