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Bathrooms: Bold, Bright, and Beautiful

May 20, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling
Bathrooms, along with kitchens, sell houses. Study after study has shown that bathrooms and kitchens have the largest influence on prospective buyers’ opinions. It should come as no surprise that around 78 percent of all home renovation projects are bathroom renovations, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Many of these projects aim to bring new life to previously cold and boring spaces by brightening them up, either with better lighting or a tasteful splash of color.

One of the easiest ways to brighten up any space – bathrooms included – is to exploit the availability of natural lighting. Try centering your bathroom design around large, bold windows and allowing the light from these windows to frame the design of your bathroom at large. If you don’t have access to exterior walls or you need a little more privacy than these windows allow for, try using a skylight to bring in some natural light. Natural light is great not only because is serves as a natural disinfectant, but also because it’s much less abrasive than artificial light.

Obviously, not all bathrooms will have access to natural lighting. It’s inevitable that for some projects you’ll be dependent on artificial light. In these situations, using recessed lighting, mirrors, and light colors will help make the most of your space.

Another inexpensive way to brighten up your bathroom is adding a splash of color to enhance the existing design. The key here is to create an interesting contrast which will bring out both the base colors and the accents.

Adding bright, fresh colors livens up most bathrooms, but occasionally, it can be a little too bold. To guard against this, try using shades of the same hue to offset a stronger color and bring dynamism and levity to the room.

Your bathroom should be a place where you feel warm and comfortable. Creating this environment is oftentimes easy and relatively inexpensive. Not only will you truly love the space, but building a bright, beautiful bathroom will certainly pay off when you decide to sell your property and the next owner falls in love with your space.

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Powder Room – The Little Bathroom That Could

May 5, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling
As the good old saying goes: never judge a book by its cover. And in our case, never judge the bathroom by its size. Your home’s powder room allows you to show off your style without the hassle of a tub or shower. And the sweetest perk: the smaller sized room means your renovations will likely be smaller in price. More power to the powder room!

To Wallpaper, or not to Wallpaper?

…and that is always the question. When it comes to dolling up your powder room walls, finding the right color, pattern and amount of wallpaper to use can overwhelm you with choices.

Go with a darker wallpaper color to fill an accent wall – think a warm olive or a rich burgundy color. Or cover the wall with a design that shows character without coming off as overpowering. These photos demonstrate how wall color can really enliven a room. Remember, different types and uses of wallpaper can transform the mood of the space.

Light Mood

You don’t want to give your guests a deer in headlights experience, but you also don’t want the lighting to be so low that they can’t see anything.

Create a dreamy, soft feel by using select yet targeted lighting. Wall scones can flank your mirror. Complement wall lights with a small standing lamp, which you can place on the sink, counter, or mounted shelf.

Dare to be different? A small chandelier can add a touch of elegance to the bathroom. Let the crystals shimmer from the natural light shining through your bathroom window, and admire the dazzling pattern that reflects onto the walls.

Powder Room Staples

The vanity, sink and mirror are all powder room staples. What you do with them is up to you.

A tall sink without the clunk of the storage below takes up less ground space. On the flip side, there’s never any harm in extra storage. A vanity with open cabinets gives you storage space you might need without closing off open space. A bowl sink with the faucet that screws into the wall also creates an open feel.

Mirrors naturally open the room and are a necessity for checking your reflection before stepping out of the powder room.

Consider the mirror’s position: do you want the mirror to reflect your accent wall? How thick do you want the mirror’s frame to be? Thicker and bolder frames can close in the room and ground the design. But, just as stylish, a frameless mirror is a streamlined accent that doesn’t overwhelm existing wall décor. There’s no wrong choice!

What is your favorite feature of a powder room? Tell us in the comments section!

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2014 DC Design House

April 11, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling
It’s time for the big reveal! This year’s DC Design House may be one of Washington, DC’s most dramatic before and after remodeling projects. The location chosen for the 2014 DC Design House is a spacious, historic home located in Forest Hills. The 8,000-square-foot home was built in 1929 by Marshall B. Coyne, the founder of the Madison Hotel. Coyne’s home has remained in the family since, and currently belongs to his granddaughter Suzi Wilczynski. Twenty-four local designers have had the privilege to transform 29 spaces within the gorgeous home. These spaces include: six bedrooms, five full baths, two half baths, a formal library, a three-car garage, and a pool.


