East Cobb BEFORE and AFTER Bathroom Makeover!

Bathroom remodels were the most popular home renovation project of 2020. And we have a great one to show you!

After years of living with the builder-grade master bathroom, this homeowner was so excited to get an updated East Cobb bathroom from ACA, Atlanta Curb Appeal! The upgrade included a roomy shower, a freestanding tub, and a gorgeous picture window.

This East Cobb homeowner learned about ACA from her neighbor across the street. We did a master bathroom improvement there, too. This home was built about 20 years ago, and the bathroom needed a little bit of shine.

 

First, ACA removed the framing and glass blocks from the previous shower to allow for more space inside. The glass blocks, while interesting 20 years ago, had not aged very well. Amazingly, the new glass shower walls opened up the space. On the walls, what appears to be a beautiful marble finish is actually 12X24 porcelain tiles. It looks stately! The porcelain tile that mimics the marble look is often preferable because it is more durable, affordable, and less slippery.

Next up, we removed the big, clunky Jacuzzi tub, which has fallen out of grace in home design for several reasons. They tend to leak over time and their size requires a huge fill-up of time and water. Plus, those old tubs take up valuable bathroom footage and are difficult to keep clean. Not a lot of benefits for all those drawbacks.

The beautiful window above the tub was custom-made to bring in light and accentuate a lovely view. And we were able to add gorgeous shiplap around the tub. The shiplap was not just a design feature; the wood will actually protect the drywall close to the tub.

Since we had to change up the wiring and make adjustments to the plumbing, ACA replaced the vanities and most of the drywall.

We also added new tile to the floors to match the flow and design of the bathtub and shower.

Even though there was a delay in the specially-ordered custom window, this bathroom remodel only took us six weeks. The homeowner was so pleased with the finished product! “She loved it,” according to Andy Anderson, co-owner of Atlanta Curb Appeal.

Ready to tackle your bathroom? Atlanta Curb Appeal has ideas and plans to bring your bathroom up to date! Contact us here. 

Want to read another Makeover Story? See this magnificent country club bathroom! 

Atlanta Curb Appeal remodels homes in East Cobb, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Milton and the surrounding areas. Give us a call if you are ready to upgrade your exterior or interior.

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Modern Kitchen East Cobb Deserves to be in a Magazine!

For a long time, this East Cobb family had been planning a new kitchen for their home off of Lower Roswell Road. They went searching online for kitchen contractors and called a few. Although they received several quotes for the project, they clicked with Atlanta Curb Appeal because they liked our ideas.

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Their home had been built thirty years before, and it hadn’t been updated at all. It had builder’s grade cabinets with the standard honey-colored wood and ordinary dark countertops. The kitchen sink was laid out in typical 1990’s style at an angle with 3 bar stools behind it. Because of this layout, a whole kitchen gut out was required.

BEFORE

One of the biggest goals that they had for the kitchen remodel, besides making the space feel larger, was a gorgeous new island. We understood their vision and custom-designed every inch of it. The intention was to create a generous centerpiece but with plenty of space around the sides for the flow of traffic. The hardware color they chose was a gold finish. It looks great against the super light cabinets and darker island. The countertops the client chose were white man-made quartz. They are elegant and durable and gleam in the new lighting. It’s so bright and fresh now!

Previously they had a small pantry and laundry room off the kitchen. We had to remove everything, along with a small balcony and extending the living room. It wasn’t an easy task because the walls we had to remove were load-bearing walls. We had an engineer visit and inspect the whole structure to calculate what size beams we should use. This also meant that the whole ceiling drywall had to come down. We installed many LVL beams to carry the upstairs weight to compensate for the loss of those load-bearing walls.

The work was worth it because, with this new open space, where the hard-to-access pantry had been, we built a whole wall cabinet with a coffee bar in the middle! Underneath the countertop, a new microwave and warmer drawer were added. The space is now so much more useful. Above the coffee bar, we installed a row of cabinets with clear glass that is lit from behind with LED lighting.

We commonly install strip lighting under cabinets these days; it shows off the backsplash and creates a more efficient and inviting work environment.

