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61 the heart of home improvement

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• Do-it-yourself garage door repair • Gutter cleaning maintenance • Repairing versus replacing an HVAC system • Roof upkeep • Rating the insulation ability of windows • How to avoid siding that warps or buckles • Selecting waterproofing products

• Choosing the right flooring • Resolving shower leaks • Decoding cracks in concrete • Common window treatment mistakes

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Home Improving in the New Decade Thank you Atlanta homeowners for trusting us to deliver the best ideas, inspiration and resources for the last 18 years. Now, more than ever before, we are delivering that information to you in all of the many ways you like to receive it—social media, our newly redesigned website, email marketing, and of course, our magazine. Looking back at 2019, we had quite an exciting year in the ever-changing world of publishing. Our Influencers Bus Tour of Kitchen & Bath Showrooms was so inspirational and educational. These showrooms throughout Atlanta are such a fantastic resource for homeowners looking to update, remodel or build a brand-new kitchen or bathroom. How amazing to be able to see all of the pieces come together before they are installed in your home! Thanks so much to CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio, Howard Payne Company/Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove, Kohler Signature Store of Alpharetta by Plumbing Distributors, Inc., Southern Design & Remodeling, Top Shop Stone/Caesarstone®, Traditions in Tile and Stone, and Walker Zanger for hosting our first influencer tour. We also had our first Rising Stars of the Home Industry contest. We met so many talented young professionals. These designers, remodelers, realtors and custom home builders are making their mark on this growing industry. Look for more rising stars in 2020! The new decade is already shaping up to be full of more excitement as our team continues to find creative ways to bring ideas and resources directly to you. Through every issue, we want to help you make your home the best home for you. Be sure to check out the businesses you voted Best of 2019 on page 39 and to see the full list of winners, go to AtlantaHomeImprovement.com.

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Overhead Door Company of Atlanta™

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HVAC

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Most homeowners clean their gutters one to four times per year. We recommend cleaning typical gutter systems twice a year. The most important Tom DiGregorio and Joe Rusk times of the year to clean your gutters are spring and fall, as leaves and debris pile up most during these seasons due to thunderstorms in the spring or foliage in the fall.

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How do I know whether I need to repair my HVAC system versus replace it?

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Have a certified technician check the system’s performance and quote repair costs. Then, get a quote on replacement before making a decision. Do you want higher efficiency or better comfort? Are you happy with the current system and just want it fixed? The value Bill Mashraky proposition is different for every customer.

Cool Air Mechanical

Years in Business: 10 Associations: NATE, BBB A+ Rated 770.266.5247 www.770CoolAir.com See ad on p. 9

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ROOFING

WINDOW REPLACEMENT

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What roof upkeep should I be aware of for the winter and what is one thing I can do for all seasons?

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It is important to inspect your flashing. Flashing is an extra-protective part of your roof designed to direct water to run off the slope of the roof. In all seasons, we suggest keeping your Chad Cruce gutters clear so that your gutters do not clog up with debris. The added debris can lead to standing water, which can cause damage to your fascia, soffit, and siding.

Team Roofing and Construction, LLC Years in Business: 35 Associations: NFIB, BBB, GAF 770.872.7973 www.teamroofing.com See ad on p. 20

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The U-factor indicates how well a window keeps heat inside your home. The lower the number, the better the insulating qualities. This is important in colder regions. Just Peter Morrison as important is the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), which measures how much radiant heat a window allows into your house. The lower the number, the less heat is allowed in, which is important in warmer regions or summer months.

AVI Windows & Doors Years in Business: 10 Associations: NKBA, HBA, NARI 678.297.1111 www.aviwindowsanddoors.com

SIDING

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First things first. It is invaluable that siding is installed to the direct specifications provided by the manufacturer. Also, ensure the structural support that your home’s siding is Charlie Dallavalle nailed to is perfectly vertical. Regular maintenance is also a must. Keep your wooden siding painted and sealed to avoid exposure and deterioration.

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Before rushing to purchase waterproofing products that are available at your local home improvement store or even on late-night infomercials, we always recommend having a professional waterproofing specialist evaluate your specific issue to fully explain the causes and explain the different options for repair. Some repairs can be as simple as Derek Ritchie sealing a crack, while others may require a drainage system on the outside or inside of your home.

Engineered Solutions of Georgia Years in Business: 13 Associations: Guild Quality, BBB A+ Rated 678.290.1325 www.esogrepair.com See ad on p. 50

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Consider your lifestyle and maintenance needs. Some floors require far more upkeep than others. Think about how long you will be in your home and choose a floor that will still look Elisabeth Stubbs nice when you put your home on the market. Realistic budgets are also a must. Choose as nice a flooring as your budget will allow as it will perform better and last longer than bargain flooring.

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WINDOW COVERINGS

Do cracks in my concrete always mean foundation issues?

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No, it is possible the cracks are superficial but do not self-evaluate your situation. It’s preferable to have a professional assess your problem to pinpoint your specific Michael Cangemi solution. Most good contractors will provide an evaluation and free estimate.

B-Level Concrete SE, Inc. Years in Business: 19 Associations: NARI, BBB A+ Rated, Atlanta Apartment Association

770.516.4476 www.b-levelse.com See ad on p. 44

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What is the most common mistake people make with their window treatments?

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The most common mistake that people make is not purchasing their window treatments through a Andrea and Sean Zare reputable and knowledgeable dealer. You need guidance with making the right decision on the perfect window coverings for your home or business. We are there with you all the way, even to installation. It’s important that your consultant helps you meet both your functional and aesthetic needs.

