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in every issue 14 Editor’s Letter 17 Home Front Expert tips, news and events from Atlanta’s home-improvement community

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glow of summer as the cool weather fast approaches. And, as the leaves begin to fall from the trees on and around your home’s yard, your landscape’s spring and summer colors wilt away, leaving you in need of some fall plantings to keep your home’s exterior bright and in tune with the season. 26

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“Fall is a great time to landscape,” says Patricia L. Collins, director of gardens at Callaway Gardens. “Most plants are not growing vigorously, the days are cooler and extensive watering is not usually a problem. We also tend to get more rain in late fall and winter. This gives the plants time to have active root growth while the tops of the plants are not putting on new growth. This establishes the

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Monthly: Pruning, only once, in the late winter months will ensure new growth for spring. Pruning done at the wrong time, such as at the end of summer or early fall, creates a risk for frost, and new growth stimulated will be too tender and won’t survive frost damage. One time only (this season): Place pre-emergent in your landscape shrubbery beds, not in the grass. This kills all weed seeds that established over the summer months. Also, properly plan for any hardscapes or pools you would like for the following year during these fall months. You will need time for the installation of these projects, and you will want your pool to be ready as soon as summer arrives. Britany Miller, director of marketing and sales at Miller Landscape, says a moisture meter is an important tool to ensure the success of a fall landscape job. “Continuing to water throughout the winter pushes air through the soil, while mulching your beds correctly will also ensure healthy, returning plants,” she says. Be sure to check your soil biweekly to ensure it is at a 15-percent moisture level.

Choosing your pro Armed with the schedule of work ahead of you for your fall landscape, you may find great relief in the assistance a professional can provide—especially an experienced, knowledgeable one who can guide you through making the right choices for your yard. After all, you are working with living, breathing exterior decor, and mistakes sometimes aren’t identified to the untrained eye until it is too late to save the plants. “Qualified landscape professionals will help you choose the right plant for the right place in your garden,” Collins says. “They will also know how to plant particular plants—such as not planting azaleas and rhododendrons too deeply because they are shallow-rooted.” Collins lists the following ways to find a reputable landscaper in town: • Go to highly regarded garden centers and nurseries and see who they recommend and who they have on staff. • Ask friends and neighbors who they have used. • Always ask for references. Who have they worked for? Check with their former and present clients. • Contact the Georgia Green Industry Association at www.ggia.org for a listing of landscape professionals. Also, beginning gardeners might consider joining organizations such as the Georgia Perennial Plant Association and Georgia Native Plant Society to network and learn from, and about, some local landscape professionals. With these tips and tasks at hand, your landscape will be glorious with fall color all season and in good shape for next spring! 28

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Fall Plants

1. ARROWWOOD VIBURNUM (Viburnum Dentatum) This shrub has several seasons of interest and can be used as a hedge, in shrub beds and mixed borders. It provides a red color in the fall, creamy spring flowers and blue fruit that birds love in the summer. Plant it in full sun to partial shade.

Perk up your yard with these fall flowers and foliage

2. ASTER (Aster) A perennial flower with a fall bloom or an annual flower in a fall container, Asters come in just about any color—red, pink, orange and yellow are the most common. Plant these in full sun and moist, welldrained soil. 3. AUTUMN CROCUS (Colchicum) Offering pink flowers on leafless stems, this perennial bulb is great for groundcover plantings or mixed with annuals or perennials for fall bloom. Plant it in full sun to partial shade, in moist, rich soil.

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6. ORNAMENTAL CABBAGE AND KALE (Brassica Oleracea) An annual in most areas, it is possible for this plant to overwinter in milder regions. Offering green, decorative leaves with white, pink and/or purple coloring, you can use ornamental cabbage and kale in containers or to fill voids in flower beds—it looks great when planted with mums, asters and pansies. Plant it in full sun and in moist, well-drained soil. 7. PANSY (Viola x Wittrockiana) Blooming best when in full sun, pansies provide great fall color in an array of bold shades, including deep purples and blues, golden yellows and more. Plant these annuals in containers, mixed with perennials or to fill bare spots in annual gardens.

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Kitchen renovation 4783 Dunwoody Station, Dunwoody, 30338 Renovation Company: Weidmann & Associates Inc., (770) 552-8396, www.weidmannremodeling.com Just over 20 years ago, the Langendorfers became Weidmann & Associates’ first clients when they retained the company to replace their original kitchen. Since then, Weidmann and the Langendorfers have formed a lasting relationship, with the most recent change to their home representing their sixth project together, which will be featured on the tour. As part of this home’s kitchen update, the owners wanted a larger island, additional storage and lighter colors overall. Working with designer Linda Steenerson, the goals were achieved by combining the existing kitchen, breakfast room and dining room into a single space. Additional storage space was created with stand-alone cabinetry outside the kitchen work area; this included a custom walnut hutch embellished with German seeded glass doors, beadboard backing and a granite top.

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Renovation Company: Handcrafted Homes Inc., (770) 642-1010, www.handcraftedhomes-inc.com Contractor of the Year Awards: Winner of the 2010 CotY National Award for Region 2 Southeast, Entire House under $250,000 and the 2009 Atlanta CotY Award for Entire House under $250,000 Major additions and renovations completely transformed this home. An existing sunroom was removed from the house, and a family room was added, offering a flow pattern that opened to the kitchen and dining room. A family room with a TV viewing area, a fireplace, a wine serving buffet, a game table and dramatic French doors leading to a wrap-around deck were added. The renovation also includes a new front entry with updated windows and touches of stone, stucco and cedar shingles. The front walkway and landscaping were also redesigned to create a charming feel.

