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Introducing Greg Medinger: A Valuable Member of the ADB Team

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.

In June 2018, Greg took advantage of an opportunity to begin the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 8-week Project Management certification course. Greg passed the written exam upon completion of the course, earning his Certified Remodeling Project Manager credentials in August.

As an ADB team member, his specialty is still framing, but his duties also include installing trim, sheet rock, and lots of other tasks as he works with other ADB project managers on whatever is needed. He enjoys the variety of carpentry responsibilities that his job in the remodeling industry entails.

“All the team members get along so well, which is important,” Greg explains. “Also, Dale is a very nice guy who really knows construction—he’s a down-to-earth person. The benefits of working for ADB are great!”

Greg fishing with his daughter many years ago.

Greg admits his first Project Management responsibility with ADB was a bit of a challenge to him. As the project progressed, he discussed everything with Dave, which was very helpful. “Dave taught me the ways ADB does things,” Greg remarks, “which really helped, since I was used to doing things differently. Our clients were out of the country the entire time we were working on their project. It was wonderful to see how, from long-distance, they entirely trusted ADB to complete their project to their satisfaction!”

Outside the work place, Greg likes to relax. He prefers simply visiting with friends and watching Chicago Cubs pro baseball. He is also a huge Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Greg still enjoys fishing. Shown here on ADB’s 2019 Deep Sea Fishing trip.
 

Atlanta Design & Build Celebrates National Home Improvement Month

May is National Home Improvement Month and it is a great time to begin your home transformation. Remodeling  in the Atlanta area offers numerous benefits to home owners who want to change their living environment without uprooting their family and moving. Home improvements can add more space for a growing family or older parent, improve energy efficiency and increase the resale value of your home.

“The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process,” Dale advises “The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more they protect themselves.”  Atlanta Design & Build’s proprietary HOMEStyle System and processes were built with these safeguards in mind.  We provide design and selection assistance to our clients. Communication is a priority of the HOMEStyle system.  Our purpose is to listen and understand, design and plan to transform your home and enrich your life.

Below, NARI provides 10 steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.

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Open Kitchen Remodel Designed for Entertaining

2016 NARI-Atlanta CotY Award Winner

The main living area of our clients’ 1990s home was divided by walls into segmented rooms for the kitchen, dining room and family room. This resulted in confined spaces that interrupted traffic flow when hosting get-togethers. Our clients came to Atlanta Design & Build expressing the desire for an open kitchen remodel that would enhance their entertainment of family and friends. They wanted their kitchen to be brighter and more welcoming. They also felt the need for increased storage, including the creation of a large “to-die-for” walk-in pantry in the space taken by the laundry room, which they wanted to relocate upstairs.

The ADB team designed a new open floor plan that perfectly met our clients’ needs and desires for their kitchen, and it impacted their other living spaces as well.

The plan involved the removal of a primary load-bearing wall expanding from the front exterior wall to the back exterior wall of the home. Both an 18-foot steel beam and a 10-foot LVL beam were placed into the ceiling to support the load. Also removing the wall separating the kitchen and dining room, created the free-flowing expansive openness desired. See the before and after floor plans here.

The spacious new kitchen has now been completely opened up to the dining room and family room, with no barriers between them. The one large open space with improved traffic flow offers ample area for work, eating and entertaining. Removal of the walls has brought more natural light into the kitchen from both sides. A single narrow wall was purposely maintained in just the right location to furnish beam support and privacy to the powder room—removing it from the sight-line of the kitchen.  Continue reading Open Kitchen Remodel Designed for Entertaining

Roswell Sunroom Addition for Entertaining

NARI-Atlanta CotY Award Winner

Like most homeowners today, our clients love to entertain family and friends in their home. But, their small cozy den didn’t provide enough space to gather for special occasions. Extending their living space with a new Sunroom Addition was their desire, which involved the removal of the den’s exterior wall and their existing deck.

