Buckhead Kitchen Trend Alert!

Kitchen Trend Update: High-Contrast Matte Sophistication

 Kitchen trends may come and go, but the newest Buckhead kitchen inspiration is timeless, sophisticated, and will look modern for years to come: matte finishes and modern, high-contrast kitchens are having a serious “moment.” Our Atlanta design build team has noticed this trend cropping up during industry meetings and in a variety of publications. How can you incorporate this look?

Mattify and Darken. Just as a classic pair of black heels imparts an understated elegance, matte black appliances look effortlessly chic. Paired with matte black cabinets, the look is dramatic and instantly impactful. More and more appliance manufacturers are debuting matte black options, which is likely to replace stainless steel as the “it’ kitchen finish.

Play with Opposites. An entirely dark, matte kitchen will look more Aadams Family than Buckhead. Home ReBuilders’ design build team can mix some lighter pieces into your home design, such as a bright farmhouse sink or a white brick backsplash, to make sure your kitchen looks balanced and intentional. Home ReBuilders can help guide the overall design and color palatte of your kitchen to ensure that each color and texture mixes well together for a cohesive look.

Have Some Fun. Matte finishes and neutral colors can easily cross the line from from “clean and sophisticated” to “boring and stuffy.” Home ReBuilders’ expert designers can help make sure that your kitchen still has some charm and warmth, even with a refined, minimalist approach. Patterned or textured tiles can play nicely alongside sleeker finishes, while a colorful rug can impart some whimsy and warmth into an otherwise monochrome area..

Keep it Grounded. While high-gloss hardwoods were once the coveted ideal, more and more homeowners are choosing to install matte hardwoods. Matte flooring tends to feel more natural and raw, conveying an earthy vibe that looks stikingly beautiful next to more modern fini  shes.  Plus, matte floors typically hide imperfections and dust better than their glossy counterparts, making them perfect for homes with children and pets.

While Home ReBuilders’ designer team stays current on the latest trends, they’ve also been around long enough to make sure your kitchen renovation will look timeless and serve your family’s needs over the long-term. Plus, our in-house team of Account Managers, designers, project managers, and  remodeling contractors work seamlessly together to ensure that your project is completed on time and on budget. Hiring licensed, trained professionals to create your stylish, functional kitchen with cutting-edge design trends? That sounds like a black and white decision to us!

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Atlanta Design Trend Update!

Tile Trend: Oversized Porcelain Sheets

10 years ago, granite was all the rage. Now, home buyers and renovators have moved beyond basic granite! The newest Atlanta design trend? Oversized porcelain tile sheets. Only ¼ thick, this tile can be used as a wall cover for your bathroom remodel or kitchen renovation. Here are just a few reasons why this big product is making an equally big impact in many Home Rebuilders homes!


Goodbye, Grout! Are you sick of scrubbing your grimy grout – or watching it get discolored over time? Flat-sheet porcelain tile removes the problem entirely. It’s a lifesaver in any area that’s susceptible to moisture and dirt – especially bathtubs and kitchen backsplashes! Plus, one flat sheet of material means there are no unsightly seams.

Natural Beauty: Man-made porcelain tiles that are designed to look like natural materials give you the best of both worlds: the durability of a modern product, with the calming aesthetic of nature. Neutral stone hues, as well as funkier gemstone-inspired options, allow you to take the best of the outdoors right inside your home. Try pairing porcelain tile sheets with other nature-inspired materials, like bamboo accessories or live houseplants, for a tranquil, Zen vibe indoors.

Modern Mood: In the days of magical tidying and minimalism, more and more people are discovering the joys of a modern home design. Porcelain sheets impart a clean, clutter-free appearance – while still looking enough like traditional granite for those who aren’t total minimalist converts.


No Stains, No Pains. Marble has become a stylish choice for kitchens and bathrooms, but it’s porous – which means it can get stained and discolored easily. Just a few spilled drops of wine can sink into the surface and stubbornly refuse to come out. That’s why many people choose veined or darker-colored marble in an attempt to hide these inevitable stains! For a cheaper price than marble (and about the same price as granite), porcelain is easy to care for and a lot more stain-resistant. Save yourself a whole lot of hassle and a little bit of money, too!

Oversized porcelain tile is quickly becoming a top trend among our home repair projects, and for good reason! If you decide to take the plunge, you’ll need to use a certified installer. Home Builders’ team of design build experts can help with that, and more! We’ll work with you to plan your design; take measurements to make sure your oversized piece will fit through your doors; handle ordering, transport, and installation; and help with any other renovation needs you might have.

Can Your House Keep Up With Your Growing Family?

