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https://www.atlantadesignbuild.com/blog/infrar2020 Residential Coty award-winning bathroom

ADB Wins NARI Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award for 2020

Atlanta Design & Build has been named 2020 NARI Regional CotY Winner, in Region 2-Southeast, for Residential Bath $75,001 to $100,000. Look at this amazing master bath transformation:

This elegant, spa-like bathroom also won a 2019 NARI – Atlanta CotY award.

2020 NARI Residential CotY bathroom vanity, water closet, heated towel bar
View of the water closet, built-in vanity, and heated towel rack

Winning a CotY Award is a distinguished recognition. We are honored to be in the ranks of the best in the remodeling industry. NARI received almost 500 entries valued at over $138 million, and our project stood out as the best in our category for our region.

2020 NARI Residential CotY bathroom with sauna
The client desired an infrared sauna as part of their luxurious space

Our clients’ 90s style master bathroom was dated and dysfunctional: the master bath entrance required passing through a claustrophobic hallway, containing a pair of inadequate walk-in closets. We created a seamless entrance into the master bath from the bedroom, along with an incredible walk-in closet for two.  

ADB is an award-winning design/build firm but we aren’t simply concerned with awards and recognition: we treat our clients as part of our ADB family. Our goal is to help transform your home to enrich your life. Contact us today for an initial project consultation.

ADB’s Newest Kitchen and Bath Expert: Heather Marcet-Henderson

We are pleased to have Heather Marcet-Henderson, AKBD (Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer), as our Design and Sales Consultant and part of the ADB family: she has been with us for nearly a year! Heather is originally from San Diego, but her father was in the military, so they moved frequently. She relocated to Georgia in 1997 to attend The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and now resides in Kennesaw with her husband and son. Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology before she decided to study design, and she received a Master of Arts in Interior Design from SCAD.

In addition to her extensive education, Heather has a strong background in design. In the past, she has worked as a designer of model homes and clubhouses, a design representative for a tile company and a design studio manager for a new home builder. Heather has also worked as a private designer. As our Design and Sales Consultant, she works with clients making selections for cabinetry, countertops, tile, plumbing fixtures, etc. and choosing space planning design options for kitchens and baths. She does everything from drawing kitchen and bath layouts in Chief Architect to suggesting various organizational features for increased functionality.

A Solid Team with Integrity

Heather met Dale, and other ADB team members, 8 years ago when she worked with us on a client’s home where Dale was the contractor. She was applying for a job and called Dale to see if he could give her a reference. He said that he needed to hire someone with her skill set. The timing of their conversation was serendipitous, and it all happened organically. When Heather had previously met Dale, and other members of the ADB team, she thought it would be great to work with us—according to her, it has been great!


Her favorite part about being a member of the ADB family is that “ADB is a good, solid team of people. The level of integrity that Dale has matches my own personal level of integrity.”

Perfect Skill Set  

Heather in her element at the drafting table

When creating design solutions for clients, every project is different, and this is where Heather’s psychology degree comes in handy. The most important part of the design process is listening. According to Heather, clients will tell you about their current design’s problems, but they sometimes either hold back, or have trouble identifying all the issues with their current design. Heather states that “There is not a pat answer for everyone’s life.” She listens to our clients’ cues to determine exactly what they need.

Sometimes, during the design process, Heather finds herself acting almost as a mediator because she’s helping couples compromise and agree on a design. She also helps to steer clients toward what will best help them and give them the most satisfaction from their kitchen and bath. Heather states that the main challenge in her work is finding a balance between a client’s needs, wants, and their budget. She helps guide them to features that will give them the biggest benefit.

Favorite Leisure Activities

Heather Horseback riding in Costa Rica

Outside the office Heather enjoys doing mission work and spending time in Costa Rica.  She loves going horseback riding and hiking, especially near Costa Rican waterfalls.

miniamlist kitchen, appliance garage

ADB & The Minimalist Kitchen

Does your kitchen need to be updated—not only for the latest trends in countertops or cabinets— but for the most functional workflow? Minimalist kitchens are increasing in popularity due to their amazing functionality and easy maintenance. We appreciate facets of the design and build process that keep in mind that the clients’ most precious asset is often their time. Here are some of the ways a low-maintenance minimalist kitchen can save you time.  

