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Photos courtesy of (left and right) Pedini of Atlanta LLC [Transitional kitchen, Cabinets: Laquered Wood, Textured Finish, Countertop: Concrete] and Renewal Design-Build

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Special Section: Cabinets and Countertops

Expert advice on choosing the right storage and surfaces for your home

Photos courtesy of (top to bottom ) Keiffer Phillips-Patricia Brown Builders and Sherwin-Williams

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Look Up!

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Best Facade Forward

Ceilings provide an overhead canvas of design possibilities

Improve your home’s curb appeal and turn a first impression into a lasting one

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ON THE COVER: This Buckhead kitchen features flush inset Shaker-style bottom cabinets, eight upper cabinets with glass doors, and a contrasting island with a thick marble-slab countertop. Photo by Michael McKelvey, courtesy of Woodworks Design

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Makeover of the Month p. 70

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in every issue 12 Editor’s Letter 15 Home Front

Expert tips, news and events from Atlanta’s home improvement community

50 Garden Planner September’s to-do list

52 Notes from Bob & RodMan Tips for creating a man cave

55 CAHP Talk

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publisher’sletter 12 Years and Growing I can’t believe it has been 12 years since we launched Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. Our intention then

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Make your home beautiful inside and out

editor’sletter Back to Basics

Some of the most basic improvements can make the biggest difference in your home. There’s no better way to kick off the fall season than to install a new front door, upgrade your cabinets and countertops or try a decorative ceiling treatment in

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your living room or bedroom—just a few of the ideas included in this issue. Just think, if you start now, you could have many of the projects on your wish list checked off by the holidays.

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Likewise, boosting your home’s curb appeal can go a long way in making sure your guests feel welcome. Simply fixing up cracks in the driveway, replacing your shutters or an old front door or adding some fall color can make a big impact. Get more ideas on page 44. Ever heard of the “fifth wall”? That’s what many designers call ceilings. The options are just as endless for ceilings as any other wall. Find out how to choose ceiling treatments to coordinate or contrast with the rest of the walls in the room in our feature this month on page 38. Things will be looking up in no time.

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

The Shops at Miami Circle Market Center in Buckhead have seen a number of new businesses opening since the spring, offering new options for homeowners and trade professionals looking for local design resources. “We are thrilled,” says Anne Demers, marketing director for Specialty Tile Products, Photo courtesy of Specialty Tile Products www.specialtytile.com, a tile distributor with five locations in Georgia and Florida. “Miami Circle has been treading water for a while, and it’s great that the street and Buckhead in general is getting an influx of business and development. We are busier than ever.”Although it has been a tenant in The Circle for more than 10 years, Specialty Tile Products recently moved to a bigger showroom at 721 Miami Circle, Suite 107. Nearby is the new ProBuild Buckhead Window and Door Showroom and Design Center for professional builders and contractors at 721 Miami Circle, Suite 105. Rounding out the new additions are The Mission Motif, offering Craftsman-style home furnishings, at 747-A Miami Circle NE; Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery an 8,000 square-foot full-service auction gallery at 715 Miami Circle, Suite 210; and Sawhorse, Inc., a remodeling firm, at 800 Miami Circle NE, Suite 220A. Stone Solutions of Atlanta, a custom countertop installation company specializing in high-end natural stone, also has plans to open on Miami Circle. All the new shops plus monthly art strolls and events have created a sense of excitement. “The new shops are great additions to The Circle and in keeping with how we hope The Circle will continue to grow,” says John Tribble, of J. Tribble Collection, www.jtribble.com, and the Miami Circle Merchants Association. “The more design-related businesses the better!” The Shops at Miami Circle Market Center include more than 60 showrooms that are open to the public and to the trade. For more information, visit www.miamicircleshops.com.

