Say Goodbye 90’s Kitchen East Cobb!

Say Goodbye 90’s Kitchen in East Cobb!

This East Hampton kitchen renovation is OUT with the 90’s vibe and IN with a gorgeous, modern kitchen.

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BEFORE:

Like most of our clients, this homeowner found Atlanta Curb Appeal by referral. A neighbor recommended us through the neighborhood group chat, and the family could not be happier with the results or how fast the project was completed! From start to finish, this project took Just. Six. Weeks.

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The homeowners, new empty-nesters, thought it was high time for an upgrade to the kitchen. With the kids out of the house, they designed it to fit their new needs. The old kitchen had wallpaper, can lights, and a kitchen desk. Atlanta Curb Appeal removed the desk and ripped off the wallpaper. Then, we added classic tile and wafer LED lights for a bright, airy feel.

New amenities include a two-drawer beverage fridge, a trash compactor, and new storage in the gigantic island. The island has room for cabinets on both sides, plus an overhang for extra seating in the kitchen. The color of the island is called dark shaker grey, and it contrasts nicely with the walls and hardware.  Amazingly, the 48-inch range also provides space for a double oven underneath. The corner pantry was removed to enlarge the kitchen and instead, we added pantry cabinets with pull-out drawers.

Our client selected Hoodsly for the beautiful new hood vent. It is a great company for quality, customer service, and quick turnaround. We did have to find a way to vent the hood all the way to an outside wall, which was challenging with the high ceilings and framing style, but as you can see from the photos, it was worth it.

The wallpaper was also tricky!  We had to smooth and sand the walls after it was removed. This added some time to the project, but, we were still able to complete the job quickly. The homeowners were happy that so much progress was made each day and that the project ended on time and within budget.

We are delighted that they love the final result!

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Fantastic! Two Story Deck with Roofs in East Cobb!

Summer is the best time for hitting the pool, grilling out, and entertaining outside. What do you do, then, when your deck is showing its age? You renovate!

This East Cobb family’s 30-year-old home had been having some issues inside and out. The two-story deck was rotting and small. The house sits right on a small lake, so it has a beautiful view. 

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Previously, the homeowners used Atlanta Curb Appeal for basement and bathroom remodels. Since they were already very pleased with those results, they hired us again for this fabulous deck and porch upgrade. 

It took 3 months to complete the magnificent porch project. We removed the old decks, added deep new footings, and put a roof on the top deck. Atlanta Curb Appeal used pressure-treated lumber and cedar. This lumber is treated with a preservative at high pressure to preserve the life of the wood for decades.

A gorgeous cedar was used for inside the porch only for a better look and feel.

The family also chose a new screen technology called “Mesh Guard” for the upper deck. The material and frames are much stronger than traditional screen porch material, so it eliminates the need for railing and pickets. This allows for a more unobstructed view. This new product took a little bit longer to install, but the result is a beautiful, clear view of the backyard and pond behind the house. 

Neighbors stopped by often to check out the results and were impressed with the consistently clean worksite. 

The homeowners are in love with the result and are enjoying their new outdoor space every day!

Atlanta Curb Appeal pro tip: If you are considering deck remodels, consider the cost of materials before you begin! Also, consider the maintenance required. Each house is different, but Atlanta Curb Appeal recommends you keep an eye on how the wood is aging and fix what is needed. The longer you wait, the bigger and more expensive it is to fix. For PT lumber, Atlanta Curb Appeal recommends homeowners to pressure wash and re-stain every 2-3 years to extend the life of the wood.

Want to read another Deck Makeover story? We called this one a Million Dollar Deck with all the custom upgrades including built in outdoor kitchen.

Amazing Modern Kitchen Transformation in East Cobb

Amazing Modern Kitchen Transformation in East Cobb!

This kitchen transformation from Atlanta Curb Appeal is pretty remarkable. It is such a drastic change that it’s difficult to imagine that the before and after photos are of the same space! The design is forward-thinking, and the rooms feel light and fresh compared to the original dark and bulky kitchen construction.

The home is an older home on a beautiful piece of property on the Chattahoochee River. These particular clients have an eye for design and detail. They did quite a bit of research to find a contractor and liked ACA’s positive reviews. They also researched every aspect of the project, from the tile they ordered from Italy to the custom cabinetry design.

