Sandy Springs Makeover with Beams, Barndoors, and Whitewash!

What happens when a builder doesn’t want to deliver your dreams?

These homeowners had some big ideas for their new home in Sandy Springs. Although the home was of new construction, the builder was not able to deliver a lot of the extra decorative features that they wanted, so they contacted ACA to help make those dreams a reality!

First off was adding ceiling beams to the main living room. Ceiling beams add visual interest, breaking up an otherwise blank canvas. The beams were made of pine and finished with a gorgeous dark stain. Complimentary open shelving in the living room was added next. One great look that brought beauty and texture to the basement was a newly installed brick wall. The homeowners wanted a particular white shade of brick, but couldn’t find the exact color they wanted, ACA installed red brick and then painted it with white paint mixed with water. This is known as a 50/50 white and looks like whitewash.

Entertaining for friends is now a breeze with the new kitchenette downstairs in the basement. The feeling of luxury and clean lines were brought to the space with the new natural stone quartzite countertops.

Creativity and ingenuity helped when additional plumbing and electricity was needed to handle the new features. Under the cabinet lighting, with cool LED strip lights on a dimmer, makes the space stand out when night falls.

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To finish off the space a pair of barn doors were added. These custom barn doors were based on a design the customer found online. In the end, the homeowners said that ACA’s master carpenter, Jose Vargas, made the doors look better than the ones in the online pictures!

Another amazing feature was a charming new shiplap wall. It brings a rustic farmhouse ambiance to the laundry room and really warms it up. Also added were beautiful bright blue cabinets. Blue is making a comeback this year on the color scene and the laundry room now feels so cheerful.

In the foyer, (LOOK UP!) tongue and groove wood planks were installed for the ceiling. Craftsmanship like this is very noticeable in a home. At every step, the homeowners knew what they wanted; it was just a matter of deciding on the dimensions, proportions, and materials which ACA helped with.

What a Transformation!

The biggest challenge when they designed the ceiling beams was to avoid the features already installed in the room, such as fans, HVAC and recess lighting. For the ceiling in the foyer, we removed the crown molding to install the pine planks. Then we replaced the molding and used the same stain as the beams in the living room.

The homeowners were so happy with the progress and the quality of the work! And the best part was that the project only took 3 weeks!

Are you ready to makeover your basement in East Cobb or Sandy Springs? Atlanta Curb Appeal is ready to get your space up and running before the holidays! Give us a call for your free estimate!

at 770-778-1172 to see what we can do for you.

Stunning Indian Hills Kitchen Makeover!

Stunning! What a transformation of this Indian Hills Kitchen!

Recently, Atlanta Curb Appeal partnered with an artistic homeowner to create this gorgeous modern kitchen remodel. The East Cobb couple first contacted ACA after their kitchen flooded. They decided to use the disaster as an opportunity to create their dream kitchen.

Since there was so much damage, they were going to have to rip out some of the original 1980’s-style kitchen flooring. The client took this cue to go ahead and remodel the kitchen to their heart’s desire, totally transforming the space. The homeowner is by trade an art professor and did most of the design drawings herself. ACA worked closely with her to give her the look she designed. For color inspiration, the client searched through home design magazines to find shades that resonated with her. ACA provided 3D plans with elevations to help visualize how their East Cobb dream kitchen would finally layout.

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First up, ACA removed the old builder-grade cabinets and countertops and knocked out some walls to create a much more open, light-filled space. The challenge was to open up the space by removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining area. This required a new support beam, but it allowed for an enormous island and separate beverage bar. We also removed the old tile and concrete in the kitchen, but sadly discovered that the subfloor was not level. Because Atlanta Curb Appeal only does things the right way, we leveled the entire floor before laying down a new true hardwood. The wood was then sanded, stained, and finished with three coats of polyurethane to protect it from heavy kitchen use and potential water damage.

 

Another bonus of this new kitchen space is the double ovens. The client loves to cook and entertain, so having the bar stools in the kitchen allows the conversations to flow during parties!

