Fantastic! Two Story Deck with Roofs in East Cobb!

Summer is the best time for hitting the pool, grilling out, and entertaining outside. What do you do, then, when your deck is showing its age? You renovate!

This East Cobb family’s 30-year-old home had been having some issues inside and out. The two-story deck was rotting and small. The house sits right on a small lake, so it has a beautiful view. 

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Previously, the homeowners used Atlanta Curb Appeal for basement and bathroom remodels. Since they were already very pleased with those results, they hired us again for this fabulous deck and porch upgrade. 

It took 3 months to complete the magnificent porch project. We removed the old decks, added deep new footings, and put a roof on the top deck. Atlanta Curb Appeal used pressure-treated lumber and cedar. This lumber is treated with a preservative at high pressure to preserve the life of the wood for decades.

A gorgeous cedar was used for inside the porch only for a better look and feel.

The family also chose a new screen technology called “Mesh Guard” for the upper deck. The material and frames are much stronger than traditional screen porch material, so it eliminates the need for railing and pickets. This allows for a more unobstructed view. This new product took a little bit longer to install, but the result is a beautiful, clear view of the backyard and pond behind the house. 

Neighbors stopped by often to check out the results and were impressed with the consistently clean worksite. 

The homeowners are in love with the result and are enjoying their new outdoor space every day!

Atlanta Curb Appeal pro tip: If you are considering deck remodels, consider the cost of materials before you begin! Also, consider the maintenance required. Each house is different, but Atlanta Curb Appeal recommends you keep an eye on how the wood is aging and fix what is needed. The longer you wait, the bigger and more expensive it is to fix. For PT lumber, Atlanta Curb Appeal recommends homeowners to pressure wash and re-stain every 2-3 years to extend the life of the wood.

Want to read another Deck Makeover story? We called this one a Million Dollar Deck with all the custom upgrades including built in outdoor kitchen.

Beautiful! East Cobb Basement with Kitchen & Pool Table!

What do you do when you love your home but feel like it’s missing something? This family appreciated entertaining and playing a game of pool, but the basement left something to desire because it was partly unfinished. The solution? An updated basement with a great open floor plan and increased storage.

Atlanta Curb Appeal connected with the family thanks to a recommendation from an East Cobb realtor. The new clients had great ideas of what they wanted their updated basement to look like but needed some help completing the vision. During the meeting, the clients shared their plan of desired finishes and colors as well as the floor style and color. The goal was to end up with a gorgeous yet practical space.

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Atlanta Curb Appeal got started by doing some demolition work. In order to create this open feeling, walls had to be removed. Also, since there was not a kitchen area downstairs before, Atlanta Curb Appeal had to install additional plumbing. A sump pump system was also added so that the lower-level drains would work properly. Commonly found in basements, these pumps siphon the gray water out. A dramatic change to a floor plan like this does require extensive plumbing and electrical work, but it was worth it for the homeowner because Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to add washer and dryer hookups along with everything else.

Next up was installing the new custom kitchen island with pull-up bar stools. The space works great for sharing a meal and cleaning up afterward.

The pantry doors on either side of the sink are a welcome addition to the downstairs area too. It’s a huge space to put things away and to reduce the number of trips up and down the stairs. Plus, the additional space under the custom island adds even more storage!

Beautiful new glass doors also brought in needed sunlight where there was once a garage door. Finding a way to bring in the light to a finished basement is always worth it. After the glass specialty company installed the doors, Atlanta Curb Appeal finished the final trim and paint to the door frames.

Overall, the whole process took about eight weeks, except for the final delivery of the custom glass doors.

The homeowners are thrilled with how it turned out and the time it took to complete the project. And a special thanks to Ally Bunin, a local designer who consulted on the final selection of fixtures and finishes.

Ready to get started on updating your Basement? Atlanta Curb Appeal is dedicated to completing projects on budget and on schedule. Our team is committed to excellent consistent communication. Contact us at 770-778-1172 or Schedule a Consultation here.

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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 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!

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.

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