Say Goodbye 90’s Kitchen East Cobb!

Say Goodbye 90’s Kitchen in East Cobb!

This East Hampton kitchen renovation is OUT with the 90’s vibe and IN with a gorgeous, modern kitchen.

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BEFORE:

Like most of our clients, this homeowner found Atlanta Curb Appeal by referral. A neighbor recommended us through the neighborhood group chat, and the family could not be happier with the results or how fast the project was completed! From start to finish, this project took Just. Six. Weeks.

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The homeowners, new empty-nesters, thought it was high time for an upgrade to the kitchen. With the kids out of the house, they designed it to fit their new needs. The old kitchen had wallpaper, can lights, and a kitchen desk. Atlanta Curb Appeal removed the desk and ripped off the wallpaper. Then, we added classic tile and wafer LED lights for a bright, airy feel.

New amenities include a two-drawer beverage fridge, a trash compactor, and new storage in the gigantic island. The island has room for cabinets on both sides, plus an overhang for extra seating in the kitchen. The color of the island is called dark shaker grey, and it contrasts nicely with the walls and hardware.  Amazingly, the 48-inch range also provides space for a double oven underneath. The corner pantry was removed to enlarge the kitchen and instead, we added pantry cabinets with pull-out drawers.

Our client selected Hoodsly for the beautiful new hood vent. It is a great company for quality, customer service, and quick turnaround. We did have to find a way to vent the hood all the way to an outside wall, which was challenging with the high ceilings and framing style, but as you can see from the photos, it was worth it.

The wallpaper was also tricky!  We had to smooth and sand the walls after it was removed. This added some time to the project, but, we were still able to complete the job quickly. The homeowners were happy that so much progress was made each day and that the project ended on time and within budget.

We are delighted that they love the final result!

Want to read another makeover kitchen story? Check out this draw-dropping kitchen with French blue oven!

Stunning! East Cobb Kitchen and Mudroom Makeover

“On time, on budget, and exceeded our expectations!” That’s what this family said after Atlanta Curb Appeal renovated their kitchen. Interestingly, they interviewed 18 contractors before even deciding on ACA!

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Their East Cobb home was built in the 1980s and was a true original; it had never been renovated. Visually, the home felt small since the lines of sight were blocked by too many walls. Obviously, the existing floor plan needed some modernization.

Before Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen demolition began when ACA removed the walls and doorways, expanded the walkways, and moved out one exterior wall to expand and open up the kitchen. Next, we moved the laundry room upstairs to create a proper mudroom. Finally, we relocated the garage entry door and stairs door to free up wall space in the kitchen.

One aspect of this East Cobb kitchen that was very important to the family was ventilation. They like to cook with lots of aromatics and spices, so they wanted to make sure that they could effectively vent out the kitchen smells. For that reason, ACA installed a commercial-grade hood vent over the range. To create this vented system, the builders connected the hood vent to a direct exterior vent supply they built in the garage.

The biggest challenges to the renovation were moving out the original exterior wall and removing the door to the stairs. ACA consulted with their in-house engineer to make sure that the structure would be sound with the changes. The result was a great flow to the kitchen, wider walkways, and a seamless look throughout the space.

Other new additions included an office space with French doors. The client works from home and needed a quiet, designated spot.  ACA built a beautiful custom desk right into the new area. The floors are a beautiful red oak, stained in a Minwax color called Provincial, and we applied three coats of polyurethane to protect the wood throughout the space.

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The homeowners are thrilled with the final results!

For their next project, these clients have decided to renovate their second level, but have decided not to interview 18 contractors this time!

The clear choice for them is Atlanta Curb Appeal.

Want to read another Makeover story? Check out this East Cobb Kitchen with Black and Gold Accents we did last year!

 

 

French Blue Oven is the Star of this Roswell Kitchen Remodel

Stunning Kitchen Remodel in Roswell

We absolutely love the final outcome of this beautiful kitchen remodel in Roswell. Her style is a blend of Southern and Grandmillenial. This client is a return customer with two kids and a love for cooking and baking, so when we renovated her master bathroom last year, she told us her kitchen would be next.

The original kitchen was an odd shape, and the island was difficult to manage, with toddlers running around they felt cut off from guests when entertaining. The space was not effectively being utilized. This client worked with a designer. They had an ideal layout for the new kitchen, but it would take some wall and beam removal. ACA worked with the new designer to reconfigure the structure and open up the space significantly.

