Why Keeping the Design and Build Processes Under One Roof is Beneficial to You

April 16th, 2014

A lot of homeowners put off major home renovations because they don’t really know where to start. They will need a designer, an architect, an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, and the list goes on. It really does feel daunting when you think of it that way. But, my fellow Atlantans, you have another option.

Here at Renewal Design Build, we take care of everything for you. That’s right. Everything you need under one roof. You have a single point of contact. Many of our previous clients have told us that we truly helped simplify the home remodeling process for them.

We love the Atlanta area, and we care about each person we help. We feel that our dedication to the people of Atlanta is evident in our craftsmanship. We want our city to continue to be the best in the country. The more incredible, homes we renovate, the more we are contributing to that goal.

How Our Business Model Helps You

  • Convenience – No need to deal with multiple companies or multiple points of contact. We assist in every minute detail, and you’ll have a single point of contact for the entire process.
  • Communication – Obviously it’s more efficient for you to discuss your concerns with one person who relays your information to a team instead of having to make sure you’ve spoken with four different people at different times.
  • Quality – No work is actually begun until we make sure everyone is on the same page. Exceptional communication leads to exceptional quality of workmanship.
  • Save Time – Again, communicating with one person saves a lot of time and confusion. We will work together for the entire duration of the project to make sure your home is completed in a timely manner.
  • Save Money – Hiring one single company with everything in-house is not only more convenient, it saves money. You don’t have to pay three different companies to produce the same results.

We feel that we offer a wonderful home remodeling service to all of our Atlanta area clients. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you design your dream home. Our expert designers will help you design the structure and layout, and help choose the best materials for the job. A high quality finished product relies heavily on the use of high quality materials. We can help you get those materials at the best cost.

Call any time to discuss your ideas. We look forward to being your chosen design-build company.

Balancing Your Remodeling Budget to Get the Best Results

March 27th, 2014
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Now that you’ve made the decision to begin your Atlanta home renovations, you probably have a general idea of what you want and how much you can afford to spend. But how do you know where to skimp and where to splurge?

By being upfront and honest concerning both your budget and expectations, your design-build firm can advise you on where money can be saved and where quality is most important.

If there are certain custom features that are “must haves,” it’s important to let your designer know that these are non-negotiable. This will make those decisions on where to cut corners in the future much easier. For example, if radiant floor heating is a “must have,” consider installing less expensive tile or hardwoods on top to balance out the cost.

Consider renovating and reusing rather than replacing. If the kitchen cabinets are still in good shape, refinishing or repainting will give them new life while freeing up dollars for top of the line appliances. Also, don’t discount using remnants and recycled materials for things like countertops, flooring, interior doors and light fixtures.

Make sure you invest in quality systems and materials that need to last, such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing and insulation. These are all areas that are both expensive and difficult to replace. Plus, in many cases if a substandard heating system is installed or sub-par insulation used, the initial savings will quickly be lost.

If the renovation includes extensive exterior work, don’t forget to discuss future landscaping plans. It really isn’t cost effective to rework certain areas of the exterior if it is eventually going to be hidden by wide bushes or towering shrubs.

Contact us at Renewal Design-Build for help deciding where to splurge in your remodel.

Check Your Historical Home for These Must-Repair Problems

March 18th, 2014

Anyone planning a historic renovation in Atlanta knows there will be challenges, but they also know that the end result is worth it.  While you’re doing many remodeling projects simply because of added aesthetics and functionality, there are other projects on the table not open for discussion.

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    Start at the top and work your way down. Roof discoloration and staining or shingles or tiles which are lifting or missing are all signs that the roof needs some attention. Then look carefully inside in the attic. Check to see if there is wet insulation and if the space around vent piping and near the chimney is damp. Any areas where the roof has been breached needs to have close attention paid for signs of moisture.

