Month: October 2010

The Lay of the Land

VesmontlogoHighlight Homes’ Principal, Tony Pourhassan, Shares His Love of Land Development

Land Development is the art of painting a picture where others may see only space. Using the rolling hills, meandering streams and ancient forests of the Southern landscape as his or her canvas, the true test of a gifted developer is the ability to create a marriage between development and the natural splendor that surrounds it so that they appear as one – a seamless and everlasting union.

When not designing beautiful and original custom homes, plotting his latest room addition or kitchen make-over, or rolling up his sleeves to swing a hammer and drive a nail – Highlight Homes’ Principal, Tony Pourhassan might be found touring the city streets of metro-Atlanta and her surrounding towns, or walking an open field in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. He enjoys his role as land developer every bit as much as he enjoys the roles of architect, remodeler, builder, and entrepreneur. Vesmont, Inc. – a sister company to Highlight Homes, LLC – represents the land development division of Tony’s growing Southeastern business. With a discerning eye, a great deal of finesse, and a never-ending concern for the environment – Tony is able to combine exquisite backdrops with homes and amenities that complement their natural surroundings beautifully. He is able to see the possibilities where others cannot, and is extremely comfortable playing the role of the “unsung hero” behind many an extraordinary community. From single-family neighborhoods, to mixed-use developments –  recurring themes in Vesmont properties include impeccable taste when selecting their builder-partners, a colorful array of eco-friendly designs, and an old-fashioned sense of Southern Hospitality at the heart of every community upon which Tony stamps his good name.

“Rather than cutting, slashing, and burning until a piece of land is flat and ready to build – we strive to familiarize ourselves with the lay of the land and its very best features. We then endeavor to highlight those features as we develop around them. Land development is not just about location, it’s also about the character of the land itself,” explains Tony. “We design eco-friendly homes and amenities that co-exist beautifully with the nature that surrounds them, and are very proud to have been recognized for these efforts. It’s impossible to describe the feeling of taking a beautiful but empty piece of land, and actively transforming it into a thriving community of sidewalks and playgrounds intended to celebrate the land itself. It’s nothing short of incredible!”

Eager to start a revolution and be at the cutting edge of the revival of the South’s housing market, Vesmont, Inc. is currently in the planning stage of several exciting properties throughout Georgia and Alabama. Tony is also open to the possibility of investing in distressed subdivisions in Atlanta and North Georgia where other builders or developers may have had to release the reins. Forever open to stretching and growing in new directions, Vesmont, Inc. will also consider the prospect of commercial development. For more information about Vesmont, Inc. – please visit their website. To present a proposal or inquire about the prospect of partnering with Vesmont, call 678.873.9234 or e-mail us at

Buy One, Get One FREE with One of Atlanta’s Hottest Design/Build Firms

Highlight Homes and Highlight Home Restoration Offer the Perfect Blend of Creativity and Craftsmanship

While some companies may elect to concentrate their talents in either design or building only, with more than 20 years of structural engineering, architectural design and construction under our workbelts – the talented team at Highlight Homes and Highlight Home Restoration chooses to specialize in the entire process – taking our innovative designs from concept to reality. When hiring separate architect firms and construction companies, the homeowner must not only spell their idea out more than once and pay for both services – they must also have faith that the builder can interpret and deliver the architect’s plan according to the original vision. When hiring a design-build company like Highlight Homes and Highlight Home Restoration, architectural design and construction are housed under one roof – making the addition to your existing home or creation of your custom home a seamless and wholly enjoyable process. We are with you every step along the way from initial consult to final handshake thanks to our valued standing as designer/builders.  It’s just another in a long list of qualities that set us apart from other Atlanta-area builders.

Taking Advantage of Highlight Homes’ Design/Build Method is as Easy as 1-2-3:Highlight Homes logo with transparent background_edited-1

1. On-site Visit and Consultation – Shortly following your initial contact with Highlight Homes (either by calling 678.873.9234, e-mailing us or filling out our online contact form), one of our talented designer/builders will schedule an appointment to meet at either your home or at the site on which you plan to build your future home. During this visit, we will listen carefully to both your needs and wants – then discuss honestly and openly possible solutions and the timeframes involved, as well as give you an educated guess as to the probable costs. This visit is a terrific time to build a rapport between homeowner and builder – if selected to complete the work, we will be working closely together throughout this exciting process. We are extremely honored to be considered to design and build your addition, renovation or entirely new home.

2. Design Outline and Proposal – After closer examination, Highlight Homes will provide you with a recap of our meeting, an outline of our design ideas, and the cost to move on to the next step – The Design Process itself!

