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Best of 2015 Contest Winners 26 Meet the businesses and people YOUR votes chose as this year’s best!

A very heartfelt thank you to Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom for hosting our “Best of 2015” photo shoot. We’d also like to thank Brian Reeves of Perfect Day Photos and hair and makeup artists (Jodi Grieshop, Dianna Hall & Chiquita Davis) from Shear Salon for making the event so memorable!

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Buckhead Townhome: Total Transformation

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In this Issue 4 Things You’ll Learn This Month

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Which anniversary are we celebrating this month? p. 16 What’s the real difference between salt and chlorine pools? p. 66 What’s a CraftBox Girl? p. 78

Coming in September:

It’s home show month, it’s home show month! September isn’t just our favorite because it means cooler temperatures and more fun with fashion. It’s also the month of The Atlanta Fall Home Show. From September 11-13, the 32nd Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show will be taking over the Cobb Galleria Centre. So mark your calendars now! Also in next month’s issue, we’ll be talking hardwood. All things hardwood! Trends, types, cost per square foot and more. We’ll also be tackling the perfect topic for September weather: outdoor cooking! From portable tailgating all the way up to luxurious outdoor kitchens, we’ve got loads of expert advice and beautiful photos to inspire you to eat more…outdoors!

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Long considered one of the most fun neighborhoods in Atlanta, the Decatur area also boasts some pretty great home décor shopping. We tooled around the Decatur Square/Avondale area recently and found some wonderful shops. Here are just a few…

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the only way to describe

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antiques, they offer so

of home décor available

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pottery piece is only

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items, vintage-style

$19.99). The proceeds of all

$45 teal triangle table

square foot location.

shop. No wonder

tea towels and aprons,

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Treasures include locally

everything is so tasteful

and unique home

to the many animal rescue

walked in the door. But

designed clothing, custom

and unique (like this large

decor items. Extremely

organizations who

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artwork (like this $79

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Do you need a window treatment simply to beautify your room? Are you looking to add privacy or security? Or is the window treatment’s primary function light control? In today’s market, window treatment options are seemingly endless. Most products are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, textures and opacities. You can even control your treatments with your iPhone these days! When considering what style

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homefront Happy 14th Anniversary to Us! On August 1, 2001 the first-ever issue of Atlanta Home Improvement hit the streets. This was years before people really starting turning to Google. So founder Sherri Adair and Patti Stephens decided what Atlanta needed was not just great information on how they should be enhancing their homes, but also introductions to all the fabulous home improvement pros right here in Atlanta. We’re proud to say that 14 years later, we’re still doing just that for our readers and much more.

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We’ve expanded online with our digital issue, social media, blog and much more! And we couldn’t be happier to still be at it.

Save The Date: Atlanta Home Show! Take a moment right now and circle three days on next month’s calendar:

September 11-13, 2015. Plan nothing else during this time because that is the weekend of the 32nd Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show & Outdoor

Living Expo! During this weekend, the Cobb Galleria Centre transforms into a one-stop-shop for all your home improvement needs. More than 300 exhibiting companies all come together and take up the equivalent of three football fields of space. This is Georgia’s largest fall home show featuring kitchens and baths, gutters, shutters, windows, doors, siding, roofing and so Photo courtesy of SEMCO

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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS MONTH August 1 littleBits: Design Your Own Animals Kid’s Class 2 – 3:30 p.m. Museum of Design MuseumOfDesign.org

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August 8 Cheesemaking Class: Ricotta & Mozzarella 10 a.m. – noon Sur La Table, Phipps Plaza SurLaTable.com

August 15 Orchids for Beginners I Class 10 a.m. – noon Atlanta Botanical Garden AtlantaBG.org

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Share Their Remodeling Journey Architect: Tommy Justice | Builder: DBD Renovations Interior Designer: Linda Beth Loughlin | Closet Addition: Kauffman Design Services

Space. That’s the first word that pops into your mind as you enter this townhome. And it keeps ringing in your ears as you visit all three stories of the gorgeous home, which are conveniently accessed by an elevator. The exterior of the townhome, though pretty and private and very elegant, does not prepare you for the spaciousness and sophistication of this home. Who knew a townhome could offer so much space, so much style and so much room to showcase everything from their custom art collection to their array of taxidermy? The homeowners did! They had a vision for this townhome and spent a year making it a reality. With a trusted architect, contractor, decorator and legions of other workers, they transformed this “standard” townhome into a masterpiece. By 2006 the couple’s two children had grown up and moved out and the homeowners made the decision to downsize and find a place that required less maintenance. So they purchased a very nice, very pretty townhome in Buckhead. And then they went to work. Though they liked the original décor and layout of the townhome, they didn’t love it. So they began a massive, top-to-bottom renovation that required them to move out

FRONT EXTERIOR: The elegant front stairs and brick exterior hint at the sophistication within.

BACK YARD: “This courtyard is one of the reasons we bought the house. It’s accessible from two levels of the house. We didn’t want a total hardscape so we added stones to keep some grass but cut down on maintenance. We love our firepit.”

to these brave homeowners and asked them to share their advice, anecdotes and lessons learned, in their own words…

Budgets & Trust “We hired an architect and got to working with him right away. The project just grew and grew and grew from there. We drew up a pretty detailed set of plans. We were extra detailed on the front end because what we asked for was something of a ‘fixed price’ deal… which falls pretty much between “rare” and “impossible.” But we did so with an understanding that we’d revisit it a lot. We wanted to get as much control of it as we could. It’s critically important to find a contractor and architect you trust. You have to have confidence in them. And confidence means references you can trust. Once you talk to their references, really talk to the contractor. Ask the right questions. What is their building philosophy? Are they schedule constrained? Resource constrained? You have to really take the time to find out if your contractor is three things: competent, fair and responsive. Once we established trust, we were much more comfortable adding to the budget and making changes as we went along.

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INTERIOR: “Before, there was a wall here and the basement steps felt like a tunnel. We wanted to remove the wall and open it up but we had to figure out a way to support the upstairs steps. So we fabricated and installed a flat steel plate to hold up the stairs.” (See angled area under top stairs.)