The 2014 DC Design House

The Washington, DC Design House event is a designer showcase for the DC Metro area, in which top area interior design professionals showcase their talents into a “flowing themed design home” to raise funds for charity. Though the event started in 2008 as a single charitable event, it has since become the region’s foremost annual residential design attraction, with over 55,000 visitors over the past six years. It is also a leading annual fundraiser event for the Children’s National Health system, having raised over $1 million since 2008.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. and ibby are honored to contribute to the 2014 DC Design House. Notably, Case Design and Ibby were given the opportunity to remodel two of the bathrooms in the home.

Ibby DC Design House 2014

The Case Design/Remodeling team of TJ Monahan (with Case’s ibby), Steve Magill (with Case’s fred), and Allie Mann (with Case’s Falls Church, VA office) in the bathroom (and shower) that Allie is renovating for the 2014 DC Design House.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Case Design’s Allie Mann has designed a space in the Design House. This year, Allie redesigned one of second floor bathrooms. Allie has an eye for creating comfortable and casual spaces, and her work has an emphasis on Kitchen and Bath design. As you can see, Allie was able to transform an outdated, white-tiled bathroom into an elegant bathroom with calming moss green walls, polished marble floors and countertops, and stylish cabinets.

Allie bath before 2

Before: Allie’s bathroom

allie after bath 2

After: Allie’s bathroom

This is the first year that ibby’s TJ Monahan has participated in the event, but he accepted the challenge and vowed to wow guests. As he told the Washingtonian, ““The attention to detail is impeccable. The play of color, texture, and scale is joyful. At first, your guests are taken aback by the modern lines that seem to spring from the historic confines of the space. As the space begins to settle in, they see that no, this is not just modern design for design’s sake. The tones of the stained-wood vanity and mirror would suit the finest library trim. The marble floor is supple and soft. The white ceramic accent tile is a tip-of-the-cap to traditional subway. The niche provides the storage necessary for showering supplies. It’s all so familiar—but at the same time, it’s all brand new.”


TJ’s bathroom before renovation, and the design he created on

TJ bath before

Before: TJ’s bathroom

tj after bath 1

After: TJ’s bathroom

TJ used ibby’s online design tool to map out the bathroom before making any changes. With the help of Team Ibby, TJ transformed the old bathroom into a modern space that still felt at home in a historic house. The dark wooden cabinets contrast nicely with the bright white walls, bathtub, and sink. The clean, straight lines and rectangular shapes give the bathroom a sleek look.

The 2014 DC Design House opens to the public on Sunday, April 13 and runs through Sunday, May 11. Hours are Saturday & Sunday from 12 – 5 pm, and Tuesday thru Friday from 10 am – 3 pm. Tickets cost $25 each and are available online or at the door. The home is located at 4600 Linnean Way, NW, Washington, DC. For more information, please visit the official website or Facebook page.

We hope to see you there!
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His and Hers Spaces

March 19, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling, Home Remodeling
Just because you love your significant other doesn’t mean you have to share every bit of your space with him or her. Let’s face it, sometimes you need an area that entirely belongs to you. Check out the ideas below that teach you how to create individual spaces while maintaining a cohesive room. You’ll find you can appreciate your significant other even more if you aren’t elbowing him or her away from the sink every morning.

His & Hers Bathrooms

There is no place where his and her areas are more essential than in the bathroom. Everyone’s morning routine is smoother if you both are not vying to use the same space. Picture him shaving and her brushing her teeth and applying mascara over one sink – it’s pretty much a recipe for disaster. Consider a few of the setups below that have separate his and her space, no matter the size of the bathroom.

The long countertop with individual sink basins allows for personal space while maintaining a shared feel. The large countertop leaves plenty of room to spread out and utilize your own space.

This option is great for making smaller spaces functional for two people. While counter space is a bit limited, each person has his or her own sink and mirror, allowing for a bit of privacy.

His & Hers Office Space

In an age where more and more people are working remotely, you need to be sure that your office space is set up to accommodate both you and your partner. Two separate desk spaces give each of you room to complete your tasks without encroaching on the other’s space. Just be sure you have enough drawer space and shelving so that you aren’t battling it out over the prime storage real estate.

His & Her Furnishings

We all have those little decorative touches that we love, but what happens when your significant other doesn’t love your animal print couch or you hate that neon beer sign leftover from his college days? It’s time to compromise. You can both have pieces of what you like incorporated into the home. Consider purchasing two similarly shaped lounge chairs, and having each of you choose a fabric or covering for one of them.

Giving yourself a little personal space while still respecting your partner’s design tastes is always a good idea.  Put these ideas into practice and you’ll probably start feeling positive vibes in your relationship and in your home.

