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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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!  

 

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!

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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.

Be Blown Away by this Amazing Deck Transformation!

A client recently found us on a Facebook group of East Cobb moms. They were looking for a new addition to their home that would open up their entertainment space. The results are simply fantastic, and we have lots of photos to share! Originally, the exterior was just a painted open deck with plain wooden railings and a backyard that was not very functional for the family.

Atlanta Curb Appeal, of course, was able to take it to whole new level!

What made this new screened porch addition interesting is the grand entrance to it. Instead of typical sliding doors, adding a folding glass door wall made it feel like one great big room. They now have twelve feet of open space when the doors are fully open. The porch stays cool with industrial strength ceiling fans for the summer and a new fireplace to warm everyone up in the winter.

The fireplace is a custom gas log unit with a faux stone exterior. The amazing cedar mantelpiece works to blend in but also stand out from the overall design. The walls of the screened porch are a different shade and are also made from a beautiful cedar. Two coats of a gorgeous Sherwin Williams stain will keep it fresh for years to come. Extra electrical outlets were added to compensate for the television in the corner. It is now a fantastic space to enjoy a meal or play games as a family.

The client already enjoyed outdoor living and cooking, but a new, functional outdoor kitchen made it so much more accessible! Talk about convenience! No more trips from the grill in the middle of cooking. This modern outdoor kitchen includes a built-in stainless steel grill and a Big Green Egg stand. To keep the meat and drinks cold, a small refrigerator was installed under the wet bar. Now it’s time to party!

Moving from the wooden deck are a set of steps to the new backyard! The client had significant draining issues and was not able to grow a lawn back there, so it had to be completely redone. Atlanta Curb Appeal had some substantial hardscaping to do. To start with, a bobcat was brought in to level everything. Leveling allowed for drainage improvement and a new retaining wall installation. These two items redirected the path of the previously pooling water. French drains were also installed to pipe out the additional water flow and all the backyard downspouts. The most significant benefit to this new backyard is the increased safe space for the parents to watch the small children as they play and new fencing to keep the dog protected and contained.

The biggest surprise for the family was the timeframe that the project was completed in. They were pleasantly surprised that we were able to be flexible and make changes to the original schedule, yet still only finish one week longer than the original promised completion date.

Items Added to Schedule of Original Timeline 

-New cedar fence to enclose the backyard and make it safe and private

-Drainage problems sorted out and backyard graded

-Retaining wall built

-Additional concrete pad and wood burning fireplace.

-New 12×10 dry storage under the deck with an electrical charging station

-Cedar ceiling and wall inside of screened porch instead of beadboard and old yellow stucco

-Concrete walkway from the front yard to backyard

-Relocated the HVAC condensing units to create easily-hidden storage space for trash bins

The children love their new space and the family as a whole are thrilled that they can get the full benefit of their new dry backyard. The kids can play on the lawn or in their new sandbox or even ride toys on the concrete pad all while Mom and Dad sit on their beautiful porch to keep an eye on them.

Thanks for reading,

Andy Anderson

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Modern Bathroom in East Cobb

Recently, Atlanta Curb Appeal wrapped up a gorgeous bathroom in East Cobb. New clean lines have transformed this once cramped bathroom into a modern showcase.

They found Atlanta Curb Appeal through two neighbors, who each had had their bathrooms renovated by Atlanta Curb Appeal in the past year. Their decision to renovate their bathroom was simple. It was dated. It wasn’t practical. It wasn’t working for them.

To begin the project, Atlanta Curb Appeal gutted their entire space and reconfigured the layout. They started by relocating the shower and vanities. The original shower was small and tucked behind the door in the back of the bathroom.

Atlanta Curb Appeal typically tries to make the shower the focal point when entering the room, since it’s a feature piece. A seat niche was added to enjoy the full spray of the shower. Showerheads and valves should always be replaced on bathroom renovations since entire walls would have to be ripped out if anything went wrong the old tubing. The client selected the latest in modern bath hardware, a square showerhead.

A quartz countertop vanity was added next. It’s a more durable material and harder than granite. Porcelain tile flooring was selected from Floor and Décor.

