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13 find it local

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19 in its place Organize your office with standout items

20 make it yours Create a custom outdoor oasis

25 the right fix Have a problem? We provide solutions for your home

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27 ahhh… Hang out at home in this haute hammock

29 designer details Lose the mundane color scheme and think pink with interior designer, Kerry Howard

32 unique spaces HGTV’s Chip Wade creates a beautiful backyard escape

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FROM THE EDITOR

summer, summer, summertime! There’s something about summertime that really gets me going. Hanging out with friends at fun happenings like the Piedmont Park Arts Festival or spending time at a backyard barbecue, it’s all about meeting new people and experiencing different things. And since joining the Atlanta Best Media team, one of my goals is to bring you fresh takes on all things home related. I love our feature on Amazing Ranch Makeovers because we show you what four homeowners did to take traditionalstyle homes and turn them into a dream come true with the help of some awesome architects and designers. Need to update your kitchen or want to add modern touches throughout? Turn to p. 60 to find out how. Want the basics on remodeling? Read our guide on 100 Things to Know Before You Remodel (p. 41).

Other highlights in this issue include our new Designer Details department where Atlanta favorite Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors talks of the moment tips and trends. This month, he just happens to have his eyes set on the color pink. Read why this hue is all the rage on p. 29. And you’ll also want to check out our profile on Anita and Ken Corsini, the new hosts of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop Atlanta,” which premieres on July 20. The dynamic duo has been buying, renovating and selling homes since 2005 and they offer house-flipping tips and more on p 69. Write in and share what you’re up to around the house or tell us via social media. We want to know! Here’s to embracing all that summer has to offer. To learn more about us, go to: AtlantaHomeImprovement.com AtlantaHomeImprovement.com, follow us on (@MyHomeImprovement) and (@ATLHomeImprove).

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pianos and more. 271 Chester Ave. SE., Atlanta. AtlantaHabitat.org/ReStore Learn the secrets of candle making Wednesdays through Sundays at a BYOB $55 workshop at Candlefish in Ponce City Market. While enjoying your beverage of choice, you’ll receive step-by-step instructions on how to pick and

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Sautéed, puréed, diced, sliced, and made into all things nice. Experience the wonder and versatility of tomatoes at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival that highlights local chefs and their tomato-based treats. KillerTomatoFest.com

AUG. 12 Analyze horticulture on an Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour. Explore the Eastside Trail on this trek led by a Trees Atlanta education program coordinator. 240 N. Highland Ave. BeltLine.org

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Celebrate the arts at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival. Everyone from painters and sculptors to jewelers and glassblowers will showcase their work. 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE. Atlanta. PiedmontParkArtsFestival.com

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Bring home one of the hottest trends featured at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show—black design details. The Solana Collection from Jeffrey Alexander by Hardware Resources now features square and rectangular knobs and pull hardware in Black Nickel. Inspired by baguette-cut diamond jewels, stop by one of Hardware Resources many Atlanta dealers to check out the luxurious additions. DeVenco 2688 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur. HardwareResources.com

Hear from local authors at the largest independent book festival in the country. The AJC Decatur Book Festival unites literary lovers over Labor Day weekend with music, food and fun. 101 E. Court Sq., Decatur. DecaturBookFestival.com

INSIDE THE INDUSTRY JULY 19 Attend Design Collective's Annual Panel Event "Get Into the Green Scene: A Discussion on Sustainable Design" in the LEED certified Southface Energy Institute. 241 Pine St. NE. DesignCollectiveATL.com

AUG. 8 Browse kitchen equipment while mingling with the industry’s best at NARI Nights Hosted by Sewell Appliance. Since 1962, Sewell has provided outstanding customer service to Atlanta homeowners. Expect live demos and more. 7455 Trowbridge Rd. NARIAtlanta.org

Matt Hebermehl and Sarah Emerson. Stop by the hotel’s new restaurant, Hickory & Hazel Southern Table and Bar, and see the art for yourself. 2081 Convention Center Concourse. Marriott.com

