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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As you may remember, our clients’ 1960s split-level home in Chamblee was outdated in appearance and in its functionality for the family.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.



Photo credit: Barbara Brown Photography





Highlighting the Raise the Roof Project

Our clients’ 1960s split-level home in Chamblee was outdated in its appearance and the way it functioned for the family.  Years of wear-and-tear were visible, causing our client to exclaim, “Our house is falling apart!”

As is typical of a split-level, the layout of the main floor consisted of four small rooms. These compartmentalized little spaces made the home feel disjointed and cramped. The very low ceiling also contributed to a perception that the walls were closing in. Numerous doorways and walls caused congestion points and prevented good traffic flow throughout the space. This design prevented the family from having sufficient living area where everyone could gather together for large family dinners. Our clients were not even using all of the rooms on the main floor, and they were quite sure that removing walls would make the space work better for them. One of the tiny rooms on the main floor was the kitchen. “The kitchen was not our style,” explains our client. “The floor was covered in white tile with white grout, which is completely unsuitable for an active family.”

With the Atlanta Design & Build design team and an expert kitchen designer, we were able to make our clients’ existing cramped and small space become an extraordinary and functional kitchen, dining area and family room. They always wanted a tall vaulted ceiling, but that wasn’t possible because their current ceiling framing was made of manufactured trusses which could not be manipulated or altered.  So we had to literally remove and raise the roof.  We captured the essence of what they wanted and provided their open floor plan.

“Dale listened to our issues and ideas,” our client states.  “He provided feedback and guidance and came up with a great design to open up the space and make everything work better for our family. He worked with us to translate our needs into our dream space.”

Compare the before and after photos on Houzz.

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