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Update: Must-haves in Kitchen Renovations

Renovations, especially kitchen upgrades, are always a hot topic with my friends and clients. I am on several discussion boards on Facebook and recently the topic came up again.  I linked them to my last post and they were very thankful.  So I thought I’d take any new suggestions and enhance the original blog post.  Kitchen renovations can completely change the look and function of a home, and since they can be expensive, homeowners want to make smart decisions that they will want to live with for a long time.

Since kitchen renovations can also be one of the best home upgrades you can make in terms of real estate resale, it makes sense to me to make the changes you need to make in order for your home to really work for you and your family.  Additionally, I work with builders and always work to keep on top of the trends so they can included them in their home designs.

I’ve put together some of the most popular “must-haves” and hope you can find some ideas or inspiration here!

Farmhouse sinks: There is a lot of discussion (and differences of opinion) about whether homeowners prefer a large divided sink or a single basin sink, but either way, a big, spacious apron front or farmhouse sink seems to be a favorite and enduring choice.  I personally love the deep single basin stainless and my builder has been using the white farmhouse like what is pictured below.  Tell me your preferences!

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Beverage station: keeping the family hydrated during Atlanta’s long (some would say 9 month) summer season without having the refrigerator opened constantly is the challenge that an independent beverage chiller solves. Whether a built-in undercounter refrigerator or a free-standing wine cooler with room for sodas and juice, a beverage station  keeps everything accessible and at the right temperature.

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Double dishwashers: Southerners love family dinners, and they love entertaining, but there’s nothing to love about running out of space in the dishwasher at the end of the night and having to hand wash a pile of dishes. Homeowners are loving the option of a second dishwasher that is capable of keeping up with ALL of their dishes.

 

Extra ovens: which extra oven works for you depends on your lifestyle and cooking preference, but an extra oven is a must for kitchen renovations. Steam ovens for the serious baker, convection ovens for the home chef , or hybrid microwaves are all popular choices (and the microwave can live in its own drawer in the lower cabinet to make snack time easier for kids.)

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Under cabinet or countertop plugs: with the trend in high end backsplashes like quartz or marble, people are opting for less visible plugs either as power strips under the cabinets or built into the counter as flush or pop-up outlets. We all know you can never have too many outlets in the kitchen and these options fill that need without breaking up the lines of a gorgeous luxury backsplash.

Drawers, drawers, drawers: and I’ll add, pull-outs in general whether for garbage and recycling or for racks for baking equipment and especially for pantries!. Cooks are tired of scrambling blindly in deep cabinets looking for the right size lid for a pot or an ingredient hidden behind boxes in a pantry and are opting for easily accessible drawer and pull-out storage.

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Appliance garages: with families investing in appliances that they use everyday but don’t necessarily love seeing on the countertop (think Vitamix and Keurig coffeemakers), appliance garages are getting bigger and taller. I’m even seeing them as part of a counter-level cabinet with adjustable shelves where you just close the doors on the practical but not beautiful appliances once you’re done with them.

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High-end faucets: We all know, accessories can make or break an outfit so one of the most used elements in the kitchen should not be an afterthought! Faucets are also a place where function and design really come together and there are so many beautiful options out these days that can really make your kitchen sparkle.

Gold, brass, and copper facets are a bold trend that’s popping up more and more.

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Like that classic strand of pearls, traditional styles can complete the look of your kitchen in an understated but elegant way.

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Sleek, modern designs make a statement in a minimalist kitchen.

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Air switches for garbage disposal: from gorgeous faucets to the mundane necessity of garbage disposals…but the air switch makes the disposal so easy to use and is virtually invisible mounted next to the sink.

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Clean lines, pleasing proportions: while the feeling of a fresh kitchen renovation is hard to beat, keeping the look fresh for a long time is key. Opt for clean, crisp lines and neutral colors in your built-in elements while getting trendy and experimental with your accessories for  long term renovation satisfaction. And pay attention to proportions to maximize your island, peninsula, and cabinets for the kitchen’s footprint.

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I’ve never hear anyone regret getting as large a kitchen island as their space allows. Islands seem to be the center of the home where everyone gathers, whether it’s getting the kids breakfast in the morning or a fun gathering of friends.

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What are your kitchen must-haves?

