Spa like bathrooms have been all the rage for a while, but
some homeowners have taken home wellness to the next level with the installation
of infrared saunas. These compact saunas are perfect for including in your
remodeled master bath or other retreat. Why are saunas such a boon to wellness?
Here are some of the benefits infrared saunas can offer:
Relaxation: Not only do your muscles feel
more relaxed from the heat, but your time in your home sauna can be a welcome
retreat from your day to day stresses. You can use your time in the sauna for
peaceful meditation or simply quiet relaxation away from your everyday
Sweat: Sweating is detoxifying and can aid
weight loss and lead to clearer, more youthful, skin.
Heart Health: Decreased blood pressure. Due to vasodilation that occurs in blood vessels, saunas can actually lower blood pressure. Studies have found that taking saunas can regulate an irregular heart rate and improve circulation by raising heart rate.
Pain Relief: Improvement of inflammation is one benefit of infrared saunas. Heat penetrates the muscles and leads to an increase in relaxation. Saunas are particularly helpful at easing post-workout soreness.
Infrared Sauna Precautions:
Consult your physician before beginning to take
saunas, especially if you are on blood pressure medications or have heart
problems. Saunas can lower blood pressure.
Hydrate before entering the sauna and upon
leaving slowly drink several glasses of water.
Do not take saunas if you’re pregnant or trying
to conceive (this includes men who are trying to conceive).
Do not drink alcohol or take any mind-altering
medications before taking a sauna.
If you are ill or have a fever, do not use a
ADB Has Experience Incorporating Infrared Saunas into
Here at ADB we have incorporated infrared saunas into several of our remodeling projects. We feel saunas can be a wonderful addition to any remodel making wellness a top priority in the home. More and more, our homes become sanctuaries, not only for decompressing from the stresses of life, but for deep healing. Are you curious about how we can fit an infrared sauna into your remodeling project? Contact us today to learn more.
ADB’s MASTERPlan is an important part of our HOMEStyle System®. Are you overwhelmed by a dysfunctional or dated home? You may find yourself complaining almost daily about some facet of your living space: the layout doesn’t flow, the appliances are breaking, you’re tired of tile or wallpaper you chose decades ago, or you bemoan a previous owner’s lack of taste. Sound familiar? Home remodeling can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, but our goal is to make the process as streamlined as possible by – well, to be perfectly straightforward – listening to you.
We are a NARI AccreditedRemodeling Company. We have a solid reputation as a professional design/build remodeling firm and over twenty years of experience transforming people’s homes to enrich their lives, but what really sets us apart is our unique HOMEStyle System®.
Here is a quick breakdown of our HOMEStyle System® followed by an in-depth look at the MASTERPlan, our antidote to stress when executing a home remodel!
DEEPDiscovery process. Rather than make
assumptions about how to best design your home, we find out exactly how you use
and envision using your space. This is a highly personalized process, not
INSPIREDDesign. Share your style
preferences with our design team, and they’ll create a design based on both
functionality and aesthetics. To minimize stress, we also provide assistance
with material selection shopping.
MASTERPlan Your plan is prioritized based
on your goals, timeline, and budget. Whether one project at a time, or all at
once: we make a plan based on your priorities, creating the final result you
want for your home.
BUILDINGPrinciples We stand by our work,
issuing a 2-year HOMEStyle™ Warranty—double the industry standard.
MASTERPlan: Our Solution to Overwhelm During Whole House
We have decades of experience designing, and remodeling
homes. During the MASTERPlan step of our HOMEStyle System®, we create a methodical plan for
solving your home’s problems and improving its functionality and look. We
understand that the process can be a large undertaking, so we consider what
your priorities are and strategize a plan balancing your needs and goals.
Us Which Remodeling Project Will Bring You the Most Satisfaction
you want to start with a new master bedroom? We can help create a space where
you have the ultimate in luxury and privacy, using the best quality, and
latest, materials and finishes. We’ve assisted many clients by creating
functional bedroom layouts for them, with conveniently accessible custom
closets and spa-like master bathroom suites. Once your sanctuary is complete,
we can move on to the next project while you enjoy the benefits of your new
same token, if a chef’s kitchen is at the top of your priority list, we can
start there. Or we can begin with a screened-in porch—an alternate dining room
and makeshift kitchen while you wait for your kitchen project’s completion. An
addition could be your number one priority if you need to increase your home’s
square footage to accommodate your lifestyle. When you renovate one aspect of
your home, it is best to plan how these updates can affect future remodeling of
other spaces. We can tell you which adjoining updates can ideally be completed at
the same time as your new addition, which may save you a headache later when
you go back to tackle other projects.