The biggest hurdle for this remodel was creating more space in the kitchen. In addition to moving walls and changing the layout, the new space created additional problems. The new kitchen hood vent was so powerful, we had to install a fresh air return system so that the vent would not create a vacuum in the home.

One of the most unique design features in this kitchen is the countertop-integrated burners. The gas burners are installed into the granite countertop, instead of being surrounded by glass or metal. This gives them a seamless and design-centric appearance, and they are also easy to clean. Homeowners interested in this style of stovetop in their kitchen just need to choose a countertop material that is durable and does not stain easily.

Other great features in this new kitchen are a custom island with seating and front and back storage. There are also custom cabinets built to store jackets, bookbags, and other odds and ends by the door. The backsplash tiles, researched by the client and ordered from Italy, are stunning.

ACA left another happy set of clients after this remodel. In fact, the family has contracted them to continue remodeling the entire house in phases. This modern kitchen in East Cobb is just the beginning.

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Amazing! East Cobb Home Office Makeover!

Amazing East Cobb Home Office Makeover!

As you might expect after the start of the pandemic, many families are investing in home office renovations. In this East Cobb family, both partners work from home, so they dreamed of private office spaces so each of them could work without distractions. Fortunately, they found Atlanta Curb Appeal by word of mouth after a neighbor’s great experience with a kitchen remodel. 

This couple needed to be able to work and do conference calls without disturbing each other, so ACA reshuffled the rooms and subdivided the space to create offices with special acoustic-rated insulation. If you have ever been in a basement or downstairs office you can completely understand. Also, both couples enjoy the view of the lake behind their house, so both offices are situated to face the lake and are outfitted with large windows. Daylight in basements should always be a goal during renovations if possible. 

Adjusting the rooms also meant that ACA needed to remove some load-bearing walls to create the space. We consulted with the engineers and ended up using some large laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams to bear the weight of the upper floors. ACA also moved the duct work, electrical wires, and plumbing to the sides of the room. This allowed us to create an unusually high ceiling for a basement. ACA also dug out and reinforced a space for an exit door on the side of the house and installed sliding doors. Again, the focus is on the outdoors even though we were working on the basement level.

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ACA always welcomes the input and creativity of the homeowners that we work with. In many cases, clients want to include their own handiwork in the design of the remodel. In this case, the husband was very talented with woodworking. He built the sliding barn doors, the benches by the TV, and the built-in desks. ACA was happy to incorporate these elements into our own handiwork.

These homeowners were very pleased with their new space, and ACA had fun working with them. It’s a good thing… ACA is now moving to a Phase II renovation: a screened-in porch with a fireplace! Bring on the Georgia spring! 

Want to read another makeover story? Here is a basement with downstairs kitchen we did recently near East Cobb.

Stunning! East Cobb Kitchen and Mudroom Makeover

“On time, on budget, and exceeded our expectations!” That’s what this family said after Atlanta Curb Appeal renovated their kitchen. Interestingly, they interviewed 18 contractors before even deciding on ACA!

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Their East Cobb home was built in the 1980s and was a true original; it had never been renovated. Visually, the home felt small since the lines of sight were blocked by too many walls. Obviously, the existing floor plan needed some modernization.

Before Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen demolition began when ACA removed the walls and doorways, expanded the walkways, and moved out one exterior wall to expand and open up the kitchen. Next, we moved the laundry room upstairs to create a proper mudroom. Finally, we relocated the garage entry door and stairs door to free up wall space in the kitchen.

One aspect of this East Cobb kitchen that was very important to the family was ventilation. They like to cook with lots of aromatics and spices, so they wanted to make sure that they could effectively vent out the kitchen smells. For that reason, ACA installed a commercial-grade hood vent over the range. To create this vented system, the builders connected the hood vent to a direct exterior vent supply they built in the garage.

The biggest challenges to the renovation were moving out the original exterior wall and removing the door to the stairs. ACA consulted with their in-house engineer to make sure that the structure would be sound with the changes. The result was a great flow to the kitchen, wider walkways, and a seamless look throughout the space.

Other new additions included an office space with French doors. The client works from home and needed a quiet, designated spot.  ACA built a beautiful custom desk right into the new area. The floors are a beautiful red oak, stained in a Minwax color called Provincial, and we applied three coats of polyurethane to protect the wood throughout the space.

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The homeowners are thrilled with the final results!

For their next project, these clients have decided to renovate their second level, but have decided not to interview 18 contractors this time!

The clear choice for them is Atlanta Curb Appeal.

