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Progress in Vinings Heights

I took these today.  I wanted to post some pictures to show you the progress we are making at our home sites in Vinings Heights.  This is 3930 Pineview Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080.  We are making changes to plans currently and will be breaking ground in the next few weeks on these 1/2 acre home sites.  I will post plans as soon as they are completed.

The next house that is in framing is 4007 Pineview which is close to a 3/4 acre lot.  The plans are posted on this and we will be under roof by the end of the week I expect. This is currently priced at $850,000.

Then finally we’ve been under contract on 4003 Pineview for a few months and its being customized by the upcoming owner, but I thought I’d show you a few pictures of how that is going as well.  We are slated to close the beginning of December on this one.  The landscaping is turning out gorgeous!

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Site Plan Approval for another property in Vinings Heights

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We just received approval this morning to subdivide 3930 Pineview Drive in Vinings Heights!  So the Pradera Group will be able to begin construction on two new homes, each on 1/2 acre lots, soon. These homes will have the same specification and finishes as the ones we are doing at 4007 Pineview.  Call me now to design your custom home for one of our available lots.

 

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New Construction Details at 4007 Pineview, Vinings Heights by the Pradera Group

I have a lot more details to share with you about the new construction I’m working on with the Pradera Group at 4007 Pineview in Vining Heights; I’m really excited about how this project is coming together and had to take some photos of another Pradera home so you can get a better idea of the quality construction and style of the finishes.

In this kitchen, we have a gorgeous maple butcher-block on the island in contrast to the marble countertops, deep farmhouse sink and high-end stainless appliances, semi-custom cabinetry with soft-close doors and drawers.

Bathrooms are stunning – the master has a free-standing soaking tub and frameless shower surround, marble counters, and timeless subway tile.

The finishes throughout the home are homey but elegant with an “urban farmhouse” feel; shiplap panelling in the family room and judges panelling in the dining room as well as generous moulding in every room; cast stone mantel on the fireplaces and well-designed lighting and site-finished hardwood flooring.

 

There are a too many features to list so make sure you click through here for all the details on the specs for  Vinings Heights custom homes .

As I mentioned when I announced this project, there are 4 home sites that we will be developing on Pineview Drive ; the site plan for 4007 Pineview, Vinings Heights  is the closest to completion but we still have some great options available for buyers who want to be involved in choosing their options and finishes from the ground up. Take a look at our proposed site plan for Pineview Drive. 

Please feel free to get in touch; I would love to show you the progress we have made on this stunning home in an unbeatable location!

 

 

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No2 at Opus Place: Midtown Atlanta’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower

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I was excited to get a sneak peak last week at one of Atlanta’s most exciting new developments, a residential high-rise tower in Midtown called No2 Opus Place, part of Opus Place Atlanta. Designed with a focus on culture and wellness, the tower and pavilion at 98 14th Street in Atlanta’s Museum District are being called  “live / work / play” luxury homes. I’m linking a video by BHHS with some great footage and details of how this project came to be.

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Atlanta.Curbed.com has an article with new details of the just-opened sales gallery, renderings of the tower, and photos of a model unit at the development, slated to break ground in October. While the project isn’t scheduled to be completed for two years, sales incentives like a second parking spot and and preferred pricing are being offered now for early buyers.  Prices are starting at $750,000 for a 1 bedroom 1 bath and up to over $12M for custom penthouses.

It will be exciting to see how this begins to take shape over the next year; it’s a really unique location with a condo lifestyle unmatched in Atlanta and there are a lot of “healthy building” and green concept being incorporated. I’ll do a follow up with more details on that- it’s really unique! As always, feel free to reach out to me for more information!

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Announcing My New Construction Coming Soon With The Pradera Group

I’m excited to announce that I am working with one of Atlantas premier builders, the Pradera Group, to bring new construction to the market in Vinings, Vinings Heights and Smyrna Market Village.