Everything is Streamlined and at Your Fingertips

We can replace upper cabinetry with open shelving to display objects you love and use daily. While maintaining the staged look of elaborate open shelving can be somewhat labor intensive, the ease of use is wonderful—and you can keep it simple. Everything you frequently use can be easily reached without opening a cabinet. Lower drawers and cabinets can hold most of your kitchen items, whether it is deep drawer storage, with dividers, or a full pantry wall, kitchen storage has come a long way. New and versatile kitchen storage can be one of the most exciting aspects of a kitchen remodel. Not only is lower cabinet storage often more organized, it is easily reachable. No more standing on a step stool to reach items in a high cabinet.  

Minimize Clutter & Clear the Countertops

Minimalist kitchen, appliance garage with Kitchenaid mixer
This appliance garage keeps your stand mixer close enough for easy use, while stowing it neatly away.

We suggest carefully evaluating which countertop appliances to keep in a minimalist kitchen. If you have not used an appliance in the past year, donate it or dispose of it. Don’t waste precious space on gadgets you do not actually use. Stow countertop appliances in appliance garages! Corner cabinets can be conveniently designed with outlets and you only have to open a cabinet door to access small appliances. This way your countertop stays clear when appliances like blenders, toasters, coffee makers, and slow cookers are not in use.

Microwaves can even be installed under the counter in lower cabinets or in your kitchen island, keeping them off of countertops. Not only does an under the counter microwave hide a kitchen eyesore, but it makes your microwave easily accessible for every member of the family.

Minimalist Lines Make Cleaning a Breeze

Many homeowners are forgoing ornate styles of cabinetry, backsplashes, and counters in favor of clean lines. Rather than the heaviness of older styles, flat paneled cabinets are popular. It is easy to quickly clean cabinets and counters that lack grooves, moldings, or excessive designs.

Materials and finishes can also have an impact on ease of cleanliness in the kitchen. Subway tile is making a big comeback in every hue and variation imaginable; it is a simple to maintain, yet is a versatile backsplash material. Quartz and granite countertops are still trendy and easy to care for. Cabinets painted in matte finishes can be easier to clean. Cabinet hardware can be simplified or left off of cabinets altogether, depending on your preferences. Many cabinets have grooves on the bottom for ergonomic opening. Push-open cabinets, and other enhancements, sans hardware, are growing in popularity.

ADB Transforms Your Home and Enriches Your Life

 We are here to transform your home and enrich your life, and that includes making your kitchen more user friendly. As part of our HOMEStyle™ System, we begin with our DEEPDiscovery process which helps reveal all of the ways you use your space, and the functionality problems our design can solve for you. Consider going with a minimalist kitchen if you like the streamlined look and ease of use, we can design and build a kitchen that works for you and saves you time! Contact us today to get started.

MASTERPlan: ADB Has a Plan for Remodeling Your Entire Home

ADB’s MASTERPlan is an important part of our HOMEStyle System®. Are you overwhelmed by a dysfunctional or dated home? You may find yourself complaining almost daily about some facet of your living space: the layout doesn’t flow, the appliances are breaking, you’re tired of tile or wallpaper you chose decades ago, or you bemoan a previous owner’s lack of taste. Sound familiar? Home remodeling can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, but our goal is to make the process as streamlined as possible by – well, to be perfectly straightforward – listening to you.

NARI ARC logo

We are a NARI Accredited Remodeling Company. We have a solid reputation as a professional design/build remodeling firm and over twenty years of experience transforming people’s homes to enrich their lives, but what really sets us apart is our unique HOMEStyle System®.

Here is a quick breakdown of our HOMEStyle System® followed by an in-depth look at the MASTERPlan, our antidote to stress when executing a home remodel!

HOMEStyle process showing MASTERPlan process

ADB’s HOMEStyle System®: Abbreviated

  1. DEEPDiscovery process. Rather than make assumptions about how to best design your home, we find out exactly how you use and envision using your space. This is a highly personalized process, not one-size-fits all.
  • INSPIREDDesign. Share your style preferences with our design team, and they’ll create a design based on both functionality and aesthetics. To minimize stress, we also provide assistance with material selection shopping.
  • MASTERPlan Your plan is prioritized based on your goals, timeline, and budget. Whether one project at a time, or all at once: we make a plan based on your priorities, creating the final result you want for your home.
  • BUILDINGPrinciples We stand by our work, issuing a 2-year HOMEStyle® Warranty—double the industry standard.