Classic Blinds & Shutters Design Center Years in Business: 23 Associations: BBB A+ Rated, Best of Houzz (2016-2018)

678.822.0928 www.classicblindsandshutters.com See ad on p. 56

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It depends on where you see the leak. If water is coming under or around the shower door into your bathroom, then a shower door technician should be able to fix the problem with a new silicone application or new sweeps [vinyl sealing]. If the water is spotting the ceiling below or appearing on the paint adjacent to your shower, then the David Drexler tile or pan may not be sealed properly. A tile professional or plumber may be required. A Drexler representative would be happy to help diagnose your leak.

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Years in Business: 66 Associations: NARI, BBB A+ Rated 404.351.4141 www.drexlershowerdoor.com See ad on p. 40

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Help repair and maintain the homes of senior citizens in the Decatur neighborhood during the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. 321 W. Hill St., #1A, Decatur. www.mlkserviceproject.com/volunteers

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eco-friendly set comes with two reusable straws made of BPA-free food-grade silicone, a cleaning brush, and handy carrying case. From restaurants to movie theaters, going green has never been easier. Find them in a variety of colors at The Cook’s Warehouse. www.cookswarehouse.com

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Ooh la la! Ann Huff and Meg Harrington’s eponymous store and full-service design firm, Huff Harrington Home, is the go-to spot for

curated home décor, contemporary furnishings, gifts

A collaboration between A.R.T. Furniture and Bobby Berk of “Queer Eye,” gives midcentury design a modern makeover. Now available in retailers such as American Signature Furniture, the collection features modular designs made of a mix of materials like walnut and metal. The Anja Vanity Desk is perfect for primping and productivity. 3755 Carmia Dr. SW., Ste. 1000, Atlanta. www.arthomefurnishings.com

and more. The 5,500-square-foot shop offers the latest trends such as plush velvet throw pillows and rustic glam accent pieces. 3872 Roswell Rd. NE., Atlanta. www.huffharrington.com

Get the first glimpse of fine period furniture, art, jewelry, and accessories at the Cathedral Antiques Show Preview Party, which kicks off the annual Cathedral Antiques Show (Jan. 23-26). Shoppers can also enjoy wine and food in an opulent setting. 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW., Atlanta. www.cathedralantiques.org

JAN. 27-FEB. 1 Celebrating 39 years, the Spotlight on Art at Trinity School juried show and sale features artwork by 350 emerging and established artists, with two special events: Opening Night Celebration (Jan. 27) and Cocktails & Canvases (Jan. 31). 4301 Northside Pkwy. NW., Atlanta. www.spotlightonart.com

FEB. 15 Lend a hand to improve the local water system and the health of the city’s environment during CHaRM Day. Volunteers can also help sort recycling, assist staff, and direct traffic. 1110 Hill St. SE., Atlanta. www.livethrive.org

SPOTLIGHT FEB. 7-9 23rd Annual North Atlanta Home Show Get help from the pros for your next home improvement project at the 23rd Annual North Atlanta Home Show. Infinite Energy Center. www.northatlantahomeshow.com

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Places to go and stuff you'll love Industry-leading importer and retailer of ceramic and stone tiles, stone slabs, mosaics and plumbing, Ciot has opened a 24,000-square-foot showroom in Atlanta. The company also offers homeowners the chance to

browse over 200 different colors of slabs from around the world in a temperature-controlled 55,000-square-foot slab gallery and warehouse. 2060 Defoor Hills Rd. NW., Atlanta. www.ciot.com

MARCH 20-22

Enhance your home with metaphysical-inspired goods from Modern Mystic Shop. Created by Atlanta local Kelley Knight, the store offers small-batch crystals, candles, soaps, and salts made by family-owned businesses, women-owned companies, and underrepresented groups. Pick up

the Seeing Eyes Tea Towel to showcase in your kitchen. Ponce City Market, Ste. N214, Atlanta. www.modernmysticshop.com

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42nd Annual Atlanta Home Show Get advice from experts on the latest products and services for improving your home and enhancing outdoor living. Cobb Galleria Centre. www.atlantahomeshow.com

INSIDE THE INDUSTRY JAN. 14-21 AmericasMart Atlanta will host the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings MarketÂŽ, featuring more than 9,000 brands across all categories. 230 John Portman Blvd. NW., Atlanta. www.americasmart.com

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The 1st Annual Readers' Recipe Contest Winner An eggcellent entrée created by blogger Erica Key for you to make at home

Photography by (top) Elena Veselova Photography; (headshot) Kayla MaDonna Photography; photo courtesy of (mixer) KitchenAid.

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hen she was just 5 years old, Atlanta-based blogger Erica Key fell in love with food. Founder of Eating with Erica, a lifestyle blog (www.eatingwitherica.com) dedicated to exploring the city’s cuisine, Key enjoys preparing meals at home for her fiancé, Desmond, and daughter, Sydney. So when the opportunity to share her favorite recipe with My Home Improvement readers came about, Key was all in. In honor of KitchenAid’s 100th anniversary, My Home Improvement teamed with the celebrated brand to offer a free KitchenAid Stand Mixer to the person who submitted the best dish. Kudos to Key! Her fabulous frittata was selected and now you can make this tasty meal at home too.