  • Next have a professional electrician or licensed home inspector investigate the power situation. Chances are the entire system will have to be upgraded simply because older homes don’t have the necessary electrical requirements to meet the needs of today’s homeowner. Not only will the entire electrical panel or breaker box not handle the load of new appliances and electronics, but switches, outlets and fixtures can deteriorate with age.
  • Head down to the basement or crawl space and thoroughly scrutinize the foundation both inside and out, the insulation, any HVAC ductwork and the exposed beams and framing. All homes settle with age, but if there are cracks in the foundation larger than the diameter of a pencil, this usually signals a larger problem. Termite damage is often first discovered under the house and even if you don’t see destruction in the wood, check carefully where the wood meets the ground for piles of sawdust which can indicate damage is occurring internally.

For help with your historical renovation in Atlanta. contact us today at Renewal Design-Build.

Consider Sophisticated Travertine for Your Remodel

February 28th, 2014

Now that your Atlanta home renovations are coming together, it’s time to start thinking about interior finishes for flooring, walls and countertops. Depending on the extent of the remodel, new exterior finishes may need to be selected as well. Before you fall back on the old standards like ceramic tile or hardwood flooring, why not take a look at gorgeous and versatile travertine tile?

Combining rustic charm with sophisticated style, this type of tile is a fantastic selection no matter what your design preference. It has a chameleon-like quality and blends perfectly with the surrounding decor. With a wide variety of colors and patterns, travertine is a tried and true building material from bath to kitchen, foyer to fireplace. Travertine can be installed with its natural matte finish or polished to a high sheen depending on location.

Travertine is definitely a top choice for both interior and exterior flooring. It brings such an elegant and rich look to any room of your home and is so hardy it stands up well to heavy foot traffic. Travertine is available in sizes from small mosaic pieces to large slabs, does well in inclement weather, and ages beautifully,

Since travertine is a porous material, it’s important to work with a professional design-build firm to help determine what style of travertine works best in certain locations. And because travertine has such a wide variety of natural patterns and shading, it’s the perfect material to use for custom tile art designs. For example, in a master bath, use large slab travertine on the floor and smaller more uniform travertine tiles in a matte finish inside the shower and on the countertops. Then have a fabulous one-of-a-kind tile design created in the surrounding backsplash.

For more tips and ideas for redesigning your home in the Atlanta area, contact us at Renewal Design-Build.

Remember the Details When Planning a Second Story Addition

January 31st, 2014
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There are many factors to determine when adding on to your present home, but the number one concern is lot size. Many homes that can benefit from an addition are located in urban areas where space is limited, making building up the most practical solution.

Stairs

You will need them even if you plan on installing an elevator. A major consideration is location, since a new staircase will take up existing floor space. Some homeowners enjoy making a gorgeous architecturally detailed staircase the focal point of a room while others prefer it to be out of the normal traffic pattern. Working closely with a design build firm in Decatur who listens to your needs and expectations can help make this placement decision much easier.

Insulation 

A new roof and walls will all require insulation, and this is the perfect time to increase the amount in other areas of your home. Great strides have been made in insulating materials over the years and, considering many older homes are sorely lacking when it comes to sufficient insulation, installing blown or fiberglass insulation in existing walls and between floor and ceiling joists can definitely increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Exterior 

New windows will have to be installed and just like with your insulation now is a good time to replace existing windows if needed. Is the exterior finish going to match? Over years siding fades and brick color can be hard to match. This is a major consideration and one that needs to be decided early in the design process. And what about that masonry chimney? If you never use your wood burning fireplace then consider removing it and installing a new ventless gas unit.

For more information about remodeling your home in Atlanta, contact us at Renewal Design-Build.

A dynamic new entryway and other interior updates open a Druid Hills home for better light and flow

January 29th, 2014

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Deciding Between Brick and Stone Exterior Home Finishes

January 22nd, 2014
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When discussing exterior home finishes, you’ll soon discover they are as diverse as the homes themselves. Long gone are the days when the most popular siding choices were wood, aluminum, or vinyl. Now homeowners can select from heavy duty brick or stone siding that offers more benefits such as increased insulation.

