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Renewal Design-Build, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Teaming Up to Feed 1,000+ Homeless in Atlanta

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On Wednesday, November 23 starting at 11 am, over 1,000 homeless people in Atlanta will enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving day feast at an event called The Day Before. The meals will be served at the Our House shelter located at 173 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 and at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless located at 477 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Three local companies have teamed up to create and coordinate this event including: Renewal Design-Build of Decatur, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q of Atlanta and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q of Atlanta who will be cooking and serving traditional Thanksgiving meals. Sysco Atlanta generously donated all 80 turkeys for the event. Additional funds raised will be used to purchase socks, hats and clothing for the homeless.

“It’s a great feeling to help those in need,” says David Michelson, President of Renewal Design-Build. “We are passionate about our commitment to our community, and we welcome opportunities to pitch in and help. It’s been gratifying to see other companies so eager to join in and make this a bigger and better event. We also hope to raise awareness so more individuals and companies get involved and make a difference in our community.”

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Event History:

Two years ago, Anthony Hamilton, Jobsite Ambassador with Renewal Design-Build, organized an event to feed 500 people in Atlanta. He collected donations from employees and clients. When he started to organize the event again this year, he mentioned it to Mike Hufler, a partner with Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Hufler got excited and reached out to Jeremy Chambers, owner of the Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, and Jonathan Fox, owner of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, who both readily agreed to help.

Here is a link to an 11 Alive feature about Anthony Hamilton and the 2014 event he coordinated:  http://www.11alive.com/news/local/southwest-atlanta/good-samaritan-provides-hundreds-with-hot-meals/253273064

Hamilton created the family tradition of feeding the homeless the day before Thanksgiving years ago. “My inspiration for the event came from memories of my own childhood and knowing what it was like to be hungry and in need,” said Hamilton. “I was helped by many good people along the way, and I wanted to instill the value of caring for others in my two sons. You never know when you may be on the other end and need a helping hand.”

ABOUT Fox Bros. BAR-B-Q:

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is an award-winning barbecue restaurant located just south of Little Five Points in Atlanta. They are known for their unique Southern-style barbecue with a Texas flair. The Fox brothers developed a sauce that mixes the flavors of Texas with the heat of the South. It’s a tomato-based sauce with a hefty splash of vinegar and a southern sweetness, with a subtle blast of Texas heat. We call it “Sweet with Heat.” Today Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become an Atlanta staple, with favorites like the renowned Beef Brisket and the Smoked Wing Basket. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has been featured on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Better Mornings, The Weather Channel, TLC and Fox News. For more information and reservations please call 404-577-4030 or visit www.foxbrosbbq.com. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is located at 1238 DeKalb Ave. Atlanta Ga. 30307. Connect with Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q on Facebook at Facebook.com/FoxbrosBarBQ or on Twitter @FoxBrosBarBQ.

ABOUT Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q:

Jim ‘N Nick’s started cooking pork “low and slow” in 1985 when Nick, along with his dad Jim, reclaimed an old pizza parlour on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, AL where they opened the first Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Thirty years later, with 34 restaurants in 7 states, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q has become a Southern institution.

Jim ‘N Nick’s specializes in Hickory Smoked BBQ and Southern Food in a made-from-scratch, fresh daily kitchen.  We are proud to say we don’t have freezers. For us it’s about great food and technique rooted in tradition and hospitality that reflects our care for our staff and our guests with friendly service and Southern Hospitality. Local owners are taught the recipes and techniques, which they then pass on to the cooks and pitmasters in each location. Jim ‘N Nick’s has been supporting its local communities since 1985.  Jim ‘N Nick’s Atlanta is located at 4574 S Cobb Dr, Smyrna, GA 30082.  Connect with Jim ‘N Nick’s on Facebook at Facebook.com/JimNNicks or on Twitter @JimNNicksBBQ.