Are with You for the Long Haul
than quoting you for a single project, completing it, and moving on, we strive
to build a long-term relationship with our clients. Once you see how the
transformation of your home enriches your life, you may want to bring your
entire living space up to par with your needs.
ADB can be there with you every step of the way.
budget demands that projects are completed one at a time, we can develop a plan
for the future. This way you’re moving toward your goal of living in a home
that’s ideal for your lifestyle and tastes, but you’re dividing the cost into
smaller portions to keep it manageable. At the same time, you are building new
friendships with our team. Clients have expressed how they finally felt heard
by ADB, and how their vision was respected and improved by our feedback.
Are you inspired to begin your whole house remodel or other remodeling project? Let us show you how the HOMEStyle System® can make a difference in streamlining the process of transforming your home to enrich your life. Contact us today for your initial consultation.
Our clients’ 90s-style master bathroom had a dysfunctional
layout that wasted too much square footage. Situated behind a pair of walk-in
closets, the master bathroom was only accessible by walking down a narrow
hallway. The large bathtub was a feature that the homeowners rarely used and
wanted to eliminate. They did not like the dim lighting in their master
bathroom and desired an increase in natural lighting.
Our solution to the cumbersome layout of the master bathroom
was a whole new design. We completely flipped the separate walk-in closets and
the bathroom. Redesigning the space created a direct entrance to a new spa-like
retreat with an expansive custom closet for two behind it. We incorporated many
space-saving features into the design, like frosted, glass-fronted, pocket
doors. Not only did the pocket doors eliminate the swing of traditional doors,
but they help illuminate the bedroom and bath while maintaining privacy.
Some highlights that the new master bathroom boasts:
• Infrared sauna for two
• Roomy linen
• Heated tile
heated walk-in shower
Entire House under $250,000
This clients’ 1984 home was dark and had a segmented layout.
They wanted to move their fireplace and create a seamless transition between
the home’s interior and its outdoor pool/patio area. They wanted a lounging area
beside the pool where they could have meals or cool off in the shade. The
upstairs master and hall bathrooms also needed to be updated.
Our team produced an entire-house remodeling plan to
transform this family’s home and enrich their lives. To create an open concept
on the main level, we relocated the downstairs bathroom and pantry from the
middle of the home. We relocated the laundry room upstairs for convenience. We
moved the fireplace, installing a wall of French doors in the living room to
open the room up to the backyard and pool.
Additionally, an outdoor lanai located by the pool area
blends the indoors and outdoors and extends the family’s living space. We were
able to implement the poolside retreat that they desired. They have shelter
from the sun or the rain, a gas fireplace, television, tables and seating, and
easy access to the pool bathroom and kitchen inside.
Upstairs we created a convenient laundry room and renovated the hall bathroom increasing its floor space and giving it modern flair consistent with the rest of the home. In the master bathroom, we removed a large, outdated garden tub, installing an expansive curbless shower and tasteful soaking tub within a large, tiled wet area surrounding it.
Ed DePriest, is originally from
Middle Tennessee. Ed and his wife relocated to Marietta in 1999 because her
family is from the area. He grew up in very rural Tennessee so everyone was self-reliant
when it came to building whatever they needed. Family members and neighbors taught
one another the skills necessary to be self-sufficient from a young age.
Ed’s high school offered the Trades & Industry class. The T&I class had either a mechanical focus or a building focus. Ed chose a building focus, and with his classmates, built a greenhouse for the agricultural club. They started the project from scratch, laying the block and installing fiberglass panels on the frame they built. This class helped lay the foundation for Ed’s future.
A Solid Foundation of Construction Experience
Ed has worked in construction for
more than thirty years. He started out working for a custom home builder. He
had to do every task on the jobsite, from cutting trees on the property, to
roofing—it was like a crash course in building. Working in custom home building
gave Ed the opportunity to learn every angle of the building process.
