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Are You Looking for Custom Kitchen Design in the Atlanta Area? Let’s talk!

Atlanta Modern Kitchen

Custom kitchen design can be daunting, the sheer variety of design options, material options, color options, and more options, options, options! Find a designer and builder in the Atlanta area who is willing to help you work through all of the options to help you find the best products for your kitchen. We’re glad you stumbled upon our blog today, because that’s exactly what we enjoy. We have been in the business of creating custom kitchens for homeowners in the Atlanta area for many years. We have the experience you need and plenty of references to share. Let’s talk details!


Custom cabinets are absolutely the way to go when you’re truly going to customize your kitchen. Your local hardware or home improvement store will likely have a section for custom cabinetry, or you can look for someone to custom build cabinets for you. The decision is ultimately yours. Let us know if we can help with this process in any way.


Marble, quartz, granite, and formica are very popular countertop options. Marble is, of course, the more expensive choice. Granite is less expensive but a very popular material. One thing we do want to bring up is that quartz is very quickly becoming a favorite among people who design and build custom kitchens.


Hinges, doorknobs, cabinet and drawer door handles, and faucets should all be made of a similar material with a similar finish. This really helps pull the overall kitchen design together at the end of the project.

AppliancesKitchen Appliances

Stainless steel appliances were number-one again in 2014 as far as new appliances are concerned. In fact, the second runner up was a massive 63% behind stainless steel in terms of popularity. So as far as trends go, stainless steel appliances are still the most popular. They look great in any type of kitchen from traditional to modern, and seem to hold their appearance much better than black, bone, or white appliances.



Kitchen lighting options are pretty overwhelming for most homeowners. We often recommend LED lighting because it is more energy efficient and produces a true color light. This means your paint colors will look richer, and you’ll see more detail in most finishes.


Kitchen paint colors vary from homeowner to homeowner. We saw some pretty unusual finishes in 2014 that ranged from dark walls and white cabinetry to brightly colored walls with dark cabinetry. Neutral gray was a very popular choice for kitchens as it works well with most accent colors.  We always recommend collecting images you find online or in magazines so you can get a good idea of what your finished custom kitchen will look like. Use those images to tell us exactly what you love about each image.

Window Treatments

Many homeowners are choosing to streamline their entire kitchen. They’re using built-in appliances such as the range, oven, coffee maker, and microwave. They’re turning away from traditional curtains and moving toward other window dressings such as window sun screens. As we said before, options, options, options!

Local Builders Know Local Trends

Just because you follow a local trend doesn’t mean your custom kitchen will look just like your neighbor’s kitchen. Trends and cookie cutters aren’t quite in the same category. Some trends are fleeting while others are enduring. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss local trends and ideas on how to truly customize your kitchen.

Bathroom Remodel Tips to Add Functionality and Style

Bathroom Remodel Tips to Add Functionality and Style

Remodeling a bathroom can be stressful even for the most organized and laid back homeowner. One way to keep your bathroom remodel under control is to go into it with a bathroom remodel checklist. Start your list at least 3 months before the remodel project is to begin. That way we can see what you want, where you want it, and how you want it to look. Here are some helpful tips for helping your bathroom remodel run as smoothly as possible.

Budget: Create a budget and stick to it. Knowing how much you want to spend on your renovation will guide your decisions in things like tile and fixtures. Once you’ve figured out what you can realistically spend, factor in labor, and then decide where you want to splurge and where you might be able to save. It’s perfectly okay to purchase cheaper flooring so you can buy more expensive furniture or hardware, for example. Choose your splurge items carefully, because you can get carried away quite easily!

Brace Yourself: Consider hidden problems you may face during the remodel. If you’re doing a major upgrade, consider fully gutting your bathroom down to the studs. By getting right down to the skeleton of your space, you’ll avoid discovering hidden problems in the future that might require undoing all your hard work to fix a functional plumbing or electrical issue.

Design Meets Functionality: Design for a balance of functionality and style. Think about the look you want, and try not to get overwhelmed. You may have a certain feel that you’re drawn to for your room, or you may have fallen in love with a specific design feature and choose to build your design around that special faucet or antique mirror you found.

Design and Decorate for Now and Later: Consider adding features like a built-in bench seat in the shower and grab bars in the shower and by the toilet. You may not need these features yet, but if you plan to live independently well into your old age, you will need them later. Ask us about remodeling with a few ADA Compliant features for your Golden Years.

Renewal Design-Build is a Decatur, GA based design-build firm. We provide remodeling services to homeowners in the greater Atlanta area. We have a proven track record and we can provide referrals on request. Our most enjoyable projects are often our most challenging, because we strive to meet all of our clients’ needs and wants while maintaining a fully functional home.

Call us any time to discuss your bathroom remodeling ideas. Let us know what you think about the tips we gave in this post. We enjoy hearing your ideas as well. Together we can create a truly unique bathroom to suit your current and future lifestyle.

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Choosing the Perfect Countertop for Your Atlanta Area Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodeling options are often overwhelming. The sheer number of cabinet, countertop, hardware, and flooring options often makes homeowners take a step back and question whether they really want to remodel their kitchen. Renewal Design Build in Decatur, GA has experience with the types of countertops listed below and many more. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options!

Granite: Granite is the most popular choice of countertop material for many homeowners. It offers a high-end look, increases the value of your home, and provides one of the most durable food preparation surfaces. Granite is a natural material, and no two countertops are the same. This makes it difficult to match multiple slabs for a uniform look throughout the kitchen while simultaneously increasing the unique appeal. Granite must be sealed regularly in order to maintain a flawless surface.

Honed Granite: Honed granite countertops are a twist on polished granite countertops. Honed granite provides a soft, matte finish instead of the highly polished glossy appearance of traditional granite. It is resistant to chipping, cracking, and heat, and slightly more affordable than polished granite.

Quartz: Quartz countertops are practically maintenance free. They’re stain, acid, scratch, impact, and heat resistant. They are nonporous, so you never need to seal them the way you do natural stone countertops. Quartz is the second-most popular countertop material; closely following granite.

Laminate: Laminate countertops are the most inexpensive option. The resurgence in popularity of laminate can be attributed to the low cost as well as to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood, and many more high-end materials. Laminate is not heat resistant, but it is a cost effective way to try out different finishes every few years if you get bored easily.

Wood: Wood countertops provide a rustic, cottage style appearance. You absolutely must maintain a proper seal on the wooden countertop to keep it sanitary for cutting meats. Wood countertops are very heavy duty, very sturdy, and heat resistant.

Marble: Carrara or Calacatta marble is extremely beautiful and durable. The timeless appeal of marble provides a high-end appearance and works well with most types of modern kitchen decor. Marble’s smooth, cool surface is great for working with pastry and chocolate. It is on par with granite as far as cost is concerned. Marble can scratch easily and is susceptible to household stains.

Stainless Steel: Stainless steel countertops aren’t only intended for restaurant kitchens. Stainless offers a beautiful, modern look with clean lines. It’s extremely easy to clean and does not promote bacterial buildup. Many restaurants use stainless steel countertops because it is the most hygienic countertop.

Glass: Glass countertops are sleek with clean lines and a very glossy appearance. They’re very sturdy and may be cut into any shape. They’re a little more expensive then more popular options. The nonporous surface creates an easy-to-clean, stain resistant, hygienic countertop workspace.

As you can see, there are many countertop options. Many kitchens even mix countertop materials, such as wood and granite or marble and quartz.  An experienced designer can help you select the best countertop materials to suit your particular design and lifestyle.