One of the most unique features of this kitchen is the cabinets. They are flat panel cabinet doors, which are created using high-quality fiberboard and a wood veneer. This gives the cabinets new, sleek, modern lines. While many people choose white cabinetry, the combination of dark and light cabinets gave this space a more contemporary look. The clean lines of the cabinets and floors, combined with the textures of the artwork and furniture, made the kitchen visually pleasing. The best part is the increase in the overall space. By removing the wall and adding the long pantry, bar, and island, they expanded their storage space by an astonishing 25%!

The homeowners appreciated being able to collaborate and create together with ACA and love their dream kitchen. They expressed how appreciative they were that ACA stayed on budget and on schedule.

Want to read another kitchen makeover story? Check out the kitchen makeover we did in East Cobb. The change was dramatic!

Ready to get started on your dream kitchen? Contact us at 770-778-1172 to get an estimate from Atlanta Curb Appeal.

 

 

 

Breathtaking Basement Makeover in East Cobb

If you have ever wondered if it’s possible to transform an unfinished basement, full of boxes and hanging wires, into a glamorous retreat from the world, the answer is a resounding “yes!”

In one of our latest remodels, Atlanta Curb Appeal transformed a lowly basement into a gorgeous downstairs that not only has multiple rooms but also features an attractive pool-side entrance!

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This East Cobb family’s entire bottom level had become ‘the place where everything just got tossed.’ Over time, it had filled up and had become frankly unusable.

In their search for someone to bid on the project, they received a recommendation from their next-door neighbors, who were happy ACA customers.

Honestly, the renovation took a lot of creativity and vision. Before the project, the room was simply an enormous open space full of hanging pipes, exposed HVAC ducts, and loose wires. Like many families’ basements, it had become their default storage location. On the plus side, it was a very broad space with the potential to add a lot of square footage to the home.

Because the basement was so immense, ACA was able to add a new kitchenette, laundry room, bathroom, and bedroom. In order to do that, they had to relocate a substantial amount of plumbing. They also had to move the electrical wiring and the HVAC ducts. In the process, they created vaulted ceilings to give the rooms a more airy feel in what is typically a low-ceiling space.

As with most basement remodels, ACA does not recommend hardwood or composite flooring. This advice was especially true for this home because their basement was created for pool-side access. Instead, they used luxury vinyl plank or LVP. This high-quality vinyl can withstand the normal moisture of a basement plus the added ‘wet foot’ traffic from the pool.

Atlanta Curb Appeal made the transformation for this family in just two months! The family was truly amazed that ACA completed the project in such a short amount of time. They were also happy that ACA created a large additional living space out of an area that was not really used in the house before the renovation.

Their Houzz review:

“Atlanta Curb Appeal came highly recommended from a neighbor and they did an amazing job on our complete basement renovation. They were timely, easy to work with, and most importantly they do great work! The renovation turned out beautifully!”

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Majestic New Addition in East Cobb with Art Studio and Kitchen!

What do you do when you need more space but don’t want to move? You add on! For these East Cobb homeowners, who also happen to be antique lovers, this stunning new garage addition brought needed space for an entire upstairs art studio and a place for a new, fun car!

Atlanta Curb Appeal was asked to do this second home project for some existing happy customers. Last year, they had wrapped up a basement renovation. Now, a much more difficult task, adding onto the existing structure. The kicker was that it would have to match the current construction in a prominently visible part of the house.

There were a few hurdles the homeowners and Atlanta Curb Appeal had to cross over to get acceptance for this renovation. First, they had to get Home Owners Association approval. Luckily, this did not take too long! But then, however, they faced Cobb County. The new garage would cross over the original approved building lines, so they had to get a new survey and apply for a zoning variance. This process took about two months. But, once they were approved, Atlanta Curb Appeal got to work quickly.

 

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The other tricky task for this job was the slope of the terrain where they needed to lay the foundation. Atlanta Curb Appeal had to add heavy footings and a wall to support the dirt in the back of the space before they could put in the concrete slab. The East Cobb spring weather did not help… lots of rain added some time to an already tricky add-on.

Nice custom touches that were added were a wall-mounted shelf. The big beam shelves were mounted into the studs to avoid bracket and maintain the clean lines. Another custom tip was an unusual door to the bathroom. The clients found the door the aged door at an antique store in Marietta. With a little bit of clean up, staining, and new hardware, its beauty shone through.

