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 The old basement was outdated.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.

Modern Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom in East Cobb

This client found Atlanta Curb Appeal after their last renovation from another contractor turned up less than satisfactory results. After interviewing several companies, they selected us. Their home was about 25 years old, so it was clearly due for a remodel.

Farmhouse Bathrooms East Cobb

We see this a lot in East Cobb, where young couples with kids are moving in and renovating these old traditional homes into brand new modern dwellings. It gets completed in stages. Each year they pick a project, so bit-by-bit, they are slowly getting it all done in style. This time it was the master bathroom’s turn!

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To start off, Atlanta Curb Appeal performed a complete demolition of the bathroom space. We gutted the place entirely so that we could rebuild it from scratch. Although some ask if we can do a limited removal of the interior, we have found that doing so increases the chances of leaks and we can’t warranty work like that. Complete gutting also allows for more options, like knocking down an exterior wall for a more prominent window. Gorgeous natural light is hard to beat.

Freestanding Tub Installation East Cobb Marietta

After starting with a clean slate, we installed something we have seen more and more of here in Georgia, and that’s heated floors. Heated floors allow for the luxury of stepping out of the shower on a crisp, wintery day and not getting the chills from a shivery surface. New bathroom installations also allow for some great extras like a shower bench. His and her shower heads were another great new accessory.

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The client is a commercial designer by trade, so she was able to grasp and, in some cases, directly purchase precisely what she wanted style-wise. She chose the fantastic lighting fixture above the freestanding tub, and the beautiful wood and granite mixed vanity with black farmhouse-style faucets. The barn door entry was quite a find! She discovered it at an antique store. Admittedly, it was quite beaten up and dirty. We pulled the glass off, cleaned it up, stained it, and then we put it all back together. She talentedly selected most everything; we merely followed her drawings and wishes. Since she is a designer, she has a keen attention to detail. Many things had to be custom made, which takes more time and effort. The results, though, are breathtaking and worth it!

Finally, one new thing about this renovation was the squared framed shower doors. This upcoming style is becoming more popular on Pinterest and Houzz. Very few glass door companies produce them. They are custom doors and require a more significant expense and wait time for manufacture.

Their feelings post-renovation are ecstatic. They are super happy and love using their new bathroom. It’s magazine worthy!

Ready to update your East Cobb home? Atlanta Curb Appeal’s attention to detail and commitment to the budget are unsurpassed. Call us and set up your free estimate at 770-778-1172. Or see more pictures in our online galleries here.

Want to read another makeover story? Check out last month’s sumptuous bathroom with chandelier and custom Italian fixtures.

Glamorous Bathroom Makeover in East Cobb

Glamorous Bathroom in East Cobb

What do you do when your last bathroom renovation wasn’t everything you wanted it to be? Do you ignore and accept it?

Last year, this East Cobb family was curious when their friends decided to have their bathroom remodeled by Atlanta Curb Appeal. After they viewed our final results, they decided there was hope!

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Since this was their forever home, it was time to plan for the bathroom they wanted all along!

The first step was choosing a designer. After they found someone who was on board with their vision, they gave us a call to make it a reality. Together we all collaborated and laid out a plan. This glamorous bathroom remodel was going to be a dazzling showstopper.

The most stunning thing you notice when entering this bathroom is the massive sparkling chandelier. It’s the epitome of sumptuousness. Mutually selected by the designer and client, we were able to hang it perfectly above the new freestanding tub. These tubs are becoming very popular these days for they are pleasing to the eye and they save room by allowing for additional floor space. In the corner, we added a frameless glass shower and special modern doors that are “self-drying,” meaning they do not require a squeegee session after every shower.

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Another touch of elegance in the bathroom is the gold fixtures! Gold is starting to make a comeback in bathroom design. These faucets were truly special. They were custom-ordered from Italy and took about three months to arrive. In fact, the only real challenge to the project was waiting on the Italians.

Designer and client selected marble floors and tile, which we installed. Some homeowners are reluctant to have marble floors, but we added under-floor heaters to make them comfortable year round. Marble was installed for the countertops. Again, some homeowners may shy away from marble due to its delicate and porous nature, but these clients know to be cautious and not to spill colored fluids. We also took the extra step of applying a particular sealant to guard the surface.

It took seven years for this family to decide they were ready to try again with a renovation, and they are thrilled with the results. They have already left Atlanta Curb Appeal an amazing review on Houzz. They are so happy with the heated bathroom, especially after our cold Atlanta winter this year!

Ready to make your dream bathroom a reality? Atlanta Curb Appeal has been working in East Cobb, Sandy Springs, and Marietta since 2012. Free estimates are available, give us a call at 770-778-1172.

Amazing Atlanta Curb Appeal Client Video Review

At Atlanta Curb Appeal we are constantly impressed by our very kind clients! Our dedication to delivering projects on time and on budget shows, and we love it when the clients notice. Communication and connection are what makes it work and why so many times, they have decided to come back for a 2nd and 3rd project after having such a great initial experience. We appreciate all of our clients and love it when they take the time to leave us written or video reviews! Thank you!

