Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Designing & Remodeling A Small Master Bath

Dreaming Of A Newly Designed Or Remodeled Bathroom? 

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 over 17-years of experience can help you plan and complete your project most effectively. For most of us, laying out a master bathroom is a part of a remodeling project where we’re trying to make the most of limited square footage.

Here are tips for getting the most out of limited square footage:

A central door improves the layout

Small bathrooms often have a door on the narrow end of a rectangular space, and all the fixtures are arranged along one wall—the unappealing hallway approach. Architect Lynn Hopkins has found that a central door is a more efficient use of space because she can locate fixtures in alcoves on each side of the entry for a more roomlike feel. With this arrangement, the entry space pulls double duty as part of the user area for more than one fixture. In a small bathroom, pedestal, console, or wall-mounted sinks make the room appear larger.

A master bath, not a massive bath

Instead of planning a large bathroom with every imaginable convenience, you’re better off saving space for the sleeping area, a closet/dressing area, or even a small office alcove if you’re willing to bring that part of your life into the bedroom. Not only is it space you’re more likely to use and appreciate daily, but you’ll also have more money for the fixtures, fittings, and tile that you touch several times a day. You can fit an efficient, comfortable bathroom in a footprint as small as 5 ft. by 8 ft. if a sink, toilet, and shower meet your needs. A double vanity and tub/shower combo stretch the minimum-space requirements to about 8 ft. by 9 ft.
Code requirements dictate the minimum amount of space required for each element in the bathroom, but you’ll find that adding a few extra inches of elbow room or legroom around the fixtures makes the room seem disproportionately larger than the small increase in its footprint. For example, code requires a clear 21 in. in front of sinks and toilets. But 24 in. is an improvement, and 30 in. creates a very comfortable space. As you lay out possible fixture locations, remember that the clear spaces around fixtures can overlap; it’s not as if you’ll be using the toilet and the sink at the same time. Extending the maneuvering room around a fixture much beyond 36 in. is a waste of space because you’ll start to feel unmoored from the surrounding elements.

A direct connection to the bedroom

This arrangement with closets in the sleeping area and a direct connection to the bathroom works for a couple with similar schedules. Although the bathroom and the bedroom open directly onto each other without any buffer, a thoughtful layout visually insulates the two rooms from each other. From the bed, it is impossible to see into the bathroom, and a half wall shields the toilet from view when looking directly through the doorway.
Placing the bathroom door far from the bedroom entry reinforces the idea that the master bath is a private space. By opting for a smaller bathroom in this project, architect Russell Hamlet had space for a laundry room in the heart of dirty-laundry territory, which further insulates the bath from the public areas of the house.
To figure out how much space to allocate for the bathroom, grab a piece of paper and a pen, and sit down with your partner. Do you have similar schedules, or does one of you head to bed or get up much earlier than the other? When someone is asleep, a dressing area lets you turn on the lights to disrobe or to find clothes. How often do you find yourselves vying for the sink and the mirror at the same time? A double vanity eats up valuable real estate. What’s your daily routine? If you shower before work in the morning, you can skip a tub in the master bath, but if you soak each night, a tub is mandatory.
When you create a master suite, you have two basic options: The bathroom door can open directly from the sleeping area into the bathroom; or a closet, a dressing area, or a foyer can serve as a buffer. The examples on these pages are by no means the only options, but they highlight some design issues and should spark ideas as you lay out your own master bath.

Dressing-area buffer zone

For this remodel, architect Lynn Hopkins created a dressing area by adding a wall with built-in storage at the head of the bed. Now when you enter the master suite, you have the choice of heading right for the bathroom, left for the bedroom, or straight for a fresh change of clothes.
Appropriating space from an adjoining closet to create a niche for a toilet or a sink is one method of gaining precious floor space in a small bathroom. Here, the loss of closet space is barely noticeable, but the area in front of the toilet and the sink feels much more spacious. By stealing an extra 18 in. from the closet, the linen shelves next to the toilet offer convenient storage for towels and toilet paper so that a moment of forgetfulness doesn’t require a trip outside the bathroom.