Concrete Brick Siding

Concrete brick siding is reasonably priced and offers outstanding insulating properties and better resistance against inclement weather like sleet, snow and ice. Since concrete can easily be tinted or dyed, concrete brick siding is available in a wide selection of colors.  State of the art manufacturing techniques now allows the siding to be made in several different sizes and styles.

Clay Brick Siding

For thousands of years clay has been used as an exterior home finish, and clay brick siding is a very popular option because of both sound reduction and extra insulation. Clay brick siding interlocks together and then is permanently secured using mortar. It is available in either a smooth or textured finish and also comes in a wide array of sizes.

Mortarless Brick Siding

In the past this product was usually used for things like retaining walls, but recently it has been revamped as a exterior home finish.  While it is faster to install than the above mentioned options, it does take an experienced professional because of the complex dry fit.

Stone

Natural stone has been used for centuries because of its beauty and durability. Adding stone can easily increase a home’s property value, but it is expensive and is often used in combination with another finish such as vinyl siding. Because of the weight, stone requires a good solid foundation and needs to be installed by an experienced stone mason.

For more information on exterior finishes and other renovation ideas, contact us at Renewal Design-Build.

Where to Add Skylights in Your Atlanta Home

January 14th, 2014
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Perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions is to finally begin those long planned Atlanta home renovations. While you’ve probably discussed with the family things like new appliances, where the extra bath is going to be located and if the new flooring should be tile or hardwoods, have you even considered adding extra light by including skylights in some of the rooms?

In addition to the practical aspect of filling a room with everything from bright sunlight to gently filtered natural light on an overcast day, skylights can also create an extremely interesting visual both for the interior and exterior of your home.Here are some ideas to try:

  • Rooftop decks have become a popular addition to homes. Depending on the living space located underneath, adding skylights can make for both easy maintenance as well as a cool interactive experience between the two floors.
  • Bathrooms are one of those rooms that really benefit from having a window, but many times privacy can become problematic. A skylight is a great way to incorporate light without worrying about blinds, shutters or frosted glass. You can even make it vented to help control moisture in the bathroom. Plus what could be more relaxing than soaking in a hot tub while enjoying the bright blue sky or ethereal stars?
  • The days of “one size fits all” cookie cutter skylights are gone, and now sizes, shapes, styles and color of glass are only limited by your imagination. Or install one single plain skylight and then add interior detail to create unique ever changing visual dynamics.
  • If your home has a long dark hallway that you intend to keep, consider adding several square or geometric apertures or one long linear skylight to naturally brighten this connecting space.

For more information about Atlanta home renovations, contact us at Renewal Design-Build.

Materials You Can Expect to be Popular in Home Interiors

December 11th, 2013
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2014 is almost here, and just like in haute couture, the latest in upcoming trends, styles and designs for home decor are beginning to make a big splash. Why not consider incorporating some of these fantastic materials and ideas when planning your Atlanta home renovations?

  • Environmentally friendly materials are being used frequently in everything from interior home decor to architectural touches like recycled wood, the addition of solar power, composite decking and tiles made from recycled glass. And going hand in hand with a “greener” home is the introduction of roof-top gardens and mobile plant panels. Both these ideas assist in whole home humidification and cleaning the air of toxins.
  • Monochromatic color schemes were very popular in 2013 and interior designers believe this trend will continue into the New Year. A solid color palette brings a clean, sleek look to a room but isn’t boring if textural elements are included. Plus, it’s so easy to dramatically change the entire space by adding simple splashes of a primary accent shade.
  • A very popular trend is incorporating industrial materials into household lighting fixtures. Everything from piping to heavy iron can be softened by the complementing decor as well as the warmth and color of the bulbs selected.
  • Brass is making a huge comeback and is once again being seen in everything from fixtures to accessories. Brass looks fabulous when mixed with other metals and unlike the past when everyone expected brass to retain its shine, now the trend is to play off the rich patina that naturally develops.
  • We can’t talk about upcoming trends without mentioning fabrics. Head to the attic for your grandmother’s knitted, crocheted and tatted bedspreads, curtains and tablecloths. Old or new, handcrafted or machine-made, this is a look full of charm and character.