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It’s no secret that the Smyrna/ Vinings Heights area is one of Atlanta’s hottest real estate markets. With it’s accessible location, affordable real estate prices, and lower taxes, I wanted to work with builders to bring exceptional semi-custom construction to my clients. That’s why I’m working with the Pradera Group to build wonderful family homes in some of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods just outside of Vinings proper for now and other areas as we see the demand.

Looking to the future, we believe that the extensive new development like Suntrust Park, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, the Silver Comet Trail will continue to make this area a very desirable area for families to buy. Pair that with proximity to some of Atlanta’s top rated private schools and Cobb County’s highly rated public school systems and it’s not hard to see why real estate values have risen by 15% in the last year alone (a number were anticipating to continue into the future).

While parts of suburban Atlanta have been known for larger tract developments,  Pradera Group is taking a different approach. Smaller scale development means each home is built with attention to detail. We’re doing extensive grading work on each site to take advantage of the entire lot, allowing room for attractive landscaping and the option to build a pool at each home on the large lots. And speaking of pools and hot summers, new energy efficient mechanical systems and insulation are a part of these home’s construction, reducing energy usage, which means lower utility bills in the summer. We anticipate cooling your 3500+ square foot home to cost no more than $300/month during Atlanta’s steamy summer months.  The selections are all very custom and current, if you buy early you will have the capability to fully customize the finishes.

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Main floor plan for 4007 Pineview with Master

We have a home plan selected for our first build at 4007 Pineview Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080.  This home will have a master on the main and an add’l bedroom, office or playroom privately situated on the other end of the house.  Kitchen is open to the family room and screened porch are all the things clients have been asking me for.  Priced at $849,000 with almost 3/4 of an acre you can’t beat it.  Looking at most of the homes at this price point you won’t find another one with this large of a lot.

No one wants to have to fight traffic in Atlanta any more than they have to and the area’s shopping and dining options are getting more and more press. Family-friendly entertainment, parks, and a little extra elbow room are all things that I think my clients with children will appreciate along with the lower taxes that my empty nesters and private school families are looking for.

Continue to watch this space as we bring you more details about our collaboration; from insights about new construction and its whys and hows to more information about the Smyrna/Vinings Heights and all it has to offer, we will be updating often, so stay tuned!

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Atlanta Homeowners Speak: Ideas For Building Your Dream Home

I’ve been part of a really great discussion on Facebook about what people want in their dream home. Whether you are building your dream home from the ground up or renovating to enhance your existing home there are a lot of decisions to make. I decided to compile the advice and experience from the discussion because I think they have come up with a lot of great ideas. Real estate purchases are some of the biggest investments most of us will make in our lifetimes and great vision and planning will go a long way in making your house a home. I’m going do a series of posts with these ideas and I hope you’ll weigh in with comments, via email, or on my Facebook page with the things that make your home a dream.

I’m starting at the beginning with the big “whole home” items and I’ll be posting more over the next few weeks with advice for your dream kitchen, master suite, and outdoor living:

Let’s start with the big picture, the Whole House decisions:

  • One of the first things to choose are plumbing fixtures. The fixtures you select may have proprietary stems and valves in the wall and the plumbing rough-in happens early in the build. So the style and brand will need to be selected early.  Working with a great designer will guide you in making those decisions and getting the proper valves in the proper locations early.
  • Lighting:
    • A good electrician that can also provide lighting design advice really helps (especially in a large house you want great lighting!) Make sure you have a plan in hard copy.  It will help you down the road and if you ever sell the house as well if someone wants to make changes.
    • Skylight tubes are great for natural light.
  • Smart house technology:
    • System controls lights, AC, security, and surround sound from an iPad or tablet.
    • Centralized AV panel for the whole house including outdoor lighting, audio, and security.
    • Remote app access via tablet or smartphone to control security, HVAC, etc.  I’ve recently installed “Nest” systems in my house and love the fact that I can change the temperature in my home from my cell phone.
    • USB charging stations built into outlets.
    • USB outlets in bedrooms, kitchen and office
    • Pop up outlets in the kitchen that are hidden until you need them.
    • I’ve seent outlets so disguised in tile you can’t find them.  I’ve heard its costly, but it sure is beautiful. This one below is a bit raised, I’ve seen them totally flush, but can’t find the picture right now.  Houzz is a great resource for pictures of ideas.

