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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.

Equipping a High End Kitchen the Right Way

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Building a luxury kitchen is a labor of love. This project is one that calls for attention to detail, and every choice will be important. The colors, cabinets, flooring, and lighting all play key roles. After the layout and the all the fixtures are in place, your appliance selections will help to tie the space both functionally and visually.

The Dishwasher

These appliances have come a long way, and anyone who appreciates new technology will be happy with the newest types on the market. Some brands offer a handle free option that you can tap to open. Modern dishwashers use less water and electricity and still get your dishes clean and sanitized.

High Tech Refrigerator

No kitchen is complete without a nice refrigerator, but for a luxury kitchen you will need some extra features. Large, three or four door fridges are usually the standard, but in larger kitchens it is not unusual to see two refrigerators. Look for features like temperature control, digital controls and LED lighting. To go really high tech, there are fridges with built-it TVs, LCD message screens, and weather and temperature information so you’re sure to start every day just right.

Smart Oven

You can now connect remotely with your oven using your smartphone, and monitor the controls and settings. Helpful digital displays help to speed up cook times and generally be more organized in the kitchen.

Crock Pot

This has been a mainstay for busy families for years, but modern types are easier and more fun to use. Wi-Fi enabled crock pots can be controlled remotely, allowing you to set the temperature, and start or stop the cooking process.

Smart Stoves

How about a stove that can be connected to other smart devices in the home? A stove with a screen that has full tablet functions will make meal preparation a breeze. Do some research before choosing your next range so you can make sure to get the perfect one for your individual needs.

Coffee Maker

Even coffee making has gone high tech, and if you like coffee you will need one of these devices in your luxury kitchen. Many of the best brands are programmable, with features like timers and warmers. You can always have a hot brew at hand at any time of day.

Your Lifestyle, Your Choices

Your lifestyle and the size of your family will influence the kinds of equipment you use in your kitchen. Stick to similar finishes throughout to maintain uniformity and to balance the visual style. We would be happy to help you design, build, and furnish your new kitchen with the best materials and appliances available. Call us at 404-378-6962 to start the planning process so you can enjoy your new kitchen throughout 2017.

Complementing Your Luxury Kitchen with the Best Lighting

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In any room, the right lighting is vital to your ability to enjoy the space. Lighting can make a good interior great. When you are setting up a luxury kitchen, you can find plenty of attractive fixtures in different styles. Here are some of the best types for a new kitchen with high end features.

  • Pedestal lighting: the unending appeal of pendant lighting has much to do with the intricate designs available. It helps to add balance to a kitchen area that has other types of lighting. They hang low, but they will not obstruct your line of sight. It adds visual interest and ambience, making it perfect for dining and for use over kitchen islands.
  • Recessed lighting: in a luxury kitchen shadows can detract from the look of the space. The use of recessed lights allows improved coverage and helps to eliminate shadows and dark areas. You can put them in any spot where they are needed, and you can control them to illuminate specific areas of the kitchen.
  • Under cabinet lighting: this is an attractive design element, but it is also a functional lighting choice. Adding lighting under the cabinets puts all items on the countertops in full view. This helps with meal preparation as well. Use LED lights since they are cooler and brighter than other types.
  • Task lighting: this is essential for any type of kitchen. You will have an easier time finding exactly what you need and working in the kitchen will go smoothly. Task lighting can take different forms. The important thing is to place it in the areas where you will be working.

Even in a large kitchen, a central light source is still widely used. Many homeowners and interior designers prefer to avoid them due to the shadows they can cast. You can balance this out with other, strategically placed lighting fixtures.

For a luxury kitchen, you should be aware of not just the attractiveness of the fixtures. Durability and quality are important features as well, and will ensure that you get value for your investment. Be consistent with brightness to illuminate effectively and prevent eye fatigue, especially you and your family members spend a lot of time in this space. If you have a large kitchen, make sure that it is adequately covered to make the space inviting.

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in Decatur or the surrounding areas and would like to discuss remodeling your kitchen in 2017. Our designers will schedule an appointment with you to start hashing out the details based on your desires.