Growing family means lifestyles change – and so, too, must our homes. Regardless of which phase of life you’re in, Home Rebuilders’ remodeling contractors can make sure your home is working for you and your family.

For young, active kiddos: Just yesterday, they were babies – but now, they’re walking, climbing, exploring, and growing by the day. Many parents come to us seeking kid-friendly renovations: adding a playroom; renovating their basement to convert it into a kids’ area; or creating outdoor areas for dining, sports, or a swing set/playhouse. We can help you do all that and more, so your kids can tire themselves out in the comfort of your own home!


This Decatur attic conversion gives kids a place to play!

For messy kids: We can’t help your messy child (or spouse) become more organized, but we can help you stay sane while you try. Let Home ReBuilders create an entryway “catch-all” with custom shelving for backpacks, shoes, and lunch bags. We can even install a “command center” to keep track of errands and appointments. Our team of design professionals can also help create your own home office, so you can keep sticky hands and stray clutter out of your work zone.


This entry station keeps everything organized!

For the perpetually hungry teen: Why do some teenagers come home and tear through the kitchen as if they haven’t eaten all day? If you have a growing teen who eats a week’s worth of groceries in just a weekend, consider a kitchen renovation. We can build a custom pantry to keep your family’s favorite foods stocked. You could also renovate for more counter space and a larger fridge that will make meal prep easy. Finally, a breakfast nook encourages teens to spend time hanging out in the kitchen while they chow down, allowing for quality family time.


This Atlanta kitchen has plenty of prep space to host pizza night for a group of hungry teens!

For aging parents or in-laws: Caring for an older loved one can be a little daunting, especially with a small home. By converting your basement into an in-law suite, you can make sure that your parent or in-laws have a healthy amount of autonomy and privacy while also making sure they’re comfortably equipped with everything they need.

For YOU: While you’re taking care of the rest of the family, remember to take time for yourself! A bath remodel inspires relaxation and glamour in your morning routine or evening bath. Or, you could even do a master suite addition! We can also build a special room just for you! Consider an attic conversion or building a freestanding “chic shed” as your new craft room, man cave, reading nook, or painting studio.

No matter where you are in life, Home ReBuilders’ Atlanta design build team can help you make the most of it!

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A Renovation for the Whole Family

Are you ready for a staycation every day? 

 What if you didn’t need a vacation to unwind? What if your favorite restaurant happened to be your own kitchen? What if relaxation and fun could be found in each moment of each day, in your own home? With a renovation, your Atlanta home can absolutely be a vacation spot. In fact, it can be one of the best vacation spots! Here are just a few ways you can transform your home into the most relaxing place around – and Home ReBuilders can help you make all of them a reality!


Revamp the Heart of the Home: Imagine having custom cabinets that actually fit your possessions (instead of forcing your belongings to fit into tight spaces!). How great would it be for your kids to have a homework station right in the kitchen, so can chat with them and help them while you cook dinner? What if you could host your friends and family for dinner parties, because you had enough room for everyone to gather? All of this is easily possible – and more! Whether your kitchen renovation is a standalone project or part of a whole house renovation, the end result will be a beautiful space where you can share food and memories with the whole family.

Get Your Grill: In Atlanta, patio season can start in March and last through October! When you can spend up to 2/3 of the year outside, it seems silly to not have outdoor dining and entertaining areas. You could add a grill to cook up burgers for the family, fun games like cornhole or a big fire pit to enjoy with friends, an outdoor TV to catch the big game, a built-in bar area for parties, or just about anything else you can dream up! Home ReBuilders’ design build team can create a rustic outdoor retreat, a cool urban oasis, or anything in between.5-Specialty-MorningsideExterior-4

Build a Home Movie Theater: Sometimes, the most relaxing way to spend an evening is snuggling with your partner while watching the newest episode of Westworld or catching up on House of Cards. With a home movie theater, you’ll get the ultimate indulgent experience – and family movie nights will never be the same! Let Home ReBuilders’ remodeling contractors handle all the details of your movie room: mounting your speakers, soundproofing, choosing the right finishes and lighting, and even installing multiple rows of seating, like a real movie theater! A home theater might just be so relaxing that you won’t mind watching Frozen or Finding Dory for the bajillionth time!

 We thrive on our clients’ creativity, so if there’s a dream project you’ve had in mind for awhile, give us a call! While there’s no substitute for taking a “real” vacation now and then, with the right touches, you’ll have everything you need to relax and make magical memories right at home.


Atlanta Kitchen Design

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Your kitchen has probably served as the backdrop for cherished family memories, holiday parties, celebratory toasts, kids’ messes – and everything in between. While your kitchen might hold enormous sentimental value as-is, imagine all the new memories you could make with more space, a better layout, and upgraded fixtures that will last for years to come.


