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Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

Article reposted with permission from NARI.

A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make upgrades. When approaching your kitchen remodel, it’s important to keep your family’s lifestyle at the forefront of your planning to create a space that fits the way you like to live.

Get the most livable space and enjoyment out of a kitchen remodel with these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry:

Make purposeful changes. A desire to bring your kitchen’s style up to date is plenty of motivation for a renovation, but to get maximum benefit from your new space, spend time considering what functional improvements you can make, too. Do you need more cabinets for storage? Is there enough counter space for meal prep? Does the overall layout suit your family’s needs? Even if you chose the original layout and floorplan, chances are good that over time you’ve found a few things you’d change given the chance to do it again.

Consider physical space. If yours is a family that cooks together, or if guests tend to congregate in the kitchen when you’re entertaining, a renovation is the perfect time to make adjustments that accommodate more bodies in the kitchen. You might want more work zones for multiple cooks or an island or peninsula set away from the high-traffic zone for guests more interested in snacking and chatting than getting hands-on.

Evaluate your shopping style. You may be in the habit of doing your grocery shopping to fit your available space. However, with a larger refrigerator and more pantry space, your shopping habits could change, allowing you to become a bulk shopper or at least increase the time between shopping trips.

Be realistic about mealtime. If your family’s activities have everyone eating at different times, you may benefit from a feature like a warming drawer that keeps dinner warm until each family member makes it home for a meal. Think about features that would make the table space more practical, such as task lighting so kids can tackle homework at the table or convenient access to power for laptops.

Choose appliances with care. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the design elements that go into a kitchen renovation, but at the end of the day, remember the appliances are the true centerpiece of the space. Be sure to leave room in the budget to select the best appliances for your needs so you have all the functions, features and space to make using your new kitchen as enjoyable as possible.

Think into the future. A kitchen renovation can be a costly venture, so it’s a good idea to project years down the road as you consider your needs. Are there features that would enhance the safety if a baby (that soon will become an inquisitive toddler) joins the family? Are there elderly family members may benefit from a lower or higher work station down the road? Find more expert tips to inform your renovation planning at RemodelingDoneRight.com.

Source: National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Isn’t it Time to Build or Convert Your Outdoor Living Room?

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 patio transformation by ADB

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.   

 


By replacing an existing screened porch, we created this spacious
all-season space with an open grilling deck.

Screened Porches: Fresh Air Breezes and a Fireplace   

Screened porches offer year-round possibilities for relaxing or gathering with family and friends. A screened porch can provide privacy and invigorating views of nature without mosquitoes and other pests! Enjoy a nice breeze in springtime or fall evenings with a fire burning in a gorgeous stone fireplace while watching the game. Even in winter, you can entertain in a large and versatile space like this one. With its abundance of comfortable seating, just imagine the long conversations taking place while a fire crackles in the background. 


Dale coined the term “Georgia Room” to describe
ADB’s 3-4 season sunrooms.

Georgia Rooms: Expand Your Home’s Sunny Square Footage

Georgia Rooms become a seamless extension of your home. Whether by replacing an existing screen porch or deck, or adding on new, Georgia Rooms provide needed gathering space with comfort and style. The room displayed above is finished in rustic elegance, matching the home’s interior. The ceiling is tongue and groove in a warm maple color, and the space has IPE wood floors. Georgia rooms have large windows giving you a convenient way to bring the outdoors into your home without the pollen. Heating and cooling the space, whether by extending the homes HVAC, or using separate mini-split systems, provides year-round enjoyment.
 

Are You Ready to Create Your Outdoor Living Space?

Getting closer to nature has benefits for your overall well-being! ADB is here for you every step of the way. We use our unique HOMEStyle System™ to design a project that fits with your lifestyle and your home! Let us transform your home and enrich your life. Contact us today for your free consultation!

Credible. Accredited. Remodeling Done Right™: ADB becomes the 1st NARI Accredited Remodeling Company in Georgia!

Atlanta Design & Build (ADB) is one of a handful of companies nationwide to have achieved certification as a NARI Accredited Remodeling Company (ARC), and the first ARC in the state of Georgia!

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only professional organization for remodelers in the nation with a system of accreditation for top businesses. With its heartbeat and primary purpose being to “raise the bar” for what homeowners can expect from a remodeling contractor, NARI has provided opportunities for networking, mentoring, training and development for individual members and their employees since its inception. As the first of its kind, the NARI ARC program was created to support both consumers and remodelers by providing a company designation in addition to individual credentials.

