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PAINTING & STAINING

Neighborly Love

EAST COBB: Have we ever mentioned that Nextdoor is the Next Big Thing? 
















Because of Nextdoor we did repairs and painted the entire house below in this neighborhood. 








The homeowner on the left referred us to the his neighbor across the street (below)








...and this is where we start our blogstory. 











The homeowner was listing his home and needed a lot of trim and siding replacement as well as pressure washing and painting. 










And here's the finished product after it was repaired and painted. 







The trim installed was really MDF (a type of cardboard trim used for inside work) and it didn't last long.







He we are replacing more siding with new JamesHardie siding. 











Yes, we were all over this house making things right. 










Bam!!  The new color matches the stone work much better than before. 








The old color with too much white. 












Nice home, nice job. Great homeowners. 

Repeat Clients

ALPHARETTA: 
For several reasons we don't usually work with investors. However, there a handful that we're comfortable working with. 







These clients are serious investors and by serious we mean investors that really make improvements not just patch work (we shy away from slap-it-together and sell it investors)







We painted the entire home - walls, trim, doors, ceilings...everything.









This home didn't require a lot of  drywall repairs but it did need some. 





















We too were glad to with the new color choices. 



















Kudo's to the clients for once again making good color choices. 

Sewage Issues

EAST COBB: We appreciate the relationships we have with property managers. We're glad to be there for them and we're glad they're there for us. I think that's called a win-win. 






Unfortunately this issue was a loser for the tenants b/c they were inconvenienced for a couple of weeks waiting for the insurance and everything else to fall in place. 





We installed new drywall and applied mold resistant primer on all the exposed framing and sub-floors as an additional step.









The sewage line backed up and evidently found the toilet as the easiest place to release.  











Some one else showed up to clean the mess, we should up to make the mess look great again. ;)











That's right....great again. 


















In addition to drywall we installed new trim, primed and painted things. 












We do floors but they had selected floor installers before we came to the scene. 

Everything Gets Painted...I Mean Everything

HOSCHTON:  We try to always get Five Stars from our Home Depot Referral's because gives us opportunities to bid on future jobs like this one. 









The new homeowners wanted the entire inside repainted...trim, doors, walls, ceilings, closets...












and this garage too!











The beige epoxy is a refreshing change from the more common grey.









Fernando and Jacobo walking the home for the first time, coding the rooms. Notice the white doors? They all will change in color soon. 









The homeowner hit it out of the park in our opinion with everything...especially the doors. Peppecorn Grey from Sherwin Williams (#SW7674)


















The previous colors were nice but too many to make it work with the homeowners furniture and decor. 











We painted only two rooms with Smokey Blue (#SW7604) for elegance. 


The formal dining room and...








































The family room below. 





























Everything else was a beautiful Mindful Gray (#SW7016) 




























































































With the exception of a few rooms upstairs... 
















The rooms are Temperate Taupe (#SW6037)































The master bedroom and master bath were Copen Blue (#SW0068). Soft to the eyes, makes the bathroom feel a little feng shui. 
















































You Design & We'll Build It

ROSWELL, GA:



As vast as the internet is it's still a small world.











What a great nugget this subdivision is. Beautiful townhouses. 









Are client was sharp and knew exactly what he wanted + he's an architect. Ti's a simple design but really helpful for us in delivering what the our client wants. 








What a small world it is. 











A small deck....









...with interesting deck joists. These are 4x6 deck joists compared to the traditional 2x8's or 2x10's. I love them and will investigate if we can build decks with 4x6's.






We didn't even need a dumpsters the deck was so small. 












Good...













Better....











Best!

The Monther-In-Law

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 Little Help for a Little While for a Lot of Things



ALPHARETTA, GA: 
We're part of Home Depot's Pro Referral Program. We're glad to help with big jobs and smaller ones like the one below.








It's amazing the amount of subdivisions in Alpharetta. 












All the homeowners needed done on their home was to have their flashing painted and we said, " Sure! We can help."


















And we did....













And all was good thereafter. :) 





This Old Home

MARIETTA, GA: 





We appreciate very much being referred. It's the biggest compliment. 









This is a nice established neighborhood with plenty of beautiful trees.