ASPARAGUS, GOAT CHEESE, MUSHROOM, AND BASIL FRITTATA Servings: 6 8 eggs

1 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved

½ cup fresh basil, chopped and divided

2 cups wild mushroom mix

½ pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

½ cup red onions, sliced

1 cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup goat cheese, crumbled

3 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a pan, add olive oil and sauté mushrooms and asparagus for 10 minutes. Set aside. In a bowl, beat eggs, then add sautéed mushrooms, asparagus, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, ½ cup goat cheese crumbles, and 1 cup milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Coat the inside of a 7-by-11-inch baking dish with olive oil. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. ERICA KEY

Top with basil, red onion, and remaining goat and Parmesan cheese.

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Turn that spare bedroom or finished basement into a moneymaker. In 2019, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, Atlanta had more than 180,000 Airbnb guests, resulting in $30,085,185 in income for hosts. SOURCE: AIRBNB. WWW.AIRBNB.COM

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of volatile by removing organic compounds. Reap the benefits with succulents. This easy-to-care-for flora only needs to be watered one to two times a month. SOURCES: NASA. WWW.NTRS.NASA.GOV; MATT MEHLBERG, PIKE NURSERIES. WWW.PIKENURSERY.COM

Thinking about buying a new home? Now could be the time. Prices have leveled off as expected and interest rates are exceptional. The national average interest rate on a

Photos courtesy of (top left) Airbnb; (middle) Christine Bradley.

Houseplants do more than add gorgeous greenery to a home. According to research by NASA, indoor plants can purify the air

Strategically planted trees may reduce your winter heating costs

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30-year fixed-rate mortgage recently hit a 3-year low of 3.61%. SOURCE: THE CHRISTINE BRADLEY TEAM. WWW.CHRISTINEBRADLEY.COM

Don’t let your ash tree become one of the more than 70 million in the United States to be destroyed by the emerald ash borer beetle. Woodpecker foraging and longitudinal bark splitting can indicate that a consultation by an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist® is needed. Early treatment and preventative care is 10 to 20% of the cost of tree removal and replacement.

A row of arborvitae on the north and west sides of the house that receive the most wind can aid in blocking cool drafts from entering the home and potentially result in a lowered heating bill. SOURCES: GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION. WWW.GFC.STATE.GA.US; TODD HARKLEROAD, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ARBORICULTURE (ISA) CERTIFIED ARBORIST®, BOUTTE TREE, INC. WWW.BOUTTETREE.COM

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edgy entertainment From light to dark and matte to metallic, this basement’s wine bar brings the best of nightlife to the home

DETAILS ➊ Backlighting and Acrylic Panels: Using an LED RGB Strip Light from

Cloud Communications & Security, LLC, coupled with custom acrylic panels by Elevation Building Company, LLC, interior designer Radhika Vydianathan established the bold tone of the basement with this backlit bar. Unexpected feature? Using a smartphone or remote control, the homeowner can change the backlighting to any color imaginable, from fuchsia to turquoise. www.cloudcsllc.com; www.elevationbuildingco.com

➋ Custom Countertops: To complement the dark elements of the space, these quartz countertops were selected to bring in brightness. Get the look with the beautifully veined Compac Unique Calacatta quartz at Miami Circle Marble & Fabrication. 773 Miami Cir. NE., Atlanta. www.miamicirclemarble.com

➌ Cabinetry: Radhika chose Benjamin Moore®’s Black Jack paint with a matte finish to create contrast with the overall sleek décor, including chrome appliances. Find it at Paint Unlimited. 6066 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs or www.benjaminmoore.com

➍ Light Fixtures: Circa Lighting’s Revere Pendant in Satin Nickel with a Transparent Smoke

➎ Bar Stools: Homeowners Kyle and Jennifer Phillippi, wanted to incorporate color from their

favorite poster prints. With this in mind, the designer transformed these ARTeFAC leather bar stools, which were once ivory, with ROMO fabrics’ Plain Cotton Pile Velvet in Jensen Cerulean. 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE., Ste. 101, Atlanta. www.romo.com

Radhika Vydianathan’s tips for designing an eye-catching basement and wine bar • Consider every element an element of décor, down to the bottles on display. I decided to showcase Kyle and Jennifer’s rosé to reflect the backlight better.

• Take inspiration from commercial spaces and bring that into your home. Hotel brands that are my personal favorites include Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott.

• Continuity in the flooring throughout your home will help connect each space. In

the Phillippi household, I matched the hardwood on the main level to the basement floors to achieve this. Radhika Vydianathan • Owner and principal designer at Kalaa Chakra Interiors, LLC/KCI Design • Graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design • Seasoned in residential and hospitality design, this Atlanta-based global genius’ work can also be seen in Malaysia and other countries. • 2019 Rising Stars of the Home Industry Fantastic 5 winner. For more on this accolade, visit www.atlantahomeimprovement.com. • www.kcidesign.net

Photography by (left) Krys Alex Photography LLC, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; photo courtesy of (right) Kalaa Chakra Interiors, LLC, photography by Anastasia Alkema Photography.

finish was chosen by the designer to accent the 10-foot island. 3078 Roswell Rd. NW., Atlanta. www.circalighting.com

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get on board with going green 9 finds for an eco-friendly home

Call of the Wild Natural Antler Chandelier 36” This unique chandelier will be the highlight of any space and a guaranteed conversation starter. Handcrafted from naturally shed elk antlers, which vary in shape, size, and color, no two are alike. RH, Restoration Hardware. www.rhskihouse.com

Everything Old is New Again re:loom® might be the most creative of all upcyclers. Each item from the brand is made from donated clothing, excess designer fabrics, and corporate materials that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill or incinerator. Homeless and low-income women locally handcraft rugs, placemats, pillow sleeves, and other home décor and accessory items using traditional floor looms. re:loom®. www.reloom.org