Materials • Granite countertops by Southern Stone Improvements • Tile backsplash by Soho from Traditions in Tile

• Windows and doors by Pella Windows and Doors • Millwork by Carolina Lumber & Supply Company • Audio/visual by Acoustic Innovations

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Kitchen and laundry room renovation 9845 Trace Valley, Sandy Springs, 30350 Renovation Company: CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio, (770) 729-1999, www.csikitchenandbath.com The owners of this home originally wanted an addition to their house, but after evaluation, they only required some renovations. This project focused on creating a larger kitchen, a walk-in pantry and a more functional laundry facility. The laundry room features a built-in dog door beneath the counter, as well as a cabinet to conceal the ironing board. A laundry shoot was also installed for convenience. The kitchen boasts a countertop cabinet in which small appliances can be concealed, a built-in wine rack and cabinet in the existing brick wall, a larger pantry, decorative furniture legs on the island, stacked glass cabinets to display personal items and pullout cabinets.

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Renovation Company: Masterworks Atlanta, (770) 642-8000, www.masterworksatlanta.com CotY Award: Winner of the 2009 CotY Award for Residential Kitchen $40,000-$80,000 To accommodate this home’s commercial-grade appliances, a larger, more open kitchen space was created by removing an existing wall that stood between the kitchen, living room and breakfast room. Removing the wall allowed for the construction of an island for the owner’s commercial cook top and matching commercial hood. Special consideration was taken to support the hood, but an unforeseen challenge was discovered when the wall was removed. Additional load-bearing beams were installed to correctly brace the area. To maintain the home’s existing sense of residential style and elegance with commercial-grade appliances, sophisticated and user-friendly fixtures were added to soften the kitchen’s industrial feel.

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Entire home addition and renovation 5293 Vernon Lake Drive, Dunwoody, 30338 Renovation Company: Portis Building & Interiors, (770) 455-4319, www.portisbuilding.com This home, originally 3,500 square feet, was expanded to 5,000 square feet. The original full bath off the den was incorporated into the new master suite. Using this space allowed for a walk-in master shower and a larger walk-in closet. Each upstairs bathroom was completely gutted and refitted with new vanities, fixtures, floor tiles and showers. The lower level of the home now includes an office, exercise room, full bath, media room, game room and wet bar. Off the back of the house, an open-air porch with a fireplace and porcelain floor serves as an entertaining area. The exterior of the home also received a facelift, as the spotty brick was painted, and the porch floor and base of the home received a stone wrap and new slate flooring.

Materials • Vanities by HD Supply/Home Expo • Backsplash by Specialty Tile

• Fireplace by Craft Stove & Fireplace • Windows by Monarch Windows

• Stone by Fieldstone Center

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Renovation Company: Neighbors Home Remodeling, (678) 571-9464, www.neighborshome.com With a small, outdated kitchen, an unfinished basement and poor flow throughout, this 1970s-era home required some work. The entire home remodel now features an expansive New Orleans-style kitchen with floor-to-ceiling upgrades, an oversized island, prep sink, Kemper Cabinets, KitchenAid appliances, ample storage and more. In addition to the luxurious kitchen, the home received a remodeled sunroom, mud room, dining room, powder room, den, basement, master bath, laundry room and deck. The dingy, unfinished basement was transformed into a playroom for children and an office for adults. The home is also now wheelchair accessible.

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Renovation Company: Handcrafted Homes Inc., (770) 642-1010, www.handcraftedhomes-inc.com Contractor of the Year Award: Winner of the 2008 NARI Atlanta CotY Award for Kitchens $100,000 and over What was once a rustic kitchen with oak cabinets and trim has been transformed into a clean and modern space with a minimalist tone. A long and narrow island that ends with a custom-designed glass bistro table was designed for the space and now offers plenty of storage, a second sink and a dramatic circle at the end of the island. The previous wooden floors were removed and replaced with tile, and the transitional space from the kitchen to the great room was renovated. The bath renovation features a curved glass shower, vaulted ceilings, sleek cabinets and glass countertops. The shower is fully equipped with body sprays and steam.

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Entire home remodel 675 Briars Bend, Alpharetta, 30004 Renovation Company: Kitchen Connections LLC, (770) 650-0632, www.kitchenconnections.biz This traditional suburban home was originally built in 1995 as a closed-plan home. The homeowner wanted a more open floor plan, as well as a larger family room, kitchen and master bath. To accomplish this, the powder room was relocated to the old laundry space. A mudroom entry was also added between the garage and the kitchen. The resulting space is casually elegant with an arched entry and cherry cabinets. The master bath is now large with a slate wet room as a primary feature, and the bonus room encases a home office with a custom desk and plenty of storage. The entire house overlooks a beautiful duck pond and future outdoor living space with stone patios, a fire pit and future water feature.

Materials • Shower door by Advanced Glass Designs • Lighting by Danlar, Masterpiece and C Lighting • Roofing and gutters by A&W Contracting

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Renovation Company: Rexi Contracting LLC, (404) 597-7416 After two decades of renovating and restoring a brick bungalow built in 1916 in Historic Druid Hills, the owners of this home found themselves intimidated by the daunting task of remodeling the kitchen. Ten-foot ceilings, heart of pine flooring and plaster walls, all synonymous with an early 1900s bungalow, were a welcome challenge to Rexi and its team of trades. The kitchen was completely gutted, rewired and re-plumbed to provide the owners with the charm of yesteryear and the conveniences of today.

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Renovation Company: Home ReBuilders, (404) 876-3000, www.homerebuilders.com The clients of this home were experiencing some challenges accommodating their growing family in a modest-sized Morningside bungalow. The existing attic space was renovated, creating a new second-story addition. Keeping the feel of the bungalow, the existing roofline came out the back of the house with a shed dormer, creating a beautiful master suite, in addition to two more bedrooms and baths. The front of the house remained intact with only cosmetic changes, adding a new roof and dormer on the roofline, a new front entry and copper gutters, which all amounted to increased curb appeal.