Above the oven, we installed a large gorgeous eye-catching hood. While it looks like copper on the outside, it’s actually a wood piece that we special ordered and stained! The actual hood unit is underneath and is connected to an exhaust pipe that empties outside the house.

The kitchen now flows out into the living room more easily. Since we had to move 3 walls to make this space larger, we fixed and matched the floors by sanding the whole main level, staining it and then applying 3 coats of polyurethane.

Originally, the living room was much smaller with a fireplace in the center of the old wall.  By taking off the small balcony and moving walls, the fireplace was going to be off center. To balance things out, we took it all apart and relocated it to the center of the new wall. We resurfaced the wall with bricks and installed a thick, custom cedar beam mantle and bracket.  We trimmed the wall out and created the perfect space for the large tv. The space is now so open and spacious.

We had told the client it would take 7-8 weeks to complete a project of this size; we are happy to say, it took exactly 7 weeks! They stayed in the home while we worked around them.

The family was thrilled working with us; they said they had a great experience and loved our crews! They loved the communication throughout the project and the pace of the work that occurred each day. They are elated at the huge transformation of their home.

Are you looking for a kitchen renovation in your East Cobb home? Atlanta Curb Appeal can get you a free estimate for your next home project. Our clients consistently remark about our level of communication and commitment to budgets and timelines.

Want to read another Kitchen Makeover Story? Check out this Fabulous Modern Kitchen renovation.  The black and gold details are gorgeous!

Resplendent Roswell Kitchen Reformation!

What do you when you have a dark and dated kitchen? You transform it!

This family in Roswell realized they were ready for an open and light-filled space to create and entertain. Their original floor plan of a separate kitchen and dining room was just too limiting. They called Atlanta Curb Appeal to see if they could have their dream of a beautiful, modern culinary oasis.

BEFORE:

To get started, the client agreed to open up the space. To do this, ACA removed some load-bearing walls. We had to get creative to ensure that the weight would be carried in other ways. This included adding new footing and adding to the foundation.

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The family saved up for this project and that preparation paid off. They were able to splurge on some top-quality materials that will keep this kitchen beautiful for years to come!

Quartzite Countertops

One of these high-quality items is the quartzite countertops. Quartzite is a growing favorite for several reasons. First, it is a naturally-occurring material, so it has the depth and beauty that are often associated with granite and marble, but it is much more durable. Unlike marble and granite, it does not scratch or etch, and it requires virtually no maintenance. A win-win for everyone.

Solid Wood Flooring

The other high-quality material ACA used in this renovation was new red oak flooring. This gorgeous natural wood gives the kitchen a modern, classy feel and will be durable through time. ACA stained the floors with Provincial by Minwax, and we applied a durable shellac polyurethane to preserve the floor.

The Island

Prior to the renovation, they did not have an island, but they desperately wanted one. They had narrow cabinets and needed end appliances space after we removed the walls.  By adding an island and installing new wider cabinets, Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to increase cabinet space by 30%!

The Dry Bar

They did not have the dry bar before and had always wanted one to display glasses. Plus, having beverages on tap cold and ready to enjoy without crowding the kitchen fridge was a total bonus.

ACA thrives on referrals. This Roswell family was referred to ACA by a friend who had a great kitchen experience, too. And now, this family was so happy with their experience with ACA that they referred us to one of their friends. Are you ready for your home upgrade?

Call Atlanta Curb Appeal to set up an appointment today, 770-778-1172

Want to read another makeover story? See this Modern Kitchen Update in Indian Hills we handled recently.

Back in Black: A Stunning East Cobb Makeover

Back in Black

For this former New York family, their newly purchased East Cobb Roswell home did not fit their style. The home was over 20 years old and most of the fixtures and features were original from the builder – basically a home from the late ’90s – which meant lots and lots of brown. They chose the home because of its excellent location and good bones. However, modern and updated was what they wanted and that’s why they contacted Atlanta Curb Appeal.

Remarkably, the owner’s design background and sense of style lent itself to a clear vision of how she wanted to renovate each room. Her love of black and white dramatically changed the look and feel of each space. A little bit of paint went a long way, especially on the home’s exterior (which was completely transformed) and the interior noir window trims which modernized the home’s interior.