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Thinking Green on St. Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling
St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, which for most means corned hash, Guinness, and the color green. However, when we at Case Design hear “think green,” we aren’t just thinking of adding a splash of emerald green to the walls or a throw pillow on the couch. Our team of project developers and designers will focus on making your home more eco-friendly. While many people look for energy-efficiency in new home construction, what most people don’t recognize is that older homes—like so many in the Washington, DC metropolitan area—can achieve great results with just a few simple renovations.

With temperatures (hopefully) rising soon, an investment in energy-efficient window panes may take a backseat to the installation of new ceiling fan fixtures. Ceiling fans are great because they can help cut down on AC energy bills by using wind-chilling effects to help you feel cool. Nowadays, ceiling fans aren’t just a utility, they can add design elements to your room too.

In addition to cooling, another savvy renovation in hot summer months is the move towards more efficient plumbing: be it sinks, showers, or toilets. New faucets and showerheads can deliver equal or better performance with reduced water usage through faucet aerators and lower-flow showerheads. These new fixtures are often easy to integrate into any bathroom.

In addition to replacing larger, older appliances in the kitchen with more energy-efficient ENERGY STAR ones, you can save on energy costs by better utilizing natural lighting and opening space for your appliances to work properly. When space allows in your redesign, relocating your refrigerator out of direct sunlight and away from warm appliances like your stove, oven, and dishwasher will cut down on the energy required to keep it cool.

These tips just scratch the surface of what’s possible when seeking to make your home green during a renovation. The U.S. Green Building Council maintains a comprehensive website for all things green during remodeling as a resource. Further, Case designers are always willing to discuss options with you on how your renovation can also be a move towards a greener future.

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Case Design Spotlight – Nancy H.

Nancy H.’s parents were coming to move in with her in her multi-level home. In order to prepare for their arrival, Nancy needed to make some significant changes to her guest bathroom. Having heard great things about Case Design and doing some research online, she decided to hire the firm to complete a bathroom remodel.

Nancy was assigned a Project Designer and a Project Manager who guided her through the process of choosing materials for the space, including a special safety railing for her parents’ new bathroom. As the remodel was underway, Nancy began to add more projects to her plate, and she wanted these updates to be special. Over the course of almost two years, Nancy and her Case team completed a major overhaul of her home. The remodel included changes to her staircases, carpets, kitchen, garage, ceilings and walls.

Remodeling a home is not always easy for contractors or clients. Watching the many changes her home was undergoing, Nancy, on occasion, became nervous. The Project Designer “calmed [her] down” by involving her in every single step of the process and adjusting designs and switching out materials as needed. “I am very hands on,” Nancy said, “and they were very patient with me and all my questions.”

The best part of the process for Nancy was having such an attentive team. “My Project Designer came to hardware stores with me to talk me through the design elements for my projects. That’s not typical of a contractor firm and I couldn’t do it alone. With the individualized service that you get from Case, the price is really worth it,” she explained.

Nancy’s designer helped her achieve the special look she desired and was “accommodating and friendly” throughout the extensive process. During construction Nancy said the electricians, plumbers and other Case team members were not disruptive and she enjoyed having them around. “After that long, I really got to know everyone very well. They got used to me asking questions while they were working and didn’t mind.”

Our self-proclaimed “hands on” client Nancy ended up with a beautiful space and is now enjoying it with friends and family. “We love everything. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that we don’t think, ‘How beautiful is all of this?’” Nancy says that she would recommend hiring Case Design to her friends, and is also hoping to come back for another remodeling project.

As we congratulated Nancy on her great remodel, she congratulated us on receiving the 2013 National Capitol Business Ethics Award from the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. “My Case team was very attentive and did a great job. It’s terrific that they won!”  Satisfied clients like Nancy help us earn these great honors. Thank you, Nancy!

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Case Design Spotlight – Darrell Smith

We caught up with a former client, Darrell Smith, who used Case Design to remodel multiple rooms in his home, and asked him to share his experience with us for our first Client Spotlight post.

While on the search for a contractor, Darrell was recommended to Case by his coworker. She knew he had just purchased a new home and suggested that professionals take on all of his larger projects. That recommendation was followed by another, when Darrell’s neighbor told him Case was the perfect company to take on the renovation.

“After searching for myself online, on sites like Angie’s List, I decided on Case. The reviews explained that the contractors were knowledgeable and professional,” Darrell said.