Welcome Home Pinewood Forest Throw pillows and paint colors aren’t the only way to express your style. Pick a sustainable Pinewood Forest home, with floor plans ranging from 370 square feet to 4,500 square feet, and let your green flag fly. Homes built here are intelligently designed for maximum efficiency, use the earth to heat and cool (geothermal), seal out the extreme elements, use smart home technology, and when equipped with solar panels and batteries, can achieve unprecedented energy efficiency and sustainability. www.pinewoodforest.com

So Fresh and So Clean SmartStrand® Forever Clean by Mohawk SmartStrand® carpet is the panacea for anyone with a pet, child, or an inclination toward clumsiness. An advanced nanotechnology built into the fiber’s core provides permanent protection from stains and dirt. SmartStrand® is partially made with renewable plant-based materials and is OEKO-TEX® certified free from harmful substances. Enhance Floors & More. www.enhancefloors.com

Photos courtesy of (top right) RH, Restoration Hardware; (middle left) re:loom®, photography by Ann States; (middle right) Pinewood Forest; (bottom left) Mohawk.

Placemat and Mug Rug

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Sealed Tight Infinity® windows from Marvin® Keep your home toasty and your energy bill low with these energy-efficient windows made from Ultrex® fiberglass. Infinity® windows are predominantly composed of natural silica sand, expand 87% less than vinyl, and are resistant to leaks, seal failures, and rot. North Georgia Replacement Windows. www.ngwindows.com

Keep It Clean

Photos courtesy of (top left) Infinity® from Marvin®; (middle right) Dr. Bronner's; (bottom right) Kohler Co.; (bottom left) Southface Institute, photography by Greg Brough.

Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Castile Liquid Soap This eco-friendly cleaning option is a go-to for Jennifer Hankey, founder of Green Queen Botanical Services. Made in a concentrated formula (which cuts down on packaging) with plant-derived Vitamin E and citric acid, it can clean everything from hardwood floors and counters to stainless steel appliances. Dr. Bronner's. www.drbronner.com

Sustainable Safety HardiePlank® Lap Siding by James Hardie HardiePlank® siding has become synonymous with safety, durability, and sustainability due to its ability to resist a wide range of elements, including fire and the effects of moisture. It seldom needs replacing, meaning less waste is created. James Hardie products are also made from natural and recycled materials. www.sidingplus.com

Waste Not, Want Not Highline® Toilet Tank, 1.0 gpf According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toilets waste more water than any other item in our homes. Using a smaller valve with more pressure, Kohler Co.’s Highline® toilets use just 1 gallon of water per flush, which is less than the 1.28-gallons used in other high-efficiency toilets. Older toilets can use five gallons or more! Kohler Co. www.kohlercompany.com

Helpful Head Knowledge Southface Institute This organization has been promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance since 1978. Homeowners are welcome to attend a monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART), where experts share perspective on the area’s most pressing issues. For hands-on learning, homeowners are introduced to key building-performance concepts and ways to make a home more resource-efficient in the Fundamentals of Building Science course. www.southface.org

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What can I do to be more resource-efficient?

A: Invest in a smart thermostat with programmable options, along with ENERGY STAR® appliances, low-flow toilets, on-demand water heaters, and LED light bulbs.You’ll save resources and recoup your initial costs quickly with lower utility bills.

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What are some ways to improve indoor air quality?

A: Mold and other allergens thrive in closed, moist environments. Dusting and vacuuming, using your stove’s hood vent when you cook, and changing your HVAC filters regularly can help. Also, burn only soy and beeswax candles, and avoid synthetic air fresheners.

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How can I limit the use of chemicals in my home?

A: Use natural alternatives for cleaning, such as vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. To reduce pesticide use, keep pests out by reducing gaps in doors and windows, and use repellents with natural oils like peppermint.

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How can I reduce packaging waste in my home? A: Cut down on the use of plastics and recyclables in general. Many items we think are recyclable aren’t, hence, contaminating our recycling bin contents, which then go to a landfill. Start by avoiding plastic bags, straws and coffee pods, and buy food in bulk.

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Andrea Pinabell President, Southface Institute

In addition to promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities with Southface, Andrea holds a chemical engineering degree from Iowa State University and has over 25 years of sustainable business and operations expertise with organizations like Starwood Hotels & Resorts and The Home Depot Foundation.

How can I waste less food?

A: Create a weekly menu and buy only what you need. Add smaller portions to your plate at buffets and potlucks. Also, store leftovers in the freezer immediately, so you won’t forget about them in the refrigerator.

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The She S Sh Shed

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Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a woman to want a place she can call her own. Blame it on novelist Virginia Woolf. Ninety-one years ago, she declared that a woman must have

her own space—a sanctuary—where she can think and create. Behold, the she shed! Here are four modern takes on an old concept that would make the famous author proud.

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The Green Acres Shed “I wanted a quiet, peaceful place to sit and read, and watch my horses play,” says Sheila Holmberg. Her 8-by-10 open shed overlooks a pasture on her 80-acre property. The shed’s walls are made from antique doors and windows purchased at Copperwood Company in Cartersville. The floor is comprised of old railroad ties. The shed features one lone bench. “I bought it and then had my husband build my she shed around it!”

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The Tea Shed

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dream catcher

Photos courtesy of Egypt Sherrod, photography by Michael W. Eaton Photography.

