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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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.

Click here to read a makeover story about this breathtaking basement makeover we did in East Cobb

 

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.

 

 

Before and After Modern Kitchen Makeover East Cobb Remodeling

Check out this fantastic modern kitchen renovation Atlanta Curb Appeal just wrapped up! This kitchen remodel in East Cobb was a result of great chemistry and lots of re-routing. The homeowners were pleased with the process of working with Avi and Andy and the team, expanding their cramped kitchen. They had one surprise: a big wall removal, which required a lot more work than anticipated

The homeowners originally heard about Atlanta Curb Appeal from their neighbors. After their first meeting, the family felt they had a great connection with ACA. After working with them through the bidding process, the homeowners were even more convinced. They were pleased with ACA’s ideas and quick response times.

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The family wanted to open up the kitchen to give their family more space. To do that, they needed to remove one of the walls in the original kitchen. The wall appeared to be an easy removal, but once the demolition began, everyone was surprised. They discovered HVAC pipes that led from the basement to the second floor and the gas line feeding the attic furnace. ACA acted fast to get their HVAC and plumbing people to reroute all of this. Thankfully, this surprise only led to a two-day delay in the schedule.

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One of the most important features of the new kitchen is the central island. It adds additional cabinet storage and a place to put the microwave. They also made the countertop overhang on two sides for more seating. The homeowners chose grey cabinets to contrast the white in the rest of the kitchen. The counters are now a gorgeous strong white quartz.

The client also added about 7 feet of additional cabinetry in the kitchen. This created so much extra storage! They also installed custom cedar shelves; the honey-colored wood contrasts beautifully with the gray walls and white counters. ACA finished these strong custom floating shelves with a clear stain that perfectly matches the newly installed flooring.

The homeowners said they “couldn’t be more pleased with the results” and “it was a pleasure” working with Atlanta Curb Appeal. And ACA was happy, too – the homeowner surprised the crew with donuts and coffee on the first day!

Want to read another makeover story? This East Cobb Indian Hills kitchen turned out beautifully!

Are you considering remodeling your kitchen or basement? Atlanta Curb Appeal works in East Cobb, Sandy Springs, Roswell and Marietta. Our aim is to always deliver on time, on budget using great communication.

Call us to get started. 770-778-1172. Or fill out our online form: https://atlantacurbappeal.com/contact-us/

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.

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.

 

 

 

Gorgeous Modern East Cobb Kitchen Makeover

What do you do when your 40-year-old kitchen still has its original builder’s grade cabinets and wood paneled ceilings? You call Atlanta Curb Appeal! This East Cobb family was ready for a change. Kitchens are the heart of the home and having order and space can help the chaos feel manageable!

One of the biggest changes was the removal of the wall that closed off the kitchen from the main foyer. The wall was attached to a coat closet, and losing both would allow more visibility from the kitchen of the front door. And when you have 2 small children, observation is important.

In place of the previous kitchen cabinets, the family chose colonial white shaker cabinets and a navy tile backsplash. The contrast gives the effect of a much larger kitchen while adding light and depth to the room. These kitchen styles are on trend now, yet also simple enough to endure style changes down the road.

The family also wanted a much larger island than the house had originally, so ACA designed a greatly expanded one. The new island added additional cabinet space in the kitchen, as well as a spot that incorporates the microwave. It looks amazing under the new modern lighting piece.

New countertops were made of quartz. This is a wonderful choice for a family because they are tough to stain and they do not require special treatment. ACA also replaced the wood panels in the ceiling with drywall. Then, they re-worked the skylights by finishing the edges and adding new trim.

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Flooring was also updated throughout the entire house. The family decided to go with LVP, or luxury vinyl planking, with gorgeous brown and gray tones. LVP is often more affordable than hardwoods and is a smart choice for kitchens because it is less likely to sustain water damage than hardwood. It is also good for kids because it is durable. The new LVP style choices are miles better than your mother’s linoleum.

The transformation is stunning, making the home more modern and functional for a family with small children. They are glad they took our advice to get rid of the coat closet. They were extremely happy with the end result!

Ready to finally have the kitchen of your dreams? Atlanta Curb Appeal can make it happen.

Want to read another makeover story? Here is an Amazing East Cobb Sunroom we completed last year!

Beautiful Basement: Our 3rd Project for this Client!

Stunning! This beautiful basement renovation made for some very happy repeat clients in East Cobb. The family wanted some major changes to make the space more functional as a play area and entertainment space, including wall removal, a new wet bar, and all new flooring.

Atlanta Curb Appeal did a major kitchen, flooring and bathroom renovation for the family a few years ago. They were so happy with ACA’s work that they invited them back to renovate the kitchen in their new home. And now, the basement! They have also referred ACA to multiple friends and neighbors.

The basement in this early-80’s built home was originally only partially finished. The family wanted to transform it into a safe and separate space for the kids and their friends.

