ADB Thanks RTA’s Jan Jordan

Atlanta Design & Build recently had the opportunity to thank Jan Jordan, former Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Atlanta (RTA), for the incredible good she has done over the years for so many others. 

Rebuilding Together Atlanta (RTA) is a non-profit organization that we at Atlanta Design & Build applaud and help support. Volunteers from the Georgia Power Company and leaders in the community started RTA in 1992. RTA works to assure low-income homeowners, particularly older adults, military veterans, and people with disabilities live in warmth, safety, and independence. Everything is provided for free to these individuals. The goal is to make a sustainable impact in partnerships with communities. Dale Contant holds the purpose of RTA in such high regard that he served on their board for several years.

Jan Jordan was the Executive Director at RTA for over a decade until her retirement in 2015. She was inspired to get involved with RTA due to her past experiences of working in the non-profit field. “Working to help others always motivated me to do more,” explains Jan. “It gave me a sense of pride and joy!”

During Jan’s time as Executive Director, there was an increase in new organizational partnerships such as major volunteer groups, civic clubs, skilled trade groups, housing organizations, and the City of Atlanta. A corporate partners program was developed that provided funding which allowed RTA to do even more in the twenty-two communities it served. “My best experiences and memories were seeing the look on homeowners faces after we finished a rebuild,” Jan shared.

Camille Kesler, current Executive Director of RTA, revealed that the organization has always wanted to return the favor to Jan. So as a gift, they hired a lawn care company to work on Jan’s three acre yard. For two days and with a crew of five, the overgrown ivy was removed, limbs and debris removed, the lawn mowed, mulched and new pine straw installed. “My husband Carl and I will always be grateful for this gift from ‘Team RTA’,” Jan emphasizes.

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After retiring from RTA and having open-heart surgery, it became difficult for Jan to navigate the steps leading from the back of her house to the outside courtyard. “But another precious gift came our way from Atlanta Design & Build,” says Jan. “Now with new steps and railing, I can go up and down the steps with no fear of falling. Thank you, Dale, Vicki, and the ADB carpentry team.”

ADB is so pleased to be able to show our appreciation to Jan Jordan for all she has done to help our community. In her indelible fashion, Jan expressed her appreciation as well:  “Thanks to the staff, RTA Board of Directors, and Dale Contant, President of Atlanta Design & Build for the wonderful gifts.”

Best Kitchen Remodeler in Atlanta and Top 550 Remodeler for 2018

Atlanta Architects magazine recently created a list of the best kitchen remodelers in Atlanta. We are excited to announce that Atlanta Design & Build was chosen as the 5th Best Kitchen Remodeler in Atlanta!  We invite you to view the ranking and see a photo and description of one of ADB’s recent award-winning kitchen remodels. The article also mentions our teams’ numerous credentials, our proprietary HomeStyle® System, and additional awards received. We are honored to receive this recognition as another validation for why you can count on us to give you the exceptional kitchen remodel you’re envisioning for your home.

Atlanta Design & Build is also pleased to announce that we placed at #158 on the Remodeling 550 list for 2018. The Remodeling 550 list includes the industry’s top full-service remodelers across the nation.

Remodeling magazine, the trade publication that sponsors this annual list of professional remodelers, stated, “Hard work certainly has paid off for this year’s Remodeling 550. The top 300 full-service remodelers earned 8% more in revenue in 2017 than they did in 2016. Not only are these firms bumping up their revenues, but they’re also actively creating better places to work.”

We want to thank you, our clients, for trusting us with your magnificent projects. Without you, we could not continually achieve this Remodeling 550 status. We appreciate your business, but even more we treasure the relationships we have built with you over the years.

ADB Attends the NARI 8th Annual Cutting Edge Event

Our entire Atlanta Design & Build field team took advantage of the opportunity to attend the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 8th annual Cutting Edge Event. This year’s event took place on May 8 returning to the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta Marriott Northwest and featured an incredible line up of top-notch speakers and programs.

The NARI-Atlanta Cutting Edge was a full day of continuing education during which our team members attended six different one-hour sessions delivered by industry experts. The course offerings were divided into four tracks: Business, Building Technology, Design, and Environmental (Green) Sustainability.  

ADB recognizes the importance of encouraging our remodeling crews to achieve their potential and grow both personally and professionally. Continuing education benefits each of our team members as they are able to develop new skills or sharpen current ones. For ADB team members who hold NARI certifications or are preparing to become certified in the future, continuing education is a requirement. 

We are committed to keeping our crews at the top of the industry for the sake of our clients

As you are searching for the best remodeling company to work on your home, it is critical that you choose a company whose expert teams are certified in the field of remodeling. Our team members have proudly earned the following NARI certifications: Master Certified Remodeler, Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, Certified Lead Carpenter, and Universal Design Certified Professional.

