Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Sophisticated Children's Bath Remodel

Where is it written that a child's bathroom can't be sophisticated AND easy to care for?


  AK recently design and remodeled this bathroom for our fabulous clients in Johns Creek, Georgia. Though this bathroom wasn't for them, it was for their son. Once this secondary bath was neutral, outdated, cluttered...not welcoming for children or guests. Now the bath is sophisticated and upscale while also being durable and easy to clean.
  When children and guests are sharing a bathroom, homeowners often think they have to choose either sophisticated or child-friendly. But the fact of the matter is that a well remodeled bathroom can be both!







You know it LOOKS pretty, but what about the quality? What about the experience working with AK?
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Bathroom Tile Trends

  Bathrooms can incorporate so many different tiles! From the floor to the shower, wall, tub surround and deck...tile is such a critical (often overwhelming) bathroom design choice. AK likes to walk our bathroom remodeling clients through selections by offering 'tile palettes' and suggesting options that work together so clients can pick and choose.
   Check out these two trendy tile combination palettes of cool & warm neutrals assembled by styleathome.com!
Cool neutrals

1 Thinsation: Go ultra-modern with skinny strips of honed marble in grey and white. Marble Collection grey dolomite line mosaic, $50 per 30.5" x 30.5" sheet, Stone Tile International.
2 Masculine lines: Shimmering metallic detail lightens and gives depth to soft black tile. Porcelain Waterfall in Black, $5 per sq. ft., Olympia Tile & Stone.

3 Contemporary classic: Various thicknesses and a staggered pattern add interest to classic white polished marble. Sino Carrara marble rectangles,
$26 per sq. ft., Cercan Tile.


4 Subdued shine: Glass mosaic turns ethereal with a delicate, milky art glass look. Glass Aurore Grigio Chiaro mosaic, $21 per sq. ft., Ciot.

5 Return of the hex: Classic white and black in a honed finish is sophisticated and bold. Marble Collection white dolomite and black
hexagon, $38 per sq. ft., Stone Tile International.


6 Texture rules: Reptilian-like texture is emphasized in an iridescent glazed finish. Ceramic Last Dance, $8 per sq. ft., Stone Tile International.

7 Circle story: Polished penny rounds get a modern update in multiple contrasting shades. Multi-grey marble penny rounds, $25 per sq. ft., Saltillo Imports.

8 Crystal chemistry: Polished and raw stone looks ultra-chic in light blue and grey hues. Azul Crystallino marble split-face rectangles in Grigio, $50 per sq. ft., Cercan Tile.

Warm neutrals
1 Pearl jam: Mini-tiles set in a brick pattern shine like no other in an
opulent, pearlescent finish. Boutique Collection mother-of-pearl bricks with porcelain backs, $24 per sq. ft., Olympia Tile & Stone.

2 Making rounds: Raised, bead-like texture takes ceramic floor tile to the next level. Ceramic Kaos in White, $10 per sq. ft., Ciot.

3 Natural disposition: Rough, tumbled stone is perfectly in tune with strippeddown, rustic decor. Travertine Tuscany Blend bricks, $12 per sq. ft., Lowe’s.

4 lattice love Diamonds are the hot geometric pattern, especially in warm shades and a polished finish. Marble Lattice Wooden mosaic, $26 per sq. ft., Saltillo Imports.

5 Seeing stars: We love the way this unique polished mosaic subtly references a Moravian star. Marble North Star mosaic in Oriental White, $28 per sq. ft., Saltillo Imports.

6 Go with the grain: Delicate graining and a muted green shade make this glazed tile both modern and organic. Porcelain Signature in Olive, $4 per sq. ft., Olympia Tile & Stone.

7 Visual interest: Pronounced veining rules the bathroom this season. Alexandra Nuvolato marble with porcelain back, $25 per sq. ft., Ciot.

*all prices are estimates and subject to change & applicable fees*

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Basement Remodels: Untapped Potential

   Basements are often a sanctum of untapped potential. While we're busy doing other things our basements become dumping grounds for our furniture from college, text books, kids toys and whatever else we've decided to banish from our upper floors! But what if you could take this storage space and turn it into living space? What would you create?

  • An adult party space? Let the kids play upstairs and create an adult oasis in the basement. Complete with full bar and kitchen capabilities. It's luxurious looking and full of extra lighting to keep it from feeling enclosed!





  •  A private wine cellar? AK has built a few of these and they are fabulous! For the real wine lover, a cellar provides a place to store, taste and entertain. 









  •  A family friendly home theater? You don't need special seating to make a perfect home theater; sometimes getting closer on the couch is more fun. Especially with kids! This space would also be great for game nights and sleep-overs.





  •  A rustic retreat? This basement is less like an extra space and more like a vacation. It has multiple functions in a relatively average space. Both adults and children would be happy in this kind of room.






  •  A personal basement gym? A great way to invest in your health without the monthly gym membership. You could even incorporate a private sauna and whirpool tub!