IKEA Awards $10,000 in Furnishings and Services to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition IKEA has awarded the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) $10,000 worth of furnishings, services, design expertise and manpower to remodel its new office in Cabbagetown. The ABC was selected by IKEA coworkers to compete with other organizations in the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Contest because it educates Atlantans on the benefits of bicycling and how it impacts public health, cleaner air and traffic congestion. Consumers voted for the projects, and the ABC won. “Being chosen by IKEA for this project is a great demonstration of Atlanta’s business community supporting a bike-friendly city,” says Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. For more information, visit

Expert Q&A

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It’s a defined area for a specific

purpose that provides a connection from your house to nature. You can have multiple outdoor rooms within a single yard. A good design provides peek-through views, privacy and shelter. An outdoor room has a floor, four sides and a ceiling. A ceiling can consist of tree limbs, an arbor or even a gazebo. The floor surface can be turf, gravel, stone, brick pavers, wood or something else. You can define the sides by using a fence, a trellis, a series of masonry walls, an outdoor fireplace or plants.

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homefront Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio Hires Blumencranz as New Designer

Fourth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes Returns Oct. 19 NARI Atlanta, www.nariatlanta.org, the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, will present its Fourth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A selection of metro Atlanta homes transformed by NARI members will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on hand to discuss each project and answer questions. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Georgia Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The tour is self-guided and will be held Photos courtesy of from top Distinctive Remodeling Solutions, Bires rain or shine. Tickets are $10 in advance Remodeling and Neighbors Home Services and $15 the day of the tour and are available at www.atlantaremodelingtour.com along with a downloadable map showing each home location. “Every year the tour has grown in popularity as we showcase the beautiful and creative home expansions, renovations, kitchens, master suites, outdoor living spaces, green improvements and more created by local remodelers, builders and designers,” says Mark Buelow, president of Distinctive Remodeling Solutions, www.distinctiveremodeling.net., and chairman of the NARI Tour committee. “It is also extremely gratifying to partner with MDA and donate a portion of the proceeds to them.” The 2013 NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes is sponsored by Home Depot, www.homedepot.com., Atlanta Home Improvement magazine, www.atlantahomeimprovement.com, Oldcastle Surfaces, www.oldcastlesurfaces. com, and the Atlanta Home Show, www.atlantahomeshow.com. A tour guide featuring maps, house locations and more will be published in the October 2013 issue of Atlanta Home Improvement and distributed at the 30th Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show, Oct. 4-6 at the Cobb Galleria and tour stops. For more information, visit www.atlantaremodelingtour.com. 16

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Debbie L. Blumencranz, a certified kitchen and bath designer (CKD) and an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is the newest designer at Atlanta’s Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio. Prior to returning to Atlanta, where she began her career after graduating from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Blumencranz spent seven years in New England, where she ran her own firm and worked for Christopher Peacock and Smallwood of Devizes in New York City. Blumencranz has been involved in designing and building private estates and residences throughout the U.S. and the world and enjoys assisting with selecting finishing materials that capture the personas and complement the lifestyles of her clients. “I pride myself on my attention to detail, my ability to truly listen to my clients and making sure that they enjoy the process,” says Blumencranz. For more information, visit www.designgalleria.net. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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homefront Lisa Lamb Launches New Design Firm in Atlanta Interior designer Lisa Lamb has launched Lisa Lamb Interiors in Atlanta. The new design firm offers a range of services from a flat-rate “design in a box” completed entirely via email to total renovations with personalized service from consultation Photo courtesy of M. Blake Carron to completion. Lamb is an accredited member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and earned a business degree from Southern Methodist University and an interior design degree from the Institute of Art in Chicago. “I am thrilled to launch Lisa Lamb Interiors,” says Lamb. “The Atlanta community inspires me daily, and my goal is to bring my clients classic timelessness and refined style. I am passionate about my relationships with clients, which I build on trust, integrity and a desire to achieve a design that is uniquely theirs.” For more information, visit www.lisalambinteriors.com.

Local Remodeler Becomes Universal Design Certified Professional Randy Urquhart, vice president of Handcrafted Homes Inc., recently became a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), a certification earned through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). A Universal Design Certified Professional handles renovations that make the home livable for those who need to be able to move around the house more freely, without barriers and without creating an “institutional” look. Families who have members with special needs also benefit from the expertise of a UDCP. “As baby boomers are continuing to get older, we thought it would be advantageous for us to offer universal design,” Urquhart says. “Many people don’t know what to ask as they go about making changes to their homes, so we always try to be chock full of information.” In addition to holding UDCP certification, Urquhart is certified as an EarthCraft Remodeler and is a member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, NARI and the Better Business Bureau. He also is an EPA Lead Renovator. Visit www.handcraftedhomesinc.com for more information. Editorial Resources begin on page 67.