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Explore the latest in home remodeling products and services at the 34th Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show & Outdoor Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre. This year, grab a brew in the Red Hare Beer Garden. While there, get tips on local landscape design. AtlantaHomeShow.com

SEPT. 16 Find design inspiration at the 2017 NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes. Take this self-guided tour through a variety of homes featuring the best in kitchen, bath, and wholehome remodeling. Plus, speak with the designers and remodelers who make the magic happen. NARIAtlanta.org

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The fix: Very fine steel wool (0000 grade) conforms well to curves and grooves in raw or finished wood. Use it like you use sandpaper between coats of stain. You can use coarser grades of steel wool for less “delicate” jobs, like removing old paint or varnish. The only caveat is that steel wool can leave behind microscopic bits of steel, which can rust— so use this technique between layers of stain or polyurethane, not water-based paint.

I can laugh about it now… “I was digging a trench for a PVC drainage pipe in my yard. I buried the pipe with dirt, then hosed it down to compact the soil. I guess I used too much water because the dirt was so saturated that my pipe burst up out of the soil like Moby Dick from the sea! Dirt washed under the pipe and I had to re-dig the entire trench.”

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win brothers Justin and Jonathan Fox, owners of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, are among the most talented pitmasters in Atlanta. Their tasty barbecue is so popular here that in addition to their restaurant on DeKalb Avenue, they’ve opened food venues inside both the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SunTrust Park. Each week, the siblings sell 5,000 pounds of brisket, 5,000 pounds of pulled pork, and 2,000 pounds of smoked wings. It’s safe to say that their business is thriving and that Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is an Atlanta staple. As an ode to their humble beginnings barbecuing in the backyard with friends, the brothers talk summertime grilling and share their favorite recipes with us.

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It’s all about flames, family and friends. “There’s definitely something about being outdoors and getting to play with the flames,” Jonathan says. “Grilling fascinates us. It brings people together.”

3 Grilling Go-To Recipes According to Jonathan Fox, “Why complicate things? You have fire and you have meat or vegetables and simple seasoning—that’s all you need. I follow the K-I-S-S rule: Keep It Simple Stupid!”

If you’re new to the thrill of the grill, Jonathan cautions you to start small. “Don’t throw a huge bag of charcoal in the grill. Light a small pile of coals on one side—that’s the ‘hot zone.’ Sear your food there and get good char marks on it. Then move the food to the cooler zone and put the lid on. It acts like an oven to finish cooking without burning the food. Play with those cooking zones.” He laughs when he looks back on his barbecue beginnings.

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“The first brisket I ever cooked turned out like a hockey puck. But I kept working at it. I tell people not to be afraid of the grill.” When asked about his favorite grilling gizmo, he sings the praises of the digital thermometer. “I’m a fan of using less gadgets and more eyeballs. The thermometer helps you keep an eye on things.”

JONATHAN’S SKIRT STEAK TACO MEAT WITH SUMMER GREEN ONIONS “People ask me all the time for marinade recipes for tacos, but I use a simple skirt steak and just dust it with salt and pepper. I sear it off really hot, then move it to a cooler zone on the grill and finish it there. Next, drizzle some green onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Take the grill grate off and throw them directly on the hot coals to char until they’re soft. They get this really great smoky flavor. Squeeze lime juice over them and chop them to top the meat.”

Start to finish: 45 minutes to 1 hour Servings: 4-6 • 1 pound skirt steak • 2 bunches of green onions (6-8 green onions per bunch) • olive oil • table salt and pepper • 2 limes • tortillas (flour or corn) • aluminum foil

Another important tip: Get a fire extinguisher. Jonathan recalls, “When I first started, I had a smoker going and I didn’t pay attention to the pine straw around it, which, of course, caught fire. Luckily, I had an extinguisher.” The brothers also say you get what you pay for. “We love our Big Green Egg—it’s so versatile as a smoker or a grill. And you should use high-quality charcoal and starter sticks. Don’t use lighter fluid—it leaves a bad taste in the food. Try to avoid shortcuts. Take your time and enjoy every minute,” Justin says.