Next up was the moving of the toilet area. While the tub remained in the same space, the entire closest was modified to make it more functional. There is a natural flow now between the two areas.

Above the tub is the coup d’etat, a Chulilly-like chandelier that the client personally picked out. It brings a fresh style that you instantly notice when you enter the room.

Overall, this particular renovation took seven weeks because custom countertops had to come in on special order. The homeowners loved the finished project and are thrilled with their new, modern bathroom from Atlanta Curb Appeal.

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Speakeasy Basement Bar in East Cobb

Speakeasy Basement Bar in East Cobb

Recently we wrapped up a fantastic basement East Cobb’s Bishop’s Green Neighborhood. Initially, it was a conventional basement you see in many Marietta homes. However, Atlanta Curb Appeal changed it into a cozy speakeasy full of antiques, using recycled and reclaimed materials. It was not the first project for this creative homeowner. Last year, Atlanta Curb Appeal renovated his kitchen and master bathroom. For this project, the client consulted with designer Becky van der Maten. Her creative insight with ideas, colors, and interior décor layout was amazingly helpful in the process.

Coming down the new staircase, the first thing one sees is the show-stopping steampunk balustrade. Using scrap metal collected from garage sales and flea markets over several years, the dark metal pieces now resemble a deconstructed industrial work of art. Honestly, Avi and Andy worked together from beginning to end to make the machinery inspired stairwell a reality.

Second up on the list was a new wine cellar. Beautifully installed shiplapped walls and ceiling created the perfect space to store wine. The clients are budding wine aficionados and as such decided an investment of a small unique cellar would add value to their home. Reclaimed wood for the walls was sourced from an old dismantled barn in Tennessee. The wood color is entirely organic; the only thing Atlanta Curb Appeal had to do was to clean it!

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Renovating the basement bathroom was next on the schedule. Floors, shower and fixtures were to be replaced. Also inside the bathroom is a closet that needed some help. The entrance to it was replaced with custom reclaimed wood doors. Then came the big decision; which tile style would work in a space like this? Becky gave them half a dozen options with a unique mix and match of patterns. They decided on a white subway to go with the flower patterned tile wall and a black herringbone floors. Together with the new black industrialized plumbing and features the bathroom is complete.

The newly customized wet bar was next on the schedule. In the original house, the owners had installed a bar, so the plumbing was already there. The only work Atlanta Curb Appeal had to do was to reconfigure the understairs framing to allow for a more significant bar. The crews are very experienced with moving walls and rerouting HVAC ducts and electrical wiring to increase space. The expanded back wall is covered with the new trending corkboard wallpaper. It brings an exciting dynamic to the bar. In keeping with the theme from the wine cellar, the new bar cabinetry was custom made using the reclaimed barn wood.

The new floors installed are gorgeous, old rustic white oak planks with lots of character. The only addition was a moisture barrier and a ¾” plywood layer subfloor over the original concrete. After the floors were installed, a light buffing and a stain brought out the natural glow. For extra protection and longevity, a poly coat was added. The windows and door trim were also replaced to keep everything custom, including the baseboards.

Atlanta Curb Appeal is a boutique contractor and as such is always ready to help out with custom touches. Rustic farmhouse chandeliers were made entirely from scratch using raw materials, including a recycled mantle. The electrical parts used were ordered online. The new lighting is a conversation starter in this speakeasy basement bar. Also added were new charming cedar beams along the ceiling. It does not feel like a typical basement anymore with these custom touches!

Ssshhhhh, the absolute coolest part of this prohibition styled basement renovation is the secret door with shelving in the mechanical room! Sure to be a favorite for adults and children in the years to come.

The clients are getting fabulous feedback about the new basement. It’s perfect for entertainment when friends come over!

Ready to get your East Cobb Basement Remodeled? Call Atlanta Curb Appeal today for your free estimate 770-778-1172. Our commitment to quality is well known in our area and we always strive to stay on time and on budget. With Atlanta Curb Appeal you are always in communication with your contractor!

Want to read about another Makeover Story? Check out this Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom we completed last month.