Over the past few years, a change has been happening in American home color palettes. It was all white for a time, but today in some homes “black is the new gray” in interior design! This homeowner clearly had a vision of how to recreate the space in their own style and using more contemporary design techniques.

Even more unique to this project – believe it not – is that this beautiful renovation was designed almost entirely through renderings and Facetime discussions with the owner over the two-month period before they relocated from New York. Once the work began, the owner flew in every few weeks to meet with ACA in person and see the progress, but they were able to pull off the successful renovation via long distance through daily FaceTime communication.

The Great Room

The Great Room was transformed with paint and special architectural touches, including new wall trims, revitalized flooring, and a new fireplace mantle. Sometimes it’s the small details that can make a huge difference. Off the Great Room, ACA built a one-of-a-kind foyer ceiling detail that is striking when you walk through the front door. This similar trim detail was added to the kitchen and bar islands for continuity (see photos!)

The Pantry

Coming from New York, the owner always longed for a large pantry and laundry space. ACA completely transformed the home’s former laundry room into a spectacular mudroom, with a deep pantry, new laundry space and powder room. Together they designed a custom-built pantry with deep shelving with barn doors to cover the laundry area and reduce noise, but maintain the open concept. The open shelving for the pantry turned out beautifully because it allows for display of their inventory of food to be seen with a quick scan, which is great when you are creating your grocery list. A barn door was added to serve as the powder room door to maximize space. This room transformation was not without its challenges – including the need to remove a window to make the barn doors work! ACA worked through the issues to make her design a reality and this is now the owner’s favorite space in the house!

 

The Kitchen

Using the good bones already in the kitchen, the look was completely transformed by professional cabinet refinishing. Just by changing the colors, this kitchen instantly became more modern. Then ACA added new countertops, fixtures, lighting, and special molding detail to bring the cabinets to the ceiling. With a fresh backsplash and modern hardware this kitchen – especially the island – became a gorgeous focal point of the home.

 

The Bar Lounge

Often in homes today, you see the front room adjacent to the dining room as an office or a formal sitting room, but these homeowners had other ideas! ACA custom-built a wet bar with a striking island (detail matching to the foyer ceiling detail) to make this room a one-of-a-kind bar lounge. The room is still in progress but it is proof that you can make your home whatever you want, with a vision.

Overall, the results of this home renovation speak for itself! The owners are thrilled with the renovation and enjoyed working with ACA. She shared on her Instagram live updates through each of the renovation stages. Go to @AllyBunin and click on “Home Reno” in the highlighted stories to see the progress.

If you are ready to start a new project with Atlanta Curb Appeal get in touch with us for a consultation. 

Want to read another Home Makeover story? Here is a gorgeous Kitchen in Black we did in Indian Hills last year.

Dramatic Backyard Makeover East Cobb

Dramatic Backyard Makeover in East Cobb

Originally, this East Cobb homeowner found Atlanta Curb Appeal through mutual friends. They were looking to upgrade their backyard into a place that the whole family could enjoy. For 10 years, they had lived there getting by with a simple unscreened deck. Unfortunately, during the hot and mosquito-filled Georgia summers, it was not exactly the most pleasant place.

Their original deck was plain and was not finished underneath, and in the backyard, an old playhouse got little use. This family has 3 fabulous kids that love the outdoors, and the dad really wanted a screened porch and a bigger deck. He got his wish!

It was a large project to undertake. First, Atlanta Curb Appeal had to remove the old deck completely and start from the footings up. Then, a post was added and new beams.
A brand new screened porch was built on top of the new large, long deck. It’s amazing how much usable space was created!

After completing the deck, an underdeck was finished with a dry below system to collect the water from above. This ensures that the water from the top level does not penetrate to those sitting underneath on the new stylish outdoor furniture.

Atlanta Curb Appeal also added some visual panache by dressing up the columns, screen frames, and posts with cedar. Cedar is truly a gorgeous choice for decks. Wood stains were also applied to increase durability and to add color. It’s fun to have options! The flooring that was chosen for this new East Cobb deck and porch was also cedar. While most people choose pressure-treated pine in the South for savings, the cedar is a beautiful wood that allows the deck to smell and look fabulous! It’s worth it if it’s in the budget!