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Decisions, decisions When building a new kitchen from scratch, do you start with choosing the cabinets or the countertops? Either, says Sarah Anderson from wood-countertop manufacturer Craft Art, www.craft-art.com. “Pick your countertops either last or first; they aren’t a middle-ofthe-road design choice,” she says. “They are the most prominent visual element—next to cabinets, of course.” Still not sure where to start? “My advice to homeowners always starts with a question: Do you want stained or painted cabinets?” says Angelique Baez of Construction Resources/

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the complementing element is just that—complementary. Anderson advises getting countertops that are in contrasting tones to their cabinets: “Dark top, light base. Light top, dark base,” she says. “And when you don’t try to get an exact match with your cabinets (and typically miss the exact match), you will get a complementary look that says, ‘I wake up looking this good.’”

Cabinet considerations Cabinets are perhaps a more permanent choice than countertops. It is more common to install new countertops on old cabinets than vice versa, so quality is a big factor in your cabinet choice. “Plywood construction is a good choice for durability,” says John Winfree of Diversified Cabinet Distributors, www.dcdcabinets. com. He adds, “Solid-wood face frames and finishes that are warrantied by the manufacturer are good indicators of the kind of quality construction that will stand up to regular use.” A modified Shaker style is the most popular wood-cabinet design among Atlanta-area homeowners, says Michael McKelvey of Woodworks Design, www.woodworks-design.com. “We are seeing a lot of kitchens specified in a modified Shaker style with oversized rails and stiles (three inches RAILS AND STILES ARE THE “FRAME” ON THE FRONT OF A DOOR PANEL. RAILS ARE THE HORIZONTAL (TOP AND BOTTOM) PIECES OF THE FRAME, AND THE STILES ARE THE VERTICAL

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than other stains,” Winfree says. “Look for KCMA certification to demonstrate that the finishes have been tested for resistance to various common substances.” For a more modern look with builtin durability, lacquer cabinetry is a great choice. “A good-quality lacquer is great at resisting stains, is very hard so it holds up extremely well and offers a smooth finish that’s easy to clean since there are no crevices for things to get lodged,” says Lee Bryan, coowner of Pedini of Atlanta LLC, www.pediniatlanta.com.

Topping it off Every expert has a preference when it comes to countertop material. The truth is, there is no universally perfect material; there is only a perfect-for-you countertop. Here, we’ve outlined three of today’s top materials: stone, quartz and wood.

Stone Stone countertops are likely the most well-known and revered countertop material in America today. “Natural stone (granite, marble, soapstone, etc.) has been used for centuries as a surfacing material,” says Mark Meriaux with VT Stone Surfaces, www. vtstonesurfaces.com. “It has been and always will be timeless. Everything around may change, but stone will still be here.”

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Baez points specifically to imported Italian marble, noting its historic, centuries-old purpose as a countertop material. “Marble is the stone of choice for the growing number of white and light gray/ taupe kitchens being built in the Atlanta market,” she says. “Carrara has a warm white and gray color MODERN KITCHEN CABINETS: MAN-MADE PRODUCT THAT LOOKS LIKE WOOD COUNTERTOP: QUARTZ

palette with soft veining. It’s ideal for its classic appeal, and Calacatta is another very popular choice.” Despite widespread popularity, stone countertops can require regular maintenance. “Granite countertops are stain-resistant if a good-quality sealer is applied,” says Debra Bobo of CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio, www.csikitchenandbath. com. “Marble is a softer material and must be sealed; greater care should be taken to wipe up spills— especially acids like citrus juices, tomato juice or wine—immediately.”

Quartz With an aesthetic similar to granite, quartz countertops have become a choice rising in popularity over the last decade. For most quartz-countertop offerings, the material is made of quartz, a natural mineral, which is engineered for improved durability and ease of maintenance. “Quartz countertops are nonporous, therefore inherently stainresistant and require no sealing or additional maintenance to keep them looking as great as the day they were installed,” Meriaux says.

