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).
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’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 Accredited Remodeling 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.
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:
Imagine the enjoyment you could have with a year-round
outdoor living space! During the cooler days of fall, you can watch football
games sitting around a fire. Make the most of your time relaxing outdoors by
having comfort in every season. One of our specialties is building customized
outdoor areas, like covered patios, screened porches, and Georgia rooms (sunrooms
for 3-4 seasons). Look at some of our projects below and learn more about which
type of space is ideal for you!
Covered Patios: Blurring the Line Between Indoors and Out
This open concept outdoor living room is covered to protect
your furnishings and television from the elements, but open on the sides to
feel almost fully outdoors. With well-made outdoor furnishings, beautiful slate
tile flooring, and a mounted television, this room blurs the line between the
indoors and outdoors. Enjoy family meals at the teak table and lounging by the
pool in summer.
A convenient door leads into the home with close access to a
pool bath, and also the kitchen for ease in carrying meals outside. This patio
is a great retreat for overhead shade, while at the same time lovely gable
windows bring in extra sunshine.
We are pleased to introduce ADB Project Manager, Greg Medinger. Originally from Iowa, Greg grew up on a farm. He was drawn to the construction industry in high school where he took several wood and metal shop classes. In addition to working on his building skills, he enjoyed sports, running track and cross country all four years of high school and playing football during his senior year. After high school, he attended a technical college in Iowa where he studied Business Management.
In 1985, Greg moved to Duluth, Georgia where he began in the construction industry with a company that hired him to do framing work. He later decided to establish his own framing company. Unfortunately, his business launch coincided with the construction industry recession, and his company went out of business. Greg returned to framing, working for a builder who specialized in building decks. Greg contracted with his new boss to become his Superintendent for four years. He was in charge of getting subcontractors to their job sites and supervising them throughout the project.
Greg decided to search for a better job in February 2018. When a recruiter called him about a position with Atlanta Design & Build; he was ecstatic. He interviewed with Dale Contant and Jamie Franks and was delighted to receive “the call” hiring him to work with us. Greg had already moved to Marietta a year and a half prior to getting hired. He now enjoys a perk coveted by many—a work commute of only a few miles.