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JUSTIN’S DIRTY BIRD UPSIDE DOWN CAKE Start to finish: 45 to 50 minutes Servings: 4 FOR THE CAKES • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon table salt • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/3 cup sugar • 1/2 cup buttermilk • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract FOR THE BERRIES • 1/2 pint raspberries • 1/2 pint blackberries • zest and juice of 1 lemon • 1 teaspoon sugar • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract • pinch of table salt • 2 tablespoons butter • 4 tablespoons brown sugar • Divide the butter and brown sugar between four 6-ounce ramekins. Set aside.

cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, vanilla and buttermilk. Whisk together wet and dry mixes. Pour batter over the berries in each ramekin to just under the rim. • Move coals to one side of the grill and bring the temperature up to 350 F. Place ramekins on the grill’s cooler side and bake with the lid closed for 30 to 35 minutes until the internal temperature of cake is 190 F. Remove ramekins and let rest for a few minutes. Flip ramekins over to remove cake. Serve with ice cream.

“Slice an entire head of cauliflower into big one-inch slices. Drizzle them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Mince three cloves of garlic and smear over the slices. Then, grill each slice for 8 to 10 minutes per side. When they’re charred and soft, move them to the grill’s cool zone to finish. Serve with lemon juice squeezed over them.” Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 4-6

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Step 1: Your Vision/Scope of Project Finding inspiration is the first, and probably most crucial, step to embarking on a remodeling project. Whether it’s a desire for more room, a better view, changing flow from room to room or you just want to update a tired layout—define your vision.

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Step 2: Decide on a Budget Everybody’s least-favorite aspect of a remodel is defining the budget. It’s vital, though, to consider a project’s cost from every angle. The more details about your desires that you convey to a contractor, the more he or she can help you control costs by offering you budget-friendly options.

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Step 3: Who Can Make It Happen? How much help will you really need with your remodeling project? Are there aspects of the project you want to handle yourself (DIY paint or wallpaper, for instance)? This list of definitions and resources can help you decide what to take on and what to delegate to a professional.

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General contractor (GC): Manages the entire remodeling process. Controls the schedule, budget and work of subcontractors (and may do a portion of the work himself or herself). Architect: Licensed by the state and formally educated. Prepares construction drawings to convey the project’s scope and to apply for permits. Find one who specializes in remodeling. Designer: Should be certified and/or licensed. Offers guidance and can prepare drawings to define the project’s scope and get permits. Often specializes in specific types of remodels.

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Design/build contractor: Provides design work and construction services all under one roof. Can perform the project from start to finish. Landscape architect: Must be certified and licensed. Provides design drawings (for both hardscape, like patios and outdoor kitchens, and softscape, like gardens and trees). Unlicensed landscape designer: Can provide landscape design drawings, but cannot be paid for them. Must be the one to install the design—can charge a fee for that service.

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Step 4: Make the Choice Don’t skip asking remodeling professionals for referrals prior to making a hiring decision. And don’t just ask for project photos—speak to past clients or research online to confirm your choice is a good one. These tips and resources can help you navigate your local choices for remodeling pros.

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Get a detailed design finalized before interviewing a contractor. That way, you can solicit bids and know each contractor is providing prices on the exact same items.

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Go to PublicRecords.OnlineSearches.com/ Georgia-Contractor-Licenses.htm to find out if a contractor is currently fully licensed.