Darrell sought to renovate three fourths of the house’s top floor. His master bedroom, master bathroom and hallway bathroom were to be gutted and in order to complete the project, Case would have to take down a loadbearing wall.

Smith bedroom before

BEFORE: Master bedroom

To begin his renovation, Darrell called Case and was assigned an architect and a designer. “They came to the house and took measurements and pictures. Then they went back to their Design Studio and came up with three really great floor plans,” Darrell explained. Even after the duo had created the plans Darrell got to adjust them to make his project even more personalized. Case even helped him choose materials that were perfect for him, in terms of style and maintenance.

BEFORE: Guest bathroom

BEFORE: Guest bathroom

They finalized the floor plan and brought in several of the best plumbers, electricians and architects in the region. “The specialists assessed potential issues without pulling up a single tile.” During the renovation, Darrell says there were no hiccups. The team kept to their budget and timetable, something he was not anticipating. “I was expecting some delays in the schedule, I figured that always happened with contractors, but Case was different. Each specialist came in at a designated time, which was pretty efficient.”

Smith bathroom after

AFTER: Bathroom

After everything was said and done, Darrell and Case created a beautiful top floor. The space in the master bedroom and bathroom increased after Case removed the loadbearing wall.

Smith bathroom after

AFTER – Master Bathroom

Though Darrell will most likely spend more time in the master suite, his favorite part of the renovation was the updated hallway bathroom. The bathroom, located at the top of the stairs, had a malfunctioning skylight that Case redesigned and highlighted. “It really has a WOW factor now. Every time someone sees it they tell me how good it looks.”

Smith bedroom after

AFTER: Master Bedroom

Darrell says his next project is a kitchen remodel and he wouldn’t trust any other company to do such a great job. “What could have been a very difficult and terrible remodel, Case made easy and extraordinary. I would definitely recommend them for any daunting remodeling job.”

Upon hearing that Case Design recently received the 2013 National Capitol Business Ethics Award from the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, for their integrity and honesty, Darrell said, “I’m not shocked at all. I’m glad they won. They definitely deserve it. They treated me well as a customer and they did everything they said they were going to do.”

Smith bathroom

AFTER: Bathroom

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Home Spas: The Ultimate Relaxation

January 22, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling, Home Remodeling
Do you work long hours and feel desperate to unwind once you leave? Instead of visiting a pricey spa, why not give yourself the ability to relax in the comfort and solitude of your own living space. You definitely deserve it! Once you get your home spa installed, your biggest problem will be kicking the rest of your family out, so that you can finally get some peace and quiet.


Water is the foundation of a spa. This element promotes rejuvenation and relaxation. The calming effects of water allow you to relax in an environment that feels both comfortable and safe. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can create a homemade spa in your bathroom with water as the focal point.

Spa Tubs

Spa tubs are a great way to add some extra style to your bathroom while still keeping a functional space for daily use. Spa tubs are perfect for soaking and provide a sleek, modern look when designed with a metal finish.

Natural Views

Providing a natural view to enjoy while relaxing in your tub can be a great way to promote a spa-like atmosphere. This gives you the ability to appreciate the natural beauty of your environment.

Outdoor Spas

Backyard spas are a great home addition, especially if you crave time outdoors. If you enjoy entertaining, an outdoor spa would be a great place to gather friends, pour a glass of wine, and relax and listen to everyone’s life updates. If you live in a warmer climate, you can enjoy an outdoor spa area all year long! If you’re living somewhere colder, consider encasing the spa in glass to keep the area toasty.


People often associate relaxation with achieving zen. An Asian-themed spa room can help you feel as if you are taking a step away from your American life, and transport you to a whole different world. The bamboo floors, dimmed lights, and oriental theme give the feel of a high-end spa somewhere far away from your own home.

Any of these options give you a place to truly unwind and find a peaceful moment in your day. Have we convinced you to build your own home spa yet?

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Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Honored with National Capital Business Ethics Award

Press Release – November 2013 (Bethesda, MD) – Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., a full-service residential remodeling firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia, was recently named the winner of the National Capital Business Ethics Award (NCBEA), Medium Company Category, presented by the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Nominated by Mark Dolfis of AXA-Advisors, Case was honored for its strong commitment to the highest level of ethical business practices in daily operations, management philosophies and response to crises and challenges.

An independent panel of judges drawn from business, academia, public service and the ethics community evaluates the entries based upon the CEO’s and senior officers’ commitments to business ethics via an established corporate code of ethics that communicates the company’s requirements for honesty, integrity and compliance with the law. A company is also evaluated on how ethics are a living part of the company’s philosophy, culture and everyday business operations that ensures the fair and consistent treatment of all parties involved, among other criteria.

