Monday, January 9, 2017

What If Madonna Was A Kitchen?

   We heard someone describing the iconic style of Audrey Hepburn the other day. Timeless. Strong Lines. Tailored. High End. Use Of Color. We immediately thought of what that style would look like...if it were a kitchen.

   Now fashion and interior design are not very different animals. Popular style in one often translates in to the other; most recently the use of geometric prints and shades of gray. Therefore seeing similarities is a celebrity wardrobe and a trending kitchen is not that unusual. But we were wondering about the real icons - like Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, Grace Kelly, etc. - could their unique style translate into interior design? Can an expertly designed space add the je ne sais quoi to the materials and products?

   We wanted to take a look, and see if we could match a kitchen to some celebrity icons. These spaces below are not the celebrities' actual kitchens, these are the ones that remind us of them. We'd love to get your opinion - Did we hit the nail on the head or miss the mark?


Is this a "Madonna Kitchen?"
We see these as her style elements:

Grace Kelly

Is This A Grace Kelly Kitchen?

Or This?

We feel her style would appreciate the old stand-bys, antique pieces and the simple parts of life.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Does this kitchen ooze SJP's style?

Or this?

  If your style was embodied in a kitchen, what would it look like?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Small Bathroom Remodel In Tucker

  Just because a bathroom is small, doesn't mean it can't suit your needs! What matters is that it has storage and function that is specifically designed for how you use the space.

  These homeowners in Tucker, GA emailed AK Renovations to help them remodel a secondary bath that was not making the most of it's small space. Now every inch of the bathroom is utilized to it's full potential; and it looks clean and sophisticated to boot.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

East Cobb Window Renovation

 There is a great appeal to a home with plenty of windows, even more so for large windows. Most of us would agree that a home with bigger windows tends to be more desirable than one with fewer and smaller windows. This beautiful family home in East Cobb is getting a facelift via it's windows! The new design calls for larger windows and new doors to give this home an updated look with more natural light and greater energy efficiency! Beautiful windows are pleasing to look at, make a room appear bigger and add value to a home in the event of resale.

Did you know that if designed properly, large well-positioned windows can help heat a home through passive solar gain in the winter when the sun is shining.

The new windows are about to go in. Can you tell what a dramatic difference this change will have on the look of the home?


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kitchens For Busy Families: Black Stainless Steel

  KitchenAid recently introduced the first ever black stainless steel appliances! Black stainless steel makes a bold addition to any kitchen. The soft, brushed metal of the black stainless is offset by chrome details and satin-textured handles. The premium color of KitchenAid appliances is stated to be a softer, warmer alternative to traditional stainless steel. Designed to blend with other black and stainless appliances, it makes a bold statement and complements the kitchen design.
  KitchenAid offers a PrintShield™ Finish that resists fingerprints and smudges, your appliances will stay as stunning as ever. LG quickly followed suit and is offering a black stainless that is coated with a darker hue and topped with a protective coating, the LG Black Stainless Steel Series makes every appliance fingerprint and smudge resistant. A dry cloth is all it takes to bring back its original luster. 
LG Black Stainles  
   Black stainless makes a great option for busy families who want a more contemporary look than black or white, with less maintenance than stainless steel.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Is Now The Time To Refinance For Remodeling?

   World events rattled the markets last month and interest rates dropped noticeably. In the last few weeks, Zillow reported a 132% surge in refinance requests through its online mortgage marketplace, while the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly measure of application volume showed the highest level of refinance applications since January of 2015.

   Refinancing can be a way to cut monthly payments, if rates fall considerably below a homeowner’s original mortgage rate. It can also help in other ways, enabling homeowners to pay down debt more quickly on a shorter-term loan or tap into equity for home improvements and other needs. And available equity has grown in recent years, thanks to rising home values.

  Homeowners who have been dragging their feet about refinancing still have time to act. Zillow experts predict that rates will likely stay below 4 percent for the remainder of the year. And according to the most recent consumer credit access survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the rejection rate on refinance applications has dropped in the last year, indicating that credit is easier to get.

  Could this be the right time for you to refinance and use some home equity to put towards renovations

   According to the New York Times recent article, Astrid Hanenkamp, 45, was pleasantly surprised to find that she could do significantly better than the 4 percent fixed-rate mortgage she carried on her two-bedroom co-op in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of West Harlem. After making a casual inquiry with Jordan Roth, a vice president of Guardhill Financial Corporation in Manhattan, who helped with her purchase loan in 2012, Ms. Hanenkamp, a fashion designer, is planning to close on a refinancing next month with another 30-year mortgage, at a rate of 3.375 percent. Even after taking out a little cash from her equity for a bathroom remodel, she expects her monthly payment to drop from about $1,100 to around $980.

   Talk to your preferred mortgage professional or have a look at AK's home improvement loan information to make your first step towards refreshing your home!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Enough Already! Alternatives To "Spa" Bathroom Remodels

The closet doors that once hung in the Old Executive Office Building were originally all wood-paneled. But DC native Darryl Carter replaced some panels with glass so he could reference his wardrobe more easily. Photos of Carter's home by Christopher Shane.
The closet doors that once hung in the Old Executive Office Building were originally all wood-paneled. But DC native Darryl Carter replaced some panels with glass so he could reference his wardrobe more easily. Photos of Carter's home by Christopher Shane.
Vintage Showpiece
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The entire second floor consists of a master suite- bedroom, sitting room, and bathroom- that ends in this airy soaking room overlooking Rock Creek Park.
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Carter built the niche in his shower hoping to find the right sculpture. He already owned the marble horse—one day, it dawned on him that it was perfect for this pedestal.
master bathroom
Bringing a piece of furniture, like this secretary desk and chair, into a bathroom warms up the space. Photo by Christopher Shane.
master bathroom
Carter’s gas fireplace keeps bath time toasty and the setting regal.

