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Makeover of the Month

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p. 86

in every issue 12 Editor’s Letter 15 Home Front Expert tips, news and events from Atlanta’s home-improvement community

20 Design Finds Reduce, Recycle, Recreate

72 Decor Demon IKEA-ology

74 Notes from Bob and Rodman Get energy-efficient results

departments Green Living Eco-friendly countertops

Home Exteriors Choosing driveway materials

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76 Garden Planner April’s to-do list

79 Resource Finder Information at your fingertips

85 Editorial Resources Contacts for more details

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prep, we’ve researched all of the latest and greatest pool and spa enhancements in this issue’s special section. Advancements have come so far that owners can now customize their pools and spas with light displays, automated monitoring equipment, resistance units to create currents and more. Natural swimming pools—which are completely void of chemicals but still maintain safe, sanitary conditions—are even available for eco-conscious homeowners. If you don’t have an at-home pool or spa, consider making some enhancements in your garden this month. Locally grown produce is a rising trend in Atlanta, so if you’re looking to get in on the action, check out page 59 for eight helpful tips to help you get your own edible garden growing. Who would’ve thought that blueberries, figs, soybeans and a host of other fruits, veggies and herbs can all be grown right in your own backyard? Take a shot at planting an edible garden this spring, and be sure to send us photos of what your yard yields. Finally, don’t forget to check out the 33rd Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show April 1-3 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. We’ve included a comprehensive guide to the show, starting on page 39, that details all 350 exhibitors, show schedules and more. We hope to see you there!

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homefront Expert Tips, News and Happenings from Atlanta’s Home Improvement Community COMPILED BY KATE PARROTT

Expert Q&A

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If you’ve been longing for a new and improved kitchen, now is your chance to win big without spending a dime! Kitchen Fronts of Georgia and Premier Surfaces, in partnership with Atlanta Home Improvement magazine, is sponsoring the “I Want a Beautiful Kitchen Contest,” wherein one lucky homewowner will win a brand new kitchen valued at $10,000. To enter, homeowners should submit a 350-words-or-less essay detailing why they should be selected to win, along with at least three photos of their current kitchens. Entries will be judged based on overall quality and appeal of the project, photogenic qualities and appropriateness to contest theme. The winner will initially be notified by e-mail and then by mail within 10 days of the selection. Visit www. atlantahomeimprovement.com for official rules and to enter.

hardwoods perform very well in active households because the scraping and other visual characteristics of the floor camouflage scratches, dents, dings and wear. Soft carpet is the biggest trend in soft surfaces. People want their home to

Botanical Garden Blooms into Season The Atlanta Botanical Garden comes alive this month with bold colors and blooming buds for its seasonal exhibit “Atlanta Blooms: 200,000 Watts of Flower Power,” on display now through May 1. The garden has doubled its number of spring-blooming flowers—including daffodils, hyacinth, crocus and tulips—and also features stunning topiaries, including Photo courtesy of a five-foot owl and flowers, which are made of violas The Atlanta Botanical Garden and other colorful annuals. “You will definitely not want to come here without your sunglasses,” says Mildred Pinnell Fockele, the garden’s horticulture director. “Visitors will be shocked by all the color and beauty!” The Botanical Garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Thursdays until 10 p.m. Visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org for more information. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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homefront The Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA) recently held its annual awards banquet to honor members for their best-of-the-best projects from 2010. Each year, the award entries are judged by a panel of industry professionals, which this year included Timothy Daly, Gwinnett County extension agent; Tara Dillard, landscape designer, lecturer and author; John Hatfield, educator; Bruce Holliday, landscape architect; and Walter Reeves, host of The Georgia Gardener. Below are the 2010 Distinction and Grand winners.

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Design/Build/Installation – Small Space Distinction: Gibson Landscape Grand: Planters Inc. Residential, under $50,000 Distinction: Planters Inc. Residential, $50,000-$150,000 Grand: Planters Inc. Residential, over $150,000 Distinction: Artistic Landscapes Grand: Ed Castro Landscape and Planters Inc. Commercial, $75,000-$200,000 Distinction: HighGrove Partners and Planters Inc. Landscape Management – Residential Distinction: Ed Castro Landscape and Gibbs Landscape Company Grand: Planters Inc. Landscape Management – Commercial Distinction: Ed Castro Landscape, Gibson Landscape, HighGrove Partners, Nature Scapes Inc. and Russell Landscape Group Inc. Grand: Russell Landscape Group Inc. 16

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Design/Build Installation, Seasonal Color – Residential Distinction: Gibson Landscape Grand: Planters Inc. and Simply Flowers Inc. Design/Build Installation, Seasonal Color – Commercial Distinction: Gibbs Landscape Company, New Leaf Landscape Services and Park Landscape Services LLC Grand: Park Landscape Services LLC and Simply Flowers Inc. Landscape Lighting – Residential Distinction: The Outdoor Lights Landscape Lighting – Commercial Distinction: The Outdoor Lights Green Innovations Distinction: Emory University Grounds Dept. Grand: Arborguard Tree Specialists Community Service Distinction: Nature Scapes Inc., Planters Inc. and Russell Landscape Group Inc. Grand: HighGrove Partners Judge’s Choice Awards Planters Inc., Simply Flowers Inc. and Ed Castro Landscape

Need-to-Know Info! Most homeowners don’t know that a broken light bulb can pose more danger than simply leaving behind broken glass. If a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) or fluorescent tube light bulb breaks in your home, it releases mercury vapor, which will continue to permeate your home until it is cleaned. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following steps to reduce mercury vapor from a broken bulb: 1. Have people and pets leave the room. 2. Air out the room for 510 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. 3. Shut off the central forced air-heating/air-conditioning system if you have one. 4. Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder. 5. Place cleanup materials in a sealable container. 6. Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors. 7. For several hours, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the H&AC system shut off. For more comprehensive cleanup instructions, visit www. epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html. Information courtesy of www.epa.gov.

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Pave Way for Brock For the first time ever, Brock Paver Base is now available for direct purchase by homeowners and contractors and is sold exclusively in Georgia at Stone Forrest Materials in Kennesaw. The product is a base replacement system that has generated quite a buzz in recent years Photo courtesy of Brock Paver Base for its ability to replace up to five inches of base when installing brick or concrete pavers. Made from “Class 5” Polypropylene, the Brock Paver Base has an indefinite lifecycle, which means it won’t be taking up space in landfills. Visit www.brockpaverbase. com for more information.

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National Retailer Expands to Atlanta The Tile Shop, a national retailer of natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles, recently opened its first Georgia location at 162 Ernest Barrett Parkway in Marietta. With more than 28,000 square feet of showroom space, the store targets Atlanta-area do-it-yourselfers who are seeking a vast selection of tile for flooring, walls, mosaic projects and more. The Tile Shop was founded 25 years ago and has plans of expanding to 100 nationwide stores in the near future. For more information, visit www.tileshop.com.

