Amazing! New Addition in East Cobb!

Could this be the year you decide to create an addition for your home? Atlanta Curb Appeal helped this East Cobb family add a new wing to their home. And they are in love!

Originally, they found Atlanta Curb Appeal because we had already worked on several homes in their East Cobb Chimney Springs neighborhood. At first, this project started out as a simple add-on. The homeowner wanted a master bedroom built above the garage, but as the homeowner started talking about options with us, they decided to go even bigger. Great ideas just kept piling up! When all was said and done, they decided to also update the exterior of the house and refresh the kids’ bathrooms.

Home additions are always fun – and often full of surprises. This one was no different. The initial idea was to build a new room above the garage, but as we began demolition of the attic above the garage, we decided to take a different course. We knew that the existing garage would not be a good foundation for a new room, so we decided it would be better to rebuild a stronger garage and foundation first. In this case, renovating an old space would have caused more issues than starting fresh.

There are a few other things besides foundation that you should consider before starting a home addition project. For example, will the home addition location be ideal for new plumbing, electric, and HVAC pipes and ducts? Will you need to add more HVAC units to keep the home cool/warm? Also, local inspectors will want to see wiring, smoke detectors, and new breakers in the circuit panel. The other factor is flow. These are all things that ACA can help you determine when you are thinking about an addition.

What are some of the features we love on this addition?

The custom cedar flower boxes we suggested for the second floor!

The family loves the new, large master bedroom, and the kids are happy to have their own rooms and bathrooms! As they drive by, many have commented on the beauty of the final product.

Are you ready to get your East Cobb addition built? Give Atlanta Curb Appeal a call. Additions are $50,000 to $200,000 and can take a few months to build, but the results are worth it!

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!

Gorgeous Sunroom and Magnificent Master Bath From Thin Air!

Gorgeous Sunroom and Magnificent Master Bath From Thin Air!

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“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” Yoko Ono

Adding a sunroom can have two benefits. One is creating value to the homeowners through increased space for enjoying the outdoors without the weather; the other is a boost to their property value. Reports vary as to the exact number, but it is suggested there is a 60–80% return on investment when adding a sunroom.

For this West Cobb family, more space was the goal. The family has small children, and also their mother had taken residence with them. Instead of moving to a bigger house, a re-working of their existing floor plan was the answer. They chose Atlanta Curb Appeal because of recommendations from an East Cobb Moms Facebook group.

The first phase of the project was building the addition. Atlanta Curb Appeal began by framing out the walls and ceiling while leaving space for the huge new windows. Walls and floor installation were next. The clients selected an easy-to-clean tile that stays cool in the summer. To keep energy costs at a minimum, Atlanta Curb Appeal added insulation to the floors, walls, and ceiling. The clients chose a gorgeous, gentle shade of blue for the interior, a color that reminded them of their trips to the beach. Finally, the installation of electricity and HVAC venting completed this large, sunny space.

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Part two was making changes to the original floor plan; the main living room had a high vaulted ceiling. By dividing the space in half, an entire new space was created upstairs. Two windows were removed from around the fireplace. One window space was transformed into a useful, built-in bookcase with an outlet at the bottom for the TV cable and router wiring. The other turned into a patio door to the outside. Crown molding was added to the bookcase and door to match the rest of the house.

Now, the family had usable living space above the living room, which was to become a new master bedroom with added closet and a full master bath!

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The shower was completely designed by the clients. They wanted a very particular marble tile layout, which the crews, through collaboration, were able to install successfully. Atlanta Curb Appeal is very proud of their custom tile crew; they performed beyond the clients’ wildest expectations. Polished marble tops the new vanity: a stunningly beautiful, white, 2cm. Carrera. Atlanta Curb Appeal’s crew also added a small cabinet by the shower. This phase was most challenging as all new plumbing had to be built and installed.

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When we asked the client how she felt about the new space, she replied, “We LOVE every inch of it. Mom is living in our original master on the main floor and has her own sunroom and space. Now we can be upstairs with our babies, and we don’t have this empty, gaping, two-story living room. We love that no space is wasted!”