The neighbors were skeptical about the addition. Naturally, they were concerned that it would stand out next to the house. But, Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to match the exterior stucco finish of the original home. And they created the corner blocks to flow with the original building style. Once the neighborhood saw the final product, they could not stop complimenting the homeowners!

The homeowners say the addition exceeded their expectations. They were amazed that the 900 square-foot addition looks like it has always belonged there.

Are you ready for Atlanta Curb Appeal to give you an estimate for your East Cobb Addition? Atlanta Curb Appeal’s commitment to quality and ability to stay on task and on budget has clients coming back again and again for remodeling projects. Call us today to set up your appointment. 770-778-1172.

Gorgeous Modern East Cobb Kitchen Makeover

What do you do when your 40-year-old kitchen still has its original builder’s grade cabinets and wood paneled ceilings? You call Atlanta Curb Appeal! This East Cobb family was ready for a change. Kitchens are the heart of the home and having order and space can help the chaos feel manageable!

One of the biggest changes was the removal of the wall that closed off the kitchen from the main foyer. The wall was attached to a coat closet, and losing both would allow more visibility from the kitchen of the front door. And when you have 2 small children, observation is important.

In place of the previous kitchen cabinets, the family chose colonial white shaker cabinets and a navy tile backsplash. The contrast gives the effect of a much larger kitchen while adding light and depth to the room. These kitchen styles are on trend now, yet also simple enough to endure style changes down the road.

The family also wanted a much larger island than the house had originally, so ACA designed a greatly expanded one. The new island added additional cabinet space in the kitchen, as well as a spot that incorporates the microwave. It looks amazing under the new modern lighting piece.

New countertops were made of quartz. This is a wonderful choice for a family because they are tough to stain and they do not require special treatment. ACA also replaced the wood panels in the ceiling with drywall. Then, they re-worked the skylights by finishing the edges and adding new trim.

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Flooring was also updated throughout the entire house. The family decided to go with LVP, or luxury vinyl planking, with gorgeous brown and gray tones. LVP is often more affordable than hardwoods and is a smart choice for kitchens because it is less likely to sustain water damage than hardwood. It is also good for kids because it is durable. The new LVP style choices are miles better than your mother’s linoleum.

The transformation is stunning, making the home more modern and functional for a family with small children. They are glad they took our advice to get rid of the coat closet. They were extremely happy with the end result!

Ready to finally have the kitchen of your dreams? Atlanta Curb Appeal can make it happen.

Want to read another makeover story? Here is an Amazing East Cobb Sunroom we completed last year!

Beautiful Basement: Our 3rd Project for this Client!

Stunning! This beautiful basement renovation made for some very happy repeat clients in East Cobb. The family wanted some major changes to make the space more functional as a play area and entertainment space, including wall removal, a new wet bar, and all new flooring.

Atlanta Curb Appeal did a major kitchen, flooring and bathroom renovation for the family a few years ago. They were so happy with ACA’s work that they invited them back to renovate the kitchen in their new home. And now, the basement! They have also referred ACA to multiple friends and neighbors.

The basement in this early-80’s built home was originally only partially finished. The family wanted to transform it into a safe and separate space for the kids and their friends.

One-feature visitors will notice right away: the gorgeous and practical flooring the builders suggested. It is called LVP, or luxury vinyl planking. Typically, Atlanta Curb Appeal does not encourage true hardwood flooring for a basement. Because moisture can damage, LVP is an ideal water-resistant alternative. It is durable for playtime and looks just as attractive as real wood. The gorgeous color used in this project is called Fresh Oak.

Entertaining usually involves food or beverages so the family wanted an area to store enough drinks for the neighborhood kids, so Atlanta Curb Appeal added new plumbing to the basement to create a wet bar. On the side, they placed a utility pantry for storage. This allowed them the chance to create a beautiful herringbone tile pattern on the wall, complete with custom hand-built cedar wood shelving.

To make the basement complete an additional bathroom with shower was added. Atlanta Curb Appeal first framed it along the wall. Basement bathroom installations are a bit more tricky because of the lack of gravity. A sump pump was added to handle the drain plumbing.

However, the biggest challenge for ACA was not cosmetic – the family wanted to remove a wall!

ACA had to put in a heavy duty beam and a post to support the upper loads coming down. Essentially they moved one major load bearing wall completely and opened two other ones around that post. New footing dugouts and concrete fill made it all feasible to create the open space dream basement the client desired!