One-feature visitors will notice right away: the gorgeous and practical flooring the builders suggested. It is called LVP, or luxury vinyl planking. Typically, Atlanta Curb Appeal does not encourage true hardwood flooring for a basement. Because moisture can damage, LVP is an ideal water-resistant alternative. It is durable for playtime and looks just as attractive as real wood. The gorgeous color used in this project is called Fresh Oak.

Entertaining usually involves food or beverages so the family wanted an area to store enough drinks for the neighborhood kids, so Atlanta Curb Appeal added new plumbing to the basement to create a wet bar. On the side, they placed a utility pantry for storage. This allowed them the chance to create a beautiful herringbone tile pattern on the wall, complete with custom hand-built cedar wood shelving.

To make the basement complete an additional bathroom with shower was added. Atlanta Curb Appeal first framed it along the wall. Basement bathroom installations are a bit more tricky because of the lack of gravity. A sump pump was added to handle the drain plumbing.

However, the biggest challenge for ACA was not cosmetic – the family wanted to remove a wall!

ACA had to put in a heavy duty beam and a post to support the upper loads coming down. Essentially they moved one major load bearing wall completely and opened two other ones around that post. New footing dugouts and concrete fill made it all feasible to create the open space dream basement the client desired!

Sometimes you have to go big!

Overall the clients are thrilled with their 3rd project with Atlanta Curb Appeal. In fact, they are already discussing a new project – their front entrance!

Want to read another makeover story? Check out this Glamorous Bathroom Remodel we did recently!

Impressive East Cobb Kitchen Makeover

The owners of this home are return customers who came back to Atlanta Curb Appeal for their dream kitchen. In just six weeks, they were left with a more open and workable space, with a beautiful quartz island and much more storage.

ACA had the opportunity to upgrade this family’s master bathroom in the past, so when they decided that their 1980’s kitchen needed some major shifts to give it an open, modern feel, they contacted ACA again for this transformation.

Before Atlanta Curb Appeal Makeover

Before Atlanta Curb Appeal Makeover

This family of four enjoys cooking at home, and they wanted more space to cook, entertain, and spend time together. And they definitely wanted new cabinets. The finished product gave them about 50% more space to work in. It also provides much more storage, especially under the island.

For this family, the island is the center of entertainment when people come over, so they wanted to go big. The family selected a beautiful slab of quartz. Quartz is ideal for an island because it does not require any of the special treatment granite needs, it is heat resistant, and, of course, it is always beautiful. The new flooring accents the modern look, replacing the tile with a gorgeous oak hardwood.

To accomplish such an open feel and add a double oven, the owners and ACA decided to swap the location of the refrigerator and oven. That meant that they had to adjust the electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC hookups throughout the room. They also widened the doorway between the kitchen and the dining room and living space.

Even with those major adjustments, ACA was able to complete the project in six weeks – and stay within the family’s budget. The family said they are blown away by the timing, the final product, and that it was completed at no additional cost! 

The client shared with us in a text, “Wow, what a difference 6 weeks makes!! Unbelievable transformation of the downstairs. You guys are amazing!!!”

Atlanta Curb Appeal loves making people’s dream kitchens and basements come true!

Want to read another Kitchen Makeover story? Read here about our recent Sensational Chef Inspired Kitchen!  

 

Magnificent Country Club Home Gets a Master Bath Makeover!

Magnificent Master Bath Makeover!

Recently, Atlanta Curb Appeal wrapped up a master bathroom in the St. Ives Country Club. The bathroom was original to the home and was over 20 years old.

 

The main problem, the homeowner shared was that the hardware was dated and the overall look was quite behind the times. . The shower walls were the old kind that wrapped all the way around with a small glass door. Plus, the Jacuzzi tub and toilet were green! This was not their first encounter with Atlanta Curb Appeal; previously, crews had done their two other bathrooms and installed a new cedar deck.

Like most renovations, the desire for more space was one of the chief reasons for finally pulling the trigger. Atlanta Curb Appeal’s solution was to add a new cabinet, which helped reduce the clutter on the countertops. Studies show that visual disorder is not only distracting, but it also can create stress.

Originally, above the tub was an old stained glass window. Atlanta Curb Appeal installed a new window that now allows for more natural light to enter the room. After removing the built-in unit, a beautiful modern freestanding tub was added. New floors were installed too, a smooth porcelain tile that looks remarkably like marble. The new countertops are now a beautiful quartz.

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Overall it was a smooth project. The wall color they selected is called “Agreeable Gray” from Sherwin Williams, which is quite the popular color these days. The overall color scheme they went with was ‘neutral gray.’ For a perfect finishing touch, beautiful crown molding was also added to this ceiling to give height and drama.

The clients gave us a call to share that they are thrilled with their makeover!

Want to read another makeover story? See this stunning bathroom we wrapped up recently.

If you are ready for a free estimate of your next Bathroom, Kitchen or Basement renovation give East Cobb contractors, Atlanta Curb Appeal a call at 770-778-1172.