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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.  

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

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.

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!

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:

coffered ceiling trends in living room
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.   
recessed ceiling trends in basement bedroom
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).
grid beam ceiling trend
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

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.
 

ADB Thanks RTA’s Jan Jordan

Atlanta Design & Build recently had the opportunity to thank Jan Jordan, former Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Atlanta (RTA), for the incredible good she has done over the years for so many others. 

Rebuilding Together Atlanta (RTA) is a non-profit organization that we at Atlanta Design & Build applaud and help support. Volunteers from the Georgia Power Company and leaders in the community started RTA in 1992. RTA works to assure low-income homeowners, particularly older adults, military veterans, and people with disabilities live in warmth, safety, and independence. Everything is provided for free to these individuals. The goal is to make a sustainable impact in partnerships with communities. Dale Contant holds the purpose of RTA in such high regard that he served on their board for several years.

Jan Jordan was the Executive Director at RTA for over a decade until her retirement in 2015. She was inspired to get involved with RTA due to her past experiences of working in the non-profit field. “Working to help others always motivated me to do more,” explains Jan. “It gave me a sense of pride and joy!”

During Jan’s time as Executive Director, there was an increase in new organizational partnerships such as major volunteer groups, civic clubs, skilled trade groups, housing organizations, and the City of Atlanta. A corporate partners program was developed that provided funding which allowed RTA to do even more in the twenty-two communities it served. “My best experiences and memories were seeing the look on homeowners faces after we finished a rebuild,” Jan shared.

Camille Kesler, current Executive Director of RTA, revealed that the organization has always wanted to return the favor to Jan. So as a gift, they hired a lawn care company to work on Jan’s three acre yard. For two days and with a crew of five, the overgrown ivy was removed, limbs and debris removed, the lawn mowed, mulched and new pine straw installed. “My husband Carl and I will always be grateful for this gift from ‘Team RTA’,” Jan emphasizes.

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After retiring from RTA and having open-heart surgery, it became difficult for Jan to navigate the steps leading from the back of her house to the outside courtyard. “But another precious gift came our way from Atlanta Design & Build,” says Jan. “Now with new steps and railing, I can go up and down the steps with no fear of falling. Thank you, Dale, Vicki, and the ADB carpentry team.”

ADB is so pleased to be able to show our appreciation to Jan Jordan for all she has done to help our community. In her indelible fashion, Jan expressed her appreciation as well:  “Thanks to the staff, RTA Board of Directors, and Dale Contant, President of Atlanta Design & Build for the wonderful gifts.”