Tuesday, May 29, 2012

When Is The Best Time To Remodel In Atlanta?

 One thing we are lucky to have a lot of in Atlanta are sunny days! We don't have to consider frozen ground or monsoon like rains when we're discussing a new project with a client. But there are still plenty of things to consider when contemplating the timing of a remodeling project, even around Atlanta...

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Quiet Memorial Day

  There was a time when Memorial Day wasn't about barbeques, the opening of swimming pools, parades and fireworks. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. The "Decoration" came from organizations of southern women and schoolchildren who had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War. Each region had their own date to decorate; most were in May. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. 
   When we reached out on Facebook and Twitter to find out how all our fans and followers were going to be celebrating Memorial Day this year, the response was fairly subdued. After watching the annual parade or running in the holiday 5K, many were planning on returning home for a quiet cook-out or just some relaxation time. Maybe the opportunity for some quiet reflection and appreciation is exactly what most of us are looking for this Monday. A quiet Memorial Day may be in store for many this year, which is reminiscent of the roots of the holiday.
   In the true spirit of the day we encourage you to also take some time to celebrate the decoration day by placing a remembrance in honor of those who have served our country. Simply placing a flag, or a flower, at your local war memorial, cemetery, history center, etc. is a quiet way to enjoy your day off while showing your appreciation. The original decorators knew that this seemingly small gesture made an extremely large impact on all who saw their decorations, proving that our country's heroes are never forgotten.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dream Decks

   If it feels like you've breezed through spring and are headed full tilt into summer, you know that time to enjoy your outdoor living space is fleeting!
  From outdoor kitchens, to decks to cozy outdoor living rooms, Atlanta residents are sprucing up their spaces. While we may not be able to add the clear blue ocean water to accompany some of these inspirational decks, we can design and build a custom space to suit you and your families ideas for rest & relaxation!
  Scroll through the dream deck slide show below for some "oooh! aaah!" inspiration; then, contact us to get started on your deck!

30 Dream Decks for Lounge Lovers

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Best Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

 Kitchen backsplashes are as unique as their owners! When it comes to colors, textures, shapes and sizes your only limitation when designing a kitchen backsplash is the space you have to create. Take a look at our four favorite kinds and types of kitchen backsplash tiles, and some of the AK kitchens we've created using them.

-Simple Steel: Stainless Steel Tiles make an elegant statement in a classic or contemporary kitchen.

-Mosaics: Whether done in glass, porcelain, ceramic or stone, mosaics add great visual interest and a high-end look to any kitchen.

-Glass: Crackled or curved, glass tiles are simply stunning. The variation inherent in their creation lends the appeal that many find in natural stone. Glass is a great option for additional colors, or something a little more modern than stone.

-Stone: This natural material is hard to beat! Honed, tumbled, chiseled and pillow edged...all types of Travertine saw a meteoric rise in popularity years back. What makes this trend so unique is that it has yet to subside; and because it's a natural substance that can be used in all styles of kitchens, it's likely this backsplash will be a mainstay of kitchen design for the foreseeable future!

Need more kitchen backsplash ideas? You can find kitchen remodeling tips & trends on our website, including many backsplash ideas. Visit our kitchen ideas page, here: Atlanta Kitchen Remodel
We'd love to help you with your Atlanta kitchen renovation! Contact us with any questions or comments. 

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Installing A (Southern) Security System


1. Go to Goodwill and buy a pair of size 14-16 mens work boots.
2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo Magazine.
3. Put four giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazines.
4. Leave a note on your door that reads .
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Bertha, Duke, Slim, & I went for more ammo and beer. Be back in an hour. Don't mess with the pit bulls. They got the mailman this morning and messed him up bad. I don't think Killer took part, but it was hard to tell from all the blood. Anyway, I locked all four of 'em in the house. Better wait outside. Be right back.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Addison by Delta

Inspired by the delicate scallops of a seashell, Addison brings a fresh, inviting look and a multitude of options to the bath. The new Addison fixtures are the reason AK decided to partner with Delta on our current Kennesaw bath renovation.

The Delta Addison fixtures feature graceful curves and provide a delicate beauty that adds a romantic touch to the bath. The Addison two handle widespread lavatory faucet features a water efficient cache aerator, cast brass construction & the drain is all metal assembly.

The Temp Assure Series shower trim set features dual function thermostatic cartridge: the dial adjusts temperature and the handle adjusts volume. New to this series is the  H2Okinetic Technology® raincan showerhead.

According to Delta, H2Okinetic Technology uses larger water droplets that retain their heat longer for a massaging effect and a denser spray pattern for a feeling of drenching coverage. Combine up to six body sprays with an H2Okinetic showerhead for the most luxurious experience.

H2Okinetic Technology is quieter than conventional showers and uses no moving parts. And the water savings can be substantial. 1.5 gallons of water per minute delivered this way feels like 2.5 gallons per minute, which can result in a 36% decrease in water usage compared to a high-flow system.