Category Archives: Bathroom Remodeling

9 Tips for Choosing the Right Remodeler

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.

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Custom showers to boost your bathroom

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!

Curbless showers

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!

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Custom tile in bathroom

What Are the Latest Tile Trends for Your Remodeled Bathroom?

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:

  • Round
  • Diamond
  • Chevron
  • Herringbone
  • Basket Weave
  • Fish Scale
  • Fan
  • Hexagon
  • Lantern
  • Wave
  • Oval

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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.

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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.
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Choosing Your New Bathroom’s Centerpiece: Tub Selection Made Easy

When you undertake a full bathroom remodel, it’s the perfect time to choose whatever type of tub you want for the foreseeable future. After all, a bathtub is usually an investment, and the sheer size of this fixture alone accounts for it not being replaced frequently. Having a separate shower and tub is currently the most popular bathroom layout. A tub dedicated solely for baths feels luxurious! No more cleaning grime and soap scum from the shower before relaxing in your tub. 

Some details to consider before choosing what type of tub you want include knowing your hot water heater’s capacity, finding the location of the plumbing and drains, and considering how much weight your bathroom floor can withstand. If these tasks sound overwhelming, it may be time for you to call a professional remodeler!


Installation Styles  

Personal preferences and the amount of space in your bathroom determine which of these tub installation styles would be best for your remodeling project:

  • Drop-in: Drop-in tubs are one piece that is “dropped” into place within a surround or deck (a separate expense to account for in your selection process). Another version of this tub is the undermount or sunken tub, which is installed at floor level with a hidden lip.
  • Alcove: These tubs are usually surrounded by 3 walls and often combined with wall-mounted showers, which may be the best option for a smaller space.   
  • Corner tubs: As the name implies, these tubs nestle in your bathroom’s corner to preserve space. The open side can be rounded, with angles or flat. Great for soaking tubs and 1 or 2 bathers. 
  • Freestanding soaking tubs and clawfoot tubs: Depending on your preferences, these types of tubs are generally coveted. Soaking tubs are deeper because they’re designed for sitting and soaking. Faucets or tub-fillers may be separate and mounted into the floor. Without the need for walls nearby, freestanding tubs can make excellent centerpieces in a new bathroom, especially when they are beautifully made.


Material Selection

There are various materials you can choose when selecting your tub. Fiberglass, acrylic, and porcelain are budget-friendly, but enameled cast iron or steel tubs are almost indestructible, albeit incredibly heavy. There are newer materials available, such as stone composites, but some of the most gorgeous and unique tubs are made of copper, wood, or stone! The latter three options can be more expensive, but they are absolute works of art. A copper tub is breathtaking and low maintenance and copper is also intrinsically antibacterial. A copper tub will withstand the test of time unlike wood, which requires frequent sealing and degrades over time. 


ADB’s Role: A Credible, Reliable and Trustworthy Partner

While remodeling your bathroom, Atlanta Design & Build can accommodate whichever style of tub best suits you! We recently received an Accredited Remodeling Company designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. We are one of a handful of companies nationwide and the FIRST in the state of GA to have achieved this great recognition. NARI’s ARC accreditation signifies a standard of quality homeowners can trust to professionally handle your remodeling project needs.   

Enjoy these photos of some particularly gorgeous tubs we have installed. If you are ready to start your project, give us a call today!