MASTERPlan: Our Solution to Overwhelm During Whole House Remodeling

MASTERPlan logo

We have decades of experience designing, and remodeling homes. During the MASTERPlan step of our HOMEStyle System®, we create a methodical plan for solving your home’s problems and improving its functionality and look. We understand that the process can be a large undertaking, so we consider what your priorities are and strategize a plan balancing your needs and goals.

Tell Us Which Remodeling Project Will Bring You the Most Satisfaction

Maybe you want to start with a new master bedroom? We can help create a space where you have the ultimate in luxury and privacy, using the best quality, and latest, materials and finishes. We’ve assisted many clients by creating functional bedroom layouts for them, with conveniently accessible custom closets and spa-like master bathroom suites. Once your sanctuary is complete, we can move on to the next project while you enjoy the benefits of your new space.

By the same token, if a chef’s kitchen is at the top of your priority list, we can start there. Or we can begin with a screened-in porch—an alternate dining room and makeshift kitchen while you wait for your kitchen project’s completion. An addition could be your number one priority if you need to increase your home’s square footage to accommodate your lifestyle. When you renovate one aspect of your home, it is best to plan how these updates can affect future remodeling of other spaces. We can tell you which adjoining updates can ideally be completed at the same time as your new addition, which may save you a headache later when you go back to tackle other projects.

We Are with You for the Long Haul

Dale Contant going over clients' MASTERPLan

Rather than quoting you for a single project, completing it, and moving on, we strive to build a long-term relationship with our clients. Once you see how the transformation of your home enriches your life, you may want to bring your entire living space up to par with your needs.  ADB can be there with you every step of the way.

If your budget demands that projects are completed one at a time, we can develop a plan for the future. This way you’re moving toward your goal of living in a home that’s ideal for your lifestyle and tastes, but you’re dividing the cost into smaller portions to keep it manageable. At the same time, you are building new friendships with our team. Clients have expressed how they finally felt heard by ADB, and how their vision was respected and improved by our feedback.

Are you inspired to begin your whole house remodel or other remodeling project? Let us show you how the HOMEStyle System® can make a difference in streamlining the process of transforming your home to enrich your life. Contact us today for your initial consultation.     

Two 2019 CotY Awards for ADB

It’s our pleasure to share that we were honored with two 2019 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Atlanta chapter!       

Atlanta Design & Build won CotY Awards in the following categories:

Residential Bathroom $75,000 to $100,000

Our CotY award-winning master bath is luxury epitomized

Our clients’ 90s-style master bathroom had a dysfunctional layout that wasted too much square footage. Situated behind a pair of walk-in closets, the master bathroom was only accessible by walking down a narrow hallway. The large bathtub was a feature that the homeowners rarely used and wanted to eliminate. They did not like the dim lighting in their master bathroom and desired an increase in natural lighting. 

Our solution to the cumbersome layout of the master bathroom was a whole new design. We completely flipped the separate walk-in closets and the bathroom. Redesigning the space created a direct entrance to a new spa-like retreat with an expansive custom closet for two behind it. We incorporated many space-saving features into the design, like frosted, glass-fronted, pocket doors. Not only did the pocket doors eliminate the swing of traditional doors, but they help illuminate the bedroom and bath while maintaining privacy.    

Some highlights that the new master bathroom boasts:

The enviable infrared sauna is tucked in beside the linen closet

•           Infrared sauna for two 

•           Roomy linen closet

•           Heated tile floors

•           Heated towel rack

•           Luxurious heated walk-in shower

Entire House under $250,000

This clients’ 1984 home was dark and had a segmented layout. They wanted to move their fireplace and create a seamless transition between the home’s interior and its outdoor pool/patio area. They wanted a lounging area beside the pool where they could have meals or cool off in the shade. The upstairs master and hall bathrooms also needed to be updated.