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for a full year! (They stayed in a friend’s vacant condo.) We talked

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KITCHEN: “We totally gutted the kitchen and moved doors around to make more space. It used to be a tiny space with a small pantry. The cabinets were all white and now they are poplar stained to look like cherry. Closing off all those extra doors gave us so much more room.”

SUNROOM: “This room is attached to the kitchen. We angled the bay window to 60 degrees so we could fit a sofa in here.” The sofa faces a TV and the french door leads out to the private courtyard. CLOSET: “This master closet was built on top of the roof of the sunporch. This room didn’t exist before. This is a place where we were more interested in storage than fancy finishes. We vaulted the ceiling and put in skylights to get as much natural light as we can.”

DINING ROOM: “These hidden storage shelves simplify the room. The cabinet guys built them and then matched the wallpaper to the other walls.” (See inset photo.)

This whole project was so involved and disruptive that we knew we didn’t want to do it again. So we decided to bite the bullet, suck it up and do it right the first time. Our philosophy is that if you know you want to eventually do something to your home, try to do it all at once. Do it then or you’ll regret it later when you have to start it up all over again. Remember, it’s much cheaper to get it done while the crews are already there.

Presence & Communication We were over here, on site, almost every single day. The architect joked that he didn’t realize he would have a ‘foreman’ on this job! As much as you can, without getting in the way, try to be there and available to answer any questions. If you’re not there, a lot of decisions will have to be made without you. If you don’t have that option to be there a lot, do your homework, research and make sure you over communicate! Don’t make assumptions. Be overly detailed in your drawings and specifications. When we had a new shower stall put in and tiled, we assumed a bench would be included. Well, it wasn’t and it had to be added in later. We realized that we really had to diagram a lot of things out. If it’s not drawn out in the plan, don’t expect it to happen. Err on the side of over communication. Magazine photos and Pinterest are invaluable tools. Photos help you communicate exactly what you want your contractor to do, in ways that simply describing it verbally cannot.

Specificity & Style Don’t forget to be specific about details like the outlets and lighting! Make sure you are on the same page with your contractor about where you need everything installed. If you know you are going to have a computer desk in a certain corner, make sure your contractor realizes that so he can place an outlet nearby. If you know you are going to hang artwork on certain walls, inform your lighting pro so any directional lighting is installed in the right place. Illuminating the room ‘in general’ is fine but if you want to really add drama and versatility, make sure you plan out your lighting. Speaking of lighting, we always suggest that people buy their LEDs online because most stores won’t have the selection of color temperatures you need for different areas of the home. Unless you want the effect of full sunlight in all of your rooms, you’ll need to vary the color temperatures. Finally, when the contractors are finished, the project is still far from finished. Contractors are wonderful people but they are not who you want picking out paint colors and making your furniture and window treatment decisions. You need a good designer or decorator when you are

undertaking a project of this size. A good interior designer is worth every penny!”

Got your own remodeling story to share? Full house or even just one room, simply email jhallock@atlantabestmedia.com and put “Journey” in the subject line. If you’re chosen, you could be featured in a future issue! ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT AUGUST 2015

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Task lighting can make a huge impact in kitchen lighting because it highlights specific points of visual interest such as the sparkle of a backsplash, or the inherent beauty of granite countertops. It also adds light to fill in where general lighting falls off, increasing the overall brightness of the kitchen. This makes your kitchen actually look bigger! Finally, task lighting can be atmospheric, subtly dramatic and relaxing.

Q: What about layout considerations? A: When installing, always remember to place the light source toward the front edge of each cabinet. This way light will be distributed evenly around the entire counter area. Consider an LED complete under cabinet fixture, which allows easy frontof-cabinet installation with diffuse dimmable LED light.

Q: What are the most common kinds of task lighting and what should I look for when shopping for them? A: Under cabinet lighting is probably the most popular kind of kitchen task lighting. When choosing your under-cabinet lighting, you want to keep things slim and low profile, to ensure the fixture “disappears’’ under the cabinet frame. A good rule of thumb is to choose fixtures no “taller” than 1", which helps hide them behind the frame of upper cabinets. If you have frameless cabinets, look for fixtures that have no light emitting from the leading edge, which can cause uncomfortable glare. Q: Which fixtures are the easiest to install? A: The simplest installation is definitely fixtures with the power connected to one fixture. This way, multiple fixtures can be

Q: How do I choose under cabinet lighting? A: There are four types: 1. T4 Fluorescent Strips: These 1/2” diameter strips make for a very sleek fixture with no delay once the switch is flipped, and a hue that is much improved. 2. Puck Lights: These hockey puck shaped fixtures are a favorite due to their long-lasting, battery operated and easyto-install LED bulbs. No hardwiring required. 3. LED Strips: While these have a long life span, dependent upon your taste, you may not prefer this strips cool hue. 4. LED Rope or Tape: These extremely thin and easy-to-install fixtures are very discreet. Although they do not output as much light as other options, they are still very flattering for any kitchen.”

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Best Blog: DIY

Best Antique Shopping

This blog lives up to its battle cry of “reduce, reuse, recycle, re-purpose, remodel!” Husband and wife bloggers Justin and Cassity post step-by-step DIY home projects, recipes and loads of helpful home tips. Remodelaholic.com

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Scott Antique Market

It’s the world’s largest monthly indoor antique show, and it runs the first weekend of every month. Two enormous buildings of great treasures showcasing thousands of vendor’s jewelry, antiques and more! ScottAntiquemarket. com

Family and faith are at the center of this advicecolumn type blog. WeAreThatFamily.com

Tara Dillard

Many Atlantans consider this festival the official start of spring! With 20,000 attendees, hundreds of artists, great food and tons of family fun, this Piedmont Park festival will be celebrating its 80th year in 2016! Dogwood.org

Award winning garden designer Tara Dillard, author of five books, not only writes this wonderful blog. She also speaks nationally, leads seminars & has a team of experts with more than a century of specialized skills. TaraDillard.com.

