We Ensure Your Remodeling Project is Done Right!

Some homeowners are reluctant to remodel because they’ve heard horror stories about dishonest, inexperienced, fly-by-night remodeling companies.

Quality, Integrity, Teamwork, and Community

Atlanta Design & Build has a very different story to tell. Our Core Values describe our passionate dedication to Quality, Integrity, Teamwork, and Community. Through Guild Quality reviews, past clients tell how our actions prove that we adhere to these same values.

For example, our Core Value of Teamwork includes providing “a professional environment where team members claim ownership and pride in their work, are challenged to achieve their potential and are encouraged to grow both personally and professionally through continuous education and learning.”


As NARI Certified Remodeling Professionals, our team has achieved a level of knowledge and expertise that far exceeds that of your everyday remodeler or handyman. Each certified team member must meet annual recertification requirements involving continuing education and participation in industry-related programs. Atlanta Design & Build is proud that our team boasts the following NARI certification credentials: 1 – Master Certified Remodeler (MCR), 1 – Certified Remodeler (CR), 1 – Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR), 4 – Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM), 2 – Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) and 1 – Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP). Congratulations Dale Contant, Mike Pike, Jamie Franks, Steven Roberts, Dave Newell, Sydney Contant on your continued hard work.

Steven, one of our Sales & Design Consultants, also recently completed a two-day intermediate training seminar with Chief Architect Software in Nashville, TN to hone his skills in working with this 3D Architectural design tool.  We applaud Steven that his ADB Core Values are showing!

These are just two of the many ways Atlanta Design & Build is continually working to ensure your remodeling project will be done right! So, no more remodeling hesitation is necessary—go ahead and give us a call at 770-565-8999 or visit our website to get started.

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Welcome to Miguel Solis to the Atlanta Design & Build Team

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our Atlanta Design & Build team, Miguel Solis. Miguel joined us in January 2017 and is highly experienced in the construction industry. Originally from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Miguel now makes his home in Decatur. “Georgia is a great place to live. I love it here!” exclaimed Miguel.

While a young man living in the Virgin Islands, Miguel attended vocational school and then in 1977 he became a member of the U.S. Army National Guard for 11 years. He was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, MO where he was trained as a construction utility worker. During this time he completed a wide variety of construction projects.

In 1988, Miguel resigned from the Army National Guard and returned to the Virgin Islands. At first he worked with local contractors who were building houses. Later he did construction utility work at an oil refinery for two years. “That place was at one time the second largest oil refinery in the United States,” noted Miguel. “But unfortunately the business slowed down and all the workers were laid off.” Today the refinery is officially closed.

Miguel decided to move to Miami, Florida, where he ended up living from 2002-2015. Some friends in Decatur requested he come and work for them so he moved to GA. Eventually, that business also slowed down. Miguel sent out resumes to see what work positions might be available that fit his expertise. He was excited when Express Employment Professionals recommended an opening with Atlanta Design & Build and arranged an interview.

Miguel Joins the Atlanta Design & Build Team as a Carpenter

“During the interview, the Atlanta Design & Build staff was exceptional,” states Miguel. “They explained very clearly their expectations, and everything sounded highly professional. As they explained all the details to me, I realized their company attitude is one of encouragement, whether you are their clients or team members. ADB is made up of very good people to work for and they are respectful of everyone.”

Miguel works as a Carpenter for our ADB team. His specialties are framing, building decks and screened porches, plus tiling in bathrooms and kitchens. ADB provided Miguel with his very first screened porch project. “It was a challenge to me since it was vital that I get the screening nice and tight without any wrinkles,” Miguel remarked. “But now that I’m experienced with screened porches, the process is a breeze.”

He also mentions that his work responsibilities involve job safety, watching out for his co-workers, being careful of his surroundings, and protecting clients’ property. Believe it or not, some of the remodeling work he really enjoys is demolition, cleaning up debris, and preparing the job site for reconstruction. “ADB knows I’m capable and handy,” said Miguel. “I may not be the fastest worker, but I always work hard to get the job completed to the best of my ability and to their satisfaction—which is very important.”

Outside of work, Miguel’s favorite activities are getting together with family and friends at home for a barbecue cookout, watching sports on television, and playing dominos. Playing dominos has gotten to be a very popular game with his family, and they play every weekend. He also enjoys going fishing whenever he gets a chance, and he absolutely loves the beach!  “I just like to relax and enjoy being with my family.”

