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contents 2013 Best Before-and-After Awards

Celebrating Atlanta home makeover projects

19 Project categories 20 Best Kitchen 34 Best Bath 42 Best Basement 47 Best Bedroom 48 Best Dining Room 52 Best Living Room 56 Best Landscape 58 Best Outdoor Living Space 63 Best Exterior 64 Best WholeHouse Renovation

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Local Remodeler Wins National Contractor of the Year Award for Ne-Yo Project

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M Remodeling, Inc., with team members MODA Floors and Interiors and Recentered Pieces, LLC, has won a national Contractor of the Year Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The award was given for the team’s entry in the Residential Interior Element category, a fireplace makeover at the Atlanta home of R&B singer Ne-Yo. “It was a fun project that allowed us to stretch our creativity,” says M Remodeling president Mark Galey. “I want to thank Ne-Yo and Mo for the opportunity to do the project and, secondly, thanks to all who participated.” The custom 16-foot fireplace features hundreds of pounds of black marble and required complex framing and custom steel brackets to support the structure. Only 26 national winners were selected from more than 100 regional finalists, which included projects by Battle Renovations, of Buford, and Kade Homes and Renovations, of Cumming, in addition to M Remodeling. Visit www.nari.org for more information.

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Three Atlanta area kitchen and bath professionals have been named to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s first ever 30 Under 30: • Courtney Foster Shearer, kitchen and bath designer at Bell Kitchen & Bath Studio and vice president of academic relations for the Georgia Chapter of the NKBA; • Brandy Haney, inside account manager at Hansgrohe, Inc.; • and Chelsea Dunbar, of Chelsea Dunbar Interiors. The program highlights 30 exceptional young professionals who are excelling in today’s kitchen and bath industry and offers new opportunities for growth, according to a press release from the NKBA. The group was acknowledged at the association’s annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in April, where they assisted in spotting trends as well as researching the showroom of the future, the next generation of universal design and the overall direction of the kitchen and bath industry, presenting their findings to attendees on the last day of the show. Visit www.nkba.org for more information.

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editorialresources Ackerman Security Systems, 1346 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 175, Atlanta, GA 30093, (770) 552-1111,

www.ackermansecurity.com. Boyce Design and Contracting, Two Ravinia, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30346, (770) 237-0284, www. boycedesign.com. Decorated Designs, (404) 386-1468, www.decorateddesigns.net. Electronic Security Association (ESA), (888) 4471689, www.esaweb.org. National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), (847) 298-9200, www.nari.org. National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), (800) 843-6522, www.nkba.org.

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This kitchen is part of a whole-house renovation project undertaken by Hall Design Build and interior designer Rebekah Simpson that took four months to complete. The homeowners requested a large, open kitchen with functional, free-flowing workspaces and a clean, timeless appeal. To accomplish this, the existing support columns and knee wall were removed and replaced with an engineered beam. The team made way for a walk-in pantry and desk area by reducing the size of the gas chase and oversized foyer closet. Finishing out the kitchen are custom shaker-style cabinet doors and drawers by Kitchen and Bath Design Group, appliances and plumbing fixtures by Ferguson, honed Absolute Black granite countertops by Stonecrafters and a backsplash made with custom tiles by Daltile. TURN THE PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THIS PROJECT

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The Home Creations team took a 1980s wallpapered, country-themed kitchen in an Atlanta home and turned it into a sleek, modern cooking and living area. The homeowners wanted a crisper and cleaner look complete with a high-top granite table. To kick off the two-month project, the kitchen was completely gutted and materials were recycled. New energy-efficient doors and windows were installed, and new appliances were ordered. A custom pantry was created with swing-out doors for double food storage. Steel posts surrounded by cabinet boxes matched with the rest of the kitchen cabinets were created to support the granite table.

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Though the homeowners initially wanted to renovate this kitchen so they could sell their house, the plan developed by Handcrafted Homes, Inc., convinced them to stay. While cabinet doors, countertops and appliances were all replaced, the company also addressed the layout of the kitchen, suggesting the sink be moved from a peninsula separated from the rest of the kitchen by a doorway to an island in the center of the kitchen. Other additions, such as a built-in dog feeding station, helped make the kitchen more functional and better suited to the homeowners’ lifestyle.

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Kitchen Studio M Interiors (404) 805-0670 www.studiominteriors.net Photos courtesy of Studio M Interiors

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For this Ansley Park kitchen renovation, the homeowners wanted both an aesthetic and functional update while keeping the same footprint of the room. The design team visually enlarged the small kitchen by bringing in bright-white cabinets from Timberland Cabinets, quartz countertops from Atlanta Marble, a backsplash made with uniquely colored natural stone mosaic tile by Daltile, a cabinet-style pantry and extra-large windows to maximize the view of the garden. Other unique features include a recessed iPad docking station on the wall and an electronic self-closing trash cabinet. The general contractor was M.B. Alexander, Inc., and construction took approximately eight weeks.

