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.

Check Out This Beautiful Metamorphosis! Amazing Backyard Makeover!

Outdoor Deck and Backyard Makeover in East Cobb

This month on our blog we are covering a huge exterior project recently completed in East Cobb, GA (Marietta). Here is an interview with Avi Moyal, owner of Atlanta Curb Appeal, about this beautiful backyard metamorphosis.

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How did the clients hear about you?
Last year we had done some work in their East Cobb neighborhood; they had remembered our sign and ended up talking with the owners about their experience with us.

Were you the only company that submitted an estimate?
They actually met with 3 contractors but liked our company the best. They sensed that we were the most knowledgeable and that we would deliver results.

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What was the scope of work?
First we performed demolition on the old fence around the back yard. Then we pulled out a minor retaining wall (which was falling apart) in the lower part of the yard and also a long rotting wall in the upper section. After all of this we took down the sick trees and several bushes that were in the way. Following this we executed the demolition of the old deck. Then the new landscaping began. We started with soil grading in all areas and installing a new drainage system. We fixed and upgraded the old sprinklers system and lay down the new pavers area. Then came the build of the new fence.

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Before: With Old Retaining Wall

DURING

Finishing:On Site Stone Shaping

Phase two was building a new large deck and hot tub plus the pergola above. We laid the steppers stones and steps, put sod and mulch down and completed two long retaining walls made of natural stone. This part took the whole length of the project time which was about 2.5 months. We actually did the shaping stone by stone and the put them into place. Yes, it is sincerely a true work of art and the results speak for themselves.

Tell me about the landscaping improvements in the backyard. Was this an extensive project?
In many areas, there wasn’t any grass. Likewise they did not have plants to support the water and erosion from the weather. Their property is on a slope and had major issues with drainage. We put a new drain system in place and directed all of the gutter water and the gushing water from the neighbors to the creek behind their house. We installed new sod and plants. Strategic planting can help hold soil in its place.

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Why did they want a pergola in their backyard?
The pergola idea came later in the project when they decided to add the hot tub. The deck and stairs plan got totally re-designed after the new beautiful retaining natural stones (stone walls, paths?) were built. We decided to go ahead and add a section to the deck and drop the hot tub into the lower part of the back yard. Finally, we created a side access gate for servicing the hot tub. Many homeowners don’t take this potential frustration saving step into consideration.

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What were some of the issues you encountered?
The biggest revelation was actually a good surprise that triggered a new design. I believe the amazing results of the beautiful pavers and stonewall created the appetite for redesign. We had a meeting on site, with the owners, that was very productive. We all felt that the new design was going to be a better use of the area with a dramatic increase of open space by using stepping stones and Crab orchard steppers (18″×36″×5-6″ thick) built into the sod, instead of the original planned decking wood stairs that was supposed to connect the upper level with the lower back yard. The homeowner in turn approved the increase of costs for new material and labor.

With hot tub installations, what are some things homeowners need to be
aware of before starting?

Make sure you are in communication with the hot tub supplier. They gave us the specs ahead of time and we had to bring in a new 240v and 110v line from the main breaker box to power up the tub.

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Why are you waiting to stain the wood of the pergola?
The entire deck and pergola were made with pressure treated lumber. The wood has to dry for about 4-5 months before it can accept stain.

Are pergolas purely ornamental or do they have a raison d’être?
Pergolas are mainly aesthetic but do provide some shade. Some people add lighting or outdoor speakers. It can be a great place to hang a hammock.

Thanks for reading about our backyard renovation project in East Cobb this month. Feel free to share our blog with a friend!

Avi Moyal

 

 

10 Things To Ask Yourself Before A Bathroom Remodel

10 Things to Ask Yourself Before A Bathroom Remodel

1. Keep the same layout or expand? If the work requires a partial or full demolition, it’s a good idea to explore all of your options and possibilities.

2. In the shower, consider adding soap niches and/or a bench.

3. Consider tiling the walls all the way to the ceiling in the shower.

4. What kind of a door do you want for the shower? These days, the majority of our customers choose a frameless glass door (as shown in picture at top).