      Can you spot the outlet? Seamless outlets for fireplace surrounds or built in buffets. photo credit: http://www.northwestlightingandaccents.com

      Can you spot the outlet? Seamless outlets for fireplace surrounds or built in buffets. photo credit: http://www.northwestlightingandaccents.com

  • Floors:
    • Everyone agrees – Heated floors throughout! They were said to be costly upfront but a total money saver over time by lowering heating costs and much healthier (especially for anyone with respiratory issues of any kind)
    • People love hardwood, bamboo and cork flooring not only for the look but for ease of cleaning and helping with people with any allergies.
    • Cork is forgiving on the knees, back, and feet and like hardwood, cork can be stripped and refinished. One commenter said she preferred a lighter finish on cork because her darker finish showed nicks, scratches from dogs and every bit of dust.  It’s the look currently, but will need refinished so much sooner.

      Beautiful cork flooring in a contemporary home. photo credit: european-web.org

      Beautiful cork flooring in a contemporary home. photo credit: european-web.org

  • Storage:
    • Adjustable closet shelving in utility closet and kids closets. ELFA shelving from The Container Store was mentioned as a great option. It is able to adjust in kids closets for when they grow and as their needs change. Beautiful adjustable shelving can be pricey but it makes a large closet glamorous too.

      Adjustable shelves keep storage organized and flexible to meet your family's changing needs. photo credit: organisemyhome.com

      Adjustable shelves keep storage organized and flexible to meet your family’s changing needs. photo credit: organisemyhome.com

    • Max out your main floor storage! Make the steps into drawers, built–ins around the fireplace, banquette storage, mud room closets. Think about how much stuff you use and like to have within reach on the floor you do the most living in.

      Great built-in drawers for using space under the stairs for storage. photo credit: midwestliving.com

      Great built-in drawers for using space under the stairs for storage. photo credit: midwestliving.com

    • Soft close drawers and cabinets.
    • Christmas tree closet – slide the tree inside fully decorated after Christmas and then brings it back out next year.
    • Shelving built in between the studs (rather than built ‘out’)
    • Outlets in the fireplace mantle for Christmas decorations
  • Elevator and handicap accessibility planning:
    • Retired but very active friends didn’t put an elevator in when they built their dream home but they designed the house to accommodate one later as needed. Can’t hurt to plan ahead!
    • All the doors were built wide enough to be handicapped accessible but were trimmed out to normal widths for resale. If they find they need it, they can take the trim down and voilà!
  • Stair treads that are wider than builder grade are important- architects will automatically plan on builder grade measurements but wider stairs are a huge safety and comfort issue.
  • Pocket baby gates around stairs. It’s like a pocket door but it’s a gate instead.  Also, helps with pets.

    Pocket gates keep babies safe around stairs and help contain pets in certain areas of the house. photo credit: atticmag.com

    Pocket gates keep babies safe around stairs and help contain pets in certain areas of the house. photo credit: atticmag.com

  • Green Design:
    • Geothermal HVAC is incredibly energy efficient and doesn’t dry the air out as much in the winter (in part because it’s electric heat), and utility bills are SO low. Add the option to condition the air to prevent itchy skin in the winter.
    • Solar panels
    • Tankless water heater- never run out of hot water again!  May need several in various areas in large houses or you’ll need a mini tank to give you instant hot water in all locations so you won’t be running the water and wasting that while you’re waiting for hot water!

      Multiple tankless (or instant) water heaters are great in larger homes. photo credit: solicits.com

      Multiple tankless (or instant) water heaters are great in larger homes. photo credit: solicits.com

    • Nontoxic paints
    • Dual flush toilets throughout the house – a great water saver
    • Closed loop or gravity plumbing
    • Whole house humidifier to keep winter air comfortable.
Take advantage of southern  sunshine to be green and help reduce energy bills.