Finally, a completely new playhouse was built for the family. Atlanta Curb Appeal insulated it like a real house; however, electricity and water were not added at this time. The kids are already in love!

The results are in. The family is thrilled and are happily using every part of the new renovations. Additionally, a new gabled roof and big cedar beams and groove cedar ceiling planks were installed on the front of the house. Talk about new curb appeal!

This project was large in size and took about two months. This is a bit longer than normal, but due to its scope and some COVID-19 supply issues, it was a great accomplishment.

Are you ready to see what Atlanta Curb Appeal can do for your new backyard? Schedule a consultation with Avi and Andy.

Want to read another makeover story? See this Million Dollar Deck we built one summer.

His and Hers Offices: 2020 Home Improvements

Screaming kids, short walks to the kitchen, distracting media devices – there are hurdles to productivity when you and your partner are working from home, and the coronavirus pandemic could make working at home a preferred strategy for many companies in the future.

Maybe it is time to start looking at an in-home office remodel or addition! Plus, if you are both working at home – why not go the extra step and build a HIS and HERS office? Statistically, people are more productive the more organized their workspaces are. While it was novel having your “home office” at the kitchen table, with its spilt dried milk and broken cheerios, having a dedicated space to focus is the answer to many problems. Simply shut the door and suddenly you have a boundary, a new place to take calls and answer emails, un-interrupted!

At Atlanta Curb Appeal, we have seen an uptick in estimates for home offices, and we would like to share a few ideas to help get the ball rolling.

Here are four tips to consider before you build:

  1. Find a style that you both like – While personal tastes may vary between the two of you, try to find a unifying style that you can both feel comfortable in. Work together to settle on an overarching category (farmhouse, modern, industrial, etc.) and then you can personalize your individual work spaces.
  2. Get Organized – For maximum productivity, especially with two people working in the same space, it must be as clutter free as possible! ACA can help you incorporate smart storage solutions through cabinetry, custom shelving, and other organizational features that will help keep both of your work spaces neat and tidy. One study concluded that untidy workspaces undermine people’s persistence in completing tasks. If you have a place for everything, you no longer have to stack reports on the chair next to the bed.
  3. Don’t forget about comfort – If your derriere is going to be in a chair for eight hours a day, comfort is key! Otherwise, you will end up on the couch. (Asleep. With coffee pouring on your lap.) ACA can help you create a space that you and your partner will never want to leave!
  4. Optimize light – Light is an important component to creativity, problem solving, and work ethic. Glaring fluorescent light will zap it in a heartbeat, but low, dim lighting will likely lull you to sleep. Find a way to let in natural light and then add a warm light fixture to create a welcoming and productive space.

If you are ready to add an in-home office space, contact ACA to get started!

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Spectacular Chimney Springs Porch Delivers Serenity!

Spectacular Serenity and Zen in the Backyard!

If you have to stay at home, why not make your back porch an oasis?

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The global pandemic due to COVID-19 has forced most people to remain at home, and that means many people are taking this opportunity to start home beautifying projects, especially outdoors. It’s obvious people are making changes because home improvement sales have risen steadily during the past few months!

This particular East Cobb Chimney Springs homeowner is an Atlanta Curb Appeal returning customer. She was pleased with the home addition and kitchen renovation ACA did for her in the past, and so when the time came, she knew exactly whom to call.

For her latest project, she wanted ACA to create a tranquil new space using her back porch. At the time, she had a simple open porch with flagstone tile and no roof. ACA’s solution was to build onto the existing footprint to create a beautiful enclosure.

A new screened-in porch was a perfect option for a cost-effective way to add entertaining and relaxation space to this home. It is an additional place to host groups of people or a quiet place to just enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the mornings. The screens and roof protect the porch from falling leaves, pollen, and mosquitos. The project added additional space without the expense of insulation and a heating and cooling system.

