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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.
 

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. 

 

The History Behind Your Screened-In Porch

Thirty years ago, your grandparents’ porch would have originally been built on top of decks with general deck boards. This gave the porch an “added-on” look to the house, instead of what we now see as a wholly-formed, functional asset of the house. As the field has grown and materials have improved over the years, standards have changed in how homeowners view the concept of a porch’s presentation. What started out as plain deck boards morphed into plywood/carpet, which then transitioned into a tile setup that has now settled into tongue and groove (T&G) decking.

When porches were originally built with deck boards, they left gaps between the boards as they did not fully align. This resulted in an overabundance of bugs crawling up between the boards to investigate. The solution to this was stapling screens to the bottom of the deck and obstructing the easy access for insects. But what was thought to be a decent solution, actually resulted in an unhealthy, unattractive trap for all food, hair, and garbage that was dropped throughout everyday life. And with that brought to light, it was back to the drawing board for ideas. 

Next up was installing plywood on the deck so that carpet could be placed over top. This allowed for a smooth and comfortable surface, perfect for bare feet. But soon the cons of using carpet began to outweigh the pros, as natural elements took their toll on it. The “shelf life” of carpet immersed in the outside world is much shorter than that of carpet used indoors. And because of that, carpeted porches began to see a decline. Allergens, such as pollen and dust, were trapped in its fibers, and rain (or water in general) sped up the degrading process of the plywood underneath. 

Now, twenty years later, we find that T&G is the best option for a porch, specifically utilizing Brazilian hardwoods. This type of wood is more stable than your average American wood, as it will not buckle, warp, twist, or cup. T&G connects in such a way that removes the spaces found in the original plain deck-boards setup and stops the infiltration of bugs from below. It can get rained on without the fear of degrading materials, and with that beautiful, natural wood look Brazilian hardwoods can last from 50-100 years with little maintenance required. 

As the past thirty years have come and gone, they have shown us the evolution of the screened-in porch. From its visual representation as a household “add-on” to a functional homeowner’s necessity, down to the technical advances of how materials have been designed to build an affordable yet well-designed space. If the past thirty years have taught us anything, it is that there is always potential for a bigger and better result of creativity, and that this is only the beginning.

 

Three Current Trends in Kitchen Appliances

We all love our kitchen cabinet storage possibilities. Whether it’s a new dual-level silverware tray drawer, an Aventos-lift appliance garage, slotted storage spaces, or a fancy retractable spice rack, we love the conveniences that the trends in cooking tools now provide. Just as these trends improve efficiency in the kitchen, technology advances and procures new ways to look at and utilize kitchen appliances. Here are a few of our favorite kitchen appliance trends:

Microwave drawers provide easy access for the whole family

1) Microwave Drawers

An improved way to hide your microwave is through the microwave drawer. Instead of having a unit take up valuable counter space, a microwave drawer is aesthetically pleasing and places the unit under the counter.  The microwave drawer runs on tracks that extend out, which allows you to pick up your dish in one quick move, rather than reaching up above the stove for a hot dish. This is great for kids who might not be tall enough to reach a microwave above the stove, as it brings the appliance closer to their level, and provides a way to lock unsupervised access.

Custom built-in refrigerator blends with cabinets

2) Custom Fridge Look

If your current refrigerator does not compliment the style of your kitchen, hidden appliances may be a trend for you to consider. Built-in appliances allow you to customize your refrigerator to match your surrounding cabinets by using custom panel inserts! Whether you have a bottom-freezer and side-by-side configuration or separate refrigerator and freezer units, the objective of built-ins is to give you the option of utilizing front panels on your unit for a sleeker, custom look. 

You also have the option of a counter-depth model for your refrigerator unit. A counter-depth refrigerator will offer the same upscale built-in look without protruding 5-8 inches out from your cabinets. Counter-depth refrigerators come in bottom-freezer and side-by-side configurations, but they also allow for French door models to be utilized as well!