Take advantage of southern sunshine to be green and help reduce energy bills.

  • Full house water filtration with carbon filter
  • Whole house generator: a must during the aftermath of ice storms or windstorms!
  • Central vac system
  • Redirect all gutter to a tank for irrigation.  There are systems out there that help you conserve water for outdoor use.
  • Laser air cleaner in HVAC system that makes air in the home super clean.
  • Mud room with hooks for storage and shoe bins and closets. Add a chalk board or magnetic message board to keep track of activities.
  • Drying racks in laundry that are fixed to wall for hang dry. Flat drying racks that pull out in laundry for sweater drying. Big laundry sink for messes.
  • I’ve written about solid wood garage doors here before and I still think they were a great choice for adding a lot of curb appeal and value to my home.

    Take a look at Real Carriage Doors' website and consider upgrading your doors if they are visible as I think it will add value next time you go to sell your home.

    Take a look at Real Carriage Doors’ website and consider upgrading your doors if they are visible as I think it will add value next time you go to sell your home.

  • Pets:
    • Built-in dog crates
    • A raised shower in the mudroom area – like the ones they have at dog washes – so you can bathe your dogs (without killing your back) on their way back inside if they are muddy, etc.
Fantastic! Built-in dog crates like these at TheEnglishRoom.biz

Fantastic! Built-in dog crates like these at TheEnglishRoom.biz

  • Pestban is a system installed in the walls they can be serviced from outside that keeps out bugs and pests
  • Recommended resources: ‘The Not So Big House’ that has less to do with size than how to use space that meets your family’s specific needs
  • Professional designer up front to help with your interior colors and fixtures.
  • Smart house systems installation.

Now it’s your turn; what advice do YOU have for building your dream home?  We’ll be bringing you more on specific rooms soon, but its been so much fun to get everyone’s ideas!  Head over to my Facebook page to join the discussion.

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Catching up with the DeLoaches – your design/contractor duo

I had originally posted about my friends Lauren and Greg DeLoach when I started this blog a couple years ago. Greg is a contractor and Lauren is an interior designer. They are the complete design/build team. Now, they’ve made it big time, and I am so proud of them. Atlanta Homes Magazine recently featured a beautiful home they partnered with local architects Spitzmiller and Norris on.

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It’s just another example of their talents. I will add that after working with Spitzmiller and Norris, they recommend them very highly. They also enjoyed working with architect Stan Dixon. As always, I recommend calling them for your design and contracting needs, but be prepared for a wait as they are booked a couple months out. Lauren is managing 3 small children, so right now she only works with Greg’s clients, but I’m sure in the future we’ll see her branching out from that as well. With work like this, it would be a shame if she didn’t.

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You can find Lauren at http://laurendeloachinteriors.com/ or Greg at http://cottageindustryconstruction.com/.

Best wishes and much success, Lauren and Greg!

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Modernism and Architecture in Atlanta

I’ve recently had a few listings that a few Atlanta real estate agents called “contemporary”, and although the homes themselves would not be called contemporary it seems that anything different than what Atlantans are used to seeing being built by builders around 2005 gets labeled contemporary. I’ve had agents tell me contemporary doesn’t sell in Atlanta.

I want to be the first to disagree and talk about the contemporary trend in metro Atlanta real estate.

Contemporary influences and style can be found in homes throughout metro Atlanta, including this home for sale in Smyrna at 1912 New Haven Court.  Click on the photo for more pictures and information. Listed by Tina Hunsicker of Prudential Georgia.

Contemporary influences and style can be found in homes throughout metro Atlanta, including this home for sale in Smyrna at 1912 New Haven Court. Click on the photo for more pictures and information. Listed by Tina Hunsicker of Prudential Georgia.

When I first started in real estate in 2002, I may have agreed.  I saw builders all building the same things – brick and stone with a lot of mixed media in between.  The floors plans all had a similar feel.