This 12-by-12 sanctuary-themed shed sits on the back upper-level terrace of HGTV host Egypt Sherrod’s home. “I wanted a space to relax and create. No husband, no kids allowed.” The interior includes Native American elements like dream catchers, a nod to Sherrod’s Narragansett Indian heritage. “I thought it would be fun to incorporate my favorite iced tea, Gold Peak® Real Brewed Tea, into the theme, so I opted to call it a tea shed.”


The Potting Shed

Photo courtesy of Historical Concepts, photography by J. Savage Gibson.

Photos courtesy of Egypt Sherrod, photography by Michael W. Eaton Photography.

The mixture of a worn brick floor, a standing pot brimming with flowers, wicker and wood elements, and sun-washed olive-colored walls gives this potting shed a Mediterranean feel. This small attached potting shed is the perfect place to escape to the therapeutic pleasures of gardening and relaxing amid greenery. The generous mix of open shelving, baskets, and drawers make good use of a tight space, allowing the homeowner to store everything she needs to garden.

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The Vintage Shed Laura Garrett wanted a she shed with character, so she started perusing estate sales for vintage and salvage items. Garrett’s husband and son began constructing her 8-by-12 shed, which overlooks a backyard pond on her property, based solely on a vague idea and photos of other sheds. “I intend to use it as my quiet getaway—and to host mimosa parties! I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning toward naming her Mimosa Cottage.”

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Peep this darling design. “It’s named the Bailey Coop, after my late grandfather,” says Christy Tarver. The coop houses 13 silkie chickens, a breed with atypically soft and fluffy feathers, and sits on her five-acre property. “I wanted their house to be as special and pretty as they are.” The structure has electricity “for their comfort,” a swing, roosting post, and stairs.

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Beat the Winter Blues with a Bright Green Lawn

Painted Grass Instantly Brings the Vision to Life When the need for sod intersects with winter, laying dormant turf isn’t the only option. Painted Bermuda allows you to enjoy a luxury lawn right now—a transformation that can turn your home into the holiday jewel of the neighborhood. Whether for a new home or for a landscaping project, the vibrant, natural color of NG Turf’s painted Bermuda adds instant curb appeal with lush green grass that is sure to make your lawn the neighborhood gem.

In Living Color When laid in the fall or winter, dormant warm season sod is delivered brown, but then greens up in the spring. However, our painted Bermuda arrives to your home with a beautiful green color and stays true for two to three months. Imagine being welcomed home each day with a vibrant yard.

Real Estate Boost If you have a home on the market this winter, a new painted Bermuda lawn can certainly help it sell. Talk to any real estate agent, and they will tout the importance of curb appeal for a quick sale. Our brilliant green sod will help your home stand out against a sea of dormant grass.

Family and Pet Friendly Just like you, we’re concerned about the products we buy for our homes and their potential effects

on our families and the environment. That’s why our lawn pigment is nontoxic, making it safe for children, pets, and wildlife. Because it is free of harsh chemicals, our painted Bermuda is also eco-friendly. You can rest easy and thoroughly enjoy your green lawn, knowing our product is biodegradable and 100% environmentally safe.

No Mess, No Fuss NG Turf’s painted Bermuda is convenient and easy to handle. It arrives at your home dry and colorfast from the farm, so there is no mess. When installing any sod, dormant or not, you must water it until the roots are established. With our painted Bermuda, rest easy that the verdant green color won’t bleed or fade. The sod installs like any other Bermuda grass with no overseeding necessary. You can expect the color to last two to three months, depending on how often you mow and the amount of foot traffic on your lawn.

Green Up Guarantee Like any of our warm season grass delivered in the fall or winter, our painted Bermuda comes with our Spring Green Up Guarantee. For full details or to purchase painted Bermuda, give our Certified Turfgrass Professionals a call at: 770.832.8606 or email: info@NGTurf.com.

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After tens of thousands of votes, you have chosen this year’s best in home improvement. From window treatments and flooring to fireplaces and pools, these businesses and individuals strive to provide you with stellar service and outstanding results. Turn the page to meet the featured winners. To see all of the winners, go to www.atlantahomeimprovement.com.

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Neptune Pools, Inc.

Neptune Pools, Inc. is an international award-winning design/build company that has been serving Atlanta and surrounding areas since 1986. The company caters to the upscale market for both residential and commercial installations of custom pools, spas, water features and their neighboring environments. The ability to provide top-notch customer service, quality products and materials is what sets Neptune Pools apart from other builders and allows them to stand behind their product for years to come. Neptune Pools – “Building dreams since 1986.” www.neptunepools.com, 770.831.5415

Best Deck Design/Build Company Photo courtesy of (top) Neptune Pools, Inc., photography by Jason Brownlee; photography by (bottom left and middle) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Decks and More

Decks and More engages its clients by listening to their needs, wants and desires. From there, the award-winning team designs a plan that best suits their clientele’s overall vision. Decks and More works to turn your dreams into a reality. Contact them to build your deck, addition, porch/patio, and outdoor kitchen. They go the extra mile to deliver a relaxing retreat and outdoor oasis you will love. www.decksandmore.biz, 404.235.6929

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Since 1935, Overhead Door Company of Atlanta™ has been the trusted garage door expert in metro Atlanta. The professionals here consider it a privilege to be invited to your home. They do not use high-pressure tactics or try to sell you what you don’t need. Schedule a free estimate or same-day repair to experience the level of service that earns them outstanding customer ratings. They are the only Overhead Door™ authorized distributor in metro Atlanta. Be sure to stop by their brand-new showroom in Peachtree Corners. www.overheaddooratlanta.com, 404.872.3667

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Best Building Supply Company

Randall Brothers

Randall Brothers has been the molding and millwork company that Atlanta homeowners and professional contractors have relied on for more than 125 years. Since its founding, Randall Brothers has been committed to offering a full and comprehensive range of superior building materials with unparalleled service to match. Their friendly sales staff is highly knowledgeable in the construction industry. It’s no wonder why Randall Brothers’ tagline remains: “Trusted in three centuries!” www.randallbrothers.com, 404.892.6666 LUTHER H. RANDALL III

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Photography by (top) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; photos courtesy of (right) Hunter Douglas/Classic Blinds & Shutters; (bottom) AquaGuard Foundation Solutions.

