A Refreshing 21st Century First Floor Remodel

Surely, moving into a home built in the early 1970s, you can expect a dated interior and exterior design. That is why Mark Pineau and Charles Roche decided to upgrade and remodel their kitchen after moving into a Springfield, VA two-story split foyer in 1987.

“About 15 years ago, we started talking about remodeling the kitchen, dining room and living area,” says Mark Pineau. “We would go through the ‘what if’ scenario every couple of years and not do anything about it,” he added.

From the beginning, they already have an idea that the project would be a huge one and costly because it would involve moving several load-bearing walls, extensive plumbing, electrical and drywall work.

At first, they have doubts if they can really do it and if it’s really worth it. Then finally, they’d come up with a final decision to pursue the project. And to find out if their ideas would work, they contacted Sonny Nazemian, CEO, at Michael Nash Custom Kitchens and Homes in Fairfax, VA.

“When I came to their home for the initial visit, I took note of their needs and set up a second meeting at our showroom to present our design ideas,” says Nazemian. “Our employees put the entire design together, from the remodel itself through interior decorating ideas.”


Nazemian, after hearing the ideas of the homeowners, came up with a general remodeling plan to update the kitchen with a touch of the 21st century.

The whole remodel would include the kitchen, dining area/great room, living room and bathroom. The plan involves gutting the first floor completely and redoing it, placing the kitchen as an anchor around which the rest of the rooms would revolve.

Michael Nash team began the remodel by removing the kitchen walls to create a great room effect across the kitchen, dining and living areas. According to Mark, “It gives the first floor a wide open feel.”


Since the team needed to tear down the walls, they have to reroute the plumbing to the second floor because it came down between the walls. It was a big challenge to reroute the plumbing through the interior garage wall and down to the basement. Also, significant electrical work and drywall were also required and handled by Michael Nash team.


Mark has always wanted a cooktop in the island, the new kitchen is built with a center island which holds the sink, cooktop, and dishwasher. Topped by an emerald pearl-color granite countertop, is the base cabinets of a light cherry. Another great added feature is the downdraft vent that’s also in the island which was also a challenge for the creative design employees of Michael Nash.

The custom light cherry cabinets are used along the back wall of the kitchen in addition to being used on the island. Then using glass doors on the upper cabinets achieved the hutch-type effect. The request of Mark for a custom cabinet on wheels is also made possible. Moreover, more functionality is also reached because there are more storage space and more workspace.

“We weren’t going to cut corners and that was especially true in our selection of appliances,” says Mark. Stainless steel appliances are used throughout the kitchen. The room is added with double ovens, a dishwasher, a wine cooler and a unique refrigerator (French-door-style refrigerator in stainless steel).


For the flooring, Michael Nash kept in mind the “something durable and scratch resistant” request of the homeowners since they share their abode with their dog. And so, Nazemian suggested Brazilian cherry which does not only provide the durability they were looking for but complement the overall look of the remodel.

The designers and decorators added a home entertainment center with a 55” HDTV where the supplier worked with Michael Nash to build the surround speakers into the ceiling and to hide the controls. Since the television is placed on a swivel mount, it can be seen from most locations on the first floor.


The construction started on October 14, 2005. Charles and Mark had to live from a five bedroom to a one bedroom house.

“Basically, our living area consisted of the heated garage [turned into living space], our office behind it and a bedroom upstairs,” Mark says. “We had our microwave in the living area and our coffee pot in the bathroom,” he laughs.

Clearly, with a big project such as this, living through it is a little hard but Mark is very grateful for Michael Nash efforts. The crew had worked around the clock, including weekends, to finish the project on the scheduled completion time which is mid-December.

“Sonny and his people were fabulous,” Mark comments. “They did great work, got the project done on time, and were always very respectful of being in our home.”


Charles and Mark also had their sliding glass patio doors replaced with French doors. They are also planning on adding a 20′ by 20′ family room where the patio stands, leaving more room for dining and entertaining directly off the kitchen.


Charles and Mark found Michael Nash through an advertisement in their local newspaper. Because the company handles design, construction and interior decorating, they were drawn to it leading to visiting the Michael Nash website and reviewed the company’s work. Impressed with what they saw, they made an appointment, met with Sonny in their home and finally hired the firm.

Michael Nash Design Build & Homes is a world-class, multi-awarded remodeler company which specializes in Complete Kitchen Remodeling, Complete Bathroom Remodeling, Complete Basement Remodeling, and Complete Home Additions & Extensions. Our expertise also extends to Addition Remodeling as well as Major Renovations, New Custom Homes, Outdoor Living Services, etc. For inquiries and in-home consultations, call us on our mobile number (703) 457-8684. You can also take advantage of our services through these areas: Northern VA | Aldie | Alexandria | Annandale | Arlington County | Arlington |Ashburn | Burke | Centreville | Chantilly | Clifton | Dunn Loring | Fairfax County | Fairfax Station | Fairfax | Falls Church|Gainesville | Great Falls | Haymarket | Herndon | Leesburg | Lorton | Loudoun County | Manassas | McLean | Merrifield | Oakton | Potomac Falls | Prince William County | Purcellville | Reston | Springfield | Sterling | Vienna | Woodbridge, VA.

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8630A Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA

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