5. Add some accent tile in the shower walls and floor. You can also tie it to the vanity backsplash for consistency.

6. What style do you want for the new vanities, new mirrors and new light fixtures?

7. Consider backsplash around your bathtub.

8. Replace the bathroom window. Older windows date the room.

9. Make sure you have enough light by the vanities and in the shower. Recessed can lighting is one option.

10. Don’t forget a good quiet venting system.

 

Thanks for reading!

Atlanta Bathroom Remodeling

by Atlanta Curb Appeal

Gorgeous Basement Finishing

Check out this interview with owner Avi Moyal, about one of our recent Basement Finishing remodeling jobs we did in East Cobb/Marietta, GA.

Q. What was the basement like before?

A. It was half finished in the 80’s with just carpets, basic cabinets and paneling. The wood walls made it feel very dark down there. Our goal was to lighten up the area and make it more inviting for entertaining and relaxation.

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Basement Finishing in East Cobb, GA by Atlanta Curb Appeal

Q. What were some problems that needed to be addressed?

A. Basement plumbing and electrical re-routing, a huge metal post in the middle of the space. Also there were ceiling vents and pipes which needed to be covered. As in most basements the house cables, vents and pipes were located under the main floors of the home which caused all kind of problems/adventures.

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Q. What were some of the unusual details that you guys just love about this place?

A. We did a special staining process on the floors. We stained the concrete with 2 coats of clear epoxy. This unusual technique gave an unique look to the floors and the overall space. It’s beautiful and almost looks like copper.

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Also we love the artistic touches such as the hand burned plywood squares on the lower ceiling bridge and the fiercely unique 6×6 sliced log wood puzzle design within the counter top. It was fun to help pick out new lights fixtures and bar chairs for the new space. We added handmade heavy carpets which helped break up the cold floors.

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Q. What are some things homeowners should be aware of when taking on a basement remodeling project?

A. That it takes time and it is never what you expect until you start breaking down walls and moving stuff around to only discover that you have to invest more )-; Basement finishing is usually more complicated than people think, mostly because the challenges basements present after you start. Because if you think about it, you are creating something different than what it was originally designed for. However it is totally worth it in the end because of increased living and entertaining square footage.

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Q. What are some things that people say when they see your new basement?

A. WOW! they are absolutely loving it. I think the combination of colors and the small touches of craftsmanship has made it very unique. We have already had our daughter’s 7 years old birthday party down there as well as an adults party and other gatherings in the new basement space…We are very pleased with the results and the fact that we are actually getting good use out of this investment to our home.

Go here to read another post about a portico we did in John’s Creek earlier this year.  

Need a free basement finishing estimate? Call Atlanta Curb Appeal 770-778-1172.

Atlanta Realtor Needing To Get Exteriors Ready For Market?

Do you find yourself in the position of having to help a client get their home ready for market because they are out of town or unavailable?

How many calls does it take?

-The guy who pressure washes the driveaway and exteriors.

-The guy who can make shutters.

-The business that  does interior construction.

-And finally your painter.

Sounds exhausting doesn’t it?

What if you just had to make one call? Atlanta Curb Appeal saves you time so you can get this little piggy to market quick!

Check out all the things Atlanta Curb Appeal can do for you:

* Design

* Exterior/Interior Paint

* Deck+ Pergola

* Fencing

* Pressure Wash

* Outdoor Lights

* Natural stone

* Gazebo & Sun Rooms

* Landscape Sculptures

* Interior Remodeling

* Mail Boxes

* Decorative woodwork

* Shutters

* Concrete

Be done! Cut the stress of balancing three or four spinning plates. One is plenty!

Atlanta Curb Appeal, helping you sell your home faster. 770-778-1172

Avi and his crew did a few things right off the bat that impressed me very much. First, Avi’s timeliness and promptness was VERY much appreciated by me. I’d dealt with a few other paint crews that just could never make a meeting on time. Avi was there when he said he would be and also contacted me in advance as well. He turned around his initial quote quickly, provided an extremely competitive price, and all of this added up to him winning my business. He then proposed a date for the job (whole house) and then even was able to get it done BEFORE that date. He is the FIRST contractor I’ve dealt with this year I would recommend. Thanks!” –John P. in Smyrna, GA