Classic Blinds & Shutters

As a Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer, the award-winning team at Classic Blinds & Shutters prides themselves on offering great customer service. Inside its Design Center, you will find window coverings including automated blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery, as well as local handcrafted shutters and custom drapery. Here, experienced designers and installers offer extensive knowledge on all types of window coverings and work to assist clients in making sure that they choose the best products for their needs and budget. These experts ensure their clients are satisfied after installation. www.classicblindsandshutters.com, 770.924.0282

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AquaGuard Foundation Solutions AquaGuard Foundation Solutions provides peace of mind with sensible solutions for your home. Improperly-channeled roof water is the leading cause of water and structural damage to a home’s foundation. Permanently protect your home with GutterShutter by AquaGuard. GutterShutter is the largest covered gutter system on the market—backed by a lifetime, no-clog warranty. Plus, its unique GutterStud bracket ensures that it will never pull away from your house. www.aquaguard.net, 770.419.9111

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CR Home’s vast countertop material selection includes gorgeous stone from top manufacturers. They take pride in delivering quality materials (cut at their state-of-the-art fabrication facility) for installation in your home by their certified professionals. www.constructionresourcesusa.com/countertops, 404.378.3132

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Builder Specialties

BSI’s showrooms provide customers with a selection of home solutions, including fireplaces, mantels, appliances, garage doors, outdoor kitchens and more. They offer a large inventory and quick delivery, with highly experienced designers and installation teams. www.constructionresourcesusa.com/builder-specialties, 404.233.6131

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The Sewell Appliance showroom displays kitchen design ideas and over 40 top brand appliances. Their knowledgeable staff will conduct live product demonstrations to help you choose the best indoor and outdoor appliances for your needs. www.constructionresourcesusa.com/sewell-appliance, 404.255.0640

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Enhance Floors & More

Enhance Floors & More was founded in 1985 by Don and Elisabeth Stubbs. Their friendly and professional sales staff, which is the most experienced flooring company in north Atlanta, is thoroughly trained in all aspects of floor covering and can offer suggestions, ROBIN VANCE HELPS CUSTOMERS AT design advice, and education. You are sure to find the perfect floor and will see ENHANCE FLOORS & MORE. many installed floor coverings at their Marietta Design Center. According to their team, “You’re not just buying a floor, you’re buying peace of mind!” www.enhancefloors.com, 770.565.3808

Best Interior Design Company

Photos courtesy of (top) Enhance Floors & More; (bottom) Bridgette Boylan Interiors, photography by Kelley Klein Photography; photography by (middle) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

AJW Designs, Inc.

AJW Designs, Inc. blends the creative, award-winning styles of husband-and-wife team John and Ann Wisniewski. Using John’s extensive architectural and construction knowledge along with Ann’s expertise for creating signature interiors based on their client’s vision, they offer the best design with enhanced options giving the client their dream space with increased sustainability, privacy, security, and a healthy environment in which to live, work, and thrive. www.ajwdesignsinc.com, 678.401.3721 (L TO R): ANN AND JOHN WISNIEWSKI

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Bridgette Boylan applies her creativity and vision to more than 400 homes annually. During its more than 35 years of business, her award-winning firm has earned a reputation for providing unparalleled customer service, professional expertise and quality workmanship. In addition to serving the needs of her clients here, Boylan also serves on the board for Partners for Care, a local nonprofit. Since 2008, Boylan has traveled to Kenya annually to help create sound, sustainable solutions for those in abject poverty. www.boylaninteriors.com, 770.447.5800 FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF BEST OF 2019 WINNERS, GO TO ATLANTAHOMEIMPROVEMENT.COM

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Southern Design & Remodeling

Southern Design & Remodeling is the premier destination for all of your kitchen, bath, and basement turnkey remodeling needs. The professionals at Southern Design & Remodeling handle everything from design to installation and anything in between. Plus, they can move (L TO R): LORI SHEDLOCK, ROSS MURPHEY, walls to give you that open floor plan you’ve always wanted. Stop by to see PRINCESS THOMPSON Southern Design & Remodeling’s newly remodeled showroom or call to set up an appointment with one of their experienced designers. www.sdratlanta.com, 770.321.8669

Best Concrete Company

Photography by (top) Behrang Derakhshan Photography; (middle and bottom) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

B-Level SE, Inc.

Since 1999, B-Level SE, Inc. has been providing residential, commercial, and industrial concrete lifting and leveling services throughout metro Atlanta. With every free estimate, the team offers the most cost-effective option to customers based on their needs. The company offers both grout and polyurethane lifting services and epoxy floor repair for basement and garage floors. Other concrete repair needs include sealing the cracks in poured basement walls and fixing bowing basement walls. The experts also chase and caulk cracks in driveways and sidewalks. www.b-levelse.com, 770.516.4476

MICHAEL CANGEMI

Best Plumbing Company

Cool Air Mechanical

Cool Air's expert plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilation and water-heater services assist customers throughout Atlanta. They ensure your plumbing, heating or cooling system is installed or maintained properly so it runs smoothly for years to come. www.770coolair.com, 770.637.0840

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Engineered Solutions of Georgia is a locally owned & operated foundation repair/waterproofing company with extensive experience meeting the unique foundation needs of residents and businesses throughout the Atlanta communities. One of the things that sets Engineered Solutions of Georgia apart from the competition is that we are the only foundation repair company in the community that features an In-house structural engineering department. Engineered Solutions of Georgia has two licensed engineers on staff!