Best Blog: Design

Best Community Garden

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

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The Cook’s Warehouse

The first Cook’s Warehouse opened in Midtown in 1995. Since then two more locations have opened offering great cooking supplies and 800 cooking classes in everything from wine pairings to international cuisine to desserts. CooksWarehouse.com

Best Blog: Family

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Best Blog: Garden Best Art Festival

Best Cooking School or Class

The Wylde Center

What began as a solution to a problem (neighborhood kids cutting through an Oakhurst yard) has transformed into one of the most gorgeous, active community gardens in all of Atlanta. WyldeCenter.org

Best Farmer’s Market

Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market

One hundred and eighty-four different flags fly over this enormous (7,500 square foot) incredibly varied international market. Shop for meat, seafood, baked goods, cheeses, coffee, flowers, kitchen gadgets and much more. The friendly, multicultural staff really know their stuff, too! DekalbFarmersMarket.com

Best Food Festival

Taste of Marietta

This free food festival is an Atlanta favorite and its easy to see why: “tastes” can be had for as little as $1.00, there are celebrity chefs cooking demos and even a “Kid’s Alley.” Come for the food, stay for the live music! Marietta.com/Taste-Of-Marietta

Best Garden Tour

Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens

With a tagline of “History Happens Here,” this tour really delivers. Winding through one of the oldest neighborhoods in Atlanta (helped along by CocaCola founder Asa Candler) this tour takes you on an elegant, historical journey. DruidHillsTour.org AtlantaHomeImprovement.com

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The Atlanta Home Show/ SEMCO Productions

Three times a year, around 300 home improvement and outdoor living companies gather to give Atlantans good advice and great deals. With celebrity appearances, cooking demos and a beer garden, there’s something for everyone! AtlantaHomeShow.com

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MA Architecture Tour

Best Neighborhood: OTP

Best Realtor

The “Jonquil City” has all the wonderful amenities and warmth of a small town, but is located conveniently close to Atlanta. Fun fact: The city elected its first female mayor, Lorena Pace Pruitt… way back in 1946! SmyrnaCity.com

This native Atlantan possesses a deep understanding of Atlanta’s neighborhoods and how assets like schools and location drive value. She focuses her efforts in the North Atlanta area and specializes in Alpharetta, Milton and South Forsyth. JenniferPino.AtlantaFineHomes.com

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Best Nonprofit Organization Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine is a nonprofit organization in Decatur, Georgia, that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs. MyCampSunshine.com Camp Sunshine is a place where cancer kids can truly be themselves - Katie N.

For those excited about modern design and creative culture in Atlanta, this is a must do! This tour walks Atlantans Tad Munroe, The Atlanta Home Show/ through some of the SEMCO Productions, Best Home Show most unique and stunning homes our city has to offer. Ma-DesignIsHuman.com

Best Mortgage Lender/Financial Planner Fidelity Bank

A beloved community bank with that unmistakably regal lion for a logo. Their “Partners in Education” program is devoted to teaching young students about the importance of money management. LionBank.com

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Best Neighborhood: ITP Grant Park

This lovely, leafy intown neighborhood has really blossomed over the past decade or so. In 2000, the neighborhood became Atlanta’s largest Historic District, bringing additional zoning protections. GrantPark.org AtlantaHomeImprovement.com

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Designed to resemble a fine bed and breakfast with all of the amenities, this is a very popular Buckhead place to get your dog groomed or drop off for a fun day of ‘playcare’ or even an overnight stay. KelseysDoghouse.com No other day care compares to the personal service that Kelsey’s offers. It is the go-to place for Atlanta celebrities! - Jeff M.

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Wine Shoe Atlanta Wine Club

This locally-owned Castleberry Hill area store offers fantastic wine clubs (with tastings, discounts and wine-shopping-by-appointment) as well as classes on topics like “Wine 101” and “Best Sellers.” WineShoeAtlanta.com Fantastic place, wonderful hosts, and fabulous affordable wines! - Alinna K.

Best Wine/Liquor Store The Wine Cellar

This Smyrna wine shop has it all: a wine café, wine racks and furniture, crystal and even wine bottle totes, carriers and luggage! (Wine luggage!?) WineCellarsOnline.com

DESIGN & DECOR Best Fabric Store

Fabric and Fringe Warehouse

This massive 16,000-squarefoot showroom in Marietta, GA (just north of Atlanta, off I-75) boasts literally thousands of kinds of fabrics and fringe! (Your favorite “shopping companion” can even catch up on the game in their “husbands” customer TV lounge!) FabricsAndFringe.com

Best Framing Company                            

Moog Gallery

What’s a Moog? The name of the beloved basset hound of husbandand-wife store owners Erik and Kat Washburn. Dedicated to the art of framing, Moog Gallery also offers shadowboxing, dry mounting, glass replacement and frame repair! MoogGallery.com Great locally owned shop! So helpful in helping to choose the right frame for your special things (not just pictures/artwork). Sometimes a sweet basset is there to greet you.- Paula W.

Best Furniture Consignment Shop Sarah Cyrus Home

This 6,500-square-foot showroom is located in the West Midown Design District and focuses on highend consignment furnishings and home décor. They offer modern, vintage, traditional and new designer brands. SarahCyrus.com

Best Indoor Lighting Progressive Lighting

With state-of-the-art lighting stores in Atlanta, Roswell, Duluth, Kennesaw and Cumming, Progressive Lighting has been illuminating homes for over 45 years! They are also the largest

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Best Kitchen and Bath Designer L. Kae Interiors

Lyndsy K. Woods grew up in Cape Cod and moved to Atlanta in 2008, where she quickly established a great reputation and lasting relationships with some of the area’s best builders and craftsmen. LkaeInteriors.com

Best Mattress Company Mattress Firm

If it seems like there’s a Mattress Firm on every corner, that’s because there almost is! With dozens of locations in the Atlanta area, this store has become the go-to spot for new mattresses. MattressFirm.com

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Best Interior Design Company LMC offers a whole host of design options. From full service design consults to “design in a box” where you receive a sketched floor plan, a story board, and furniture and fabric selections all with a complete shopping list. LMCInteriorDesigns.com

Best Faux Finish/ Mural Painter

Faux finish artist Kass Wilson has been in the design industry for 20 years and has won many national awards. She believes that faux finishes should be as lovely to touch as they are to view. KassWilson.com Consummate professional and creative artist in one Marty Williamson, Fabric and Fringe Warehouse, remarkable woman. Best Fabric Store - Brenda P.

chain of residential lighting showrooms in the Southeastern United States. ProgressiveLighting.com “Lighting is such an important feature in decorating.” - Rosemary G.