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Remodeling professionals should be able to educate you about issues like green remodeling, universal design, new products, building techniques and trends. Ask questions about your options. NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry): Certifies its members by screening and testing them. Contact information for its members, remodelers with at least two years’ experience, is listed on the NARI Atlanta website. NARIAtlanta.org

ASID (American Society of Interior Designers): Professional members represent all sectors of the design world and are tested and formally educated. ASID.org UAC (The Georgia Urban Ag Council): Website is a good resource for ideas and a list of all types of professionals involved in landscaping. UrbanAgCouncil.com Houzz: Use this website to find project photos from design and construction experts. Great for finding inspiration and professionals in your area. Houzz.com ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center): Sixty showrooms of décor, floor and wall coverings, antiques, kitchens, bathrooms and home-theater products—open to design professionals only. Download a list of their design specialists at ADACAtlanta.com. Go to the Better Business Bureau's website to ensure there are no complaints on record for a contractor that you are thinking about using. BBB.org Friends and relatives: For large-scale projects, Jesse Morado, CR, NARI Atlanta executive director, recommends getting a referral from someone you have a personal connection with and browsing NARI's selection of reputable and experienced contractors. NARIAtlanta.org Canvas your neighborhood to see who has or is undergoing a remodel. Don’t be afraid to knock on their door and ask how it’s going.

NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association): Click on the “ProSearch” link on their home page and type in your zip code to search for a kitchen/bath professional in your area. NKBA.org

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Step 5: Working with a Professional The remodeling professionals you choose will be at your house. A LOT. They’ll know what you look like before you’ve showered and they’ll know if your dog has nasty habits. Choosing someone you’re comfortable with is essential because issues that come up during the project will require good communication to resolve.

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A contract, signed by both parties, will outline project steps and who is responsible for each one. It can be single or multiple pages, depending on the project’s scope. The contract should name who is involved and specify the work to be done in exact phases. If possible, list product brands and names. What about changes? The contract should outline exactly how a change will be considered and decided upon. Usually a written changeorder form is used. Not every project ends well. The contract needs to define how the parties can terminate the agreement if need be—like with mediation or arbitration.

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The contract should talk about what will happen in the event of a natural disaster. Include a statement to protect yourself from subcontractors who might place a lien on the property if they aren’t paid. A contractor’s lien releases you from that liability. Don’t settle for the term “lifetime warranty.” A warranty should say how long it will last and what it does and does not cover. Agree how the contractor will be paid. The contract can outline a payment schedule with certain benchmarks, like “third payment paid after flooring is installed.” If you don't understand the contract's legal jargon, consult an attorney who specializes in building and remodeling law. Make a book: Have a designated place to keep all contracts, invoices, plans, specifications and change orders for easy, instant access.

Scheduling: Be sure all parties involved know if and when you have events scheduled at the house. Plan for holiday breaks ahead of time. Tape off the work zone: Especially when kids and pets are part of the equation, make sure everyone knows what areas of the house are off limits to the little ones. Pet smart: Discuss how pets will be housed and handled during construction. A late-night chase to find Fido won’t be fun. Tell all: Let the contractor know how you like your communication—phone calls, texts or emails. Check in: Check your cell phone and email often during the day—you don’t want your lack of attention to be the reason your project is running late or over budget. Carefully consider any changes to the original plan of action. Asking the contractor, “While you’re at it, could you . . .” will risk blowing the budget with extra costs. Ask the contractor to review the floor plans with you thoroughly before work begins. Some designers, architects or contractors offer computer-aided design renderings in 3D that help you visualize the new space. Ask when permit inspections will be required by the city. Failing an inspection can blow your schedule. Try to be on-site when the inspector is scheduled to come. Help out your favorite professionals by offering to have your home photographed for their portfolio or mention their business to a friend looking to have similar work done.

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Step 6: Selecting Materials/Products/Showrooms These questions focus on how you will use your new and improved space. Go through each item carefully to research new-tech solutions, green building options and cost-cutting measures that could impact your remodel.

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Not many homeowners claim to need less storage—if you’re among those who don’t have enough cabinets or drawers, now is the time to speak up.

In kitchens and bathrooms, countertops make a big impact. Look for materials that fit your family—stain-proof for kids, beveled edges for style, for instance. Go to a showroom to see appliances and bath fixtures. Stand next to them and go through the motions. A washer that's too deep to reach the bottom will be frustrating. And a faucet handle bar that looks great but won't fit your bathroom's dimensions, won't serve you well. Go to GeorgiaPower.com to research how much energy appliances use. Consider buying an Energy Star-approved model to save money on your electric bill. EnergyStar.gov Knowledgeable staff in a flooring showroom can walk you (literally) through carpet and hardfloor options. Consider how carpet muffles noise and hardwood is easy to clean.