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Best Landscape Supply Company

NG Turf

Photo courtesy of (top) NG Turf, photography by Zach Dailey; photography by (bottom) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; (middle) Eric Bern.

(L TO R): SCOTT LANIER, AMANDA BEECHER, LIZ FRAZIER, NICKY STACEY, MICHELLE MCDONALD, JUTT HOWARD

Verified Foundation Repair Contractor 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Established in 1985 by Aaron McWhorter, NG Turf is a family-owned business with more than 10 varieties of premium bermuda, zoysia, and fescue sod. Homeowners and landscapers can trust their Certified Turf Professionals for exceptional quality and farm fresh sod, backed by unmatched customer service. Whether it’s a pallet or roll, NG Turf offers convenient delivery, even on Saturday or first thing Monday morning. www.ngturf.com, 770.832.8608

Best Carpet-Cleaning Company

Citrus Fresh Carpet Cleaning This local woman-owned and operated business is committed to going the extra mile to assure that you have an outstanding carpet-cleaning service experience. The team at Citrus Fresh Carpet Cleaning provides five-star service and assures faster dry times with the use of nontoxic products. www.citruscarpetcleaners.com, 404.606.2155

Best Foundation Repair Company

MEAGAN PERKINS

Engineered Solutions of Georgia

DEREK RITCHIE

Engineered Solutions of Georgia is an award-winning locally owned and operated foundation repair and basement waterproofing company. The company, which was founded in 2006, has an in-house structural engineering department with two engineers and a total of 65 employees. Noted as one of the fastest growing companies in America, the team here has extensive experience meeting Atlanta's unique foundation needs. Turn to them to repair foundation damage or to protect your property from unexpected basement flooding. www.esogrepair.com, 678.290.1325

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Best Tile Store/Company

Traditions in Tile and Stone Traditions in Tile and Stone has been a family-owned business since 1936. Their mission is to provide an extensive collection of quality products and exceptional service in design, product knowledge, and installation guidance for any residential or commercial project. Their showrooms offer free design services and they also work alongside trade professionals for any size project. www.traditionsintile.com, 404.239.9186 (L TO R): SUSAN MITCHELL, MELISSA HAGERTY, CAREY CARROLL

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Photography by (top and right) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; (bottom) Krys Alex Photography LLC.

The Trusted Toolbox

When you need your home repaired or updated, it is important that you work with a trusted contractor. The team at The Trusted Toolbox can handle everything from the punch list around the house to bathroom and kitchen remodels. They know how to get your job done correctly the first time and on time. Since 2008, the professionals at The Trusted Toolbox have set the standard as the mark of excellence in home repair and remodeling in north metro Atlanta. www.thetrustedtoolbox.com, 770.623.3097

CHRIS LALOMIA

Best Window Store/Company

North Georgia Replacement Windows North Georgia Replacement Windows was hand-selected by Infinity® from Marvin® to install their premium, all-fiberglass windows in Georgia. The 2019 J.D. Power Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study ranked Infinity from Marvin #1 among window and patio door Manufacturer brands. The North Georgia Replacement Windows team provides quick, accurate proposals without pricing games or pressure. Unlike other windows that will need to be replaced again, Infinity fiberglass windows are a decision you’ll only need to make once. www.ngwindows.com, 770.888.1604

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Best Underdeck Systems Company

Southeastern Underdeck (BACK ROW, L TO R): BEN SMITH, JOEL MOONEYHAN, PAULA KNOX, GLENN GRILLO; (FRONT ROW, L TO R): LINDSAY AND HEATH BOWMAN

Southeastern Underdeck is proud of its hardworking team and innovative solutions for outdoor living. Their removal panels provide ease in maintenance and flexibility with future modifications, and they offer a wide selection of upgrades and accessories to make your outdoor living space more usable, more livable, and more enjoyable. Check out the company's new additions to their top-notch line now! www.southeasternunderdeck.com, 678.765.7686

Best Remodeling Company—Whole House

Southland Development Services

Photography by (top and right) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; photo courtesy of (bottom) Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath, photography by Tim Small.

Whether you are looking to remodel a bath or kitchen, add a family room or build an entirely new house, Southland Development can make it happen. Their project-management expertise means a smoother process for you and your dream project. www.southlanddevelopmentservices.com, 770.560.3012

Best Cabinet/Store Company

Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath offers kitchen and bath design and installation expertise combined with high-quality cabinets. Dove offers 12 different lines of cabinetry to fit your budget, ranging from beautiful custom pieces to budget cabinets that can compete with Chinese imports. The company added outdoor kitchens to the mix several years ago. Dove also can assist with selecting appliances, plumbing, lighting and home accessories. Their award-winning showroom is located in Roswell. www.dovestudio.com, 770.552.3683

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(L TO R): KATHERINE SAPP, MARCIA SHEARER, PAUL CASTELL, STEPHANIE ELDER, JENNY LYONS

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Best Outdoor Kitchen Builder