There’s a New Doctor in Town If you’re starting to get fired up about outdoor grilling, be sure your grill gets a thorough cleaning before it’s fired up! To help take care of that mess and stress, Atlanta-area resident Jeff Thomson began his own company, the BBQ Grill Dr., which offers at-home services to clean grills for healthier, safer cooking. Thomson and his team deep-clean every part of a grill in their specially equipped trailers—which will travel anywhere in the metro Atlanta area—removing all traces of grease, fat and carbon deposits. Not only does this special cleanse rid grills of harmful carcinogens, but it keeps them looking great and lasting longer. Visit www.bbqgrilldr.com for more information. Editorial Resources begin on page 85.

WHAT’S HAPPENING This Month Fri., April 1-Sun., April 3 33rd Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Cobb Galleria Centre Two Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (770) 998-9800 www.atlantahomeshow.com Fri., April 15-Sun., April 17 75th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Piedmont Park 1320 Monroe Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 817-6642 www.dogwood.org

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Lessen the Workload The more a homeowner wants to enjoy the pool with less hands-on manual work, the more automated the system he should choose. Instead of walking outside in the cold or at night, a homeowner can schedule lights in the pool and landscape to turn on and off automatically. —Elizabeth Lusk, manager of Lusk Pools in Canton

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Au Naturale If you’re tired of chemical treatments, constant cleaning, green-tinted hair and faded swimsuits that your pool brings, look into natural swimming pools (NSPs). Also known as natural swimming ponds, NSPs have been all the rage in Europe over the past 20 years, with more than 20,000 installations throughout the continent, according to BioNova Natural Pools, a worldwide network of NSP installers/dealers. Using European technologies and techniques, NSPs installed by a BioNova partner don’t use any chemicals. In addition to their lack of chlorine, bromine and biguanide, BioNova NSPs also don’t use any devices, such as UV sterilizers, ozone, ionizers or salt systems. “A NSP is a body of water constructed usually of two compartments—one for swimming, one for filtration,” says Greg Randolph, president and CEO of CSD Pools in Powder Springs. “The filtration side houses plant and animal life with a bed of gravel. The water is pulled through the gravel, creating circulation using plant and animal life to eat bacteria, algae and fungus. The pool is filled from rain, as it has no chemicals in it. Its appearance is that of a pond with light green water that is full of plants and aquatic life.”

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Surfacing Trends When it comes to deciding on your pool’s surfacing material, “Any aggregate finish out there is beneficial because if you don’t use one, you’re just putting regular plaster down and that is basically just a thin set cement,” says Vince Blasczyk, senior sales associate at Brown’s Pools and Spas in Atlanta. “Chemicals, UV sunlight and more can deteriorate that finish rather quickly. If you have an aggregate finish, it helps hold the material together and protect the surface. Any time you have an aggregate in your coat, it’s going to last longer.” www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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Greg Randolph, president and CEO of CSD Pools in Powder Springs, says the following pros and cons on some of the top surfacing materials can help homeowners make their selections. Pebble: There are many choices, it doesn’t stain easily and most carry a 15-year warranty. Cons? It can be pricey and rough to some people. Quartz: The color choices are limitless, it is very strong and durable, and most quartz surfaces come with a 5- to 7-year warranty.

Cons? This, too, can be pricey and very rough if not properly cared for. White marble: This is the most common and least expensive of all the choices, and when it’s new, it’s the smoothest. Cons? It is susceptible to staining and etching if it is not properly cared for, and it usually only carries a 1- to 2-year warranty. Tile: This is by far the most expensive material, but if properly installed, it should last the longest. Most tile choices today are glass mosaics, and the options are vast. ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT APRIL 2011

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Watch out for Wildlife! While a natural swimming pool is an eco-friendly addition to your yard, it often attracts unwanted wildlife, so be aware before you take a dip. “In a natural environment like that you get water snakes,” says Curt Cooper, owner of Avalon Pools in Holly Springs. “You’re creating an environment for the possibility of snakes and frogs and building [a space] for wildlife—water moccasins in particular.” www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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Hi-tech automation With the latest advancements in technology through cell phone applications, home automation and more, there are new and exciting options to monitor, maintain and even soup up your pool and spa. “There are many options available on the market for monitoring pools and spas,” says Elizabeth Lusk, manager of Lusk Pools in Canton. “From electronic chemical feeders, which automatically dispense chemicals to balance water on an as-needed basis, to wireless remote controls for accessing pool controls from within the house, there are products designed for every budget. The newest breakthroughs in pool controls also allow easy access to pool controls through technical instruments such as iPhones, Smartphones and iPads.”

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SPECIAL SECTION: POOLS AND SPAS Before looking into these options, Lou Downes, president of Downes Swimming Pool Co. Inc. and member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), offers the following words of advice to help you maximize your budget: “Have a very good understanding of how you and your family will use the pool/spa, then let the functions drive the design.” Among the features available, Downes and Jamison Ori, president of Rosebrook Pools and member of the APSP, recommend considering: • Automated monitoring equipment, which allows you to monitor and make changes to your pool system and equipment through the Internet and even cell phone applications • Resistance units, which create a current in your pool to allow for resistance swimming • Automatic covers operating on parallel tracks to keep your pool and spa warm and safe • Variable-speed pumps, which lower energy costs • LED lighting • Interior socializing spaces in the pool, such as benches, tanning ledges, grottos and shaded areas

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than 45 inches apart, place them on the inside of the fence (facing the pool). STEP 3: Be sure the fence is tall enough. The USCPSC recommends that pool fencing be at least 48 inches high. STEP 4: Surround the entire pool area. Just fencing off the yard doesn’t prevent access to the pool. Four-sided fencing that isolates the pool from the house decreases the number of pool immersion injuries among children by more than 50 percent. STEP 5: Hire a professional fence contractor. With so much at stake, only a trained professional fence contractor should be used to install fencing around a pool. ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT APRIL 2011

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• Beach-entry pools, which gradually slope into the pool instead of steps or ladders • Resort features, such as waterfalls, rock-encased concrete slides and swim-up bars • In-floor cleaning systems that not only create a flawless clean, but also heat the pool through the bottom, which increases energy efficiency “Our clients have really responded to interactive fountains, vanishing edges, custom slides and thoughtful designs that create multiple activity zones,” says Rip Hooker, construction manager at Sunbelt Pools of Georgia in Atlanta. “Fountains and water features are always an added enhancement to any back yard,” adds Gray Timms, managing partner at Unique Outdoor Concepts in Atlanta. “There are new splash pad systems for residential use, like what would be found at Centennial Park or Disney World.” Timms says these pad systems are beneficial because they eliminate the worry over safety concerns.

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and Spas. He says that some systems even have a “light show” function that will create a strobe-like effect. One particular system is for the July Fourth holiday and switches between red, white and blue lights. Whether your pool or spa project is large or small, you should get a professional involved from the start, ensuring your project is well designed and engineered. With all of these great new options in swimming pool enhancements, there’s no reason to spend more time maintaining your pool than enjoying it.