Consumers desperately need a professional remodeling contractor they can trust to update their homes. NARI remodelers need a program that supports remodeling companies in the continuous improvement of their business, following best practices, and elevating the level of professionalism in organizations throughout the nation. In order to be considered for this recognition NARI accredited companies must demonstrate how they meet a set of higher industry standards determined by a third-party, the NARI Accreditation Board; for example, ARC companies must demonstrate:

  • Sound Business and Operations Practices
  • Employees with Specialized or Top Tier credentials
  • A Commitment to Professional Development

“What an honor to be the first Accredited Remodeling Company in the state of GA!” said H. Dale Contant, ADB President, “Completing the requirements of NARI’s ARC accreditation process is a wonderful accomplishment and we are proud of this professional recognition. This designation provides homeowners the way to identify a credible, accountable and reliable remodeling company.”

Getting accredited sets us apart from our competition. NARI’s ARC brings its core purpose to life with this new program: to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, products and vital public purpose.

Contact ADB for a consultation on your next remodeling project!

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.
 

Choosing Your New Bathroom’s Centerpiece: Tub Selection Made Easy

When you undertake a full bathroom remodel, it’s the perfect time to choose whatever type of tub you want for the foreseeable future. After all, a bathtub is usually an investment, and the sheer size of this fixture alone accounts for it not being replaced frequently. Having a separate shower and tub is currently the most popular bathroom layout. A tub dedicated solely for baths feels luxurious! No more cleaning grime and soap scum from the shower before relaxing in your tub. 

Some details to consider before choosing what type of tub you want include knowing your hot water heater’s capacity, finding the location of the plumbing and drains, and considering how much weight your bathroom floor can withstand. If these tasks sound overwhelming, it may be time for you to call a professional remodeler!


Installation Styles  

Personal preferences and the amount of space in your bathroom determine which of these tub installation styles would be best for your remodeling project:

  • Drop-in: Drop-in tubs are one piece that is “dropped” into place within a surround or deck (a separate expense to account for in your selection process). Another version of this tub is the undermount or sunken tub, which is installed at floor level with a hidden lip.
  • Alcove: These tubs are usually surrounded by 3 walls and often combined with wall-mounted showers, which may be the best option for a smaller space.   
  • Corner tubs: As the name implies, these tubs nestle in your bathroom’s corner to preserve space. The open side can be rounded, with angles or flat. Great for soaking tubs and 1 or 2 bathers. 
  • Freestanding soaking tubs and clawfoot tubs: Depending on your preferences, these types of tubs are generally coveted. Soaking tubs are deeper because they’re designed for sitting and soaking. Faucets or tub-fillers may be separate and mounted into the floor. Without the need for walls nearby, freestanding tubs can make excellent centerpieces in a new bathroom, especially when they are beautifully made.


Material Selection

There are various materials you can choose when selecting your tub. Fiberglass, acrylic, and porcelain are budget-friendly, but enameled cast iron or steel tubs are almost indestructible, albeit incredibly heavy. There are newer materials available, such as stone composites, but some of the most gorgeous and unique tubs are made of copper, wood, or stone! The latter three options can be more expensive, but they are absolute works of art. A copper tub is breathtaking and low maintenance and copper is also intrinsically antibacterial. A copper tub will withstand the test of time unlike wood, which requires frequent sealing and degrades over time. 


ADB’s Role: A Credible, Reliable and Trustworthy Partner

While remodeling your bathroom, Atlanta Design & Build can accommodate whichever style of tub best suits you! We recently received an Accredited Remodeling Company designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. We are one of a handful of companies nationwide and the FIRST in the state of GA to have achieved this great recognition. NARI’s ARC accreditation signifies a standard of quality homeowners can trust to professionally handle your remodeling project needs.   

Enjoy these photos of some particularly gorgeous tubs we have installed. If you are ready to start your project, give us a call today!

 

Maintaining Atlanta Design & Build’s Core Commitments: Our Clients and Our Team

At Atlanta Design & Build we pride ourselves not only on our commitment to enriching our clients’ lives, but also enriching the lives of our team of employees. In order to provide our clients with life-changing services, we employ construction industry professionals who are always striving to learn more about their craft. This is one reason we appreciate The Cutting Edge: Remodeling Education Expo hosted annually by the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). 

At The Cutting Edge, our team members earn six hours of continuing education credits towards meeting the requirements for earning or renewal of their NARI certifications. At this year’s expo in Atlanta, our team attended continuing education classes in vital topics such as, expediting job permits, enhanced customer care, and designing with the latest materials and techniques. Victoria Downing, President of Remodeler’s Advantage, delivered the keynote address. 

An investment in our people is an investment in our clients and their future projects. We value the opportunity The Cutting Edge makes for our team to gain important knowledge in such a convenient way, all in one day, so they can quickly get back to renovating our clients’ projects into a reality beyond their dreams! Our team members have proudly earned the following NARI certifications: Master Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, Certified Lead Carpenter and Universal Design Certified Professional.