Want to read another Makeover story? Check out this East Cobb Kitchen with Black and Gold Accents we did last year!

 

 

Beautiful! East Cobb Basement with Kitchen & Pool Table!

What do you do when you love your home but feel like it’s missing something? This family appreciated entertaining and playing a game of pool, but the basement left something to desire because it was partly unfinished. The solution? An updated basement with a great open floor plan and increased storage.

Atlanta Curb Appeal connected with the family thanks to a recommendation from an East Cobb realtor. The new clients had great ideas of what they wanted their updated basement to look like but needed some help completing the vision. During the meeting, the clients shared their plan of desired finishes and colors as well as the floor style and color. The goal was to end up with a gorgeous yet practical space.

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Atlanta Curb Appeal got started by doing some demolition work. In order to create this open feeling, walls had to be removed. Also, since there was not a kitchen area downstairs before, Atlanta Curb Appeal had to install additional plumbing. A sump pump system was also added so that the lower-level drains would work properly. Commonly found in basements, these pumps siphon the gray water out. A dramatic change to a floor plan like this does require extensive plumbing and electrical work, but it was worth it for the homeowner because Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to add washer and dryer hookups along with everything else.

Next up was installing the new custom kitchen island with pull-up bar stools. The space works great for sharing a meal and cleaning up afterward.

The pantry doors on either side of the sink are a welcome addition to the downstairs area too. It’s a huge space to put things away and to reduce the number of trips up and down the stairs. Plus, the additional space under the custom island adds even more storage!

Beautiful new glass doors also brought in needed sunlight where there was once a garage door. Finding a way to bring in the light to a finished basement is always worth it. After the glass specialty company installed the doors, Atlanta Curb Appeal finished the final trim and paint to the door frames.

Overall, the whole process took about eight weeks, except for the final delivery of the custom glass doors.

The homeowners are thrilled with how it turned out and the time it took to complete the project. And a special thanks to Ally Bunin, a local designer who consulted on the final selection of fixtures and finishes.

Ready to get started on updating your Basement? Atlanta Curb Appeal is dedicated to completing projects on budget and on schedule. Our team is committed to excellent consistent communication. Contact us at 770-778-1172 or Schedule a Consultation here.

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French Blue Oven is the Star of this Roswell Kitchen Remodel

Stunning Kitchen Remodel in Roswell

We absolutely love the final outcome of this beautiful kitchen remodel in Roswell. Her style is a blend of Southern and Grandmillenial. This client is a return customer with two kids and a love for cooking and baking, so when we renovated her master bathroom last year, she told us her kitchen would be next.

The original kitchen was an odd shape, and the island was difficult to manage, with toddlers running around they felt cut off from guests when entertaining. The space was not effectively being utilized. This client worked with a designer. They had an ideal layout for the new kitchen, but it would take some wall and beam removal. ACA worked with the new designer to reconfigure the structure and open up the space significantly.

The showstopper of the whole kitchen is the blue, antique-style range that was ordered directly from France! A LaCornue Cornufé Albertine 90. The oven was a story in itself considering It was delayed by several months getting here from France because of the Suez Canal Blockage. However the homeowner shared it, “It was worth the wait!”.

The homeowner is a baker and of the three ovens, that was the one that was needed for her special recipes. Another “can’t do without” was her pull-out table for her gorgeous Turquoise Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer, an honored wedding gift from the client’s late father-in-law. The homeowner shared, “I love to entertain and host our community group and family gatherings for holidays, so I wanted as much oven and stove real estate as possible while not losing space for my thrifted china, serving pieces, and pantry items.”

The entire remodel was nearly complete before the specially-ordered oven was delivered. The enormous island in the middle of the kitchen was another dream for the owner. We used a full slab of Carrara Valentine Quartz. It’s beautiful. 

The hardwood floors are original to the space, but we moved the walls and cut the concrete slab for additional plumbing to the island. In order to make it look seamless, we sanded and re-stained the whole main level of the home. 

An additional feature that is becoming increasingly popular in kitchen remodels is a prep kitchen or hidden bar area. This gives the owner additional storage for appliances, kitchen utensils, and other supplies. In this case, the owner is also using it as a drink and coffee bar.

We removed a small bathroom and utilized some space from their garage to create this space. The shelving is made from butcher block wood with an oil finish, and we think the colors in this room complement the color scheme in the kitchen beautifully. The unique French Cremone Bolts for the doors were specially ordered to compliment this space. 