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33rd annual spring atlanta HOME SHOW April 1-3, 2011 • Cobb Galleria Centre

Show Highlights The 33rd Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show Presented by American Family Insurance is coming to the Cobb Galleria Centre, April 1-3, 2011! For 3 days only, the Cobb Galleria Centre transforms into Atlanta’s largest spring marketplace for home improvement products and services. Take advantage of one-stop comparison shopping for everything for your home, inside and out, and talk face to face with over 350 participating companies offering you the latest home remodeling products and services. The Granite Transformations Home Show Stage – Experience exciting and educational sessions that can save you a great deal of time and money on your next remodeling job. From how to avoid the nightmares of a kitchen or bathroom remodel project, proper plant planning, today’s affordable solar solutions, things you should know about proper deck construction safety, how to stretch your budget and outdoor living space, to organic gardening at home, and many more topics on home improvement. A Home for All Ages – Learn about “Aging in Place” and how simple elements of Universal Design can make your home accessible and safe for everyone regardless of age or ability featuring a kitchen, bath, ramps and entryway options. You will quickly see why this is one of the hottest trends in home building and remodeling! This exhibit and the experts present at the show will offer real solutions to your tough questions regarding living longer in your own home. Don’t miss The Total Wine & Design Experience – This year’s theme is A Taste of Hollywood and is sponsored by Total Wine & More to benefit Hope Atlanta, the programs of Travelers Aid Atlanta. Sample wines from many winegrowing regions around the world while supporting the important year-round work of Travelers Aid with your $5 donation. Some of metro Atlanta’s top designers will be on hand to discuss your design needs while you enjoy yourself in this beautiful, themed exhibit. Bring your friends, enjoy some great wine and help a worthy cause! The SeeThru House™ is a must see exhibit. A 1600-square-foot house built by the members of ConsultAHomePro.com is designed to show you how a house is built. The walls are open so you can see how plumbing works, electrical is installed and they will show you how to prevent water intrusion into your home and much more. You can even experience a deck collapse and learn from the experts if your deck is safe. You’ll want to visit this truly unique experience all within a 40 X 40 foot house with open walls, closed walls and an open roof. Artist Showcase – Come meet local and regional artists and see their unique and creative art in a variety of mediums! From original oil paintings, home accents, jewelry designs, wall sculptures, wood furniture, bowls and vessels to personal photos engraved on marble, leather, wood aluminum and cork and other one of a kind art forms! Win tickets to see Atlanta’s very own Walter Reeves and Dave Baker broadcast live at the Spring Atlanta Home Show! (AM750 and NOW 95.5FM News/Talk WSB). Walter will also present Cool Tools to Make Gardening More Fun on Friday, April 1st at Noon. Check AtlantaHomeShow.com for more details on how to win the live broadcast admission tickets! Join crowd favorite Joe Washington (HGTV’s Ground Breakers) at the Granite Transformations Home Show Stage as he teaches you how to Stretch Your Budget and Outdoor Living Space and how to put the Right Plant in the Right Place the Right Way. This Atlanta remodeling and outdoor-living icon has been educating and entertaining homeowners for years and now is your chance to interact with him in person. Come meet HGTV’s Tonya M. Williams, Real Estate Expert on Designed to Sell and Bang For Your Buck! Tonya brings over 10 years experience as a nationally recognized Realtor® and vast staging and decor knowledge to the Granite Transformations Home Show Stage daily at 3pm. Her timely presentation entitled Help! Why Won’t My House Sell? will enlighten homeowners to help them navigate today’s real estate market. Trade Day - To help educate members of the Atlanta housing industry and its affiliated associations, we are offering complimentary weekday admission to all members of these organizations: National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Professional Real Estate Agents (Realtors), Home Builders Association (HBA), National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Georgia Real Estate Investors Association (GaREIA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the Metro Atlanta Landscape & Turf Association (MALTA) by simply providing us with your business card on Friday, April 1st! www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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The Total Wine & Design Experience A Taste of Hollywood Don’t miss The Total Wine & Design Experience. This year’s theme is A Taste of Hollywood and is sponsored by Total Wine & More to benefit Hope Atlanta, the programs of Travelers Aid Atlanta. Your $5 donation allows you to sample 9 different wines including reds, whites and sparkling varieties from many winegrowing regions around the world while supporting the important year-round work of Travelers Aid. 100% of the proceeds go directly to providing emergency Photos courtesy of Robin Davis Bernie “Interior Set Design/Layout” - Margaret L. Norcott, Allied ASID” “Kitchen Design/Layout” - Simone Feldman, CKD, CBD, CAPS” shelter, food, transportation and counseling to more than 15,000 people annually and over 1 million individuals since the agency’s inception in 1900. Some of metro Atlanta’s top designers will be on hand to discuss your design needs while you enjoy yourself in this beautiful, themed exhibit and taste the following wines: Hugues Beauvignac Picpoul – Picpoul de Pinet, South of France, France Salmon Sancerre Vielles Vignes – Sancerre, Loire Valley, France Taft Street Chardonnay RRV – Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA

Thank you to the following sponsors: ATGBARS.com AVI – Architectural Visions Inc. Cabinet Café COLORCHROME Atlanta CoverUSA.com Dal-Tile Design2Sell Direct Furniture

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Simone Feldman Designs, LLC Simple Floors, Inc. SRS Woodworking The Sewing Shop Viking/HADCO Vision Stairways & Millworks

Bring your friends, enjoy some great wine & design and help a worthy cause! There is something exciting here for everyone, so be sure to visit www.AtlantaHomeShow.com for all your show information needs such as a complete list of exhibiting companies, special features, show hours, ticket prices, show location and stage schedules.

Win a Fire Magic Diamond Echelon stainless steel grill valued at $9,500! Fire Magic and the Mad Hatter Service Company want to you enjoy outdoor entertaining to its fullest! Be sure to stop by the Mad Hatter Service Company booth #1248 and learn more about Fire Magic Grills and their 70 year history of making Professional Quality Grills. Once you have cooked on a Fire Magic, you are hooked! One entry per person, per day. No purchase necessary and you must be 18 years or older to register.

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The Granite Transformations Home Show Stage

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Saturday, April 2nd

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10:00 AM Dave Baker (10am - Noon) The Home Fix It Show Live On-Air Broadcast AM750 and NOW 95.5FM News/Talk WSB

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Perry Bell, CEO Affordable Solar Solutions Solar Energy USA

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Joe Washington Stretching Your Budget And Your Outdoor Living Space HGTV’s Ground Breakers

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Tonya M. Williams Help! Why Won’t My House Sell? HGTV’s Designed to Sell & Bang for Your Buck

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Stan Garnet, ASHI - IRC Deck Safety in the Big City. Do You Trust Your Deck? Inspectors Associates, Inc.

