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!