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statement ceiling with beams

When Remodeling, Choose a Statement Ceiling

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 statement.

There are some practical reasons homeowners may choose to highlight their ceilings:

  • The ceilings are high, and they want to make a room feel more intimate.
  • They 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.
  • Their goal is either a look of elevation and opulence, or a rustic, farmhouse.
  • They 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

Here are some ways we use statement ceilings as part of remodeling projects:

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A coffered ceiling adds warmth to this cozy living room.
  • Coffered ceilings give a classic dimension to your home’s ambiance. Coffered ceilings create a grid on the ceiling that draws the eye upward. The pattern can reflect a traditional look, or an ultra-modern design, depending on whether the grid is square, symmetrical, or diamond shaped.
    • Not only decorative, coffered ceilings can make a room with a high ceiling appear cozier, help stop echoing in a room, or cover up cosmetic flaws or dated textures in a ceiling.   
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This basement bedroom is deceptively bright and airy! The tray ceiling we used here worked wonders.
  • Tray ceilings create extra dimension and refined elegance. These ceilings create a more spacious feel in a room and are generally recessed. They are often painted a different color than the room’s walls, creating a contrast. Tray ceilings work wonderful in bedrooms, as pictured here.
  • In basements, tray ceilings allow necessary ductwork around the perimeter of the room to increase ceiling height in the center.
  • Custom wooden beams can be added for a rustic feel or just to add character and warmth to your home’s ceilings. Wooden beams are a gorgeous way to create interest and, when they are stained a dark color, they look amazing against white paint.  

In our remodeling projects we have used statement ceilings for all of these purposes. Look at the gorgeous hand-distressed, reclaimed wood beams in this basement project.

exposed beam ceiling trends in basement game room
This is one of our NARI-Atlanta Contractor of the Year (CotY)
award-winning projects (Basement over $100,000).
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open concept kitchen with beams

Let ADB Help you Transform Your Home and Enrich Your Life

View some examples here and in our Interior Remodeling & Specialties Gallery. Can you see your newly remodeled home with one of these timeless ceiling designs? We at ADB are excited about providing the finer architectural details to transform your home and enrich your life. Contact us today for a free consultation if you’re ready to begin your next home remodeling project and have the peace of mind that comes from hiring a NARI Accredited Remodeling Company!

photos courtesy of Barbara Brown Photography

6 Benefits of a Career in Construction

Reposted with permission from Build Your Future.
Author: Kelsey Zibell, NCCER Guest Contributor

Construction is all around us. It builds our homes, schools, offices, roads, hospitals, theme parks—everything. It is vital to everyone’s life. Yet, it is one of the most misunderstood industries.

As four-year degrees have been heavily pushed over the years, the amount of students and adults pursuing careers in construction has decreased significantly. This has created a steep skills gap in America.

However, the growing demand for craftspeople has left the industry in an interesting position that benefits newcomers to the industry. With high demand comes high salaries, ample opportunity and room for career growth.

So, you may be asking yourself, exactly what benefits does a career in construction offer? Well, there are so many! But here are the top six benefits to a career in construction:

Get a Head Start

Most construction careers follow an apprenticeship learning model. This means that as soon as you decide you want to pursue a skilled craft, you can begin working with on the job training through an apprenticeship.

With this ‘earn while you learn’ model, you can earn a paycheck while learning the core competencies of your trade.

Some crafts may require associate degrees, industry credentials or certifications. However, these education requirements are often short term and can be completed at the same time as an apprenticeship. Therefore, when pursuing a craft career, you are still going to join the workforce quicker than you would if you pursued a four-year degree.

With short-term education expenses and a fast track into the workforce, craft professionals are able to start making a paycheck while dodging large student loans. Currently, there is $1.5 trillion of student debt in the United States. With the price of an education continuing to climb, it makes sense to pursue a career in construction and start making money right away.

Endless Opportunity

With seven out of every 10 jobs available in the United States requiring less than a four-year degree, the current job market is oversaturated with college graduates. By pursuing a craft career, you will be opening yourself up to more possibilities and opportunities. When you complete a technical degree, apprenticeship or craft training certificate, you are highly marketable in the job market.

Additionally, with a skills gap and upcoming wave of retirees, there will be a demand for 1 million craft professionals by 2023. This is a staggering deficit, but it makes room for a lot of opportunity for new craftspeople.

Want to know what the job demand is in your state? Take a look at BYF’s Craft Labor Map and check out the demand for skilled crafts by state and by specific crafts.

Variety of Careers

There are so many specialties within the construction industry. With a seemingly endless list of craft careers, there is something out there for everyone.

Whether you are creative, mathematically inclined or a natural problem solver, there is a craft career for you.

In addition to different interests, there are different education requirements for different professions. Have your mind set on a college degree, associate degree or technical education program? Take a look at out our trading cards and see what the education requirement is for the different specialties.

Not sure where to start? Take the Craft Pro Quiz and see which construction specialty suits you the best!

Freedom to Travel

With a high demand for craft professionals in every state, there is no limit to where a craft career can take you. Whether you move around on your own or work for a national or global construction company, there are endless ways to travel around. A career in construction presents the unique opportunity to travel throughout the country and get paid while doing so.

Construction happens all around us. It happens in every country, every state and nearly every city. If you are interested in traveling, a craft career is perfect for you. With the opportunity to travel and work across the country or even the world, you can go anywhere you please with a construction skillset.

Additionally, when working in construction, your ‘office’ is always changing and in a variety of exciting places. Whether you are building a home, baseball park or theme park – you get to enjoy the added benefit of a constant change of scenery.

Room for Career Growth

It is estimated that 29% of the construction workforce will retire by 2026. By 2031, this number worsens as 41% of the current workforce is expected to retire. Essentially, almost half of the workforce will need to be replaced in just over a decade.

Though this is a frightening number, it puts newcomers to the industry in a good position.

As boomers leave open opportunities in the skilled crafts, specifically in high up positions like journeyman, superintendent and project manager, there will be a lot of room for career growth.

With the opportunity to continue to move up in the industry, there is no limit to how high a craft professional can go. With experience, expertise and passion – a craftsperson could become an executive, CEO or owner of their own company. In construction, the only thing limiting your career growth is your desire to move up.

High Wages

With such a high demand for craft professionals, companies are willing to spend more to get the skills they need. For those in the construction industry, this means they are getting paid higher salaries than ever before.

When you factor in these high salaries, less debt and the ability to start earning a wage as an apprentice, craft professionals are getting an early start on making enough money to live comfortably.

Each of these benefits alone is enough to make a career in construction worth exploring. But when you look at them together, it is hard to believe they can all come with a single career choice.

Interested in learning a construction craft? Find an NCCER-accredited training center near you.

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 proprietary 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.