Wood For many Atlantans, the natural look of wood is preferable among countertop choices, giving the kitchen a warmer look than stone or quartz. “Wood just gets better and better as it ages,” says Joshua Johnson, president of J. Aaron LLC, www.atlantahomeimprovement.com Photo courtesy of Pedini of Atlanta LLC

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www.jaaronwoodcountertops. com. “It’s a natural product and will never go out of style.” Though it may have a timeless aesthetic, in order to make a wood countertop last, you must choose a good finishing product. Johnson recommends a marine varnish sealer, which is 100 percent water- and stainproof and soaks deeply into the wood fiber, then hardens to create an extremely durable finish that only needs to be applied once. Anderson says that Craft Art wood countertops are treated with a Waterlox tung oil finish, which also penetrates and fills the wood pores, making the surface extremely resistant to food, drinks and heavy daily use. “Water and other materials just bead up on the surface,” she says, adding, “This isn’t your grandmother’s butcher block!” Wood countertops are sensitive to chemicals, however, so a simple soap-and-water wash is all that’s needed for cleaning. COTTAGE STYL E KITCHEN CABINETS: HA WTHORNE MAPLE PAINTE D, FULL OVERLAY SHAK ER STYLE COUNTERTOP : RADIANZ EVEREST WHITE QUARTZ

If damage does occur, “you can sand out any problems you have,” Baez says. For maximum durability, choose a countertop made of domestic wood. “They are already acclimated to this environment,” Baex says, noting that Craft Art’s domestically farmed black walnut is its most popular material for 2013 and also happens to be one of the most durable choices. And to go the extra distance in terms of durability, choose a countertop with a distressed finish, so any new scratches don’t stand out.

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When it comes to decorating your home, be sure you’re not neglecting the space above it all. Some interior designers and home builders believe a home is in a “state of undress” if the ceilings aren’t making a subtle, bold, dramatic or creative statement. “Ceilings can bring a uniqueness to a home,” says Marty Weck, owner of Weck Design LLC in Flowery Branch, www.facebook.com/ weckdesign. That distinctiveness can manifest itself through color, artwork, wall coverings, medallions, bead board, trusses, wood structures, texture and other endless possibilities. According to Daniel Dionne, owner of Daniel Dionne Designs LLC in Decatur, www.danieldionnedesigns.com, there tends to be more focus lately on ceilings. “Builders and consumers alike have become very style savvy these days, so the increased attention to [ceilings], and the addition of architectural details like elaborate moldings and coffered ceilings, have become a benchmark for quality. It makes sense to draw attention to these features and maximize their design impact.” Jennifer Reynolds, owner of Jennifer Reynolds Interiors in Atlanta, www.jenniferreynoldsinteriors.com, agrees. She adds that she is noticing more coffered ceilings, beautiful beam work and custom millwork detail overhead. “Lately I’m seeing a lot of intricate plaster molded elements. I’ve even seen a Greek key trim feature and an emerald green faux leather treatment. In my opinion, a treated ceiling creates that wow factor—that extra layer of detail that a lot of homes just don’t have.” 38

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Add the unexpected

Dionne points out that many builders and decorators focus on common areas, such as living and dining rooms and foyers and family rooms, when enhancing their ceilings. Project Shimmer, as Dionne affectionately calls one of his dining room decorating undertakings, involved putting a metal flake metallic wall covering on the ceiling. He also added three ceiling medallions across the length of the room, hanging two chandeliers with swags connecting to the center medallion to create a dramatic effect. “The lighting reflecting off of the metallic ceiling creates the softest shimmer of light you can imagine,” he says. “It is glamorous.” Dionne points out that homeowners and decorators need to realize that the placement of overhead and sconce lighting dramatically affects the color and textures of the rooms’ walls and ceilings. “Many master bedrooms have tray ceilings,” says Dionne. “Their depth and multiple layers are fun to play with and easy to enrich with paint, wall coverings, recessed lighting, stencils or murals. Master suites can be great places to enhance architectural features and lighting.” Weck agrees, saying that lighting can be a revealing addition to a ceiling. He took the lighting a step further by adding recessed LED lighting that changes colors to one of his master bedroom tray ceiling projects. “It gives that room a uniquely lit ambience.”