The showstopper of the whole kitchen is the blue, antique-style range that was ordered directly from France! A LaCornue Cornufé Albertine 90. The oven was a story in itself considering It was delayed by several months getting here from France because of the Suez Canal Blockage. However the homeowner shared it, “It was worth the wait!”.

The homeowner is a baker and of the three ovens, that was the one that was needed for her special recipes. Another “can’t do without” was her pull-out table for her gorgeous Turquoise Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer, an honored wedding gift from the client’s late father-in-law. The homeowner shared, “I love to entertain and host our community group and family gatherings for holidays, so I wanted as much oven and stove real estate as possible while not losing space for my thrifted china, serving pieces, and pantry items.”

The entire remodel was nearly complete before the specially-ordered oven was delivered. The enormous island in the middle of the kitchen was another dream for the owner. We used a full slab of Carrara Valentine Quartz. It’s beautiful. 

The hardwood floors are original to the space, but we moved the walls and cut the concrete slab for additional plumbing to the island. In order to make it look seamless, we sanded and re-stained the whole main level of the home. 

An additional feature that is becoming increasingly popular in kitchen remodels is a prep kitchen or hidden bar area. This gives the owner additional storage for appliances, kitchen utensils, and other supplies. In this case, the owner is also using it as a drink and coffee bar.

We removed a small bathroom and utilized some space from their garage to create this space. The shelving is made from butcher block wood with an oil finish, and we think the colors in this room complement the color scheme in the kitchen beautifully. The unique French Cremone Bolts for the doors were specially ordered to compliment this space. 

The owners are very pleased with the outcome and how it completely changes the feel of the house.  “We felt like we went from cookie-cutter home to a more custom upscale feel. We’re really thankful for Avi and Andy and their team.”

Ready to get an estimate for your next Kitchen Remodel? Contact Atlanta Curb Appeal

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Want to read another makeover story? Check out this Exciting East Hampton Kitchen Makeover!

 

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

 

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.

 

Speakeasy Basement Bar in East Cobb

Speakeasy Basement Bar in East Cobb

Recently we wrapped up a fantastic basement East Cobb’s Bishop’s Green Neighborhood. Initially, it was a conventional basement you see in many Marietta homes. However, Atlanta Curb Appeal changed it into a cozy speakeasy full of antiques, using recycled and reclaimed materials. It was not the first project for this creative homeowner. Last year, Atlanta Curb Appeal renovated his kitchen and master bathroom. For this project, the client consulted with designer Becky van der Maten. Her creative insight with ideas, colors, and interior décor layout was amazingly helpful in the process.

Coming down the new staircase, the first thing one sees is the show-stopping steampunk balustrade. Using scrap metal collected from garage sales and flea markets over several years, the dark metal pieces now resemble a deconstructed industrial work of art. Honestly, Avi and Andy worked together from beginning to end to make the machinery inspired stairwell a reality.

Second up on the list was a new wine cellar. Beautifully installed shiplapped walls and ceiling created the perfect space to store wine. The clients are budding wine aficionados and as such decided an investment of a small unique cellar would add value to their home. Reclaimed wood for the walls was sourced from an old dismantled barn in Tennessee. The wood color is entirely organic; the only thing Atlanta Curb Appeal had to do was to clean it!

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Renovating the basement bathroom was next on the schedule. Floors, shower and fixtures were to be replaced. Also inside the bathroom is a closet that needed some help. The entrance to it was replaced with custom reclaimed wood doors. Then came the big decision; which tile style would work in a space like this? Becky gave them half a dozen options with a unique mix and match of patterns. They decided on a white subway to go with the flower patterned tile wall and a black herringbone floors. Together with the new black industrialized plumbing and features the bathroom is complete.

The newly customized wet bar was next on the schedule. In the original house, the owners had installed a bar, so the plumbing was already there. The only work Atlanta Curb Appeal had to do was to reconfigure the understairs framing to allow for a more significant bar. The crews are very experienced with moving walls and rerouting HVAC ducts and electrical wiring to increase space. The expanded back wall is covered with the new trending corkboard wallpaper. It brings an exciting dynamic to the bar. In keeping with the theme from the wine cellar, the new bar cabinetry was custom made using the reclaimed barn wood.

The new floors installed are gorgeous, old rustic white oak planks with lots of character. The only addition was a moisture barrier and a ¾” plywood layer subfloor over the original concrete. After the floors were installed, a light buffing and a stain brought out the natural glow. For extra protection and longevity, a poly coat was added. The windows and door trim were also replaced to keep everything custom, including the baseboards.