Would you like to read another story? Check out this European Kitchen Makeover!

We Got to Be Their Remodeling Hero!

How Did Your Client Find You?

It is the strangest story! Her renovation contractor didn’t show up on Day 1 of her renovations. She quickly got on an East Cobb Mom’s Facebook group and asked for advice on what to do. Atlanta Curb Appeal was recommended. We met her in a day, agreed to a plan of action and we had our crew start work the next morning. Our client said that it was quite a whirlwind.She was thrilled that within 14 days, her home renovations including bathroom remodeling were completed!

Was it a small project since it only took two weeks?

Not at all. That’s what makes her story so amazing. Here is what she got in just two weeks:

  • New kitchen renovation with new cabinets and countertops
  • New bamboo hardwoods
  • New master bathroom remodel
  • New powder room remodel
  • New electrical work
  • New plumbing work
  • New recessed lighting
  • Interior paint on walls and trim throughout the whole house
  • New carpet upstairs

What are the benefits to having Bamboo Hardwoods?

Bamboo flooring is known for its strength, durability, it’s eco-friendliness and natural resistance to insects and moisture.

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Are they more costly?

Bamboo hardwoods are not much more expensive. It is not popular with homeowners yet, but its interest is growing. One caveat is that it should only be used in areas where there is not excessive moisture. That can damage it.

Tell us about the Master Bathroom Remodel.

The master bathroom turned out beautifully. It was complete makeover! Everything was demolished during the demolition phase and built from the ground up.

We put in new bathroom floor tile with coordinating wall tile around the shower and tub. Then Atlanta Curb Appeal installed frameless glass shower doors, which are very popular. The client chose white shaker style vanities and lighting throughout. The new lighting required a fair bit of electrical work. We then finished off the bathroom remodel with mirrors, towel bars, new paint, and baseboards. It is truly a brand new space. You wouldn’t recognize it from the before pictures!

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Why did they want to update their home, did they have problems with the layout? 

No technical problems existed; they were just ready to upgrade the look of the original house.

Are they happy with their finished home?

Absolutely! They sent us a thank you note (see below) and have already referred us 3 new clients! We are so happy that we could make their dreams come true on time.

Here is just one of the testimonials they sent us.

Good evening Avi and Andy,

We just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how much we appreciate all of the hard work you have been putting into our house. Sometimes it’s easier to gripe on the bad not knowledge all of the good. We hope you know how much we love all of the wonderful things you have done for us and our home. Although this has been challenging at times, you have made this experience a very bearable endeavor. This journey would definitely not have been possible without the two of you. Your guidance and expertise are one in a million. You have said from the beginning to buckle up, so thank you for taking us on this journey called home renovations. You are making our dreams a reality by turning our house into our home. So from the bottom of our hearts thank you!!!

All our love,

Ashley and Johnathon

 

Looking for more Kitchen Remodeling Ideas? Check out this blog post about a we did last month.

From Small and Tight to Light and Bright-Home Remodel East Cobb

East Cobb Home Interior Renovation

East Cobb Kitchen Remodel

Where was this project and how did they find you?
East Cobb, Georgia. They found us on a private East Cobb mothers group Facebook page.

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What was their kitchen like before?
The kitchen was completely different; it was small and tight with a totally different layout.

Share about the kitchen remodeling process.
First we gutted it, then took off the stamped ceilings and did a lot of re-wiring for the can lighting. We then installed new smooth ceiling drywall. We also took down the whole wall between the dining room and the kitchen and relocated all the AC vents and returns. In this process we had to do a lot of relocating of electrical outlets and switches too. The gas line for the gas range had to be moved as well. Above the stove we cut into the exterior brick for hood venting. The client picked out all the cabinets and faucets.

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Tell us about the new lighting in the kitchen.
Can lighting is becoming more fashionable and we have been installing more of these flushed lighting systems each year. These new lighting kits are energy efficient LED lighting. Can lighting keeps the ceiling nice, clean and smooth white.