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NARI accessibility renovation 3471 Chamblee Dunwoody Way, Atlanta, 30341 Renovation Company: NARI Atlanta members With a more open floorplan, this Dunwoody home is now completely wheelchair accessible thanks to all of the NARI Atlanta members who donated their time and resources.

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Renovation Company: Decks & More Inc., (770) 235-6929, www.decksandmore.biz An elegant and spacious screened-in porch was added to this residence, which dramatically enlarged the home’s outdoor living space. The porch includes a custom-designed, curved dome top with a metal roof and custom Brazilian Ipe ironwood deck that connects to a staircase leading to the lower-level patio. The lower patio features slate flooring and curved archways. While the screened-in porch is a dramatic addition, it still blends into the home’s existing features, particularly with the trim, soffit, fascia and cornice work.

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Playing with Fire In recent years, many Georgia homeowners have been looking for less maintenance and more enjoyment in their outdoor spaces. “Outdoor living spaces are very big,” says Mark Schisler, owner of Legacy Landscapes Inc. in Marietta. “One main reason people are asking for more hardscapes, including outdoor fireplaces, is that they are so easy to take care of.” Most landscapers report that homeowners are choosing outdoor fireplaces and fire pits at about an equal rate these days. When choosing which is right for you, consider the following factors:

Budget With the current economy, fire pits have become more popular than ever before. They can cost as little as $150 for a quality portable unit, or up to about $3,000 for a built-in brick or stone unit. While the price range for fireplaces varies greatly, they generally cost between $9,000 and $15,000. “Budget can certainly be the primary deciding factor; however, we work with the customer to determine what they are more likely to use and enjoy, and the space they have to work with,” says Michael Staley, president of C & M Residential Services Inc. in Marietta.

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On the other hand, some people prefer the openness of a fire pit. “Fire pits make exceptional gathering places, as their structural form provides an excellent spot for ‘roundtable’ discussions,” says Thomas Boyce, president of Innovative Outdoors LLC in Duluth. “A fire pit, by nature, has a more rustic nuance than a fireplace.” Many homeowners enjoy the campfire-like atmosphere that a fire pit offers, where they can roast marshmallows or sit in a circle around the flames.

Safety Of course, depending on your yard and your family’s specific needs, there are some special considerations to keep in mind when deciding between a fireplace and a fire pit. For example, fireplaces tend to be safer than fire pits, especially if you have small children who will be playing in the outdoor area. “Fire pits have a higher risk of [accidental] fires from popping embers if natural wood is used, and you don’t have control of smoke movement,” says Ann Johnson, president of Johnson Design Group in Kennesaw.

Making Room You may be starting from scratch with an entire outdoor living space, or you may just want to add a new fireplace or fire pit as the cooler months approach. Of course, if you choose a portable fire pit, you can enjoy it almost immediately, whereas adding a custom built-in unit will take a little more consideration, but in most cases it can be installed into your existing structure.

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“Fireplaces are often installed as additions to existing patios, porches and decks,” Boyce says. “Generally, custom masonry fireplaces require a solid concrete foundation to ensure stability.” Building on a second-story deck or porch will require a little more creativity. “Rather than using heavy concrete block and natural stone, we use lighter materials such as concrete boards, synthetic stone and gas inserts,” Boyce says. “This allows for the look of a custom masonry fireplace without all the added weight and expense of traditional materials.” The construction of a masonry fireplace usually takes about a week, but may take longer with special add-ons such as seating or decorative mantels. Many homeowners are choosing to place fireplaces in a separate area of the yard as opposed to a patio connected to the house. When this is the case, the yard must be prepared, which may take some extra time. “The area for the fireplace needs to be graded, the foundation excavated and poured, the masonry core built, and the stone or brick veneer applied,” says Richard Marks, CEO of Outdoor Expressions LLC in Canton. One advantage of installing a fireplace or fire pit is that the space they require doesn’t have to be too large. A fireplace may occupy a 4-by-8-foot space, while a fire pit typically has a radius of about 3 to 4 feet. However, keep in mind that you’ll want to include seating and space for mingling around the main attraction. You’ll probably be using your fireplace or fire pit as a gathering spot, and you need to allow room for your entire family or group of friends to be comfortable.

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If you’re concerned about installing a wood-burning fireplace close to your home, consider a vent-free fireplace with gas logs. “In the past, wood-burning fireplaces were the standard, but increasingly, we see vent-free fireplaces installed outdoors, particularly on porches and covered areas,” says Vince Sutton, general manager at Log Lighter Sales Inc. Some of the benefits are: • • • •

Many vent-free gas logs have the look of real wood. They can be turned on and off whenever you decide to use them. Gas logs are available in a variety of styles and sizes for both outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. Although the material cost is the same, the labor is reduced, so you will save money.

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Matching Materials Fireplaces and fire pits can be designed to match your home and the rest of your outdoor living space. Stone or fabricated stone can be used to customize pre-fab fireplaces, and Belgard pavers, which are popular in hardscaping, are also becoming popular for fireplaces. “Most of our projects are constructed with the Belgard pavers, and they always have new products and colors coming out,” says Britany Miller, director of marketing and sales for Miller Landscape in Woodstock. Flagstone is also a widely used option. “Flagstone is very popular as well, although it is a little pricier,” Miller says. “A flagstone project with sealer on it looks unbeatably rich and classic.”