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Step 7: Logistics Avoid the pain of a remodeling project gone wrong by planning how the remodel will affect your family before and during the work. Being prepared for all of life’s uncertainties is impossible, but it doesn’t hurt to consider these tips to help you all thrive through the process.

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The process should begin with a big supply of patience. Uncontrollable things can cause “schedule creep”—back-ordered products, bad weather or structural problems, to name a few. Before work begins, ask your remodeler what inconveniences may occur. They will have tricks to share to help things flow smoothly. Construction vehicles and material deliveries will not just impact your household and driveway. Let your neighbors know what to expect to keep irritations to a minimum. Pack up your stuff. Buy cardboard “banker’s boxes” in multipacks at an office-supply store. They’re inexpensive and have handles and lids, making stacking easy. If space in your home is tight, consider storing your boxes and larger possessions in a local storage locker during the remodel. Many offer “buy three months, get one free.” Anticipate weather patterns during the season of your remodel. Have supplies on hand, like tarps for rain or portable heaters for warmth, if necessary.

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A dumpster in your yard is probably going to become part of daily life. Plan where it will go and when and how it will be dumped. Portable toilets are not a thing of beauty, but will be necessary to have on-site if you don’t want workers using your bathroom. Talk to your contractor about the comings and goings of the workers. When will they arrive and leave each day? Notify your neighbors of the approximate length of time the remodel will take and let them know what to expect. This includes noise levels, daily traffic, and debris.

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In living areas, choose a piece of artwork for a focal point, then install up-lighting or downlighting to give the display drama.

Hopefully, you've been working with a design professional to figure out your color scheme. Or try Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap® Visualizer— both online and via app—which lets you upload photos of a room to test color palettes. Choose colors for the space to fit how it will be used, not just seen. For instance, bright, primary colors in kids’ rooms cause excitement, while pastels are calming.

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Consider lighting early in the remodeling process. A blend of cove, soffit and valance lights create light for different purposes without exposing the fixtures. Multiple light sources are best in each room. Using only one lighting source means you’ll end up with lots of shadows. Spruce up the spaces in your home by adding colorful floral arrangements.

Add comfort to your home by filling it with cozy blankets, pillows and soft-to-the-touch rugs.

Order custom window treatments at least six weeks in advance. Showrooms are a great place to check out the latest fabrics and styles.

No matter how you slice it, remodeling is a lot of work. But you can make a big impact on the process by carefully considering what your goals are and how to make them happen with a minimal effect on you and your family.

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Why we love this ranch makeover The designer edited the dĂŠcor with a few simple details that make a huge impact. The mostly white palette makes small rooms look bigger.

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RAISE THE ROOF Contractor: Small Carpenters at Large, SmallCarpenters.com Designer: Amanda Johnson Location: Buckhead Square Footage: 4,910 (including the basement) “The Craftsman style was the homeowners’ favorite and we introduced details of that design era wherever we could,” explains Amanda Johnson, the designer of this lovely ranch remodel. The family didn’t want to tear down the house in order to make more space, so they decided to add a second story. By breaking up the mass of the home with lower roofs and new siding materials, the overall scale was kept in proportion. The front porch and screened-in back porch incorporate Craftsmanstyle elements like stone piers, tapered-wood half columns and wood railings. Inside the living area, the dark coffered ceiling adds another Craftsman touch. And an expanded kitchen is the new focal point for the room, with its cherry cabinets (also used in the bathrooms) and peninsula counter with casual seating. Photos courtesy of Small Carpenters at Large, Inc., photography by Erica George Dines Photography.

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Why we love this ranch makeover Removing old, cracked concrete from around the front door and replacing it with something as simple and inexpensive as bark mulch is an easy curb-appeal fix.

