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.

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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.

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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!

Stunning! East Cobb Bathroom Makeover!

What do you do when you love the house you are in but it just doesn’t fit your needs anymore? Move? What if you could stay and get every one of those wants met? Atlanta Curb Appeal transformed this 20-year-old master bathroom and closet into a modern haven. New finishes, lots of storage space and a huge walk-in closet were the big touches.

The old and outdated bathroom was the original one, built by the homebuilder using building quality materials. (In other words, nothing spectacular, just good enough to originally sell the house.) But Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to demolition it and make some huge changes! ACA moved doors and relocated a toilet, shower, and a small closet to utilize all the available space. We also moved the entry door to a different location so they could have a wall in the master bedroom for a flat-screen TV. ACA also removed the old Jacuzzi garden tub, while it seemed like a great idea 20 years today, they are usually not sanitary and are too large. New freestanding tubs are more practical and take up less space.

Moving the toilet, shower and sinks called for some extensive plumbing work. We also added a his-and-hers shower, with two different showerheads and temperature controls. The countertop is an exotic granite called Exodis. Luckily ACA was able to get the granite at a discounted price from their granite company, so they could stay in budget. The homeowners loved it and it did not cost the homeowner anything over the agreed pricing for the project. Interestingly, the vanity they wanted was quite large. ACA had to cut the counter to fit it up the stairs! We also added additional storage and organization space by building towers above the vanity. The purpose was to help remove everyday clutter, so the counters now look clean and organized.

The new closet was originally a sit-down area with a gas-burning fireplace adjacent to the master bedroom. It was intended to make the master bedroom feel like a suite, but it was rarely used. ACA closed the opening, removed the fireplace, and turned it into a huge closet! It is much bigger than the size they had before and organized to accommodate the homeowners’ storage needs. This includes the husband’s hat rack. He is an avid hat collector and so we designed his side of the closet around the hat rack.

The homeowners absolutely love the final results. The bathroom is now gorgeous, functional and practical. And the wife says she can now store all of her clothes in one closet!

Looking for a Marietta contractor that is highly recommended, communicates well and stays on budget? This homeowner found out about ACA on an East Cobb Mom’s Facebook page.

Contact Atlanta Curb Appeal at 770-778-1172 to get your free estimate.

Gorgeous East Cobb Kitchen in Chimney Springs!

This beautiful, detailed renovation was completed in record time!

Our neighbors in East Cobb were looking to completely renovate the kitchen, master bathroom, flooring, and closet in their 1970’s home. Atlanta Curb Appeal did a major makeover that involved knocking out walls, moving an entire kitchen, and creating custom shelving. And they did it all in just six weeks!

ACA has done several renovations in the Chimney Springs neighborhood, so this family knew exactly whom they could trust for this major renovation, and they were very happy with the results.

The kitchen was very small and enclosed, with no room for an island. ACA took out three walls to open the space and relocate the kitchen; doing this they were able to create a much larger kitchen and island! Who couldn’t use a bigger kitchen for meal prep and entertainment? Beautiful subway tile and new modern lighting make this kitchen look straight from the pages of a magazine!

The sink in the island makes cooking on the stove a breeze!

Of course, moving the kitchen did come with challenges. Since the home was built on a slab, the master plumber used a video to locate the existing plumbing. That way they knew where to tie into for the new plumbing location. Using creative solutions at the start means less work on the back end.

The owners chose a newer line of cabinets – it is called York. They also chose to install top of the line quartzite countertops in a gorgeous style called Brazilian Taj Mahal.

The flooring is engineered hardwood. It is made up of a thin wood veneer on top. Underneath, there is a layer of high-density wood. Though the cost is comparable to traditional hardwood, engineered wood has become a very popular alternative because it is designed to reduce moisture issues that are common with traditional wood. It is also easier to install, which reduces labor costs.

ACA also gutted the entire bathroom and rebuilt the closet.

They added two windows to the bathroom, and installed custom shelving in the bathroom and closet in a farmhouse style. The shower now has a place to sit down if needed, and the frameless glass shower doors give a beautiful modern touch. The shower wall tile has an amazing pattern that is so unique you can’t take your eyes off of it!

Despite the beautiful finishes and rapid completion time, the project stayed within budget. The client could not believe it! They loved how it turned out!

Are you ready for your East Cobb Kitchen Remodeling job? Check out Atlanta Curb Appeal’s gallery here.

Give us a call if you would like a free estimate to remodel your kitchen, basement or home. We have high ratings and we stick to our deadlines.

Luxury Storage Center: East Cobb Add On Closet!

There are some unattractive storage options out there, and then there are some gorgeous, extravagant ones!

This is the story of beauty.

Last year, ACA renovated this family’s kitchen and master bathroom. They were so impressed with the process that they knew exactly whom to use for their latest unique project, a luxury storage area, which is very similar to a luxury master walk-in closet.

Above their typical suburban 1990’s garage was an unfinished attic. It was simply unused space. They knew they could do better, so instead of letting it waste away another year, they decided to transform it into a beautifully finished space: a stylish spot to store holiday décor, wrapping paper, and other household items.

Step one this time did not require demolition, like their previous kitchen and master bath; instead, we simply added to what was already in place. ACA finished the walls, added finished flooring, and, of course, electricity. Beautiful cabinets were installed too, along with a large island and a TV.

Luxury storage is growing in popularity, both for personal enjoyment and as a way to increase home value. It is a highly desired and unique feature for homebuyers. It adds square footage in some cases, which adds to the selling price of the home down the road. And it can’t be overstated that an organized spot for everything can provide a sense of pride, serenity, and cleanliness about the home.

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Another plus is that luxury storage also allows homeowners additional space to store excess belongings during home viewings, which gives the home a clean, accessible look. On the flip side, who wouldn’t want to buy a home with extra storage space?

The new space can become a Santa’s workshop at Christmas time, where the large island will become a gift-wrapping station. It will also be used as an overflow pantry for extra kitchen items and dry goods.

The client selected Oxford Frost. These are a popular style at the moment, plus another win if these homeowners ever decide to sell. The beautiful quartz countertop is a durable and stylish option for the center island. Plus, it’s solid enough to withstand scissors and other tools when working on a project.

This family is the original owner of the home, and while they did only build this space simply to use and enjoy (not to sell the house), the good news is that should their needs ever change, they have options.

If you are considering an upgrade to your home with a luxury storage space, ACA can create a beautiful, unique design for you – or your future homebuyers – to enjoy!

Looking to bring order to your home? A new luxury storage area is the solution. Call Atlanta Curb Appeal to set up your free estimate, 770-778-1172.

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!”

Call 770-778-1172 to get started.