Start Here to Begin Your Quest for Kitchen Cabinets


Poncey-Highland TraditionalNo matter what type of kitchen cabinets homeowners choose, one thing that most of them can agree on is that the decision is rarely an easy one. In fact, for some people it can be downright problematic. The wrong choice can throw off the look of the whole kitchen. It is not unusual for a little regret after the completion of the kitchen or a renovation. You can avoid this by following the advice provided below.

Make Notes

Start with a list of everything that you don’t like about your cabinets. Are they old and falling apart? Are they not modern enough for your tastes? Is it that you just don’t like the style? All of these are among the reasons why you might start looking around for new kitchen cabinets.

Think About Your Kitchen’s Decor

The look and layout of your kitchen will influence the final cabinet decision, but cabinets can also act as a kitchen decor guide. If you want to renovate your kitchen, this may force you to make some cabinet changes. Take some time to think about the style of kitchen you want. If you want a modern look for example, you can try a metal finish, but wood is till great for many different styles of kitchen.

What is Your Ultimate Goal?

Your plans for the home play a big role in any remodeling decisions. This is even more relevant when you are remodeling to sell or rent. You will have to attempt to anticipate the needs of the persons who will be living in the home. To make this relatively simple, take note of industry trends. This will be a good guide for kitchen cabinet decisions. If you are doing it for yourself, you may want to spend more.

Consider Environmentally Friendly Options

Reclaimed wood is currently a big trend in kitchen cabinet making, even for people who are not focused on going green. In some cases reclaimed wood is actually cheaper, so you might be saving money in the bargain. Wheat board and bamboo are other options for the environmentally conscious.

Assess Your Storage Space

If your cabinets are not meeting your storage needs, this will influence the design of new cabinets. With enough storage you can keep your countertops clear and make meal preparation easier. For an updated look, consider space saving options like fold-out shelves.

While some types of cabinets are expensive, you can find various types that will suit your budget. You may have to spend a bit more for if you hope to avoid remodeling or purchasing new cabinets in the immediate future. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss your kitchen cabinetry or the overall design of your kitchen with one of our expert designers. We will schedule an appointment to help you design the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle and your home’s current layout.

Designing Your Kitchen: How to Choose the Perfect Countertop


We all know and understand branding and the brand names of countertop options that abound. Once you cut through all of the hype surrounding a brand name, you can see the materials more clearly and make your decision more easily. Let’s take a look at the base materials you have to choose from and some pros and cons for each. We hope this will help you choose the perfect countertop for your new kitchen.

Solid Surfaces

All countertops have a solid surface, right? Not necessarily, some are quite porous. Solid surfacing materials include acrylic, polyester, or a combination of the two. The design possibilities of solid surface countertops are nearly endless. You can effectively have the appearance of marble without the cost. However, it’s also without the durability. Burns and other imperfections can be sanded out and repaired over time, making this type of countertop very nice under certain conditions.


Concrete is one of the best ways to truly customize your countertop. You’re sure to find a concrete countertop maker in the vicinity if you do a few quick and easy searches on the Internet. You can request nearly any design, color, or thickness for a fully custom made concrete countertop. As with anything truly custom created, you will pay more for a fully custom countertop.

Don’t let this idea worry you; countertop makers today don’t use the same methods we all saw and hated in the 1980s. Today’s builders use precast molded slabs that create a very smooth shape instead of trawling the concrete onto existing countertops.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile countertops aren’t as popular as they once were because more homeowners want a seamless, easy to clean surface instead of tile with tiny areas for food particles to hide. It is, however, still a very valid material for countertops. Make sure you choose a tile that is designed to work on countertops, not a wall or floor tile.

Natural Stone

We know; the term natural stone can mean a wide variety of materials. Most natural stone countertops are made of marble, granite, or quartz. You may also want to look at soapstone or slate for something a little different.


Hardwoods such as maple, teak, walnut, cherry, or oak are widely used as a countertop material because of their natural appearance and durability. They do make a beautiful addition to a traditional or eclectic kitchen.


Plastic laminate is still a very popular, low-cost option for countertops. Laminate is available from several companies and in a variety of colors and designs. You can opt to have the appearance of nearly any other material but the surprising resilience of laminate.

Some countertops are expensive, but you can find many that will suit your budget. You may have to spend a bit more for if you hope to avoid remodeling or purchasing a new one in the near future. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss your kitchen design with one of our expert designers. We will schedule an appointment to help you design the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle and your home’s current layout.