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Best Modern Furniture Shopping              

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Domestic Comfort

TOTAL HOME PROTECTION ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

Located on the northwest corner of Piedmont Park, this modern furniture store offers fine furniture, rugs, and draperies. DomesticComfort.com The staff treats its customers like real human beings! - Rick H.

Best Professional Organizer Peace by Piece Organizing

This professional organizer offers general home organizing, home office organization, pre-home sales decluttering, classes, webinars and even time and task management coaching! PeaceByPieceOrganizing.com

Best Rug Company

Designer Rug Warehouse

It’s not just the enormous selection of traditional, modern, shag or flat weave rugs that makes this store truly special. They even let you take a rug home on a trial basis to ensure it looks as perfect in your home as you hope it will! DesignerRugWarehouse.com

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Best Traditional Furniture Shop Woodstock Furniture Outlet

When you visit one of this store’s three locations: Canton, Hiram and Acworth, you are truly supporting a local business. They’ve been family owned and operated since 1988! WoodstockOutlet.com

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Best Window Treatment Company            Stitch Above The Rest

This fully certified window treatment store specializes in custom embroidery, valances, cushions, bedding, pillows, shutter, blinds and shades. StitchAboveTheRest.com

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Sure they have wallpaper and wall covering options. But what’s in the “plus?” Blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, drapes and even interior design services. WallpaperPlusAtlanta.com

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Best Chimney Cleaner            

Chimney Cleaning Atlanta

Best Appliance Repair The Appliance Doctor

What can they fix? Just about any common household appliance, including dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, washers, dryers and more! For 35 years, they have been repairing appliances all over Metro Atlanta! MyApplianceDoctor.com

Best Carpet Cleaners             Citrus Fresh Carpet Cleaning

Citrus Fresh uses natural citrus products to tackle stains, soils and grease from carpet to make your home cleaner and healthier. Their cleaner features a natural antimicrobial which can even provide relief to allergy symptoms! CitrusCarpetCleaners.com

Chimney Cleaning Atlanta cleans your chimney from top to bottom, and features a vacuum with a triple layer of HEPA filter that controls dust so there will be no mess left over after.ChimneyCleaning AtlantaGa.com

Best Cleaning Service             Completely Clean Homes

Completely Clean Homes offers more than just your everyday home cleaning packages to make your life easier, including special occasion cleaning, one-time cleaning and move out or move in cleaning. CompletelyCleanHomes.com

Best Concrete Company           CTI of Georgia, LLC.

Sure, they install beautiful driveways, walkways, pool decks, garage floors and patios. But Concrete Technology, Inc. of Georgia also can transform floors, countertops and even walls to the look you want with the dependability of concrete. CTIga.com

BEST REALTOR ® IN ATLANTA

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JENNIFER PINO Associate Managing Broker

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Best Electrician

Advanced Power and Energy

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Advanced Power and Energy provides everything from smart home wiring, panel upgrades, all the way to solar installations and landscape lighting. They can even help you find energy incentives and rebates! Akhenatenbey.com

Best Flooring Refinishing Service Mr. Hardwood Inc.

Mr. Hardwood Inc. doesn’t call its staff the flooring experts for nothing. They can refinish your floors or outfit your home with floors to last for generations to come and offer a lifetime guarantee that’s transferable for each flooring project they do. MrHardwoodInc.com “Top-notch professionalism, timeliness, and prices. Exceeded my very high expectations!” - The Owners Box

Best Foundation Repair Foundation Worx, LLC

Foundation Worx can take care of just about any foundation need, from settling and sinking to waterproofing basements and fixing water drainage problems outside of your home that can later lead to damage. Foundation-Worx. com

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BEST OF 2015 CONTEST WINNERS Best Garage Organization Company Shorewall Systems

Shorewall Systems allows you to take organization into your own hands with hassle-free complete kits and add-on storage products that can handle up to 600 pounds of storage and are all made in the U.S.A. ShoreWallSystems.com “Go ShoreWall and be the envy of every messy garage on the block!” - Neil S.

Best Handyman

The Trusted Toolbox

The Trusted Toolbox promises to arrive on time, complete all tasks on your handyman checklist and clean up before they leave. TheTrustedToolbox.com

Best Hauling/Junk Removal

Bin There Dump That

Best Gutter Company Leafguard

The claim is in the name with LeafGuard Gutters. LeafGuard guarantees your gutters will not clog with leaves or other debris—and if they do, they promise to clean your gutters for free. LeafGuardGutters. com/Atlanta-GA

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Bin There Dump That makes getting rid of junk easy by offering a free and comprehensive guide to answer all your questions about renting a dumpster. You can even catch them on HGTV’s “Property Brothers!” BinThereDump ThatUsa.com

Best HVAC Company Cool Air Mechanical

Cool Air Mechanical is proud of the way they service your home. Instead of sending out a generalist, Cool Air Mechanical carefully places each of their technicians at specific customer jobs, based on their particular strengths. 770CoolAir.com “Great company and workers. The best customer service!!” –Shirley C.