This old home to the right is the A.H. Stephens Historic House owned by former Georgia Governor of the same name.  









The builder of this home built several look a likes in this nice neighborhood. These homes really stand out because the majority of the neighborhood homes have the slanted siding and angled roofs. This particular home is all cedar siding. 









Here's what it looked like during the transformation. 















First things first, this nice home desperately needed a good washing. 






















We painted the dentil trim and porch in a Sherwin Williams semi-gloss white. The siding (only the bottom half painted in this pic) is a Sherwin Williams Double Latte. Nice.
























We love spraying when ever possible (and appropriate) because it leaves a much nicer finish. 






















Here's a view of almost a finished job. 









As accents we painted the stair risers white but the steps are actually a Sherwin Williams Lodge Brown. Great contrast...rich.












We also washed and stained the rear deck. 

















We always spray the deck rails and decking and then roll the decking again for a more durable finish. 

This is a Sherwin Williams Woodbriar stain.



















The homeowner selected the color and clearly wanted the deck to match her home. Great neutral colors that some plant greens and red umbrella can make it pop. 















Before: We actually replaced many of the chimney boards prior to starting the paint process. 









Much nicer. 

A Lot of Painting and a Little Bit of Everything Else




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)


On Golden Pond

ALPHARETTA, GA: I've always found it interesting how we as humans traverse this globe. Several hundred years ago all this was a jungle, today it's a different kind of jungle but still a jungle. 

Our client recently moved in from Venezuela and found us via Nextdoor (thank you thank you).





There's a lot of Alpharetta neighborhoods....you'd be surprised how many. 








Like many homes we see, this home had a tree line but no shade to speak of. We provided this rendering for the homeowner to give him a better visual of what we had in mind. 






And off of to work we went. Look at all them trees. 
















We used Sherwin Williams SuperPaint with a semi-gloss to help repel moisture. It looks beautiful.






















The sun really beat the deck boards down.












We installed new TWENTY FOOT boards...yes, one board per row (we're not fans of cut/staggered boards at all. The boards were secured with polymer-coated deck screws and as you can see the start of the shed roof.







Looks how beautiful. The homeowner made an excellent selection for the deck and railing stain. The stain closely mimics the natural color of the lumber and  looks really, really nice. 









Our U.S. Marine that helped us for the summer. Look at the the tree line....











We're building away. 













Check out the deck railings and decking. It's stained, looks like the color of lumber, looks great, but  I can't recall the name of it!! 













Before we arrived.....













The transformation.....












Golden...

No Way?!

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Among many things we also installed a recessed mounted TV outlet equipped with a power surge and tore down the existing mantle. 











And here you have it!! Yes, we did the stone work as well. 










Spray painting an occupied home is cumbersome but it can get done. The results are fantastic. 











The pictures don't do the work too much justice but as you can see it looks real nice. 











We repaired/touched up everywhere just about. 















The clients did a a great job selecting Dorian Gray (they used a flat washable premium paint from Sherwin Williams called Duration.)












Getting busy....














Looking good.....













We have to use a small tip sprayer to focus on the trim and to not waste the paint. ProClassic premium grade paint from Sherwin-Williams. 










The window cleaning took a little over day alone.  
















We did the floors too but this post is all about the paint job.....
















Duration paint goes on sooooo smooth and looks great when it dries. Did I mention it's a flat WASHABLE paint? 











                    Before

















After

Cute Condo Bathroom Remodel II

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!!!

Our Repeat Homeowner

MARIETTA: It's great when a homeowner calls you back for additional work. We repaired the homeowners chimney about 3 years ago. She's now selling and asked that we replace all the siding and paint the town home. 

Our team lead, Armando, plans the project. 






























ABOVE: Some of the detailed work we provide.  These "SturdiMounts" hold light fixtures, outlets, and water spigots in place much better and look much nicer.

LEFT: We installed plywood for several reasons.



The plywood (OSB) makes it harder for the wind to come thru the house because it has less seams then when we add the moisture barrier house wrap there's a significant difference inside. 




See how much nicer the HardieSiding lays....that's becuase there's plywood underneath instead of the siding being nailed just to 2x4 studs. Over time the wind damages the look and you can the "waves" on long walls. 








