Celebrating 7 Months with Carl Davis

2017 has been a great year! We’re excited to report that Atlanta Design & Build is growing and has had the pleasure of adding new members to our expert team. Please welcome Carl Davis, who joined Atlanta Design & Build as an apprentice seven months ago.

A Talent for Construction from an Early Age

Carl was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. When he was sixteen years old, Carl became acquainted with a preacher named Jimmy Dickerson who was actively involved in residential remodeling. Dickerson was busily putting up doors and windows for his customers and needed someone to assist him. So, Carl began working for him and discovered that he really enjoyed construction.

He worked for Dickerson on and off for ten years learning how to frame houses. He kept his eyes open, watched everything else going on around him, and in this way he started picking up on the trades. Other people began asking Carl to help them with their remodeling projects, so he found himself engaged in sheetrock work, painting and roofing. But framing continued to be his strong point.

In addition to construction work, Carl has a deep attraction to cooking. After high school, he attended the Virginia College in Mobile, studying in their Culinary Arts program to become a professional chef. Upon graduation, he began working for the Kitchen on George restaurant located on George Street in Mobile. This fine dining restaurant is focused on serving fresh, locally sourced and seasonal cuisine featuring fresh Gulf seafood. Carl worked there for about a year, along with several other graduates from the Culinary Arts program. He began to feel there wasn’t really a future for him in this field.  He started once more working in the field of carpentry.

Starting Work with Atlanta Design & Build

Carl decided to move to Atlanta, having heard there were more construction job opportunities there. As he spent time searching, he filled in with jobs at IHOP and the Wing Factory. He was residing in a shelter in Atlanta when he first met H. Dale Contant. After performing some weekend work at his home, Dale encouraged Carl to interview for a job with Atlanta Design & Build on Monday morning.  He was then invited to start work for ADB the following Monday.

Carl’s official title at Atlanta Design & Build is Carpenter Apprentice. He is skilled at installing windows, doors, framing walls inside and outside, and sometimes frames roofs as well. He also assists in building decks, does clean up, and whatever is required for completing a client’s project. His first time installing Brazilian wood on a deck amazed him. “With standard wood decking, you just pound the nails through the wood,” exclaims Carl. “This Brazilian wood has to be pre-drilled! The wood is so expensive that we had to measure everything with great care. It was quite a challenge, but the end result is incredible!”

“What I enjoy most about working for Atlanta Design & Build is the people—the crew,” said Carl. “They put a smile on your face from the minute you walk in the door. ADB invited me to their Christmas party and gave me a Christmas bonus after just one month on the job. I couldn’t believe it!”

The field team with Dale at Christmas. Each team member received new eye protection gear that is top of the line and super cool.

Carl feels especially grateful for Dale giving him the opportunity to find his strong points, to help him learn new things, and to potentially become a project manager someday. Carl has already taken several classes—current building codes, lighting, business practices—and ADB has paid for them all. Carl doesn’t have a car yet, so he rides a bicycle to work—a mile and a half—every morning, and he’s usually one of the first ones at work! “Dale is always kindly checking on me to see how I’m doing. I call him my ‘father-away-from-home’. Every day is a challenge, but I thank the Lord that He keeps me steady.”

Outside of Work

Carl’s wife and 13-year-old daughter have now joined him in Atlanta. They’re very proud of Carl for the wonderful job he has. One of their favorite activities to do together as a family is to shop. Carl used to love to shop, but he says these days he’s slowed up on it. So he just gives them his wallet and lets them go at it, while he holds the shopping bags.

Outside of work, Carl still enjoys cooking and trying his hand at preparing different kinds of food. He likes to cook wild game that he picks up at the farmer’s market. One of his future goals is to cook rattlesnake, turtle and unusual organ meats. Yum!

Raise the Roof | A Whole House Remodel – The Final Walk-Through

One of our greatest pleasures from remodeling a home is seeing our clients’ goals and desires realized through our efforts.

At Atlanta Design & Build, we promise to enrich the lives of our clients and their families through a design that transforms their home environments to match their individual lifestyles.

We began sharing the transformation journey of our clients’ 1960s split-level home in October 2016. Through a series of episodes affectionately titled “Raise the Roof”, our HomeStyles Online readers were provided an insider’s glimpse of a renovation in process. Snippets of step-by-step progress have been shared; from the literal raising of their roofline to create their desired vaulted ceiling, to cabinet and flooring footage creating an updated kitchen and open floor plan family room.

Most of the homeowners’ boxes are now unpacked and they are ‘resettling’ into their new space. They welcome you to take another peek at their gorgeous renovation in this video!