Make it Personal An outdoor fireplace rarely stands alone, but instead is a focal point in an entire outdoor living space. “Typically, a fireplace sets a mood, just like in your living room,” says Adam Ardoin, owner of Landscape Studio Group. “The setup around an outdoor fireplace should be the same, with a goal of making the space as comfortable as possible. Items such as planters, rugs and even artwork are great additions.” Outdoor lighting, from gas lanterns to illuminated pathways and water features, add to the mood. “We often integrate seating walls into our fireplace designs, and we have also done built-in storage areas and firewood bins,” says Douglas Bork, landscape architect and project director for Outside Landscape Group LLC. If you want more flexible seating, outdoor furniture is another option. Some fireplaces are even part of outdoor kitchens, which include ovens, grills and built-in seating. “Ideally, these are separateuse areas—one for entertaining and one for cooking,” Kaldrovics says. “However, a nice option is to build your fireplace with a built-in wood-burning grill. It can then serve two functions: cooking and ambiance.” These built-in grills, or pizza ovens, have become increasingly popular with homeowners. The options for customizing your fireplace or fire pit are endless, but whatever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy curling up in front of the fire as winter approaches. 72

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OUTDOOR F REPLACES SPECIAL SECTION

RESOURCES Arbor & Sage 3011 Hidden Valley Drive Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-2553 www.arborandsage.com See ad on p. 38 Crawford Landscaping (770) 509-4476 www.crawford-landscaping.com See ad on p. 66 CTI of Georgia, LLC 125 Mansell Place, Ste. 203 Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 753-4900 www.ctiofga.com See ad on p. 85 Fireplace Company 2493 Canton Road Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 427-6636 www.thefireplacecompany.com See ad on p. 68

Photo courtesy of Paces Construction Co.

Remember Maintenance While outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are relatively low maintenance, there are a few things to remember: • Remove ash and soot with a broom and shovel on a regular basis, cooling it in a metal bucket before disposal. • Examine the inside of the structure annually to check for birds’ nests and to make sure it is free from obstructions that may prevent if from properly drawing smoke. • If you use the fireplace or fire pit for cooking, be sure to keep it clean to avoid attracting insects and animals. • An occasional light pressure washing will keep the structure clean. • Seal (or have a professional seal) the flat work with a good masonry sealant every few years to protect the stonework and help prevent oil and grease stains. • If you use a metal flue, have a professional chimney sweep clean it annually. • With fire pits, check to see that the drainage holes are open and clear. Sources: Innovative Outdoors LLC, Legacy Landscapes Inc., Outside Landscape Group LLC

HJR Environments 1050 Concord Road Smyrna, GA 30080 (770) 444-3663 See ad on p. 84 Housley Enterprises 3665 Burnette Park Drive Suite 1 Suwanee, GA 30024 678-546-2276 www.chrishousley.com See ad on p. 6 Innovative Outdoors 770-995-6795 www.innovativeoutdoorsllc.com See ad on p. 68 Kain Landscape 3729 Clairmont Road Chamblee, GA 30341 (770) 421-0849 www.kainlandscape.com See ad on p. 32 Miller Landscape 1630 Barnes Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 591-5234 www.millerlandscape.net See ad on p. 25

Mosaic Group 2358 Perimeter Park Drive , Ste 300 Atlanta, GA 30301 (770) 670-6022 www.MosaicGroupAtlanta.com See ad on p. 70 Mosaic Masonry 4060 Peachtree Road, Ste. D #196 Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 886-9395 www.moasicmasonryatlanta. com See ad on p. 74 North Georgia Brick Co. 2405 Oak W. St. Cumming, GA 30041 (770) 886-6555 www.ngabrick.com See ad on p. 60 S&S Contracting (770) 235-4865 See ad on p. 68 Scapes 600 Brookside Industrial Blvd. SE Mableton, GA 30126 (770) 919-7777 www.scapesgroup.com See ad on p. 2 Outdoor Expressions 981 Little Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 592-9154 www.outdoorexpressions.net See ad on p. 70 Outside Landscape Group 11435 N. Fulton Industrial Blvd. Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 754-1188 www.outsidelandscapegroup. com See ad on p. 64 Your Garden Guy/Goulding Design Group (770) 255-2710 See ad on p. 70

Editorial Resources begin on page 93. www.homeimprovementmag.com

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decordemon Deck the Walls Chic papers can dress up a room BY BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN Photography by Sarah Dorio

Whoever decided wallpaper was meant for Grandma Fannie or bad 1970s kitchens was totally wrong. Wallpaper has always been chic; however, the faux-painting fever of the 1990s kind of stuck wallpaper on the “do not try this at home” list. If you’ve thought wallpaper wasn’t meant for you for reasons involving taste, expense or application, you may want to rethink—it’s possible your walls are missing out.

SPINNING VINYL

Textured metallic vinyls (such as Vivid: Black & White from Graham & Brown) are an excellent way to bring sheen and pattern into kid-dwelling, high-traffic breakfast nooks or dining rooms. With so many styles available today, your walls can be retro-inspired but not dated, gender-neutral for him and her and, most importantly, childproof.

BEING FRAMED

Mural-like papers are an excellent way to use wallcoverings as art. This Blackbird paper from Cavern Home was a higher price-point and more delicate than lower price-point options. To use it both effectively and practically, I added it in a long, dark hallway, then framed it with crown molding for a pop of pattern.

UP IN PIECES

Huh? Wallpaper on cinder block walls? Yep. This is a trick I came up with a while back to soften the cold, industrial look of concrete blocks. It’s easier to do than you’d think. Simply attach 4x8 sheets of stain-grade plywood to the cinder block wall with glue or liquid nails. After it sets, cover each 4x8 sheet with wallpaper (like we did here with Ornate: Blue from Graham & Brown). You can butt each panel up against the other for a solid, continuous effect or space them apart for a fractured look.