For help remodeling your home with any of these trending materials, contact us at Renewal Design-Build today.

How Your Ceiling Can Be Renovated for Energy Efficiency

November 18th, 2013
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Everyone knows the basic steps to make your home more energy efficient. Replacing old single paned windows, caulking and weather-stripping cracks, installing new Energy Star appliances and scheduling regular maintenance on your HVAC system all reduce your monthly energy costs. But have you ever looked up? Consider how your ceilings and attic space can be made more energy efficient.

  • The perfect time to increase the insulation levels in your attic, ensure there is adequate ventilation, and correct any areas where air leakage is detected is when you begin your Atlanta home renovations. Taking care of these three critical areas at the beginning quite possibly can allow you to reduce the size of your HVAC system since your overall insulation rating will be increased.
  • The first step is to eliminate air leakage. While this sounds like a fairly easy straightforward project, care must be taken to ensure that hot water heaters, furnaces, piping and chimneys are still vented properly to avoid a build up of dangerous gases. One area of concern for air leakage is at the ceiling and the top of walls. Warm air rises and settles at the bottom of the ceiling; if the insulation level is inadequate on the floor of the attic then the chance for moisture buildup is greater.
  • There are many different insulation options, including blown, batten, spray foam, foam board, airtight drywall and structural insulating panels. All offer good moisture resistance and reduced air leakage. They have different R levels, installation methods and some are even designated for specific areas of the attic and ceiling.

Today since most home’s roof lines don’t fit a cookie-cutter mold, it’s important to enlist the services of a knowledgeable and reputable firm when you begin your Atlanta home renovations. Contact us at Renewal Design-Build for more information.

Tips for Heating Your Historical Home

November 11th, 2013
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Heating an older historical home certainly comes with its own unique challenges. Many times to keep a residence listed as a historical property, construction changes must be kept to a minimum, causing it to be less energy efficient.

 

  • A great deal of a home’s climate controlled air is lost through poorly insulated windows and doors. But this often becomes a huge catch-22 situation since many homes can lose historical designation if the windows aren’t authentically reproduced. This is why we recommend working with a firm who specializes in historic renovation in Decatur and the surrounding Atlanta area and has the renovation expertise so that air loss is controlled and historical authenticity isn’t compromised.
  • The best way to identify air leaks in your home is to conduct a whole-house assessment which is a comprehensive set of tests that pinpoint exactly where your home is wasting energy. Your home’s results are then compiled for you; along with a diagnosis and cost-effective improvement plan that follows the standards of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program. After making these improvements, Renewal will retest your home to confirm the expected energy savings. These improvements can give you a quieter, more comfortable living environment, lower energy bills, and a healthier home for you and your family. In addition, you could qualify for tax incentives and multiple rebates.
  • Most people assume the best way to fix heating problems is to replace the HVAC system. Unfortunately in a historical home, many times that is easier said than done. Many of these homes don’t have a suitable ductwork system nor do they have a mechanical room or space to add the necessary equipment. When the decision has been made to install a new system, care must be taken to limit any damage to the existing interior and exterior architecture. Different levels and areas of the home may also require separate systems because of architectural limitations and moisture levels.
  • Consider adding or improving non-mechanical components such as historically accurate porches, awnings and adding heavy draperies on windows to minimize the heat gain from the sun. For long term solutions it may be necessary to add additional insulation in the attic, walls and crawl space and reconfigure landscaping to maximize the advantage of shade trees and towering shrubs.

Historic renovation in Atlanta can be difficult without the right firm to advise you in matters which affect you and your family’s safety and comfort. Contact us at Renewal Design-Build to learn more.

Looking for an Historic Home to Call Your Own? Try Old Fourth Ward

November 1st, 2013
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful while searching for a new neighborhood to discover a hidden gem only 15 minutes from the heart of downtown Atlanta? Then look no further than Old Fourth Ward. This Eastside neighborhood is so conveniently located to The Masquerade, a fabulous music venue and Historic Fourth Ward Park, with its sports fields, ponds, jogging trails and playgrounds.

Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Old Fourth Ward has great historical value to the city of Atlanta. Dr. King was born and raised in the area and now his family home and grave site are all part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site.

Like many inner city neighborhoods, Old Fourth Ward suffered through years of decline before revitalization began in earnest in the early 2000′s. Over the last decade, this neighborhood has become one of the most sought after sections of Atlanta, with housing now at a premium. Many of the neighborhood’s modest homes are being purchased and renovated back to their original style, now complete with modern updates. In 2013, This Old House Magazine selected Old Fourth Ward for their yearly Best Old House Neighborhoods: The South, bringing even more attention to this fabulous family friendly community. And while the neighborhood continues to grow and improve, there are still many of the neighborhood’s historic homes waiting for their turn.

Renewal Design-Build, a design build firm in Atlanta dedicated to community renewal, has a creative staff of professional renovators at the ready to discuss any future plans you have for your Old Fourth Ward home. Renewal Design-Build is happy to discuss future plans and even give you an estimate before you purchase the property!

Renovating Your Master Bath? Consider These Features

October 29th, 2013
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Your master suite should be your sanctuary, the perfect place to get away from it all.  It’s important when renovating your master suite to include features that create a feeling of calm in both the bedroom and the bathroom.

  • If your master bath project includes total room renovation, you may want to consider a separate room for the toilet for added privacy. Also, consider foregoing a tub and adding an over-sized shower instead. Make sure the shower is at least 4′ X 6′ and include a bench to provide a comfortable spot for shaving or rinsing off . Install multi-functional or rainhead showerheads for extra luxury.
  • These days, most master bathroom flooring is either tile or stone and both are chilly. That’s why radiant floor heating installed underneath is a wonderful idea. Choose between tubing filled with recirculating warm water or electric floor mats to avoid the shock of ice cold flooring.
  • Depending on the size of the room a small sitting area complete with a freestanding ventless fireplace adds such style and ambiance.
  • Include a small flat screen television and a coffee bar and you have the perfect spot for relaxing before beginning your day.
  • Consider using built-in shelving in the bathroom as well as the master closet. In addition to being a wonderful space saver, they can easily hold everything you need and are much more convenient than under the sink storage or an old fashioned closet.
  • Find style inspiration from magazines, Houzz.com or Pinterest.com when selecting colors and materials for  your dream bathroom.  Visit local bath showrooms for additional ideas and to see the materials in person.

With smart planning, you can create a luxurious master bath that will satisfy you for the long term.  Ready to start on your master suite renovation? We at Renewal Design-Build, one of Atlanta’s premier home renovation firms, are here to help. Contact us today!

Learn About Your Historic Home From its Materials

October 22nd, 2013
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When you’re undertaking a historic renovation in Atlanta, keeping your home close to its original form takes research. There aren’t always detailed records available regarding when it was built, but one way to learn your home’s history is by examining the building materials and features.

Brickwork
Color, size, shape and texture of brickwork reveals how it was made. Discovering brickwork was hand-molded and traditionally-fired or machine-molded and fired in a kiln with modern fuels gives you an idea of the time period of your historic home.

Wood
For homes constructed of wood, there are factors to consider aside from the structural system when researching for your historic renovation in Atlanta. Looking carefully at the wood surface tells you whether it was cut by older tools such as an ax or a more modern band saw.

Nails
If nails were used, do they look wrought by hand or machine cut? Nail manufacturing has been notably changed and improved through the years, which makes it easy to pinpoint an age of a home by the type of nails used.

Framing
The original construction, alterations and methods the builders used can be better understood by studying the framing method, joining and finishing of the wood. You can choose to keep the appearance of your home in accordance with these historic methods while still using modern and more secure techniques.

Roofing
Due to constant elemental exposure, the roof of your historic home has likely been replaced or shingled over more than once. If your roof has several layers, looking at the oldest materials can help identify the time period. If it’s been totally replaced recently it can’t be used as a reliable historic reference point.