Where To Start 

Our happy clients are our best advertising - if you'd like to hear what AK's real clients had to say about working with AK Complete Home Renovations, read our Customer Reviews here.
See national third-party surveyor, GuildQuality's report on AK Complete Home Renovations. Gaining a level of comfort and trust are the first steps in finding the right remodeling company to work with!
Next, to assist you in planning for your new bath, AK has created a Bath Planning Questionnaire so our design team will know exactly where to begin! Filling out this questionnaire is completely optional, but we have found that the questions help our clients gain insight into their needs for their new space.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Danver Introduces Shelves Worthy Of Your Kitchen

Photography: Chris Dreith, Improvements Group 

Dress up your interior kitchen or outdoor kitchen space, 
with stainless steel floating shelves!

Uniquely designed and very sturdy, the floating shelves are completely finished from every angle. An internal bracket is attached to the wall and the stainless steel self fits around the bracket and locks into place conveying a "floating" appearance.

Size Specifications:
10" deep x 2.5" thick,
and come in standard widths of:
18", 24", 30", 36", 42", 48", 60" and 72"

For more information, send us an email here!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pergola Perfection

The word pergola is derived from the Latin word “pergula” which refers to a “projecting eave”, commonly found as an extended roof or arbor.  It's a really FUN word to say and a really nice addition to your Atlanta patio: A Pergola!

  According to, Pergolas have stood the test of time. Although their styles, materials, and name may have changed, their purpose has remained the same for over 3000 years. The earliest known surviving garden plan, dating back to about 1400 BC belonged to an Egyptian high court official of Thebes; details a pergola over the entry way into the garden. What inspired the creation of pergolas is debatable, perhaps it was purely for their aesthetic beauty, or maybe motivated by the weather. The truth is that they are able to provide both functions wonderfully, and thus have become a timeless entity.

  Pergolas have served many purposes throughout time. Pergolas have served as beautiful hanging gardens for the rich elite. Pergolas have also served as a functional means for certain species of harvestable vegetation to grow for the common worker, and even provided a means for vining plants to climb for the backyard enthusiast. They have been elegant shade structures, protecting all types of people from the harshness of the sun’s rays, or fury of an April storm. Pergolas have come a long way since their creation, and are no longer reserved for just the rich elite. 

   Have a look at some examples of pergola perfection. What would be the best fit for your Atlanta landscape?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beautiful Lake House Renovation By AK

Our wonderful clients purchased their dream home on Lake Hartwell near Atlanta. They wanted this to be the home they stayed in for the rest of their lives and enjoy their children and grandchildren, so there were some universal design renovations they need AK to complete! We'll keep you posted on the project as it progresses. Here are the first pictures:
Here Is The Before...

Now It's Well Under Way...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Six Best Bathroom Flooring Options

Durability, water resistance and looks.

 We're not talking about your spouse, silly, but your bathroom flooring! These are the top three factors we consider with our bathroom remodeling clients when making selections. Bathroom floor tile is available in a surprising number of materials. Ceramic, porcelain, and vinyl tiles are what come to mind first, and for good reason. They are the most popular choices and perhaps the most practical. Here is a quick guide to help you determine the best floor tile for your bath:

Ceramic Tile Flooring
Durable and easy to clean, tile is a practical flooring choice for the bathroom. Ceramic tile comes in a wide range of sizes, shapes and styles, some of which mimic the look of natural stone. Textured designs help prevent slippage.

Porcelain Tile Flooring
Porcelain tile is fired at higher temperatures than ceramic, making it more durable and less porous. Today's homeowners are opting for larger floor tile —12x12 or 18x18 inches — to reduce grout lines.

Stone Tile Flooring
Usually made from travertine, limestone, marble, granite or slate, natural stone lends a high-end look to a bathroom. This type of tile is the most expensive, but it lasts a lifetime.