Outback Deck

(L TO R): BRYAN MILLER, JOHN GWALTNEY

Want to take your backyard to another level? Would you love for your family and friends to relax and be entertained in an amazing new outdoor space? Transform your backyard with a new synthetic deck, screened-in porch, patio enclosure, custom pergola, or a new fireplace or firepit! Outback Deck can help create your dream outdoor living project! You can look forward to an outstanding customer experience—from the company's initial design ideas to their industry-leading craftsmanship. www.outbackdeck.com, 678.262.4113

Best Siding Company

Siding Plus

Photo courtesy of (top) Outback Deck; photography by (bottom) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

For more than 20 years, Siding Plus, a division of Painting Plus, has served metro Atlanta with quality customer service, materials, and installation. The company is fully insured and offers a warranty for completed work. Their customer-first focus provides accurate, detailed estimates, full satisfaction for all services, and fair prices for new installation, repair, or replacement. Their devotion to exceeding client expectations and providing quality workmanship has made them the leader in siding repair service.  www.sidingplus.com, 770.971.1577

Best Modern Interior Designer or Builder CANDICE KEILIN

Candice Keilin Designs and Associates Candice Keilin Designs and Associates is a full-scale interior design and architectural design group with its own KEBO designer tile line. Their team works on residential and commercial projects, both big and small, and they pride themselves on their unique creativity and can-do approach. They have vast resources and incredible craftsmen that they align their company with. Using innovative design elements that are both beautiful and functional, they bring their clients' dreams to reality. Their slogan is: "Creating beautiful spaces for you." www.candicekeilindesigns.com, 404.372.1390

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Best Shower Enclosure Company

Drexler Shower Door & Custom Glass

DREXLER SHOWER DOOR & CUSTOM GLASS SHOWROOM

Drexler Shower Door & Custom Glass is Atlanta’s go-to source for all things glass! Its Midtown showroom features frameless shower doors, antique mirrors, glass railings, back-painted glass, and much more. The company’s attention to detail and service is unsurpassed, and the team takes pride in helping customers find “the perfect fit” for each project. Visit today to see the newest grid-pattern showers, or to learn more about how glass can transform your living or work spaces! www.drexlershowerdoor.com, 404.351.4141

Best HVAC Company

Photography by (bottom) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; photo courtesy of (middle) SkyPress, photography by Brandon Brown.

Guardian Heating, Air, Plumbing & Electrical Guardian Heating, Air, Plumbing & Electrical offers homeowners 20-plus years of experience for all home service needs. Guardian was established as an answer to customers not receiving what they paid for. Founder Richard Eppers believes in providing great products that are installed and maintained correctly, at reasonable prices, and delivered through honest, customer-focused practices. Eppers believes that the statement “do what you promise” is key. What is his priority? You are! www.guardianexperts.com, 770.727.1888

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Best Remodeling Company—Historical Preservation

Copper Sky Renovations

Copper Sky Renovations believes old houses are worth saving. With an eye for traditional design elements, thoughtful layout, meticulous planning and attention to detail, they preserve original architectural details where possible, and add space, function and utility where needed. www.copperskyrenovations.com, 404.418.1342 (L TO R): MICAELA QUINTON, JIM WALKER

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From Kitchens…to Bathrooms…to Poolside… Hire a NARI Atlanta Member

NARI Atlanta – Connecting Homeowners with Remodeling Professionals www.nariatlanta.org

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the heart of home improvement A custom bedroom makeover for a deserving child What started out as a hobby doing renovations after work and on the weekends grew into a fast-paced, full-time nonprofit for Peter and Holly Ranney. Created in 2012, Sunshine on a Ranney Day partners with about 30 companies to create room makeovers for children with long-term illnesses. As a proud supporter of the nonprofit’s mission, Jim Walker, owner of Copper Sky Renovations, donated his time (alongside the company’s designers Meka Jones and Jaime Dupes) and services to help revamp 5-year-old Fenton McEvoy’s Morningside bedroom. In 2018, Fenton was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, a rare disease that affects the nervous system—particularly, the spinal cord. He was in need

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(FRONT ROW, L TO R): MARTHA, FENTON, OWEN of a therapy space that would accommodate his everyday routine. Here’s where Jones and Dupes played an integral part. Inspired

by the family’s Tybee Island vacations, the team painted the bedroom’s walls white and added an accent wall with sky blue stripes to make the space feel brighter. They also wallpapered the ceiling and added nautical details to pay tribute to those special trips. In addition, they replaced the carpet with luxury vinyl tile to give Fenton better mobility with his wheelchair, added a trundle bed so his parents or caretaker can have a place to rest during Fenton’s around-the-clock care, and installed additional outlets for therapy equipment. Eager to help out? Sunshine on a Ranney Day is looking for designers and contractors to partner with. www.sunshineonaranneyday.com; 1155 Zonolite Rd. NE., Ste. A2, www.copperskyrenovations.com

In 2015, Courtney Stewart founded the Right Hand Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to support women and children’s shelters and group homes in the Atlanta area through financial donations, mentoring programs, and more. The continued community give-back has set the stage for the inauguration of Stewart’s latest philanthropic initiative: the opening of transitional facilities for single mothers and their kids. Recently, the Atlanta native purchased homes in College Park in an effort to revitalize the residences and make them

comfortable, rent-free “havens” for struggling families. This past October, the first home, which features COURTNEY STEWART IS ALL SMILES FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE FIRST REMODELED COLLEGE PARK HOME ON OCT. 10.

new beds and Frigidaire appliances, will soon be occupied by its first tenants. www.righthandfdn.org

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