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contents Best Before-and-After Issue Pages and pages of amazing transformations from our 2012 Best Before-and-After Contest

21 Project categories 22 Best Basements 26 Best Baths 32 Best Dining Rooms 34 Best Home Exteriors 40 Best Kitchens 48 Best Landscape Lighting 52 Best Living Rooms 54 Best Outdoor Living Spaces 60 Best Whole-House Remodels

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ON THE COVER: (clockwise from top left) Decorating Den Interiors, MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], Glazer Design & Construction and CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

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It’s always fun to see the work that is being done around the city by local designers and contractors, and there’s more to see on our website at www. atlantahomeimprovement.com. Just click on the “Before and Afters” tab at the top of the home page, and you can browse (share, pin, etc.) all the entries from this year’s contest. Then let me know which ones you like best!

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Local Home Pros Helps Complete Bedroom Makeover for Kids in Need

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MODA Floors & Interiors (www.modafloorsandinteriors.com), a flooring and window coverings resource in Atlanta’s West Midtown Design District, provided design services and furnishings as a sponsor of the annual Agape Bedroom Makeover project, which benefits a family served by the Agape Community Center, a local non-profit. The center offers programs and services for residents of all ages in the Bolton Road community in Northwest Atlanta. This year’s makeover focused on a bedroom shared by four children. For the project, the MODA Floors & Interiors team patched and painted the walls, replaced the carpet and purchased furniture and bedding. MODA interior designer Theresa Minkoff decorated the room based on what the kids described as their “dream bedroom.” In addition to MODA staff, painters and carpenters supplied by Sawhorse Inc. (www.sawhorse.net) participated in the bedroom makeover project.

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homefront Inspirations Design Studio Wins Wellborn Cabinet Inc. Top Sales Award

Atlanta Remodelers Among 2012 Market Leaders Professional Remodeler magazine’s annual Market Leaders list, which recognizes the top remodelers in 20 of the nation’s largest remodeling markets, includes several businesses in the Atlanta area. According to research compiled by Professional Remodeler, publicly available data and information provided by listed businesses, leaders of the Atlanta area remodeling market in order of 2011 installed sales volumes are:

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Inspirations Design Studio, of Alpharetta, recently received Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s Annual Summit Award at a company dinner and awards presentation during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago. The award recognizes dealers who achieve top sales for Wellborn. Paul Castell (far left) and Michael Bell (far right) accepted the award from Betty Wellborn and Paul Wellborn at Chicago’s Bellagio Sheraton Hotel. Inspirations Design Studio is a provider of kitchen, bath and closet products and design services with two showrooms in the Atlanta area, one in Alpharetta and one in Buckhead. The company also includes the Bell Cabinetry manufacturing facility in Alpharetta. For more information visit www.inspirationskb.com.

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MOSAIC Group Recognized for Commitment to Customer Service and Remodeling Excellence Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] has received several awards recently, including a 2012 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction and two regional Chrysalis Awards for remodeling excellence. GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company serving the building, remodeling, contracting and real estate professions since 2005, has reported that MOSAIC Group’s customer recommendation rate is 100 percent. The average recommendation rate for businesses in the same industry is approximately 70 percent.

Meanwhile, the company received two national Chrysalis Awards— one in the category of Kitchen Remodel Over $100,000 and one in Residential Specialty Item. MOSAIC’s winning kitchen is the anchor of a Williamsburg reproduction home that was built in 1968. The Residential Specialty Item is a curved bathroom countertop, which is made of solid walnut and crafted by a local cabinetmaker. Entries are judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure. MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] is a design/build company with indoor and outdoor living divisions. For more information, go to www.mosaicgroupatlanta.com. 16

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Becky Sue Becker, principal designer at Designs by BSB in Lawrenceville, has been awarded the Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) designation by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Becker is one of 170 CMKBD’s in the nation, including four from the state of Georgia. The CMKBD designation means Becker has both Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Bath Designer (CBD) certifications, more than 17 years of kitchen/bath industry experience and a minimum of 100 hours of NKBA education or NKBA-approved college coursework. CMKBD candidates also must have thirdparty endorsement such as awards from kitchen and bath design competitions and recognition in print publications. For more information, visit www.designsbybsb.com.