For approximately 18 years prior to
working at ADB, Ed performed construction supervision and punch work. He progressed
into the supervisory role due to the length, and extent, of his experience, and
his sharp eye for detail. Ed still enjoys the building process. Part of his
management philosophy is that he wouldn’t ask his crew to do anything that he
wouldn’t be willing to do, including ditch digging. “It’s noble to say that, until
you’re in the ditch,” he joked.
Ed’s previous experience doing punch work honed his ability to spot any errors or incomplete tasks left at a project’s completion. He inspected completed homes and repaired or finished anything that was not up to his high standards. His great attention to detail is still a wonderful asset as part of the ADB team and it serves him well in the role of Project Manager.
The Strongest Link of Communication from Clients to
As a Project Manager, Ed is the primary point of contact for
our clients throughout the course of their remodeling project. He is the link
between his crew members and homeowners, making sure that the lines of
communication are working well. He also oversees the entire crew working on a
project, making sure that everything is done to his, and ADB’s, high standards.
A friend of Ed’s enjoyed working for ADB and recommended he apply for an open carpenter position. Ed checked out ADB on Guild Quality and other websites and was glad to discover “a stellar reputation.” He chose to apply at ADB because from what he found out about us online, “It seemed they like to do things once and do it right the first time, and that is the same way I am.” He also appreciated the level of ADB’s craftsmanship as he saw it displayed on our website.
Additionally, one of the reasons Ed enjoys remodeling with ADB is that he works on a lot of projects, especially bathrooms and kitchens. There is variety in the project locations and the rooms being remodeled, different than while he was in new home building where he stayed in one place for a long time repetitively doing the same thing. He did not want to build the same houses over and over. Ed appreciates the challenge of completing various projects, managing his crew, working with his hands, and applying real craftsmanship to ADB’s projects.
Hardworking and It Shows
When he is not working, Ed enjoys spending time outdoors,
especially hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. He also likes drag racing,
and fixing up old Chevy trucks in his spare time.
One lesson his long career in construction has taught him is “Don’t just double check your crew member’s work, double check your own work!” Ed is hardworking, and he hopes it shows. A willingness to critique his own work, and enough humility to admit he holds himself to the same standards as his crew, shows us how lucky we are to have such a great Project Manager and craftsman on our team!
As part of
a renovation, or addition, consider following a recent trend by incorporating a
statement ceiling into the room or rooms being worked on. Ceilings are
sometimes referred to as a home’s “fifth wall.” Many homeowners miss out on the
chance to take advantage of this extra bit of real estate by making a stylish
There are some practical reasons homeowners may choose to highlight their ceilings:
ceilings are high, and they want to make a room feel more intimate.
have a room they want to demarcate from the rest of their home with a patterned
ceiling, like a kitchen, dining area, foyer, or study.
goal is either a look of elevation and opulence, or a rustic, farmhouse.
are refinishing their basement and want to make the ceiling appear higher.
Whatever the reason, there are numerous routes to achieve an attention-grabbing, statement ceiling. As a design/build company, we enjoy using architectural details in our projects
are some ways we use statement ceilings as part of remodeling projects:
Coffered ceilings give a classic dimension to your home’s ambiance. Coffered ceilings create a grid on the ceiling that draws the eye upward. The pattern can reflect a traditional look, or an ultra-modern design, depending on whether the grid is square, symmetrical, or diamond shaped.
Not only decorative, coffered ceilings can make a room with a high ceiling appear cozier, help stop echoing in a room, or cover up cosmetic flaws or dated textures in a ceiling.
Tray ceilings create extra dimension and refined elegance. These ceilings create a more spacious feel in a room and are generally recessed. They are often painted a different color than the room’s walls, creating a contrast. Tray ceilings work wonderful in bedrooms, as pictured here.
In basements, tray ceilings allow necessary ductwork around the perimeter of the room to increase ceiling height in the center.
Custom wooden beams can be added for a rustic feel or just to add character and warmth to your home’s ceilings. Wooden beams are a gorgeous way to create interest and, when they are stained a dark color, they look amazing against white paint.
remodeling projects we have used statement ceilings for all of these purposes.
Look at the gorgeous hand-distressed, reclaimed wood beams in this basement
Let ADB Help you Transform Your Home and Enrich Your Life
View some examples here and in our Interior Remodeling & Specialties Gallery. Can you see your newly remodeled home with one of these timeless ceiling designs? We at ADB are excited about providing the finer architectural details to transform your home and enrich your life. Contact us today for a free consultation if you’re ready to begin your next home remodeling project and have the peace of mind that comes from hiring a NARI Accredited Remodeling Company!