The new exposed beams and wood ceiling give the space a modern pagoda Zen look. It features a skylight/cupola in the roof that lets in daylight and the up-lighting gives the space a great feel at night. The openness allows you to fully experience the fresh outdoor air while having some shelter. Nature has never felt closer, while keeping the bugs and heat away.

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The homeowner was thrilled with the results! Her new back porch is her new serenity destination with its merging of hard and soft features. It’s like traveling to an outdoor retreat, but just steps from her kitchen.

If you think a backyard upgrade is in your near future, ACA can help you get started! Or if you are working at home, you might be itching for an upgrade to expand your workspace; a beautiful back porch addition like this one would be a great place to start. Plus, even when you go back to the office, it will still be great for entertaining and relaxing for years to come.

 

Nine East Cobb Fine Dining Kitchen Trends During COVID

9 East Cobb Fine Dining Kitchen Trends During Covid19

“Honey, remember when we used to go out for drinks and dinner?”

The good old days! During these times of a pandemic, we all have had to make a few changes. Some for the worst, but some for the best!

Atlanta Curb Appeal has seen a new demand lately for East Cobb kitchen remodeling as families now spend the majority of their time together… at home. All this extra time in the kitchen has made needed changes glaringly obvious.

The new East Cobb Kitchen Renovation brings fine dining home.

Many homeowners are choosing to bring a kitchen remodel to the front of the list because there is more cooking at home these days. Families now find it amusing and entertaining to spend time cooking together.

The first new trend Atlanta Curb Appeal is seeing being asked for during these “COVID” times are constant hot water faucets. Washing hands is the new priority after bringing in the groceries or mail. Having hot water on demand is also great because it can eliminate the need for an electric kettle from the countertop. Also requested from East Cobb homeowners are food-warming drawers to keep appetizers or dishes warm during a meal or party.

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Second, many request new USB Outlets for their phones and devices. The kitchen is the hub of the home for many families and being able to handle a work call at any time is important! With so much work being done at home, running out of juice seems to occur more often. USB charging downstairs in the kitchen is a huge new help!

Third, Atlanta Curb Appeal is seeing requests for pendant lights above their newly installed custom islands. It almost looks like a restaurant! Fancy pendant lights are where the clients get to be creative. Clients choose their own desired style and then Atlanta Curb Appeal can guide them on how many per island and what size would work best. Another important factor is choosing the exact location of the lights above the island. One has to taking into consideration meal prep, appliances, etc. There are lots of decisions to make when updating your kitchen, and having an architect with massive design experience on your side is so helpful!

Fourth, big pantry walls are making a comeback. More people are concerned with sufficient long-term food storage. Typically, most homes have a separate pantry closet nearby. When Atlanta Curb Appeal designs new kitchens, they try to eliminate these and bring the space back into the kitchen while compensating with wide, new pantry cabinets. Using pull-out shelves helps with easy access to deep lower shelves content.

Fifth, islands are also the bigger thing in every kitchen. People love the dramatic center island with overhang for family members to gather around and be social. It also works very well when guests are over. The island with large storage areas is the focal point of every kitchen.

Sixth up is cool new variations in the backsplash. Custom tile work in the shower has always been popular, but now the kitchen backsplash is making waves. Subway tile has been a thing for a few years, but creating some movement with design has been a newer request. Since many kitchens are white cabinets with white quartz, the backslash is playing a bigger role in breaking up this white with interesting different cuts of stone. Another variation is a white subway tile with white grout or even a darker grout to showcase the tile pattern. Porcelain and glass tile are two popular choices.

Seventh up is open floor plans! Creating space in the kitchen is important. An open layout helps everything feel clean and modern. The house will continue to be full for the foreseeable future, so wide spaces give a feeling of freedom. Atlanta Curb Appeal is easily able to remove walls to make it accessible to the living spaces.

Eighth up is the latest in kitchen floor trends. Georgia clients typically prefer wood that flows with the rest of the house. Hot tip, this has shown to be best for resale value.

Ninth, what is glamorous in countertops? Generally, most clients choose quartz. Both granite and quartz are great for daily use, one is a natural stone that can be limited with color options, while the other is man-made, meaning it can be pretty much any color or variation clients prefer.