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Tonya M. Williams Help! Why Won’t My House Sell? HGTV’s Designed to Sell & Bang for Your Buck

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Todd Goulding, Columnist Before and After English Garden Landscape Goulding Design Group

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Margaret L. Norcott, Allied ASID Interior Design and Remodeling Trends for 2011 and Beyond Milieu Design Group, Inc.

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Exhibitors For a complete list of exhibiting companies, please visit AtlantaHomeShow.com 1ST LOOK ................................................................... 316 2020 COMPANIES .................................................... 1140 A HOME FOR ALL AGES ............................................ 105 AAA AUTO CLUB ...................................................... 1612 ACKERMAN SECURITY SYSTEMS .......................... 1344 ACKERMAN SECURITY SYSTEMS - CAHP............. 1348 ADJUSTABLE PATIO COVERS INC ........................... 506 ADT SECURITY SERVICES......................................... 516 ADVANCED DRYING TECHNOLOGIES - CAHP ...... 1348 AERUS ELECTROLUX ................................................ 650 AIR 2 WATER GEORGIA ............................................. 719 ALADDIN INSULATION ............................................. 1536 ALAN MURPHY WINDOW & SIDING COMPANY....... 848 ALBERT’S WOOD STUDIO......................................... 554 ALL AMERICAN DECORATIVE CONCRETE INC. ...... 620 ALL IN ONE ACCESSIBILITY INC. ............................. 105 ALL STARS GOURMET DIPS/ELITE ENTERPRISES ...............................................1524 ALLGOOD PEST SOLUTIONS .................................... 435 AMAZING PRODUCTS UK LLC................................. 224 AMERICAN ELEVATOR OF ATLANTA INC................ 1330 AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE ............................... 816 AMERICAN OVERHEAD GARAGE DOORS & OPENERS ........................................... 536 AMERICA’S BEST CHOICE....................................... 1136 ANDERSEN WINDOWS .............................................. 332 ANGIE’S LIST ............................................................ 1237 AQUAGUARD BASEMENT SYSTEMS ..................... 1543 AQUAGUARD BASEMENT SYSTEMS - CAHP ........ 1348 ARBOR & SAGE ........................................................ 1239 ARCHITECTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS ................. 1406 ARROW EXTERMINATORS ...................................... 1036 ARS - UNIVERSAL HEATING COOLING & AIR PURIFICATION...................................................... 730 ARTISTIC CUT STONE LLC ...................................... 1517 ATGBARS.COM .......................................................... 147 ATLANTA AIR CARE .................................................. 1142 ATLANTA BUILDING COMPANY............................... 1316 ATLANTA DESIGN & BUILD ...................................... 1006 ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT MAGAZINE......... 1634 ATLANTA HOMESCAPES ......................................... 1623 ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION/LPG .............. 1052 ATLANTA SPA & LEISURE ........................................ 1124 ATLANTA WEST HOME SOLUTIONS ......................... 610 AUTO MATCH INC. ..................................................... 852 AVI / MARVIN DESIGN GALLERY ............................. 1306 AVI ARCHITECTURAL VISIONS INC. ......................... 147 B-LEVEL SOUTHEAST.............................................. 1604 BATH FITTER............................................................. 1336 BATH RESTORATIONS ............................................... 636 BB&T MORTGAGE ................................................... 1028 BBQ GRILL DOCTOR ............................................... 1501 BEN HILL ROOFING & SIDING COMPANY INC. ....... 736 BEST BATH ................................................................. 105 BETTER BASEBALL.................................................. 1402 BRANDSMART USA ................................................. 1050 BUILD IT BETTER GREEN .......................................... 643 CABINET CAFE ........................................................... 147

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CABINET CREATIONS OF THE SOUTHEAST ............ 748 CABINET TRANSFORMATIONS/OLDCASTLE ........... 401 CABINETS TO GO ...................................................... 238 CAROLINA HARDWOOD INC..................................... 105 CC DICKSON COMPANY ........................................... 515 CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION - CAHP...................... 1348 CHAMBLEE FENCE COMPANY -CAHP................... 1348 CHAMPION WINDOW & PATIO ROOM CO............... 924 CLEARVIEW MOTION SCREENS ............................. 1324 CLOSETS AND MORE .............................................. 1006 COBB INSTALLATIONS INC. ................................... 1526 COLONIAL HOME PRODUCTS .................................. 644 COLONIAL HOME PRODUCTS ................................ 1520 COLORCHROME ATLANTA ....................................... 147 COMPLETE KITCHENS OF ROSWELL ...................... 331 CONCRETE RESURFACING PRODUCTS................ 1608 CONSULT-A-HOME-PRO (CAHP)............................. 1348 COOK’S WAREHOUSE INC. .................................... 1135 COOLSCREENS ......................................................... 709 COVERUSA.COM ....................................................... 147 CPHB - CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL HOME BUILDERS ................................................ 327 CPI SECURITY SYSTEMS .......................................... 639 CRC CONCRETE RAISING OF ATLANTA................. 1441 CRC CONCRETE RAISING OF ATLANTA - CAHP ... 1348 CREATIVE CONCRETE RESURFACING ................... 1155 CSI KITCHEN & BATH STUDIO .................................. 706 CUSTOM SURFACE DESIGN INC. ............................ 323 CUTCO CUTLERY & COOKWARE (Olean) ............... 1044 DACO ENTERPRISES INC. ......................................... 616 DAL-TILE ..................................................................... 147 DBD RENOVATIONS ................................................. 1606 DECOR(K) PRESENTED BY APCOR .......................... 654 DECORATIVE CONCRETE SOLUTIONS .................. 1428 DESIGN 2 SELL LLC - CAHP .................................. 1348 DESIGN 2 SELL LLC ................................................... 147 DETAIL DESIGN & REMODELING ............................ 1416 DEVCON SECURITY SERVICES CORP ..................... 727 DIRECT FURNITURE ................................................... 147 DISH NETWORK ....................................................... 1116 DIXIE HOMECRAFTERS.............................................. 630 DWELL CHILDREN ................................................... 1609 EASY LIVING PRODUCTS .......................................... 320 EN MASSE MARKETING CORPORATION ............... 1156 ENERFLEX BY UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS INC................................................... 405 ENGRAVED PICTURES & FRAMES............................ 551 ENTRYPOINT DOORS OF ATLANTA ....................... 1329 ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES LLC............................ 318 EVERDRY WATERPROOFING .................................. 1601 EZ HANG CHAIRS .................................................... 1131 EZ-ACCESS PORTABLE RAMPS ............................... 105 FACTORY DIRECT REMODELING.............................. 427 FARMER D ORGANICS............................................. 1424 FERNGULLY LANDSCAPES ....................................... 210 FIBRENEW .................................................................. 439 FIDELITY BANK ........................................................... 432 FINDLAY ROOFING ..................................................... 601