Joining REMODELING magazine’s Big 50 this year is Smyrna-based Decks and More (www. decksandmore.biz), which was recognized in the “Business Savvy” category. Owned and operated by Frank Pologruto, the company specializes in full-service remodeling and has been in business for 11 years. The magazine cites Pologruto’s positive work environment and the way he relates to his employees as reasons for Decks and More being selected. To date, the Big 50 has inducted more than 1,000 remodelers who “set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design, and extraordinary impact on their community or the industry at large.” For more information, visit www.remodeling.hw.net.

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EDITORIAL RESOURCES: Designs by BSB, (404) 456-8799, www.designsbybsb.com. Inspirations Design Studio, 1250 Alpha Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004, (770) 751-7861, www.inspirationskb.com. King Landscaping, 259 Dartmoor Circle, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, (678) 262-7117, www.erickinglandscaping.com. Decks and More, 1060 Medlin Street SE, Smyrna, GA 30080, (770) 235-6929. MODA Floors & Interiors, 1417 Chattahoochee Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318, (404) 477-3744, www.modafloorsandinteriors.com. MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], 2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30341, (770) 670-6022, www.mosaicgroupatlanta.com. Professional Remodeler, www.housingzone.com/professionalremodeler. REMODELING, www.remodeling.hw.net.

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WINNER OF BEST BASEMENT DESIGNS BY PAISLEY (770) 656-4354 • www.designsbypaisley.com Contributing designers/contractors: Paul Mathew, builder • Photos courtesy of Paisley McDonald/Designs by Paisley

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efko Renovations designed and built this basement, which was previously unfinished, in five weeks. Included in the space are a home theater, bar and entertainment area for family and friends as well as a convenient powder room. The floors are red-oak hardwood, while the cabinets, built-ins and millwork are maple with “New Cherry Lyptus” stain custom made by Timberland Cabinets. The bar, stair treads and bookcase/theater console are topped with Black Galaxy granite by Premier Surfaces. A palette of Sherwin Williams flat paints, including Dormer Brown (SW 7521), Burnished Brandy (SW 7523) and Dhurrie Beige (SW 7524), was used on the panel trim, walls and ceiling. Home theater equipment is by Home TheaterWorks.

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WINNER OF BEST BATH AT YOUR SERVICE RESTORATION & RENOVATION (404) 384-8946 www.aysrestoration.com • Photos courtesy of Tiffany Gard

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his master bathroom project was part of a whole-house renovation that was designed and built by Lefko Renovations in eight weeks. The original bath had a poor layout, with closedoff spaces and walls dividing the walk-in closet and his-and-hers vanities. The homeowners wanted to open up the space, relocating the walk-in closet as needed and adding a separate shower and tub and an enclosed water closet. Setting the stage for the improved bath are 12-by-12inch Bianco polished marble floor tiles by Zumpano with a silvery gray grout. The vanity cabinets were custom made by Timberland Cabinets, and the vanity tops are New Caledonia granite with a ¼-inch bevel edge by Premier Surfaces. The oil-rubbed bronze faucets are from Fontaine Cambridge’s Cape Cod line, and the paint color is Northstar (SW 6022) matte by Sherwin Williams.

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his small project by Regents Renovation Company was part of a kitchen-and-bath remodel finished in 2010 in East Atlanta. Updating such a small space without making it feel too confined was a challenge, but the team packed plenty of features in the existing floor plan. A soft-blue color palette was selected to create a calming effect, and a standard-size Jacuzzi tub was installed to fit the space as well as provide relaxation. A Kohler Devonshire pedestal was chosen so that a standard-size (21-inch) sink could be used and to provide clearance for the bathroom door to open. A standard rectangle design would have required the use of a low-profile 18-inch sink, which would have looked too small and decreased functionality. Beadboard wainscoting adds charm and matches the cozy cottage style of the rest of the home.