Sometimes you have to go big!

Overall the clients are thrilled with their 3rd project with Atlanta Curb Appeal. In fact, they are already discussing a new project – their front entrance!

Want to read another makeover story? Check out this Glamorous Bathroom Remodel we did recently!

Impressive East Cobb Kitchen Makeover

The owners of this home are return customers who came back to Atlanta Curb Appeal for their dream kitchen. In just six weeks, they were left with a more open and workable space, with a beautiful quartz island and much more storage.

ACA had the opportunity to upgrade this family’s master bathroom in the past, so when they decided that their 1980’s kitchen needed some major shifts to give it an open, modern feel, they contacted ACA again for this transformation.

Before Atlanta Curb Appeal Makeover

Before Atlanta Curb Appeal Makeover

This family of four enjoys cooking at home, and they wanted more space to cook, entertain, and spend time together. And they definitely wanted new cabinets. The finished product gave them about 50% more space to work in. It also provides much more storage, especially under the island.

For this family, the island is the center of entertainment when people come over, so they wanted to go big. The family selected a beautiful slab of quartz. Quartz is ideal for an island because it does not require any of the special treatment granite needs, it is heat resistant, and, of course, it is always beautiful. The new flooring accents the modern look, replacing the tile with a gorgeous oak hardwood.

To accomplish such an open feel and add a double oven, the owners and ACA decided to swap the location of the refrigerator and oven. That meant that they had to adjust the electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC hookups throughout the room. They also widened the doorway between the kitchen and the dining room and living space.

Even with those major adjustments, ACA was able to complete the project in six weeks – and stay within the family’s budget. The family said they are blown away by the timing, the final product, and that it was completed at no additional cost! 

The client shared with us in a text, “Wow, what a difference 6 weeks makes!! Unbelievable transformation of the downstairs. You guys are amazing!!!”

Atlanta Curb Appeal loves making people’s dream kitchens and basements come true!

Want to read another Kitchen Makeover story? Read here about our recent Sensational Chef Inspired Kitchen!  

 

Magnificent Country Club Home Gets a Master Bath Makeover!

Magnificent Master Bath Makeover!

Recently, Atlanta Curb Appeal wrapped up a master bathroom in the St. Ives Country Club. The bathroom was original to the home and was over 20 years old.

 

The main problem, the homeowner shared was that the hardware was dated and the overall look was quite behind the times. . The shower walls were the old kind that wrapped all the way around with a small glass door. Plus, the Jacuzzi tub and toilet were green! This was not their first encounter with Atlanta Curb Appeal; previously, crews had done their two other bathrooms and installed a new cedar deck.

Like most renovations, the desire for more space was one of the chief reasons for finally pulling the trigger. Atlanta Curb Appeal’s solution was to add a new cabinet, which helped reduce the clutter on the countertops. Studies show that visual disorder is not only distracting, but it also can create stress.

Originally, above the tub was an old stained glass window. Atlanta Curb Appeal installed a new window that now allows for more natural light to enter the room. After removing the built-in unit, a beautiful modern freestanding tub was added. New floors were installed too, a smooth porcelain tile that looks remarkably like marble. The new countertops are now a beautiful quartz.

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Overall it was a smooth project. The wall color they selected is called “Agreeable Gray” from Sherwin Williams, which is quite the popular color these days. The overall color scheme they went with was ‘neutral gray.’ For a perfect finishing touch, beautiful crown molding was also added to this ceiling to give height and drama.

The clients gave us a call to share that they are thrilled with their makeover!

Want to read another makeover story? See this stunning bathroom we wrapped up recently.

If you are ready for a free estimate of your next Bathroom, Kitchen or Basement renovation give East Cobb contractors, Atlanta Curb Appeal a call at 770-778-1172.

Never Buy a Movie Ticket Again! East Cobb Basement Renovation

Never have to buy a movie ticket again!

This East Cobb family, located near Pope High School, decided to renovate their basement in style.

The family was a return client of ours. Earlier this year, we had expanded their backyard by adding new hardscape along with the construction of a new fabulous outdoor kitchen. The new screened porch and outdoor play area were a summer hit. Now that winter was approaching, the family wanted a place of respite indoors. Naturally, the basement seemed like a good start.