FIRE MAGIC GRILLS ................................................. 1248 FIRST INVESTORS CORPORATION ........................... 628 FLOORMAX ................................................................. 956 GARAGE FLOOR COATING OF ATLANTA ................. 531 GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS OF GEORGIA .............. 739 GENE’S PEST CONTROL & TERMITE SERVICES INC. .................................................. 1053 GEORGIA AQUARIUM ................................................ 230 GEORGIA CENTRAL VACUUM ................................ 1342 GEORGIA CENTRAL VACUUM - CAHP ................... 1348 GEORGIA COATINGS ............................................... 1415 GEORGIA IN-HOME SERVICES INC. ...................... 1519 GEORGIA LANDSCAPE COMPANY ........................... 147 GEORGIA LOTTERY CORPORATION ........................ 729 GEORGIA SOLAR LIGHTING BY THE SUNSHINE BOYS .............................................. 1001 GEORGIA SPA COMPANY.......................................... 406 GETPROCONTRACTORS.COM ................................. 337 GLONEX INC. ............................................................. 936 GLOVER’S FLOORING AMERICA - CAHP .................1348 GO GREEN................................................................ 1539 GOLDEN LIFT CHAIRS ............................................... 105 GOT BUGS?/GOT LAWN? ......................................... 419 GOULDING DESIGN GROUP ................................... 1640 GRANITE CABINET DESIGNS - CAHP ..................... 1348 GRANITE TRANSFORMATIONS ............................... 1423 GULF SYNTHETICS LLC ........................................... 742 GUTTER CREATIONS ............................................... 1610 HADCO...................................................................... 1210 HADCO...................................................................... 1106 HAMMER STAHL CUTLERY-SIMPLICITY GOURMET 115 HAPPY FEET ............................................................... 529 HEALTH MATE SAUNAS............................................. 629 HEART OF AMERICA SALES.................................... 1318 HIGHLAND DESIGN GALLERY................................. 1641 HILLTOP POOLS & SPAS INC. ................................. 1042 HOME & GARDEN DESIGN INC. ................................ 519 HOME ENERGY EXPERTS ......................................... 329 HOME IMPROVEMENT SOURCE LLC ..................... 1024 HOMETALK.COM............................................................ 2 HOMETECH SERVICES .............................................. 219 HOPE ATLANTA THE PROGRAMS OF TRAVELERS AID................................................... 347 HORIZONS LTD........................................................... 723 HOUSLEY ENTERPRISES OF GA INC. .................... 1102 HYDROTECH HOME PRODUCTS ........................... 1624 IE HOME SECURITY ................................................... 236 INNOVATIONS IN WALLCOVERINGS INC................. 147 INNOVATIVE OUTDOORS LLC ................................... 806 INSPECTORS ASSOCIATES INC. - CAHP .................1348 INSPIRATIONS KITCHEN & BATH ............................ 1006 IRON LION ENTRIES ................................................. 1523 J & J PAINTING OF GEORGIA .................................. 1119 JAZZY ARTZ INC........................................................ 454 JCPENNEY.................................................................. 530 JD KITCHENS BATH & MORE ................................. 1502 JEKYLL ISLAND AUTHORITY ..................................... 648 JENNIFER’S GLASSWORKS LLC .............................. 524 ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT APRIL 2011

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According to a survey by Better Homes and Gardens: • 78 percent of households are eating more fresh vegetables and/or fruits • 49 percent of women plan to grow their own fruits and/or vegetables this year • 71 percent of households will likely use fresh herbs in their food this year

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8 tips for growing your own incredible, edible garden By Kate Parrott 1. Start simple. If you’re looking for a low-

With organic gardening and the farm-to-table concept on the rise,

maintenance garden, consider beginning with

it’s no surprise that more and more novice gardeners

herbs. “Any herbs are easier to grow than vegetables

are taking an interest in growing their own food.

and fruits,” says Dixie Speck, president of Solterra

“Because of the popularity of ‘going green’ and living

Landscape. “They require less space and less

healthy lifestyles, more people are attracted to the

extensive soil preparation.” If you have your sights

idea of producing good food themselves,” says Judith

set on heartier foods, however, try planting radish,

Robertson, coordinator of the educational gardens at

beans, summer squash, corn, cherry tomatoes,

Emory University. And luckily, you don’t need a green

lettuce or eggplant. According to both Robertson and

thumb—or a ton of space—to grow fruits, veggies and

Colleen Dudley, senior horticulturist at the Atlanta

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Botanical Garden, these plants won’t attract as many

Check out our helpful hints for starting an edible

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2. Practice companion planting. Contrary to what many beginner gardeners

Get Crafty with Containers

believe, most edible plants can grow together in the same bed. “Combining

Nearly any type of container that can hold soil is suitable to use for container gardening, as long as it has a hole on the bottom for water drainage. So get creative with your containers and add a little flair to your outdoor area. Some suggestions include wash bins, colanders (perfect for herbs), wheelbarrows, an antique claw-foot bathtub … the options are limitless.

plants that grow well together saves space, improves harvest and can be attractive,” Robertson says. Companion planting also offers shade and protection for other plants. For example, lettuce, onion, beets and spinach grow well in the shade of corn and beans. Planting a variety of vegetables together also reduces the risk of complete crop infestation. “The more veggies you put together, the better,” Dudley says. “If you get a pest, it’s more difficult for them to decimate the crop; this is a concept is called ‘security through diversity.’” 3. Consider containers. If you think living in a condo, apartment or town home will put a damper on your gardening endeavors, think again. Containers are perfect options for areas that are short on ground space. “Edible container growing is something I highly suggest,” says Amy Borden of Simply Flowers Inc. “Tomatoes, peppers, herbs, some edible shrubs (such as blueberries) and even small trees (such as figs) are great options for container

Planting Perennials

gardening.” Borden also recommends that new gardeners try container

Colleen Dudley, senior horticulturist at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, suggests planting perennials in an area of your garden that is separate from annuals. “The perennials stay in the ground all year,” she says, “and you don’t want to frequently put other plants by them because you’ll disturb their root systems.”

planting to test out their skills. “This way you don’t spend a whole lot of money on something you’re not sure about,” she says. However, Dudley warns that container gardening can be more high maintenance than some expect. “The main thing people have to realize is that they’re solely responsible for supplying all of the water and nutrients to the plant since it’s not in the ground,” she says. “The bigger the pot the better so the root system can grow. I suggest using dwarf varieties of vegetables.” Robertson adds that plants with running and climbing vines should be avoided unless a wall or trellis is nearby for support. 4. Wait until the time is right. You may be eager to hit the ground running with your edible garden, but pull in the reigns—at least until mid April. Atlanta’s

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Growing your own garden is easier on your wallet. Once you see how much you can get off one plant, and you compare it to how much is charged at the store, you will understand. It is pretty significant! —Amy Borden, Simply Flowers Inc.

general rule of thumb is to wait until after April 15. If you’re unsure when to plant a particular fruit, herb or vegetable, Borden recommends visiting the store to see what’s available. If it’s in stock, it’s usually safe to start growing. 5. Plant natural repellants. When it comes to repelling pests the natural way, keep one rule in mind: smellier is better. “Insects have a very heightened sense of smell, so any kind of stinky plant generally deters them,” Dudley says. She suggests planting strong-scented vegetables such as onions, radish and garlic, and potent herbs, including rosemary, marigold, chives and oregano.