 

 

 

 

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Timeless Southern Porches

 

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There are few things that say “Southern charm” like a comfortable, shady porch. There is something really special about enjoying an iced tea or a glass of wine, having a relaxed weekend meal, or relaxing with a book outdoors on the porch. They say “welcome to my home” and create a timeless first impression.

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A twilight welcome at 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle

Although our summers can be hot, living in Atlanta means we get at least three seasons of use out of our porches.

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As a realtor, I’m seeing the screened in porch as a big draw for potential buyers as well. Not only does a porch keep some of the harsh sunlight and heat out of your home, but a screened porch adds a lot of usable indoor/outdoor living space for a fraction of the cost of a home addition.

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Southern porches can be as simple as a covered patio on the front of the house to a screened room with luxurious furnishings and a fireplace, surround sound, and entertainment center.

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Fantastic vaulted porch with fireplace at 2727 Lansdowne Lane

Furnishings are usually casual with comfort in mind. Rocking chairs are always welcome and it’s hard to go wrong with a porch swing.

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Adding a ceiling fan can really enhance the comfort level and screening in a porch keeps out pests and makes outdoor dining a breeze. What could be better than summer entertaining with an outdoor kitchen and dining area on a porch?

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My listing at 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle has incredible porches on every level of the home

There is a style of porch for every architectural style too, from rustic to neoclassical, low country to modern. Even pool houses and walk-out basement entrances are getting the screened porch treatment.

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Adding shutters is a classic touch that also creates more privacy on a porch (and is a great place for kids to camp out during sleepovers).

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Architectural and style trends may come and go, but a classic southern element like a great porch is timeless.

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Sold: 3429 Habersham Road NW

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3429 Habersham Road NW  Atlanta, GA 30305

Overview: 7,814 sq. ft.; 6 bedroom; 6 bathroom; 3 car garage; .73 acre lot

Schools: Jackson – Atlanta; Sutton; North Atlanta

List Price: $1,895,000

This gorgeous Tuxedo Park home located on one of the most prestigious streets in Atlanta was a great find for one of my clients! This 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom home with luxury finishes is on a large lot with an indoor/outdoor flow perfect for entertaining.

I knew that they were in the market for a really exceptional property and when I discovered that that this home would be available for sale, I wanted to get them in to see it as soon as possible. We were thrilled to be able to see this one just before it hit the market and my client was quick enough to snag it right away.

This is a great example of why working with an experienced realtor can really make a difference;  you may be able to find your dream home even if it hasn’t hit the market yet!

As always, feel free to reach out to me to set up a time to talk about the kind of home you are looking for. The Atlanta market has really been heating up lately and I’d love to help you find exactly what you want in a home. And please let me know if you’re even thinking about buying or selling your Atlanta area home! While you hear me talking about Buckhead and Vinings real estate all the time, I have lots of experience throughout metro Atlanta including Smyrna, “Smynings”, Mableton, Sandy Springs,  Ansley Park, Midtown and now even Towne Lake!.

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Time to register for Atlanta-area Summer Camps!