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Patricia L. Brown of Keiffer Phillips-Patricia Brown Builders Inc. in Atlanta, www.keifferphillips. com, talks about one of their most unusual projects. “We created a domed tray above a client’s bed that was inset by hand with optic fibers. The dome was painted to look like the sky, and the owner had the lights configured to display his favorite constellations.” Now, that is an over-the-top project—literally. Medallions and artwork can add a decorative and unexpected touch overhead, says Ann Wisniewski, CEO of AJW Designs Inc. in Atlanta and Roswell, www.ajwdesignsinc.com. Is there a rule for using medallions? “If you have 40

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elaborate molding in the rest of the room, the ceiling calls for a medallion,” Dionne says. “That’s the decorating rule according to Dan.” Ceilings can be funky or formal. Consider hiring a decorative artist to add a creative mural or imaginative touch to one of your rooms. Don’t be afraid to use new or unusual materials such as three-dimensional embossed wall coverings, tin tiles, beams, bead board or faux finishes. Reynolds says she recently installed an antique mirrored ceiling in a powder room that made that room look, in her words, “fabulous.”

Staying under budget

Dionne notes that even homeowners with a limited budget can use crown molding and paint to give a room an updated decorator look. “The most affordable way to enhance your ceiling is to add some color.” He suggests painting the ceiling a shade or two lighter or darker than the walls to add unity and a sense of warmth. Is there a rule on ceiling height and whether to use lighter or darker colors? “It depends on the decorator you ask,” says Dionne. “In my opinion, there is no rule. Just like everything else in design; it is very subjective.” Reynolds adds that paint can be used on ceilings in so many ways from stripes to patterns. “Adding a thin line following the ceiling’s perimeter is a nice touch. The sky is the limit with paint.”

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Although attention to ceilings is usually in the common areas of the home, teens and children love having artsy and funky touches on their walls and ceilings as well. They often delight in choosing their colors and themes. Marty Mason, owner of Marty Mason Collected Home and Savvy Snoot in Atlanta, www.mmcollectedhome.com, says he recently stenciled metallic stars on a teen’s purple ceiling. Bright pops of color, solar systems and geometric www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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Count the Ways Perhaps it’s time to train your gaze upward when you enter homes and even businesses. What you see overhead may intrigue and inspire you to make some changes. Here are just a few of the neat things you can do to transform your ceiling: Paint. Nothing is less expensive and more easily changed than paint. Paint can be matte, shiny, flat, glazed, bold and bright, or subtle and serene. Wall coverings aren’t just for walls anymore. Try metallic, embossed, textured and patterned wall coverings overhead. Coffered ceilings make a dimensional statement. These are boxed beams dividing the ceiling into a grid with flat panels between them. These grids can be square or rectangle depending on the room. Medallions can highlight a room’s ornate or ordinary light fixture. Stacking medallions can create a dimensional effect. Bead board can add cottage charm to bedroom, kitchen or porch ceilings. Rustic, steel or wooden exposed beams add character to ceilings. Wide or stacked crown moldings add detail overhead. Add a tray ceiling and accent the trays with paint or lighting. Add an artsy touch with murals, stencils or faux finishes. Source: Daniel Dionne, Owner, Daniel Dionne Designs LLC, www.danieldionnedesigns.com.

The skylight in this stained cypress tongue and groove ceiling bathes the area in a soft natural light by day and moonlight by night.

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wall coverings are popular above the heads of young people, according to principal designer Joann Kandrac of Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs Inc. in Kennesaw, www.kandrac-kole.com. Murals on the wall or ceiling can create what Dionne calls trompe-l’œil or “trick of the eye.” Kids love it!

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As with any remodeling or decorating project, Mason points out, you may want to keep your ideas clean and simple if you are planning to sell your home in the near future. While architectural interest and inventive decorating can add value to your home, you should remember that value is perceived in different ways, Dionne says. “Although an innovative ceiling treatment may be appealing to the homeowner, that doesn’t mean that other people will like it or even understand it,” he says. Also, if you are contemplating a major ceiling project, be aware that it could be expensive. According to Kandrac, the structure of ceilings and their adornments can be labor intensive, and some materials and treatments can be quite pricey. When making a change overhead, the options for ceiling treatments are virtually unlimited. Do your homework, gather ideas and prices and bring a new look to your living space. The sky’s the limit.