More plywood....we left the chimney alone because we had repaired it a few years ago. 








We work in the cold too...













Looking good....








Looking better....We also painted thie town home with Sherwin Williams' SuperPaint - long lasting.

Call us for a free quote. 

Death Trap...

ALPHARETTA: ...ok, maybe not a death trap, especially not the house. Next Pic

















Not a death trap per se, however, injury prone it is indeed. Notice the homeowners stuck vertical 2x4's to hold the deck joise (sub-floor). Dangerous.









What impacts pricing? Materials and labor of course. The ease or difficulty of maneuver around the job site does too. It can lead to longer completions time and/or additional man power or both. 











Now there's ease....  
















The caboose  dressed....











   
      The caboose....











The caboose....











Hardware...extremely important and required by code. 

These stair-straps eliminate the for 2x4's to hold them...better secured, last longer.









The more hardware you see the better the job. 1/2" bolts - 2 per post














Galvanized joist hangers....10 screws per hanger - #9 Simpston Strong-Tie structural screws.










Your main support posts (6x6's) can no longer go below grade....concrete footings go sub-grade, the 6x6 posts sits on top of a galvanized based that sits'above grade level. Why? To prevent rot/decay to the support structure. 











Ditto for the stair railing posts.













Very nice # 1 premium grade 5/4 deck boards. Real nice wood.












These are TWENTY FEET LONG each. Why? Because we like ONE board per row and not cut pieces. Why? Looks better AND last longer...no nail pops at the ends. + We screw them on instead of nailing them


















Spraying the stain looks soooo much nicer and is better applied....last longer. 




















See?














The Front

















The Slope

The TIMBERTECH Rendering

ALPHARETTA: Wow, we had a super busy 2016...just now able to start uploading some of our jobs. 

We love referral business and this one is one of them. As you scroll down you'll see where we took this 20x12 deck that was too narrow for the clients to ever really enjoy the outdoors. 

The rendering is what you''ll see at the bottom. :) 






                      
                        Nothing great...













After demo-ing the back deck we started with a new foundation.













The foundation was about 17x16 SF...












The initial framing to get things going....














Let's see...what do we have here. Our lead, Armando, game planning. 











This job had a lot of detail so we pulled out the rendering to help us all make this happen. We purchase our materials from PMC Building Supplies













It's now starting to take shape. 












Notice the shed roof? Blends right in with the house. 













Here's the beautiful TimberTech Composite decking - we're installling the Tigerwood decking from their Legacy Collection....nice











One of our norms, tongue & groove ceilings with rough sawn cedar beams... we seem to do this a lot. 










More beautiful TimeberTech Compaosite Decking - Tigerwood is the main decking, Mocha is the border decking....











Here you can see them both better. 25 year warranty - no staining, cracking....low low maintenance











Installed the ceiling fan and about 4 outlets...









Here she sits...3-season 2nd level deck with a nook for the bbq grill.














A finished look....














Sweet!





A Boatload of Interior Upgrades

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ALPHARETTA: It feels sooo good to be referred to friends and family, it really means a lot to us. 
This new homeowner was referred to us by clients we did work for almost 12 months prior & we appreciate being considered. 


On the left is our lead, Jose and Raul.









































As you can see to the right, this house had walls and walls of wallpaper that unfortunately sucks up a lot of time.




















<--These next three pics are one view of the master bedroom. It had two separate closets with glass bi-fold doors and a dust collector on top of the closet (notice the roof line?)








<--We closed the roof line and a closet door. We also had to prime the walls for the new color because the green was too strong/dark of a color. 













<---What a difference huh? 












 

The old master bath worked but it was just too dated. 













We do a lot of drywall work and here we are making things smooth again.












It's all in the details. 
















The master bedroom and bath from a different view 













Wonder-Twins Power activate!!
















BAM!!













Yes, our homeowner has a lot of shoes. :) 













Check out the walls, corner cabinet and counter top wall














All gone....homeowner wanted a pantry in lieu of what was there.















Bam!!!!













The Old














The Transition















The Almost













The Bam!!!














We're past the first phase on this pic













Something new? Recessed lighting didn't exist prior













The finished product being lived in. 
We tore down stuff, painted, installed engineered flooring, a little floor, made closets bigger, and more. 