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Would you say that kitchen islands are becoming common these days?
People love kitchen islands. For many homes the kitchen is the new center of entertainment.

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What else did you do to the home?
We did the whole main level of the house and half of the basement. We widened four sections of the house to create a modern open floor plan with wide openings between each area. One of the main areas we exposed was between the stairs going up the bedrooms and down into the basement. We added a railing for safety. Finished the basement with drywall and new carpet. While we were down there we added a bathroom, air conditioning and painted the interior too.

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What was the hardest part of the project?
The floors were installed during the most humid days of the year and we had to wait longer for the polyurethane to dry between each coat; which slowed us down. The owner was about to give birth to her 3rd child and we had to beat the schedule!

What has the customer said about the project?
They are very happy with the end result and have already recommended us to others!

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What did they say about their experience with Atlanta Curb Appeal? What is their favorite part?
Basically they shared, “it was a pleasure to work with Avi the owner because of his amazing level of communication and calm spirit, even through the hard parts of the project.’

They loved the way everything is now open and the new flow of their house. It’s amazing how much tranquility a renovated home can bring to the family dynamic. The kids adore the new basement playroom.

Thanks for reading! Want to read more, check out our post about another transformation of an East Cobb home remodel we did in April.

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Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays 

Holiday decorating holiday remodeling by Atlanta Curb Appeal

Make holiday entertaining easier with some fresh updates

Fall is in the air.  Although the days are still warm, you can feel a crispness in the air as the days grow shorter and the leaves start changing color.  Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. If you’re like my family, the holiday season usually means a whole lot of entertaining and catching up with family and friends.  There’s no time like the present to get your home ready to wow the socks off your dear ones!  Here is a short list of some great ways to improve your home for holiday hosting:
How about a fresh coat of paint?

Atlanta Curb Appeal gets homes ready for the holidays in East Cobb

Make the guest bedroom warmer with a new coat of paint from Atlanta Curb Appeal

I’m not suggesting your whole house… Take a look at the rooms where you do the majority of entertaining and decide if they can benefit from a brighter or warmer color of interior painting.  Or perhaps the exterior of your home could use some color touch ups or a change all together? Isn’t it true that every time you get remodeling done, you think to yourself, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”.

New exterior front door

Front Door Getting Home Ready for Holidays

Atlanta Curb Appeal is knocking, ready to install that new door.

If you have been reading articles about home improvement and items which offer the biggest bang for the buck and best return on investment, front doors keep coming up in the top three over and over again.  As guests make their way up your walkway, nothing says welcome to our beautiful home like a great front door.  There are so many styles to choose from. All you have to do is decide on your budget and take it from there!

Guest bathroom facelift

Bathroom Update helps get Buckhead Home Ready for the Holidays

Atlanta Curb Appeal installed this vanity in East Cobb

Is your guest bathroom in pristine condition?  Updating tiles, lights, fixtures and refinishing cabinets is an affordable way to give your bathroom a makeover without doing a complete renovation.  These updates will not go unnoticed.

Kitchen updates

Kitchen Cabinets in recent East Cobb renovation

Kitchen Cabinets in recent East Cobb renovation

If your home is like our home, the kitchen is the hub for entertainment!  If a complete remodel is not in your 2012 plans, easy updates like new backsplash, paint, cabinet hardware and lighting are a great way to give your kitchen a new look.  If you have time and money, you can take it a step further with new countertops, adding an island or refinishing your cabinets.

Shutters and trim

Getting Buckhead House For the Holidays Natural Wood Trim

Gorgeous wood trim!

Another great way to improve your home’s curb appeal is to put up new shutters and repaint the trim on the house or the porch. Shutters made from natural wood will make your house look like a million bucks.

There are many more things that can be done to improve your home, inside and out.   Atlanta Curb Appeal is happy to come by for a free consultation and discuss ways to improve your home, regardless the size of your budget. Call us today. 770-778-1172

“Atlanta Curb Appeal just completed a number of projects inside and for the exterior of our house. This is the most responsive and professional contractor I’ve ever worked with” 

Bob F of Marietta on Yelp