  •  An indoor pool? Think way outside the box...and then add some water! An indoor pool is an unusual and amazing way to use floor in your home; but maybe not the most practical. A small infinity pool for swimming is more often added for those who like to swim for exercise.

  •  A basement putting green? Imagine putting and training with a golf pro right in your own basement. The latest golf technology can do this virtually and let you play right in your own home. Rain or shine. And adding your own bar next to the putting green is not a bad idea either!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Outdoor Design Trends for 2014


Consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed landscapes for entertaining and relaxing, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The survey also shows continuing popularity for both sustainable and low-maintenance design.  
Landscape architects who specialize in residential design in the U.S. were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2014. The category of gardens and landscaped spaces received a 94.2 percent rating as somewhat or very popular. Outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens and entertainment spaces, were second most popular at 92 percent.   

Across all categories, 98.3 percent of respondents rated lighting as somewhat or very in demand, followed by seating/dining areas, fire pits/fireplaces, grills and installed seating, which includes benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps and boulders.  
“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said Nancy Somerville, ASLA executive vice president and CEO. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”   
Survey respondents noted that the most popular landscape and garden elements for 2014 include low-maintenance landscapes, native plants and fountains/ornamental water features. Slightly more than three quarters of respondents also noted that food and vegetable gardens, including orchards and vineyards, will be in demand this year.   
Decorative water elements – including waterfalls, ornamental pools and splash pools – were predicted to be in demand for home landscapes. Additionally, spas and swimming pools are also expected to be popular.   
The most in-demand, eco-friendly design elements include native/adapted drought-tolerant plants and drip/water-efficient irrigation. Permeable paving, reduced lawn and recycled materials are other popular elements that will help American homeowners reduce their environmental footprint.
Additional information on residential landscape architecture can be found at www.asla.org/residentialinfo
 

Consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed landscapes for entertaining and relaxing, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The survey also shows continuing popularity for both sustainable and low-maintenance design.

Landscape architects who specialize in residential design in the U.S. were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2014. The category of gardens and landscaped spaces received a 94.2 percent rating as somewhat or very popular. Outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens and entertainment spaces, were second most popular at 92 percent.  

Across all categories, 98.3 percent of respondents rated lighting as somewhat or very in demand, followed by seating/dining areas, fire pits/fireplaces, grills and installed seating, which includes benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps and boulders.  

“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said Nancy Somerville, ASLA executive vice president and CEO. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”  

Survey respondents noted that the most popular landscape and garden elements for 2014 include low-maintenance landscapes, native plants and fountains/ornamental water features. Slightly more than three quarters of respondents also noted that food and vegetable gardens, including orchards and vineyards, will be in demand this year.  

Decorative water elements – including waterfalls, ornamental pools and splash pools – were predicted to be in demand for home landscapes. Additionally, spas and swimming pools are also expected to be popular.  

The most in-demand, eco-friendly design elements include native/adapted drought-tolerant plants and drip/water-efficient irrigation. Permeable paving, reduced lawn and recycled materials are other popular elements that will help American homeowners reduce their environmental footprint.

Additional information on residential landscape architecture can be found at www.asla.org/residentialinfo. - See more at: http://www.kbbonline.com/kbb/news-and-features/What-are-the-Hottest-5390.shtml?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=45262815&utm_term=5943788&utm_content=#sthash.eIAc6pbG.dpuf
mains strong for attractively designed landscapes for entertaining and relaxing, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The survey also shows continuing popularity for both sustainable and low-maintenance design.

Landscape architects who specialize in residential design in the U.S. were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2014. The category of gardens and landscaped spaces received a 94.2 percent rating as somewhat or very popular. Outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens and entertainment spaces, were second most popular at 92 percent.  

Across all categories, 98.3 percent of respondents rated lighting as somewhat or very in demand, followed by seating/dining areas, fire pits/fireplaces, grills and installed seating, which includes benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps and boulders.  

“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said Nancy Somerville, ASLA executive vice president and CEO. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”  

Survey respondents noted that the most popular landscape and garden elements for 2014 include low-maintenance landscapes, native plants and fountains/ornamental water features. Slightly more than three quarters of respondents also noted that food and vegetable gardens, including orchards and vineyards, will be in demand this year.  

Decorative water elements – including waterfalls, ornamental pools and splash pools – were predicted to be in demand for home landscapes. Additionally, spas and swimming pools are also expected to be popular.  

The most in-demand, eco-friendly design elements include native/adapted drought-tolerant plants and drip/water-efficient irrigation. Permeable paving, reduced lawn and recycled materials are other popular elements that will help American homeowners reduce their environmental footprint.

Additional information on residential landscape architecture can be found at www.asla.org/residentialinfo. - See more at: http://www.kbbonline.com/kbb/news-and-features/What-are-the-Hottest-5390.shtml?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=45262815&utm_term=5943788&utm_content=#sthash.eIAc6pbG.dpuf