The owners are very pleased with the outcome and how it completely changes the feel of the house.  “We felt like we went from cookie-cutter home to a more custom upscale feel. We’re really thankful for Avi and Andy and their team.”

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Want to read another makeover story? Check out this Exciting East Hampton Kitchen Makeover!

 

AMAZING! Roswell Master Bath Transformation!

These Roswell homeowners asked Atlanta Curb Appeal to make some major changes to their lovely home. The new addition completely transformed their living space! Their goal was to accommodate their changing needs.

The family heard about ACA through a renovation we did to the neighbor’s house. We worked closely with this family and a designer to create this living space. Originally, the homeowners approached us to enlarge the master bathroom but as we began meeting with them, the project expanded.

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We also added a big walk-in closet, and to accommodate the additional space for the bathroom and closet, we moved the laundry room upstairs. It’s so much more convenient to walk the dirty and clean laundry just one room over! Plus, having a place to fold and sort clothes creates a sense of order to the random piles that can accumulate in a tiny laundry area.

The decision to hire a designer, Becky Vander Maten – IIDA, NCIDQ, in this case, was a great decision for the family. While our experience does branch into design, we most often defer to the homeowners for colors, fixtures, furniture, and other design elements. Some homeowners have a strong sense of what they would like the finished product to look like; others might need guidance to create their dream space. We are happy to collaborate with designers. It also often makes the decision-making process run more smoothly. In this case, as with all home projects, there were unexpected obstacles. We had a great working relationship with the client and Becky, so we were able to make quick decisions to keep the project moving.

As you can see, the family ended up with a beautiful and unique master bathroom. Some of the design elements we love are the concrete tile in the shower, the chandelier, and the unique mirror shapes in the bathroom. Plus, the show-stopping ceiling beams are gorgeous!

One of the major adjustments we made was to reroute the plumbing and HVAC locations in the bathroom and add plumbing to the laundry room. This required lots of work behind the scenes, but the payoff was worth it.

In the end, this project took eight weeks to finish.

We are excited to announce that the homeowners are so pleased with the results!

Want to read another Atlanta Curb Appeal Makeover Story? Check out this East Cobb Bathroom with before and after pictures!

Amazing! Modern Basement & Bathroom Deserves to be in Magazine!

This modern East Cobb basement & bathroom renovation deserves to be in a magazine!


This Chimney Springs basement remodel took this home to the next level, with a new living space, wet bar, outdoor area, and a spectacular bathroom. The family heard about Atlanta Curb Appeal through their neighbors. Interestingly, the family actually referred two other clients to us before working with us themselves!


The homeowners had a strong vision about the design and style they wanted in the home and were delighted that we were able to pull it off.


First, we upgraded the basement with a gigantic bathroom and renovated bedroom. We also added a screened-in porch, pool deck, additional outdoor storage, a gym, and a wet bar. To do this, we completely dismantled the existing basement, moved around walls, and opened up the space to create a clean and practical living area for them.


The homeowners were inspired to add on, partially because of the pandemic. For one thing, we were able to recreate a gym in the basement after the homeowner’s gym was shut down. We moved around some plumbing to create a wet bar near the pool entrance. The modern tile reminds you of a slightly busy but more monochromatic Piet Mondrian piece.

 

We used Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) on the floors. This is an excellent choice for the basement and flooring near a pool. That is because, even though it looks like a stylish wood floor, it is much more water-resistant.


Next up, we created the largest shower we have ever made! It is an incredible tiled walk-in space with a luxurious shower and free-standing tub. It’s like one huge room!

The Japanese- inspired bathroom stool keeps the towels dry and off the floor. The matching vanities have gorgeous bowl sinks with stylish lighting fixtures.

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We also relocated the stairs on the back porch, updated the railing, and created the storage space out by the pool so that they can keep all pool toys and equipment out of sight and out of mind. ACA recommended the design for the storage space: a much more attractive and sturdy option to the traditional lattice. We used pressure-treated deck boards for the storage space so the look will last!


Because of some material shortages and the size of this project, the renovation took a little longer than our normal renovation. The homeowners were so pleased with the outcome! Their excellent modern taste now shows through in every room.

Want to read another makeover story? This Modern Roswell Home is Back in Black!

Call Atlanta Curb Appeal if you are ready to start your next East Cobb Home Renovation at 770-778-1172.