Area homeowners and building professionals have a new resource for purchasing and disposing of used building materials that are still in good condition. The Lifecycle Building Center (www.lifecyclebuildingcenter.org) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that salvages building materials from local construction sites and demolition projects, storing and reselling the materials at a 12,000 square-foot retail facility in southwest Atlanta. Proceeds from each sale are reinvested in the community and support the organization’s goal “to reduce solid waste disposal, promote resource efficiency, stimulate economic development and empower every citizen to improve their own built environment,” according to the Lifecycle Building Center website. A list of available materials is posted on the center’s website, and the center is open to the public most days by appointment. To schedule a visit or demolition service, contact executive director Adam Deck at (404) 99-REUSE or email@example.com.
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by Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List
Summer is the time of year when home improvement projects kick into full swing. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your home a complete makeover is to paint it. Regardless if you plan to stay in your house for years to come, or hope to sell it in the near future, a new paint job will refresh the look of the home while boosting curb appeal along the way.
I spoke with Atlanta painting contractors, who said many people are avoiding bold paint colors and choosing neutral colors and earth tones like grays, greens and browns. These colors are said to have a calming effect, and they complement the natural landscapes around the home.
Here it is! Our Best Before-and-After Issue, which has become a yearly tradition and one of our most-anticipated features. The entire magazine is filled to the brim with photos of the winning projects from our 2012 Best Before-and-After Contest, which showcases the best of the best local makeovers. So, while some of our regular departments may be missing this month, I think you’ll be glad we made room for this special package.
The Best Before-and-After Issue is one of my favorites to put together, too, starting with our call for entries, which happens around December or January each year, and continuing through to the judging, which, I might add, is done by an independent panel of industry experts. Multiple entries were allowed, but all names and identifiers were removed for judging, meaning each project was evaluated on its own merits.
Although I don’t have any sway over the results, I do enjoy sitting in on the judges’ discussion. This year, I heard things like: “That’s a dramatic difference.” “Looks like there was a lot to overcome here.” “I’d love to see more projects like this.”
It’s always fun to see the work that is being done around the city by local designers and contractors, and there’s more to see on our website at www.atlantahomeimprovement.com. Just click on the “Before and Afters” tab at the top of the home page, and you can browse (share, pin, etc.) all the entries from this year’s contest. Then let me know which ones you like best!
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A Georgia Tech School of Building Construction team led by Dr. Javier Irizarry recently captured the top prize in a National Housing Endowment competition, taking home a four-year, $99,535 grant. The award was accepted at the 2012 International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla., by Professor Rick Porter along with students who attended the event.
A key goal of the National Housing Endowment competition is to increase the number of qualified college graduates entering the residential construction profession and to better prepare them for industry’s complexity. The grant will be used to advance the curriculum in the graduate track in residential construction development and to support three research fellowships for students enrolled in the program. The first research fellow will begin in fall 2012. Members of the project team included Professor Rick Porter, Dr. Debbie Phillips, Dr. Daniel Castro, Mrs. Brenda Morris and Mr. David Ellis of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Read about more home improvement news in Atlanta.
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by Stan Garnet, a Certified ASHI and Building Code Inspector in Atlanta and president of Consult-a-Home-Pro (CAHP)
People are in a real quandary today and need to make tough decisions. As a property inspector I get to see it all and have opportunity to listen to many sides of the housing market concerns and how it has affected the buying, selling and the building of new construction.
There are deals to be had out there. Typically those deals come with some downsides. Most people are looking for specific neighborhoods, school districts and amenities in the home that they purchase. Many of the resale homes are foreclosure or short-sale properties. A short sale is going to be a much better situation because people are still living in the house. A foreclosure on the other hand could be a home in huge distress. In either case, there will be work needed in order to bring the house into the condition a buyer would want so they could call it “home”. Although there are deals, it only is a deal if all aspects of your needs are met.
With summer just around the corner, now is the time to haul out all of your outdoor furniture to get it dusted off and prepared for regular use. While your furniture may be in good shape if it was in the shed or garage for the past few months, many people simply leave their furniture in the yard over the winter which means that a little tender love and care will be necessary to spruce things up. Continue reading
by Bob and RodMan, of The Bob and RodMan Home Show on 920 AM-WGKA
“A stitch in time saves nine.” This proverbial saying is especially true when it comes to taking care of business around the home. Minor fixes neglected can lead to major problems and costly repairs.
Decks Decks for example! Periodic staining and sealing are not done just to keep the deck pretty. These procedures are vital to keeping the deck safe and sound. Unprotected deck boards, railings and standards eventually develop cracks, warps and splinters. Warps damage stability, cracks allow more rapid deterioration and splinters—well, you just don’t want to go there. ANY damage or weakening to the support system needs immediate attention if you don’t want to be a feature story on the evening news. There are products on the market now that claim to fill and resurface deck members and restore the appearance and utility of the structure. Have to see that in place. In the mean time, stain and seal. It’s like an oil change you only have to do every 10 or 12 years.