French Country Home

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Nice simple two-tone home. Take a look back and check out the deck as well. 

Getting Ready to Sell!

We did some work for the homeowners a couple of years ago and were glad to help them with their listing preparation needs. 












We did some pressure washing...
















...both front and back...














Painted some rooms....














....repaired some drywall...










....lots of work in the garage....














...and painted it as well....












...as well as exterior stucco repairs and paint















....need help? Please contact us.





















The Football Field - Johns Creek

Almost always there's an observation or something that I notice or leave with on a job. This one was the massive backyard, a small park or a football field...either way it was nice and this job's take away. 










Once again our business relationship with Home Depot's ProDesk proved valuable as they were able to deliver on a short notice. 









This particular demo was different from many others, not so much because it was high but more so because it was literally dangling from one end - we had to remove one piece at a time.









<--- Here it is almost fully demo'd - we didn't care for the the way it was built . Too many post but not enough meat for the post to support. Usually you have to put three 2x10 on the outer rim if you want the deck to rest on posts.







On the right is the new framing - the deck is about 14x24'...lots of lumber











Joist Hangers - 10 structural screws per hanger - six are 1.5" long - the four that go on the sides are 2.5" long. Why? Because they angle across and need to be longer to grab the 2x10 against the brick wall







The 2x10 that goes attached to the dwelling has to be secured with through-bolts (usually 10" long, always galvanized). This home has a finished basement with soffit ceilings (it was sort of a pain b/c the a/c ducts and lights were in the way) - this meant we had to demo the ceiling drywall and then make it look like nothing ever happened. :)




What's this on the left? We put an over-the-joist cover to prevent water to fall underneath. This allows the homeowners to enjoy the vast space underneath year-round. We put plywood and then a self-adhesive roofing weathershield barrier - the decking sits on top of treated strips that sit just enough to let water run-off (yes, we built the deck with a slight decline)




Forward progress....












This deck required a lot of stairs... a bunch.











The view!!! Maybe you can't tell from the pic, but I am not exaggerating, the backyard is the length of a football field - surrounded by awesome trees.










On we start with aluminum balusters...one by one, sucks up a lot of time but once on they look great!










The entire deck build is important, but two things primarily..the 2x10 being connected to the home properly and the footings. We have to dig at least 12" or until we hit hard ground...sometimes hard ground is easily 3' deep.








A footing like this easily takes five 80lb bags that we let sit overnight...










Afterwards we install a 6x6 galvanized post base that the 6x6 posts sits on. Why? Code mainly, but it truly is  safe step. The 6x6 sits on the raised based to help avoid sitting water from rotting the treated lumber. 








Hardware, and more hardware..all hardware used is galvanized to prevent rust from the elements and from the chemicals in the treated lumber. On this pic you see joist hangers AND stair stringer straps. Code requires this, however, we really like them b/c they really secure the stairs versus nails that pry apart over time. 





More hardware indeed...1/2" thick galvanized bolts with galvanized washers certainly keep the railing posts in time...if your deck only has nails you may want to correct it. 







I told you there were a lot of stairs....














Alas the finished product....












The deck turned out real nice..the boards are 12' long on each side with two middle perpendicular boards at 14' long each. We don't like a bunch of cut up pieces b/c they pop up over time. We screwed these boards in.







Stained Nice!! We love Sherwin Williams paint, but prefer Behr for stain, we've had better luck with it. 













Biggie Nice!!!












Rump Nice!!! - Notice how the entire deck rest on top of two 2x10 beams that cross the span of the deck. 

Stain It or Lose It

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We were back in Windward not long ago. 











The homeowners wanted their deck pressure washed and stained. We recommended they replace the top handrails as well due to sun damage + we were concerned the new stain would not adhere correctly on the damage wood.








Sooooo...we replaced the top hand rails with new 5/4 decking...













...Since we use an airless spray gun we covered the entire pool due to over spray & a windy enough day












And a spraying we went....














Before the stain....















...after the semi-transparent Bourdeau stain - We prefer Home Depot's Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain for all our staining. We've had great success with it.













Before the stain...















After  - 
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