Susan Koch, an NCBEA judge, states, “In an industry where companies disappear as quickly as they pop‐up. Case stands strong at more than 50 years and counting. They are working to raise the level of ethical standards through a Remodeling Industry Award program they created as well as through active participation in a national associations’ government affairs committee.” During the NCBEA gala in October, Koch also mentioned Case’s five-year warranty on its work as well as Case’s employees who have been with the company 10 to 30 years. “Those same employees proudly serve the community through a company‐wide initiative called Case Cares where they make a difference in the lives of others through their collective accomplishments,” Koch says. “Our visit to Case was filled with people telling me it’s the best company they’ve ever worked for.”

“Winning the National Capital Business Ethics Award is a true honor and testament to Case’s commitment to doing the right thing,” says Bruce Case, president and CEO of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. “Lots of businesses talk about ‘what’ they do and ‘how’ they do it. We dig deeper. Since Fred Case began the home remodeling business in 1961, he has built on a foundation of beliefs that drive our daily decisions and that target our focus. They are what make Case special. And they are captured in three simple words – Value, Design, Respect – beliefs that are simple, but not easy. No one is as committed to them as Case is and no one brings the breadth to execute them as we do.”

Case will now be entered in the American Business Ethics Awards, the Society of Financial Service Professionals nationwide program recognizing companies that exemplify the highest level of ethical behavior in everyday business practices.

About Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Founded in 1961, Case Design/Remodeling is a full-service residential remodeling company built on generations of precise craftsmanship, inspiring design and superior service commitment to its clients. From the Case offices in Bethesda, Maryland and Falls Church and Williamsburg, Virginia, to the custom design studios in Bethesda, Maryland and Falls Church, Virginia, Case collaborates with clients throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region to bring added dimension, knowledge and skill to every experience. During its 52 years, Case has been honored with more than 100 awards for excellence in design and craftsmanship, superior client service, outstanding business innovation, and cutting-edge technology and marketing, including two 2013 Peninsula Housing & Builders Association Showcase Awards. Case Cares initiatives include working with local schools via Hands on DC, donating to The Loading Dock (a nonprofit building materials reuse center) as well as church groups, and assisting with blood drives, homeless shelters via HomeStretch and Friendship Place, and victims of natural disasters. Case also built a one-level home for an injured Iraq vet with Homes for Our Troops. For more information about Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., go to or call 800.513.2250.

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Before and After: From Simple to Sophisticated

Go ahead and admit it, everyone loves a good before and after story. The idea and process of taking something old or tired and making it fresh and new is both exciting and rewarding. Before and after projects provide a sense of accomplishment when you consider how far you’ve been to how far you’ve come. In the home, transforming a room – or the entire home – can give you and your family an up to date feel. So let’s take a walk down memory lane, take a look at our three favorite before and after projects by Case Design.

Helpful hint: Always be sure to take photos of your before and after projects so you can see the full impact of your new design.

1) Front Door Refresh

The outside of your home is the first impression that people have when they come to visit. Make sure the exterior (especially the street front) reflects your style and personality. Curb appeal is important for both resale value and home presentation.

In this before and after project, the team painted the home warmer colors. The beige and burgundy tones are inviting and coordinate well with the natural foliage in the yard. The addition of the front step overhang and side rails give the home a unique personality. These cosmetic architectural additions are like a face lift for the front of the house; the small adjustments lead to impressive results.

2) Kitchen Creations

The kitchen is the heart of the home. This is the area where the family gathers multiple times a day for dining and entertainment. The kitchen should combine both comfort and function to provide your family with an open environment that fits your busy lifestyle.

This project takes an outdated space and improves both the visual appeal and functionality of the space. The construction of the center island and bar stool area provides extra seating and work space. This is a great way for family to gather while cooking an evening meal or a space for children to spread out homework or school projects. The updated hardwoods, wall color alteration, and mosaic sconces create a sophisticated atmosphere.

3) Restroom Reconstruct

The bathrooms in your home get a lot of wear and tear, especially if you entertain regularly or have a big family. These spaces need to be open, clean, and well organized.

In this before and after endeavor, the team made a big effort to emphasize the natural light available in the space and supplement it with new lighting fixtures as well. Lots of light makes the space feel bigger. The addition of the fully glass shower and consistent tiling feature throughout the room – and onto the vanity – give a previously cramped space new life and comforting consistency.

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