Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Few Things You May Be Thinking, But May Not Tell Your Remodeler

   Are you worried about being completely honest about your budget for your remodeling project? Is the process of choosing a remodeling company feel overwhelming to you? Are you unsure of what it is you need from a remodeler and therefore think price is a good way to judge between contractors? If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions - you are not alone! In our nearly sixteen years in business we have found that most of our clients begin the process with many worries and preconceived notions.

    Writer Shawn McCadden wrote a ten point list about what people are afraid to tell their remodelers. These are things that professional remodeling companies know their clients are thinking at the initial meeting, but the clients often don't say to them until the end of the successful project! If you find yourself relating to any of these topics, take comfort in the fact that you are in the majority.  
  •  I have never done anything like this before, it is overwhelming to me, I don't know where to start or how to make a confident decision about my project and choosing a contractor. I am scared and anxious. But, I don’t want you to know all this because you might just take advantage of me.
Fact: We know the process is overwhelming, we have been in your shoes! This is why the AK team is with you throughout the entire project, and beyond. Tell us your concerns, you won't insult us with horror stories you've heard about unprofessional contractors. Give us the opportunity to tell you how and why we do things differently. You may just feel a lot better about starting such a big, important project!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Holiday Repost: 'Twas The Night Before Remodeling

A New Twist On Clement C. Moore's 1882 Masterpiece!
Twas the night before remodeling, when all through the kitchen
not a handyman was stirring, no hammers were twitchin'.
The plastic wrap was hung all around the room with care
in hopes that AK soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
while visions of warming drawers danced in their heads.
And mama in her snuggie, and I in my cap,
had just settled down for our last dust free nap.

When out on the driveway there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my La-Z-Boy to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I staggered so sleepily
I lifted the miniblinds and gazed so dreamily.

The moon's reflection on the cold and wet asphalt
showed me a little old truck who'd just come to a halt.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature AK logo that filled me with cheer!

With a little old driver, so lively and quick
he hopped from his truck and up the stairs with a kick.
More rapid than eagles his tools they came
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

"Now Hammer! Now Pliers! Now Sander and Mud Pan!
Now Plumb Bob! Now Hacksaw! Now Tape Measure and Caulk Gun!
From the top of the cabinets to the bottom of the baseboard!
Now Tear Away! Design Away! Build Away 'till all is restored!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the kitchen
banging and knocking like an old fashioned cotton gin!
As I drew my head in, and was turning around
in the front door AK's Ed came with a bound!

He was dressed all in logo gear, from his head to his shoes,
and his eyes looked like he had not had a snooze.
The bundle of tools he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a remodeler ready to attack!

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
and tore out the whole kitchen like a builder gone beserk!
And laying a finger aside of his nose
and giving a nod a new kitchen he did compose!

The cabinets, all cherry, had pullouts and rollouts and storage a'plenty
and the additional cabinetry in doors numbered twenty!
Appliances in steel, countertops in granite
and so much technology it couldn't be from this planet!

He sprang to his truck, to his tools gave a whistle,
and away they all drove like a shot from a missile.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of view,
"Happy Renovating To All! And To All A Good Crew!"

Happy Holidays From AK!
A Crew You Can Trust!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Last Minute Holiday Decorating

  Just because you're filled with holiday spirit doesn't mean your home is as equally brimming. With work, family, shopping, planning...when is one to decorate? You just conquered Thanksgiving and now December is quickly flying by. And there your neighbor's house sits mocking you: perfectly lit, wreaths and garland hung, candles glowing and they've even raked their leaves! Let us help you bring some (painless) holiday touches to your home.

  -Sparkly & Bright : Add Christmas sparkle to a room by suspending ornaments from a chandelier.

  -It's Curtains For You: Dress up open space on your window treatments. Drape strands of beaded garland (or any garland) over a curtain rod, securing them with tape on the back. Finish the ends by wiring elegant glass ornaments to the garland, and you can go the extra mile by hot-gluing sprigs of greenery to the ornament tops. 

