This Marietta Master Suite Addition, which won a 2016 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award from NARI Atlanta, is accessed via a “hidden door” in the dining room.
We’re all getting older (sorry) and many of our Atlanta Design & Build remodeling projects reflect that reality of life.
Baby Boomers are living longer, and want to stay in their homes as they age. Retirement for them doesn’t look the same as previous generations. Generation X isn’t far behind them – the oldest members of that age cohort are turning 55 this year. As a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), Dale has the specialized training and knowledge to help you remodel your home for the long term.
For Now and The Future
One of the most prominent examples of this is the trend for a master suite on the main floor. Most homes around Atlanta are two stories, with the bedrooms on the second floor. This can present a challenge for an aging homeowner. As bones and joints age, a master suite on the main floor eliminates the extra climbing up and down stairs and reduces the chance of a fall.
A master suite addition can make sense for a multitude of reasons. For some clients, the Master Suite addition is built for their own requirements (now or in the future) or for the needs of aging parents. In the meantime, it can make a great guest suite, allowing visitors privacy while still being part of the home.
This remodel won the 2020 NARI National Contractor of the Year Award for Residential Bath $75,001 to $100,000
Every May, the construction industry celebrates National Home Remodeling Month, so what better time to consider your next remodeling project? Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, improve your bathroom or add on to your home, Atlanta Design & Build is ready to help!
Now more than ever, it’s important to choose a professional, trusted remodeler. Here are 9 tips for making sure you pick the right remodeling partner.
1. History – While longevity is not a guarantee of quality, remodeling firms don’t stay in business by doing poor work or failing to deliver quality service. Atlanta Design & Build has been serving the Atlanta area for nearly 25 years. President Dale Contant has more than 45 years of experience in the construction industry and the rest of our team can boast decades of knowledge.
2. Stay local – Whenever the economy gets challenging or a natural disaster hits, you’re likely to find out-of-town contractors and fly-by-night “handyman” companies flooding the market. A local contractor is going to be aware of local building codes and also be more likely to worry about performing quality work.
After kitchens, there’s not a more popular target for remodeling than the bathroom. And that’s no surprise. It’s a room we use every day and a properly designed bathroom can have a big impact on your life.
One of the best ways to make a major change in the bathroom is with a new shower, and there are a wealth of options out there for homeowners these days. A new custom shower can help take your bathroom to the next level!
One frequent move is to ditch the tub entirely and replace it with a high-end, curbless shower. Most showers, even those without tubs, require you to step up-and-in to the shower. A curbless shower eliminates that step, bringing the shower entrance flush with the floor of the bathroom.
This offers benefits both aesthetic and functional. Curbless showers can give your bathroom a sleek, modern, open look. For homeowners or guests with limited mobility, they are easier to use. This is especially important as we see more multi-generational homes and plan for aging in place. Fewer corners and crevices to deal with can also make cleaning easier.
Design it right
It’s important to work with a qualified remodeler to get your properly designed curbless shower. Several factors need to be considered, including the slope/drainage of the floor and proper placement of showerheads to ensure water doesn’t splash or flow outside the shower area. You can also get creative with drainage by using decorative tile, metal, or even wood features that hide the drains.
Frameless glass showers
One alternative to an open or doorless shower is a frameless shower. A frameless, glass enclosure can help keep water and heat in, but still give you that open look by eliminating the traditional aluminum framing support.
Whatever style you choose for your custom bathroom, showers are more than just a simple showerhead. Features like bench seats, radiant heat under tile in benches or shower floors and recessed shampoo niches are additional popular shower options. Atlanta Design & Build is ready to guide you through the design process for your custom shower!
Tile is a beautiful and luxurious finish for your newly remodeled bathroom. It is designed to create a spa-like aesthetic and easy to maintain. In the bathroom, tile works well for flooring, showers, backsplashes, and decorative accent walls.
Since your new bathroom needs to meet both form and functional needs, consider not only colors, patterns and textures that you prefer, but also consider your needs for safety and comfort. Accessible bathrooms can include large format tiles with slip resistant finishes. Radiant heat installed beneath tile bathroom and shower floors and shower bench seating can add a spa-like comfort to your bath.
Shapes, Patterns, and Finishes of Tile to Choose From
Currently, homeowners seek out a variety of shapes and styles. Adding a personal touch to your bathroom can be as easy as implementing one of these tile shapes:
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.
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:
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
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:
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