Best Mold Remediation No Mold Atlanta

Mold can be a scary discovery, but the experts. No Mold Atlanta promises to take the fear out of solving your mold problem in your home or place of business. Most projects can be completed within 24 to 48 hours. NoMoldatlanta.com

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Atlanta Peach Movers

Atlanta Peach Movers has been operating in Atlanta for over 28 years! They credit their success to every employee going through “Peach University,” where they learn how to handle customer belongings with the utmost of care. AtlPeachMovers.com

Best Paint Store

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Best Moving/Storage Company

Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams offers everything you need for your next painting project. From inspiration, to paint, primers, stains, sealers, finishes and so much more. Sherwin-Williams.com

Best Pest Control Company Bizzy Bee Exterminators

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For over 40 years the family owned Busy Bee Exterminators has been providing safe, effective, and quality pest control. They can even get rid of wildlife critters taking up shelter in your home. BizzyBeeExterminators.com

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Best Plumber

Seagraves Plumbing

Ever had the nightmare of having a plumbing emergency and couldn’t get a hold of someone to resolve the problem as soon as possible? Seagraves Plumbing is available 24 hours for emergency services! My-AtlantaPlumber.com

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Best Pool Maintenance

Tired of your outdated bathroom look?

Encore Coating

We Provide Complete Bathroom Renovations

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Jeff Moreau, Jr., Encore Coatings, Best Pool Maintenance

Encore Coating utilizes 90 years of combined experience and was ahead of their time with the environmentally friendly water-based formula that has become their signature coating formula for pools, pool decks and concrete surfaces. EncoreCoatings.com

Best Roofing Company Findlay Roofing

Over 40,000 families in Atlanta have trusted Finlay Roofing to handle their roofing repair, roof replacement, installation needs. They most recently won Owens Corning’s Green Pledge Recycling award for recycling the most shingles in the country! FindlayRoofing.com

Best Security Company/Alarm System Ackerman Security Systems

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Ackerman Security offers affordable modern home security and peace of mind with home automation systems that allow you to control your home security online from your smartphone and tablet. AckermanSecurity.com

Bob Lamb, Ackerman Security Systems, Best Security Company/Alarm System

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BEST OF 2015 CONTEST WINNERS Best Waterproofing Company

Best Deck/Porch/Patio Builder

Murrell’s Waterproofing features a staff with over 100 years of experience combined who know how to handle nearly every waterproofing issue you may encounter. The company also offers homeowners a renewable warranty program. MurrellsWaterproofing.com

DC Enclosures can help turn your dream addition into a reality, while offering new ideas and solutions that match your budget. DCEnclosures.com

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Best Fireplace/ Fire Pit Company

DC Enclosures

S&S Fire Pits

S&S Fire Pits first started when Photo courtesy of S&S Fire Pits the owner created his own fire pit out of a hacked air tank and a soccer ball. They have been handcrafting beautiful custom fire pits ever since. SSFirePits.com

Best Window Cleaning

Sunshine Window Cleaning

Sunshine Window Cleaning prides itself on its customer service, and their team, which is happy to give you advice on the different types of pressure washing, how to clean gutters and more. SunshineWindowCleaning.com

Best Gardener: Organic         Farmer D Organics

OUTDOOR LIVING Best Arborist /Tree Doctor

Best Fence/Gate Company

Gunnison Tree Specialists are knowledgeable in low impact tree removal, selective pruning, tree health care, emergency tree care and more. No project is too big or too small for them to handle. GunnisonTree.com

Chamblee Fence Company manufactures beautiful fencing styles from high quality materials designed by craftsman. You can check out their styles at their showroom which happens to be one of the largest in the Southeast! ChambleeFence.com

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The Foundation Repair Company SERVING OUR CLIENTS THE WAY WE WOULD WANT TO BE SERVED

Farmer D Organics strives to be environmentally friendly while empowering people to create communities and grow as much sustainable and healthy food as possible using biodynamic principles. They sell a variety of products for your organic growing needs. FarmerD.com

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Our Services: Foundation Settlement | Basement Wall Repair | Waterproofing Carbon Fiber Reinforcement | Crawl Space Support | Crawl Space Encapsulation

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BEST CUSTOM CLOSET INSTALLERS

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Best Landscape Design/ Installation

Best Landscape Supplier Super-Sod

Unique Environmental Landscapes

When tackling your next lawn makeover turn to Super-Sod for turfgrass sod and seeds, and utilize their free DIY information and how-to videos to transform your lawn on your own. SuperSod.com “The BEST soil EVER! My garden LITERALLY speaks VOLUMES for this product! I will be their customer for as long as I have a garden running.” - Patricia M.

Unique Environmental Landscapes believes not only in creating inspiring landscapes, but also in giving back to organizations making a difference in the communities in which they work such as the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and more. Unique-Environmental.com

Best Landscape Maintenance

Solterra Landscape

Solterra Landscape handles full-service management for everyone from homeowners, HOA communities, private schools and more. They also feature a clear twostep proposal process between every designer and client. MySolterraLandscape. com “Solterra. Reliable, knowledgable, friendly, and my yard looks great.” - Tom C.

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Nestor’s Sprinklers and Lighting

Nestor’s Sprinklers and Lighting is constantly researching and finding new ways and products to save money, water and help your landscape be its healthiest through installation or maintenance. NestorScapes.com

Best Mosquito Control Tuxedo Mosquito Control Tuxedo Mosquito kills mosquitoes with kindness with their organic insecticide which is primarily made up of plant extract. Unlike harsh chemical insecticides, the pyrethrum they use is safe for the whole family, including pets. TuxedoMosquito Control.com

Best Outdoor Furniture Company Palm Casual

David Maddox, Tuxedo Mosquito

Control, Best Mosquito Control Although Palm Casual has only had its Atlanta showroom for a few months, it’s already making an impression in the outdoor furniture market by manufacturing and selling great outdoor furniture built to last. PalmCasual.com

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BEST OF 2015 CONTEST WINNERS Best Outdoor Lighting Company

Architectural Transformations

Architectural Transformations understands that it can be hard to visualize the big picture, so they set up free nighttime demos at your home. This way you will know just how the lighting will look…before you buy! ATOutdoorLighting.com “Best outdoor lighting company! Does the neatest job and looks fantastic!!” - Kelly J.