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Present your best side There are many choices to change or improve your home’s exterior, from repainting the existing siding to stripping the exterior and starting over with new materials. Brick, stone, stucco, fiber cement siding and vinyl siding are common materials found on Atlanta’s houses. “Today’s options in home exteriors include cladding and masonry veneers that are beautiful to look at as well as functional in terms of installation and responsible building, from energy efficiency to moisture management,” says Ken O’Neill, senior vice president of marketing for Belgard Hardscapes in Atlanta, www.belgard.biz. In addition, homeowners will find even more options within each category of material. “For example, there are numerous options for style and color of brick, but a popular choice today is to paint the brick,” says Roone R. Unger, president of Exovations in Cumming, www.exovations.com. “Stone offers many different sizes, colors and patterns. Both fiber cement siding and vinyl siding are available in different lap exposures as well as shake and board-andbatten styles.” To expand style options, PJ Haberstock, residential sales manager with Boral Building Products in Atlanta, www. boralbricks.com, says he’s starting to see a trend of multiple products used on the home exterior, with as many as three or four different ones being used together. 44

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Home Life, at the Push of a Button Incorporating technology into your home BY MORGAN ZENNER, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR, NARI

entertainment State-of-the-art entertainment systems are becoming more widespread in the residential marketplace. Some of the most popular options include movie theaters, video-game stations and audio systems that run throughout the house.

Remodeling is not just about the design and construction of spaces anymore. As technology becomes an integral part of our lives, it has also found a place in our homes. Whether it Photo courtesy of iHome, www.ihomeaudio.com is home automation or entertainment systems, the perfect time to integrate technologies into the home is during a remodel. Here is a look at some of the latest home technologies and the benefits of having them in your home. Home automation Home automation is a system that allows you to control multiple components from a single source, most commonly a keypad or a touch screen. Many elements of your home can be controlled from this device, including lighting, audio, heating and air conditioning, security, fireplaces, water sprinklers, hot tubs, fans and motorized window treatments. And even more advanced is the technology that allows you to control your home remotely, via the Internet. Many may ask themselves whether this is necessary, but there are a lot of benefits to home automation, such as: •Automated lighting systems allow homeowners, who are traveling or at work, to turn lights on and off to give the home a lived-in look while they are away (increasing their home’s security). Lighting scenes are also a convenient way to quickly adjust lighting for any activity taking place in the home at the touch of a button. • More sophisticated systems allow remote control of the home, so when homeowners are on vacation, they can turn the heat or air conditioning on or off in their home. • Cameras provide extra security inside and outside of the home. Those who travel often or have someone in the home who must be monitored (like an aging parent) find comfort in this feature. • Have you ever locked yourself out of your own home? Automation systems can be programmed to lock or unlock doors from any computer, iPhone or Android device. • Automated controls on thermostats and lighting are beneficial to reducing energy use. Get help from the experts Technology is a cutting-edge industry that is constantly evolving. So when it comes to choosing the right technologies to fit your needs and lifestyle, you should consult a technology expert. These experts are not only aware of what is available, but also how the various systems function and how likely it is that the system will work with future systems. Technology experts can help you choose the system that is best for the long term. Technology experts are also masters in disguising the systems so that homes don’t have wires and switches everywhere. Professionals provide customized cabinetry or hidden electronic closets to store the processors, yet make them accessible when needed. 56

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Here’s a look at the latest entertainment technologies:

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heavily on the homeowner’s lifestyle and interior design taste. For many homeowners, carpeting has become a thing of the past, with wood flooring surpassing it in popularity nowadays. Wood flooring requires less care and is a better choice for people with allergies.

the floors when moved around.

