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.

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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

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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.     

Two 2019 CotY Awards for ADB

It’s our pleasure to share that we were honored with two 2019 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Atlanta chapter!       

Atlanta Design & Build won CotY Awards in the following categories:

Residential Bathroom $75,000 to $100,000

Our CotY award-winning master bath is luxury epitomized

Our clients’ 90s-style master bathroom had a dysfunctional layout that wasted too much square footage. Situated behind a pair of walk-in closets, the master bathroom was only accessible by walking down a narrow hallway. The large bathtub was a feature that the homeowners rarely used and wanted to eliminate. They did not like the dim lighting in their master bathroom and desired an increase in natural lighting. 

Our solution to the cumbersome layout of the master bathroom was a whole new design. We completely flipped the separate walk-in closets and the bathroom. Redesigning the space created a direct entrance to a new spa-like retreat with an expansive custom closet for two behind it. We incorporated many space-saving features into the design, like frosted, glass-fronted, pocket doors. Not only did the pocket doors eliminate the swing of traditional doors, but they help illuminate the bedroom and bath while maintaining privacy.    

Some highlights that the new master bathroom boasts:

The enviable infrared sauna is tucked in beside the linen closet

•           Infrared sauna for two 

•           Roomy linen closet

•           Heated tile floors

•           Heated towel rack

•           Luxurious heated walk-in shower

Entire House under $250,000

This clients’ 1984 home was dark and had a segmented layout. They wanted to move their fireplace and create a seamless transition between the home’s interior and its outdoor pool/patio area. They wanted a lounging area beside the pool where they could have meals or cool off in the shade. The upstairs master and hall bathrooms also needed to be updated.

Our team produced an entire-house remodeling plan to transform this family’s home and enrich their lives. To create an open concept on the main level, we relocated the downstairs bathroom and pantry from the middle of the home. We relocated the laundry room upstairs for convenience. We moved the fireplace, installing a wall of French doors in the living room to open the room up to the backyard and pool.

Additionally, an outdoor lanai located by the pool area blends the indoors and outdoors and extends the family’s living space. We were able to implement the poolside retreat that they desired. They have shelter from the sun or the rain, a gas fireplace, television, tables and seating, and easy access to the pool bathroom and kitchen inside.

The wet surround in the new master bath of our CotY award-winning project
The wet surround in the new master bath of our CotY award-winning project

Upstairs we created a convenient laundry room and renovated the hall bathroom increasing its floor space and giving it modern flair consistent with the rest of the home. In the master bathroom, we removed a large, outdated garden tub, installing an expansive curbless shower and tasteful soaking tub within a large, tiled wet area surrounding it.

To see a more in depth look at these projects, coming soon, visit our website at atlantadesignbuild.com

Introducing Project Manager, Ed DePriest

ADB's new Project Manager, Ed DePriest

Ed DePriest, is originally from Middle Tennessee. Ed and his wife relocated to Marietta in 1999 because her family is from the area. He grew up in very rural Tennessee so everyone was self-reliant when it came to building whatever they needed. Family members and neighbors taught one another the skills necessary to be self-sufficient from a young age.

Ed’s high school offered the Trades & Industry class. The T&I class had either a mechanical focus or a building focus. Ed chose a building focus, and with his classmates, built a greenhouse for the agricultural club. They started the project from scratch, laying the block and installing fiberglass panels on the frame they built.  This class helped lay the foundation for Ed’s future. 

A Solid Foundation of Construction Experience

Ed has worked in construction for more than thirty years. He started out working for a custom home builder. He had to do every task on the jobsite, from cutting trees on the property, to roofing—it was like a crash course in building. Working in custom home building gave Ed the opportunity to learn every angle of the building process.

For approximately 18 years prior to working at ADB, Ed performed construction supervision and punch work. He progressed into the supervisory role due to the length, and extent, of his experience, and his sharp eye for detail. Ed still enjoys the building process. Part of his management philosophy is that he wouldn’t ask his crew to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do, including ditch digging. “It’s noble to say that, until you’re in the ditch,” he joked.

Ed’s previous experience doing punch work honed his ability to spot any errors or incomplete tasks left at a project’s completion. He inspected completed homes and repaired or finished anything that was not up to his high standards. His great attention to detail is still a wonderful asset as part of the ADB team and it serves him well in the role of Project Manager. 