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Get your garden growing with the following plants, all of which thrive in Atlanta’s spring and summer climate.

Photo courtesy of Solterra Landscape

If you’re planning to grow tomatoes, Robertson suggests planting dill alongside them to deter the hornworm. If you’re planting cabbage, place some thyme nearby to repel cabbage moths. Like Dudley, Robertson advocates planting marigolds. “They’re the classic favorite for protection from harmful insects and add brilliant color to the garden.” 6. Set a schedule. We’ve all heard the adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” and it’s certainly no exception when gardening is involved. Establishing a schedule of watering, pruning and harvesting will set your garden up for maximum success. “No matter which [edible varieties] you plant, they all need about an inch of water per week,” Dudley says. Plants will also need to be mulched, fertilized twice each month and harvested regularly. “The more you harvest, the more your plants will produce,” Dudley says. 7. Give your garden a theme. Planting an edible garden can be even more fun if you give it a theme based on your favorite foods. “Plant according to the foods you love,” Borden says. “For example, if you love cooking Mexican food, try doing a salsa garden and plant tomatoes, cilantro, onions and jalapenos. Look at the ingredients of your favorite meals and check off the ones that you can grow yourself. This works well in containers, too.” As another option, Dudley suggests a pizza garden containing tomatoes, eggplant, rosemary and oregano, or creating striped, spotted or rainbow gardens with different colored plants. “It’s a great way to get kids involved,” she says. 8. Enhance your landscape. While the primary purpose of your edible garden is to yield yummy fruits, vegetables and herbs, it can also be an aesthetically appealing addition to your landscape. Blueberry and pomegranate shrubs can add fullness to your yard year round, as can fig trees. Tall plants, such as beans and corn, can double as a privacy wall in your back yard; Borden suggests using a trellis to create a “fence-like effect.” And herbs placed in decorative containers on front porches and patios offer inviting aromas.

Vegetables • Beans • Broccoli • Cabbage • Carrots • Cauliflower • Celery • Corn • Cucumbers • Eggplant • Garlic • Leeks • Lettuce • Okra • Onions • Peanuts • Peas • Peppers • Radish • Spinach • Soybeans • Squash • Sweet potatoes • Zucchini Fruits • Apples • Blueberries • Figs • Peaches • Pears • Pineapple guava • Pomegranates • Strawberries • Tomatoes Herbs • Basil • Cilantro • Chives • Lavender • Mint • Oregano • Parsley • Rosemary • Thyme

Whether you decide to just dabble with a few herbs this season or you’re prepared to forge full-steam ahead with a large vegetable garden, keep in mind that the goal is to have fun. “I always tell people not to get discouraged,” Dudley says. “You’re going to kill some plants, and that’s OK. It’s a learning process. Try something new and have fun with it.”

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Create unique, modern interiors with outdoor-inspired hardscaping By Laura Judy

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Many of the interior hardscaping applications are in basements or rooms that open directly Generally, stone, brick and concrete are all low maintenance. There are just a few things to consider when caring for these products: • Dust or vacuum them regularly to keep them looking bright and clean.

to the backyard. If done well, this can create the illusion of a home that’s becoming one with its surroundings. Evan Hunter of Hunter Reising Design & Build Inc. in Atlanta recently built a home addition beside an existing pool, creating a room that opens right out onto the pool. “We wanted to match the bluestone that we installed around the pool with a bluestone floor in the family room,” he says. “When the four doors are opened all the way, the floor helps blur the line between inside and outside.”

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Towne Construction Inc. in Atlanta. “We are removing brick and installing stone on fireplaces.”

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Right now, stone seems to be the most popular product used in interior applications. “Interior stone is still probably the most requested interior hardscape,” says Tom Dwyer of Harbour Fireplaces tend to be the most common indoor hardscaping features, which makes sense, as they are often the focal point of a room. However, fireplaces aren’t the only areas where stone can create a unique interior hardscape look. “Right now, we are seeing more clients liking the stacked-stone effect in an interior application,” says Matt Hoots of SawHorse Inc. and The Hoots Group Inc., both in Atlanta. “Recently, we’ve installed stone around bars, structural columns and even on bathroom walls.” Those who like to change their homes to fit the latest trends may find that once stone is installed, they have no interest in changing it as years go by. “Stone seems to be timeless; it endures forever,” says Judy Mozen of Handcrafted Homes Inc. in Roswell.

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While stone is all the rage right now, brick is taking on a modern twist. Generally, you may picture indoor brick only in very contemporary spaces, such as lofts. “Lofts tend to be more contemporary, so you may see exposed brick walls from the interior,” Dwyer says. In older homes, many fireplaces are surrounded by brick, which maintains an elegant, timeless look. Today’s brick, however, often takes on a new style. Recently, Walter Lewis of Neighbors Home Remodeling in Roswell used the latest brick products in a unique kitchen remodel. “We used ‘thin brick,’ which is actual brick that is thinly sliced and applied like tile. The owner wanted the feel of an old New Orleans warehouse on the interior walls,” Lewis says. Thin brick is being used in a variety of applications, from entire walls to backsplashes or accent areas. Like stone, brick is super-durable and easy to care for.

Concrete Facts Most often used for floors and countertops, concrete has become much more versatile over the years. “I’ve had requests for stained concrete basement floors and concrete countertops,” Dwyer says. A concrete floor is not one that resembles your driveway, but rather a smooth, elegant surface that can withstand plenty of wear and tear. “Lately, concrete has really come into its own as a design feature on a floor,” Mozen says. “It can be etched, stained or painted. We’ve recently been doing a lot of staining on concrete slab basement floors. It’s quick and easy.” While you can create special designs or use a variety of colors for staining concrete, many homeowners are choosing nice, neutral shades. Because many basements in the South open out to a lower level of the yard, concrete floors can blend seamlessly with outdoor patios and hardscaping. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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a professional before you go ahead with a project in an existing home, however. “Some older homes were built with smaller framing materials and should be checked by someone knowledgeable before you add, for example, a concrete island top.” While full-size stone and brick take a little more time and effort to work with, the stone and brick veneers that are so popular generally go in pretty quickly. “The thinner veneers are easy to install since they don’t require a concrete footing like full-size stone or brick,” Hoots says. “Most of the veneers install like tile, so they go up quickly and are easy to handle.” Whether you’re adding stone to a family room that opens onto an outdoor entertaining

