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The House that Built Me...sorta

Posted on November 2, 2018 at 3:21 PM Comments comments (99)
MARRIETTA: We most definitely love Nextdoor and of course the kind folks that share our name with the world. 
It really never ever gets old to get these phone calls. 








This house didn't build me nor did we built it. However, we sorta kinda helped from it caving in. 

We thought the homeowner made an EXCELLENT decision to remove these two load bearing walls b/c it really brought an enhanced appeal to the floor plan.


However, click on the pic and you'll see regular 2x10" lumber instead of the 2x14"  LVL (laminate, veneer, laminate) triple beams required to carry the load for such a large span. 




We start by providing our suppliers engennering depart the data they need (span, pics of the outside of home, detailed info about the floor above, joist span on both sides of the beam etc...then we build temp walls to keep things in place. 






Once the temp walls are up we removed the inferior beams 








Then I get as close as possible to Daniel to get the name of our company but I can barely see it. Click on the pic, maybe your eyes are better than mine. 









Here's the final view of the installed LVL beams. 
One word: Beautiful. 












Beautiful twice over. A total of SIX 2x14" LVL beams were needed to properly support the span. 

Not Just Deck Builders

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 5:01 AM Comments comments (0)
CUMMING: 

Lucky for us we can also remove walls and install beams/headers. Comes in handy on cold snowy days. 








We were fortunate to have been referred to these new homeowners. They wanted to remove this load bearing wall to make a more spacious open area. 







We opened it as much as we could. 













We also have to remove crown molding and baseboards. 










This is not a promo shot. 












Up goes the Laminate Veneer Laminate (LVL) beam.









Here you have it folks..."openness"













A two way street...













This was the first snow of December 2018. 

The Monther-In-Law

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 8:08 AM Comments comments (0)
ALPHARETTA, GA

We want to thank who ever created Nextdoor. :)













The new owners needed this big room turned into a bedroom. The entrance door is on the left.











We obliged and closed it in for them. 









The entrance door in the far right but dead center is the thickness of the wall. We did NOT want to close in a thick wall and leave bunch of dead-space. 







We closed in the room and made a closet. 










And turned that thick wall on the left into a beautiful book shelf!!











From a different view...the thick wall. 










The room...











We really were glad to leverage that wall space. Turns out the homeowner loves to read and now has a place for all her books!!

A Lot of Painting and a Little Bit of Everything Else

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 6:42 AM Comments comments (0)



SMYRNA, GA: We referred to these homeowner's and for that we're always very, very thankful. 













We met with the homeowners to the discuss the scope of work.









And got busy prepping and painting (keep your eye on the windows to the right).










As is customary in our field (lucky us) the scope of work grew and soon the homeowners asked us to remove these skylights. 














And we got busy on that as well. 


























We removed the sky lights....























Installed new roof sheathing and 30lb black felt paper. 




















And before you knew it we were done.




















Click on this picture and you'll see that we spraying the crown molding. Spraying leaves an awesome finish...we use Sherwin Williams ProClassic premium trim paint. Leaves a nice hard shell. 















Our U.S. Marine learning a few things from our pain lead. 









I must give it to the homeowners (maybe just the missus) because they hit it out of  the ballpark. 










We loved their color pallet and the vision to open the sun-room on the left. We also lowered the sky-high mantel to a nicer height. 













Starting the paint process in the foyer.



















The mast bathroom. We actually painted almost the entire inside to include some of the basement. It was a big house.  














The old bat cave...we removed all the windows and installed new beams. The slate tile was a paint to remove and a hassle to carry out (very heavy).






The homeowners (likely the missus) made an excellent choice on tile. It's a "brick-like"  from Floor and Decor...awesome. We built the columns and trim..








Build it and they will come....













We did (but not the carpet)


Cute Condo Bathroom Remodel II

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (0)
EAST COBB: We were referred to this client (we love referrals) and did a lot of improvements...two bathrooms (here's one of them), the kitchen, all ceilings, recessed lights every where, floors, painting, trim the works. 
To the left is the mast bedroom with a tub...old 80's floor plan. 








The homeowner wanted the tub replaced with a shower and the opening closed in some. 














Here's the bathroom gutted and cleaned....
















We're framing things in to reduce the opening. 