As your family grows and changes, let your home grow along with you! Whether you’re making room for new kids or grandkids, hosting big family gatherings for the first time, enjoying the freedom of an empty nest, or creating a better space to entertain, a new kitchen can help open your next family chapter while adding lasting value to your home. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your kitchen, Home ReBuilders is here to help with the recipe for a successful Atlanta Kitchen Design:

Prep Time: Less than you’d think!

Ingredients: 1 kitchen that could be more inspiring and efficient, 1 team of design + build kitchen remodel Atlanta experts (that’s us!), & a dash of creativity


Step 1: Contact Home ReBuilders to discuss your needs, brainstorm renovation ideas, and plan an in-home consultation with your Account Manager

Step 2: We’ll put together a proposal with a preliminary design of your new dream kitchen and a ballpark budget range

Step 3: Come to our showroom to meet the design staff, view before-and-after photos, discuss your project, and gather inspiration

Step 4: Decide on your final designs and sign the paperwork

Step 5: Let us work our magic! We’ll set a start date, file for a permit, and begin ordering materials. A designated Project Manager will work with our team of experienced designers, contractors, and builders to get the job done.

Serves: as many as you’d like!


Whether your style is sleek-modern chef or French country kitchen – whether you’re flambéing and sautéing or struggling not to burn toast – Home ReBuilders is your one-stop-shop for kitchen renovations Atlanta families are dreaming of. Our architects can determine how to increase your square footage, knock down walls, install islands, configure open floor plans, and even blend a newer kitchen with an older home. Our designers can help match flooring surfaces, cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, hardware, and appliances for one cohesive, intentional look. Your project manager will keep your project moving along on schedule and oversee our team of builders. From start-to-finish, we make the kitchen renovation process as easy as possible, so the only time you’ll have to lift a finger is to cook in your new kitchen (or dial for takeout!).

With over 30 years of experience, Home ReBuilders has the know-how, industry relationships, and expertise to create a kitchen that will provide your family with decades of mealtimes and memories. Be sure to “like” our Facebook page for updates and sneak peeks of current projects!


Design Trends

Our friends at Houzz have compiled some ideas about trends in  residential home design. Take a look. We are fully behind some of them and have seen several hit our market place. The modern home is always evolving. And to get an idea of what it’s evolving to, look no further than what’s happening within its walls today.

1. Two-tone kitchen cabinets. Keep upper cabinets white or neutral for a clean, timeless feel, then go crazy with the lower cabinets by playing with various wood tones and deeper colors to take your kitchen in two different style directions.
2. Outdoor fabric used indoors. Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly hard to distinguish from traditional indoor fabrics, and many Houzzers are bringing them inside, where their durability makes them perfect for high-traffic dining room and living room furniture, as shown here.
3. Colored stainless steel appliances. Black stainless steel is making a buzz on Houzz. In a poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny silver metal.  Not into the darkness? Head to the light with Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish.

4. Extra-large-format tile. Large-format tiles (such as 12 by 24 inches) have been making an appearance in kitchens and bathrooms for some time now, but be on the lookout for extra-large-format ones. Just how extra? Try 31 by 71 inches, like the ceramic Ann Sacks tiles shown  on a fireplace surround project by Pangaea. That’s almost 3 by 6 feet!

5. Bidets. The separate bidet unit in bathrooms never really took off in America. But since manufacturers began creating combination bidet and toilet units, like the Toto version shown here, they’ve been catching on. According to Houzz data, 5 percent of renovated master bathrooms now include bidets.

6. Deep kitchen drawers. Houzz data shows that ease of storage is the top kitchen priority during a remodel. And while deep drawers have been creeping up to replace lower kitchen cabinets for a while now, they’re only getting better — and more affordable. Dividers and inserts let you organize any shape or size of dish, pan or utensil under the sun, and there are even clever options for deep corner drawers, and drawers under range tops and kitchen sinks.

7. Formal dining rooms. Not everyone takes the leap to turn the dining room into an office or media room. For homeowners who entertain frequently, a designated space for gathering for special meals isn’t negotiable, and they’re pouring attention into these rooms.
8. Niche appliances. Looking for a little added luxury in the kitchen? Steam ovens promise to cook food more thoroughly and healthily than microwaves; warming drawers give cooks a little wiggle room to deliver hot meals to family and guests; induction cooktops save space and are safer for homes with young kids; and kimchi refrigerators offer fans of the popular Korean condiment a chance to make their own at home.