About Renewal Design-Build: 

Celebrating 15 years of service to Atlanta, Renewal Design-Build is a full-service design-build firm specializing in the renovation of older homes. Renewal delivers Atlanta’s best home renovation experience with inspiring design and excellent craftsmanship that exceeds expectations. They renew homes and lives with concierge service and an on-time, on-budget guarantee. Renewal offers a wide variety of remodeling services – from kitchens and master baths, to additions and whole-house renovations.

Founded in 2001, Renewal Design-Build has earned more than 80 prestigious national and local design, construction and customer service awards. What they value even more are the accolades they earn every day from their clients. To learn more about why Renewal’s clients consistently rate them as market leaders in customer satisfaction, please call 404-378-6962 or visit them online at www.RenewalDesignBuild.com.

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Creating the Luxurious Kitchen of Your Dreams

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Everyone deserves to have a luxurious kitchen and if your kitchen space is too small, cramped or outdated, we can help you change it into the space of your dreams. It may be as simple as a remodel or it may take a little more time with a complete renovation, but in the end, you will be amazed with the results.

Here are 8 ideas for your new luxurious kitchen:

  1. We can create a layout that will work perfectly with your current and future needs. You will be able to choose the open floor plan that works best for you.
  2. We recommend installing custom cabinets, because it will enhance the architectural beauty of the space. These cabinets can be installed in every available space to increase the storage and functionality of your kitchen.
  3. Upper cabinets can be used to hide all of your countertop appliances and they can even be built so that the appliance slides out on a shelf.
  4. Adding an island is a wonderful way to add not only storage, but work space and seating as well. We recommend adding a sink to the island for additional convenience when cooking.
  5. New appliances can complete the look of any kitchen and many of the newer models allow you to access them with your smartphone. We know that you will love the convenience of being able to see what is inside your refrigerator from the store or turning on the oven before you arrive home at night.
  6. If you have never had enough outlets in your kitchen, then we recommend that you have under cabinet outlets installed. This will give you more options when you need to plug something in, but the outlets will not distract from the overall design of the kitchen.
  7. Granite and quartz countertops are a nice addition to any kitchen, but you may decide to get a little more extravagant if you bake quite frequently. Marble is a good choice for bakers, because the material is perfect for rolling out pie crusts and cookie dough.
  8. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may want to consider extending your kitchen outside. A renovation can include the space outside and you can create the outdoor kitchen that fits your needs. There will be no need for you to continuously go in and out of the house while you are entertaining family and friends.

There is no limit as to what your luxury kitchen can look like and we can assist you in turning your dreams into a reality. Call us at 404-378-6962 and we’ll schedule an appointment to begin the kitchen design process with you.

Choosing the Best Countertop for Your Newly Renovated Kitchen

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You have been busy planning your kitchen remodel and while you have made many decisions, there is still at least one more that you need to make. You will need to decide which type of countertop is best for the beautiful kitchen you have designed. This can be a difficult decision, because there are so many different materials and colors available.

Here are 7 of the best countertops for you to choose from:

Granite

Granite seems to be the most popular choice when it comes to kitchen counters, because it is available in many different colors and patterns. It is also easy to clean and will not get damaged easily by knifes and heat. You will need to have sturdy cabinets installed to support the weight of the granite and it will need to be sealed at least once a year to avoid getting stained.

Marble

Marble countertops add a look of elegance to a kitchen and it will not get damaged from hot pans. However, it will scratch, chip and stain quite easily even with frequent sealing. We recommend installing this in areas that will be used for baking.

Tile

Tile countertops can be used in any kitchen and the tiles can survive the abuse of hot pans and knives. These countertops can be difficult to keep clean especially in between the tiles and care must be taken to not let moisture seep underneath. If a few tiles do happen to crack or break over time, they are simple to replace.

Natural Stone

If you are looking for a natural stone option for your countertop, we recommend soapstone. The color of the soapstone is often a medium gray but it darkens to a deeper color with time. This type of counter will need more preventative maintenance than others since it needs to be polished with oil to keep it in excellent condition. It is naturally rough, so dishes and glasses may scratch easily if knocked against it.

