Thursday, May 19, 2016

Enough Already! Alternatives To "Spa" Bathroom Remodels

   
The closet doors that once hung in the Old Executive Office Building were originally all wood-paneled. But DC native Darryl Carter replaced some panels with glass so he could reference his wardrobe more easily. Photos of Carter's home by Christopher Shane.
The closet doors that once hung in the Old Executive Office Building were originally all wood-paneled. But DC native Darryl Carter replaced some panels with glass so he could reference his wardrobe more easily. Photos of Carter's home by Christopher Shane.
Vintage Showpiece
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The entire second floor consists of a master suite- bedroom, sitting room, and bathroom- that ends in this airy soaking room overlooking Rock Creek Park.
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Carter built the niche in his shower hoping to find the right sculpture. He already owned the marble horse—one day, it dawned on him that it was perfect for this pedestal.
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Bringing a piece of furniture, like this secretary desk and chair, into a bathroom warms up the space. Photo by Christopher Shane.
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Carter’s gas fireplace keeps bath time toasty and the setting regal.

Feminine, Not Fussy
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Shine on: The antiqued-gold mirrors are by Uttermost, the sconces by Hudson Valley Lighting. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg/Case Design Remodeling.
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Soak it up: The freestanding bathtub is “Amiata” by the British manufacturer Victoria & Albert. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg/Case Design Remodeling.

Clean Living
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Pianura’s minimalist wall-mounted bathroom systems, such as the one in this Reston bathroom, feature built-in lighting as well as cabinet doors that revolve 180 degrees to maximize storage space. Photo by Angie Seckinger/Boffi Georgetown.

  Are you dreaming of a remodeled bathroom like these? From classical to modern, Mediterranean to rustic - when selecting the feel of your new bathroom the options are endless. Even if you think your update is a simple one, a design professional from AK with 20 years of experience can help you plan and complete your project most effectively. In conjunction with our vendors and partners your bathroom remodel can be addressed in a turn-key fashion. AK Atlanta Bathroom Design

 Images: May 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Atlanta Remodeling Trends: Paradigm Shifters

"Trends" is a common keyword searched online; when it comes to remodeling and home design, many trends come and go. There are also new ideas and advancements in home design that are called a trend when they first emerge, but in reality, they are ideas or materials that shift the industry as a whole! These so-called trends are so much more lasting and significant. These can impact your quality of life, comfort and health. These are trends we want to look at today...

Trend No. 1: Technology Integration And Automation

You’re probably seeing this trend almost everywhere in your life right now. Your phone syncs
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automatically with your car to play music through its speakers and take calls hand-free. You scan your energy bar’s wrapper into your fitness app to add its calories, protein and carbs to your daily counts. You watch TV on your tablet while riding in an Uber car that you summoned with it, too.

It’s not surprising that this digital integration and automation trend has extended into the remodeling realm. There are ovens that are controlled remotely from your phone, outlets that include USB ports along with standard electrical receptacles, countertops and medicine cabinets with built-in chargers, home security systems and much more Jetsonian excitement to come. 

Some of this isn’t really new. Home automation has been around for a while, but it is now becoming far more mainstream and user friendly. Image courtesy of myenergymonster.com


Trend No. 2: Healthy Home Living

How many times in the last 24 hours have you heard the term "Clean Living?" Beyond just the food
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we eat, healthy living is ranked as one of the major remodeling goals of millennial parents in a recent survey. This has spurred the growth of products like hands-free faucets and toilet flushing, steam ovens and steam showers.

All of these innovations are aimed at taking the best care possible of yourself and your family. Stress management is part of that equation for many, and the reason why amenities like steam showers are experiencing double-digit growth. And there's nothing like a functional, organized home to reduce it's owners' stress; this is one of the major reasons we hear from our Atlanta remodeling clients as to why they want to renovate!

The focus extends beyond products into space planning and design. There has been growth in home fitness rooms, wellness centers to accommodate medicine and vitamins in the kitchen or bath, a major emphasis on spa-style master baths and an overall focus on using materials that are less toxic for humans and pets alike. Healthy living trends are likely to expand as more millennials become homeowners.




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Trend No. 3: Sustainability

Here's another word we hear a lot these days! There is a strong connection between the healthy living and sustainability trends. There are also overlapping benefits. If, for example, the paint you use is healthier to breathe, it’s also healthier for the planet. Hands-free faucets reduce the spread of germs in your kitchen and bathrooms.

AK offers a line of FSC Certified cabinetry, we've used sustainable materials like concrete and recycled glass on kitchen countertops and we help our clients design kitchens that make recycling and even composting easier!



Trend No. 4: User-Centric Design

Perhaps it’s our smart phones and tablets spoiling us into wanting every area of our life to be personalized and user-friendly. This has certainly been the approach to home technology. Just about every control pad you operate today — whether it’s cooking or showering — has been influenced by Silicon Valley to be friendly and customizable. 

User-focused design extends into many other trends as well. For example, aging in place and accessibility are becoming must-haves for many.

The user-focused trend also shows up in the growth of low-maintenance materials. Engineered stone tops that are easy to clean and never need to be sealed have become the most popular in the industry, surpassing granite in designer surveys. There are faucets with spot-resistant finishes, upholstery fabrics and carpets with ever-stronger stain resistance and self-cleaning toilets. User-focused equals convenience for time-challenged homeowners.

Trend No. 5: Contemporary And Minimal
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Low maintenance carries into unfussy styles that not only look cleaner but are actually easier to keep clean. Sleek cabinet fronts without elaborate molding or heavy hardware look more contemporary and fit better into modern multitasking lives. Contemporary is the dominant style being uploaded by designers online.


  What’s really most important in remodeling your Atlanta area home is not incorporating the latest trends; it’s choosing those that fit how you and your household live. This is why AK takes the time to learn about your goals for your renovations! The best investments are those that fit with your lifestyle, home, neighborhood and budget. The good news is that there are so many more great options to choose from today.







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