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May 2018

Dear <<First Name>>,

The beauty of spring inspires thoughts of bright days and wide-open meadows filled with the sweet songs of birds and the aroma of many flowers. This switch from dark, cloudy days to a radiant, welcoming atmosphere is a joy to all of us.

And what joy it gives us to provide this sense of openness to our clients, as we did in a recent bathroom renovation. Michele and David are the proud owners of a gorgeous master bathroom and closets. Our expert ADB team made the transformation from a dark, cramped space into a fresh, open expanse. Be sure to view the photos below.

Are you frustrated because your kitchen sink is too small? After cooking a meal, when you try to scrub your large pots and pans, they cannot fit in the sink. Below we are describing all the benefits of a farmhouse sink—first of all its splendid size. You may want to plan on installing a farmhouse sink during your upcoming kitchen remodel.

And keep in mind that May is a great month to contact Atlanta Design & Build about that special project you’ve been thinking about. Are you interested in a new deck for the summer months? How about a screened porch? “The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”—Edwin Way Teale


H. Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP

President | Principal Owner

Have You Seen Us in Your Neighborhood?

The Atlanta Design & Build team is proudly placing our new job signs at our project locations. Have you seen any of our signs in your neighborhood yet? If so, that means your neighbor’s home is being beautifully transformed. Let us know if you’d like your front yard to be the next place we put our ADB job sign!

photos courtesy of Barbara Brown Photography

Spacious Master Bathroom Remodel and Closet Expansion

Michele and David live in an adorable 1928 Craftsman bungalow. Recently, they turned to our Atlanta Design & Build team to redesign their master bathroom and closets. Their closet area was located in a dark and narrow hallway leading from a sitting room to a crowded bathroom with only one sink. Our clients wished to create a space that maximized the footprint by removing walls and relocating the closet.

The ADB team designed an open, airy layout that eliminated the dark hallway and built an expansive dressing/closet area in the sitting room. By removing walls, the generous spa-like bathroom now flows smoothly into the dressing/closet area. “The shower is a dream,” exclaims Michele. “It includes a bench and a built-in shelf for toiletries. There are lots of mirrors in the bathroom, making it brighter. Dale promised we would love the spaciousness and he was correct.”

Read more about this project and compare the difference between the 'before' and 'after' photos.

NARI Spring Business Meeting

Dale and Keely attended the 2018 Spring Business Meeting for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) held in Charlotte, NC from April 18-21. He is just completing a year as Chairman of the Board, but he continues to consider these meetings vital to keeping Atlanta Design & Build on the cutting edge of our industry.

One of the deep concerns for the building industry is the lack of skilled trades labor. The attendees learned about the steps NARI and industry partners are taking to address this issue. The keynote speaker, John Ratzenberger (known widely as Cliff Clavin in Cheers) spoke about this challenging task. He is the creator of a foundation that creates and funds manufacturing summer camps and scholarships nationwide, and he also serves on the Presidential Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

Dale enjoyed meeting with remodeling peers from across the country and trying his hand at a Pit Crew Competition at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He and the team he joined won runner-up honors for changing a tire and getting the car back on the track. Be sure to check out the pit crew video on our Facebook page.

Stainless steel sink with interchangeable apron front

Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks

Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, are making a huge comeback in kitchens. This trend is partly due to the current popularity of farmhouse style interiors, where both vintage charm and functional design are treasured. Yet farmhouse sinks are crafted from a wide variety of materials and designs that fit in with just about every style of kitchen imaginable—whatever your heart desires—from mid-century modern to industrial chic.

The farmhouse sink originated in late 17th century Ireland and Britain when there was no running water. Since water had to be transported by hand from nearby wells, lakes and rivers, the farmhouse sink was valued for providing a basin that could hold large amounts of water.
Contemporary style fireclay sink
Today you will appreciate farmhouse sinks for providing a variety of other benefits. For one, these sinks tend to be considerably deeper than the typical undermount kitchen sinks and usually are designed with one large bowl. This offers plenty of room for washing baking sheets, large pots and pans, as well as oven trays—items that are a challenge to wash in a standard two-bowl sink. If you spend a lot of time cooking and doing clean up, you will be very grateful for this style of sink. Farmhouse sinks are also available in two-bowl designs, if you prefer.

Ergonomically, the farmhouse sink will cause you less back strain because of the front-forward design—the exposed front of the sink extends beyond the cabinetry. You will be able to stand directly against the basin without needing to lean over several inches of cabinet and counter space to wash your dishes. Plus the sink’s overhanging front eliminates those sharp countertop edges that can be uncomfortable. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the bottom of that deep sink may be inaccessible for someone who is seated.

Left: Quartz sink with carbon fiber apron front. Right: Papiro Cream Marble workstation sink with basket-weave pattern

A farmhouse sink is usually installed as an undermount sink, which allows water to drain back into the sink rather than sitting on your countertop. Certain styles of farmhouse sinks include drainage channels on the side that allow dishes to dry on your countertop without water puddling up. Make sure that when your farmhouse sink is installed, it overhangs the cabinets in the front to prevent water damage to the cabinets. Generally farmhouse sinks will not have a built-in location for the faucet, so the faucet needs to be mounted behind the sink, either in the countertop or in the wall.

The materials used to create farmhouse sinks range from fireclay, porcelain, stainless steel and copper, to cast iron, stone, quartz and concrete. Fireclay and porcelain are both heavily favored selections due to their beautiful classic look, though fireclay in general is more durable. Stainless steel farmhouse sinks are also quite durable, relatively inexpensive, and offer a modern twist that fits in well with contemporary kitchen styles. No matter which material you choose, your farmhouse sink will become an attractive focal point, adding delightful charm to your kitchen.

Right: Enameled cast iron sink—wall-mount with legs or top-mount with custom cabinetry
Double bowl fireclay sink with sink racks, strainers, cutting board and colander
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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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