The Strongest Link of Communication from Clients to Crew

As a Project Manager, Ed is the primary point of contact for our clients throughout the course of their remodeling project. He is the link between his crew members and homeowners, making sure that the lines of communication are working well. He also oversees the entire crew working on a project, making sure that everything is done to his, and ADB’s, high standards.

A friend of Ed’s enjoyed working for ADB and recommended he apply for an open carpenter position. Ed checked out ADB on Guild Quality and other websites and was glad to discover “a stellar reputation.” He chose to apply at ADB because from what he found out about us online, “It seemed they like to do things once and do it right the first time, and that is the same way I am.” He also appreciated the level of ADB’s craftsmanship as he saw it displayed on our website.  

Additionally, one of the reasons Ed enjoys remodeling with ADB is that he works on a lot of projects, especially bathrooms and kitchens. There is variety in the project locations and the rooms being remodeled, different than while he was in new home building where he stayed in one place for a long time repetitively doing the same thing. He did not want to build the same houses over and over.  Ed appreciates the challenge of completing various projects, managing his crew, working with his hands, and applying real craftsmanship to ADB’s projects.

Ed relaxes with Dale & Heather on our annual company Fishing Trip

Hardworking and It Shows

When he is not working, Ed enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. He also likes drag racing, and fixing up old Chevy trucks in his spare time.

One lesson his long career in construction has taught him is “Don’t just double check your crew member’s work, double check your own work!” Ed is hardworking, and he hopes it shows. A willingness to critique his own work, and enough humility to admit he holds himself to the same standards as his crew, shows us how lucky we are to have such a great Project Manager and craftsman on our team!

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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:

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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.   
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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.

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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

6 Benefits of a Career in Construction

Reposted with permission from Build Your Future.
Author: Kelsey Zibell, NCCER Guest Contributor

Construction is all around us. It builds our homes, schools, offices, roads, hospitals, theme parks—everything. It is vital to everyone’s life. Yet, it is one of the most misunderstood industries.

As four-year degrees have been heavily pushed over the years, the amount of students and adults pursuing careers in construction has decreased significantly. This has created a steep skills gap in America.

However, the growing demand for craftspeople has left the industry in an interesting position that benefits newcomers to the industry. With high demand comes high salaries, ample opportunity and room for career growth.

So, you may be asking yourself, exactly what benefits does a career in construction offer? Well, there are so many! But here are the top six benefits to a career in construction:

Get a Head Start

Most construction careers follow an apprenticeship learning model. This means that as soon as you decide you want to pursue a skilled craft, you can begin working with on the job training through an apprenticeship.

With this ‘earn while you learn’ model, you can earn a paycheck while learning the core competencies of your trade.

Some crafts may require associate degrees, industry credentials or certifications. However, these education requirements are often short term and can be completed at the same time as an apprenticeship. Therefore, when pursuing a craft career, you are still going to join the workforce quicker than you would if you pursued a four-year degree.

With short-term education expenses and a fast track into the workforce, craft professionals are able to start making a paycheck while dodging large student loans. Currently, there is $1.5 trillion of student debt in the United States. With the price of an education continuing to climb, it makes sense to pursue a career in construction and start making money right away.

Endless Opportunity

With seven out of every 10 jobs available in the United States requiring less than a four-year degree, the current job market is oversaturated with college graduates. By pursuing a craft career, you will be opening yourself up to more possibilities and opportunities. When you complete a technical degree, apprenticeship or craft training certificate, you are highly marketable in the job market.

Additionally, with a skills gap and upcoming wave of retirees, there will be a demand for 1 million craft professionals by 2023. This is a staggering deficit, but it makes room for a lot of opportunity for new craftspeople.

Want to know what the job demand is in your state? Take a look at BYF’s Craft Labor Map and check out the demand for skilled crafts by state and by specific crafts.

Variety of Careers

There are so many specialties within the construction industry. With a seemingly endless list of craft careers, there is something out there for everyone.

Whether you are creative, mathematically inclined or a natural problem solver, there is a craft career for you.