Photo courtesy of Sylvia Small Communications & Marketing

Spacious Master Bathroom Remodel and Closet Expansion in Atlanta

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Michele and David live in an adorable 1928 Craftsman bungalow. Recently, they turned to our Atlanta Design & Build team to redesign their master bathroom and closets. Their closet area was located in a dark and narrow hallway leading from a sitting room to a crowded bathroom with only one sink. Our clients wished to create a space that maximized the footprint by removing walls and relocating the closet.

The ADB team designed an open, airy layout that eliminated the dark hallway and built an expansive dressing/closet area in the sitting room. By removing walls, the generous spa-like bathroom now flows smoothly into the dressing/closet area. “The shower is a dream,” exclaims Michele. “It includes a bench and a built-in shelf for toiletries. There are lots of mirrors in the bathroom, making it brighter. Dale promised we would love the spaciousness and he was correct.”

Michele is also thrilled with the materials and finishes selected for the space. She is very partial to neutrals and white because to her they connote cleanliness. When Dale took her to the tile company, she immediately chose exactly what she wanted: a porcelain marble-look tile in Versailles Chateaux. It includes 20×20 tile on the floors with matching 12×24 tile on walls.  A 2×2 non-slip mosaic was used on the shower floor and shower seat in a complementary Zone Grey color.

The contemporary European-style floating vanities are veneered with Richelieu durable woodgrain laminate also in grey. Dale introduced Michele to NatureCraft where Beau built their beautiful cabinets. “Beau was extremely accommodating and his work is impeccable,” remarked Michele. “I love the modern styling as well as the fact that floating vanities provide easy maintenance.”

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Outdoor Living Space Enhances a Backyard View in Canton

2017 CotY Award-Winning Project

One of the delights of living in the Cherokee County area is the opportunity homeowners have of enjoying magnificent outdoor scenery right in their own backyards. For years our clients had been enjoying the surrounding panorama of many towering trees from their simple uncovered wooden deck. Now they were dreaming of a screened porch that would provide them with the same gorgeous views, but protect them from wind, rain and insects.

   

See more photos of this beautiful project on Houzz.

“I have always wanted a screened porch. The porch allows us to enjoy the view in shade and comfort. We are very happy with the end result!”

The Atlanta Design & Build team worked with these homeowners to transform their existing open deck into a delightful screened porch with tall, expansive windows. In addition to the tremendous scenery, one of the main focal points of the space is the gorgeous fireplace. Constructed of fieldstone veneer with stone slabs for the mantle and hearth, the fireplace gives the porch a rustic vibe. The stained white pine vaulted ceiling and gray pickled shiplap wall covering above the mantle reinforce that look. Natural rough cut post and beam cedar, along with matte black balusters, continues the rustic feel of the space. The sun-beaten wooden boards from the original deck were replaced with Trex composite boards that offer the realistic look of wood along with valuable low-maintenance.

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Marietta Deck and Screened Porch Remodel for Entertaining

This English Country home in an idyllic woodland setting next to the Chattahoochee River in Marietta, GA, is finally fulfilling our clients’ wishes. The homeowners desired a large deck and screened porch that increased their home’s functionality for entertaining, and was constructed with such expertise they would never have to replace their deck again.

The Atlanta Design & Build team discovered the existing cedar deck was badly deteriorated and unsafe to use. The railings were loose and could easily be pushed over, and the wood was not holding up to the weather. As our team worked on the main curved section of the deck, we removed everything from the structural joists up, replacing the handrails and decking.

The new decking is a Fiberon composite. To curve the decking boards around the perimeter of the deck, our supplier heated them in a 9ft oven at their facility until they curved properly.  We removed the old cedar wrap from the steel posts and installed a new metal decorative post wrap to match the black railing system by Westbury. Building the curved stairway, repeats the curved design of the entire outdoor space.

The existing framing for a section of the deck was so inadequate the deck bounced up and down when the homeowners walked on it. Previous repair attempts to stabilize it had not worked.  Our ADB team removed that entire portion of the deck and in its place built a screened porch. See more photos of this beautiful project on Houzz.

Gorgeous Brazilian OHC Ipe hardwood covers the screened porch floors.  Tongue & groove wood was pickled to let the wood grain show through and installed on the ceiling. The existing exterior brick walls offer additional texture. The focal point of the space is an impressive wood-burning fireplace with real stone hearth and mantle. The stone was sawn in half to decrease its weight.

The ADB team also rebuilt four cedar arbors in the front of the house and on the garage, while keeping the original vines intact. The decorative and very attractive OZCO brackets are a fastening system that was used to tie the whole structure together.

 Our clients are very pleased with their new deck and screened porch. For the past several years they have not been able to use their deck because it was unsafe. ADB carefully built our clients’ new deck to building code standards. Now the homeowners are excited about the entertaining possibilities their new space affords.

When you are looking to enhance your outdoor entertaining possibilities, our skillful ADB Team are the experts to contact.

Photo credit: Barbara Brown Photography

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