Most of us love nature and want to preserve the natural world, but we do not react well when woodpeckers ruin the siding on our houses. To live in harmony with nature, our recommendation is to choose fiber cement siding, primarily because it is not natural wood.
Fiber cement siding is made from a few simple ingredients - Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. These durable ingredients resist woodpeckers drumming-up damage because they offer nothing that woodpeckers are seeking in the way of food, nesting, or breeding.
Fiber cement is not natural wood which gives woodpeckers a good reason to leave your yard and find a real live tree somewhere else!
If you're choosing an exterior for a new home, you'll soon discover that there are several different types of exterior materials available - vinyl siding, cedar siding, composite siding, fiber cement siding, metal siding, Hardie Board siding, brick siding, engineered wood siding, stone veneer siding, natural wood, and stucco siding.
If all these siding options have your head in a tizz, do not worry, here's an expert to pull it straight for us.
Project Manager Riaan Venter says, "In my experience, I advise new home builders to spend a little more and choose fiber cement siding. Vinyl siding's price may be less, but I have noted that vinyl color siding can be more susceptible to fading, and may also crack, buckle, or sag with weather stress."
Riaan goes on to say that "fiber cement siding generally costs less than brick, as well as some wood siding options. Fiber cement siding is the best choice to make simply due to its solid track record."
Here are some of the advantages fiber cement siding offers over vinyl and wood:
The maintenance required will depend on your geographical location, exposure of the building and whether you have prefinished siding or if it will be painted on site. Prefinished siding is our recommendation, as it is resistant to fading, chipping, and cracking. For general cleaning, a soft brush and garden hose will do the job.
Residential fiber cement siding styles are exciting with woodgrain textures, or smooth and stucco finishes to choose from. The prefinished range of color options is magnificent and will enhance your home's exterior.
The most important thing is to take your time making decisions, so you are happy with the fresh look of your home. Georgia In Home Services is experienced in installing James Hardie® siding and trim products. Give us a call and we will provide a free siding estimate for your greatest asset.
Building a new house involves careful consideration of budget and design choices. One popular, cost-effective trend is the all-white kitchen. Read on to explore how a white palette contributes to savings without compromising on style and functionality.
Choosing white materials, like white laminate or thermofoil cabinets, are more cost effective than their colored counterparts. White surfaces are readily available and require fewer specialized finishes, reducing manufacturing costs. This allows you to allocate your budget to other essential aspects of your new home.
Project Managers, like Riaan Garforth-Venter from Georgia In Home Services, will tell you that "Standard sizes for cabinetry available in the frequently stocked color of white help you stay within budget. Plus, the broad appeal of a white palette is viewed by potential buyers as a neutral and clean aesthetic."
Riaan goes on to explain that "White surfaces, when made from durable, high-quality materials, can withstand the test of time, not just for cabinets, and backsplashes, but appliances too. A bright, white color scheme can make even a small kitchen feel more spacious."
Do not underestimate the power of the neutral façade, it serves as a perfect backdrop to highlight architectural features, like unique crown molding shapes or other prominent structural elements like sloped roofs or high-pitched windows.
If your kitchen has large windows, then how about mixing in metallics with white shades, namely, industrial accents in the pendant lighting, or glamorous accessories like a brass faucet at the kitchen sink. The metals will sparkle in the sunlight transforming your space into a haven of elegance.
Furniture is a wonderful way to inject a little color, like bright blue vinyl covered barstools, or budget friendly roman blinds at the window, or easy to add pops of color with well-placed utensils, dishes, or fresh flowers. Just painting your kitchen island, a bright color is a great focal point — and it is easy to repaint if your design tastes change.
An all-white kitchen is not just a strategic financial decision, you will also achieve a timeless and budget-friendly space that stands out for its elegance and practicality. Something to think about, for sure!
As you embark on your roofing journey, consider the trending colors that resonate with the Southern spirit, creating a home that not only expresses your personal style but also embraces the elegance of the Southeast.
From classic neutrals to coastal green's, warm reds, forest greens, and charcoal grays, homeowners are finding inspiration in surrounding natural beauty.
The people of Georgia are outdoors folk who love hiking, cycling, and canoeing their way through the lush foliage that characterize the State. Mossy green colors can create roofscapes that seamlessly integrate with the Southern landscape, and as such, Hunter Green color shingles are trending with homeowners in these early months of 2024.