Atlanta Curb Appeal is a boutique contractor and as such is always ready to help out with custom touches. Rustic farmhouse chandeliers were made entirely from scratch using raw materials, including a recycled mantle. The electrical parts used were ordered online. The new lighting is a conversation starter in this speakeasy basement bar. Also added were new charming cedar beams along the ceiling. It does not feel like a typical basement anymore with these custom touches!

Ssshhhhh, the absolute coolest part of this prohibition styled basement renovation is the secret door with shelving in the mechanical room! Sure to be a favorite for adults and children in the years to come.

The clients are getting fabulous feedback about the new basement. It’s perfect for entertainment when friends come over!

Ready to get your East Cobb Basement Remodeled? Call Atlanta Curb Appeal today for your free estimate 770-778-1172. Our commitment to quality is well known in our area and we always strive to stay on time and on budget. With Atlanta Curb Appeal you are always in communication with your contractor!

Want to read about another Makeover Story? Check out this Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom we completed last month.

Amazing Atlanta Curb Appeal Client Video Review

At Atlanta Curb Appeal we are constantly impressed by our very kind clients! Our dedication to delivering projects on time and on budget shows, and we love it when the clients notice. Communication and connection are what makes it work and why so many times, they have decided to come back for a 2nd and 3rd project after having such a great initial experience. We appreciate all of our clients and love it when they take the time to leave us written or video reviews! Thank you!

Atlanta Curb Appeal has been serving Atlanta since 2011. Owners Avi Moyal and Andy Anderson deliver quality workmanship on time and on budget in East Cobb, Sandy Springs, and Marietta. Call today to get a free estimate for your next addition, kitchen remodel, basement renovation or whole house makeover at 770-778-1172.

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Astonishing! Stunning Addition in East Cobb

We recently wrapped up a massive addition in East Cobb, and we wanted to share how their makeover story began. The clients initially found us more than a year ago after we wrapped up a remodeling project at their neighbor’s house. Upon its completion, we met and ended up creating a kitchen renovation for them too, which they adored!

Fast-forward a year: knowing that their late 70’s small deck was beginning to age ungracefully, they began to ask us questions. Could an addition with two levels solve their spacing problems? Would an additional garage area for vehicles and equipment be feasible on their foundational footprint? Could that top floor have enough space for a screened porch, open deck, and kitchen extension? Yes, indeed! We assured them that with our careful planning and design, it could be done! We couldn’t wait get to work.

Demolition was step one. We removed the old deck and began laying the supports for the new addition. We were using a solid, sturdy cedar wood for the deck flooring and screened porch walls, and we wanted it to last for generations. We stained both to match. It’s gorgeous in color and fits beautifully with the home’s exterior palette.

The new kitchen extension included cabinets and quartz that matched their main kitchen renovation we completed last year. An addition of a wine cooler and icemaker were two more significant parts of making this a new place for entertaining. For the kitchen extension, we installed new Pella windows with custom benches. They wanted to bring the outside in with these big windows on the sides. You can look out and still feel the warmth of dinner cooking in the oven. It’s like having a small sunroom, but closer to the coffee! Sconce lighting was the perfect final touch.

Every home is different, and for this project, a central screened porch was the best option because it allowed them to hear the sounds of nature and feel the breeze of the outdoors. We even used a beautiful porcelain tile for the porch that looks like wood; it adds durability and is easy to clean up. Outside the porch on the deck was enough space for a grill. They now have the new party house on the block!

Pouring concrete to create a long driveway in the back was the last detail to wrap up the job. Plus, great news! A few days ago we received the Letter of Completion from Cobb County Inspections, the Chief Inspector himself came to look at the new addition for the last inspection. He shared that he, too, loved the project!

Our favorite part of any job is having the final feedback from the client on how a renovation has impacted them. They shared with us that they are loving their new addition and are impressed with how beautiful and neat it turned out!

Are you ready to start a renovation for your home? Atlanta Curb Appeal offers free estimates. We specialize in kitchens, basements, sunrooms, screened porches, outdoor kitchens and decks. Call to set up your appointment today!

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Want to read another makeover story? Check out this Million Dollar Deck we did last year!