However, choosing to go with wood floors doesn’t mean the decision-making process is over. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind for your wood floors. Wood goes retro Floor trends have evolved to mimic the antique look Photo courtesy of Armstrong, www.armstrong.com popularized by home furniture trends. To get that antiqued look, homeowners are buying either new distressedwood flooring that is made to look older or—better yet—reclaimed woods, made of timber salvaged from old barns or wine barrels, a product that is in high demand. Make no mistake, reclaimed woods are not unfinished; they are put through the same reshaping, staining and finishing processes that new woods go through, only the surface shows years of imperfections, which is what gives these woods character. Stain your way Staining woods has been popular for years and remains so; however, new staining trends make the wood type virtually unrecognizable. For example, black and white stains can mask the wood’s origins completely. Most of the staining these days is customized, with strategically placed fading throughout each wood piece. A creative design trend is in multi-dimensional stains from light to dark. The mixture of light and dark flooring accentuates light or dark cabinetry in a kitchen. Widen that plank Another wood-flooring trend has to do with the width of the floorboards. More people are requesting wide-plank wood flooring, which complements the antique look of distressed or reclaimed flooring well. Flooring trendsetters are also mixing widths—for example, their flooring varies between 4-, 5- and 6-inch widths. For even more texture, boards can be offset at both different widths and stains. Pattern to flatter Patterns are becoming a way to make a statement with your floor. Planks are not all being laid parallel in one direction, and homeowners are including borders around rooms or around a specific piece of furniture, like a kitchen island. There are also multi-directional flooring options that can be zig-zagged (inward or outward) or diamond-patterned to give the room a stylish effect. Some opt for total customization, like a circular or rectangular pattern in the middle of the space created as a focal point of the room. 58

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Do: Vacuum or sweep wood floors often. removes dirt particles that can damage

Do: Clean floors with the manufacturerrecommended product. Many products claim to be safe on wood flooring but are not. Finishes can vary, along with the type of products to use.

Don’t: Clean floors with a water-based wet mop. Even spills should be cleaned as quickly as possible to avoid water damage.

Do: Use protectors on furniture. You may think that the furniture has built-in protection and not realize there is damage until years later.

Don’t: Use a plastic-based rug backing, which has chemicals that damage wood over time. Rugs with natural backings are safe on wood.

Don’t: Use a vacuum with a beater bar to clean wood floors.

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Miami Circle Market Center Welcomes Six New Shops

The Shops at Miami Circle Market Center in Buckhead have seen a number of new businesses opening since the spring, offering new options for homeowners and trade professionals looking for local design resources. “We are thrilled,” says Anne Demers, marketing director for Specialty Tile Products, Photos courtesy of Specialty Tile Products www.specialtytile.com, a tile distributor with five locations in Georgia and Florida. “Miami Circle has been treading water for a while, and it’s great that the street and Buckhead in general is getting an influx of business and development. We are busier than ever.”Although it has been a tenant in The Circle for more than 10 years, Specialty Tile Products recently moved to a bigger showroom at 721 Miami Circle, Suite 107. Nearby is the new ProBuild Buckhead Window and Door Showroom and Design Center for professional builders and contractors at 721 Miami Circle, Suite 105. Rounding out the new additions are The Mission Motif, offering Craftsman-style home furnishings, at 747-A Miami Circle NE; Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery an 8,000 square-foot full-service auction gallery at 715 Miami Circle, Suite 210; and Sawhorse, Inc., a remodeling firm, at 800 Miami Circle NE, Suite 220A. Stone Solutions of Atlanta, a custom countertop installation company specializing in high-end natural stone, also has plans to open on Miami Circle. All the new shops plus monthly art strolls and events have created a sense of excitement. “The new shops are great additions to The Circle and in keeping with how we hope The Circle will continue to grow,” says John Tribble, of J. Tribble Collection, www. jtribble.com, and the Miami Circle Merchants Association. “The more designrelated businesses the better!” The Shops at Miami Circle Market Center include more than 60 showrooms that are open to the public and to the trade. For more information, visit www.miamicircleshops.com.

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It’s here. Well, almost. Fall will be upon us before we can say, “Look at those beautiful leaves…all over my yard”!

