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The Pipers’ new powder room includes a Mediterranean-style foot bath ringed in glass and mosaic tiling. It is primarily decorative, but proves a convenience in the summer. A vessel basin with exposed copper piping, marble floors and a coffered ceiling with concealed lights complete the portrait.

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Demand for Incremental Improvements

Over time, some owners makeover the entire house—one phase at a time.

If you compare the current home remodeling market to 2007, it's clear that homeowners are less likely to execute a top-to-bottom makeover in a single stroke than they were five years ago. Home resales are rising again, but the belief that every dollar spent on a Northern Virginia home will be quickly recovered has been suspended—if only temporarily—as homeowners reassess.

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