That’s a wrap up of the latest East Cobb Fine Dining Kitchen trends Atlanta Curb Appeal has seen in these COVID-19 times. If you are ready to get a free estimate for your next kitchen renovation, give Atlanta Curb Appeal a call at 770-778-1172.

Want to read another one? How about a delightful Indian Hills Kitchen Makeover Story?

 

Another Gorgeous East Cobb Kitchen Makeover!

Another Gorgeous East Cobb Kitchen Remodel!

This client came to us recommended by another Atlanta Curb Appeal client, who recently had her kitchen renovated.

For quite some time, this new client had in her mind that a change was needed! Her mid-1990’s East Cobb brick home had old light wood cabinets, which made the kitchen feel dated.

Although she had plenty of space due to the generous kitchen floor plan, it wasn’t functional. New cabinets would increase her space by 25%! Atlanta Curb Appeal had to make serious changes, though, to get her new kitchen to flow. Changes to the layout and moving the appliances created a completely new floor plan. A beautiful pantry cabinet wall with mini-fridges filled the space nicely.

The old diagonal island with elevated bar seating was demolished. Atlanta Curb Appeal instead installed a new huge wide island with similar overhang seating. It’s perfect for eat-in or chatting with guests while entertaining during a party.

A new beverage center, which includes a wine fridge ready for beverages, and pantry cabinets top it off. They now have a space for everything when they come home from warehouse grocery shopping!

Gorgeous quartzite art stone was used for the countertops. A new custom built-in microwave and warming drawer finished off the area. It looks amazing! The client’s family loves to cook and this took their meal preparation to a whole new level.

When asked what they thought about their new kitchen they said, “We love it!” and also shared that, “It’s gorgeous!“ They are very pleased with the quality of work Atlanta Curb  Appeal provided.

If you are ready for a kitchen renovation, contact Atlanta Curb Appeal to get your free estimate at 770-778-1172 or fill out our form here.

 

Modern Lake House on Allatoona Renovation

Atlanta Curb Appeal just completed a beautiful main-level master suite and finished basement at a home on Lake Allatoona.

 

The homeowner originally purchased the 1988 lake house two years ago and knew she needed some work done. Instead of tying up the whole house, she decided to renovate the home in parts. Spreading out renovations like this can save money and frustration if you are living in the space during the work. To start, ACA gutted the awkwardly designed area that used to be a kitchen, bedroom, and laundry room.

It was very important for the homeowner to create a master bedroom on the main floor. Additionally, she wanted a separate bathroom/powder room for guests to use. The homeowner had already renovated the kitchen with a different builder, and so she was familiar with the process and what they wanted to create in the master bedroom. In total, the finished project would include a master bedroom and bathroom, a powder room, a laundry room, and two walk-in closets!

We worked well together and enjoyed bouncing ideas off each other as the project progressed. The style the homeowner chose was a very contemporary style, with clean lines and color choices.

To kick off the demolition, ACA removed the old flooring, wood paneling, and drywall. We removed the walls and ceilings on half of the main level to restructure the interior. We also took out an old fiberglass tub, old tile, and an old vanity to create an up-to-date bathroom. For the walls in the small toilet area, the client chose a rich emerald green, which has a luxurious and calming feel to it. The client wanted an expansive shower experience, which would involve customization, and we delivered. To handle this, after the light-colored tile was added, a glass company measured the distances between the tiles. Waiting until this step to measure for the glass ensures a perfect fit. Then, we installed the stunning custom glass doors and walls in the shower. To finish, ACA added a new window, so there is now a gorgeous view of the water!

Because of the structural changes, we added some new LVL support beams to the basement. And while we were at it, the homeowner asked us to go ahead and finish the basement, which of course we were happy to do.

The entire project took about two months, including some slower holiday weeks. The customer and her friends are extremely pleased with the renovation. In fact, she already recommended Atlanta Curb Appeal to her neighbor!

Contact us if you are ready for your free estimate. Atlanta Curb Appeal is known for our attention to detail, high level of continual communication and focus on staying within budget.

Want to read another makeover story from Atlanta Curb Appeal? Here is a Stunning Basement with Entertainment Room Makeover!