9. Workhorse islands. Kitchen islands provide additional workspace, but they’ve taken on so much more than that. With deep storage, prep sinks, room for seating and more, workhorse islands are becoming the central feature in modern kitchens.
10. Statement mirrors in bathrooms. So long, medicine cabinets. Hello, statement mirrors. Think large wood-framed beauties, backlit modern marvels and ornate vintage gems that boost style in a bathroom.

11. Barely there kitchens. As kitchen layouts become more open, spatial identifiers like walls of cabinetry and full-size appliances fade away, leaving behind airy, fluid spaces that serve multiple functions while looking barely there.



12. Living rooms that ditch the tech for family. With so much screen time throughout the day and night, homeowners are looking for a calm respite where they can read a book, chat with friends and family or just sit quietly. Thus, the rise of living rooms devoid of digital distraction.
13. Kitchens that embrace openness and raw materials. The inherent simplicity in open shelves and raw materials plays a big part in the barely there kitchen we mentioned earlier. Embrace these, and the rest will follow.


14. Surprising backsplash and countertop pairings. You could play it safe with white subway tile and granite countertops, but sometimes safe is so boring. Instead, consider a different combination, such as a brick backsplash with concrete countertops or yellow ceramic tile with butcher block.
15. Fully decorated living rooms that don’t go overboard. How do you know when you haven’t decorated enough, or decorated too much? Designers pay attention to scale, light, function and more to strike the right balance.
16. Special kitchen features. Sometimes a kitchen needs that one special element that takes it from a useful space to a vital one. Here, a dining table on casters allows various seating arrangements for casual family meals and large parties with friends.
17.  A sunroom is a top dream space for many homeowners. Even those who don’t have the luxury of having — or adding — one are finding ways to carve out a special sun-drenched corner in their homes.
18. Punched-up white kitchens. White kitchen walls and cabinets — and even countertops in many cases — is a trend that will continue for years to come. To avoid a too-sterile look, however, many designers and homeowners are learning to punch up an all-white space with smart, colorful details through tile, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, raw materials and more.
20. Mixing modern materials in the kitchen. Looking for something a little more lively than white cabinets and granite countertops in your kitchen? Consider mixing several modern materials, finishes and colors. Here, butcher block countertops get broken up with soapstone near the stove and Carrara marble on a nearby baking station. These mix with olive-green cabinets and stainless steel appliances for an eclectic, sophisticated look.
21. Attention-seeking bedrooms. A can of paint will certainly transform the look and feel of a bedroom, but to take the sanctuary to the next level, you’re going to need bolder ideas. Here, a rustic wood wall and ceiling feature warms up the otherwise contemporary room.
22. Bathrooms that feel more like living spaces. Graphic wallpaper, ornate chandeliers and furniture-like pieces turn sterile spaces into ones that feel a lot more like home.
23. Fireplaces and fire features. New advances mean you can have all the ambiance without the smell, pollution or hassle of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Plus, fireplaces are making a comeback as living room focal points in lieu of the dark void of a TV screen.
24. Farmhouse entryways. Stripping away the need for fancy flourishes or decor for decor’s sake, farmhouse style gets at the root of function. That’s why the style makes sense for mudrooms, where simplicity in storage and durability in materials are paramount.

Design Trends

The paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore selects a Color of the Year.  This year’s choice of Simply White OC 177 may have surprised some, but if you follow design trends you may have noticed white is having a major turn in the spotlight. Any magazine, blog or Pinterest page seems to have several projects, exclaiming the virtues of “painting it white”.

In the words of Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill, white is “timeless and transcendent. More than that, it is ubiquitous. “From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form-that’s why we chose it as our Color of the Year.”

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Now, coupled with this trend toward white, is the accompaniment of grey. It’s the palette most requested these days when our clients are looking for clean, updated and fresh. Don’t let a drab battleship grey come to mind. The choices are many and grey can be a moody green or earthy warm. Imagine coastal fogs or river stones. Coupled with white trim, you have a classic combination.

The trend toward greys is showing up heavily in our kitchen and bath department and the custom cabinet lines we carry have taken notice. The white cabinet and marble countertop will forever be timeless but for those looking to try something different, we have an incredible selection of soft greys from driftwood to pewter or moodier graphites or black. If an entire kitchen of grey cabinets feels to risky, try just an island or maybe just base cabinetry. Our staff is ready to help pull samples and provide guidance in creating a space that balances trends and timeless style for your home.

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Kitchen Cabinetry

White kitchens have long been the dominating look of choice for many homeowners embarking on a kitchen renovation. White cabinetry has captured the top spot in the field for years and the crisp, clean painted finish has surpassed the stained cabinetry of previous decades.