Ceilings provide an overhead canvas of design possibilities by Shar Peters

crown dome tray ceiling ACCENTED with gold pattern When it comes to decorating your home, be sure you’re not neglecting the space above it all. Some interior designers and home builders believe a home is in a “state of undress” if the ceilings aren’t making a subtle, bold, dramatic or creative statement. “Ceilings can bring a uniqueness to a home,” says Marty Weck, owner of Weck Design LLC in Flowery Branch, www.facebook.com/ weckdesign. That distinctiveness can manifest itself through color, artwork, wall coverings, medallions, bead board, trusses, wood structures, texture and other endless possibilities. According to Daniel Dionne, owner of Daniel Dionne Designs LLC in Decatur, www.danieldionnedesigns.com, there tends to be more focus lately on ceilings. “Builders and consumers alike have become very style savvy these days, so the increased attention to

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[ceilings], and the addition of architectural details like elaborate moldings and coffered ceilings, have become a benchmark for quality. It makes sense to draw attention to these features and maximize their design impact.” Jennifer Reynolds, owner of Jennifer Reynolds Interiors in Atlanta, www.jenniferreynoldsinteriors.com, agrees. She adds that she is noticing more coffered ceilings, beautiful beam work and custom millwork detail overhead.

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LOOK UP! P. 38-42 AJW Designs Inc., (770) 650-0751, www.ajwdesignsinc. com. Daniel Dionne Designs LLC, (404) 510-1229, www.danieldionnedesigns. com. Jennifer Reynolds Interiors, (678) 316-0113, www. jenniferreynoldsinteriors.com. Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs Inc., 4430 Wade Green Road, Suite 180, Kennesaw, GA 30144, (770) 514-9699, www.kandrackole.com. Keiffer Phillips-Patricia Brown Builders Inc., 2451 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 3409, Atlanta, GA 30339, (404) 949-8115, www.keifferphillips. com. Marty Mason Collected Home & Savvy Snoot, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068, (770) 977-1345; 1080 Brady Ave., Atlanta, GA 30318, (404) 355-1399, www.mmcollectedhome.com. Weck Design LLC, 7858 Brass Lantern Drive, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, (678) 557-4896, www.facebook.com/ weckdesign.

So, get a jump on the crisp nights ahead. Call Kain Landscape today, and we will get that fireplace designed & built in no time. Then you will have those cozy fall nights to look forward to in your new backyard room. Call us today. Kain Landscape will help make this a FALL to remember!

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FORWARD Improve your home’s curb appeal and turn a first impression into a lasting one By Karon Warren

Maintaining your home’s exterior will go a long way in keeping the house looking great, and there are plenty of things you can do to boost your home’s appearance and curb appeal. From simple to elaborate, here are some appearance-enhancing steps homeowners can take to

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suit both their needs and their budget.

overwhelming. For guidance, Haberstock recommends relying on the home itself. “The architecture of the home can guide the homeowner on what to use,” he says.

energy efficiency to moisture management,” says Ken O’Neill, senior vice president of marketing for Belgard

Maintenance and upkeep also could dictate what materials to put on the home’s

Hardscapes in Atlanta, www.belgard.biz.

exterior. “If you are looking for very low maintenance, then brick or vinyl siding

In addition, homeowners will find even more options within each category of material. “For example, there are

would be a good choice,” Unger says.

numerous options for style and color of brick, but a popular choice today is to paint the brick,” says Roone R. Unger,

Another relatively quick and easy way to improve your home’s curb appeal is by

president of Exovations in Cumming, www.exovations.com. “Stone offers many different sizes, colors and patterns.

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Given all these choices, selecting which materials to use on your home could be

common materials found on Atlanta’s houses. “Today’s options in home exteriors include cladding and masonry veneers that are beautiful to look at as well as functional in terms of installation and responsible building, from

changing the look of the front door. Repainting the front door allows

Both fiber cement siding and vinyl siding are available in different lap exposures as well as shake and board-and-

homeowners the opportunity to dress up the home’s exterior.

batten styles.”

“People are getting a little more brave with a splash of

To expand style options, PJ Haberstock, residential sales manager with Boral Building Products in Atlanta, www.

color on the front door,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color

boralbricks.com, says he’s starting to see a trend of multiple products used on the home exterior, with as many as

marketing for Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com.

three or four different ones being used together.

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the exterior and starting over with new materials. Brick, stone, stucco, fiber cement siding and vinyl siding are

BOOST YOUR CURB APPEAL HOME EXTERIOR Trend: use multiple products on the exterior

Present your best side There are many choices to change or improve your home’s exterior, from repainting the existing siding to stripping

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