Category Archives: Atlanta Design & Build

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.”

Best Kitchen Remodeler in Atlanta and Top 550 Remodeler for 2018

Atlanta Architects magazine recently created a list of the best kitchen remodelers in Atlanta. We are excited to announce that Atlanta Design & Build was chosen as the 5th Best Kitchen Remodeler in Atlanta!  We invite you to view the ranking and see a photo and description of one of ADB’s recent award-winning kitchen remodels. The article also mentions our teams’ numerous credentials, our proprietary HomeStyle® System, and additional awards received. We are honored to receive this recognition as another validation for why you can count on us to give you the exceptional kitchen remodel you’re envisioning for your home.

Atlanta Design & Build is also pleased to announce that we placed at #158 on the Remodeling 550 list for 2018. The Remodeling 550 list includes the industry’s top full-service remodelers across the nation.

Remodeling magazine, the trade publication that sponsors this annual list of professional remodelers, stated, “Hard work certainly has paid off for this year’s Remodeling 550. The top 300 full-service remodelers earned 8% more in revenue in 2017 than they did in 2016. Not only are these firms bumping up their revenues, but they’re also actively creating better places to work.”

We want to thank you, our clients, for trusting us with your magnificent projects. Without you, we could not continually achieve this Remodeling 550 status. We appreciate your business, but even more we treasure the relationships we have built with you over the years.

ADB Attends the NARI 8th Annual Cutting Edge Event

Our entire Atlanta Design & Build field team took advantage of the opportunity to attend the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 8th annual Cutting Edge Event. This year’s event took place on May 8 returning to the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta Marriott Northwest and featured an incredible line up of top-notch speakers and programs.

The NARI-Atlanta Cutting Edge was a full day of continuing education during which our team members attended six different one-hour sessions delivered by industry experts. The course offerings were divided into four tracks: Business, Building Technology, Design, and Environmental (Green) Sustainability.  

ADB recognizes the importance of encouraging our remodeling crews to achieve their potential and grow both personally and professionally. Continuing education benefits each of our team members as they are able to develop new skills or sharpen current ones. For ADB team members who hold NARI certifications or are preparing to become certified in the future, continuing education is a requirement. 

We are committed to keeping our crews at the top of the industry for the sake of our clients

As you are searching for the best remodeling company to work on your home, it is critical that you choose a company whose expert teams are certified in the field of remodeling. Our team members have proudly earned the following NARI certifications: Master Certified Remodeler, Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, Certified Lead Carpenter, and Universal Design Certified Professional.

Photo courtesy of Sylvia Small Communications & Marketing

Spacious Master Bathroom Remodel and Closet Expansion in Atlanta

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Michele and David live in an adorable 1928 Craftsman bungalow. Recently, they turned to our Atlanta Design & Build team to redesign their master bathroom and closets. Their closet area was located in a dark and narrow hallway leading from a sitting room to a crowded bathroom with only one sink. Our clients wished to create a space that maximized the footprint by removing walls and relocating the closet.

The ADB team designed an open, airy layout that eliminated the dark hallway and built an expansive dressing/closet area in the sitting room. By removing walls, the generous spa-like bathroom now flows smoothly into the dressing/closet area. “The shower is a dream,” exclaims Michele. “It includes a bench and a built-in shelf for toiletries. There are lots of mirrors in the bathroom, making it brighter. Dale promised we would love the spaciousness and he was correct.”

Michele is also thrilled with the materials and finishes selected for the space. She is very partial to neutrals and white because to her they connote cleanliness. When Dale took her to the tile company, she immediately chose exactly what she wanted: a porcelain marble-look tile in Versailles Chateaux. It includes 20×20 tile on the floors with matching 12×24 tile on walls.  A 2×2 non-slip mosaic was used on the shower floor and shower seat in a complementary Zone Grey color.

The contemporary European-style floating vanities are veneered with Richelieu durable woodgrain laminate also in grey. Dale introduced Michele to NatureCraft where Beau built their beautiful cabinets. “Beau was extremely accommodating and his work is impeccable,” remarked Michele. “I love the modern styling as well as the fact that floating vanities provide easy maintenance.”

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Raise the Roof Whole House Remodel is a CotY Award Winner!

In December, we were honored to receive a 2017 NARI-Atlanta Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award in the Residential Interior Over $150k category. This amazing project, affectionately referred to as “Raise the Roof” in our Atlanta Design & Build blogs last year, has given us yet another reason to be proud! Read through this story’s progress for before, in-progress, and behind the scenes looks.

As you may remember, our clients’ 1960s split-level home in Chamblee was outdated in appearance and in its functionality for the family. The main level consisted of four small, compartmentalized rooms with numerous doorways and walls that caused congestion points and prevented family togetherness. The tiny kitchen provided only minimal workspace or storage. By raising the roof and removing interior walls, we created an open floor plan with an impressive vaulted ceiling.

The updated space features an incredibly beautiful kitchen offering optimal organization in its perimeter and island cabinets. The kitchen, dining room and TV area now flow together seamlessly. The large open area accommodates family gatherings and entertaining through three distinct functional areas, each designated by a stylish and purposeful element.

In addition to the award-winning interior, Atlanta Design & Build transformed our clients’ back porch into an outdoor living space. We enlarged and screened their existing porch and added a stone fireplace that allows them to enjoy relaxing on the porch almost all year long!

We are grateful to our clients for giving us the opportunity to design and build this marvelous space, which culminated in our team receiving this CotY award! Be sure to contact Atlanta Design & Build if you desire a renovation to the interior of your home or an outdoor living area. Spring will be here before you know it.

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