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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.

Accessible Kitchen Design Considerations

Universal Design aims to provide useable space planning for people of all abilities and ages. Another growing trend is Inclusive design which is similarly creating spaces that are more accessible to everyone. Accessibility options can also be highly personalized for individuals with specific needs. Imagine a world where any guest could feel comfortable using your home? Also, when choosing to remain in your existing home as you age, accessible design is an important consideration.

One of the most important rooms to consider when creating accessibility is the kitchen. Being able to safely prepare and clean up after meals is one of the primary considerations of the accessible kitchen. Mobility is usually an important concern for current and future needs. The following measurements are ideal for accessibility to all. Hardware and fixtures can also improve functionality. Accessible kitchens can include design details that accommodate children too, as universal design wants people of all ages to have greater accessibility.

Facets of Your Accessible Kitchen: Mobility and Convenience


Doorways and Clearance: Between 36-42” wide, with pocket doors, or swing clear hinges, and lever door handles. Clearance for a pass-through kitchen is 40” while U-shaped layouts require 60” of clearance.

Cabinets: Cabinet height can be individualized, but motorized, adjustable cabinets are the ultimate in universal design in a kitchen for multiple users. Swing up doors with hinges at the top and touch open doors are ideal for accessible kitchens. Lower cabinetry like a lazy Susan, or cabinets with pull outs, can help keep users from having to lean down into cabinetry to reach items. 

Counters: generally, around 34” high and 30” wide (useable surface space), with adjustable height (from 28” to 36”) for multiple users.

Accessible kitchen with touch, one-lever faucet

Sinks: 29” high, 11” deep, and 30” wide. Roll-under sinks have drain and plumbing at the rear of sink to allow room underneath. Faucets can be single lever, touchless, and side-mounted for ease of use.

Appliances:

  • Refrigerators and dishwashers: ideally have clear access from either side. Bottom drawer freezers are easily accessible.
  • Ovens: should be separate from ranges and have a side swing door.
  • Cooktops: should be situated so that one doesn’t have to reach over hot burners. Induction cooktops are safest, especially with young children in the home. Induction cooktops quickly cool once a pan is removed: the only residual heat is what the glass retains. Knobs should be easy to maneuver, and touch pad controls are preferable on appliances.
  • Drawer microwaves can be mounted under the counter for reachability.
  • Under counter refrigerators are wonderful for younger children to use as “approved” snack and beverage storage that they can reach.

Lighting: Proper lighting can prevent falls and other types of injuries in every room, especially the kitchen. Aim for an abundance of natural light, under counter and in cabinet lighting, and toe kick lighting as well as ambient lighting.


ADB Can Create an Accessible & Beautiful Kitchen for Your Home

Are you ready to get started on your new kitchen? We have a Universal Design Certified Professional available to meet all of your needs for every member of your family. Contact us today to set up your initial consultation. Let ADB Transform your Home and Enrich Your Life!

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.

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

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.     

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