We are thrilled to have received a 2016 NARI-Atlanta Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award for this project in the category of Residential Addition Under $100,000. This award was given by NARI Atlanta, the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Read about our other NARI-Atlanta CotY Award winners here.

Before

Removing the exterior wall required installing an engineer-approved 600lb. steel I-beam to span the opening and support the second story. The work progressed very carefully during the wall removal and beam installation, since it was taking place directly beneath a recently renovated upstairs master bath. Absolutely no movement of the upstairs level could be allowed in order to prevent damage to the master bath tile and the second floor. Our team accomplished this flawlessly. 

Due to ample new windows and a French door to their new deck, natural light floods the sunroom and also brightens the den. Natural oak hardwood flooring installed in the sunroom ties into the existing flooring, creating continuity with the rest of the home.

After Photos courtesy of Barbara Brown Photography

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ADB House Front Addition After Cheatham Hill Rd Marietta

Dynamic Master Suite, Sunroom and Garage in Marietta

House Front Before Cheatham Hill Rd Marietta
Before

Chuck and Sherry Kersey contacted Atlanta Design & Build because they had several projects in mind to transform their home. The Kerseys dreamed of a master suite addition that would be their special get-away space. They desired a screened porch that would give the feeling of being in their backyard environment without the mosquitoes. And there was a need for more garage space to house several vehicles.

Creating a Luxurious Master Suite

Atlanta Design & Build worked with the Kerseys to create everything they longed for. Their personal retreat provides the feel of a master suite. It is secluded from the rest of the home, but also still connected. Located on the home’s main level makes the suite conveniently accessible from the core living areas of the home. The bedroom portion is airy and spacious, with a wonderful cathedral ceiling. It opens directly onto an outside deck so the clients can enjoy the outdoors from the privacy of their bedroom. The spa-like master bathroom includes a double sink vanity, a two-person whirlpool tub, a large shower with frameless glass doors and a built-in bench. The large walk-in closet is highly functional with its bright overhead lighting and generous storage space.

Chuck and Sherry love the open feel of the space. “All our needs were met and the space was designed to look as if it were an original part of the house,” Chuck said. “That’s not always easy to do on additions.” 

Master Suite Addition Cheatham Hill Rd Marietta

A Full Sunroom Provides the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

After discussing in depth our clients’ needs and desires for their screened porch area, the decision was made to build a full sunroom. This splendid room far exceeds the initial intent for the space, and they are thrilled. Rather than just being an outside area, the sunroom has become an integral part of the expanded interior of their home. The sunroom melds the indoors with the outdoors. “Our sunroom gives us the feeling of being outside in the woods, while using the space virtually year ‘round,” Chuck stated. “We are so happy that Atlanta Design & Build showed us the value of a sunroom rather than just a porch and to make the space larger than we originally envisioned.”

“Atlanta Design & Build put a lot of extra effort into the design phase of our project to make sure we got the right solution, and all the components of the build were followed through on,” Chuck remarked.  “We are pleased with the decisions that were made.”

Are you wishing to transform the look and the function of your home? We invite you to work with our talented design and build team. We can help you create dynamic spaces that provide even more than you originally envisioned. Call 770.565.8999 or visit atlantadesignbuild.com

See more photos of this fabulous project on Houzz.

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The Importance of Clean and Safe Job Sites While Remodeling

At Atlanta Design & Build we know it is very important to protect the health of your family and pets during a remodeling project. We make it our top priority to maintain a clean and safe job site while your project is ongoing. One of the more serious hazards is the airborne dust that is stirred up by our work. This dust could migrate throughout your home and pose a problem to your health. We know the value and how important it is to contain and eliminate all types of worksite dust, which includes dirt, debris, organic matter, drywall, cement, silica and sawdust. Not only that, we are dedicated to protecting your personal belongings from the dust as reasonably possible. To that end, Atlanta Design & Build has developed an extensive dust control plan and best practices, investing in the newest dust control technology.

The following items are included in our dust control plan:

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