Best Play Set/Tree House Company

Atlanta Tree House

With Atlanta Tree House you aren’t going to get a run of the mill tree house or playset. Custom design your tree house with fun add-ons such as adult swings, a zip line, a rock climbing wall and more. AtlantaTreehouse.com

Lindsey Barnhill, Architectural Transformations, Best Outdoor Lighting Company

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Best Pool Installer

Best Underdeck Systems

Neptune Pools

Southeastern Underdeck Systems

Neptune Pools designs have appeared on HGTV and even MTV’s “Cribs.” They have won awards both locally and internationally and are proud to offer design services and free in-home consultations. NeptunePools.com

Who says your underdeck has to be unsightly? Southeastern Underdeck Systems carries a product line that allows you to create a serene outdoor area that is both beautiful and enjoyable, from recessed lighting to screen systems. SoutheasternUnderdeck.com “Great job. We are very happy with our underdecking.” - Steven P.

Best Spa Installation Company

Atlanta Spa and Leisure Atlanta Spa and Leisure can help you turn your home into an oasis of relaxation and fun. They offer everything from hot tubs, swim spas, saunas and game tables. They even provide outdoor upholstering for that perfect finishing touch! AtlantaSpa.com

These fan faves also received lots of votes: Deck/Porch/Patio Builders Heath Bowman & Lindsey Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, Best Underdeck Systems

Leisure Time Decks Decks and More

Underdeck Systems

Magnolia Outdoor Living

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“Best of 2015” Winner BEST COUNTERTOP SHOPPING

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Best Water Ponds/Gardens Splendor Koi and Pond

Visit Splendor Koi and Pond’s showroom to pick out a beautiful new pond or water garden. After installation, they’ll even come to your home to take care of unhealthy koi or pond leakage issues. SplendorKoi.com “Atlanta’s consummate expert on fish and pond building.” - Barry E.

REMODELING Best Appliance Shopping Bob Bailey’s Appliances

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BEST WALLPAPER STORE

Best Architect Firm Studio A2

Studio A2’s breathtaking portfolio displays their impressive architecture and interior design services. Studio A2 is determined to meet clients personal or business goals regardless of project size, scope or budget! Studioa2-Design.com “The best of the best! An A1 team... !!!” - Aurora P.

Allen Hanahan, Carolina Lumber & Supply, Inc., Best Building Supply/Hardware

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Carolina Lumber and Supply Company has been helping contractors build Atlanta since 1900. They offer windows, doors, lumber and much more! CarolinaLumber.com “Generations of quality, integrity, superior customer service, value, reputation, family ownership, and just going the extra mile....It doesn’t get any better than this!” - Drizzy B.

BEST WINE CELLAR INSTALLER

Best Cabinet Shopping

Cabinet & Stone City, LLC

Cabinet & Stone City provides Norcross, Kennesaw, and the metro Atlanta area with affordable kitchen cabinets that come ready to install! They even offer a complimentary design service to help create your ideal cabinetry layout. CabinetStoneCity. com

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BEST OF 2015 CONTEST WINNERS Best Countertop Shopping

Best Custom Closet Installers

For the past 31 years, Construction Resources/Cambria (CR Homes) has offered consumers, designers, builders and remodelers a one-stop resource for kitchens, baths and any room of the home! Located in Decatur, Alpharetta, Atlanta and Buford! CRHomeUsa.com “My “GO TO” for all my clients’ countertop needs!” - Bridgette B.

Artisan Custom Closets focuses on making stylish spaces in your home that help you live your life more efficiently! They create attractive, organized spaces that complement your home and your budget! ArtisanCustomClosets. com

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Best Custom Home Builder

Best Custom Bar Builder

Blue Door

Classic Bars

Classic Bars has spent decades building custom bars for homes! After an extensive client consultation, they will design and personalize a bar that’s beautiful and perfectly customized to their client’s entertaining needs! ClassicBars.net

Lisa Carlquist, Artisan Closets, Best Custom Closet Installers

Mitch Hires, Construction Resources/ Cambria, Best Countertop Shopping

The custom builders of Blue Door Building share their clients’ passion for in-town living. They are driven by an appreciation for aesthetic design and have been building for over 20 years. BlueDoorBuilding.com

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BEST MOSQUITO CONTROL

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BEST OUTDOOR LIGHTING COMPANY

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BEST DESIGN BUILD FIRM

FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED SINCE 1932

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BEST OF 2015 CONTEST WINNERS Best Kitchen and Bath Showroom Noland Company

Atlanta Noland’s showroom offers homeowners an opportunity to shop for and interact with all kinds of home improvement products from kitchen sinks to outdoor ranges. Make sure you chat with their on-site designers as well! AtlantaNoland.com “Great showroom and reps! We love Noland!” - MTI Baths

Nicole Cosentino, Berry Design Build, Best Design Build Firm

Jose Arvelo, Jose’s Painting & Remodeling, Best Painter

Best Design Build Firm Berry Design & Build

Berry does it all: design-build, real estate and even rental property management. Founded three generations ago by Frank C. Berry, this Atlanta family business is still going strong! BerryRealtyCo.com “What a great company to work with. Their attention to detail is second to none.” –Gary S.

Best Painter

Jose’s Painting & Remodeling

Located in Marietta, Jose’s Painting & Remodeling works all over the metro Atlanta area and provides free quotes. Check out his website for great design inspiration and color selection tips! JosesPainting.com

Best Home Theater/ Automation

Best Place to Shop for Flooring

Sunbelt Technology

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Sunbelt Technology is a high end provider of home theater, house audio, security and whole-home automation systems. Their primary focus is to ensure the best quality of new home technology in consumers’ homes! SunbeltTechnology.com

Jacki Phillips, Noland Atlanta Bath & Idea Center, Best Kitchen and Bath Showroom

Enhance Floors & More has been helping consumers create beautiful rooms for over 35 years! Their 3,000-square-foot showroom in Marietta is filled with samples, many installed products, and the newest decorating ideas. EnhanceFloors.com “Enhance did a wonderful job on our floors. They were on time, careful with the material and trim, and cleaned up after themselves. True craftsmen.” - Linda C.

