David Foster is Founder and President of Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc. a design-and-build remodeling company in Northern Virginia. Under his innovative leadership, FRS has grown on average 10% each year business since its inception in 1983 as Foster Home Improvement, Inc.
Several of Foster’s ideas stand out among the industry. Early on, Foster recognized a need for software specific to the industry and, in 1995, began developing a custom software program. In 2000, he teamed with a group of software developers to incorporate ImproveBuild LLC. Their goal was to develop and provide remodeling-specific management software to the industry. This collaboration resulted in creation of the ImproveBuild Remodeler’s Business Solution (RBS) software. Foster Remodeling Solutions now uses ImproveBuild RBS in its own operations. Since its release in August 2002, many remodelers around the country have followed suit. Foster served as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ImproveBuild, LLC. until April 2009. www.improvebuild.com
On numerous occasions, the remodeling industry has recognized Foster’s achievements. In 1996-2009 Qualified Remodeler Magazine named Foster Remodeling Solutions one of the top 500 remodelers in the United States. In May 1998, Foster Remodeling Solutions received National Recognition for Teamwork in Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50. Other media profiled Foster’s unique operations systems and successful performance.
Early in his career, Foster studied construction management and sales. In 1992, his additional coursework resulted in receipt of the Certified Remodeler designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. In addition, Foster has studied the use of personality profiling to select employees and has attended many industry-specific educational seminars and trade shows.
As part of his continuing education and assistance to the remodeling industry, Foster participates regularly in case studies on other remodeling companies throughout the country. In addition, he occasionally speaks to remodelers and suppliers at the remodelers conferences, including the Remodelers Leadership Conference. Since 2000, he has served as a business consultant to other remodelers throughout the United States.
Foster’s leadership extends beyond the company into his community. In 2000, the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc., a partner in the Fairfax County Public Schools construction technologies training program, appointed Foster to its Board of Directors. Foster’s current professional remodeling affiliations include:
1989-Present: Member, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
1993-2001: NARI’s Ethics Committee
1998-2006: Member, Remodelers Executive Round Table (a think tank for remodeling executives).
1998-Present: Member, National Kitchen and Bath Association
2005-Present: Member, National Association of Home Builders Remodeler’s Council.
2008 Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company
December 2009- Received EPA Certified Renovator designation
2010 Angie’s List Super Service Award
2008-2019 Guildmaster With Distinction
Foster resides in Fairfax County, Virginia, with his wife and two children and their 2 Cocker Spaniels.
VP of Business Development
Chris Arnold has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and has been a member of the Foster Remodeling Solutions team since 2004. He studied Architectural Drafting in High School and College. Chris started his career in the remodeling industry as a draftsman creating working drawings, estimating projects and obtaining permits. Additionally, he spent time in the field as a carpenter apprentice where he gained valuable hands on experience. Chris spent the next 9 years with a kitchen cabinet distributor as a kitchen designer, outside salesman and branch manager. During this time, he assisted the company with its transition from a wholesaler to a retailer as well as assisting in the establishment of 3 new showrooms in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2000, Chris went to work for an Insurance Restoration contractor as an estimator and general manager opening new offices in DC and Northern Virginia. Attention to detail and a strong work ethic have earned Chris his position as a member of the Foster Remodeling Solutions management team along with an ownership interest in the company. He is an award-winning designer earning the 2014 Master Design Award for a basement remodel. He specializes in Kitchens & Baths all the way to Additions, 2 nd Story Additions & Garages- walking clients through the whole process of a remodel. Chris is married and has one son. He is active in his sons Boy Scout Troop as an Assistant Scout Master and enjoys spending time in the outdoors. In addition, he is an Audiophile and a fan of live music.
VP of Production
As Production Manager, Lee brings more than 30 years of Home Improvement and Construction experience to the Design Build and Home Maintenance Division at Foster Remodeling Solutions. As a former business owner he understands that success starts with effective leadership, a solid work ethic, keeping schedules, attention to detail, customer relations and team work. Lee welcomes the challenge of keeping the Foster production team on time in budget with a happy client every time.
Community involvement has always been an important part of Lee’s life as he has been active in coaching youth athletics for more than 20 years and has led Rebuilding Together Projects through his Church. Lee and his wife have been married for 30 years. They reside in Prince William County along with their four sons.
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Компоненты всех танков находятся у вас на компьютере в папках с игрой. Перед тем, как планировать ремоделинг в World of Tanks нужно учесть, что на танк первого-второго уровня не удастся поставить компоненты танка 10 уровня, из-за слишком большой разницы в габаритах. При сильном несоответствии размеров компонентов программа может не пустить вас в бой.
Итак, компоненты всех танков находятся в папке res packages vehicles. Формат файлов PKG, это архивы. Открыть такие файлы можно программой Winrar. Прежде чем начинать процесс ремоделинга, советую сделать резервную копию папки packages. После того, как вы распакуете все архивы, можно начинать процесс творчества. Вы можете заменять компоненты одних танков на другие. Для этого нужно перейти res_mods/0.8.7/vehicles (если нет, создаем).
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After years of dreaming about it, I finally renovated my kitchen last spring. Since it was my first renovation project, I put my journalist cap on, did extensive research, and asked everyone I could think of about their kitchen renovation experiences. While I learned some lessons the hard way, in the end, I got exactly the kitchen I wanted—one that includes a dishwasher-garbage-sink work triangle (life altering!), a giant island, and a heated tile floor (I cry with joy every morning when I walk on it).
Mixing and matching pricey items with less expensive ones, as I did, should be part of any renovation budget strategy. For example, I went super-basic on the refrigerator and dishwasher so I could go big with a six-burner, restaurant-quality range, and I opted for manufactured quartz over natural marble so I could upgrade to modern matte black cabinets.