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As the green movement continues to expand in popularity, manufacturers are taking note and creating more eco-friendly products. When it comes to countertops, one of—if not the most—eco-friendly options is a recycled material. According to Courtney Cachet, designer and TV personality with Cachet Enterprises, this can mean recycled glass or a recycled concrete (Portland cement and ash mixture). The number of compnies producing eco-friendly countertops is on the rise, and includes well-known names such as ECO by Consentino, 3form, ThinkGlass, Future Form Designs, Teragren and more. Green countertops are made from a variety of materials that can be organic, salvaged and reusable and include: • Mirrors salvaged from houses, buildings and factories • Glass from windows and bottles • Postconsumer paper and plastic waste • Porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements • Industrial-furnace residuals Photos courtesy of ECO by Cosentino from factories in the form of crystallized ashes • Stone scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing and fabrication. When choosing which countertop is best suited to your needs, Cachet recommends also keeping the return-on-investment value in mind. “You shouldn’t buy a countertop that is not in line with the scale of your home,” she says. “An expensive home should have comparable materials, and an inexpensive home with high-end materials is foolish—you would most likely lose money on that purchase.” For most homeowners, installing a new countertop is only done once in the duration of their time in that home. This one-time-only decision puts a lot of weight on which choice is made, so be sure to research your options thoroughly and take your time making the decision. Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll be enjoying the countertop for years to come. 68

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➤ How much food preparation do you do every day? “If the kitchen gets a lot of food-prep traffic and a lot of people in and out every day, eating or working on the surface, it means the surface will be cleaned often and will receive a lot of wear and tear,” Rien says. “This should be calculated, and a highly durable surface should be chosen.”

➤ How maintenance-averse are you? “If you’re someone who has a lot of traffic on the countertop, but you’re not as interested in keeping certain products off of the surface, I advise against a product that is fussy, requires sealing or is at all permeable,” Rien says.

➤ Plan ahead. “Think about how the countertop will be used over time,” Rien says. “Bar-top seating doesn’t work for small children, but they aren’t small forever. Think about how your family will grow and evolve over the next 10 years, even if you don’t anticipate being in your home that long.”

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Asphalt The most popular of all driveway materials, asphalt endures all weather conditions. “Asphalt performs well in hot or cold climates, and even provides a good surface for snow removal,” Garrett says, adding that, depending on the care you give it, the driveway will generally give you good service for 12-30 years. Cost: Approximately $4-$6 per square foot Maintenance: Needs to be sealed every 3-5 years Concrete In milder weather conditions, concrete driveways can outlast asphalt. “With proper maintenance, concrete driveways will usually provide good service for 2050 years—but don’t expect to get 50 years of service if you live in a climate that has harsh winters,” Garrett says. Cost: Approximately $6-$10 per square foot Maintenance: Seal the concrete every fall, avoid salting the driveway in the winter and repair cracks as they occur Pavers If you want your driveway to stand out as a focal point of your home’s exterior, pavers are a great—albeit more expensive—option. According to Lou Manfredini, Ace Hardware’s home expert, concrete or clay pavers add value to the home and are offered in more design characteristics, colors and patterns than other driveway options. Cost: Approximately $12-$18 per square foot Maintenance: Seal every 1-2 years; repair if an area sinks 70

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Whether I’m working with a budget that’s $5,000 or $50,000, it’s pretty much a sure thing that IKEA will come into the picture at some point. Lucky for us Atlantans, we have one that’s super accessible and right smack in the middle of our city. From fabric by the yard to popular dining chairs, the megastore has an abundance of items that can easily be upgraded to look like pricy, custom-designed creations. As the following examples show, getting creative with IKEA can be a beautiful thing for your house—and your checkbook. FIRST-CLASS UPGRADE

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➤ Prune early bloomers, such as forsythia, Carolina jessamine, quince and winter jasmine after they have bloomed.

➤ Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias can be pruned after their flowers fade. Apply 16-4-8 fertilizer around the dripline of the shrubs now.

➤ Fertilize bulbs again after they’ve flowered—snip off the seedheads, but let the foliage die naturally, as this helps to feed the bulb for next year.

➤ The end of April is the time to fertilize warm-season grasses (zoysia, Bermuda and centipede). Wait until about 50 percent of the lawn has greened. Repeat in May and June. FORSYTHIA can be pruned this month after it has bloomed.

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What types of plants can I install around my new saltwater pool?

Don’t Miss the Spring Atlanta Home Show!

Mark your calendar for the 33rd Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show, which will take place April 1-3 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Visitors will experience the season’s largest marketplace for home improvement products and services, featuring everything from flooring, window and door experts to home-cleaning products, lawn and garden specialists and everything in between. More than 350 exhibitors will be on hand to answer questions and give advice at this three-day event, and Tonya M. Williams, real estate expert on HGTV’s Designed to Sell and Bang for your Buck! will be presenting daily at 3 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantahomeshow.com.

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Stones International recently opened its new showroom, Bottega, at 129 Armour Drive in Atlanta. The new venue, the former site of the G&L Marble warehouse, boasts 40,000 square feet of space and houses more than 3,000 slabs of stone (more than 300 varieties), which include many new and exotic varieties of granite, marble, travertine, onyx and soapstone. Open to both designers and homeowners, Bottega features a design studio and display area so customers can comfortably view the products. Visit www.stonesintl.com for more information. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

Keep in mind that salt splashing on leaves can contribute to burning the leaves in the sun. Also, salt in the landscape beds is said to rob the plants of moisture, which will also lead to leaf burning. While it is important to keep these points in mind, I personally have not experienced any notable problems by having plantings adjacent to salt pools. There are quite a few plants that are salt water tolerant. They include: Groundcovers: ivy, lowgrowing juniper, jasmine, verbena, gaillardia and daylilies Annual ornamentals: verbena, begonia, ornamental cabbage and lantana

Shrubs: holly, Indian hawthorn, lady banks rose, Rugosa rose and some ornamental grasses Trees: Palm trees that can withstand Atlanta winters and Amur maples

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The more a homeowner wants to enjoy the pool with less hands-on manual work, the more automated the system he should choose. Instead of walking outside in the cold or at night, a homeowner can schedule lights in the pool and landscape to turn on and off automatically. —Elizabeth Lusk, manager of Lusk Pools in Canton

Sunbelt Pools of Georgia LLC, 3596 Oakcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30340, (770) 455-7770, www.sunbeltpoolsofgeorgia.com. Unique Outdoor Concepts, (678) 712-1944, www. uniqueoutdoorconcepts.com.

GROW YOUR GREENS P. 59-61 Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., NE,Atlanta, GA Grow Your Own 30309, (404) 8765859, www.atlanta botanicalgarden. org. Emory University, www. emory.edu. Simply Flowers Inc., 2451 Cumberland Parkway SE, # 3453, Atlanta, GA 30339, (770) 480-2716, www. simplyflowersinc.com.Solterra Landscape, 430 The North Chace NE, Atlanta, GA 30328, (404) 236-7557, www.solterralandscape.com.