Originally, the basement was partially finished; however, a water leak had caused considerable damage. As part of the restoration process, they decided to go all in and transform it into a more useful area for their family. The old basement was outdated. It had a kitchen and bathroom, but old carpet and zero storage. A refurbishment was indeed in order.

Sometimes clients are reluctant to finish out their basement due to lighting or moisture concerns. One way Atlanta Curb Appeal tackles this is by increasing the brightness using can lights with dimmers if natural light is limited. Proper sealing of the basement alleviates the other burden. The client used a third party company that exclusively deals with these issues. They clean up and prevent future damage from moisture-rich soil and concrete walls. This company also removed the water-damaged drywall and added their secondary system in place before we came in and rebuilt it back up.

The big reveal, though, is the new entertainment room. It is magnificent; it’s like seeing the bridge on the Starship Enterprise after the beautiful barn doors roll back.

Special considerations, of course, had to be made. A sound company installed specific internal panels for sound proofing. Plus, they pre-wired the walls before we closed them for the custom entertainment system.

Finally, we wrapped up by renovating the wet bar area. White subway tiles offset the new black granite countertops. A larger, stainless steel refrigerator was added and beautiful hardwood tile floor.

The results are astounding! The clients’ response to the finished project is that they are absolutely in LOVE with it! They love the new wall colors and the way the carpeting blended so well with all the rooms. It’s a new consistent and modern atmosphere downstairs.

They appreciated it so much, they invited Atlanta Curb Appeal to their first movie showing!

Give us a call free estimate! 770-778-1172 if your basement is in need of renovation!

 

 

 

 

 

STUNNING! Master Bathroom Makeover!

STUNNING! That’s the most descriptive word we can use to describe the master bathroom we recently wrapped up in East Cobb!

 

The owners chose Atlanta Curb Appeal after doing extensive research on the company. It was their first significant renovation for their 30-year-old home, and they wanted it to be a success.

It wasn’t their first brush with remodeling. Recently, they had a lot of work done on their lake house by another contractor. The experience encouraged them to find a company this time that would not only take care of their needs but also be professional, executing expert craftsmanship at every level in the process. After having a sit-down meeting with Atlanta Curb Appeal, the timeline and budget were agreed upon. The client had used Pinterest and Houzz over time to gather the needed inspiration for the project. They personally selected and purchased some aspects like the tile, tub, faucets, and finishes. They had a compelling vision of how they wanted the bathroom built and what the finished product would look like. Atlanta Curb Appeal was happy to deliver that dream.

 

The bulk of the renovation was completed in about 6 weeks. Sometimes holdups in jobs are not due to labor but rather supplier shipment schedules. It took 60 days for the quartz to arrive in Georgia after the client ordered it. Upon receipt, Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to start the fabrication process. To compensate, the entire bathroom was made functional except for sink and countertops during this time.

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The shower stall is one of the first things one notices when entering the bathroom. The client had the long-term in mind by choosing a zero entry shower floor without the typical curb. This type of entry allows a chair to be rolled into the shower at a later date if needed. Accordingly, the interesting Mayan style stool in the shower is not permanently fixed to the floor.

 

Gorgeous porcelain was installed on the bathroom floor and walls along with marble inserts, bullnose, and shower floor tiles. Again the creativity award goes to the client for the perfectly chosen Art Deco styled bell-shaped mirrors and lighting. It complements the tile so nicely!

The tile design behind the bathtub was another custom touch. The client chose the unique tile arrangement from an online source, and Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to make it happen! Initially, the shower was in the location where the bathtub was and vice versa.

Feeling like a movie star! Another exciting part of the bathroom is the newly lighted vanity table and stylist chair. The chair was chosen and purchased by the client, and installed by Atlanta Curb Appeal. Behind this area is a closet, which Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to give a facelift to. Having beauty and efficiency in a closet can make the morning ritual so much smoother.

How do they feel about their new space? The clients are absolutely in love with their newly-renovated master bathroom. They shared how delighted they were with the service they received during the entire process. The client even mailed Atlanta Curb Appeal a thank you note upon completion!

Ready to get your East Cobb Master Bathroom remodeled? Contact Atlanta Curb Appeal for a free estimate.