In addition to different interests, there are different education requirements for different professions. Have your mind set on a college degree, associate degree or technical education program? Take a look at out our trading cards and see what the education requirement is for the different specialties.

Not sure where to start? Take the Craft Pro Quiz and see which construction specialty suits you the best!

Freedom to Travel

With a high demand for craft professionals in every state, there is no limit to where a craft career can take you. Whether you move around on your own or work for a national or global construction company, there are endless ways to travel around. A career in construction presents the unique opportunity to travel throughout the country and get paid while doing so.

Construction happens all around us. It happens in every country, every state and nearly every city. If you are interested in traveling, a craft career is perfect for you. With the opportunity to travel and work across the country or even the world, you can go anywhere you please with a construction skillset.

Additionally, when working in construction, your ‘office’ is always changing and in a variety of exciting places. Whether you are building a home, baseball park or theme park – you get to enjoy the added benefit of a constant change of scenery.

Room for Career Growth

It is estimated that 29% of the construction workforce will retire by 2026. By 2031, this number worsens as 41% of the current workforce is expected to retire. Essentially, almost half of the workforce will need to be replaced in just over a decade.

Though this is a frightening number, it puts newcomers to the industry in a good position.

As boomers leave open opportunities in the skilled crafts, specifically in high up positions like journeyman, superintendent and project manager, there will be a lot of room for career growth.

With the opportunity to continue to move up in the industry, there is no limit to how high a craft professional can go. With experience, expertise and passion – a craftsperson could become an executive, CEO or owner of their own company. In construction, the only thing limiting your career growth is your desire to move up.

High Wages

With such a high demand for craft professionals, companies are willing to spend more to get the skills they need. For those in the construction industry, this means they are getting paid higher salaries than ever before.

When you factor in these high salaries, less debt and the ability to start earning a wage as an apprentice, craft professionals are getting an early start on making enough money to live comfortably.

Each of these benefits alone is enough to make a career in construction worth exploring. But when you look at them together, it is hard to believe they can all come with a single career choice.

Interested in learning a construction craft? Find an NCCER-accredited training center near you.

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

Article reposted with permission from NARI.

A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make upgrades. When approaching your kitchen remodel, it’s important to keep your family’s lifestyle at the forefront of your planning to create a space that fits the way you like to live.

Get the most livable space and enjoyment out of a kitchen remodel with these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry:

Make purposeful changes. A desire to bring your kitchen’s style up to date is plenty of motivation for a renovation, but to get maximum benefit from your new space, spend time considering what functional improvements you can make, too. Do you need more cabinets for storage? Is there enough counter space for meal prep? Does the overall layout suit your family’s needs? Even if you chose the original layout and floorplan, chances are good that over time you’ve found a few things you’d change given the chance to do it again.

Consider physical space. If yours is a family that cooks together, or if guests tend to congregate in the kitchen when you’re entertaining, a renovation is the perfect time to make adjustments that accommodate more bodies in the kitchen. You might want more work zones for multiple cooks or an island or peninsula set away from the high-traffic zone for guests more interested in snacking and chatting than getting hands-on.

Evaluate your shopping style. You may be in the habit of doing your grocery shopping to fit your available space. However, with a larger refrigerator and more pantry space, your shopping habits could change, allowing you to become a bulk shopper or at least increase the time between shopping trips.

Be realistic about mealtime. If your family’s activities have everyone eating at different times, you may benefit from a feature like a warming drawer that keeps dinner warm until each family member makes it home for a meal. Think about features that would make the table space more practical, such as task lighting so kids can tackle homework at the table or convenient access to power for laptops.

Choose appliances with care. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the design elements that go into a kitchen renovation, but at the end of the day, remember the appliances are the true centerpiece of the space. Be sure to leave room in the budget to select the best appliances for your needs so you have all the functions, features and space to make using your new kitchen as enjoyable as possible.

Think into the future. A kitchen renovation can be a costly venture, so it’s a good idea to project years down the road as you consider your needs. Are there features that would enhance the safety if a baby (that soon will become an inquisitive toddler) joins the family? Are there elderly family members may benefit from a lower or higher work station down the road? Find more expert tips to inform your renovation planning at RemodelingDoneRight.com.

Source: National Association of the Remodeling Industry