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December 2018

Dear <<First Name>>,

December is the month when homeowners are usually quite busy hosting big family gatherings and parties with friends. If your home is the epicenter for holiday celebrations this year, may you have lots of fun shopping, decorating, and preparing delicious meals!

When you think about the best way to keep your guests delighted, perhaps one of the things that comes to your mind is the need for an entertainment area with a bar. Keep reading for some tips on how you can create this lively space during your next remodeling project.

We are pleased to introduce Caio Nunes, Apprentice Carpenter and the most recent addition to our ADB team. Below you can learn a bit about his background in construction. We are also thrilled that he and his wife, Sydney Contant Nunes, are introducing a new addition to the Contant family this year!

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


H. Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP

President | Principal Owner
photo courtesy of Holland Reid Photography

Welcome Caio to the ADB Team

Atlanta Design & Build gives a hearty welcome to our newest employee, Caio Nunes. We are very pleased to have him on our ADB team!

Caio (pronounced Kyle) is originally from Brazil. Construction has been his passion since childhood.  For the past 14 years, he has honed his skill and expertise working with hardwood flooring. 

Caio and Sydney Contant met through friends and have known each other for 10 -11 years, right around the time she started working for ADB. Sharing many common interests; sports, the outdoors, working with their hands, and carpentry, to name just a few, their friendship continued to blossom culminating with their wedding in June, 2017. When ADB’s recent hiring need arose, we looked no further than our own backyard to find the needed team member. 

Caio has been working as a Carpenter Apprentice since October. His construction background and skillset equip him to be an asset to the team.  “My work with ADB involves helping the guys,” Caio explains. “I learn as I go, hands-on. I want to take it slow and learn everything completely. I eventually want to get my license to be a carpenter, but I also want in-depth learning from experience, not just book learning. I haven’t yet worked with ADB long enough to stand back and admire a project from start to finish, but at the end of each day I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. This work is my calling and I enjoy doing it so much!”

Learn more about Caio on our blog.

Visiting Cosentino Headquarters in Spain

Dale was given the wonderful opportunity of making a trip to Spain recently. He and the other NARI National Board members were invited by Cosentino to visit the countertop manufacturer’s headquarters in Madrid. They toured Cosentino’s phenomenal facilities and were treated to a private cooking demo with their chef.

Dale and the NARI National Board members, including Tom Miller the NARI National Chairman of the Board, are extremely appreciative of this delightful event. Thank you Massimo Ballucchi!


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Entertaining in a Home Bar and Game Room

Today’s open kitchens and family rooms are wonderful, expansive spaces intended for food prep and serving, as well as for entertaining friends and family. But if you are eager for more intimate social gatherings as well, a private home bar and game room can be exactly what you are envisioning.

Homeowners often desire a designated space to entertain friends who like to get together and play pool, poker, or video games. This can be your favorite spot to enjoy a craft beer, a glass of wine, or a pour of whiskey. So look around your home and see if there is a suitable location where you can create a home bar and game room—perhaps in your bonus room, garage, or basement. Or you could include this fun place in your plans for a new addition.

It is important to decide what kind of functionality you want to have in your home bar and game room. If your preference is a wet bar, because you do not want to run back and forth to your kitchen, you will need to have appliances installed such as a refrigerator, wine cooler, ice machine, and sink. This requires plumbing and electrical work, of course. Built-in wall cabinets are useful for storing glassware, napkins, liquor bottles, various bar accessories, and snacks. If you have the space, a countertop bar with stools lets your friends sit close and socialize while you do the bartending. Bring your own personal style into the room by choosing the colors and decor that you love.

What kind of games will you typically play in your home bar and game room? If it is poker, purchase a sturdy poker table that provides plenty of room for your group of friends. Consider a multi-purpose table that allows you first to play poker or board games and then afterwards you can remove the cover and play pool. However, if you are really serious about billiards, a standard pool table is the best way to go. Perhaps you have a passion for old-school pinball and want to install pinball machines up against the wall, or you plan to include a Foosball table. On the other hand, if you and your friends prefer playing video games or watching movies be sure to arrange cushy sofas and lounge chairs around the big screen so you will be comfortable for extended periods of time. You may want to consider investing in gaming chairs that include speakers, cupholders, and immersive technology. No matter what type of games you choose, be sure to include built-in shelving or cabinets to store the various equipment that accompanies the games, and have plenty of electrical outlets installed.

It is important to plan ahead for your lighting scheme in your home bar and game room. Natural light feels warm and inviting, so it is good to incorporate numerous windows, if possible. Recessed overhead lighting spaced around the perimeter of the room makes sure there are no dark, shadowy corners. Under-cabinet lighting works well in the bar area, while pendant lights hung over the bar, billiard table or poker table also increase visibility. If you specifically desire a theater-style room for video games or movies, you may want to eliminate windows and be sure the recessed lighting is dimmable. And don't forget to install a quality sound system to increase the fun experience of your video gaming or movie watching!



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Marietta, GA 30066


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Atlanta Design & Build, based in Marietta, GA, has provided the northern suburbs of Atlanta with quality remodeling services since 1996. We are a full-service design/build firm that has always taken pride in the high level of customer support delivered to each project. In 2008, we developed our proprietary HomeStyle® System, a client-centered approach which ensures for each remodeling project we listen to your needs and desires and then transform your living space to fulfill them.
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