These fan faves also received lots of votes: Best Kitchen and Bath Showroom: Sub-Zero Wolf Plumbing Distributors, Inc. (PDI) Photo courtesy of Sunbelt Technology

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members of the Atlanta housing industry and its affiliated associations. Thanks to PMC Building Materials, we are offering complimentary admission on Friday, Sept. 11th to all home related trades professionals. Your business card is your ticket! Reliable Heating & Air Home Show Stage Back by popular demand, John Gidding headlines the Reliable Heating & Air Home Show Stage! Local and national experts, including Walter Reeves, Joe Washington, Dave Baker and more, will bring their knowledge and wit to the Josh Thomas Photography main stage. These presentations are designed to be fun, interactive, and educational!

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BEST APPLIANCE SHOPPING

Custom Installation | Offering Atlanta the Best Quality Appliances for 53 years

5100 Highway 78 | Stone Mountain, GA 30087 | (770) 979-1077 | www.bobbaileys.com

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BEST FLOORING REFINISHING SERVICE

For over 25 years, we have been providing award winning hardwood flooring installation, dustless sanding, refinishing and repair, polishing, and wrought iron railing installation services to residential and business clients in greater Atlanta. LIFETIME WARRANTY ON ALL OUR WORK

770-318-8880

Visit our site to see photos of our gorgeous work and all our awards.

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GEORGIA’S LARGEST FENCE COMPANY

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BEST FENCE/GATE COMPANY

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BEST POOL INSTALLER

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BEST OF 2015 CONTEST WINNERS Best Remodeler: Bathroom Change Your Bathroom, Inc.

Change Your Bathroom strives to provide the best bathroom remodeling experience. They call their service “seamless”, they offer a lifetime warranty and if there are any problems they’ll come back and fix it for free! ChangeYourBathroom.com

Best Place to Shop for Tile

LanierLand Tile & Marble LanierLand Tile & Marble has been providing high quality ceramic tile and stone materials and services residentially and commercially to the North Georgia area since 1989. They are proud to provide a “momand-pop experience with big box pricing.” LanierLandTile.com

Best Remodeler: Historical Preservation Round Here Renovations, LLC

Founded in 2007, Round Here Renovations, LLC is a licensed and insured residential contracting business servicing vibrant and historic neighborhoods like Virginia-Highland, Chastain Park, Grant Park, Inman Park, East Atlanta Village, just to name a few! RoundHereRenovations.com

Best Remodeler: Intown Atlanta

Best Remodeler: Kitchen

Infinite Home, LLC.

Small Carpenters at Large Founded in 1980, Small Carpenters at Large, Inc. is committed to excellent craftsmanship and superior customer service, performing a full range of major residential projects, as well as minor repairs and small specialty jobs. SmallCarpenters. com

Michelle Fee, Change Your Bathroom, Best Remodeler: Bathroom

Best Remodeler: Basement

Since 1998, Infinite Home, LLC, has been helping their clients renovate, restore, repair and build beautiful homes across Atlanta. InfiniteHomeLLC.com “This company and its people... care about people and providing value.” - Jessica D.

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Best Remodeler: Other Additions Harbour Towne Construction

Harbour Towne has successfully completed over 300 extensive remodeling projects including additions,kitchens, baths, whole house remodels and more in the past 15 years alone! HarbourTowne.net

Best Remodeler: Modern

Handcrafted Homes, Inc.

Handcrafted Homes, Inc. was founded in Atlanta in 1976 to provide custom home design, construction and remodeling services to homeowners throughout metro Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains. HandcraftedHomes-Inc.com ”Excellent Company!” - Sherwin F.

Green House Renovation

For over 35 years, Green House Renovation has been committed to achieving the best results possible for any of your remodeling projects. They are licensed, insured and work in just about every intown neighborhood. GreenhouseRenovation.com AtlantaHomeImprovement.com

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We are unrivaled in options available to customize your Underdeck outdoor living space.

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open and airy” were the words they used to describe the overall feeling they desired in their new kitchen. Any challenges or limitations? The oak flooring had been recently refinished, which eliminated the ability to change the footprint of the kitchen. As a design professional, what were your top 2-3 design goals? Rustic alder was used strategically and the “light, open and airy” feeling was achieved with the soft white painted and glazed cabinets, along with the cream-colored quartz counter tops. Additional detail was provided with inset cabinet construction, staggered cabinet depths and heights and in the crown and light rail moldings.

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What makes this kitchen unique? Measuring approximately 350 square feet, this project is a success because it functions even when used by multiple chefs. Yet it still has a restful and inviting ambiance for dayto-day living. The uncommon design theme is clearly expressed without looking heavy or oppressive. Photos courtesy of DCD Kitchen & Bath Design Studio. Photography by Gregg Willett Photography

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Windows and Doors What A Difference a Pane Makes! Expensive new paint jobs. Costly siding. Covered porches, custom walkways, new roofing. All of these updates can amp up your curb appeal – but all of them can also cost a pretty penny. If you’re looking to update your exterior style, look no further than your windows and doors. You’d be surprised how much this very affordable ‘facelift’ can change the entire look of your home! Here are some great examples...

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Look at this amazing transformation! While other aspects were also altered, the new windows really modernize the look of the home and improve the view from the inside as well.

The older window grid like pattern did nothing to enhance the charm of this pretty home.

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It’s easy to give the architectural changes “all the credit” in this transformation. But note the pop of color in the new door and how much more modern the windows are now! Even those relatively small updates can make a huge difference.

AFTER Architecture: French Arcadia - Traditional Material: Hand-forged wrought iron / steel Series: Clark Hall Iron Doors – Divide Lite Design

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Sometimes there are more important priorities than cosmetics. Sure, these new windows are pretty, but the real benefit is the energy efficiency! Photos courtesy of JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

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The old windows on this farmhouse were so poorly insulated that heating bills were in the thousands some months. The new vinyl insulated windows reduced their home heating oil consumption by half!

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This before shows what an eyesore the closed-in porch and old windows were. With some simple planning and reframing, three equal-sized, double hung windows were installed, vastly improving the home’s curb appeal.