Looking for professional installation in Atlanta but have no clue where to start? There are two paper-hanging specialists in Atlanta we use for Decor Demon: Jeff Cole Inc., (404) 245-0729, and Mary Packard Inc., (770) 992-7032. For more original editorial design and DIY content, as well as amazing giveaways for Atlanta homeowners, be sure to visit and subscribe to http://decordemon.com. Décordemon.com creator Brian Patrick Flynn is a television producer turned decorator/designer. The moniker “Décor Demon” comes from his fast-paced weekend routine of furiously raiding garage sales and flea markets for one-of-a-kind pieces. What started out of necessity as a cash-strapped film student has led to a unique design style (referred to as “Garage Sale Glamour”) seen in more than a dozen magazines as well as seven seasons of a hit television series.

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KITCHEN & BATH

Appliances for the Outdoors

ready, set, grill Check out two top-of-the-line grills that have recently hit the market:

➤ The Hybrid Grill by Kalamazoo

Everything you need for your outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Gourmet allows you to

BY TAYLOR DAHL

cook with wood, charcoal and gas at the same time. Features include

The biggest trend this year is

a warming rack, vent-control hood

bringing the inside out.

and stainless-steel cabinetry. Built

“People want to do a whole outdoor room—a full kitchen built for the outdoors,” says Randall Burks of Lowe’s. The main consideration you need to make before purchasing an outdoor kitchen is how long you plan on staying at your current residence. “An outdoor kitchen is a permanent part of your house,” Burks says. “If a move is in your near future, consider a mobile kitchen.”

in models $7,495-$11,995; freestanding model $8,095-$14,695; kalamazoooutdoorgourmet.com; (800) 868-1699.

➤ The new Team Grill Patio Series MVP gas grills are the first to feature the colors and logo of your favorite college team. The grill features a porcelainenameled lid with team logos, three

One option is the Sonoma Modular Outdoor Kitchen, which includes:

stainless-steel burners, one infrared

• Sonoma by Altima Modular Island Gas Grill (item 296470, $999). This stainlesssteel modern grill has FlameGuard Technology that will virtually eliminate unwanted flare-ups while distributing even heat, along with internal hood lights, a granite work surface, four stainless-steel burners and one infrared searing burner.

searing burner and more. $1,249;

• Refrigerator (item 296471, $449).

Team Grill; www.teamgrill.com.

finishing touches

• Sonoma by Altima Sink/Stove/Bar (item 296472, $799). This combination griddle and cooktop matches the same sleek design as the rest of the Sonoma collection. Features include a towel bar directly in front of the sink, storage drawers and a liquid propane rollout tank tray.

Here are some of the latest cooking

All Sonoma products are available at Lowe’s. Visit www.lowes.com or call (800) 445-6937 for store locations.

VersaPower Multi-use Cooker. This

If you’re looking for a more permanent option, Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens offers three new pre-finished outdoor-kitchen designs. Available at www. outdoorkitchensbyatlantis.com, these pre-designed stations start at $3,864:

grate that will handle the smallest of

• The Grilling Station includes two base cabinets and a Vermont Castings grill with a grill base.

builderspecialties.net; (770) 255-1400.

• The Chef’s Station includes cabinets, a three- or five-burner grill and a Marvel refrigerator.

afternoon with a SunBriteTV’s All-Weather

• The Entertainment Station includes cabinets, a grill, a refrigerator, a cocktail station and more. The Liberty Collection’s new curved-island outdoor kitchen is the perfect solution for any outdoor party. The 360-degree viewing capability of outdoor cooking will be a prime entertainment spot. The Liberty Collection’s components are shipped ready to assemble. The collection features the All-Grill unit, which offers two independent burners, a patented DCS Grease Management System that reduces flare-ups and ceramic radiant technology that ensures the cooking surface has an even-heat distribution; the side-burner griddle includes two sealed burners and a stainless-steel griddle; and the DCS refrigeration line features a cooling drawer, a traditional cold-storage unit, a beer tap and an ice cream machine. Pricing varies, depending on which features are selected; www.dcsappliances.com, (888) 936-7872. 76

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accessories to complete your outdoor kitchen: Give the grill a break with Alfresco’s cooker has a special heavy-duty spider saucepans up to a 100-quart stock pot. It can also act as a turkey fryer. $1,399; www. Add some entertainment to a lazy Outdoor LCD television. Features include an anti-glare screen and a built-in fan and heater to regulate temperatures. Prices start at $1,895; www.authenteak.com; (404) 525-1995. Dish out pizza with the Outdoor Artisan Pizza Oven by Kalamazoo. The first of its kind, this pizza oven is made of stainless steel and powered by natural or LP gas. Easy to install, it sits on a countertop and adds versatility to any patio or outdoor kitchen. $3,990; www. kalamazoooutdoorgourmet.com; (800) 868-1699. www.homeimprovementmag.com

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DESIGN & DECOR

Furniture Buying Guide

new look without the cost New furniture isn’t always necessary (or

The rules of shopping well

cost-effective). Reworking older furniture

BY KIMBERLY HOLLAND

is a great way to get what you’re looking for without spending big bucks. Here are a few ways:

➤ Reupholstering: If you’ve found the perfect sofa or armchair but don’t really like its plaid fabric, seek out a professional upholsterer and change up the fabric.

➤ Slipcovering: A fast and affordable way to alter the look of a seat is a slipcover. Try Sure Fit covers, which cost less than $100; www.surefit.net.

