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


Raise the Roof Whole House Remodel is a CotY Award Winner!

In December, we were honored to receive a 2017 NARI-Atlanta Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award in the Residential Interior Over $150k category. This amazing project, affectionately referred to as “Raise the Roof” in our Atlanta Design & Build blogs last year, has given us yet another reason to be proud! Read through this story’s progress for before, in-progress, and behind the scenes looks.

As you may remember, our clients’ 1960s split-level home in Chamblee was outdated in appearance and in its functionality for the family. The main level consisted of four small, compartmentalized rooms with numerous doorways and walls that caused congestion points and prevented family togetherness. The tiny kitchen provided only minimal workspace or storage. By raising the roof and removing interior walls, we created an open floor plan with an impressive vaulted ceiling.

The updated space features an incredibly beautiful kitchen offering optimal organization in its perimeter and island cabinets. The kitchen, dining room and TV area now flow together seamlessly. The large open area accommodates family gatherings and entertaining through three distinct functional areas, each designated by a stylish and purposeful element.

In addition to the award-winning interior, Atlanta Design & Build transformed our clients’ back porch into an outdoor living space. We enlarged and screened their existing porch and added a stone fireplace that allows them to enjoy relaxing on the porch almost all year long!

We are grateful to our clients for giving us the opportunity to design and build this marvelous space, which culminated in our team receiving this CotY award! Be sure to contact Atlanta Design & Build if you desire a renovation to the interior of your home or an outdoor living area. Spring will be here before you know it.



Photo credit: Barbara Brown Photography





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.



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!