Stainless Steel

A nearly destructible option for your kitchen is stainless steel. Stainless steel can easily be wiped free of germs and bacteria, but fingerprints will be noticeable throughout the day. It can also get dented if something heavy gets dropped on it.

Custom Concrete

An industrial option for kitchens is a concrete counter. These counters can be customized with rocks, shells, and fragments of glass for a unique look. Just like granite, you will need sturdy cabinets under the counters and it will need to be sealed often.

Butcher Block

Butcher block counters have a wonderful natural appearance that will change after use and time. Unfortunately, it needs to be disinfected frequently and will need to be oiled to protect the surface.

Making the Decision

One of these countertops will be perfect for your newly renovated kitchen; you just need to decide which one it is. Make sure that you consider what you will use it for not only now, but in the future, so that you can make the best decision possible. We will go through a personalized checklist with you to help you choose the best countertop for your kitchen. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 and we’ll start the design process with you.

7 Items that Every Luxury Bathroom Needs

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Your bathroom is one of the rooms that you would love to spend more time in if it looked and felt more like a spa instead of a boring room. We can help you turn that boring space into a luxurious spa-like bathroom that will rival any fancy resort and spa. Here are 7 items that every luxurious bathroom needs:

Lighting

Lighting is very important in a bathroom, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be boring. You can add some style and flair by hanging a gorgeous chandelier over your bathtub. Imagine sitting in a warm bubble bath under the soft glow of the light. We can even install a dimmer switch for the chandelier, so that you can control how bright the light is.

Towel Warmers

There is nothing better than wrapping up in a warm towel after a shower and this can easily be achieved by installing a towel warming rack or drawer. You can even warm your robe and slippers to ensure you’re wrapped in warmth from head to toe after the shower.

Sink and Vanity

Sinks are available in many different designs and there is no reason why you need to choose one that fits inside the counter of your vanity. You can add elegance and charm by having a white marble vessel sink that sits on top of the vanity installed with the faucet extending out of the wall.

Heated Toilet Seat

We often see cool weather during the winter months here in the north of Atlanta. You will never have to worry about how chilly it is when you use the bathroom at night if you have us install a heated toilet seat.

Heated Flooring

Tile gets cold even in warm weather. The winter months often drop down into the 50s here in the Decatur area, so heated flooring is truly a luxury that should not be overlooked. Heated floors are another option for luxurious bathrooms and you will never have to worry about stepping on cold tiles ever again.

Smart Showers

Imagine being able to turn your shower on from your bed in the morning and having the water at the perfect temperature as you are stepping in. This is possible with newer smart showerheads and most offer a variety of settings whether you need a massaging shower or a relaxing soaking shower.

High End Materials

Create a high-end luxury bathroom with high quality materials and you’re sure to enjoy the lasting results. We always recommend using high quality materials in a luxury bathroom remodeling project because true luxury means a long lasting finished product. Marble, for example, lasts longer and maintains its beauty longer than tile or granite and real wood maintains its value better than cheaper particle board furnishings.

Designing a luxurious bathroom is very easy and we can assist you with the process. Call us at 404-378-6962 to talk about the ideas we mentioned here or to give us your own ideas about luxury bathroom remodeling. We’ll schedule an appointment with you to hash out the details and get started building your perfect bathroom.

4 Ideas for the Perfect Family Room Addition

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As your family continues to grow, you may be finding that your house is starting to fee smaller in terms of functionality and square footage. This is common with many families and we can help you build an addition that will look like it’s been there forever. This new space can be used for the perfect family room, among other ideas.

Here are 4 ideas for you to consider when adding a family room:

Sports Den

If your entire family is into watching sports, then you may want to consider building the room with that theme in mind. You can have multiple large screen televisions, so that you can all watch numerous games at once like your own sports bar lounge. Adding some comfortable chairs and couches filled with pillows and blankets with your favorite sports teams’ logos can complete the space. By placing a bar in the room, everyone will have a place to grab snacks and drinks from without needing to go to the kitchen.