➤ Painting or refinishing: As long as the furniture isn’t an antique (100 years or older), painting or refinishing is a simple way to freshen up a beaten surface. Photo courtesy of Adam Belanger, Adam Belanger Photography, www.adambelangerphoto.com

In an ideal world, buying furniture would be best described as an easy task. Your home would be a blank canvas and your pocketbook would be without limit. But in reality, that’s just not the case. Here are expert tips to help you in your furniture-buying quest. How to … decide what you need Save some time, money and frustration by drawing up a game plan. Take inventory of what you will keep, and rid rooms of furniture that isn’t used often enough to merit the occasional dusting. Sell spare furniture in the classifieds, give it to a young family member decorating her first apartment or donate it to a non-profit organization. How to … measure your space Employ an old-fashioned tape measure to find the distance from wall to wall. Or, splurge and purchase a new laser tape measure and let it do the work for you. When all the measurements are collected (don’t forget to measure from baseboards and include windowsills), create a to-scale layout of the room where 1 foot of a room equals a 1/4 inch on paper. How to … mix and match pieces and styles When it comes to mixing furniture, the key is to blend all elements of a room together. For example, try using an accent color throughout the room or one kind of wood to help weave a common thread. While you might not want to mix styles that were designed to be worlds apart (like Victorian and Arts and Crafts), you can incorporate each of those with other genres. How to … mix and match patterns and colors If you have a very large-scale print, either mix it with something that is equal in proportion or go with something that is much smaller in proportion. An itty-bitty polka dot, for example, shouldn’t be put with a tiny stripe. Pair that small polka dot with a big stripe. When it comes to two shades of the same color, you either want them to have a greater divergence or to match perfectly. 78

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➤ Adding new hardware: Rolled brass handles may date your chest of drawers, but an effortless change of hardware can completely update it. Handle and hinge options are plentiful at local hardware stores and national home centers.

how well is it built? The first thing you should do when looking at furniture is ask to see the underside. Solid construction is vital to good quality in furniture. If it doesn’t look like it could withstand a few years of use, it probably won’t. If the sofa needs to last at least 15 years, spend a little more money to make sure it suits your long-term needs.

budget buys Focus on furnishing the main areas of your house, such as the dining room or the master bedroom, with quality furniture. When those are furnished, budget-buy the rest.

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GREEN LIVING

Pure Refreshment

deciding factor Before making a final decision about an

Evaluating your household water filtration options

in-home water filter for drinking purposes,

BY STAFF

estimate how much drinking water your household uses. If you don’t use a lot or your family is small, a pitcher or faucet option might be the best choice; if your family is large or consumes a large amount, a faucet or undersink option could be your best bet.

did you know? 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter, and bottles buried in a landfill can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade, which means in-home filters are a more eco-friendly option, as well.

Studies have shown that bottled water can be bad for your wallet, health and the planet. So what is the best alternative? Here’s a quick overview of the options available for filtering your home’s tap water. Faucet filters and pitchers Faucet-mounted water filters easily install on your kitchen faucet and are a good choice if you want to use filtered water for things other than drinking, such as making coffee or cooking.

here’s to your health The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests U.S. tap water for approximately 90 contaminants under

Pitcher filters are an easy option as well—simply fill the pitcher with tap water, which is filtered when you pour. Pitchers may not be a good option for large families who can tire of refilling it. On average, both faucet and pitcher filter cartridges need to be replaced every 1 to 3 months.

the Safe Drinking Water Act, however,

Undersink filters An undersink filter may be the right option if you prefer your filter out of sight. Undersink filters typically attach to the water pipe under the sink, and professional installation is usually recommended. The benefits to undersink filters are the speed of filtration and the filter cartridges typically last longer—up to 6 months in most cases.

to heat can cause the plastic to leach

Whole-house filters A whole-house filter attaches to your home’s water main, providing filtered water throughout the entire house. The units themselves tend to be inexpensive, and most experts recommend hiring a plumber for installation. Studies show that, in general, whole-house filters work best at preventing dirt, sediment and rust from entering the water supply, and filters typically last 6 months.

quick tip

Do you need a water filter? One of the benefits of in-home water filtration is the cost savings. For a family drinking 240 gallons annually, water from a filter pitcher costs about $75 per year versus more than $200 per year for the least expensive brand of bottled water. The benefits and savings make an in-home filtration system worth your while. 80

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bottled water doesn’t have to meet these standards, so it isn’t tested as often for bacteria. In addition, bottles exposed chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA), both linked to birth defects and cancer.

Make sure to always have a replacement filter on hand. When choosing an in-home filtration system, look for a well-known, easily available brand so filters will be easy to find and purchase.

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LIGHTING

Get Green Light

quick tips Going green doesn’t mean your lighting

Eco-friendly lighting options for your home

can’t be fun, eco-friendly and functional.

BY STAFF

Check out these design tips from local professionals.

➤ “Lighting can be “fun”ctional. It can function as well as a piece of art for the home or office. Don’t take it too seriously. Work with a professional to help you achieve your goals, and don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something. ‘No’ is as good as ‘yes’ when getting across your taste and style.” —Michael Fortson, Illuminations

➤ “Make sure you understand what you are buying and whether it is suitable Photo courtesy of Instinctive Design, www.instinctive-design.com

Want to go green with your lighting options? Consider the following three factors. Products

for your application. If you have questions, ask a sales representative. If you are redoing a large portion of lighting or are switching out fixtures to newer technologies, go

The first rule of thumb is to change your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or light-emitting diode (LED) installations. When purchasing a CFL, be aware that many of them have a “warm-up” time, meaning they do not achieve 100-percent brightness as soon as they are switched on; however, the technology continues to improve and several manufacturers now offer “instant-on” bulbs. They’re are also available in a variety of shades of light including “soft” or “warm.”

see a professional. With so many

LED lights, tough also still evolving, can offer up to more than a 6-to-1 ration decrease in energy use compared to a halogen bulb. “LEDs contain no mercury and consume a fraction of the energy used compared with CFLs or standard bulbs,” says Jonathan Eppstein of Redbird Industries. “They are also much lower weight to ship and, because of their physical toughness, require no bulky, special protective packaging, thus reducing the carbon footprint even more.”

