Fabulous Finished Basement Challenges in East Cobb

A finished basement is one of the most popular home renovations here in Georgia. A basement in the average American household is around a thousand square feet. That’s a lot of square footage that can be turned into functional living space! Since the bones of the structure already exist, it can be a less expensive option than a full-out addition.

Atlanta Curb Appeal has wrapped up several finished basements lately! Maybe because of COVID-19, people are working and schooling from home, or maybe they are just not ready yet to go back to the gym.

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Some of the hot finished-basement trends include schooling and office areas, yoga studios, gyms, meditation spaces, kids’ hangout spaces, wine cellars, and media rooms. Clients also love adding a kitchenette or a wet bar.

There are a few challenges you face when finishing a basement., but Atlanta Curb Appeal can help you come up with solutions that fit your budget.

  • Light – Typically, the basement can feel dark and clunky. One of our favorite solutions is adding French doors in place of windows. This adds both light and an additional entry/exit point. We can also widen openings between rooms to make space feel more open.

  • Water – While it’s easy to get water into a basement, it is a little more difficult to get it out. If your basement renovation includes plumbing (kitchenette, bathroom, laundry room) you will likely have to add a sump pump to get the water back out.

  • HVAC – Sometimes adding a large amount of square footage with a finished basement can overtax the heating and cooling units in the house. ACA often suggests adding a new system for a finished basement.

Finishing the basement can be a quick way to add square footage; ACA can usually complete the project in about 6 weeks, depending on the size. Adding an extra TV room, home office, or quiet sitting area in the basement can be an easy solution if the house is feeling a little crowded these days.

Many people are also refinancing right now; maybe it’s time to put aside some funds for a refresh!

If you have been conversations in your family about expanding your current living space, give us a call, 770-778-1172. Atlanta Curb Appeal is known for staying on budget and on time.

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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.

 

Is 2020 The Year for the Home Addition?

Is 2020 the year for a home addition?

Well… you have probably been home more than ever before the past few months, and you might have noticed a few things that need improvement. We think that this is a great time to expand! Here are five reasons why:

  1. More Room! – Who couldn’t use more play area for the kids? Or an entertainment space for your guests? Or a new luxury storage space? Or a home office? Perhaps you want more room in your kitchen or your bathroom. Adding square footage to your home is an obvious benefit to a home addition. You can spread out more now and increase your home value for later.
  2.  Make it your own. – Even in the best homes, there are things owners would love to change. The great thing about a home addition is that you get to be in control of the design process. We love to assist homeowners in creating a space that utilizes their own taste.
  3. You don’t have to bother with a move! – “I just love packing up all of my stuff and then unpacking it in a new house.” said No one, ever. A home addition is a much simpler way to get the house you want without actually moving.
  4. Stay in the neighborhood. – Starting over in a new home can be tough: new neighbors, new friends, new routines and schools. You already have your favorite Publix store memorized. If all you are looking for is a better home layout, think about trying an addition – it’s so worth it to keep your lovely neighbors.
  5. Tax Valuation – If you have lived in your house for a long time, you probably are still being taxed on the value of your home when you bought it. With soaring real estate prices right now, moving to a new home means paying taxes on a new valuation, in addition to a potentially higher mortgage.

If you are ready to get started on your next home project or East Cobb addition we are ready to work with you!

The mission of Atlanta Curb Appeal is to bring you the East Cobb, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Canton home of your dreams, no matter how large or small your project may be. We offer custom remodeling design services, affordable prices, exceptionally crafted products, and an unsurpassed commitment to customer satisfaction.

 

 

Sandy Springs Makeover with Beams, Barndoors, and Whitewash!

What happens when a builder doesn’t want to deliver your dreams?

These homeowners had some big ideas for their new home in Sandy Springs. Although the home was of new construction, the builder was not able to deliver a lot of the extra decorative features that they wanted, so they contacted ACA to help make those dreams a reality!