For Atlantean's seeking a modern and sophisticated look, roofs that cover the spectrum of charcoal grays are sleek, providing a striking affinity with the vibrant cityscape, and oozing urban sophistication.
Classic neutrals never go out of style, and in the Southeast, shades like warm taupe continue to be favored. Consider GAF Timberline's shingle colors like Bark Wood or Cedar Falls. These soft beige colors are part of the GAF reflective range or Cool Series which helps reduce temperatures in your attic, so your home will stay cooler in the summer, and help save on air conditioning costs.
To capture the essence of Southern heritage, warm reds, like Patriot Red and rich browns are emerging as go-to choices for roof shingles. These colors reflect the rustic charm of Southern plantations and bring a touch of warmth to homes, creating a connection with the region's history and cultural roots.
With its diverse landscapes and cultural heritage, the Southeast is a tapestry of roof shingle colors that reflect the region's unique charm and multi-culture population.
Building a family home from scratch requires obvious experience and skills but more importantly, tenacity, passion and a knack for problem solving. For what is the reality of every Project Managers job in Georgia State and beyond? Well, day-to-day problem solving.
Building in the Peach State, Georgia In Home Services coordinates timelines and resources, navigates the intricacies of construction, and the boundless possibilities that come with building a new home. We enjoy building hand-in-glove with the Homeowner, ensuring a final product that we are all proud of.
This home in South Fulton County, Georgia is near hand-over and our project manager has overseen the build from laying the foundation to selecting finishes. Staying within budget is a non-negotiable skill, and we carefully manage costs without compromising on quality. From negotiating with our sub-contractors to sourcing materials. Quality control is ingrained in our DNA.
Navigating the Unforeseen
In the world of construction, surprises are inevitable. From unexpected weather delays to unforeseen site challenges, Georgia In Home Services approach each obstacle with adaptability and grace. These challenges become opportunities for creative problem-solving.
As the final nails are hammered on this near-completed home, and the last strokes of paint are applied, the result is more than a house, it is a family home. The journey of this new build, is an inspiration for aspiring homeowners, illustrating that with vision, determination, and a touch of Southern warmth, you can carve out your own space in the ever-evolving narrative of Atlanta's real estate landscape.
Atlanta's warm climate and surrounding forest make it the perfect setting for outdoor living. Southern homes have a long-standing tradition of blending indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly. Decks play a pivotal role in extending the living area and elevating family togetherness. Whether it's a lazy Sunday afternoon or Thanksgiving, decks are the ideal for making memories under the open sky.
Designing the perfect deck for family bonding requires thoughtful design. From choosing the right materials to determining the layout, each decision contributes to the overall experience. In Atlanta, where the weather is inviting, almost year-round, features like built-in seating, a BBQ area, or an outdoor fireplace turn a simple deck into a multifunctional space.
How about adding a classic porch swing? Or rocking chairs, or even a sweet tea station? Ideas that will infuse a sense of nostalgia and warmth into the outdoor space - we want the deck to be a welcoming extension of the home.
Are you a parent contemplating how I can best create family traditions with my kids? Well, Georgia In Home Services has been thinking on this too. Whether it's a weekly family barbecue, a monthly game night, or a yearly celebration, the deck on your home is a central gathering point. These shared experiences are the fabric of family life, bringing a sense of continuity across generations.
From weather fluctuations to maintenance requirements, addressing these concerns during the planning and construction phase with your General Contractor ensures your deck will remain a source of joy for years to come.
Decks can be the backdrop for countless family moments—laughter, conversations, celebrations, and relaxation. As Atlanta homes continue to evolve, the deck stands as a symbol of the enduring importance of family bonds in Southern living. So, let the deck be more than just a structure; let it be the stage where your family story unfolds.
Atlanta is known for its warm southern hospitality, and your home should reflect that same warmth and comfort. As families grow, so do their housing needs. This often leads to a search for extra space without buying a larger, new home or dealing with the hassle of moving. Room additions are a popular solution for homeowners to tailor their living spaces.
Whether it's a baby room for a new arrival, sunroom for relaxation, or a spacious kitchen for the aspiring chef, you have the freedom to design your ideal living space.
Start your room addition journey with dreams and aspirations. Sit with your family and discuss how the new room will enhance daily life. What are your daily needs? Your room addition should reflect your family's unique lifestyle.