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Bathroom New Mood Design (770) 500-8593 www.newmooddesign.com

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New Mood Design transformed a 300-square-foot interior space on two levels into a powder room for guests and a master bathroom suite off the master bedroom. After the space in this Vinings home was gutted, new connections between existing rooms were added with a revised flow for new functions. New Mood Design created a bright, expansive space with a minimal, light-colored palette featuring floor-toceiling glossy white wall tile. African mahogany millwork, a soft walnut floating vanity cabinet and gray-brown floor tiles add warmth and richness. Contractors included A Custom View, LLC, and Artisan Custom Closets.

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Keiffer Phillips - Patricia Brown Builders, Inc. (404) 949-8115 www.keifferphillips.com Photos courtesy of KP Builders, Inc., & Rabaut Design Associates

Working with Rabaut Design Associates, Keiffer Phillips Patricia Brown Builders, Inc., gave this small bathroom an update using the existing tub and tiled walls. Highlights of the 10-week project in Atlanta include: new shower plumbing and a new mixing valve; a new built-in linen cabinet with Calacatta Gold marble top and open upper shelves; a new floor using a traditional 1-inch hex ceramic mosaic with black accents and black grout; and a new 15-inch round vessel bowl sink and Grohe one-hole deck-mounted faucet with Atrio handles perched upon a contemporary freestanding vanity with rich ebony stain and Calacatta Gold top and backsplash.

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Bathroom Chic Abode Interiors (407) 923-3953 www.chicabodeinteriors.com Photos courtesy of Claire Bell

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In renovating this master bathroom, the homeowner desired to open up the space and eliminate excessive partitioning while creating a sleek, modern, updated look. A key design decision was the oversized light-gray textural subway tile from Zumpano Tile, repeated throughout for a contemporary look that still retains warmth and a light and airy appeal. Claire Bell, of Chic Abode Interiors, combined this pick with the homeowner’s plumbing selections and a custom-designed espresso-finished vanity built by Gary Luke, of The Town Carpenter. The result raises the perceived ceiling height, increases light and creates a lighter visual weight throughout. BEFORE BATHROOM IMPROVEMENT

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Basement

Hall Design Build and Home Expressions Interiors by Laura Bloom (678) 239-4428 www.halldesignbuild.com Photos courtesy of Nelon Saliva with Photo Grafix

Hall Design Build was called on by Laura Bloom, of Home Expressions Interiors, to be the general contractor on this Duluth basement remodel. During the three-month project, the team added a kitchen and bar, enlarged the gym, finished and upgraded the media room and upgraded the HVAC systems. Peach State Building Consultants addressed structural changes for the new floor plan, and MODA Floor & Interiors installed new floors throughout. In the media room, can and spot lighting were added, the slab plumbing was relocated to allow for a sink drain in the bar and the HVAC and plumbing lines were relocated to make way for taller ceilings. In the gym, lighting was added along with a tray ceiling, audio systems and mirrored walls. TURN THE PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THIS PROJECT

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Terri Ervin, of Decorating Den Interiors, designed this sleek, sophisticated contemporary dining room. Ervin incorporated items the homeowner already had, including a new shag rug, an original piece of art and a glass tabletop, which was outfitted with a new table base. To add variety, Ervin used a banquette on one side of the dining table and changed the fabrics on the end chairs. At the request of the homeowner, Ervin selected a sideboard to fit the small space. New drapery panels are hung outside the bay window to take advantage of the wall height, and pops of red were used around the room to bring everything together.

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Part of a whole-house remodel, this living room is located in Sandy Springs. The project was designed and managed by Laura Bloom, of Home Expressions Interiors, with Hall Design Build serving as the general contractor. The project lasted four months and involved space planning, updating the home’s color scheme, adding a home automation system, artist work and new lighting, cabinetry, paint and furniture.

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The owners of this Virginia Highlands home wanted to remove the huge hollies along their driveway and replace them with a colorful garden. However, approval to remove the hollies was denied by the city arborist, so Home & Garden Design, Inc., pruned the hollies, shaping and thinning out the canopy using a method called “limbing up”, which exposed the interesting trunks and created space below to add new plantings. A large Italian terra-cotta pot planted with annuals and tropicals was placed underneath, and the requested Italian cypresses were placed on either side of the hollies to create a striking texture contrast.

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Outdoor Living Space Leisure Time Decks (404) 939-2201 www.ltdecks.com Photos courtesy of LTDecks.com

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For this one-month project, the owner of this Vinings home requested a long-lasting, low-maintenance space to entertain guests outdoors. To accomplish this, Leisure Time Decks created two main areas: a covered sitting area with a stacked-stone fireplace and an open dining area with a built-in grill, which features a stacked-stone cabinet and a large granite countertop. Among the low-maintenance materials chosen for this project are Fiberon Horizon decking, a new-generation composite that is stainand scratch-resistant. The company also chose a composite railing post by Azek that never needs painting. Black iron railings are by Fortress.

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Boyce Design and Contracting turned a crumbling and overgrown concrete slab outside a Lawrenceville home into a contemporary backyard retreat. To take advantage of the sloping site and provide the requested vertical planes, an infinity-edge swimming pool was added, turning the existing retaining wall into a beautiful water feature. A stamped concrete patio wraps around the pool on three sides, with staircases branching off symmetrically, and pockets of flowering shrubs and perennials soften the hard lines of the design, creating a powerful synergy that links the house to the beautiful wooded surroundings.

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