Contact Renewal Design-Build for your historic renovation in Atlanta. We’re dedicated to great customer satisfaction and quality renovations.

Compromising Between Light and Storage in the Kitchen

October 8th, 2013
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It can be difficult to motivate yourself to cook when you have a kitchen with very little natural light. The entire space feels so closed-in and no matter how much artificial light is added, you just don’t get the same ambiance.  The challenge to adding natural light to a kitchen comes when you try to balance window space with cabinetry.  While storage is also an important feature of a well-functioning kitchen, there is a way to achieve a compromise between windows and cabinetry.

Consider using floor to ceiling built-in cabinetry wherever space will allow. While your first thought is how inconvenient higher shelves are, let’s face it, we all have china, glassware and small appliances that are only used a few times a year or just for special occasions. This will give you the extra storage you need and allow you to replace cabinetry in part of the kitchen with windows.

One really unique design is to install glass door cabinets in front of your windows. This works best when the windows don’t get direct sunlight. If your windows include mullions, make sure the cabinetry framing lines up.

If you have limited space like a galley kitchen, don’t be afraid to look up. Skylights work wonders when it comes to bringing natural light into small rooms.

Remember window and door transoms? Reinvent them as cabinet transoms. Instead of installing cabinetry all the way to the ceiling, leave enough space to have transoms installed. This way you get the best of both worlds…storage and wonderful natural light!

For help finding the balance between storage space and natural light in your kitchen, don’t hesitate to contact us at Renewal Design-Build.  We’ll be happy to help with your kitchen remodeling in Sandy Springs or anywhere else in the greater Atlanta area.

Be on the Lookout for These Old Home Problems

October 2nd, 2013
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If you are thinking about purchasing an older home or have recently done so, then odds are you’re planning on renovating it. You’ll want to invest in your historic renovation in Atlanta by adding custom details and features as well as fixing any problems and upgrading any out of date elements. The following are some of the potential problems that you should keep an eye on, as left unfixed they can lead to serious and often times expensive problems.

  • Many old homes were built without a drainage system around the home’s foundation, meaning that rainwater and groundwater have no where to go. This leads to dampness getting into the crawl space or basement of your home, which in turn can cause mold and mildew.
  • Older homes may suffer from weakness in the joists or from a sinking foundation. Look for cracks in the foundation that are horizontal and that are wider at the bottom. These are signs that the foundation is experiencing severe settling. You should also be wary of post-and-pier foundations, since they provide absolutely no earthquake protection – and no location is completely immune from seismic shift.
  • Asbestos is often found in older insulation, roofing, siding shingles, textured paint and more. While many of these features no longer use asbestos, older versions did. Asbestos is not harmful unless these elements are deteriorating as it can cause serious health concerns when airborne.
  • Buried heating-oil tanks should be removed, or at least capped, if your home has been converted to gas or electric heat. Otherwise, it could corrode and leak into the ground, thereby polluting the soil.
  • Lead paint can cause very serious health problems in humans (usually children) and should be removed. If you are planning to renovate and your home was built before 1978, make sure you hire a Lead-Safe Certified contractor in accordance with EPA guidelines.

For historic renovations in Atlanta, be sure to contact us at Renewal Design Build today.

A Brief History of Home Framing

September 25th, 2013
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Ever since early humans began using wood as a building material, we have continued developing better and better techniques to fine tune the ways this renewable resource protects our families and keeps us dry. In particular, the way a house is framed has undergone some significant and much needed improvements. The process used for Atlanta home renovations benefits from this knowledge. Here’s a brief history.

