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!

Go here to check out Renovation Gallery.

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

 

 

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Stunning Whole House Makeover with European Kitchen East Cobb

Stunning Whole House Makeover in East Cobb

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Standard becomes stunning for this Atlanta Curb Appeal house makeover. From the outside, the building was similar to most homes built in the late ’80s, a two-story house in a friendly East Cobb subdivision. Like many of the homes, the interior had standard builder finishes, with traditional room layouts.

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What made the clients decide to get their house renovated? It was a recent purchase; they knew that the home was going to need help. It had the original carpets, kitchen the kitchen cabinets were dated, as were all the bathrooms.

 

What was the big change they were looking to make? They wanted an open floor plan, new hardwood floors, a European kitchen, and all new appliances.

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What did Atlanta Curb Appeal do for them? First, we opened some walls and installed header beams. Header beams help to support the above weight and create the look of open areas.

 

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Broadening of the hallway to ease the flow of traffic to the living spaces. We also removed the long dividing wall between the kitchen and dining area, allowing a vast and open space. Consequently, this significant change required us to re-route all the electrical, plumbing, and gas systems in the kitchen. New paint and hardwood floors were next on the list. Custom-made cabinets, lighting, and a new island transformed the space into a designer-styled kitchen.

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Next we started demolition of the living room wainscoting and wall cabinets. The fireplace got a makeover too! We resurfaced it with marble tile all the way to ceiling and added a custom reclaimed wood mantel. New oak stairs, new custom oak handrails, and square aluminum balusters completed the main and second floors.

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When you are working on a renovation of that scale, what is the first step? Demolition is always first. Then comes moving the walls and installing support beams. It’s best to get the messy, dirty stuff out of the way. Always remember to change HVAC filters frequently during the renovations.

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How did you pick out the finishes? The clients enjoy design and European aesthetic. With help of ideas for architecture magazines, Pinterest and Houzz, they came up with their vision. We helped them identify materials needed to meet their vision. The results were dramatic and beautiful.

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Why did you choose some brands over others—was it the price, quality, etc.? We did a lot of research with the client and figured out which manufacturers had the best-quality items using the budget we had set up originally.

What is the most custom part of the entire renovation? There were a few areas where they requested a special touch and attention: the railing system, the barn door and closet in the master bedroom.

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Did your encounter any surprises? Getting the big oven hood in the kitchen to vent outside properly took more time than we expected. Reconfiguring the plumbing and the HVAC ducts that were hidden inside the removed walls ended up taking more time and effort too.

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What has been the biggest change that the client has enjoyed so far? The large, open concept kitchen and dining space with the long island that is also open to the living room. They also love the leathered granite that they selected. It is extremely unique and is a great conversation piece.

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This is part one of a four-part series about this East Cobb Whole House Makeover. We will look at the masters bedroom and bath in our next blog post. Thanks for reading. Check out our beautiful online gallery!

Avi Moyal and Andy Anderson.

Atlanta Curb Appeal Gives Back: Anna Crawford Center Holiday Build

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Recently Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to give back to the East Cobb and North Georgia community by participating in a special way, by helping the Anna Crawford Center of Cherokee County. They put on an annual light display called, “Holiday Lights of Hope.” Over 25,000 people attended last year.

The Anna Crawford Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization that works to break the cycle of child abuse through prevention and intervention services. It is an amazing foundation and Atlanta Curb Appeal was glad to volunteer our services.

How did you connect with Holiday Lights of Hope?
We are the second largest client of the East Cobb Home Depot store. We have a long and healthy relationship with the employees and the managers at that location.

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Who participated in the build?
Andy, Rudi Anderson and myself [Avi Moyal] were there that day.

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How did Atlanta Curb Appeal help?
They asked us to help with the roof and structure build out. The Anna Crawford Center and their suppliers provided everything else.

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How long did it take?
We were there from Friday morning until dark. We worked hard, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely as you can see by the pictures!

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How did it make you feel to participate in such a project?
We were thrilled to be invited to help this important cause. Of course; we accepted, and I immediately blocked the date for Andy and me in the calendar. Honestly, even though we are very busy right now before the holidays, we felt in our hearts that it is much more important to help others including our bigger supplier, Home Depot.

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Are there plans to participate in more projects like these going forward?
The Home Depot of East Cobb is a very well organized store with an amazing team. Ryan Leblanc, the store manager, is an outstanding manager that assists us greatly with most of our supplies and deliveries. Their store handles many ‘volunteer with friends’ activities. If we get invited again, we will happily join in!

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Thanks for reading!

Astonishing Transformation of this East Cobb Home!

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Recently Atlanta Curb Appeal wrapped up another amazing whole house makeover in East Cobb, GA!  Below is an interview with owner Avi Moyal about the details of the project. It’s a great story including a little bit of mystery we hope you will enjoy reading.


How did they find you?

