Atlanta Design & Build has Exciting News

Fall is a time to focus on change. As the warmer months’ hustle and bustle die down, we at Atlanta Design & Build have some exciting news to share. Our stellar reputation and our 24 years of delivering exceptional quality and service, has brought a significant opportunity our way.

Alair, an international network of professional builders with hundreds of offices throughout the United States and Canada and about a dozen in the Southeast, has chosen our company to represent them as Alair Homes Marietta, creating the third Alair office in Georgia.  

With over 125 offices across the U.S. and Canada, Alair is changing how custom home renovators and custom homebuilders work by collaborating with experienced builders, including our own Dale Contant. Alair Homes takes a unique path in the remodeling and home industry, one that we have grown to love as a company. A few months ago, Dale made the decision to partner with Alair Homes finding our processes similar and yet seeing many benefits to enhance our client experience.

Transforming into Alair Homes Marietta will not change who we are, as you know us; Dale Contant is still the owner with the current team and core values that lead us all to the same goal. Alair Homes brings improved processes and systems that will benefit our organization. We are confident these will translate into additional value for all of our clients and partners in the future.    

To celebrate this new chapter and season of change, Alair Homes Decatur is hosting an inclusive ribbon-cutting event in Marietta to honor their new partner as ADB steps into Alair Homes Marietta. The event will have a unique theme featuring special surprises for Dale and his guests.

“We are very excited to surprise Dale with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate his new and well-deserved role,” said Peter Michelson, Alair Homes North Georgia Regional Partner. “This opportunity presents an exciting next step for Alair Homes as we begin to develop roots and build new relationships within the Marietta community.”

Prepping for your remodeling project

You’re ready to build that kitchen, bathroom or addition you’ve been dreaming of for years. You know which appliances will match your décor, the shower you want, and the finishes that will bring it all together.

You’re excited to get that dream project. But maybe you’re just a little scared, too. We’ve all heard the horror stories about remodeling projects that end in disaster and you don’t want that to happen to you.

Here are 7 tips to prepare for and survive your remodeling project.

1. Hire a qualified, professional remodeler

This is the most important part of your remodeling project. Nothing matters more than having the right partner for your remodel. Those new windows or cabinets won’t matter if they’re not installed correctly. A qualified remodeler will help you make the best choices for your space, get ready for your remodel and remove as much of the pain as possible from the process.

Atlanta Design & Build is a licensed and fully insured local contractor, and one of only a few National Association of the Remodeling Industry Accredited Remodeling Companies in the nation. Our team members have earned multiple certifications, including Master Certified Remodeler (MCR), Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR), Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM), Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) and Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC).

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‘Master on the Main’ solves homeowner needs

Adding a master suite on the main floor, often with universal design elements, is one of the best ways to make your home more livable now and in the future.

As a NARI Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), Atlanta Design & Build President, Dale Contant, has received extensive training in planning and constructing universal design projects and brings that expertise to all of our clients’ projects.

Earlier this month, we talked about some of the important factors when considering a new master suite addition, or renovation. In this post, we want to share the story of how a great new master suite improved the home of one of our past clients.

This Marietta home was too small for the needs of the homeowners. They were looking for a new master bedroom, more room in the garage and an improvement to the way they live with more usable space. They also wanted to ensure that their new home would be livable for them for years to come. The Atlanta Design & Build team worked with the homeowners to create a project that delivered everything for which they were hoping.

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Master on the Main

Mastering the Master Suite

This Marietta Master Suite Addition, which won a 2016 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award from NARI Atlanta, is accessed via a “hidden door” in the dining room.

We’re all getting older (sorry) and many of our Atlanta Design & Build remodeling projects reflect that reality of life.

Baby Boomers are living longer, and want to stay in their homes as they age. Retirement for them doesn’t look the same as previous generations.  Generation X isn’t far behind them – the oldest members of that age cohort are turning 55 this year. As a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), Dale has the specialized training and knowledge to help you remodel your home for the long term.

For Now and The Future

One of the most prominent examples of this is the trend for a master suite on the main floor. Most homes around Atlanta are two stories, with the bedrooms on the second floor. This can present a challenge for an aging homeowner. As bones and joints age, a master suite on the main floor eliminates the extra climbing up and down stairs and reduces the chance of a fall.

A master suite addition can make sense for a multitude of reasons. For some clients, the Master Suite addition is built for their own requirements (now or in the future) or for the needs of aging parents. In the meantime, it can make a great guest suite, allowing visitors privacy while still being part of the home.

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Rethinking Your Conventional Family Kitchen

A kitchen remodel is one of the best ways to reinvent your home. As one of the most important rooms in the house, the kitchen plays a big role in the life of most families.

Read more in Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade, a new ebook from Atlanta Design & Build.

Our first post this month focused on the gourmet kitchen. In this blog, we are looking at the conventional kitchen, for those families that don’t need the full gourmet experience.

Two of our Atlanta Design & Build design experts – President Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP, and Design & Sales Consultant, Heather Marcet-Henderson, AKBD – share insights on kitchens in the Atlanta area.

A high-end look on a budget

Having a realistic budget maximum to spend on a kitchen remodel does not mean you have to settle for a kitchen that doesn’t meet your needs.

At Atlanta Design & Build, we’re experts in finding the right solutions for your kitchen, to design and build a project that accomplishes your goals. Our proprietary HOMEStyle System™, facilitates our working with you to prioritize the most important aspects of your kitchen project. This allows us to focus on what matters most in your specific remodel. Every family is unique and every kitchen deserves that same attention.

Our goal is to set realistic expectations from the beginning and understand your goals for style, function and budget.

Finding pain points

What are the problems in your kitchen? Almost everyone who comes to us for a project has a kitchen that was designed by somebody else, whether it be a builder or previous homeowner, that simply isn’t meeting their needs.

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Transforming to Your Gourmet Kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, the gathering place for family and friends. A kitchen remodel is a great way to make a big impact on your life.

Read more in Planning the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade, a new ebook from Atlanta Design & Build.

This month, we’re exploring the trends we’re seeing in the kitchen. This post will focus on the “gourmet” kitchen, while later this month we’ll tackle kitchen remodels for those who don’t want the full-fledged gourmet experience.

To get insight on designing a gourmet kitchen, we talked to two of our Atlanta Design & Build experts – President Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP; and Design & Sales Consultant Heather Marcet-Henderson, AKBD.

Defining the needs

At Atlanta Design & Build, kitchens are one of our most requested remodels. Many homeowners desire a gourmet kitchen, but a gourmet kitchen does not mean the same thing to everyone and it is not the answer for every client.

We know that every client has different needs and that is why the most important part of the project starts before construction ever begins. Using our proprietary HOMEStyle System™, we’re going to make sure we understand everything you need and want in your kitchen. We’ll talk about how you plan to use it, what you like about your existing kitchen and what you don’t. Our HOMEStyle System™ ensures we create, in design and in construction, the best solution for you and your family.

“Our process helps the Atlanta Design & Build team focus in on the ‘must-haves’ and the ‘nice to haves’ for each client”, Heather says.

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