3) Updraft Exhaust is better than a Downdraft

More and more people are looking to transition their kitchen to either a more contemporary looking space or a modern farmhouse vibe, made popular by Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines. A question that tends to pop up as you remodel is whether an updraft range hood or downdraft vent would be better for ventilating your kitchen. This all depends on your needs, kitchen space, and ultimately your preference. Updraft exhaust is the most effective for venting smoke, removing odors, and allowing particulates to follow the updraft into the vent. This will help in keeping your kitchen cleaner as well as venting more heat when cooking with gas, frying, or grilling. Additionally, the unique style of an updraft exhaust hood will provide your kitchen with its own sense of character and charm.

Appliances are constantly changing as technology improves, and these are just a few options in the ever-expanding field. When you are revamping your kitchen, consider what investing in a few quality products will do to enhance not only your cooking but your overall kitchen experience. Don’t be afraid to step out and try something new and improved! We would love to help make your dreams become reality, because allowing us to help transform and revamp your kitchen space you’ll not only add more character to your home, but ultimately enrich your life in the process!

 

Considering remodeling your kitchen? See our Kitchen Remodeling Services for info on how we can help you achieve the perfect kitchen for your home.

4 Tips for Getting Organized this Spring

It’s that time of year again! Warmer weather means the itch for spring cleaning and organization has begun, and we are here to help. How you organize your space is defined by your home’s personality and day-to-day lifestyle routines; however, we’ve outlined a few unique options as well as some tried and true methods to help you obtain and maintain order in your home, and here’s how:

1. Begin the Purge!

The first step in getting your home organized is going through each individual room. Decide what is essential and what is just taking up space. Take this opportunity to start the deep cleaning you’ve been itching to do. As you purge, set limits on what to keep. An item not used for the past 12 months has gone through all four seasons. It’s time to toss it or donate it. Once you’ve finished purging, take stock of what storage you have and what new storage you might need for each room, both long-term and short.

2. Categorize

Now that you have decided on what items to keep, it’s time to categorize. Try to get an entire room done in one sweep. Completely clear out whatever space needs organizing and place items into their own separate storage containers. Open baskets or clear bins work well for this. Organization will demand a system of grouping, and the easiest options to base this on are “common use” and “occasion”. The things you use on a daily basis should be the easiest to access, so keep them somewhere eye-level, or at least in plain sight. Occasionally used items are better suited for high shelves, whether that be in-room, garage shelving, or in the attic.

3.Put Dead Space to Use

Finding a place for everything can be difficult, but incorporating built-Ins into the space inside walls, under stairs, and those awkwardly shaped corners can be great for storage. Built-ins can also add a nice accent to almost any room in your home, including your entryway. You will likely require some help from a contractor, but the order it brings to your life is well worth it.

Within the kitchen, dead space often comes in the form of a corner cabinet, the very back of the pantry, or a seldom-used part of your countertop. Products such as a lazy-susan style cabinets, pantry drawers, and pull-out spice racks can provide organization and easy access. Adding a built-in appliance garage can give unused counter space purpose, while cookware and trash can drawers can keep everything orderly and out-of-site.

4.Eliminate Clutter

Clutter has a way of creeping back in when we aren’t looking. Entryway tables, countertops, desks, kitchen tables, bedside tables, etc. Each one of these is a flat surface, a surface that seems to be a catch-all for whatever is in your hands. Consider what those items are–keys, mail, coats, bags–and make sure they have an appropriate place. When everything has a home, you can run through one-handed and be done cleaning up in less than 15 minutes.

Take a little time to think about how the clutter got there and what habits you need to change. Creating a system for everything, from laundry to clearing your email inbox, can help keep the chaos at bay.

One last note

If you’re not sure whether a room seems cluttered, take a picture so you can view it from different angles. This will help you determine what might look like clutter from a visitor’s point of view and give you a push to eliminate whatever looks disorganized.

 

Atlanta Design & Build’s HOMEStyle System helps uncover long-term needs you may not have considered. Addressing issues such as storage from the beginning can help keep you organized.