In 2013, not only do we have a different audience in Atlanta, but also we have a very global influence on our home designs and clients’ desires.  Those from NY, California and yes, many places in between have been seeing modern architecture and finishings a lot longer than here in the heart of the South where oriental rugs and draperies seem to be the preference.

The dining room at 1912 New Haven Court is also modern - note the light color palate with an intentional splash of color.  Wonderful!  Click on the image for additional information and more photos.

The dining room at 1912 New Haven Court is also modern – note the light color palate with an intentional splash of color. Wonderful! Click on the image for additional information and more photos.

I was inspired to write this post this morning after reading an article in my daily Prudential e-news.  The article which I’ll post below is about Legos and the simplicity their new design holds.

I find myself starting to move everything in my house to “white” or variations of it.  I like the simplicity, the ability to add accents in different seasons and have a new look all the time.  Sometimes when life is crazy, the best retreat is to a room that is clean and simple.  It’s relaxing to me. I guess that’s the Zen feel that many look for.

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Anyway, I hope we continue to see more structures in Atlanta that are “simple” with clean lines, and our children can take the monochromatic Legos and really “create” versus copying the picture off the front of a box.  I like the lesson learned here, and I think I’ll find this set for my son for his birthday.

LEGO Architecture Studio

Lego, the Tool of Young Modernists

By Christopher Hawthorne
RISMEDIA, Thursday, August 29, 2013— (MCT)—Over the last couple of weeks, a tiny monochromatic skyline has been growing in my kitchen.Since opening Lego’s new Architecture Studio, my daughters (who are 9 and 4) and I have been putting together, dismantling and redesigning a group of about 10 buildings. We’ve kept the results on display on a shelf above the sink.Because the Architecture Studio includes bricks in just two shades — white and transparent — the buildings we’ve created all seem to be related, at least distantly, to modern architecture. This is a decidedly Corbusian color scheme; as my 9-year-old put it, gesturing in the direction of a house she’d made, “If that was hot pink, it wouldn’t look modern.”Even her barn-like structure with a pitched roof looked as much Cliff May as old-fashioned stable, thanks in part to a transparent ground floor. The limited palette also seems to make the kit more forgiving — nearly any design looks pretty good in all white or the Lego equivalent of all glass (or a mix).Lego has produced a number of architecture-related products, but they’ve tended to be kits to design a single famous building: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, for example, or the Sydney Opera House. The Architecture Studio is closer in spirit to the original Legos, the ones that allow you to build whatever you feel like building.And as Edwin Heathcoate, the British architecture critic, pointed out recently, there’s something to be said for simplicity and open-endedness in toys. Part of that is nostalgia, I think, for a pre-digital age; but you can’t argue with the number of accomplished architects who talk about playing with Legos or wooden blocks as a formative experience. In that sense it’s surprising Lego didn’t release a set like this years ago.

The Architecture Studio comes with a pretty thick book featuring interviews with (and design advice from) architecture firms, including Tokyo’s Sou Fujimoto and the Swedish office Tham & Videgård. But it’s as much a collection of conceptual essays on the nature of architectural play as instruction manual — and to be fair, this is a product pitched at a target audience older than my kids, really teenagers and up.

I decided I liked the limited color scheme: It made the ungainly buildings I put together seem to come from the same architectural family as the ones the girls made, even if the shapes and sizes were quite different. I suspect more than a few kids, though, will open the box and immediately wish for brighter colors.

As I thought back on the time we’ve played with the set, I realized something surprising: The only time the three of us spent a sustained period of time using it together was right after we first took it out of the box.

The 1,200 pieces in the set come all mixed up in a bunch of small pouches. Before we built anything we decided to sort them by type as we all sat on the floor. That took a full hour. It was strangely meditative. A rare quiet descended on the house as we tossed the little bricks into growing piles.

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Notice of Vinings Rezoning Application

A Rezoning Application has been filed with Cobb County by John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Inc. ("JWHN").  The application is seeking to rezone approximately 24 acres of the Settlement Road Property from R30 to R20 OSC (Open Space Community).