—Doug Root, Atlanta Light Bulbs

Design You can reduce your energy usage by creating an efficient lighting design, and one way to do that is through the use of dimmers. Eppstein recommends looking into intelligent dimmers and on/off switches that turn lights off or dim them when rooms are empty. Another notable product is door contacts, which turn lights on and off when doors open and close.

options out there and so many new technologies that are not “street tested” you want to make sure you are going with a quality product that the manufacturer will stand behind.”

➤ “Unless you have a strong knowledge of and experience with lighting, it’s always better to have a professional step in, especially when dealing with dimmers and switches.” —Carl Strandberg, Sunbelt Technology

NOTES

Practices The final way you can save energy with lighting is by making sure the lights are off when they’re not needed. “Simply making certain that lights are turned off when rooms are empty can save significant amounts of energy in the average dwelling,” Eppstein says. With these three ways to decrease your lighting energy usage in mind, you have the green light to begin your savings—both monetarily and environmentally. 82

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Fall is in the air and, even more important than scheduling your mountain “leaf trip” is scheduling an inspection and evaluation of your comfort air system. That process needs to include not only a functional inspection of the heating/cooling apparatus, but also the duct system, thermostats, filters, humidification devices and insulation. Keeping your home cozy and comfortable at the lowest cost is the goal. Naturally, the mechanical part of the overall inspection is vital to reliable operation of the system. Internal computer controls are the brain of the mechanicals but fans, heat sensors, automatic switches and other electrical or electronic components are subject to a surprising amount of wear during normal operation. Even something as simple as wall switches deteriorate with every on-off cycle, and the numerous control switches in a HVAC system are cycled constantly. The duct system is more complex than it might seem from the surface. In addition to the static distribution system, internal baffles and surface diffusers affect the balanced distribution of comfort air. Duct cleanliness and condition of duct insulation have a significant effect on both air quality and on economical delivery of the air you have spent money to heat. Replacing flexible ducts with rigid, well-insulated metal ducting means better air flow and cleaner air. The spirals in flexible ducting impede air flow and collect detritus that becomes a home for micro-critters. Thermostat design and location can have a measurable impact on how well your HVAC system works. Typically, thermostats are centrally located for convenience of access in the hope that they will register some sort of median temperature. With that approach, it is hardly surprising that multi-level homes or those with complex floor plans have hot spots and cold ones. Relocation of the thermostat may help, or the installation of area thermostats to control zoned duct baffles may be required. www.homeimprovementmag.com

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Two aspects of air filtration are also important: filter location and filter type. A periodic inspection and consult with your HVAC professional will ensure that filter access allows easy replacement—a clogged filter will stress the whole system—and that the filter housing prevents infiltration of unwanted air, especially if the furnace is located in a crawlspace or dirt floor basement. Considering how much is said about moisture reduction, it might seem strange to recommend moisture addition. During the heating season, however, having a humidifier in place within the HVAC complex could go far in cutting down on morning nose bleeds, hardwood floor separation or even furniture cracks. Winter humidity is normally low and heating the air effectively reduces its relative humidity even further. In other words, since the air can hold more moisture, it will draw that moisture out of you. An overall inspection helps determine if your system needs moisture augmentation. An energy audit is also a money saver. Utility companies and heating professionals offer this service. Targeted insulation application and scrupulous blocking of penetrations through the home envelope go a long way in saving energy dollars. Remember: fall inspection prior to heating season and spring inspection prior to cooling season—simple steps to ensure you stay comfortable and that more of your money stays in your pocket.

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Warm days and cool evenings are traditionally the norm for October, but this year’s weather patterns have been unpredictable! Late in the month is when fall planting season really begins, so plan now for fall and winter landscaping. Garden Maintenance

➤ For good germination, your newly seeded fescue should be kept moist, and leaves should be removed as they fall. Lightly rake or use a low setting on your leaf blower so new turf is not damaged.

➤ A few summer annuals will bloom until frost; pull out the rest and add them to the compost pile.

➤ Dig up and brush soil from roots of dahlia, caladium and cannas tubers and store in a dry, cool basement until planting next spring.

➤ Take advantage of a last harvest of summer herbs, such as basil and dill. Freeze and dry them for use throughout the winter.

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➤ It’s time for fall cleanup in the yard. Aside from raking leaves from your lawn, remove fallen leaves and petals from the rose garden and perennial beds. This will discourage pests from hiding out all winter and help to control fungal diseases next spring and summer.

➤ Hate to add bags of yard waste to the landfill? Make your own compost. Use grass clippings, fall leaves and kitchen waste to create your own nutrient-rich soil amendments. Your county extension agent has plenty of information to get your started.

➤ If spring- and summer-blooming perennials have leaves and stems that have turned brown, cut them back now. Many perennials can also be divided and transplanted this month.

➤ House plants should come back inside if nighttime temperatures fall below 50 degrees. Check for insects

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fertilize as needed, but don’t apply a pre-emergent weed killer, as it will prevent weed and grass seeds from germinating.

➤ Wait for cool daytime temperatures before you plant pansies, snapdragons, violas, mustard, ornamental cabbage, kale and dianthus. Fertilize and water after planting and throughout the growing season.

➤ Fall is the best time to plant many perennials in the garden. Make sure that they receive plenty of water (pay

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➤ Paperwhites, daffodils, amaryllis and hyacinths are winter season brighteners. Start them in late October so they’ll be in bloom for the holidays and after.

Mary Kay Woodworth is executive director of the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA). She previously ran Practically Gardening, a landscape consulting firm, and was Master Gardener Coordinator for the DeKalb County Cooperative Extension Service. Mary Kay is a frequent speaker at area schools, garden clubs, civic organizations and trade shows. info@maltalandcape.com

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What are some tips to ensure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not wasting money and energy this winter in my home?

