Outdoor Living Options Part 2: Screened Porch & Deck

Earlier this month, we started our exploration of outdoor living options by taking a look at some of the trends in decks, patios, and porches. (Read Exploring Outdoor Living Options – Part 1)

Today, we continue discussing Outdoor Living Options of decks and screened porches by sharing a client’s story.  This award-winning project in Canton started because the homeowners wanted to replace their existing deck with a new outdoor living space that would take advantage of the beautiful views. To meet those needs, Atlanta Design & Build created an elegant yet rustic outdoor space, protected from bugs, and a new deck for an eating area.   

One of the challenges to the project was we have very large windows that overlook a beautiful wooded area,” says homeowner V Lanier. “I did not want a screened-in porch to invade on my view from the living room … it was really important to us that we keep a very open feel to the back of the house.”

Atlanta Design & Build accomplished that goal by using large screen panels that let in the fresh air while also keeping the view unblocked. We even screened the peak of the roof to allow heat to escape during the summer.

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Exploring Outdoor Living Options – Part 1

Summer plans may have changed as we all deal with the new reality of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the season.

The Atlanta area is a great place to enjoy the outdoors for several months during the year. Investing in your outdoor space is one of the best ways to improve the value of your home and enhance the usability of your yard.

Over our next several blog posts, we’ll be looking at ways you can improve your outdoor space. We’re also going to share the stories of Atlanta Design & Build customers that have seen a significant difference in their lives with new outdoor living projects.

The most important part of the decision is finding a solution that works for you and your family. An experienced remodeler like Atlanta Design & Build can walk you through the process and make sure that you get a deck, patio, sunroom or other outdoor space that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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Saluting our HomeStyle Heroes

Atlanta Design & Build is proud to salute the heroes that are on the front lines dealing with COVID-19. The pandemic significantly affects each of these “HomeStyle Heroes” in their daily work.  To each one, nominated by members of the Atlanta Design & Build family, our team and our clients, we applaud your efforts and say “Thank You”. 

Healthcare Workers

Brent Guthrie, RN
Emergency room registered nurse, St. Mary’s Medical Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Brent has been working on the Front Line in a “MASH” unit style tent that has been set up in the hospital parking lot to receive people with COVID-19-like symptoms and perform testing.

Marisa Haney, RN (left) and Avery Smith, RN (right)
Both registered nurses at the Family Birth Center, Floyd Medical Center, Rome, GA

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9 Tips for Choosing the Right Remodeler

This remodel won the 2020 NARI National Contractor of the Year Award for Residential Bath $75,001 to $100,000

Every May, the construction industry celebrates National Home Remodeling Month, so what better time to consider your next remodeling project? Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, improve your bathroom or add on to your home, Atlanta Design & Build is ready to help!

Now more than ever, it’s important to choose a professional, trusted remodeler. Here are 9 tips for making sure you pick the right remodeling partner.

1. History – While longevity is not a guarantee of quality, remodeling firms don’t stay in business by doing poor work or failing to deliver quality service. Atlanta Design & Build has been serving the Atlanta area for nearly 25 years. President Dale Contant has more than 45 years of experience in the construction industry and the rest of our team can boast decades of knowledge.

2. Stay local – Whenever the economy gets challenging or a natural disaster hits, you’re likely to find out-of-town contractors and fly-by-night “handyman” companies flooding the market. A local contractor is going to be aware of local building codes and also be more likely to worry about performing quality work.

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Custom showers to boost your bathroom

After kitchens, there’s not a more popular target for remodeling than the bathroom. And that’s no surprise. It’s a room we use every day and a properly designed bathroom can have a big impact on your life.

One of the best ways to make a major change in the bathroom is with a new shower, and there are a wealth of options out there for homeowners these days. A new custom shower can help take your bathroom to the next level!

Curbless showers

One frequent move is to ditch the tub entirely and replace it with a high-end, curbless shower. Most showers, even those without tubs, require you to step up-and-in to the shower. A curbless shower eliminates that step, bringing the shower entrance flush with the floor of the bathroom.

This offers benefits both aesthetic and functional. Curbless showers can give your bathroom a sleek, modern, open look. For homeowners or guests with limited mobility, they are easier to use. This is especially important as we see more multi-generational homes and plan for aging in place. Fewer corners and crevices to deal with can also make cleaning easier.

Design it right

It’s important to work with a qualified remodeler to get your properly designed curbless shower. Several factors need to be considered, including the slope/drainage of the floor and proper placement of showerheads to ensure water doesn’t splash or flow outside the shower area. You can also get creative with drainage by using decorative tile, metal, or even wood features that hide the drains.

Frameless glass showers

One alternative to an open or doorless shower is a frameless shower. A frameless, glass enclosure can help keep water and heat in, but still give you that open look by eliminating the traditional aluminum framing support.

Whatever style you choose for your custom bathroom, showers are more than just a simple showerhead.  Features like bench seats, radiant heat under tile in benches or shower floors and recessed shampoo niches are additional popular shower options.  Atlanta Design & Build is ready to guide you through the design process for your custom shower!

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Custom tile in bathroom

What Are the Latest Tile Trends for Your Remodeled Bathroom?

Tile is a beautiful and luxurious finish for your newly remodeled bathroom. It is designed to create a spa-like aesthetic and easy to maintain. In the bathroom, tile works well for flooring, showers, backsplashes, and decorative accent walls.

Since your new bathroom needs to meet both form and functional needs, consider not only colors, patterns and textures that you prefer, but also consider your needs for safety and comfort. Accessible bathrooms can include large format tiles with slip resistant finishes. Radiant heat installed beneath tile bathroom and shower floors and shower bench seating can add a spa-like comfort to your bath.

Shapes, Patterns, and Finishes of Tile to Choose From

Currently, homeowners seek out a variety of shapes and styles. Adding a personal touch to your bathroom can be as easy as implementing one of these tile shapes:

  • Round
  • Diamond
  • Chevron
  • Herringbone
  • Basket Weave
  • Fish Scale
  • Fan
  • Hexagon
  • Lantern
  • Wave
  • Oval

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