Atlanta Design & Build Gets to Know Timbertown Even Better

Our Atlanta Design & Build team recently had the pleasure of visiting the Overseas Hardwood Company (OHC), the parent company of Timbertown, one of our building material partners. Team members traveled to Mobile, Alabama during the first week of August where we were treated to a tour of the OHC plant facilities and a day of fishing on Dauphin Bay! The team really enjoyed getting to know the OHC and Timbertown crew members during these fast-paced, but very rewarding couple of days. Our sincere thanks to Luckett Robinson and his brother Gregory, owners of OHC. They were wonderful hosts and fabulous chefs! We hope you enjoy clicking through the pictures of our trip below.

 

ADB at the Top of Our Industry – 2017 Top 500

Atlanta Design & Build is proud to be included in Qualified Remodeler magazine’s 2017 Top 500 ranking that recognizes the nation’s largest, most successful remodeling companies. In addition, we are a part of 2017’s Remodeling 550 listing of the biggest and best remodeling firms compiled by Remodeling magazine. It is a great honor for us to be on both of these highly esteemed lists. Many thanks to our terrific clients and employees for your part in making us the business we are today!

MAGIC Camp Builds Confidence at Gwinnett Tech

Once again this summer, Atlanta Design & Build (ADB) sponsored Project Manager Sydney Contant-Nunes as a keynote speaker and hands-on instructor for Gwinnett Technical College’s MAGIC (Mentoring a Girl in Construction) Camp. The program, established by contractor Renee Conner in 2007, has now expanded to four different locations in Georgia. It is a free, one-week day camp designed to introduce high school girls to exciting careers in construction.

(Photo above shows Sydney in the lab, explaining how to use the brad nailer to attach the sides of the box. The girls were walked through the project before they began.)

Three years ago, Kathleen Torrance, who is a Lab Assistant in Residential Construction and Carpentry at Gwinnett Technical College, contacted the NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Atlanta office. She spoke to Executive Director Jesse Morado, who then called H. Dale Contant of ADB to ask if Sydney would be interested in getting involved in MAGIC Camp. “Sydney was willing from the very beginning,” Kathleen stated. “She had the courage to come out of her comfort zone to help.”

Each of the five days of camp is focused on a different construction specialty, so the girls get a broad exposure to the industry. Monday is OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) training day that helps the girls develop a safety-first attitude. Tuesday is carpentry day. Wednesday is electrical day where they learn to do basic wiring. Thursday is split into morning and afternoon sessions with emphases on welding and using heavy equipment. Friday the girls tour an active construction job site. Friday there is also a banquet for students and parents, during which time the girls’ projects are displayed and a highly regarded industry professional is the speaker.

Sydney’s role in past years has been as keynote speaker on carpentry day. It can be a tough challenge to walk into a classroom and face a group of high school girls who have not yet become cohesive, since it is only their second day of camp. This summer, however, Kathleen asked if Sydney could also be one of those who is responsible to instruct the girls in the carpentry lab before the lecture, and she agreed. “It was a wonderful time,” Kathleen exclaimed. “Sydney is very experienced, comfortable with tools, so encouraging, and sets the girls at ease. They loved her in the lab, and afterwards they were glad to listen to her talk. Although they were polite, they asked so many questions that she could barely make it through her presentation!”

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Highlighting the Raise the Roof Project

Our clients’ 1960s split-level home in Chamblee was outdated in its appearance and the way it functioned for the family.  Years of wear-and-tear were visible, causing our client to exclaim, “Our house is falling apart!”

As is typical of a split-level, the layout of the main floor consisted of four small rooms. These compartmentalized little spaces made the home feel disjointed and cramped. The very low ceiling also contributed to a perception that the walls were closing in. Numerous doorways and walls caused congestion points and prevented good traffic flow throughout the space. This design prevented the family from having sufficient living area where everyone could gather together for large family dinners. Our clients were not even using all of the rooms on the main floor, and they were quite sure that removing walls would make the space work better for them. One of the tiny rooms on the main floor was the kitchen. “The kitchen was not our style,” explains our client. “The floor was covered in white tile with white grout, which is completely unsuitable for an active family.”

With the Atlanta Design & Build design team and an expert kitchen designer, we were able to make our clients’ existing cramped and small space become an extraordinary and functional kitchen, dining area and family room. They always wanted a tall vaulted ceiling, but that wasn’t possible because their current ceiling framing was made of manufactured trusses which could not be manipulated or altered.  So we had to literally remove and raise the roof.  We captured the essence of what they wanted and provided their open floor plan.

“Dale listened to our issues and ideas,” our client states.  “He provided feedback and guidance and came up with a great design to open up the space and make everything work better for our family. He worked with us to translate our needs into our dream space.”

Compare the before and after photos on Houzz.

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