Seating Arrangements

A popular design for family rooms is a large room that has smaller seating areas scattered throughout. One section can have a couch and a couple of chairs near a fireplace while another area can have a small table and chairs for playing games. A separate television can be placed in a corner for video games while a larger one can be viewed from any space in the room. Keep it simple and keep it comfortable.

Entertaining

Many families entertain often and since the family room is usually the largest space in the house, this is where everyone congregates. We recommend that you design the space with multiple seating areas with a few ottomans scattered around for additional seating as needed. Small tables can be used at seating areas to hold drinks and a bar is the perfect place for a buffet of food and drinks.

Movie Time

A family room can be used as a media center with comfy chairs that recline. The chairs can be placed in a row or scattered throughout the room. Make them mobile for even more versatility. A large television or projection screen can be placed on one wall and surround sound can be installed throughout the room.

Remodel Your Home with Renewal Design Build

No matter what you decide to do with your new family room, you will love having the extra space that your family needs to be comfortable at home. We will help you build a space that will continue to grow with your family for many years. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss remodeling your home or building a home addition with us.

How to Survive the Inconvenience of a Whole Home Remodeling Project

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Living through a whole house remodeling project can be a nightmare, especially if you don’t enjoy messes, disorganization and not having control, but there are some helpful tips and tricks that can help you overcome the dreaded home remodeling project blues.

Weather

Try to plan the remodel around a time when the weather will be nice and dry. During your project the contractors will be in and out of the house all day so the last thing you want added to your plate is muddy boot prints throughout the house, especially on those light colored carpets. While we cannot predict the weather with 100% accuracy you are able to get a general idea on when the nice days will occur.

The Clock Is Ticking

How long will your project take? This can vary greatly depending on the project, the contractor, and the area in which your home is located. You could need permits and/or inspections depending on the laws in your area and the project. This is something that should be discussed before the contract is signed with your contractor. You will want to get a general idea on how long a project will take; this also helps to determine when the project should be started.

Special Orders

We just mentioned the time the project will take to be completed, special orders can greatly affect that time period. If you have to order custom cabinets or other such materials you might be looking at a longer finishing time. You might think about ordering the special items before the project begins that way they are there when you need them and you won’t have to wait on them.

Storing Materials

As mentioned above if you were to order your special pieces ahead of time you need to think about storage for them until the project is ready to begin. Where will you store your materials? You will need someplace secure, dry, preferably out of the elements and somewhere they won’t be bothered or in the way. One thing you want to try to avoid is having to store your materials anyplace that will have a fee; this can get expensive depending on how long you are using the area.

Other Accommodations

If you are having a large and in depth remodeling project happen at your current residence you will need to think about other accommodations until you can get back into your dwelling. Staying in a hotel the duration of the remodel might be costly, not to mention most times you won’t be able to cook while there which leads to eating out, another expense. Maybe stay with local relatives or friends? Well, this is an option if your project won’t take months to complete.

Noise Is Inevitable

When planning and implementing a remodeling project you need to realize that quiet is not a word that can be used in the same sentence as remodeling. There will be noise, and probably lots of it depending on the remodeling project. Be prepared for noise, this can be especially difficult if you have children who nap or need the peace and quiet every so often. Plan for outings where you can get some quiet time away from all the noise of the remodel.

Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you would like to discuss your upcoming remodeling project in detail or if you would like to work with our remodeling designers and builders in the Decatur area and get the ball rolling for your 2016 project.

