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May 2019

Dear <<First Name>>,

Spring is here, and we hope you are enjoying the warmer weather—and using any excuse you can find to get outdoors and enjoy it! It is the perfect time of year for tackling home improvement projects both indoors and out. For inspiration, take a look at some of the amazing features found in The New American Remodel 2019. This hybrid urban and agricultural home includes an orchard on its property, and also small indoor touches like an urban herb cultivator, conveniently located in the kitchen.  

Convenience and functionality are a huge part of why Atlanta Design and Build’s busy clients renovate certain spaces in their homes. Learn about the evolution of the screened-in porch—one of our favorite places to spend a spring evening. We share the best methods and building materials for the functionality and longevity of your screened porch. We believe in using the most durable materials for the project at hand; a well-built and maintained screened porch should last for many years.

These corners of our homes, whether indoor or out, are more than just the sum of their parts, they are the places where lifetime memories are made! Keep reading for more building tips and project ideas that inspire.

Happy spring, and happy Mother’s Day from the ADB family!!


H. Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP

President | Principal Owner

The History Behind Your Screened-In Porch

Thirty years ago, your grandparents’ porch would have originally been built on top of decks with general deck boards. This gave the porch an “added-on” look to the house, instead of what we now see as a wholly-formed, functional asset of the house. As the field has grown and materials have improved over the years, standards have changed in how homeowners view the concept of a porch’s presentation. What started out as plain deck boards morphed into plywood/carpet, which then transitioned into a tile setup that has now settled into tongue and groove (T&G) decking.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Brown Photography

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TNAR 2019—A Captivating Remodel

The New American Remodel was displayed as an educational tool for remodelers and designers during the International Builders Show (IBS) this year. The history of TNAR 2019 is quite fascinating. The Design Build team discovered a sprawling 1950s ranch-style home in downtown Las Vegas and jumped at the chance to revitalize it. With the continuously rising prices of newer homes in the far away suburbs, many buyers are looking for remodeling opportunities closer to downtown. They like being where the action is.

This home wasn’t a part of a master plan, so the team had the ability to create something unique for IBS. Surprisingly, even though the property is just a few minutes from the Strip, it has an agricultural zoning designation. TNAR team declined the idea of raising farm animals, but instead chose to feature a remarkable backyard orchard with fruit trees and flowering plants.

The look of the home’s exterior is modern, but also conveys an aesthetic similar to the other homes on the street. The theme is organic earth tones with rough stone veneer, stained wood siding and dark metal roofing as the dominant features. Old railroad ties found in the existing backyard were recycled into attractive screening fences.


The new floor plan is arranged around a beautiful central courtyard. This type of layout is actually very traditional, dating back thousands of years. The C-shape creates a protective barrier from both sun and wind, enhancing the home’s energy efficiency. Nestled within that protective environment on the first floor is a comfortable outdoor living space, outdoor bar and large swimming pool with accompanying spa. Another large, inviting outdoor living area is located on the second floor.

Several walls that once separated the interior from the exterior were removed to eliminate boundaries between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. The same stone and wood siding on the exterior are used on the interior, creating a seamless transition. The wide open spaces create a perfect traffic flow for entertaining. Glass wall panel sliding systems allow these open rooms to expand even more.


It is quite obvious the house was designed for entertaining. The main kitchen includes two induction cooktops, an electric grill and teppanyaki, four wall ovens, two large refrigerator-freezers, and a workstation sink. The butler’s pantry adjoining the kitchen incorporates another grill, a pizza oven, a built-in coffee system, and an urban cultivator for growing herbs. In addition there are two outdoor kitchens, five gas fireplaces, and eleven flat screen TVs. There are definitely plenty of activities for get-togethers.

This home feels warm and inviting—a relaxing way to spend more time outside at home. Consider adopting some of these ideas when you remodel your home.



1631 Canton Road
Marietta, GA 30066


About Us

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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