There does seem to be an movement toward softer greys and paler colors in cabinetry. Swedish and Belgian looks are popular with their muted tones and simple details. Accented with bleached oaks and wood finishes, these kitchens can create a soothing place for family life and meal making.

BLOG gray cabintery         BLog, grey cabinetry

Dramatic colors alse seem to be a trend. Navy cabinetry as base units seem to be a hot trend with white wall cabinetry or open shelving creating a counterpoint. A high gloss finish on the cabinetry can also create some drama in the space.

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Kitchen renovations can be one of the more costly home remodeling projects and have one of the largest returns on your investment. Being current on trends can ensure your space will look fresh and new into the years ahead.


Mudrooms are humble spaces that have the power to reshape the way you and your family utilize your home. The essence of organization and having a place for everything and everything in its place can stem from the mudroom.

mudroom hooks

From an organizational standpoint, the mudroom is the logical space for coats, cast off boots, and dropped bags as one enters the home. The mudroom can also provide a convenient home for the trappings of modern life. Cell phone or laptop charging stations can be housed in the mudroom. Reusable shopping bags, overflow kitchen storage, miscellaneous sports equipment, the odd sunscreen or bug spray as one leaves the home, dog leashes and bags, and of course the house keys can all be stored effectively in a mudroom.

mudroom laundry

From a design perspective, the mudroom can be both utilitarian and have a stylish presence in your home. Wooden trim, paneling, bead board, exposed shelves, custom brackets, stained wooden countertop, antique brick flooring, slate tile, hardwood floor are all elements that can take a mudroom  and elevate this space to a more finished area of your home.


Choosing Paint Colors

When you are undertaking a renovation, whether large or small, there are so many decisions and details to attend to. One of the design selections clients often defer until the very end of a renovation is paint colors. Choosing just the right color for your home can make all the difference in your final result. A misstep on paint can make a terrific renovation and space look less than its best. Here are some tips on paint selection. Our designers are always available for consultation.

It’s difficult to tell what a color is going to look like on your wall from a small paint chip, so many manufacturers offer sample containers of their colors. Depending on the manufacturer, you can buy sample containers in quarts, pints or even smaller sizes, and they range in price from $3 to $8. They’re a wise investment that will prevent you from wasting money on a color that isn’t right. And because colors can change dramatically under different lighting conditions, instead of rolling the sample onto the wall, roll it onto white bristol or tagboard. You’ll be able to move the sample around and view it under all the different lighting conditions in your home.

Paint companies have gone to a lot of trouble grouping colors into “families” and “collections” and “concepts” and “schemes.” Basically, these are combinations of complementary colors that may not occur to you until you see how well they work together. Take advantage of all the research already done for you by color experts. Find brochures at paint stores and go online to paint manufacturer websites, houzz.com and Pinterest, where you’ll find hundreds of examples of interior and exterior paint color combinations.

Base your color choice on the permanent furnishings in the room or the features on the exterior of your home. Inside, the flooring, rugs, artwork, blinds and upholstery will suggest a color direction. Outside, factory-finished materials like the roof, gutters, fascia, soffits and brickwork are existing elements whose colors rarely change but should play a role in determining your paint colors. The landscaping is another important factor. Select colors that fit in with the surrounding palette. If you have brilliant-colored spring-blooming trees or a sea of green foundation plantings, choose colors that will complement them.

Because ceilings are seen in shadow, the color often appears darker than the same paint on walls. If you want the ceiling to match the wall color, buy ceiling paint one or two shades lighter than the wall color. Or instead of buying another gallon of a lighter shade, save money by diluting the wall color you have with 50 percent white paint.

When you choose a color, you have to choose its sheen, too. Most paint companies offer flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss as options. Glossier finishes offer greater durability and are easier to clean, but they emphasize any wall imperfections. Flat paint will do a much better job of hiding imperfections, but it’s easier to damage than high-gloss. Flat finishes are generally best for ceilings and low-traffic areas like living and dining rooms. Glossier finishes can withstand moisture and grease so they’re good for trim and cabinets and high-traffic rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. If you love the way flat wall paint looks but you wish it were more durable, try mixing it 50/50 with eggshell paint. The paint will still offer a non-reflective look, but the eggshell will add some durability to the finish.

For the best results, spend at least $40 to $50 per gallon of paint. Paint is made of solvents, pigments and resins. Better-quality paint will be more concentrated with finer pigments and higher-grade resins, so the final product will have a more even color and durable finish. It’s tempting to try to save money up front, but better coverage ultimately means fewer coats and less paint to buy. Even reputable brands have a range of paint qualities within their product lines, so do your homework and buy the best you can afford.