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Happy 2016, everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re already thinking about summer, but once again, it’s time to start registering your children for summer camp programs. I’ve done posts over the years with links to camps both in the Atlanta area and sleep-away camps that Chase has loved or friends have recommended. There are a lot of options, whether your child is involved in sports or the arts, and I’m also seeing more interesting programs like what Chase attended last summer for kids who are into science and technology.
There are plenty of options all over the state but I’m highlighting the ones that  are convenient to us in Vinings and Buckhead. Chase is attending sessions at the Westminster campus again this year where they have expanded their camp program to include not only a lot of sports and arts and science programs, but they also have Cubby Camp for children 3-4 years old.
Chase loves water sports so he will be attending Camp Seagull-Seafarer’s seamanship program in North Carolina this summer for 4 weeks.  He went to the 2 week Mariner program last summer and loved it. I’m really going to have withdrawal with my baby gone that long, but I really think it will be great for him to be in a cabin with 10 other boys for that long and allow him that kind of independence.  Wish me luck, I’ll have to pour myself into my work!  Another draw to Camp Seagull-Seafarer is that they are affiliated with the Coast Guard, so all of their boating activities are overseen by USCG licensed captains. Chase will also be able to earn 4 Boy Scout badges at Camp Seagull.
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Here is a list of links to Atlanta camps with details about ages and programs:
  • The Westminster School offers summer programs for every interest for ages 3-18. Registration begins January 11.
  • The Lovett School has a variety of camps for grades K-8 this summer starting in June with Camp Lovett and 2 July Jamboree sessions with traditional camp activities. Registration is currently open.
  • Pace Academy has Paceketeer Camp for ages 3.5-5 and Pace Camp for grades K-5. They offer both half and full day sessions. Registration opens January 15.
  • Georgia Tech’s CEISMC Summer Camps for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) concepts. Registration opens in mid-February.
  • Club Scientific, another science camp in Atlanta (They have LEGO robotics!!!). Early Registration has already started.
  • Alliance Theatre Drama Camps offers summer theatre camps for ages 3 and up. Registrations begins January 11.
  • Kids Tennis hasn’t listed their programs for 2016 yet, but offers tennis and golf camps. Check their Facebook page for updates.
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal Day School has a fun Jr. Mad Scientist camp as well as athletic and arts camps for ages 4- 8th grade. Registration begins February 1 and they have multiple camp dates throughout the summer.
  • Atlanta MJCCA offers over 100 summer camp programs and will be in 4 locations in 2016-Dunwoody, Emory, East Cobb, and North Fulton. Their returning camper registration begins January 10, first time campers, January 17.
  • Dwyers Adventure Camps is now accepting registration for children aged 5-12. They are offering a special for sign-ups before January 15 too!
  • NYO Sports offers a wide variety of sports camps as well as year-round sports programs; they are currently accepting registration.
  • Bitsy Grant Tennis and Golf Camp a tennis and golf camp located conveniently in Buckhead; registration begins in February.
  • Dan Perez Baseball Camp is a baseball camp for boys and girls 5-12 years old; accepting registration now.
  • Chastain Park Art Camp has a variety of art camps. Registrations is through Atlanta iParks or call the Art Center for details.
  • YMCA Buckhead, registration now open for children 5-18
  • Forefront Arts Theatre Camps offers 55 Summer Drama Camps in 14 locations around Atlanta; Camps available for children 3k -20. They are currently accepting applications.
  • Dunwoody Nature Center begins registration for members February 1; open registration begins February 15. They will be holding a Summer Camp Open House January 24.
  • Marist offers sports camps but the Boys Fun Camp, which is all boys and they get to play old-school games all day, comes highly recommended. Word is there is going to be a Girls Fun Camp this summer as well. Their site says they are still finalizing their schedule for 2016 so check back soon.
  • Emory University hosts a variety of sports camps throughout the summer as well as a LEGO-based Bricks for Kidz camp with a STEM focus.  They also have a program for the “Talented and Gifted” that your child will need to qualify for but its super pricey.  Chase qualified so I looked into it and its more than a sleep away camp.
  • High Meadow Summer Camp in Roswell is a traditional outdoor day camp; open registration for campers 3-14.
  • Children’s Museum Atlanta Imagine It! Camps offer adventure, science, drama, and creativity camps.
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell host Camp Kingfisher, a nature camp for children 4-rising 9th graders. Their registration begins January 25.
  • Club SciKidz is a science and technology camp for boys and girls ages 4-15. They have locations throughout the metro Atlanta area. Currently registering for camps beginning June 6.
  • CampMODA: a Design Thinking Camp is being presented by the Museum of Design Atlanta at 4 locations: MODA’s Midtown campus, The Lovett School, GA Tech’s College of Architecture, and First Presbyterian Preschool on Peachtree. programs are available for children ages 5-14 are are now registering for summer sessions.
  • GA Tech Lacrosse Camps focuses on older children looking to polish their lacrosse skills but has both day and overnight camps for boys and girls ages 8-18.

For those of you with Boy and Girl Scouts:

  • Camp Rainey Mountain in northeast Georgia is filling up fast so get registered soon! They offer over 70 merit badges, activities like hiking, whitewater, climbing, and an ATV program, and high adventure programs.
  • Scoutland on Lake Lanier offers camping for Cub Scouts and Webelos. Their locations allows them to focus on aquatic activities.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has 4 summer camps:

  • Camp Meriwether in Luthersville, GA is best known for it’s equestrian programs. Check out their Open House January 24.
  •  Camp Misty Mountain in Amurchee, GA in north Georgia is a traditional north Georgia mountain camp with hiking, equestrian programs, canoeing. They will be holding and Open House, Troop, Family and community Fun Day May 22.
  • Camp Pine Acres is located on Lake Allatoona and is known for its water sports programs. Their Open House will be held February 21.
  • Camp Pine Valley south of Atlanta doesn’t offer overnight camps.
  •  Camp Timber Ridge  in Mableton, GA has STEM leadership programs, outdoor cooking, and more. They will be having an Open House January 31.

