Category Archives: Atlanta Home Remodeling

infrared sauna in master bath

Infrared Saunas for the Home Spa

Spa like bathrooms have been all the rage for a while, but some homeowners have taken home wellness to the next level with the installation of infrared saunas. These compact saunas are perfect for including in your remodeled master bath or other retreat. Why are saunas such a boon to wellness?

Here are some of the benefits infrared saunas can offer:

This custom infrared sauna was part of our 2019 CotY award-winning residential bathroom remodel $75,000-$100,000
  • Relaxation: Not only do your muscles feel more relaxed from the heat, but your time in your home sauna can be a welcome retreat from your day to day stresses. You can use your time in the sauna for peaceful meditation or simply quiet relaxation away from your everyday stressors.
  • Sweat: Sweating is detoxifying and can aid weight loss and lead to clearer, more youthful, skin.
  • Heart Health: Decreased blood pressure. Due to vasodilation that occurs in blood vessels, saunas can actually lower blood pressure. Studies have found that taking saunas can regulate an irregular heart rate and improve circulation by raising heart rate.
  • Pain Relief: Improvement of inflammation is one benefit of infrared saunas. Heat penetrates the muscles and leads to an increase in relaxation. Saunas are particularly helpful at easing post-workout soreness.

Infrared Sauna Precautions:

This Health Mate sauna is custom crafted from Canadian western red cedar & uses radiant heat.
  • Consult your physician before beginning to take saunas, especially if you are on blood pressure medications or have heart problems. Saunas can lower blood pressure.
  • Hydrate before entering the sauna and upon leaving slowly drink several glasses of water.
  • Do not take saunas if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive (this includes men who are trying to conceive).
  • Do not drink alcohol or take any mind-altering medications before taking a sauna.
  • If you are ill or have a fever, do not use a sauna.

ADB Has Experience Incorporating Infrared Saunas into Homes 

From our 2016 CotY award winner (Residential Addition: $100,000 – $250,000)

Here at ADB we have incorporated infrared saunas into several of our remodeling projects. We feel saunas can be a wonderful addition to any remodel making wellness a top priority in the home. More and more, our homes become sanctuaries, not only for decompressing from the stresses of life, but for deep healing. Are you curious about how we can fit an infrared sauna into your remodeling project? Contact us today to learn more. 

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

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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.     

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).
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

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.
 

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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