Our team produced an entire-house remodeling plan to transform this family’s home and enrich their lives. To create an open concept on the main level, we relocated the downstairs bathroom and pantry from the middle of the home. We relocated the laundry room upstairs for convenience. We moved the fireplace, installing a wall of French doors in the living room to open the room up to the backyard and pool.

Additionally, an outdoor lanai located by the pool area blends the indoors and outdoors and extends the family’s living space. We were able to implement the poolside retreat that they desired. They have shelter from the sun or the rain, a gas fireplace, television, tables and seating, and easy access to the pool bathroom and kitchen inside.

The wet surround in the new master bath of our CotY award-winning project
The wet surround in the new master bath of our CotY award-winning project

Upstairs we created a convenient laundry room and renovated the hall bathroom increasing its floor space and giving it modern flair consistent with the rest of the home. In the master bathroom, we removed a large, outdated garden tub, installing an expansive curbless shower and tasteful soaking tub within a large, tiled wet area surrounding it.

To see a more in depth look at these projects, coming soon, visit our website at atlantadesignbuild.com

Introducing Project Manager, Ed DePriest

ADB's new Project Manager, Ed DePriest

Ed DePriest, is originally from Middle Tennessee. Ed and his wife relocated to Marietta in 1999 because her family is from the area. He grew up in very rural Tennessee so everyone was self-reliant when it came to building whatever they needed. Family members and neighbors taught one another the skills necessary to be self-sufficient from a young age.

Ed’s high school offered the Trades & Industry class. The T&I class had either a mechanical focus or a building focus. Ed chose a building focus, and with his classmates, built a greenhouse for the agricultural club. They started the project from scratch, laying the block and installing fiberglass panels on the frame they built.  This class helped lay the foundation for Ed’s future. 

A Solid Foundation of Construction Experience

Ed has worked in construction for more than thirty years. He started out working for a custom home builder. He had to do every task on the jobsite, from cutting trees on the property, to roofing—it was like a crash course in building. Working in custom home building gave Ed the opportunity to learn every angle of the building process.

For approximately 18 years prior to working at ADB, Ed performed construction supervision and punch work. He progressed into the supervisory role due to the length, and extent, of his experience, and his sharp eye for detail. Ed still enjoys the building process. Part of his management philosophy is that he wouldn’t ask his crew to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do, including ditch digging. “It’s noble to say that, until you’re in the ditch,” he joked.

Ed’s previous experience doing punch work honed his ability to spot any errors or incomplete tasks left at a project’s completion. He inspected completed homes and repaired or finished anything that was not up to his high standards. His great attention to detail is still a wonderful asset as part of the ADB team and it serves him well in the role of Project Manager. 

The Strongest Link of Communication from Clients to Crew

As a Project Manager, Ed is the primary point of contact for our clients throughout the course of their remodeling project. He is the link between his crew members and homeowners, making sure that the lines of communication are working well. He also oversees the entire crew working on a project, making sure that everything is done to his, and ADB’s, high standards.

A friend of Ed’s enjoyed working for ADB and recommended he apply for an open carpenter position. Ed checked out ADB on Guild Quality and other websites and was glad to discover “a stellar reputation.” He chose to apply at ADB because from what he found out about us online, “It seemed they like to do things once and do it right the first time, and that is the same way I am.” He also appreciated the level of ADB’s craftsmanship as he saw it displayed on our website.  

Additionally, one of the reasons Ed enjoys remodeling with ADB is that he works on a lot of projects, especially bathrooms and kitchens. There is variety in the project locations and the rooms being remodeled, different than while he was in new home building where he stayed in one place for a long time repetitively doing the same thing. He did not want to build the same houses over and over.  Ed appreciates the challenge of completing various projects, managing his crew, working with his hands, and applying real craftsmanship to ADB’s projects.

Ed relaxes with Dale & Heather on our annual company Fishing Trip

Hardworking and It Shows

When he is not working, Ed enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. He also likes drag racing, and fixing up old Chevy trucks in his spare time.

One lesson his long career in construction has taught him is “Don’t just double check your crew member’s work, double check your own work!” Ed is hardworking, and he hopes it shows. A willingness to critique his own work, and enough humility to admit he holds himself to the same standards as his crew, shows us how lucky we are to have such a great Project Manager and craftsman on our team!