I’ll also link to a post I did a couple of years ago that has a great list I got from Camp Meri Mac.

Hope this list helps you with your summer planning!

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October Real Estate Update for Buckhead

Here is a video from Berkshire Hathaway with some interesting stats about the current real estate market in Buckhead. The market is down again this past month more than it was the previous month.  I’m not sure if this is seasonal or just a mismatch of inventory to buyers.  If you’ll notice, the average sales price is around $600k and the average listing price is $1.2M.

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June 2014 Market Update

Whether you are actively buying or selling or you are just curious what the market is doing, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Market Updates are full of interesting and useful information. View the June update for Buckhead here:

June 2014 Buckhead Market Update

June 2014 Buckhead Market Update

Click here to view additional market update videos.

Please contact me if you have any questions about any aspect of the real estate market. I would love to discuss it with you.

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New Listing: 5247 Vernon Springs Trail

Sadly, my client is relocating and having to leave this fabulous home. Their loss could be your gain. This traditional style brick home is on almost 1 acre private wooded lot on a cul de sac street in prime Sandy Springs /Buckhead location. Gracious sized rooms with 9 ft. ceilings and full finished walk-out daylight basement are just a few features to see. The kitchen is newly remodeled as was the secondary bath upstairs. All hardwoods on main and up, gated driveway and fabulous backyard. This home is so close to private schools and award winning Heards Ferry Elementary School. Visit my site for the full listing.

Overview: 3,300 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 3 full/1 half bathrooms

Schools: Heards Ferry/ Ridgeview/ Riverwood

List Price: $782,500

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5247 Vernon Springs Trail Sandy Springs, GA 30327

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As always, please contact me if you have any questions or would like to see this home. I would love for this to be your future home!

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April 2014 Real Estate Market Update

Here is the real estate market update for April. These stats are very general by area. Various price points are moving much faster than others. In Vinings, the over $2M price point had about a 4 year inventory in January, and while it is finally moving, it’s still at about a 2 year inventory level. Because of this, I see those prices continuing to drop, while the lower price points are holding steadier now.

 

April 2014 Market Update

This link will take you to the Vinings Market Update, but you can browse areas throughout Atlanta and the state of Georgia here. As always, if you have any questions about this update or anything real estate related, please contact me.

 

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February 2014 Market Update

Click the video below for the latest real estate market upate for the Vinings area. You may also view additional video reports for many of our local markets. I’ve included links directly to the Buckhead update as well as the Smyrna update.

 

Feb 2014 Market Update - Vinings

Please contact me with any questions regarding your real estate needs. As part of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, I have access to proprietary information resources that are not available to the public and can help you understand the real facts in your area.

Better information leads to better decisions!

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Justin Bieber is home shopping in Atlanta

UPDATE 2/24/2014  Bieber tweeted that he never even looked at this home.  There was even a stunt by morning DJ’s that has been published to make fun of the whole thing.  Anyway, he’s here in a rental but this is NOT going to be his house.  Great publicity for the agent and great exposure for the house is all that really came out of the rumor.

 

Atlanta is home to many celebrities, and it looks like another one might be heading our way.

Justin Bieber has been looking to make Atlanta his home so he can be closer to the thriving hip hop community. According to TMZ, he has his eye on a sprawling estate off Blackland Road in Buckhead. Listed at $10,950,000, this 16,000 sq. ft., 7 bedroom/13 bathroom home has a lot to offer from energy efficient geothermal HVAC systems to a 70 foot pool/spa, gym, elevator and much, much more.

It is yet to be seen whether he really is interested or if this is just a way to generate interest in this property. According to his published interests – can’t be visible from the street (preferably secluded on 5+ acres), minimum of 10,000+ sq. ft., and lists for between $4 and $10 mil., this may not be the home for him. While the price and size may suit him, we’ll have to see whether he will settle for less acreage; the lot is listed at less than two acres.

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Until the property is sold, any number of things can happen. One of my friends would be his neighbor if he did choose this home, she mentioned that she’d stop by with a welcome basket of a couple of dozen eggs :-). I’ll be sure to keep you posted as I always do about celebrity home purchases in Atlanta.

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