If this “Raise the Roof” project has inspired you to want to open up your home as well, we would be delighted to help make that happen for you. Contact us at atlantadesignbuild.com or call: 770.565.8999

Follow this story from the start and see us raise the roof, the beginning stages of the interior, our ADB team hard at work, and in-progress photos. Watch all of the progress videos here.

 

Atlanta Design & Build Celebrates National Home Improvement Month

May is National Home Improvement Month and it is a great time to begin your home transformation. Remodeling  in the Atlanta area offers numerous benefits to home owners who want to change their living environment without uprooting their family and moving. Home improvements can add more space for a growing family or older parent, improve energy efficiency and increase the resale value of your home.

“The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process,” Dale advises “The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more they protect themselves.”  Atlanta Design & Build’s proprietary HOMEStyle System and processes were built with these safeguards in mind.  We provide design and selection assistance to our clients. Communication is a priority of the HOMEStyle system.  Our purpose is to listen and understand, design and plan to transform your home and enrich your life.

Below, NARI provides 10 steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.

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Vicki Wadsworth Receives President’s Award at NARI

Watch the presentation of the President’s Award to Vicki Wadsworth

Big congratulations are in order for Atlanta Design & Build’s wonderful Director of Administration, Vicki Wadsworth!

She was honored by receiving (in absentia) the NARI President’s Award from H. Dale Contant in Scottsdale, AZ at the NARI Spring Business Meeting, April 5-8, 2017. For 15 years, Vicki has served our company in multiple capacities, and since 2015 she has functioned as Dale’s irreplaceable assistant. We simply couldn’t do business without her. Thank you, Vicki for all you do!

Read the NARI blog for the official announcement of this award. 

Open Kitchen Remodel Designed for Entertaining

2016 NARI-Atlanta CotY Award Winner

The main living area of our clients’ 1990s home was divided by walls into segmented rooms for the kitchen, dining room and family room. This resulted in confined spaces that interrupted traffic flow when hosting get-togethers. Our clients came to Atlanta Design & Build expressing the desire for an open kitchen remodel that would enhance their entertainment of family and friends. They wanted their kitchen to be brighter and more welcoming. They also felt the need for increased storage, including the creation of a large “to-die-for” walk-in pantry in the space taken by the laundry room, which they wanted to relocate upstairs.

The ADB team designed a new open floor plan that perfectly met our clients’ needs and desires for their kitchen, and it impacted their other living spaces as well.

The plan involved the removal of a primary load-bearing wall expanding from the front exterior wall to the back exterior wall of the home. Both an 18-foot steel beam and a 10-foot LVL beam were placed into the ceiling to support the load. Also removing the wall separating the kitchen and dining room, created the free-flowing expansive openness desired. See the before and after floor plans here.

The spacious new kitchen has now been completely opened up to the dining room and family room, with no barriers between them. The one large open space with improved traffic flow offers ample area for work, eating and entertaining. Removal of the walls has brought more natural light into the kitchen from both sides. A single narrow wall was purposely maintained in just the right location to furnish beam support and privacy to the powder room—removing it from the sight-line of the kitchen.  Continue reading Open Kitchen Remodel Designed for Entertaining

Marietta Master Suite Addition with Beauty and Style

2016 NARI-Atlanta CotY Award Winner

Our clients wished to stay in their home during their later years, since it was in a great location close to family members. However, the husband had developed some mobility issues that made accessing their upstairs master suite difficult for him. They requested Atlanta Design & Build create a master suite addition on the main floor that would offer the accessibility the husband needed, as well as the elegance the couple desired.

“We wanted a master bedroom on the main floor. We love our home and decided to ‘age in place’. The only way to do that was to add an addition that provided a suite specific for that purpose.” 

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Universal design is easily incorporated into remodeling projects; in the same way clients choose materials or products, they also customize their living space to fit their current and future needs. Universal design takes thoughtful planning and creative thinking to design spaces for access across entire life span. Elements of universal design are integrated into the overall design becoming virtually invisible. Read about the 7 principles of Universal Design here.

The master suite addition was thoughtfully planned so it could be entered from the dining room inside our clients’ home. From the driveway to the master suite entrance there are no steps or other obstacles. The walking distance from the home’s front door to the master suite is a manageable 15 ft. To ensure privacy and maintain separate identities for the dining room and the master suite, the entrance is disguised through the use of a frameless, trimless, flush door with a flush handle.

Utilizing Universal Design Throughout the Master Suite

Inside the master suite, everything was carefully designed to meet Universal Design criteria.  Continue reading Marietta Master Suite Addition with Beauty and Style