 

 

Must See! Beautiful Sunroom with Fireplace Near Walton

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Recently, we wrapped up a new porch installation in East Cobb near Walton High School. The clients initially found us by an online search for recommended East Cobb contractors. Atlanta Curb Appeal set up a meeting to examine the home. After a thorough examination of the property, the process of creating a complimentary estimate for them began. The age of the homes in their neighborhood is about 10-15 years old. Thus, they were ready for an update.

Attached to the home was the original small deck and pergola. However, their dream was to have a screened porch. After 15 years of exterior wear and tear, their wooden deck was showing signs of deterioration. During our consultation, they also leaned heavily towards adding a new outdoor fireplace if the budget could accommodate.

Clients often have a difficult time deciding whether to add a screened porch or sunroom. Building a new sunroom involves a whole new set of costs and changes to a home, including new HVAC duct work, insulation, electrical work, and support walls. The beauty of a screened porch is that you are still connected to nature. You can hear the morning song of the Georgia birds, the rustling of the fall leaves, and the feel of the breeze on your skin during the spring.

As with any significant changes to a home’s footprint, there can be county inspections and paperwork to complete. For some neighborhoods, approval by the HOA is required, too. In our experience, we recommend that the homeowner get the HOA to sign off before work commences. Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to provide the client with CAD drawings from an architect and facilitate the process of county permitting. We helped with the application process for building, electrical and plumbing permits. Finally, we met with the various inspectors during the process and paid the fees.

One of the challenges to our design was that the home had an arched brick wall full of windows. This curvature required us to attach the porch differently than we normally would. The inspectors made us build it as a free-standing structure. He also wanted us to provide an additional engineer’s letter to make sure that we made it to county specifications. The wall shape was unusual, and as such they wanted us to over-reinforce it with massive beams. This porch will not be going anywhere for the next 200 years!

Another great addition to this structure was the installation of a new fireplace. Together we selected a custom-designed stone front facing style. A beautiful cedar mantle was cut and shaped for it by hand. It’s gorgeous and durable. Altogether, this particular sunroom took about 5 weeks to finish. This was a typical timeline. However, if your home doesn’t have an arched brick wall, it could be less.

The final results are that the clients are so excited with their new sunroom! They love it and have already given us a great review online. In fact, when we went to pickup the last payment, they asked us to start renovating their basement! We are happy to say that we are now nearly finished with this project, too.

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Amazing East Cobb Bathroom and Closet Makeover

East Cobb Bathroom and Closet Makeover

This month, we share a makeover story about an East Cobb family. They found us after searching an East Cobb Mom’s Facebook group for general contractor recommendations. Their project was an overhaul and upgrade to the master bathroom. Since the children were getting older, they wanted to get away from “kid friendly” and spoil themselves with something luxurious! Their 1970’s East Cobb home was certainly behind the times and ready for an update.

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They had met with other contractors and had been given a bounteous amount of ideas and drawings to consider. However, with so many choices, they couldn’t come to a decision.

In situations like this, we encourage the client NOT to decide!

We instead suggest that before they make up their minds on the final design, we completely gut the whole area first.

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Long ago, we learned that after clearing out the old space in preparation for the new, our clients can finally grasp the vision for what their “dream” bathroom or other room might be. This new, empty area allows them to make better decisions for their actual day-to-day needs.

First, we start with an agreed upon budget for the project, knowing we will have to relocate plumbing and electrical as part of the design. After the budget is approved, we move onto clearing the space. Demolition is followed up with the designer consultation meeting. This is the fun part where the new layout gets finalized.

Renovation begins when we start to rebuild the new walls and move the plumbing and electrical. Part of this remodeling project was the elimination of the master bathtub. The client instead opted for a huge shower. We are seeing this trend in today’s modern master bathroom; tubs seem to be more of necessity when you have smaller kids. For this East Cobb family, there is still one tub in the house if needed.

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The next part of our renovation was the expansion of the closet. We came up with the perfect plan that answered their needs and fit within the design of the space. Our highly experienced carpenter brought great ideas to the table, which the client agreed were perfect for the area. Walls were moved to make the closet functional, and door openings added. We installed support beams and closed a small closet entrance from the bedroom side.

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As a result of this process, they are so happy with their new space. We received continual praise during the project for the good ideas we submitted, the high level of communication we strove for, and also the tremendous degree of skill our workers employed.

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The mission of Atlanta Curb Appeal is to bring you the 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. We offer the craftsmanship and curb appeal Atlanta homeowners seek.