Stacked Framing – The log cabins of the American south and west were built using this technique. The different elements were simply stacked upon each other and interlocked at the corners to create a simple enclosed space.
Balloon Framing – Used from the18th century on, balloon framing was popular because of the ease with which it goes up. Vertical studs from floor to roof were attached to base plates and joists and then stiffened with plywood facing.  This created a completed exterior or “balloon.” The interior, including the various floors, was then completed by hanging it from this framework

Platform Framing – The most recent development, this technique is similar to balloon framing but keeps each level separate.  First the lowest level is completed and then the next is raised to take advantage of the stability of the lower one. In this way, a separate “balloon” is created on each floor. In addition, newer technologies have also allowed builders to use new materials such as light gauge metal studs to make the entire process even easier, safer and more affordable to complete.  

For more tips on the best, modern framing methods or if you are looking for other information on Atlanta home renovations, visit us online or call us directly at 404-378-6962.

Glass-Front Cabinets Create an Open and Airy Feel in the Kitchen

September 17th, 2013
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Kitchen cabinets are one of the largest investments you can make in your kitchen, so it’s important that they are visually appealing and of high quality.  If the cabinets in your home are looking dated or if you need a new cabinet layout to make your kitchen more usable, we recommend you consider incorporating glass-front cabinets in your design.

Glass front cabinets allow you to show off your fine china, glassware, and favorite kitchen accessories instead of hiding them behind wooden cabinet doors. Any use of glass within the kitchen is also a fantastic way to increase the perception of space, giving the kitchen a more airy and open feel. Using glass front cabinets for a peninsula is also a great way to open up the kitchen to the adjoining room, not to mention that it helps to let in additional light.

You have some flexibility in the glass you choose for your cabinet front. If you like the look of glass and the extra light and airiness it brings to a kitchen, but don’t want to worry about keeping your cabinets looking untouched all the time, frosted, fluted or reeded glass helps to add a textured look that also obscures the contents.  Stained glass can also make a beautiful front to your cabinets while hiding what you store inside.  You can also opt for clear glass on a particular set of cabinets, like those above the stove or fridge, where you showcase items you love but don’t use very often.

Glass-front cabinetry is also a great way to add light to the kitchen.  Installing recessed lighting in the cabinets will showcase the contents of a clear glass-fronted cabinet and it will allow extra light into the kitchen through any glass cabinet door.  Some homeowners have even opted to put glass front cabinetry in front of picture windows, allowing you to see all the way through the cabinet to the outdoors.

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen in the Atlanta area, contact us at Renewal Design-Build at 404-378-6962.

Determining the Quality of Kitchen Cabinets

September 12th, 2013
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If you’re planning for kitchen remodeling in Atlanta, then you’ll want to make sure that all the different components of your new kitchen will be of good quality. It can be easy to implement low quality components, such as cheaper kitchen cabinets, just because you don’t know what to look for. The following are a few things that you should pay attention to when choosing your kitchen cabinets in order to make sure that they are of high quality:

  • Cabinet Box – The best cabinet boxes tend to be made using furniture-grade plywood between ½ and ¾ inches. Avoid any particleboard materials, although medium density fiberboard is acceptable.
  • Cabinet Doors – There are a huge variety of cabinet doors to choose from. Pick out a solid-wood frame that surrounds plywood or solid wood panels. Avoid Thermofoil or laminate over particleboard.
  • Cabinet Drawers – It’s important you pick drawers that are durable and easy to use, since they will be opened and closed frequently over the years. Avoid stapled particleboard and go with drawers that use dovetail joinery, solid-wood sides, and plywood bottoms.
  • Cabinet Hardware – If you can, use full-extension drawer guides instead of under-mounted double roller designs or integrated side rails. Consider a soft close feature that will prevent your drawers from slamming shot, thereby preventing both loud noises and unneeded wear and tear. Don’t worry too much about the door hinges, since there’s not a very big difference between them.
  • Cabinet Shelves – Once again, avoid particleboard, since shelves made out of this material tend to sag. Instead, go with a ¾ inch plywood or a medium density fiberboard.
  • Cabinet Mounting Strips – Use ¾ inch hardwood or metal strips with bolt holes.

Be sure to contact us at Renewal Design-Build for your next kitchen remodeling project in Atlanta.

Houzz Tour: New Life for a Historic Georgia Fixer-Upper

September 10th, 2013

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