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How Well Do You Know Your Pool? Misconceptions, Myths and Mix-ups It’s blue. It’s sparkly. It’s pretty and oh-so-wonderful on a hot summer’s day. But really…what else do you know about your pool? Or rather – what do you think you know? We turned to some of Atlanta’s top pool experts to find out what most Atlanta homeowners have got completely wrong when it comes to maintaining and choosing a pool. Here’s what they told us:

Salt vs. Chlorine One of the common misconceptions regarding salt systems is that people think they are an alternative to chlorine —when, in fact, they are used to produce chlorine. I think some of this misconception is attributed to the fact that salt systems help to reduce or eliminate some of the undesirable effects associated with traditional chlorine pools, such as dry skin, dry hair and burning eyes. Even if homeowners realize that salt systems produce their own chlorine, they then incorrectly assume that using salt water systems eliminates the need for regular water testing. Not true! Improper water chemistry can present problems regardless of what type of sanitization is used. You must test your salt systems as regularly as you would a traditional chlorine pool!

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Clear Enough? There are many common misconceptions that pool owners have. One is if the pool is clear, all is well. Wrong. A clear pool does not necessarily mean a “balanced” pool. Another common mistake is the notion that a clear pool does not need shock. It definitely does. Shocking, or “oxidizing,” helps remove chloramines, or bacteria attached to chlorine, which is an irritant and must be oxidized weekly in warm water. Hard chlorine and granular chlorine perform completely different functions. Hard chlorine is a sanitizer and granular chlorine is an oxidizer. Homeowners also incorrectly think that a hard shock will clear an algae bloom overnight. The shock will need an algaecide added to the water in conjunction to kill the algae, then the pump and filter will help clear the water of the dead algae. This all will happen over a matter of days, depending upon the severity of the algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Mark Spiezio, photography by Atlas Pools

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gardeninspiration Planter’s Delight This month’s featured project is precise, pretty and practical. The landscape at this residence is simple, clean-lined and mainly evergreen. The container plantings were added to accent the landscape, add seasonal color and interest and highlight areas of interest throughout the property. From the looks of these beautiful photos, we think they succeeded!

A rear column plinth container planted with a textural succulent planting for unique interest along a garden path.

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ThePayoff – Real Estate ROI Don’t Forget the “Pre”s! Pre-listing Inspections and Appraisals are Crucial to Selling Your Home Congratulations! You’ve decided you are going to sell your home! The prospect of selling your existing home and moving into a new one can be very exciting. The first important decision every seller makes is at what price to list their current home. How will you know if your house is priced right? Pricing your home too low could result in losing many thousands of dollars. Pricing your home too high could result in a house that remains on the market for weeks and/or months. Sellers now understand the importance of curb appeal, decluttering and staging for a home to show well. But all the right staging and decluttering can’t overcompensate for house that

A pre-listing inspection is a great way to show potential buyers how serious you are about selling your home

isn’t priced correctly to sell in any market. Gone are the days of “testing the market” with a high sales price or “leaving room for negotiation.” Today’s buyers are impatient with those games and are too savvy, thanks to information that is available over the Internet.  So pricing a home fairly, straight out of the gate, is key. If comparables are available, realtors often look to those to guide listing prices. But if no comparables exist, another great alternative is for the seller to conduct a pre-listing appraisal.  Having a non-biased opinion from someone who looks at your property objectively is invaluable. Another benefit of

has been done. I’ve even had clients provide receipts, which also impresses buyers. There are several benefits of having a pre-listing inspection: • It provides sellers a view of what needs to be fixed. Many sellers underestimate the amount of repairs required to get their house into “sellable” condition. • It prepares buyers and prevents any nasty surprises rearing their heads later, when an offer is made. • It is a great way to show potential buyers how serious

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Take these steps ahead of time, and hopefully reaching the closing table will be a little less stressful for everyone. Especially you!

price, another commonly asked question I receive from potential clients centers on what repairs should be made to the house prior to putting it on the market. To determine these, I recommend my clients have a pre-listing inspection done by a reputable home inspector. Once the inspection is complete, take the time to hire a qualified, licensed and

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diybloggersbeat Pretty DIY Headboard We’re always looking for fantastic DIY projects to fill our DIY Blogger Beat pages. So when we found the “Craft Box Girls,” we felt like we hit paydirt. The Craft Box Girls are a group of bloggers who post about DIY, fashion, weddings and more. This pretty DIY headboard is just one of the many fantastic projects they feature!

Steps 7

1

On your 60" x 32" (for a queen size) piece of plywood, draw out the shape you want. Use a jigsaw to cut the curved corners.

2 3

Lay out the 2” thick foam on the cut wood board and trace the curved corner with marker. Use a knife or scissors to cut your

shape. Spray the wood with the permanent glue spray and lay the foam on it accordingly. Drape the batting over the foam and start

STEP 3

to wrap the headboard like a present. Start

AFTER

with the sides and firmly pull and staple the

batting to the back of the board. Securely attach – but don’t tear – the batting to the board. Trim excess

SUPPLIES:

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❏ Batting (1.5 yards –

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❏ Fabric (2 yards – 54" wide)

❏ Nailhead trim (5 yards)

❏ 2" thick foam ❏ Hardware – screws

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❏ Power drill ❏ Permanent glue spray ❏ Hammer

batting and edges.

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Now wrap and secure the fabric to the board as well. Staple one side of the fabric and then staple the opposite end. Pull tight when

securing the ends of the fabric. Trim excess fabric from the back of the board. Measure and draw a line about two inches in from the edge to ensure you are securing the nailhead trim on in a straight line. Carefully

line up and hammer in the nail head trim. Wrap the legs entirely with batting and fabric. Measure from the floor to the top of your bed/mattress, so you can determine

where to secure the legs and still have the headboard positioned above the mattress.

Handbag designer. Animal lover. Travel junkie. Crafter. DIYer. When Laura Carrozza Moore is not working on a new handbag for her company, Jersey Peach Designs, she is usually trying to master a new DIY project for Craft Box Girls. Fun fact: Laura was named after Laura Spencer from General Hospital. CraftBoxGirls.com

Using a power drill and screws, secure the legs to the back of the headboard. Once your legs are attached, you are ready to set up

your headboard. You can attach the headboard to the bottom of the bed frame as well, using bolts, washers and nuts.

Photo courtesy of Craft Box Girls, photography by Enrique Samson

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