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Welcome Caio to the ADB Team

photo courtesy of Holland Reid Photography

Atlanta Design & Build gives a hearty welcome to our newest employee, Caio Nunes. We are very pleased to have him on our ADB team!

Caio (pronounced Kyle) is originally from Brazil. Construction has been his passion since childhood.  For the past 14 years, he has honed his skill and expertise working with hardwood flooring.  

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Caio and Sydney Contant met through friends and have known each other for 10 -11 years, right around the time she started working for ADB. His quiet demeanor brings to mind the adage, “still waters run deep”.  Sharing many common interests; sports, the outdoors, working with their hands and carpentry, to name just a few, their friendship continued to blossom culminating with their wedding in June, 2017.  When ADB’s recent hiring need arose, we looked no further than our own backyard to find the needed team member. 

Caio has been working as a Carpenter Apprentice since October. His construction background and skillset equip him to be an asset to the team.  “My work with ADB involves helping the guys,” Caio explains. “I learn as I go, hands-on. I want to take it slow and learn everything completely. I eventually want to get my license to be a carpenter, but I also want in-depth learning from experience, not just book learning. I haven’t yet worked with ADB long enough to stand back and admire a project from start to finish, but at the end of each day I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. This work is my calling and I enjoy doing it so much!”

Caio appreciates the professionalism of ADB, and also likes the family environment. He notices that Dale Contant is very considerate of his workers and treats them like a part of his family.

Outside of work, Caio still enjoys sports, and camping.  He especially enjoys spending time with Sydney.  Having purchased their first home, Caio and Sydney Nunes are planning to raise chickens in their backyard.  Even more exciting, they are now anticipating the arrival of their new baby boy. They are elated at becoming parents.  Dale and Keely are also thrilled to be first-time grandparents.  We look forward to sharing pictures in our January edition of our eNewsletter, HOMEStyle Online.  

ADB’s Steven Roberts Achieves NARI Success

The 9th annual NARI Atlanta Golf Tournament in August was an overwhelming success. Atlanta Design & Build would like to express our pride in and appreciation to Steven Roberts, Sales and Design Consultant.  Not only was Steven part of the team that won the 2017 event, and with his new team placed third in this year’s event, he was this year’s event Chairman. This is his third year of involvement in some level of planning for the tournament, and his first year as Golf Committee chair. 

The golf tournament was held at Bear’s Best in Suwanee that boasts a collection of Jack Nicklaus’ favorite golf holes from Nicklaus designed courses around the world. The planning committee consisted of four other NARI members and also received a tremendous effort from NARI Atlanta’s new Executive Director, Kathryn Stempler. Steven and the other committee members met their goal of obtaining participants in each category. The event enticed over 50 golfers, 18 hole sponsors and a handful of other trade partner sponsorships to participate. 

“Steven was able to secure sponsorships for all 18 holes, lunch, and the beverage cart, again far exceeding what was accomplished last year,” Kathryn Stempler remarked. “Steven was creative and motivated in his determination to obtain more sponsorships and more golfer registrations than in 2017 and his hard work really paid off.” 

“We had great participation this year,” agreed Steven. “Sponsors, volunteers and especially the players turned out in numbers we have not seen in years!”

“The Golf Tournament fundraiser was incredibly successful this year,” Kathryn Stempler attested. “NARI Atlanta raised over $5,000, which almost doubles last year’s revenue!” The money raised allows the organization to enhance the member benefits of continuing education, networking mixers, Contractor of the Year Awards Gala, a newly initiated social media strategy which highlights members and promotes the NARI Atlanta brand and several other improvements that make engaging with NARI Atlanta easier and more meaningful for members and homeowners, alike.  

Steven eagerly accepted the chair position this year and is looking forward to continuing his involvement next year due to his love for the game and interest in helping NARI grow and prosper. He hopes to improve the tournament at all levels next year with the continued participation of the committee members and the support of Kathryn. 

“We are looking forward to the 2019 event which we have decided to move to the first week in October,” Steven explained. “We are excited about the new date and believe playing in the early fall will bring even more interest and participation to this annual event.”

Sydney Takes On a New Role at MAGIC Camp

Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Camp is a free, one-week camp designed to introduce middle school and high school girls to exciting careers in construction. It takes place at multiple locations in Georgia, one of which is Gwinnett Technical College, as well as Wichita, KS. Each day has a separate emphasis that lets young women, 14 years and older, have hands-on experience in several areas of the construction field. The camp covers topics from safety classes, to carpentry, electrical, welding, heavy equipment and beyond. Tuesday is Carpentry Day.

Atlanta Design & Build’s Project Manager, Sydney Contant Nunes, has been volunteering at Gwinnett Technical College on MAGIC Camp Carpentry Day for several years. Every year she has impressed the MAGIC Camp instructors with her skills in leadership, so gradually she has been asked to take on more responsibility. 

