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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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Home Additions: More Family Room

  A well-planned home addition will pay for itself time and time again. AK's Atlanta remodeling additions can be anything from kitchen bump-outs to adding another story to a home! You can boost your home's value and extend its square footage with an impactful home addition. 

  AK can give you creative solutions for adding new space to your home and other Atlanta home improvements. Whether you are planning a one-room home addition, a second-storyadd-on, or an outdoor room, check out these inpsirational photos of additions for ideas to implement in your own home addition.

Want to see the start-to-finish of a real AK home addition? This presentation walks you through every step of a real home addition remodeling project: from the reasons the clients chose to add on to their home, through construction to the stunning final result. You can even see how much the project cost.

Connect to the yard. The most common addition has to be the one that attaches onto the back of the house. Usually, especially in older houses, these are kitchen and / or family room additions. A great advantage to an addition like this is the ability to strengthen the house's connection to its yard. 

Create a jewel box. Like a conservatory, additions are opportunities to create something truly special. Filled with light and space, an addition can let you live outdoors all year round.

Raise the roof. Look at a second floor addition in a more urban area with little opportunity to expand horizontally. This is an especially effective strategy on a small lot and the addition is quite large.  

Ranch up. Rather than using up precious ground area and building a foundation, adding a second floor addition to a ranch house is a great and cost effective way to get that extra space. Because this type of an addition requires a new stair be located in the house, it's a great way to fix some of the underlying deficiencies of ranches (such as the dreaded going through a room to get to a room syndrome).

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Take Another Look At Marsh Cabinets: Beautiful, Affordable, Functional

  One of AK's many cabinetry lines, Marsh, now offers a five piece drawer head to the Brunswick Maple door style. Previously available in a slab drawer only, customers can now order Brunswick with a recessed, five piece drawer head for a more transitional look. Available in all the paints and stains that Marsh produces, Brunswick I & II has everything that maple has to offer at a value-oriented price point. Brunswick is a recessed, mitered maple door style in the traditional ½” overlay collection. 
   Marsh has also introduced Autumn as a new addition to the standard finish offerings within the Framed cabinet lines. 
   This line also offers some great, non-custom organizational accessories!

Roll Out Drawers
Pantry Roll Outs
Wine Rack
Stemware Holder

Spice Drawer Cabinet
Wine Cube Cabinet

 Looking for a more beautiful, functional kitchen? These might be right for you. 
Contact AK to talk with a remodeling professional.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

5 Simple Spring Home Improvement Projects

  Whether you're thinking of putting your home on the market or just want to refresh the look and feel of your home for spring, check out these 5 simple spring home improvement projects to increase your home’s value by boosting curb appeal and reducing energy costs!

  • New Front Door: Let your front door be the beacon welcoming prospective homebuyers. Walking up to a bright and inviting front entrance will make a solid first impression. Update your molding, free the entryway from clutter, and use minimal decoration to complement your new front door.
  • Garage Door Upgrade: A topnotch garage is a necessity for many homebuyers. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your garage a standout feature. Taking care of your garage inside and out will boost curb appeal and show homebuyers you care about every aspect of your home.  
  • Window Upgrade: Energy-efficient features are #1 on homebuyers most wanted list. According to a study by The National Association of Home Builders (NABH), 89% of homebuyers want Energy-Star rated windows.
  • The Power Of Paint: Probably the easiest home improvement project with instant results. You can change the whole feel of a room with a new color. Opt for a varied neutral palette for wide appeal and plenty of personality. 
  • Lighting Love: Let in the light! Strategic lighting, energy-saving dimmers, programmable lighting, and replacing old bulbs with LED fixtures will enhance any room while reducing energy bills.

Reducing VOCs In Your Home

Did you know that the air inside your home is, on average, two to five times more polluted than the air outside? Because we spend the majority of our time indoors, homeowners are quickly realizing the importance of keeping their indoor air as clean as possible.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are one important contributing factor to poor indoor air quality. VOCs are emitted as gases from many everyday items, including paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, furnishings, building materials and cleaning materials.

VOCs can have a detrimental affect on your health. In the short-term, they can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches; loss of coordination and nausea. Over the long term, VOCs have been attributed to damaging the liver, kidney and central nervous system. Some are also known to cause cancer. The compounds have a particularly damaging effect on people with asthma or other breathing issues.

Thankfully, there are ways you can reduce your exposure to VOCs:

·         Buy products that are labeled no- or low-VOC, including paint and cleaners.

·         Increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs.

·         Use household products according to manufacturer's directions.

·         Throw away unused or little-used containers safely and only purchase the amounts you need. VOCs can “leak” out of closed containers you have stored on shelves and in cabinets.

There are also home maintenance activities you can do to help lower the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home:

Open your windows. Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the amount of fresh air coming into the home.

Install fans.  Bathroom and kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and also increase the outdoor air ventilation rate. Consider installing a mechanical ventilation system, which introduces fresh air using ducts and fans, instead of relying on holes or cracks in the walls and windows.

Add an air cleaner. There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market, ranging from inexpensive portable models to sophisticated whole-house systems. Some air cleaners are highly effective at particle removal, while others, including most tabletop models, are much less so. Air cleaners are generally not designed to remove gaseous pollutants.
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