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WINNER OF BEST DINING ROOM CHIC ABODE INTERIORS (407) 923-3953 • www.chicabodeinteriors.com • Contributing designers/contractors: Guy Adams, wallpaper installation; Dolly Kercher, drapery fabrication • Photos courtesy of Claire Bell

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WINNER OF BEST HOME EXTERIOR GLAZER DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (678) 296-3171 • www.glazerconstruction.com Contributing designers/contractors: Kent Thagard, architect Photos courtesy of Glazer Design and Construction/Gregg Willett Photography

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WINNER OF BEST KITCHEN GLAZER DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (678) 296-3171 • www.glazerconstruction.com Contributing designers/contractors: Tim Odom, kitchen and bath designer; Insidesign, cabinet supplier Photos courtesy of Glazer Design and Construction/Gregg Willett Photography

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he original home on this property in the Moores Mill area near the Chattahoochee River was destroyed by a large flood in the fall of 2009 and was completely rebuilt in the summer of 2011. Regents Renovation Company was called on to design and build the home’s new, modern-style kitchen, which the homeowner’s wanted to be bright and warm with clean lines, glass and easy maintenance, all without breaking the bank. IKEA’s ABSTRAKT cabinetry was used throughout the space with many custom applications, including a banquette made with repurposed pantry cabinets from the collection. Another custom touch includes the removal of the back of one of the pantry cabinets off the kitchen to provide access to a large walk-in closet, which houses ingredients for the owner’s pesto-making business. ABSTRAKT cabinetry was also used for a buffet table in the dining room and an entertainment center in the adjacent family room, which helps unify the space.

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he homeowners’ original goal was to solve drainage issues created by water flowing into the yard from neighboring lots, creating a virtually unusable backyard. However, since the couple entertains frequently and there was no transitional space between the interior and exterior of the house, an area for relaxing with friends and family was added to the list of improvements. For help, the couple turned to MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], a company that could provide both indoor and outdoor design and construction services. The team came in and changed the direction of the water flow so it did not drain toward the structure. The yard was resodded, new lighting was added and the existing water feature was modified. Three areas, anchored by an outdoor fireplace, now define the space: a covered outdoor living room; an outdoor patio for dining; and a combination grill-and-bar area. New materials were tied in with existing materials to create inviting outdoor spaces that appear always to have been there. Today, the couple no longer has to deal with drainage issues and enjoys an additional 1,000 square feet of living space outside the house.

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WINNER OF BEST LIVING ROOM TERRI ERVIN, DECORATING DEN INTERIORS (770) 995-0165 • www.decdens.com/tervin • Photos courtesy of Scott Johnson

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WINNER OF BEST OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE OUTSIDE LANDSCAPE GROUP (770) 754-1188 • www.outsidelandscapegroup.com • Photos courtesy of Outside Landscape Group

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hile this older home in Woodstock had a swimming pool and landscaped backyard, the owners were ready to take it to the next level. Outside Landscape Group began by resurfacing the concrete around the pool with a beige crab orchard stone, blending it in by adding a border of a similar color tile to the inner rim of the pool. Next, a raised sunbathing level with sheer-descent waterfalls was added to create a more dimensional and functional space. Behind this, the team built an open-air pool house complete with an outdoor fireplace and large seating area. In the surrounding landscape, another waterfall and pond were incorporated into an existing slope as well as pockets of color and specimen plantings, which unify the design. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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The solution was a covered porch, but the roofline of the new outdoor structure posed a significant challenge. To attach the structure to the exterior of the home, a window in the master bathroom had to be raised, which created more privacy without decreasing the amount of natural light in the space. Downstairs, the dining room windows were replaced with French doors, giving access to the new outdoor living area. Anchoring the new outdoor structure is a durable, custom-built countertop for dining and passing items through to the kitchen inside. The space also includes an outdoor fireplace, a sitting area with TV, lowmaintenance PVC floors and an open-air grilling deck. With a clear view of the backyard now in sight, all that was needed was stone detailing around the existing pool and spa.

