Archive for December, 2011
For those of us that need to see how a product is going to look in a home, from a new appliance to a Cambria quartz countertop, there are some great upcoming opportunities to see, touch and play with some of the coolest house stuff around. While our indoor Slab Gallery is the largest in Georgia, we certainly understand that sometimes seeing the slab just isn’t enough to get your imagination running. In that case, be sure to reserve space on your calendar in the New Year for:
The Atlanta Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo is held January 27-29, 2012. It is hosted at the Atlanta Exposition Center, just off of I285 by Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The show features displays and top experts offering advice, tips and tricks for every home project. There will also be exhibits on kitchen and bath remodeling, basements, sunrooms, additions, windows, siding roofing as well as landscape installations. The early seminar list has great chances to learn about updating exteriors, reducing energy consumption and more. Tickets are $5 for adults, but those willing to go to Read More→
There’s certainly a happy customer in Philadelphia, who is enjoying a Saratoga Soapstone counter surface in his “MLB mancave” courtesy of DIY network House Crashers. The show turned the home’s plain jane family room into a shrine to everything baseball. You can see a great overview of the show above, and it is still airing as part of the show’s fifth season. If you prefer not to watch on air, the episode will be available for purchase on iTunes soon.
The renovation started by destroying the family room. The crew demolished a brick wall to make room for the many improvements, which spanned into the outdoors. The man cave began with a wet bar of Artisan Group Mineral Black Saratoga Soapstone with eight taps, fueled by a refrigerated set of kegs situated in the basement. The basement is accessible from a specially crafted elevator dubbed the “kegavator,” to ferry kegs and people to keep the eight taps running for thirsty Phanatics. A custom made bar top of signed baseballs in resin forms the bar on the opposite side of the taps with Philadelphia Phillies bar stools. Couches form a secondary viewing area with jerseys and huge photo posters of Citizens Bank Park.
Outside in a redone patio area is the primary viewing area with a huge HDTV screen, authentic stadium seats, state-of-the-art grill, and landscaping Read More→
Atlanta Kitchen was proud to make the Counters for a Cause national yard sale of Artisan Group a success – helping to raise $32,000 for Homes for Our Troops, a group that builds specially adapted homes for wounded veterans. By working together with fabricators all across the country, this event was made a stirring success for veterans.
Artisan Group Executive Director Chad Seiders presented the proceeds check to Homes for Our Troops representative and beneficiary marine Corporal Neil Frustaglio. Corporal Frustaglio was happy to accept the substantial donation, which will go directly to veterans, who need homes specially adapted to aid with their unique injuries. These adaptations are for both safety and mobility, to keep veterans out of wheelchairs and able to live life as they did before their sacrifice for their country.
Atlanta Kitchen and Construction Resources feel privileged to give back to soldiers that have given their blood, sweat and part of themselves to defend our rights and freedoms. This donation has been a great end to the “Counter Read More→
Granite counter surfaces consistently top the most wanted lists for durability and composition, and rightly so. For those wanting something a little different in their kitchen or bath, there are expanded choices available for stone counter tops. Construction Resources is proud to offer a variety of different stones like marble, soapstone and quartz. We also provide new sealers, which add to the durability, looks, and functionality of these alternatives.
Marble is popularly thought of as white, but can come in many different colors and is usually heavily veined. There are a couple of good options for increasing durability for high-traffic areas. The first option is to have a good sealer, like Artisan Group’s Firstline Sealer applied to protect against scratches and stains. Another way to increase durability is to have the marble be honed to give it a matte or satin finish that does not show scratches or etchings as much as a high reflective surface. Marble such as Calacatta Gold and White Carrara are available at Construction Read More→
White kitchens are fresh and easy to keep clean, and white counter surfaces are the perfect backdrop for vibrant cookware or to make colorful culinary concepts pop. There are some tricks to making a white kitchen work, and Construction Resources is happy to share our tips for the best way to make white work for you.
One of the first things to remember about any use of white is that it’s a range, not a color. There are hundreds of shades of white, varying from cool to warm. Make sure you vary and coordinate these efforts throughout your kitchen: one white for all is going to feel blank and empty. Texture can go a long way to making this work, as it will give the white a flavor all its own.
When it comes to accessories, you want to use warm colors to stand out and make the kitchen welcoming and invigorating. Warm gray ceramic tile for flooring or backsplash can work very well. As does lighter wood, such as bamboo for accents on blinds or shades. Finally, spot color brings it all Read More→
If you are looking for design inspiration you won’t be disappointed by the 2012 Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes. This year designers will transform The Deanery on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead into “Inspiration House.” Located in the prestigious Buckhead area at 2799 Andrews Drive the home will be open to the public Sunday, Jan. 29, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 2-5 and Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 9-12. The Cathedral Antiques Show is scheduled for Feb. 2-4, 2012. Tickets to the Show, which include a tour of Inspiration House, will go on sale in December. This year’s show and tour benefit All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD).
Twenty talented designers will blend traditional and contemporary design inside and outside the classic five-bedroom, 4.5-bath 1980’s home, showcasing how antiques can be used throughout the two-story house to create living spaces that range from cozy to dramatic, and from casual to elegant.
This year’s Inspiration House designers are:
Rick Anthony Bonner, Bonner, LLC, living room, www.gobonner.com
Amy Morris, Amy D. Morris Interiors, dining room, www.amydmorris.com
Lindsey Coral Harper, Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors, library, www.lchinteriors.com
Mimi Williams, Mimi Williams Interiors, kitchen, www.mimiwilliamsinteriors.com
Laura Walker, Laura Walker, Ltd., keeping room, www.laurawalkerldt.com
Summer Loftin, Summer Loftin Antiques, master bedroom, www.sumerloftinantiques.com Read More→