Renovating Your Master Bath? Consider These Features


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Your master suite should be your sanctuary, the perfect place to get away from it all.  It’s important when renovating your master suite to include features that create a feeling of calm in both the bedroom and the bathroom.

  • If your master bath project includes total room renovation, you may want to consider a separate room for the toilet for added privacy. Also, consider foregoing a tub and adding an over-sized shower instead. Make sure the shower is at least 4′ X 6′ and include a bench to provide a comfortable spot for shaving or rinsing off . Install multi-functional or rainhead showerheads for extra luxury.
  • These days, most master bathroom flooring is either tile or stone and both are chilly. That’s why radiant floor heating installed underneath is a wonderful idea. Choose between tubing filled with recirculating warm water or electric floor mats to avoid the shock of ice cold flooring.
  • Depending on the size of the room a small sitting area complete with a freestanding ventless fireplace adds such style and ambiance.
  • Include a small flat screen television and a coffee bar and you have the perfect spot for relaxing before beginning your day.
  • Consider using built-in shelving in the bathroom as well as the master closet. In addition to being a wonderful space saver, they can easily hold everything you need and are much more convenient than under the sink storage or an old fashioned closet.
  • Find style inspiration from magazines, or when selecting colors and materials for  your dream bathroom.  Visit local bath showrooms for additional ideas and to see the materials in person.

With smart planning, you can create a luxurious master bath that will satisfy you for the long term.  Ready to start on your master suite renovation? We at Renewal Design-Build, one of Atlanta’s premier home renovation firms, are here to help. Contact us today!

Learn About Your Historic Home From its Materials


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When you’re undertaking a historic renovation in Atlanta, keeping your home close to its original form takes research. There aren’t always detailed records available regarding when it was built, but one way to learn your home’s history is by examining the building materials and features.

Color, size, shape and texture of brickwork reveals how it was made. Discovering brickwork was hand-molded and traditionally-fired or machine-molded and fired in a kiln with modern fuels gives you an idea of the time period of your historic home.

For homes constructed of wood, there are factors to consider aside from the structural system when researching for your historic renovation in Atlanta. Looking carefully at the wood surface tells you whether it was cut by older tools such as an ax or a more modern band saw.

If nails were used, do they look wrought by hand or machine cut? Nail manufacturing has been notably changed and improved through the years, which makes it easy to pinpoint an age of a home by the type of nails used.

The original construction, alterations and methods the builders used can be better understood by studying the framing method, joining and finishing of the wood. You can choose to keep the appearance of your home in accordance with these historic methods while still using modern and more secure techniques.

Due to constant elemental exposure, the roof of your historic home has likely been replaced or shingled over more than once. If your roof has several layers, looking at the oldest materials can help identify the time period. If it’s been totally replaced recently it can’t be used as a reliable historic reference point.

Contact Renewal Design-Build for your historic renovation in Atlanta. We’re dedicated to great customer satisfaction and quality renovations.

Compromising Between Light and Storage in the Kitchen


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It can be difficult to motivate yourself to cook when you have a kitchen with very little natural light. The entire space feels so closed-in and no matter how much artificial light is added, you just don’t get the same ambiance.  The challenge to adding natural light to a kitchen comes when you try to balance window space with cabinetry.  While storage is also an important feature of a well-functioning kitchen, there is a way to achieve a compromise between windows and cabinetry.

Consider using floor to ceiling built-in cabinetry wherever space will allow. While your first thought is how inconvenient higher shelves are, let’s face it, we all have china, glassware and small appliances that are only used a few times a year or just for special occasions. This will give you the extra storage you need and allow you to replace cabinetry in part of the kitchen with windows.

One really unique design is to install glass door cabinets in front of your windows. This works best when the windows don’t get direct sunlight. If your windows include mullions, make sure the cabinetry framing lines up.

If you have limited space like a galley kitchen, don’t be afraid to look up. Skylights work wonders when it comes to bringing natural light into small rooms.

Remember window and door transoms? Reinvent them as cabinet transoms. Instead of installing cabinetry all the way to the ceiling, leave enough space to have transoms installed. This way you get the best of both worlds…storage and wonderful natural light!

For help finding the balance between storage space and natural light in your kitchen, don’t hesitate to contact us at Renewal Design-Build.  We’ll be happy to help with your kitchen remodeling in Sandy Springs or anywhere else in the greater Atlanta area.

Be on the Lookout for These Old Home Problems

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If you are thinking about purchasing an older home or have recently done so, then odds are you’re planning on renovating it. You’ll want to invest in your historic renovation in Atlanta by adding custom details and features as well as fixing any problems and upgrading any out of date elements. The following are some of the potential problems that you should keep an eye on, as left unfixed they can lead to serious and often times expensive problems.

  • Many old homes were built without a drainage system around the home’s foundation, meaning that rainwater and groundwater have no where to go. This leads to dampness getting into the crawl space or basement of your home, which in turn can cause mold and mildew.
  • Older homes may suffer from weakness in the joists or from a sinking foundation. Look for cracks in the foundation that are horizontal and that are wider at the bottom. These are signs that the foundation is experiencing severe settling. You should also be wary of post-and-pier foundations, since they provide absolutely no earthquake protection – and no location is completely immune from seismic shift.
  • Asbestos is often found in older insulation, roofing, siding shingles, textured paint and more. While many of these features no longer use asbestos, older versions did. Asbestos is not harmful unless these elements are deteriorating as it can cause serious health concerns when airborne.
  • Buried heating-oil tanks should be removed, or at least capped, if your home has been converted to gas or electric heat. Otherwise, it could corrode and leak into the ground, thereby polluting the soil.
  • Lead paint can cause very serious health problems in humans (usually children) and should be removed. If you are planning to renovate and your home was built before 1978, make sure you hire a Lead-Safe Certified contractor in accordance with EPA guidelines.

For historic renovations in Atlanta, be sure to contact us at Renewal Design Build today.