Here it is!!! But there's more....















The homeowner's mum had this nice dresser that has sentimental value to both ladies and by pure luck it fit the space perfectly. 
















Here it is!!! Looks awesome!!

















The pic is little dark b/c not all lights were up... but you can see the progress.





















This is the opposite wall..a niche and a sitting corner. 




















If you look you can see that this toilet is too close to the tub....not centered. 












Well we fixed that too. We couldn't redo this bathroom and not move the toilet. 

















The finished product!!!

What a Commercial Mess

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 8:08 AM Comments comments (0)
SANDY SPRINGS: We don't do a lot of commercial work but we certainly do some. We order some 2x10 floor joists from PMC Building Supplies to handle this mess underneath one of the buildings in this complex. 













Turns out several floor joists were rotting out due to severe plumbing leaks (including laundry washers). These leaks create havoc. 











We're in the building's crawl space that maintains a stuffy odor as you can imagine. 














We had to set up temporary bracing and work around the plumbing. 














This puts the significance of the reapirs in perspective. The entire building is supported by the rotted joists...  












Getting it done....















We spent a lot of time looking and thinking because we did not want to open up an expensive ticket for the plumbing. 

From Scratch

Posted on December 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)
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Home Improvements - Home Repairs - Handy Man - Drywall - Basement - MiltonMILTON: We helped our clients get their home ready for the market and here we are helping them with their new home. 

Beautiful home upstairs but an unfinished basement. We sealed all the basement walls, all the framing, all the insulation, all the drywall, all the priming & painting. We then installed all the slat boards (the brown finish walls). 

Scroll down - there are plenty of pics

We purchased all materials (excluding the slat boards) from Home Depot.

Porcelanosa a Step Down?

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM Comments comments (0)
Home Improvements - Home Repairs - Handyman: Stone MountainHome Improvements - Home Repairs - Handyman: Stone MountainHome Improvements - Home Repairs - Handyman: Stone MountainHome Improvements - Home Repairs - Handyman: Stone MountainHome Improvements - Home Repairs - Handyman: Stone MountainHome Improvements - Home Repairs - Handyman: Stone MountainHome Improvements - Home Repairs - Handyman: Stone MountainWe knew we had a big task ahead of us in remodeling the master bath, & things got a little deeper a third into it. A wall separated the vanity area and shower/toilet area & only half of the master bath had a vault ceiling. We were asked to eliminate the wall & to give the vault ceiling a twin. 






We made the ceiling adjustments when the client called with what really was a good idea (just a lot more work). They bought just about the entire bathroom from Porcelanosa - 13x33" tile (three different types - two whites for the walls, one black for the floor) and 4x12"for the shower area + the shower tile.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LEFT: The idea came from the folks at Porcelanosa. They recommended a step-down into the shower versus the traditional step-up. Guess what? We had to raise the subfloors in order to step-down into the shower.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           RIGHT Here you see the big heavy tile being placed on James Hardie 1/2" backer board (a fiber cement product similar to HardiePlank siding). Installing tile directly onto drywall is kind of a big no-no, especially with large tile.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             LEFT: The small glass tile installation really challenged the guys as glass is more difficult to work with than traditional tile. Why? It's harder to cut, in fact three hours were spent just on the nook.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 RIGHT: As you look at the shower area floor you can see where the user will actually step-down on the upscale Porcelenosa product.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 LEFT: Great pic that illustrates the four (4) different types of tile used. The clear white is smooth & installed horizontally. The other white is patterned installed vertically with a chrome separator edge. The floor, like the horizontal white is a brick pattern as is the shower tile. The rest below is beautiful history. 
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From Scratch!!!

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM Comments comments (0)
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So what did they request? That's right, trey ceilings. Off we went cutting the joists, framed the new ceilings, installed wiring for recessed lights, drywall, & crown moulding - just waiting on the painters. :)
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Sliding Door Nightmare

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Home Improvements - Home Repairs - Handy Man CummingThis glass door on the left seemed easy to change until we removed it and discovered the subfloor was about to throw in the towel. One simple door required us to correct the the flooring with new beams AND we also had to build new headers (above the sliding door) because it too wasn't properly positioned. We had to build a temporary wall to ensure the roof wouldn't collapse while we replaced the original header.



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