8 Tips on Choosing the Best Sink for Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling Project

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Finding the perfect sink for your kitchen or bathroom can seem like a simple task, but there are many things to consider. If you want to make your space refreshed and functional and get the best value for your money, we’ve got some tips to help you choose the best kitchen sink for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

  1. Consider your needs, your budget and the surrounding area along with your countertop when choosing your new sink. You wouldn’t want your kitchen or bathroom sink to stand out from or completely clash with the rest of the room.
  2. Choose the right materials. Similar materials perform similarly regardless of the manufacturer. As for the kitchen sinks, your options are stainless steel, enamel, and solid surface. Enamel is easy to clean but it can get damaged during regular use.  The solid surface blends in with your counter the best but it’s even more prone to damage than enamel. The most reliable option is the stainless steel, but if you’re going for the looks and handle your dishes with care, the other options are welcome. As for the bathroom sinks, you can choose from porcelain, glass, and stainless steel.
  3. Count the holes to match the hardware already installed with your new sink. Most sinks have pre-drilled mounting holes for faucets. You can easily camouflage an extra hole but making a new one isn’t recommendable.
  4. Consider the dimensions. It can get frustrating if the sink bowl isn’t wide enough to accommodate a larger bowl or pot. Make sure to get the right shape and the right dimensions.
  5. Pay attention to the depth of the sink. A deeper sink will reduce splashing but you also have to consider whether a deeper sink will cause back pain due to your height.
  6. Consider the installation and repairs. If you’ll be installing or repairing the sink yourself, you might want something that’s easier to handle. It’s also a good idea to change the faucet as well when you’re installing a new sink.
  7. Choose the right faucet. Make sure that the faucet matches your sink in both dimensions and style so you avoid dripping and splashing.
  8. Consider your countertop and sink mount. The under-mount sinks are easier to clean up but they’re also a bit more expensive and harder to install.

Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you would like to discuss kitchen or bathroom remodeling in the Decatur area. We’ll schedule an appointment with our designers and builders and discuss your ideas in detail. Collect images from the Internet and from your favorite home magazines so we’re sure to be on the same page before construction begins. The visual aids will give us a much better idea of what to expect and what you want out of your remodeling project.

5 Things to Keep in Mind when Choosing the Best Kitchen Lighting

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Lighting can make or break a room, especially if it’s your kitchen – choosing the correct balance is not only important, but an art form. The right lighting options take a great deal of time and consideration in regards to placement and the type of light to use. So here are a few tips on getting the best lighting for your kitchen.

  1. The Value of Light: Consider exactly what you want the lighting to reflect in your kitchen. What sort of feeling do you want to convey, but more importantly – what is it that you’re trying to shine light on? Ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting should be considered independently so you’re sure to make the best choice for each.
  2. Duration: Consider how you’d like for your light to last. If you’re the type of person that spends long evenings in kitchens cooking, or simply like leaving the light on, then fluorescent lighting is a good choice, but you should also consider LED lighting because it is very energy efficient.
  3. Create Warmth: There is almost always a sense of warmth in a kitchen – literally. If you want your kitchen to visually look warm as well, you should probably go with incandescent lighting. Considering particular amber-colored fixtures can help as well.
  4. Consider the Space: Think about how big your kitchen is – this is a huge part of lighting. If you’ve got a big kitchen, halogen or LED lights are perfect for spreading one source into a lot of areas, especially if you’ve got an island in the middle of your kitchen. Pendant style fixtures may be the best idea for the kitchen island.
  5. Highlight Elements: Just like incredible fashion, highlighting the best parts of your kitchen is the best route to show off the soul of the room. To highlight, use accent lighting and place them in particular areas – this can especially done with under-cabinet task lighting, in-cabinet decorative lighting, or over-cabinet lighting.

Kitchen remodeling is much more than moving things and installing new cabinetry and flooring. The lighting you choose is extremely important in various areas of the kitchen. Task lighting allows you to shine a light on specific areas of the countertops where you perform tasks like preparing food. Make sure you choose light fixtures and bulbs that work well with your kitchen’s decor as well as the lighting needs in the room.

Renewal Design Build is Decatur’s premier home remodeling company. We are currently celebrating fifteen years of excellent service in the Decatur area. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you would like to discuss your kitchen remodeling project or if you would like more help choosing the best kitchen lighting from our designers.