First off was adding ceiling beams to the main living room. Ceiling beams add visual interest, breaking up an otherwise blank canvas. The beams were made of pine and finished with a gorgeous dark stain. Complimentary open shelving in the living room was added next. One great look that brought beauty and texture to the basement was a newly installed brick wall. The homeowners wanted a particular white shade of brick, but couldn’t find the exact color they wanted, ACA installed red brick and then painted it with white paint mixed with water. This is known as a 50/50 white and looks like whitewash.

Entertaining for friends is now a breeze with the new kitchenette downstairs in the basement. The feeling of luxury and clean lines were brought to the space with the new natural stone quartzite countertops.

Creativity and ingenuity helped when additional plumbing and electricity was needed to handle the new features. Under the cabinet lighting, with cool LED strip lights on a dimmer, makes the space stand out when night falls.

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To finish off the space a pair of barn doors were added. These custom barn doors were based on a design the customer found online. In the end, the homeowners said that ACA’s master carpenter, Jose Vargas, made the doors look better than the ones in the online pictures!

Another amazing feature was a charming new shiplap wall. It brings a rustic farmhouse ambiance to the laundry room and really warms it up. Also added were beautiful bright blue cabinets. Blue is making a comeback this year on the color scene and the laundry room now feels so cheerful.

In the foyer, (LOOK UP!) tongue and groove wood planks were installed for the ceiling. Craftsmanship like this is very noticeable in a home. At every step, the homeowners knew what they wanted; it was just a matter of deciding on the dimensions, proportions, and materials which ACA helped with.

What a Transformation!

The biggest challenge when they designed the ceiling beams was to avoid the features already installed in the room, such as fans, HVAC and recess lighting. For the ceiling in the foyer, we removed the crown molding to install the pine planks. Then we replaced the molding and used the same stain as the beams in the living room.

The homeowners were so happy with the progress and the quality of the work! And the best part was that the project only took 3 weeks!

Are you ready to makeover your basement in East Cobb or Sandy Springs? Atlanta Curb Appeal is ready to get your space up and running before the holidays! Give us a call for your free estimate!

at 770-778-1172 to see what we can do for you.

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.

 

 

 

Majestic New Addition in East Cobb with Art Studio and Kitchen!

What do you do when you need more space but don’t want to move? You add on! For these East Cobb homeowners, who also happen to be antique lovers, this stunning new garage addition brought needed space for an entire upstairs art studio and a place for a new, fun car!

Atlanta Curb Appeal was asked to do this second home project for some existing happy customers. Last year, they had wrapped up a basement renovation. Now, a much more difficult task, adding onto the existing structure. The kicker was that it would have to match the current construction in a prominently visible part of the house.

There were a few hurdles the homeowners and Atlanta Curb Appeal had to cross over to get acceptance for this renovation. First, they had to get Home Owners Association approval. Luckily, this did not take too long! But then, however, they faced Cobb County. The new garage would cross over the original approved building lines, so they had to get a new survey and apply for a zoning variance. This process took about two months. But, once they were approved, Atlanta Curb Appeal got to work quickly.

 

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The other tricky task for this job was the slope of the terrain where they needed to lay the foundation. Atlanta Curb Appeal had to add heavy footings and a wall to support the dirt in the back of the space before they could put in the concrete slab. The East Cobb spring weather did not help… lots of rain added some time to an already tricky add-on.

Nice custom touches that were added were a wall-mounted shelf. The big beam shelves were mounted into the studs to avoid bracket and maintain the clean lines. Another custom tip was an unusual door to the bathroom. The clients found the door the aged door at an antique store in Marietta. With a little bit of clean up, staining, and new hardware, its beauty shone through.

The neighbors were skeptical about the addition. Naturally, they were concerned that it would stand out next to the house. But, Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to match the exterior stucco finish of the original home. And they created the corner blocks to flow with the original building style. Once the neighborhood saw the final product, they could not stop complimenting the homeowners!

The homeowners say the addition exceeded their expectations. They were amazed that the 900 square-foot addition looks like it has always belonged there.

Are you ready for Atlanta Curb Appeal to give you an estimate for your East Cobb Addition? Atlanta Curb Appeal’s commitment to quality and ability to stay on task and on budget has clients coming back again and again for remodeling projects. Call us today to set up your appointment. 770-778-1172.