Design and Functionality are two key words to help create a plan which should also maximizes space, and light. Make sure the new addition seamlessly integrates with the existing structure to maintain the home's aesthetic appeal.
Budget with Love! Seriously, creating a budget may seem like a practical task, but it's a labor of love. Consider your financial capabilities and be realistic. Don't forget to account for unexpected expenses.
Atlanta has specific building codes that must be followed when adding rooms to your home. Consult with your general contractor to obtain the necessary permits and ensure compliance.
Working with Professionals
Embark on your room addition journey with trusted professionals by your side. Collaborate with a contractor who understands your family's needs. Their expertise will help bring your dream to life.
Look for contractors with experience in room additions. Verify that the contractor is licensed and insured to protect you and your property during the construction process. Clear and open communication with your contractor is crucial. Ensure they can provide regular updates on the project's progress.
Have a detailed written contract that outlines the scope of work, materials, timelines, and payment schedules.
With Atlanta's thriving real estate market and the potential for increasing your property's value, a room addition is a smart financial decision. Go ahead and embark on this exciting journey of expanding your comfort and space in the heart of the South!
Remodeling after a fire is challenging, but with careful planning, hiring a licensed general contractor, and a positive outlook, it is possible to turn a devastating event into an opportunity for improvement. The family of four was devastated when their house in Buford, Georgia burned to the ground, leaving behind charred ruins and heartache.
But they were determined to rebuild their lives and their home. In this blog, we will guide you through the importance of hiring a licensed and bonded general contractor to remodel a house after it has been damaged by fire.
After hiring Georgia In Home Services, we put the family in touch with a skilled architect to draw up the plans that would not only replicate what was lost but surpass it in functionality. This is the homeowner's opportunity to make structural and cosmetic changes, but still ensuring the new design meets County building codes and regulations.
Your general contractor is essential, in that he will manage the project for you from start to finish, coordinate with all subcontractors, and ensure that the remodel is executed properly and safely. Look for a contractor with experience in fire damage restoration.
As you plan the rebuild, consider incorporating fire prevention and safety measures. Install smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and fire-resistant materials to mitigate future risks.
The rebuild process will involve framing, electrical and plumbing work, drywall installation, and roofing. Remember that this is your chance to make energy-efficient and modern upgrades.
Once the structural work is complete, focus on the interior. Choose updated, current finishes, fixtures, and materials that suit your design preferences and budget. Make your house feel like a home again by personalizing it with all the ideas you have gathered while scrolling design sites.
After months of remodeling work and effort, the house that was once a symbol of despair is now on track as a new beginning for the Buford family.
In the face of devastation, this house and its owners overcame adversity, rebuilt their lives, and preserved the essence of their cherished home.
In a positive move for Atlanta homeowners, Georgia In Home Services has partnered with LION Builder to install their contemporary design, independent studios that bring a minimum footprint but maximize space. Made in the USA, the custom-built structures provide aesthetically pleasing detached working or living spaces that blend seamlessly with any home design.
Owner of Georgia In Home Services, Danny Diulus says "Atlanta's small business community will love how these affordable studios motivate the ease of separating work from your home environment".
Practical solutions with an eye for style is why Georgia In Home Services partnered with LION Builder, an American-based company with Global experience.
The founders of LION Builder, Séverine Rigaud and Lionel Junique, are inspired by studio-based architecture discovered on their many trips through Europe and have created four styles of the studio, ranging in size and versatility from 121 SqFt to 256 SqFt, each customizable to suit the customers' needs.
The freestanding studio design features a single-zone mini-split air conditioning system (optional), interior and exterior lighting, asymmetrical metal roofing and hi-end wood-like siding, fixed windows, and secure sliding doors with its patio.
The General manager for Georgia In Home Services, Riaan Garforth-Venter, explains that "Our partnership with the LION duo will be to handle all installations of these meticulously designed, detached studios in homes throughout greater Atlanta and North Georgia".
Our joint commitment is to blend function with aesthetics, creating quality craftsmanship that meets all safety regulations.
LION Studio I is the ideal solution for small business owners. With 121 SqFt, Studio I is ideal for a separate work or leisure space or an additional outbuilding for a hobby room. Whether you are an artist, a consultant, or a visionary entrepreneur, Studio I is an elegant work environment that can be personalized. This detached studio design features a single-zone mini-split air conditioning system (optional), interior and exterior lighting, asymmetrical metal roofing and wood siding, fixed windows, and secure sliding doors with its patio.