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Settlement Road Property

A Rezoning Application has been filed with Cobb County by John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Inc. (“JWHN”).  The application is seeking to rezone approximately 24 acres of the Settlement Road Property from R30 to R20 OSC (Open Space Community).  While the current zoning would permit approximately 30 single-family homes, the requested zoning would permit approximately 45 single-family homes in return for more open space.

*A copy of the application can be found on the Vinings Homeowners Association website  

Special Evaluation Task Force

The Board of Trustees of the Vinings Village Homeowners Association has established a Settlement Road Committee of homeowners from Areas V, VI VII and VIII to evaluate the situation and make a recommendation to the Board.  Jim Polk has agreed to Chair the Committee as  Representative of Area VII.

In order to assist the committee, the VVHA is requesting that Vinings Village homeowners provide their opinions, ideas and recommendations to their Area Representatives regarding this important Zoning.  The VVHA welcomes any and all correspondence, and appreciates your efforts in responding to this important matter.  The VVHA will keep the Community apprised as the Committee’s work progresses.

Please respond to Contact@viningshoa.org or directly to your area Representative.

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“Flipping Out” – Cottage Industry Construction should be the next star!

Maybe you’ve watched the television show Flipping Out on Bravo, maybe not.  I get a kick out of it because sometimes when I’m dealing with (or a client is dealing with) builders and designers we probably feel how the star, Jeff Lewis, often feels in this program.

A custom home built by Greg DeLoach of Cottage Construction Industries in Atlanta.

A custom home built by Greg DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction in Atlanta.

I have a real life Vinings/Buckhead answer to the remodeling/building nightmares:  Cottage Industry Construction, owned by husband/wife team Lauren and Greg DeLoach.  They have been friends and clients of mine for years.

Greg is a builder with a building degree from Georgia Tech and Lauren is a designer with a degree in Interior Design from the University of Georgia.  Lauren regularly works with Greg’s clients drawing plans, space planning and making selections. Greg is amazing at keeping the project on time and on budget.

Everyone will have to sell their house someday and I often get calls when people are remodeling or building wondering what a prospective buyer’s preference would be, or asking me how important something is. 

Greg and Lauren have a sense of what needs to be done at what price point with houses.  She can select lighting fixtures for a $300,000 house or a $3M house and make them both look timeless and current.

On the TV program, Jeff Lewis does both design and building as well and he has a staff that he’s constantly firing or having issues with because it really is a tough job to marry the two.

Trying to keep on schedule (and on budget) is always a challenge and by working with a couple that is literally married I think the builder gets the answers he needs a lot quicker from the designer!

Greg, Lauren and I had a standing joke that I could sell all of their houses in “1” day.  I think it took 3 days one time.  Anyway, their talents of building, design and experience are worthy of making note.   I want the DeLoach’s to start their own TV program, and of course I want to be the agent to sell all of their gorgeous houses!

Cottage Industry Construction has two projects going on in Buckhead currently, joining with great names in architecture locally. I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future.

I’m including some pictures and their contact information if you know of someone interested.

So stay tuned!

Cottage Industry Construction
Greg DeLoach
404-227-0621
gregkdeloach@yahoo.com

A picture of a kitchen before and after, benefitting from the work of Cottage Industry Construction.

A picture of a kitchen before and after, benefitting from the work of Cottage Industry Construction.

The most elegant ping pong table I have ever seen. Beautiful!

The most elegant ping pong table I have ever seen. Beautiful!

A kitchen designed and remodeled by Lauren and Greg DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction in Atlanta.

A kitchen designed and remodeled by Lauren and Greg DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction in Atlanta.

A sophisticated and warm kitchen. Love the chairs at the bar!

A sophisticated and warm kitchen. Love the chairs at the bar!

A lovely, inviting entry way designed by Lauren DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction.

A lovely, inviting entry way designed by Lauren DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction.

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