When it comes to the renovation itself, know that washing dishes in the bathtub gets old really fast, renovations are extremely stressful, and everything will cost more and take longer than you plan for. Here are 10 lessons my experience yielded:
The kitchen “before” had a similar layout, but a few key tweaks, including floating the island, completely changed the flow. Stephanie Krikorian
The new waterfall island allows for better circulation. It is topped with white quartz, which is more durable than the marble the author had initially considered. Weston Wells
Get professional design help.
A kitchen designer will know tricks you won’t, but ask about how they charge: Do they bill for the design plus a markup on everything you buy, and can you order things on your own to save money? (Ask your contractor the same questions.) Also, check for design help in unlikely places: After three missteps on the design front, I discovered that my local building supply store, Riverhead Building Supply in East Hampton, New York, had a kitchen design center, and their design was free and amazing (thank you again, Cori Schramm!). I ordered mid-priced, semi-custom cabinets—and my countertops—there, and I was able to buy everything else (often on sale) on my own at other stores.
Accept that living without a kitchen will be highly unpleasant.
Each morning, as I squatted at the bottom of my living room stairs to brew and pour coffee, I cursed not having a kitchen. But an advance demolition of the old kitchen is critical because it allows for the most precise measurements for the new one. “You’re building cabinets for the space you have,” says California-based designer Tim Clarke. “You want to maximize every inch, learn where hidden pipes might be so that you can remove, and find unforeseen problems early while they can be addressed.”
The huge undercounter-mount Franke 60-40 split stainless steel allows the author to soak her summer farm veggies. Weston Wells
The graphic, cement tiles from Granada Tile are the focal point of Krikorian’s kitchen. Weston Wells
Choose your appliances and sink early.
Appliances have big implications on layout. When planning, don’t just measure their width: Check the depth and leave clearance for circulation around door openings, including the side of the fridge, which often needs to be up to three inches to open interior drawers fully. Also, don’t skimp on ventilation: People forget the range needs a vent, or they underestimate the strength it needs (a heavy-duty range requires a heavy-duty hood!). Shop for your sink early too, as it’s just as important as your appliances. My huge undermount Franke 60-40 split stainless steel required me to move the dishwasher from its original location—an important early-stage decision. Find an appliance store that will let you buy early but will hold them until you’re ready to install, because appliances go in last.
Make one show-stopping design choice, but only one.
Give your kitchen personality, but be careful not to turn it into a circus with multiple marquee items. My main attraction was a French Mediterranean-style cement tile floor, but that meant I opted for simple cabinet and countertop choices and a white tile backsplash. This point is especially important for small spaces.
The author splurged on a six-burner Viking range, but saved by opting for quartz countertops. The drawer handles are from Rejuvenation. Weston Wells
Krikorian recommends you carry physical samples of your materials with you as you visit showrooms and stores to select the rest of the kitchen elements. Weston Wells
Do a tile dry run.
My fancy tile floor caused me a lot of grief. I got a sample, which I loved, but as we unpacked the heavy crate with my full order, only a few precisely matched the chalky sample. (I learned after the fact that tiles have dye lots and variations in color just like fabrics.) If you find yourself with the same problem, “Place all of the tile out first before they are stuck in place,” said Clarke. “If there are variations from tile to tile, you can hide the bad ones under the cabinets, or mix them up so you don’t have a line of a different color.”
Carry a kitchen-in-a-bag.
Yes, you’ll throw your back out, but in order to get the perfect match for your materials, carry all of your samples around with you—tiles, hardware, countertop, cabinets, and paint chips. As you look for each piece of the puzzle, it’ll be helpful to see what you’re working with.
Make all of your design choices upfront.
When you’re frayed and frustrated (which you will be), making a design choice on the fly might result in making a bad one, a costly one, or both. For example, I hadn’t given much thought to my corner shelves. I didn’t know what kind of wood or brackets I needed or that a separate contractor was required to come stain them. Those discussions ended up taking place while I was nearing my renovation breaking point and I agreed to “whatever works,” only to get a large and unexpected line item on the bill. And don’t let the contractor choose anything for you for the same reasons.
Krikorian loves her open shelves, but they are a lesson in measuring twice: She had to replace her wine glasses after discovering they were all too tall to fit on the shelves. Weston Wells
Pull-out drawers in the tall pantry cabinet keep staples, including homemade pickled peppers, organized. Weston Wells
Consider pull-out drawers for, well, almost everything! My pots and pans are stacked in deep, below-the-counter-drawers, and so are my plates and plastic containers. All the junk under my kitchen sink is in a pullout metal insert, and my beloved tall pantry has pull-out drawers. Many older kitchens will have lower cabinets with shelves, but drawers make it so much easier to access what you need for a relatively small increase in cost. “The only thing that needs to go in upper cabinets is glassware,” says Clarke.
Include something natural.
It can be something wood, leather seating, or a green plant—even a big chunky cutting board can be enough. “Wood warms up a modern or contemporary kitchen,” says interior designer Sandra Moreno, of Studio No. 8 Interior Design in New York City. “Adding a natural element [adds warmth and contrast] if you’re using colder materials like marble or if you do an all-white kitchen.”
Your design choices will impact how much time you spend tidying later. Look out for things that will get dirty; for example, open shelves flanking the range look fabulous, but you’ll have to wash the items sitting on them often because grease splatters. Put a line of silicone along the seam between the counter and backsplash behind the sink (they make it to match grout colors), to prevent water from darkening your grout. And don’t forget to plot out where you’ll place the garbage and recycling, which need to be accessible to your prep space and sink.
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