In years past, Sydney was the keynote speaker for Carpentry Day, and provided oversight without hands-on involvement in the carpentry lab. During the girls’ lunch break, she gave a presentation about carpentry and how a woman can make her place in an unconventional field. She would give a brief history of herself and her involvement/progression at Atlanta Design & Build. Sydney shared a slideshow of Before and After photos of projects for which she had been the project manager. She also displayed informational spreadsheets on how to begin a career in the industry from point A to point B, depending on whether the girls prefer learning by book at a technical college or are more hands-on driven and would like to start working in the field. 

Last year, in addition to her presentation, Sydney was also one of the carpentry lab assistants providing a watchful eye during the hands-on building class. 

This year Kathleen Torrence, the woman previously in charge of the carpentry lab, was retiring and asked Sydney if she would be interested in filling in for her as carpentry lab leader. Sydney energetically took on the larger role, which meant she was directing the girls as they actually performed physical carpentry skills. Four female Gwinnett Technical College carpentry students provided a lot of great help while she instructed 18 high school and late middle school girls in completing their carpentry projects.

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ADB’s Deep Sea Fishing Trip

A few weeks ago, Dale Contant arranged for a quick 3-day road trip and deep-sea fishing expedition for our employees, their spouses, and several ADB “partners”.

The group of twenty embarked from Orange Beach, Alabama on a 10-12 hour deep sea fishing frenzy aboard the “Shady Lady”. What a marvelous adventure to be aboard this legendary custom-built sport-fishing vessel! Red snapper prevailed as the catch of the day. When they returned to shore that evening, the group’s fresh catch was cooked to their individual orders, resulting in a delicious meal for everyone. There was still plenty of remaining fillets to package and share with everyone, including those team members unable to join the whirlwind event. 

Thank you, Dale, for the wonderful, satisfying experience and team-building summer fun!  

Boat Photo Courtesy of Shady Lady Charters (www.shadyladycharters.com)

ADB Attends the NARI 8th Annual Cutting Edge Event

Our entire Atlanta Design & Build field team took advantage of the opportunity to attend the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 8th annual Cutting Edge Event. This year’s event took place on May 8 returning to the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta Marriott Northwest and featured an incredible line up of top-notch speakers and programs.

The NARI-Atlanta Cutting Edge was a full day of continuing education during which our team members attended six different one-hour sessions delivered by industry experts. The course offerings were divided into four tracks: Business, Building Technology, Design, and Environmental (Green) Sustainability.  

ADB recognizes the importance of encouraging our remodeling crews to achieve their potential and grow both personally and professionally. Continuing education benefits each of our team members as they are able to develop new skills or sharpen current ones. For ADB team members who hold NARI certifications or are preparing to become certified in the future, continuing education is a requirement. 

We are committed to keeping our crews at the top of the industry for the sake of our clients

As you are searching for the best remodeling company to work on your home, it is critical that you choose a company whose expert teams are certified in the field of remodeling. Our team members have proudly earned the following NARI certifications: Master Certified Remodeler, Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, Certified Lead Carpenter, and Universal Design Certified Professional.

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We Ensure Your Remodeling Project is Done Right!

Some homeowners are reluctant to remodel because they’ve heard horror stories about dishonest, inexperienced, fly-by-night remodeling companies.

Quality, Integrity, Teamwork, and Community

Atlanta Design & Build has a very different story to tell. Our Core Values describe our passionate dedication to Quality, Integrity, Teamwork, and Community. Through Guild Quality reviews, past clients tell how our actions prove that we adhere to these same values.

For example, our Core Value of Teamwork includes providing “a professional environment where team members claim ownership and pride in their work, are challenged to achieve their potential and are encouraged to grow both personally and professionally through continuous education and learning.”


As NARI Certified Remodeling Professionals, our team has achieved a level of knowledge and expertise that far exceeds that of your everyday remodeler or handyman. Each certified team member must meet annual recertification requirements involving continuing education and participation in industry-related programs. Atlanta Design & Build is proud that our team boasts the following NARI certification credentials: 1 – Master Certified Remodeler (MCR), 1 – Certified Remodeler (CR), 1 – Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR), 4 – Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM), 2 – Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) and 1 – Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP). Congratulations Dale Contant, Mike Pike, Jamie Franks, Steven Roberts, Dave Newell, Sydney Contant on your continued hard work.

Steven, one of our Sales & Design Consultants, also recently completed a two-day intermediate training seminar with Chief Architect Software in Nashville, TN to hone his skills in working with this 3D Architectural design tool.  We applaud Steven that his ADB Core Values are showing!

These are just two of the many ways Atlanta Design & Build is continually working to ensure your remodeling project will be done right! So, no more remodeling hesitation is necessary—go ahead and give us a call at 770-565-8999 or visit our website to get started.

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