What You Need to Know About Creating a Luxury Kitchen

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Setting up a luxury kitchen does not mean that you will simply go splurging on every item you need. On the contrary, even a luxurious space requires some amount of constraint. There is no point in springing for a marble countertop if it does not work with the rest of the kitchen. There are undoubtedly some areas where you will spend big to get the right look but for the space, and these are:

  • The cabinets. No luxury kitchen is complete without custom cabinets. As soon as you have a layout and know how much space you will need, you will have to hire a cabinet maker. Every detail is important, from the height and the accessories to the color and design. Homeowners generally enjoy this stage of the process as it allows them to create a space that reflects their tastes.
  • The countertops. There are a number of durable countertop options, so look for the ones that are the most attractive and that suit the look of the rest of the space. Quartz, marble and granite are some of the most sought after options for luxury countertops. You can also consider options like travertine and onyx for durable and beautiful workspaces.
  • If you want a luxury kitchen, you must be highly selective when it comes to getting the right appliances. Unfortunately, looks alone are not enough. Top of the line brands with the most advanced technological features will reflect your emphasis on class and luxury.

Understanding the Cost

A high end kitchen does not come cheap, but it is a good investment. Typical the cost ranges between $45,000 to $100,000, depending on the features you choose. A big chunk of that will go to the materials, with the custom cabinets accounting for much of this. Keep in mind that the cost of materials is sometimes influenced by your location.

Included in the budget will be designer hardware and accessories. With a luxury kitchen remodel you can forget about big-box items in this category.

Colors

In many luxury kitchens, the natural look of wood is a powerful and sometimes dominant visual. You are not bound by any particular color schemes, but contrasts work effectively in these spaces. A white wall against dark wood is a good example of a lovely contrast. Consider the rich look of red-toned wood and grays for your luxury kitchen as well.

One of the main things to know about luxury kitchens is that there are contractors like ours who specialize in high end remodeling projects. For a successful outcome talk to one of our contractors about the various options open to you. Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in Decatur or the surrounding areas and would like to discuss remodeling your kitchen with us.

Updating Your Bathroom for 2017 and Beyond

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Anyone who wants a new bathroom has to think beyond the next few months. After spending the money on paints, fixtures, flooring and cabinets, there should be no need for changes for a few years. Functionality is always important, but you can balance this with a fashionable look. Newer, more attractive fixtures are always hitting the market. No homeowner wants to be second-guessing after seeing new products right after a remodeling project is done. In 2017 some existing bathroom trends will continue to take hold, and a few new ones will emerge.

  • Combining colors and materials is a bold way to tackle one of the toughest choices for bathrooms; the design. One appealing style is a blend of modern and organic features. While wood is often not the first choice for flooring, it creates an interesting contrast with stone or metal.
  • Organic flourishes. What is better than the look and feel of stone and wood? Mask the functionality of the space in a spa like setting. The natural look gives you just as many options as metals and ceramics, so you will not be struggling to find the right pieces.
  • If you want a modern bathroom, new technology should be at the top of your list of considerations. Adding greater functionality is one reason for this, but this adds a bit more fun to the space as well. Think about smart mirrors, smart bathroom scales and smart lighting. Bathtubs, showers, sinks and toilets have also gone high tech. Control the temperature, shower spray and water flow, and add play music using a LCD panel.
  • Darker tones. Light cool tones have long been the go-to option for bathroom décor, but you will have other choices in the coming years. Do not be afraid to experiment with darker tones. Use different hues to complement each other, and juxtapose them with lighter colors and accents.
  • Play with geometry. Geometric lines add a strong design element that works with a variety of fixtures, layouts and color choices. A variety of bathroom tile collections offer dynamic geometric patterns that will shake the look of any space.

If you are planning to remodel your bathroom you have the advantage of having access to some of the hottest trends at your fingertips. Even with a small bathroom that allows only a minimalist approach you can cloak functionality in interesting styles.

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in Decatur or the surrounding areas and would like to discuss bathroom remodeling with one of our designers. We will schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for your busy schedule. We appreciate your consideration and look forward to working with you to remodel your kitchen in 2017.