â&#x20AC;˘ Add weather stripping around entrance doors and door sweeps. These two simple things will keep cold air from drifting in and hot air from drifting out. â&#x20AC;˘ Install electrical outlet and light switch gaskets. These go behind the plate cover of the outlet or switch to help keep cold air from drifting in. â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure that windows are properly sealed to keep drafts at bay. â&#x20AC;˘ Purchase a plastic shrink wrap kit to seal older, non-insulated windows. â&#x20AC;˘ Get a programmable thermostat, which allows for different temperatures throughout the day based on your schedule. This way your unit wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run all day.

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Cabinets To Go Makes Renovation Easier

Next time you decide to take on a project in your kitchen or bathroom, check out Cabinets To Go. Revolutionizing the home renovation industry and do-ityourself projects, Cabinets To Go now offers a 3D planning tool, which allows users to create their dream kitchens online, all with the click of a mouse. The company has 20 locations nationwide, with one in Marietta. Visit the store for help from a representative or go to the website to use the 3D Planner Tool to decide on your new kitchen or bath designs. For more information, visit www.cabinetstogo.com.

MODA Exhibits Spotlight on Japanese Architects

Devoted to the celebration and study of all things design related, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is currently featuring the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Observations on Japanese Architects,â&#x20AC;? originally hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The multi-media exhibition is dedicated to emerging Japanese architects and their work from 54 different architecture offices in Japan. Photos courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta Strongly experimental and innovative, the exhibit is meant to provoke thought and discussion on new architectural trends. To learn more, visit www.museumofdesign.org. www.homeimprovementmag.com

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FALL LANDSCAPING P. 26-29 Association of Professional Landscape Designers, (717) 238-9780, www.apld.com. Callaway Gardens, 100 Meadow View Lane, P.O. Box 746, Pine Mountain, GA 31822, (800) 225-5292, www. callawaygardens.com. Georgia Green Industry Association, 211 Queen Road, Epworth, GA 30541, (706) 632-0100, www.ggia.org. Georgia Native Plant Association, P.O. Box with Autumn Colors How to brighten your landscape this fall 422085, Atlanta, GA 30342, (770) 343-6000, www. W gnps.org. Georgia Perennial Plant Association, P.O. Box 13425, Atlanta, GA 30324, www. georgiaperennial.org. Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA), 2300 Henderson Mill Road, Suite 227, Atlanta, GA 30345, (770) 732-9832, www.maltalandscape.com. Miller Landscape, P.O. Box 581, Woodstock, GA 30188, (770) 591-5234, www. millerlandscape.net. Simply Flowers Inc., 2451 Cumberland Parkway SE, Suite 3453, Atlanta, GA 30339, (770) 480-2716, www.simplyflowersinc.com. Selective Designs Inc., 105 Depot Court, Suite A, Peachtree City, GA 30269, (770) 631-1550, www.selectivedesigns.com.

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OUTDOOR FIREPLACES AND FIRE PITS P. 65-73 C & M Residential Services Inc., 1760 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068, (770) 509-5191, www.cmresidential.com. Innovative Outdoors LLC, 6340 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097, (770) 995-6795, www.innovativeoutdoorsllc.com. Isokern Fireplaces/Earthcore Industries LLC, (800) 6422920, www.isokern.net. Johnson Design Group, Create a cozy, year-round gathering spot with an outdoor fireplace or fire pit 1008 Frank Kirk Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152, (770) 426-7007, www.johnsondesigngroup. O com. Landscape Studio Group, (404) 556-8691, www.landscapestudiogroup.com. Legacy Landscapes Inc., 2487 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066, (770) 427-2026, www.legacylandscapes.com. Log Lighter Sales Inc., 131 Bells Ferry Lane, Marietta, GA 30066, (770) 428-2134, www.loglightersales.com. Miller Landscape, P.O. Box 581, Woodstock, GA 30188, (770) 591-5234, www.millerlandscape.net. Outdoor Expressions LLC, 981 Little Road, Canton, GA 30115, (770) 592-9154, www.outdoorexpressions.net. Outside Landscape Group LLC, 11435 N. Fulton Industrial Blvd., Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 754-1188, www.outsidelandscapegroup.com. Selective Designs Inc., 105 Depot Court, Suite A, Peachtree City, GA 30269, (770) 631-1550, www.selectivedesigns.com. Shady Grove Landscape Company, (404) 441-0000, www.shadygrovelandscapecompany.com.



    



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utdoor rooms are all the rage these days, especially here in the South, where families can enjoy them throughout the entire year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More and more homeowners are vacationing and entertaining in their own backyards,â&#x20AC;? says Rick Kaldrovics, owner of Outside

Landscape Group LLC in Alpharetta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They want to extend the entertaining season and

create more ambiance to make their outdoor spaces special.â&#x20AC;?

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makeoverofthemonth A Free-Flowing Floorplan Makeover by SawHorse Inc., (404) 256-2567, www.sawhorse.net BY KATE PARROTT

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• CABINETS Kraftmaid, www.kraftmaid. com

The owners of this Sandy Springs home wanted to upgrade their cramped, dated kitchen to a more modern, free-flowing space while also turning their rarely used screened porch into a sunroom that blended with the rest of the home. To keep within budget, the experts at SawHorse Inc. used the existing footprint of the home to create a kitchen and sunroom that seamlessly flowed into each other. For four months the team worked to remodel the kitchen and encase the porch, all the while keeping the project green by using Low-E windows and Icynene insulation. By using this particular insulation along with energy-efficient windows, an updated HVAC was not needed to accommodate the new space. The kitchen and sunroom were remodeled with hardwood floors throughout, and new Kraftmaid cabinetry was installed. The resulting renovation brings more functionality and style to the living space, and the owners have the satisfaction of knowing their home makeover was completed with the environment in mind.

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