Well this is a very interesting story…

I got a call one day, asking me to come and give a quote for some curb appeal work. As always, I ask my new clients, how did they find me? This lovely lady said she is holding a postcard I had sent her in the mail recently. I was shocked to hear that because the only time I did mass postcard marketing was exactly 3 and half years ago. I had to go and see it with my own eyes, so I got in my car and drove straight to her house. And there it was, the postcard I printed almost 4 years ago was there in her hand! No idea how that happened. A mystery maybe the USPS can solve for me!

Why did they select Atlanta Curb Appeal? Did they get other quotes?
The client got 3 quotes, one was a little lower than ours but she did not feel that he could deliver. The second quote was considerably higher than mine. She went with ours because she liked the design ideas I proposed.

A few years ago she had the front landing and stairs done and she didn’t like how it turned out at all. So we came up with a new design that included demolishing the existing one and building it from scratch, which we then covered with a beautiful natural stone all the way to the driveway.

What projects did you complete in the home?
Refinish the hardwood floors
Replace the front door
Fix the rotted cedar siding
Demolition the front porch and rebuild new rounded stairs and cover with natural stone.
Build a portico
Dramatic exterior change using new paint palette
Paint the deck and railing
Replaced all exterior lights
New custom made shutters

Why did they choose to have the hardwood floors refinished?
Actually she hadn’t decided to do it until our initial meeting. They were very scratched, basically due to common wear and tear. During my first assessment, I asked her if she would like to go ahead and refinish them while we were in there doing the renovations. It’s a simple process really since they are solid hardwoods, easily sanded and refinished to any shade one could want.

What caused the rotted cedar siding? Was this instance typical of homes of this age? Or was it due to a manufacturer problem?
Some decay is normal, part of the aging of the natural cedar siding. Overall though, the siding was in decent condition. Merely a few critical places needed to be removed and replaced.

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Why did they want to add a portico? What was their inspiration?
We went over a few designs however they really liked the portico that is featured on our homepage. Actually the whole color scheme of the exterior of that house was really appealing to them so we went with the same color formulas. Gray with white and black accent and trim colors.

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Was gray in color in mind from the start?
She had gray in mind from the start but not the actual shade of it. All the colors were discussed together and the red door was her special request.

Why was the front door replaced instead of painted?
The client wanted a new door and sidelites to give a reinvigorated look to the front of the house and to accentuate the attractive new portico.

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Did you have to resurface the deck before painting?
No, it was in good condition, we kept the deck as is, we only pressure-washed and repainted it. Because it had been painted in the past, we couldn’t merely apply a stain over the old deck. The new deck colors were chosen to complement the new exterior, white for the railing and light gray for the floor decking. The results were amazing, way beyond our expectations!! There is such a clean and neat feeling there now.

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How many days for each phase of this project?
In a perfect world:
Paint – 1 week
Floors – 3 days
Front stairs – 1 week
Portico – 5 days
but we were there for almost two months because of rainy days.

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We also installed a new house numbers sign that matched the new look. When we took off the old door, the client wanted to keep these 4 digit metal numbers as a souvenir. I offered to take it home and do something artistic with it.

Did they book the bathroom remodel job after they saw and loved your work or was this always in the original plan?
Yes the bathrooms came much later in the process; we will start them in a couple of more weeks probably.

Are they happy with the finished results?

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The day we finished, after I got home that evening, I got a text from them saying ” I like it all so much Avi that I’m crying I’m so happy. I just can’t believe I have a pretty house after 20 years. I wish my mother could see it now. Thank U Avi” (see above).

This filled my heart with joy knowing we made someone that happy with our work.


 

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Would you like to read more makeover stories? Here is an amazing backyard makeover we completed last fall.

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Our Gorgeous Backyard Video Will Inspire Your Spring!

Our Gorgeous Backyard Video Will Inspire Your Spring!

Recently Atlanta Curb Appeal completed a breathtaking backyard makeover in East Cobb, GA (read the full post here). It was a massive undertaking: hot tub, deck, pergola, gates, fencing, retaining wall and stone steps. Watch the video to see the spectacular results!

 

These next few weeks are the perfect time to get a free estimate for a new deck. We have already had calls requesting quotes for outdoor expansions. Sometimes clients already have an idea of what they are looking for after doing searches for “decks” or “pergolas” on Houzz or Pinterest. We are able to guide them in the right direction to a deck or pergola that is not only functional but also beautiful.

Have you had thoughts about how your backyard might get transformed? Let’s review a few of the projects we have done this year to get you inspired!

New Pergola with Custom Cut Stone Wall

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Front Yard Makeover with Pergola

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This Buckhead front yard makeover we completed last year, yet it’s so pretty when we added the staining. We had to show it off again!

 

 

 

 

Deck Extension, Widened Stairs and Covered Porch

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With a covered deck you can still be outside without the sun in your face. They added a ceiling fan and the warm summer nights are now enjoyable in this expanded space.

 

 

Outdoor Kitchen Set Up with Custom Green Egg Station

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In this particular home, the custom countertop and Green Egg cabinet was perfect for this outdoor chef.

 

 

 

We hope that these pictures have got you thinking of the amazing possibilities Atlanta Curb Appeal has to offer. Call us for a free quote or check out our online Gallery.

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