Construction is all around us. It builds our homes, schools, offices, roads, hospitals, theme parks—everything. It is vital to everyone’s life. Yet, it is one of the most misunderstood industries.
As four-year degrees have been heavily pushed over the years, the amount of students and adults pursuing careers in construction has decreased significantly. This has created a steep skills gap in America.
However, the growing demand for craftspeople has left the industry in an interesting position that benefits newcomers to the industry. With high demand comes high salaries, ample opportunity and room for career growth.
So, you may be asking yourself, exactly what benefits does a career in construction offer? Well, there are so many! But here are the top six benefits to a career in construction:
Get a Head Start
Most construction careers follow an apprenticeship learning model. This means that as soon as you decide you want to pursue a skilled craft, you can begin working with on the job training through an apprenticeship.
With this ‘earn while you learn’ model, you can earn a paycheck while learning the core competencies of your trade.
Some crafts may require associate degrees, industry credentials or certifications. However, these education requirements are often short term and can be completed at the same time as an apprenticeship. Therefore, when pursuing a craft career, you are still going to join the workforce quicker than you would if you pursued a four-year degree.
With short-term education expenses and a fast track into the workforce, craft professionals are able to start making a paycheck while dodging large student loans. Currently, there is $1.5 trillion of student debt in the United States. With the price of an education continuing to climb, it makes sense to pursue a career in construction and start making money right away.
With seven out of every 10 jobs available in the United States requiring less than a four-year degree, the current job market is oversaturated with college graduates. By pursuing a craft career, you will be opening yourself up to more possibilities and opportunities. When you complete a technical degree, apprenticeship or craft training certificate, you are highly marketable in the job market.
Additionally, with a skills gap and upcoming wave of retirees, there will be a demand for 1 million craft professionals by 2023. This is a staggering deficit, but it makes room for a lot of opportunity for new craftspeople.
Want to know what the job demand is in your state? Take a look at BYF’s Craft Labor Map and check out the demand for skilled crafts by state and by specific crafts.
Variety of Careers
There are so many specialties within the construction industry. With a seemingly endless list of craft careers, there is something out there for everyone.
In addition to different interests, there are different education requirements for different professions. Have your mind set on a college degree, associate degree or technical education program? Take a look at out our trading cards and see what the education requirement is for the different specialties.
Not sure where to start? Take the Craft Pro Quiz and see which construction specialty suits you the best!
Freedom to Travel
With a high demand for craft professionals in every state, there is no limit to where a craft career can take you. Whether you move around on your own or work for a national or global construction company, there are endless ways to travel around. A career in construction presents the unique opportunity to travel throughout the country and get paid while doing so.
Construction happens all around us. It happens in every country, every state and nearly every city. If you are interested in traveling, a craft career is perfect for you. With the opportunity to travel and work across the country or even the world, you can go anywhere you please with a construction skillset.
Additionally, when working in construction, your ‘office’ is always changing and in a variety of exciting places. Whether you are building a home, baseball park or theme park – you get to enjoy the added benefit of a constant change of scenery.
Room for Career Growth
It is estimated that 29% of the construction workforce will retire by 2026. By 2031, this number worsens as 41% of the current workforce is expected to retire. Essentially, almost half of the workforce will need to be replaced in just over a decade.
Though this is a frightening number, it puts newcomers to the industry in a good position.
As boomers leave open opportunities in the skilled crafts, specifically in high up positions like journeyman, superintendent and project manager, there will be a lot of room for career growth.
With the opportunity to continue to move up in the industry, there is no limit to how high a craft professional can go. With experience, expertise and passion – a craftsperson could become an executive, CEO or owner of their own company. In construction, the only thing limiting your career growth is your desire to move up.
With such a high demand for craft professionals, companies are willing to spend more to get the skills they need. For those in the construction industry, this means they are getting paid higher salaries than ever before.
When you factor in these high salaries, less debt and the ability to start earning a wage as an apprentice, craft professionals are getting an early start on making enough money to live comfortably.
Each of these benefits alone is enough to make a career in construction worth exploring. But when you look at them together, it is hard to believe they can all come with a single career choice.