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GO MODERN Contractor: Dan Kaufman of JE Dunn Construction Dencity.us Architect: Bryan Russell, R. A., co-owner of Dencity, LLC Other: Nick Harrell of Core Landscape Group Location: Chastain Park Square Footage: 4,686 The homeowners of this ranch remodel wanted more space throughout the house, but also a large common area, inside and out, to be used by the whole family. “The challenge here was how to add a second floor onto a mid-century modern, low-swept ranch house and not overwhelm it. We wanted to make the addition and renovation seem like one house—not two separate pieces added together,” says architect Bryan Russell. He says the homeowners love the look of modern materials, like the concrete paneled walls (no paint required), European laminate cabinets and Caesarstone countertops in the kitchen. Outside, they chose to use eco-friendly Brazilian ipe wood siding and prefinished commercial aluminum storefront-type windows. Photos courtesy of Dencity, photography by Heidi Geldhauser.

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Why we love this ranch makeover This remodel makes the most of the ranch concept—lots of natural light, large spaces for family interaction and an exciting mix of materials for the façade.

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The popular HGTV series comes to Atlanta. Here’s the scoop on the hosts, the houses and more By Stacy Moser

For Atlantans looking for local house-flipping inspiration—search no further. HGTV brings a new version of its hit real-estate rehabbing TV show “Flip or Flop” to Atlanta, later this month. Seasoned flippers Anita and Ken Corsini, owners of Red Barn Homes in Woodstock, will host the new show, bringing their real-estate, design and construction savvy to the popular TV franchise. The couple has made a successful career out of spotting opportunities—and this time, they see promise in the small screen. “A TV show was never on our radar,” Anita admits. “We’d been buying, renovating and selling about 100 houses a year for over a decade. Then HGTV called us out of the blue about hosting a show. We didn’t take it too seriously. We giggle when we look back because we scheduled a Skype interview with them and I forgot about it and went to the gym. When I got home, completely gross and sweaty, I realized the interview would be in five minutes. I thought, ‘Well, they’re definitely going to get the real me!’”

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Needless to say, the interview was a hit, and the network is confident the show will be, too. Both Anita and Ken grew up in Georgia and have a deep appreciation for the real-estate market in Atlanta in particular. “I was an insurance broker with a really good job,” Ken says. “But the real-estate bug bit me and I quit to start my own business. Then, when the market made a downturn in 2007, I used the time to get a master’s degree in building construction. Anita got her real-estate license and we made this a family business.”

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Real estate investors Anita and Ken Corsini of Red Barn Homes have bought and sold more than 600 homes in metro Atlanta since 2005.

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“We love what Atlanta has to offer,” Anita says. “Older homes with a ton of character, transitioning neighborhoods—there are houses at every price point. There’s high demand for homes due to the growth of job markets here. In real estate, you need those people coming in to buy the house you renovated.” On the show, the duo can be seen flipping houses in Buckhead, Collier Heights, Ormewood Park and more.

Anita takes on the design responsibilities of a house flip. “When you’re flipping,” she explains, “you can only be so creative, because creativity often adds up. Each decision is carefully weighed against what the budget will allow. But for me, the most fun is pulling together a kitchen—it’s where there are the most details that have to be addressed in a house and those details have the biggest impact on the design of the home.” Ken shoulders demolition and construction tasks once a house is ready for rehab. He says there can be some very special surprises in store when they first explore a house’s nooks and crannies. “The funniest houses are the ones where occupants left in a hurry and we inherit their junk,” he laughs. “One time we heard the former homeowner was a ‘little off’ and he’d booby-trapped the backyard. There was grass up to my waist out there and lots of dead animals. That one was a challenge.” For the premiere episode, tune in to HGTV at 9 p.m. on July 20 to follow the adventures of rehab aficionados, Anita and Ken, in “Flip or Flop Atlanta.”

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house has the most potential,” Anita asserts. She says they look at the curb appeal of an eyesore too. “It’s about breathing new life into a home. There’s so much you can do to elevate the look of the home from the street.”

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