LION Studio II is for those who want a larger space for work or recreation. With 256 SqFt, Studio II allows you to support the growth of your business, eliminating the need for property expansion or tedious relocation. The larger space also allows for more versatile uses, such as a home gym, art studio, pool house, or additional living space for guests. This detached studio design features a single-zone mini-split air conditioning system, interior and exterior lighting, asymmetrical metal roofing and wood siding, windows, and security sliding doors with its large patio.
LION Studio II+ has the potential to increase the value of your property and generate rental income, making it a wise and strategic investment. With 256SqFt, Studio II+ is ideal to establish an independent living area for a teenager, parent, or rental space. This detached studio features a kitchen and a bathroom.
LION Studio ADA, with its 256 SqFt, is specifically adapted to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). LION Studio ADA is a remarkable solution designed to empower parents and provide independence for adult children with disabilities. With a thoughtfully crafted design layout that includes an ADA-compliant bath and kitchen, this studio offers a perfect blend of comfort, utility, and accessibility.
Here, people with limited mobility can thrive, with carefully considered features that ensure ease of use and maneuverability. Experience peace of mind and provide your loved one with independence while keeping them close to home with LION Studio ADA.
The most fruitful bathroom renovation results from pre-planning. While your contractor does the work of planning the actual construction, you conceive of the bathroom you desire. Making all the decisions in advance frees your contractor to accomplish the work quickly for you. Planning your bathroom remodel starts with your goal for the bathroom.
Determine which area of the room you want as a focal point and what you want to improve. Typical options include:
Setting your bathroom goal anchors your project planning and provides a starting point for detailed planning. It also determines whether you will remodel, which means changing what you already have without rebuilding or renovate, which requires replacing major items or building new walls or areas. Resurfacing a bathtub falls under remodeling, but replacing a shower with a bathtub falls under renovation.
Use your goal to drill down on the design details of that area of the room. Decide on the flooring, wall coverings, fixtures, etc. Ask yourself the following questions:
In this planning step, explore available options by reading home design magazines and visiting home improvement stores. Determine the specific features you want in your bathroom storage and cabinetry.
Now that you set a goal and developed it, your home improvement store exploration fuels finding the solutions. Visit bathroom fixture shops and tile stores, too. These retail wonders let you touch and feel each option and offer knowledgeable salespeople who can help you locate fixtures that solve space or utility problems. This step helps you clarify bathroom renovation goals.
Be careful when perusing Internet websites on design because many of them use European designs. That can make it tough to find the right fixtures since they may not offer them in the United States. During your store visits, grab samples and paint chips to show your future contractor.
How long a bathroom update takes depends on the amount of work to do and the number of plumbing changes. Typically, a full bathroom renovation requires four weeks of daily, full-time work to complete. By planning all of the details, you can help your general contractor get the job done faster. Contact Georgia In-Home Services today to get started on your bathroom renovation project.
Only 2% of roofing contractors in the United States and Canada meet the strict standards of becoming GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractors. Contractors must renew this certification yearly. We have striven diligently to maintain our certification and ensure we meet and even exceed the expectations of our customers. Selecting a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor helps ensure your roof is installed, repaired, and maintained to precise standards. You will not have to worry about poor craftsmanship or unprofessional customer service interactions. We take great pride in our roofing contract services and want our customers to understand what this certification means.
Becoming GAF certified requires a concerted effort from roofing contractors. Those contractors that receive this honorable certification are some of the best in the industry. GAF requires the following for certification.
Here at Georgia in Home Services, we proudly pursue recertification each year. We believe in maintaining business practices that place us above our competition. Homeowners can feel confident selecting a certified roofing contractor because we are certified to install the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.
Only contractors with GAF Master Elite Certification can offer GAF-enhanced warranties to customers. Homeowners want to ensure they have a strong warranty before installing a new roof. GAF certification offers a win-win situation for both roofing contractors and their customers.
GAF-certified roofing contractors also earn more points for each purchase of roofing materials. Contractors can also enjoy greater savings on many GAF products, including GAF Project, GAF QuickMeasure, and GAF WeatherHub services.
GAF certification also helps roofing contractors attract more customers because they are held to a higher standard and stand out from the rest of the industry.
We are here to provide superior roofing services for our customers' needs. We offer installation, repair, and maintenance services to protect your home and keep it beautiful.