Atlanta Curb Appeal has been serving Atlanta since 2011. Owners Avi Moyal and Andy Anderson deliver quality workmanship on time and on budget in East Cobb, Sandy Springs, and Marietta. Call today to get a free estimate for your next addition, kitchen remodel, basement renovation or whole house makeover at 770-778-1172.

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Astonishing! Stunning Addition in East Cobb

We recently wrapped up a massive addition in East Cobb, and we wanted to share how their makeover story began. The clients initially found us more than a year ago after we wrapped up a remodeling project at their neighbor’s house. Upon its completion, we met and ended up creating a kitchen renovation for them too, which they adored!

Fast-forward a year: knowing that their late 70’s small deck was beginning to age ungracefully, they began to ask us questions. Could an addition with two levels solve their spacing problems? Would an additional garage area for vehicles and equipment be feasible on their foundational footprint? Could that top floor have enough space for a screened porch, open deck, and kitchen extension? Yes, indeed! We assured them that with our careful planning and design, it could be done! We couldn’t wait get to work.

Demolition was step one. We removed the old deck and began laying the supports for the new addition. We were using a solid, sturdy cedar wood for the deck flooring and screened porch walls, and we wanted it to last for generations. We stained both to match. It’s gorgeous in color and fits beautifully with the home’s exterior palette.

The new kitchen extension included cabinets and quartz that matched their main kitchen renovation we completed last year. An addition of a wine cooler and icemaker were two more significant parts of making this a new place for entertaining. For the kitchen extension, we installed new Pella windows with custom benches. They wanted to bring the outside in with these big windows on the sides. You can look out and still feel the warmth of dinner cooking in the oven. It’s like having a small sunroom, but closer to the coffee! Sconce lighting was the perfect final touch.

Every home is different, and for this project, a central screened porch was the best option because it allowed them to hear the sounds of nature and feel the breeze of the outdoors. We even used a beautiful porcelain tile for the porch that looks like wood; it adds durability and is easy to clean up. Outside the porch on the deck was enough space for a grill. They now have the new party house on the block!

Pouring concrete to create a long driveway in the back was the last detail to wrap up the job. Plus, great news! A few days ago we received the Letter of Completion from Cobb County Inspections, the Chief Inspector himself came to look at the new addition for the last inspection. He shared that he, too, loved the project!

Our favorite part of any job is having the final feedback from the client on how a renovation has impacted them. They shared with us that they are loving their new addition and are impressed with how beautiful and neat it turned out!

Are you ready to start a renovation for your home? Atlanta Curb Appeal offers free estimates. We specialize in kitchens, basements, sunrooms, screened porches, outdoor kitchens and decks. Call to set up your appointment today!

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Want to read another makeover story? Check out this Million Dollar Deck we did last year!

 

 

Must See! Beautiful Sunroom with Fireplace Near Walton

East Cobb Porch Installation

Recently, we wrapped up a new porch installation in East Cobb near Walton High School. The clients initially found us by an online search for recommended East Cobb contractors. Atlanta Curb Appeal set up a meeting to examine the home. After a thorough examination of the property, the process of creating a complimentary estimate for them began. The age of the homes in their neighborhood is about 10-15 years old. Thus, they were ready for an update.

Attached to the home was the original small deck and pergola. However, their dream was to have a screened porch. After 15 years of exterior wear and tear, their wooden deck was showing signs of deterioration. During our consultation, they also leaned heavily towards adding a new outdoor fireplace if the budget could accommodate.

Clients often have a difficult time deciding whether to add a screened porch or sunroom. Building a new sunroom involves a whole new set of costs and changes to a home, including new HVAC duct work, insulation, electrical work, and support walls. The beauty of a screened porch is that you are still connected to nature. You can hear the morning song of the Georgia birds, the rustling of the fall leaves, and the feel of the breeze on your skin during the spring.

As with any significant changes to a home’s footprint, there can be county inspections and paperwork to complete. For some neighborhoods, approval by the HOA is required, too. In our experience, we recommend that the homeowner get the HOA to sign off before work commences. Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to provide the client with CAD drawings from an architect and facilitate the process of county permitting. We helped with the application process for building, electrical and plumbing permits. Finally, we met with the various inspectors during the process and paid the fees.

One of the challenges to our design was that the home had an arched brick wall full of windows. This curvature required us to attach the porch differently than we normally would. The inspectors made us build it as a free-standing structure. He also wanted us to provide an additional engineer’s letter to make sure that we made it to county specifications. The wall shape was unusual, and as such they wanted us to over-reinforce it with massive beams. This porch will not be going anywhere for the next 200 years!

Another great addition to this structure was the installation of a new fireplace. Together we selected a custom-designed stone front facing style. A beautiful cedar mantle was cut and shaped for it by hand. It’s gorgeous and durable. Altogether, this particular sunroom took about 5 weeks to finish. This was a typical timeline. However, if your home doesn’t have an arched brick wall, it could be less.

The final results are that the clients are so excited with their new sunroom! They love it and have already given us a great review online. In fact, when we went to pickup the last payment, they asked us to start renovating their basement! We are happy to say that we are now nearly finished with this project, too.

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