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his large, open Marietta deck was replaced from the ground up with a beautiful new covered porch. PVC columns and arches were added for visual appeal. The flooring is stained No.1-grade pressure-treated pine, while the railing is painted No.1-grade pressuretreated pine—both are fastened with stainless steel screws.

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WINNER OF BEST WHOLE-HOUSE REMODEL REGENTS RENOVATION COMPANY

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his whole-house remodel in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta expanded the original floor plan from 1,200 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet on just a half-acre lot. A second story, rear addition with backyard deck, basement and two-car garage were all added during the project, which was designed and built by Regents Renovation Company. Situated on an east-facing lot, the back of the home offers views of the adjacent golf course as well as the morning sunrise, which can be seen from several rooms in the house, including a new balcony that was built off the master bedroom. The home’s long, narrow lot proved to be a challenge during the design phase. The team had to come up with a solution to keep the architecture proportional—despite the home’s length being more than twice the width. Plus, the home’s original layout—foundation and load-bearing walls included—had to be preserved to stay on budget. Thus, the second-story addition was built directly on top of the existing walls of the main level of the home, and the basement and garage were placed under a new rear addition, which required the ground to be excavated 6-8 feet for adequate clearance. Three 24inch-by-25-foot laminated beams were used to support the now three-story Craftsman-style home, and additional laminated beams were used throughout the rear addition to create an open floor plan. Other home features include: spray-foam insulation on the roofline, a whole-house (including outdoor area) sound system, heated marble floors in the master bath and a home security system. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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In order to meet the homeowner’s needs, major structural work had to be done to prepare the home. To support the weight of a second story, the foundation of the original home had to be lifted and 12 more piers added—all from within a crawlspace of just a few feet high. Another challenge was configuring the garage and driveway so that the garage did not face the street, as requested by the homeowner. The finished home includes five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, allowing each of the family’s four kids to have their own room and bathroom plus their own hobby space and media room.

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he owners of this Williamsburg reproduction home in Sandy Springs, built in 1968, wanted a family-friendly environment where they also could entertain. An updated floor plan was needed to meet their needs, and MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] began by removing the walls of the laundry room, the vestibule and the kitchen to create one large room. Because these were load-bearing walls, structural beams were added, which provided the infrastructure and opportunity for coffered ceilings. An updated kitchen and power room and rear addition with laundry/pantry space and mudroom entry highlight the remodel.

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➤ Dollar-spot is a common lawn disease in July. To combat, adjust your lawn maintenance practices before reaching for a fungicide. Aerate and dethatch your lawn; make sure that you are mowing often and at the correct height; water early in the day, once a week for a longer period of time. These alone will probably solve your problems.

➤ Sod bermuda, St. Augustine and zoysia lawns this month (common bermuda can be seeded also); bermuda and St. Augustine can be fertilized in July. Water regularly and consistently for root development. Don’t fertilize fescue until fall.

➤ Fleas and ticks bugging you and your pets? Treat both the animals and your yard for best results. Check with your veterinarian for oral and liquid medications for your cats and dogs—treat your yard and other outdoor areas with Triazicide or Sevin.

➤ Spider mites are one of the pests that thrive in hot, dry weather! Inspect your plants often for signs of these and other bugs. Many can be controlled by a blast of water from your hose—check with your local extension service or area nursery for proper identification before spraying with insecticides.

➤ Hot, humid conditions can encourage powdery mildew on crape myrtle, dogwood and other ornamentals. Spray with Daconil or other fungicide, and be sure to clean up and destroy infected leaves that fall off of the plants.

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