Feminine, Not Fussy
master bathroom
Shine on: The antiqued-gold mirrors are by Uttermost, the sconces by Hudson Valley Lighting. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg/Case Design Remodeling.
master bathroom
Soak it up: The freestanding bathtub is “Amiata” by the British manufacturer Victoria & Albert. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg/Case Design Remodeling.

Clean Living
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Pianura’s minimalist wall-mounted bathroom systems, such as the one in this Reston bathroom, feature built-in lighting as well as cabinet doors that revolve 180 degrees to maximize storage space. Photo by Angie Seckinger/Boffi Georgetown.

  Are you dreaming of a remodeled bathroom like these? From classical to modern, Mediterranean to rustic - when selecting the feel of your new bathroom the options are endless. Even if you think your update is a simple one, a design professional from AK with 20 years of experience can help you plan and complete your project most effectively. In conjunction with our vendors and partners your bathroom remodel can be addressed in a turn-key fashion. AK Atlanta Bathroom Design

 Images: May 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Atlanta Remodeling Trends: Paradigm Shifters

"Trends" is a common keyword searched online; when it comes to remodeling and home design, many trends come and go. There are also new ideas and advancements in home design that are called a trend when they first emerge, but in reality, they are ideas or materials that shift the industry as a whole! These so-called trends are so much more lasting and significant. These can impact your quality of life, comfort and health. These are trends we want to look at today...

Trend No. 1: Technology Integration And Automation

You’re probably seeing this trend almost everywhere in your life right now. Your phone syncs
There are many home automation options on the market now
automatically with your car to play music through its speakers and take calls hand-free. You scan your energy bar’s wrapper into your fitness app to add its calories, protein and carbs to your daily counts. You watch TV on your tablet while riding in an Uber car that you summoned with it, too.

It’s not surprising that this digital integration and automation trend has extended into the remodeling realm. There are ovens that are controlled remotely from your phone, outlets that include USB ports along with standard electrical receptacles, countertops and medicine cabinets with built-in chargers, home security systems and much more Jetsonian excitement to come. 

Some of this isn’t really new. Home automation has been around for a while, but it is now becoming far more mainstream and user friendly. Image courtesy of

Trend No. 2: Healthy Home Living

How many times in the last 24 hours have you heard the term "Clean Living?" Beyond just the food
Alpharetta Master Bath Remodel
we eat, healthy living is ranked as one of the major remodeling goals of millennial parents in a recent survey. This has spurred the growth of products like hands-free faucets and toilet flushing, steam ovens and steam showers.

All of these innovations are aimed at taking the best care possible of yourself and your family. Stress management is part of that equation for many, and the reason why amenities like steam showers are experiencing double-digit growth. And there's nothing like a functional, organized home to reduce it's owners' stress; this is one of the major reasons we hear from our Atlanta remodeling clients as to why they want to renovate!

The focus extends beyond products into space planning and design. There has been growth in home fitness rooms, wellness centers to accommodate medicine and vitamins in the kitchen or bath, a major emphasis on spa-style master baths and an overall focus on using materials that are less toxic for humans and pets alike. Healthy living trends are likely to expand as more millennials become homeowners.
Trend No. 3: Sustainability

Here's another word we hear a lot these days! There is a strong connection between the healthy living and sustainability trends. There are also overlapping benefits. If, for example, the paint you use is healthier to breathe, it’s also healthier for the planet. Hands-free faucets reduce the spread of germs in your kitchen and bathrooms.

AK offers a line of FSC Certified cabinetry, we've used sustainable materials like concrete and recycled glass on kitchen countertops and we help our clients design kitchens that make recycling and even composting easier!

Trend No. 4: User-Centric Design

Perhaps it’s our smart phones and tablets spoiling us into wanting every area of our life to be personalized and user-friendly. This has certainly been the approach to home technology. Just about every control pad you operate today — whether it’s cooking or showering — has been influenced by Silicon Valley to be friendly and customizable. 

User-focused design extends into many other trends as well. For example, aging in place and accessibility are becoming must-haves for many.

The user-focused trend also shows up in the growth of low-maintenance materials. Engineered stone tops that are easy to clean and never need to be sealed have become the most popular in the industry, surpassing granite in designer surveys. There are faucets with spot-resistant finishes, upholstery fabrics and carpets with ever-stronger stain resistance and self-cleaning toilets. User-focused equals convenience for time-challenged homeowners.

Trend No. 5: Contemporary And Minimal
Alpharetta Family Room Remodel

Low maintenance carries into unfussy styles that not only look cleaner but are actually easier to keep clean. Sleek cabinet fronts without elaborate molding or heavy hardware look more contemporary and fit better into modern multitasking lives. Contemporary is the dominant style being uploaded by designers online.

  What’s really most important in remodeling your Atlanta area home is not incorporating the latest trends; it’s choosing those that fit how you and your household live. This is why AK takes the time to learn about your goals for your renovations! The best investments are those that fit with your lifestyle, home, neighborhood and budget. The good news is that there are so many more great options to choose from today.

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