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‘Master on the Main’ solves homeowner needs

Adding a master suite on the main floor, often with universal design elements, is one of the best ways to make your home more livable now and in the future.

As a NARI Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), Atlanta Design & Build President, Dale Contant, has received extensive training in planning and constructing universal design projects and brings that expertise to all of our clients’ projects.

Earlier this month, we talked about some of the important factors when considering a new master suite addition, or renovation. In this post, we want to share the story of how a great new master suite improved the home of one of our past clients.

This Marietta home was too small for the needs of the homeowners. They were looking for a new master bedroom, more room in the garage and an improvement to the way they live with more usable space. They also wanted to ensure that their new home would be livable for them for years to come. The Atlanta Design & Build team worked with the homeowners to create a project that delivered everything for which they were hoping.

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Master on the Main

Mastering the Master Suite

This Marietta Master Suite Addition, which won a 2016 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award from NARI Atlanta, is accessed via a “hidden door” in the dining room.

We’re all getting older (sorry) and many of our Atlanta Design & Build remodeling projects reflect that reality of life.

Baby Boomers are living longer, and want to stay in their homes as they age. Retirement for them doesn’t look the same as previous generations.  Generation X isn’t far behind them – the oldest members of that age cohort are turning 55 this year. As a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), Dale has the specialized training and knowledge to help you remodel your home for the long term.

For Now and The Future

One of the most prominent examples of this is the trend for a master suite on the main floor. Most homes around Atlanta are two stories, with the bedrooms on the second floor. This can present a challenge for an aging homeowner. As bones and joints age, a master suite on the main floor eliminates the extra climbing up and down stairs and reduces the chance of a fall.

A master suite addition can make sense for a multitude of reasons. For some clients, the Master Suite addition is built for their own requirements (now or in the future) or for the needs of aging parents. In the meantime, it can make a great guest suite, allowing visitors privacy while still being part of the home.

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Rethinking Your Conventional Family Kitchen

A kitchen remodel is one of the best ways to reinvent your home. As one of the most important rooms in the house, the kitchen plays a big role in the life of most families.

Read more in Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade, a new ebook from Atlanta Design & Build.

Our first post this month focused on the gourmet kitchen. In this blog, we are looking at the conventional kitchen, for those families that don’t need the full gourmet experience.

Two of our Atlanta Design & Build design experts – President Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP, and Design & Sales Consultant, Heather Marcet-Henderson, AKBD – share insights on kitchens in the Atlanta area.

A high-end look on a budget

Having a realistic budget maximum to spend on a kitchen remodel does not mean you have to settle for a kitchen that doesn’t meet your needs.

At Atlanta Design & Build, we’re experts in finding the right solutions for your kitchen, to design and build a project that accomplishes your goals. Our proprietary HOMEStyle System™, facilitates our working with you to prioritize the most important aspects of your kitchen project. This allows us to focus on what matters most in your specific remodel. Every family is unique and every kitchen deserves that same attention.

Our goal is to set realistic expectations from the beginning and understand your goals for style, function and budget.

Finding pain points

What are the problems in your kitchen? Almost everyone who comes to us for a project has a kitchen that was designed by somebody else, whether it be a builder or previous homeowner, that simply isn’t meeting their needs.

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Transforming to Your Gourmet Kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, the gathering place for family and friends. A kitchen remodel is a great way to make a big impact on your life.

Read more in Planning the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade, a new ebook from Atlanta Design & Build.

This month, we’re exploring the trends we’re seeing in the kitchen. This post will focus on the “gourmet” kitchen, while later this month we’ll tackle kitchen remodels for those who don’t want the full-fledged gourmet experience.

To get insight on designing a gourmet kitchen, we talked to two of our Atlanta Design & Build experts – President Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP; and Design & Sales Consultant Heather Marcet-Henderson, AKBD.

Defining the needs

At Atlanta Design & Build, kitchens are one of our most requested remodels. Many homeowners desire a gourmet kitchen, but a gourmet kitchen does not mean the same thing to everyone and it is not the answer for every client.

We know that every client has different needs and that is why the most important part of the project starts before construction ever begins. Using our proprietary HOMEStyle System™, we’re going to make sure we understand everything you need and want in your kitchen. We’ll talk about how you plan to use it, what you like about your existing kitchen and what you don’t. Our HOMEStyle System™ ensures we create, in design and in construction, the best solution for you and your family.

“Our process helps the Atlanta Design & Build team focus in on the ‘must-haves’ and the ‘nice to haves’ for each client”, Heather says.

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The Ultimate Outdoor Living with a GA Room

It’s hard to believe July has already come and gone, but there’s still time to make the most of your outdoor space in 2020 and for years to come.

Outdoor living projects are one of the most popular types of remodels at Atlanta Design & Build. We’ve only seen that demand increase the last several months as area homeowners social distance and spend more time at home with their families.

With our beautiful weather, outdoor projects are a great way to expand your living space and make your home more enjoyable throughout the year. But we also know there are times when a deck or screened porch may not be the right answer. Instead, one of our Georgia Room sunrooms can be the best solution. They’re the perfect combination of outdoor and indoor living. A Georgia Room offers access to the yard, but also protects from pollen, insects, excessive heat, humidity and inclement weather. It is a year-round best of both worlds!

Combining a Georgia Room with a deck or patio can further enhance your enjoyment. (In case you missed it, here’s a great example of how a Georgia Room transformed a client’s life.)

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Enjoy time at home with a new outdoor space

With most homeowners spending more time at home the last several months due to the coronavirus and social distancing, we’re seeing increased demands for a range of outdoor projects. Folks are slowing down, focusing more on their families and finding new opportunities to improve their homes.

(We looked at some of those trends last month.)
Exploring Outdoor Living Options – Part 1  

We’re blessed to have great weather here in the Atlanta area for most of the year – perfect for enjoying a deck, patio or other outdoor space. But we also know those summer days can get a little hot and humid, so an enclosed space like one of our “GA Rooms” makes a lot of sense for many homeowners.

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