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With organic gardening and the farm-to-table concept on the rise,

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Robertson, coordinator of the educational gardens at

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he air is warm, and the sun is hot on your skin. You’re inclined to take a dip in the pool to cool off and enjoy the weather, but first you have to vacuum the bottom and skim the water’s surface, after which you’ll probably spend only an hour at most in the pool, because just floating around will get boring after a while. That’s a lot of work for only an hour’s enjoyment. If you feel like your pool has become just a high-maintenance concrete hole, now’s the time to look into enhancements that will ensure a summer full of fun in the sun. With the number of advancements in pool and spa amenities available today, you can turn your boring old pool and hot tub into a backyard retreat fit for a “staycation” resort.

According to a survey by Better Homes and Gardens: • 78 percent of households are eating more fresh vegetables and/or fruits • 49 percent of women plan to grow their own fruits and/or vegetables this year • 71 percent of households will likely use fresh herbs in their food this year

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ROCKIN’ INTERIORS P. 63-67 Handcrafted Homes Inc., 505 Boulder Way, Roswell, INTERIORS GA 30075, (770) 642-1010, www. handcraftedhomesinc.com. Harbour Towne Construction Inc., (770) 455-1930, www.harbourtowne. net. Hunter Reising Design & Build Inc., P.O. Box 53125, Atlanta, GA 30355, (770) 2947380, www.hunterreising.com. Neighbors Home Remodeling, (678) 571-9464, www. neighborshome.com. SawHorse Inc., 432 Calhoun St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, (404) 256-2567, www.sawhorse.net. The Hoots Group, 432 Calhoun St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, (404) 474-7379, www.thehootsgroup. com.

rockin’ Create unique, modern interiors with outdoor-inspired hardscaping By Laura Judy

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ove the look of the stone, brick and concrete hardscapes in your yard? You don’t have to stop there! These materials

are all making their way indoors as “interior hardscaping” becomes more popular in modern homes. Whether you’re

building a stone fireplace, using the latest brick products to spice

Photo courtesy of Handcrafted Homes Inc.

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www.russelllandscapegroup.com. Simply Flowers Inc., 2451 Cumberland Parkway SE, # 3453, Atlanta, GA 30339, (770) 480-2716, www.simplyflowersinc.com. Stone Forrest Materials, 2501 South Main St., Kennesaw, GA 30144, (770) 590-1700, www.stoneforest.biz. The Outdoor Lights, 3335-A Hutchinson Road, Cumming, GA 30040, (770) 844-1760, www. theoutdoorlights.com. The Tile Shop, 162 Ernest Barrett Parkway, Marietta, GA 30066, (678) 279-2233, www.thetileshop.com. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov.

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Expert Tips, News and Happenings from Atlanta’s Home Improvement Community

Stone is still probably the most requested interior hardscape. —Tom Dwyer of Harbour Towne Construction Inc. in Atlanta.

HOME FRONT P. 15-18 Arborguard Tree Specialists, 111 Q: North Clarendon A: Ave., Avondale Estates, GA 30002, (404) 299-5555, www. arborguard.com. Artistic Landscapes, (770) 355-1052, www. artisticlandscapes. com. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE,Atlanta, GA 30309, (404) 876-5859, www.atlantabotanicalgarden. org. BBQ Grill Dr., P.O. Box 55, Woodstock, GA 30188, (800) 952-2737, www.bbqgrilldr.com. B-Level Concrete, P.O. BOX 2654,Acworth, GA 30102, (770) 516-4476, www.b-levelse.com. Brock Paver Base, www.brockpaverbase.com. Ed Castro Landscape, 1125 Old Ellis Road, Roswell, GA 30076, (770) 998-8444, www. edcastro.com. Enhance Floors & More, 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 150, Marietta, GA 30066, (770) 565-3808, www.enhancefloors. com. Gibbs Landscape Company, 5026 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, GA 30360, (678) 579-9702, www.gibbslandscape.com. Gibson Landscape, 9200 Turner Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236, (770) 473-9893, www.gibsonlandscape. com. HighGrove Partners, 7730 The Bluffs, Austell, GA 30168, (678) 298-0550, www. highgrove.net. Kitchen Fronts of Georgia, 3291 Laventure Drive, Chamblee, GA 30341, (770) 455-3139, www.kitchenfrontsofgeorgia. com. Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association, 2300 Henderson Mill Road NE, Suite 227, Atlanta, GA 30345, (770) 7329832, www.maltalandscape.com. Nature Scapes Inc., 1270-A Turner Road, Lilburn, GA 30047, (770) 923-7023, www.lmgatlanta. com. New Leaf Landscape Services, 2341 Danbury Lane, Suite C, Gainesville, GA 30507, (678) 450-6599, www.newleafls.com. Park Landscape Services LLC, 4860 Martin Court SE, Smyrna, GA 30082, (404) 799-1212, www. parklandscapeservices.com. Planters Inc., 185 Ottley Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324, (404) 261-6002, www.plantersgarden.com. Premier Surfaces, 845 McFarland Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30004, (770) 475-0004, www.premiersurfaces. com. Russell Landscape Group Inc., 2463 Hamilton Mill Parkway,Suite 280,Dacula, GA 30019, (770) 446-3552,

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makeoverofthemonth Let the Light Shine In Makeover by Kitchen Transitions Atlanta, (404) 819-0123, www.kitchentransitionsatlanta.com, karenskitchens@gmail.com COMPILED BY KATE PARROTT

Photos by Karen Johnston

• CABINET CONSTRUCTION: Creative Cabinets and Faux Finishes, (770) 364-1158, www. ccfauxfinishes.com

• TILE BACKSPLASH AND ACCENT FEATURES: Interceramic Tile, (678) 226-2114, www.interceramic .com

• UNDER-CABINET LIGHTING: Progressive Lighting, (770) 476-8537, www.lightsonline .com

The owners of this Sandy Springs home wanted to update their builder-grade kitchen to open space for their busy family of five and bring more light into the room. The team at Kitchen Transitions Atlanta moved the breakfast table into the dining room, making it the new breakfast space, and moved the dining room into the former living room. To allow more light and open up the space, the team created a large pass-through in the form of an arched window. An island that directs traffic away from the cooking area was added and features a stainless under-mount sink, trash pullout, wine cube and a bookshelf on the end. Now, the family has a place to gather, and the kids have a designated area for homework.

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Outdoor living is the concept of creating functional outdoor spaces or “rooms,” extending your living space from within your home into your outdoor environment. More and more of us are choosing to stay home and vacation in our own backyard. Adding an outdoor living room complete with grill, refrigerator, fireplaces, water features and comfortable seating areas is like creating a resort on your own property. With outdoor lighting, landscape plantings, pavilions and pools, we may never want to leave home again. Our designs can help you take advantage of Georgia’s ideal climate for outdoor living.

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