-Planting Some Holiday Spirit: Houseplants look more festive with a layer of moss over the dirt and a sprinkling of holiday ornaments. Hot-glue the ornaments to the moss to ensure they don't roll away.

-Simple Stripes: Stuff iconic candy canes into a decorative bowl or flowerpot, and add red-and-white stripe ribbon for a coordinating touch. 

-Centered Piece: Tie a large festive ribbon around a punch bowl and surround it with a fresh pine wreath to create a quick, easy, and elegant centerpiece. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Honeysuckle: THE Color For 2011

  Last year, Pantone announced that Turquoise would be the color of year for 2010, and the design industry heard them loud and clear. Turquoise jewelry reappeared in Hollywood, turquoise popped as an accent color in homes all around the country, shoes, handbags and sunglasses all boasted the years hottest color. And all we have to say is - nice job Pantone! Recall what we said in our 2011 Atlanta Home Design Trends blog about proselytizing? But we also have to admit - we love turquoise too!
   So how could one possibly top the Turquoise trend? Call in it's natural compliment: A red, orange, pink, coral combination hereafter known as HONEYSUCKLE! According to Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues." It's already been on the red carpet, and it's showing up in various shades on items right now!
    We might predict, that this trend takes a little longer than turquoise to translate into the home sector. It's a fabulous accent color - and as you might notice - even a similar color was used in our "Papered Ceilings" image trend prediction in our 2011 Home Design Trends Blog! The color looks like is not for the faint of heart, and we know not everyone will want to use it. But if you see it, and you like it, Try It! It may surprise you what a neutral it truly is. And the easiest thing to do would be to give us a call. We'd be happy to help you work 2011's hottest color into your home!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2011 Outdoor Kitchen Trends

We just penned our own predictions for 2011's Atlanta Home Design Trends so when we saw this post about outdoor kitchen trends we thought it was an excellent follow-up! Thanks to Danver Stainless Steel Cabinetry for the following article:

As the "leisure industry" is rapidly growing 15 to 17 percent annually, several relatable outdoor living trends are beginning to take shape. Throughout 2010, we noticed a shift in the design of outdoor kitchens. The transition is a shift from the traditional BBQ island or masonry kitchen island to modular cabinets inside a three-sided stone surround. Just a few years ago an outdoor area was called a "grilling station" and soon thereafter, the term was quickly updated to "outdoor kitchen." Now the emerging phrase is "outdoor living and entertainment centers."

The kitchen is still the focal point of the design, but the layout and materials are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and complex. Long gone are the days of simply creating a small area to grill outside and enjoy dinner. Now outdoor living spaces are given as much detail, budget and design as indoor kitchens and living rooms. Read On...

Friday, December 3, 2010

2011 Atlanta Home Design Trends

  It's that time of year again! When those of us in design start thinking about what is going to be the top trend in homes for the next year. We think part of this tradition is preparation - so we can get ready for the new demand - and part is proselytizing - we'd all like to be the one that sets the big home design trend of 2011!
  So in a valiant effort to do both, let us quickly share our opinion. Then we'd like to hear yours!
  • All Natural: A  continued movement toward the natural patina of woods, metals and other materials. This also incorporates glass, stone (granite, marble, travertine) and even recycled materials! Natural finishes and natural flaws in all of these materials will be desirable.

  • A New Modern: Instead for the cold, metal and modern kitchens we pictured fifty years ago we'll see a warm and colorful take on contemporary kitchens. In 2011 contemporary design will use colors and contrast, varying materials and texture all in various complimenting and contrasting colors. Creating a "wow", keeping the warmth of a more traditional kitchen, and also keeping the flow and clean lines that is essential to contemporary design.

  • Papered Ceilings: We saw it in 2009 & 2010 with accent paint colors, in 2011 we'll see it with paper! Wall papered ceilings. These will create a visual impact in a room beyond what paint can do and will also incorporate natural textures and materials.

  • The Blues: Blue will likely take the place of gray as a desired neutral palette base for many rooms in the home. Royal blue and turquoise blues will be the most sought for accents and accessories after while soft, cool sky and vista blues will serve as the most popular paint colors!

   So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? What can you add to the list?