Elaborate Tile Designs
Many designers are thinking beyond basic square tile when installing bathroom floors, incorporating unusual shapes and small mosaic tiles. Here, a mix of marble, limestone, and onyx mosaics produces a one-of-a-kind tile floor.

Carpet Tiles
While wall-to-wall carpet is not practical in the bathroom, carpet tiles can add warmth and softness to a bathroom floor. If the carpet gets wet, the squares can easily be pulled up to dry.

Cork Tiles

Cork is warm to the touch and very easy on the feet, and the tiles come tinted in a variety of colors. Installation is not difficult, but if you purchase unfinished tiles, expect to protect them with two coats of polyurethane. Generally, cork tiles are installed with a troweled-on adhesive, but click-in-place floating floor products are also available.

And here is where to start on a beautiful new bathroom remodel of your own: Atlanta Bathroom Remodeling

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Atlanta Remodeling Financing Options

  AK recently partnered with AMS Financial to help our clients easily access the right financing for them for their Atlanta renovations! Even though AMS is based in Charleston, SC their helpful tools for clients are available all online. Their staff has over 50 combined years of home improvement lending experience. They have helped over 100,000 homeowners obtain financing for their remodeling and renovation projects. 

   AMS uses the vast online resources at their disposal to help homeowners find the best loan option for them. It's a fast, easy and paperless process and they have loans and credit cards available for all credit grades!

   We recently asked AMS' National Account Manager, Courtney Talmadge about AMS and what AK clients can expect when working them.

AK: What is the most popular option for homeowners looking to finance a project between $30k - $100k?

Courtney: I would say the unsecured loan programs. Also, for excellent credit we have a program with rates as low as 3.99% and terms up to 7 years. 

AK: What is the process for getting financing from AMS? 

Courtney: After they apply online, if they are approved, what does the rest of the process look like? They should be funded in about 5-7 days. They will receive either a direct deposit to their bank account, you will collect as you wish. 

Courtney also passed along these real AMS client testimonials for our AK customers to read:

I was unsure if I could qualify or even be  helped due to some credit problems and a less than perfect credit score. Using the search function on the website made it easy and painless to find the programs that were right for me and my family.    Susan M.-  Dallas, TX...

We love our new pool and we love AMS financial for making the financing so easy to research, apply and get the money. Our pool contractor was so helpful when they recommended AMS Financial and we probably would not have gotten the pool without their help.   Mark W.-  Stockton, CA...

Questions? Ready to get started? Read more about Atlanta home remodeling financing on our website here:, and click here to contact AK!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kitchen Wine Storage

  Achieve elegance and style for your wine collection with custom kitchen wine storage designed for your kitchen remodel. Here are some of our favorite ideas that we have used throughout our Atlanta kitchen remodels! We can create clever and stylish wine storage ideas, including storage racks, wine coolers, and built-in wine cabinets.

Pair a beverage cooler with stacks of cubbies to provide convenient storage for both types of wine you're likely to serve when you entertain. Reds, which should be served at room temperature, can rest in the cubbies. Whites or roses that you serve chilled can be stored at the perfect temperature in the wine cooler.
These units come with racks so bottles can rest horizontally, which keeps the corks from drying out. Some models also have zoned temperature controls, so you can store sparkling wines at a lower temperature than whites or roses.

If you serve wine often, consider investing in a full-size wine refrigerator. A unit like this one will keep wine at the proper constant temperature (between 40 and 65 degrees) and humidity (about 70 percent) so it ages well.
Look for a refrigerator with temperature zones that let you fine-tune storage conditions. Tinted-glass doors let you see racks of bottles and block harmful UV rays that could affect the quality of the wine.

A row of cubbies tucked under the drawers in a custom-built work island stows a small supply of wine. This central location is convenient for serving, whether you're entertaining a crowd or just opening a bottle for dinner.

Notches hold wine bottles in place on open shelves and ensure bottles don't bump into each other while in storage.

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