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Take Your Pick: How To Choose the Right Materials for Your Fairfax County Remodel

If you have a vision in mind for your next home improvement project, you are probably itching to get started. But before you break ground, let’s consider the short and long-term logistics of a home remodel. 

While you are fully capable of deciding what you want and need, finding the materials that best match your budget, look, and needs are another matter entirely. This is an area where working with a designer really helps. Your designer will work with you to understand your style preferences and create a plan that gets you the look and function you want for the budget you have to spend.

Leveraging excellent relationships with preferred vendors, interior designers are well-equipped to help you realize your vision, whatever that might be.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Selecting materials can be a tricky business. It’s nothing short of a balancing act choose selections that meet all your needs, but designers have the know-how to make it look easy.

Some of the variables we consider include:


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The amount you spend on materials needs to fit within your budget. Still, you shouldn’t automatically make a selection simply because it is the cheapest, nor the most expensive because you think it will be the best quality. 

Keep in mind that the cost isn’t just about the price tag. You should also consider expenses that may arise in the long run. That is to say, a longer-lasting, more durable material may have a higher initial cost, but it is also likely to last longer and require less maintenance. These more expensive options may also increase the market value of your home. 

The bottom line is, the cheapest option is not always the best one. You need to look at the big picture and consider what you hope to accomplish with your choice.


When you undertake a lengthy renovation, you don’t want to repeat the process any time soon. That’s why durability is such an important thing to consider; you want your investment to last! As previously mentioned, expensive is not always synonymous with high-quality. If you’re making a significant investment, you want to know you’re getting your money’s worth. A quality product should do more than look good. It should also stand the test of time.

Take your kitchen floor, for example. It sees a lot of traffic and takes a lot of abuse. You need a material that can be cleaned easily, is non-porous, and doesn’t hold stains. Do you tend to drop your pots and pans? Your floor needs to hold up under those heavy hits without cracking or sustaining damage. If you plan to sell your home in ten years, you need a type of flooring that will age well and appeal to potential buyers.


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You need to assess the level of work you’re willing to put into maintaining your selections. If you’re okay with a little elbow grease, it’s fine to choose a high-maintenance product. Conversely, if you’re a busy, on-the-go kind of person without a lot of time to spare, you’ll want to choose something that doesn’t demand too much attention.

To use the kitchen as an example again, think of the kind of intensive upkeep necessary to keep a marble countertop looking beautiful, versus a more easygoing natural stone like granite or quartz.


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This one is very much up to personal preference. Most likely, you’ll want to choose a style that complements the rest of your home. But you may also want to consider the longevity of your choices. Again, if you plan to sell in the near future, you’ll want to stay away from materials that are too trendy or niche. Selections like these won’t necessarily translate well in the years to come.

Energy Efficiency/Environmental Impact

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If going green is something that you value, you’ll want to think carefully about how you choose your materials. Many common building materials are produced using components that don’t break down, or are toxic or resource-consuming to produce.

But this factor isn’t just for the eco-conscious. Selecting ‘green’ materials can also have a positive impact on future costs. Energy-efficient materials can be more expensive in the short-term, but they will likely save you money down the line.

If weighing these factors makes your head spin, don’t worry. Selections are hard, but you don’t have to make those choices alone. At Foley Companies, our design team is ready to help you make a balanced decision that you and your family will love for many years to come. Connect with us today, and let’s get started.

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