3. Design Process: The homeowner is welcome to be as involved or removed from the process as they like, we want you to be happy! Have fun and enjoy brainstorming ideas with us, or kick back and let the professionals do all the work – it’s up to you! After Signing the Proposal…

  • Highlight Homes Will Create an Original Design based on your requests and/or specifications through a special mix of good old-fashioned creativity, professional experience and the latest technological advances in drafting and architectural design. We will also take “before” photos of the room/site and research zoning for your area.
  • Proposed Design Presentation – Highlight Homes will once again meet with the homeowner to unveil a first draft of the design.  If we don’t hit it out of the park the first time, we will take copious notes to make sure we are on the same page during our next meeting.
  • Initial Bid & Construction Contract – Once a design is agreed upon, Highlight Homes will draw up an initial bid based mainly upon a projection of permits, labor costs and materials.  Highlight Homes will do everything in our power to work within your timeframe and budget with NO SURPRISES.  If you are pleased with our bid, you will then sign a contract with us to begin the THRILLING construction phase!
  • Pre-construction – During this phase, we will secure the necessary permits for you, order materials and make sure we have everything in place for a next to perfect construction phase (needless to say, we can’t control the weather).
  • Site Preparation – Our construction team will work diligently to cover and protect the other rooms of your home, so that nothing is damaged and there is as little disruption to your daily life as possible. We will also carefully plan for the removal/recycle of discarded materials throughout the construction phase.
  • Let the Construction BEGIN! Now you will begin to see your idea really take shape.
  • Regular Meetings – Highlight Homes will meet with the homeowner regularly to touch base and gauge your excitement.  We are accessible as often as you need us – whenever you wish to discuss your project, a supervisor will be right there on-site or the owner of Highlight Homes is just a phone call away!
  • Change Orders – If after one of our meetings, we agree that a change needs to be made to the project – it will be documented in a change order and may affect the pricing.
  • Your Idea Brought to Life – Once construction has been completed, the space will be professionally cleaned and photographed. It is our hope that we not only met your vision, but surpassed it! Tears and cheers are not uncommon at this point.

4. Construction Phase: While we won’t ask you to pick up a hammer and go to work WITH us during this phase, the lines of communication will remain open throughout the remainder of the project. When dealing with a custom home, kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation – you may wish to be involved in the selection of materials, such as appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting and fixtures. If so, we can schedule a series of “field trips” to secure these items together so you can add your own sense of style and taste to the project (we find that this is often the homeowners’ favorite part!) If not, don’t worry – Highlight Homes’ has been heralded for our exquisite taste level.

5. Follow-up: Highlight Homes extends a one-year warranty on home renovations  and a “2-10” warranty on custom homes.  We will complete a punch list with you before we leave you to enjoy your unique new space with your family for years to come. If you are happy with your home renovation or custom home (and we are confident that you will be), we ask that you help us spread the word about Highlight Homes and Highlight Home Restoration to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues!  We will be in touch periodically over the years by phone, mailings, and our Highlight Home Herald e-newsletters. We want you to know how much we appreciate the fact that you selected Highlight Homes to complete such an important job – the enhancement of your family’s home.

For a Limited Time Only – Highlight Home Restoration is offering a FREE ACad Concept Design of your remodeling project (valued at $500-$1,000) for all jobs contracted through the remainder of 2010.

We look forward to hearing from YOU soon!

Highlight Home Restoration Featured in Fall/Winter 2010 Issue of Remodel Atlanta Magazine

Remodeling Division of Highlight Homes, LLC Recognized for Unique Kitchen/Deck Transformation

Josey Stainless Steel CooktopHighlight Home Restoration was recently selected to have one of our remodeling projects grace the pages of Remodel Atlanta Magazine, the official bi-monthly publication of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Atlanta Remodelers Council. “We feel extremely honored to have our work recognized by our peers, particularly when it’s a project we were so fond of ourselves,” says Tony Pourhassan, Principal of Highlight Homes, LLC – parent company of Highlight Home Restoration.  “This particular job clearly demonstrates our company philosophy and mission – to offer incomparable quality craftsmanship, unique custom touches and above-and-beyond levels of customer service to each and every one of our clients.”


In “Unique Kitchen Transformation” – the magazine’s 3-page spread of Highlight Home Restoration’s story of the Josey Project – the writer outlines the inspirations behind the kitchen, breakfast area and deck remodel.  The article and accompanying photos serve to illustrate the extreme transformation from a 1970’s galley kitchen to a sprawling modern gourmet kitchen complete with room and deck additions, allowing a seamless flow for entertaining from the indoors to the scenic outdoor living space overlooking a golf course. Special interior touches include the introduction of a workspace in the breakfast area, wine rack under the center island, lighting under the cabinets, focal-point light fixtures, updated stainless steel appliances, high-end cherry cabinets, and gorgeous granite countertops. The crown jewel of the room is an imported tile backsplash over the stove, displaying the Tree of Life custom painted by the oldest tile manufacturer in Jerusalem.

Josey Kitchen Island with Wine Rack

To begin a “unique kitchen transformation” of your own, simply contact the experienced design-build team at Highlight Home Restoration TODAY!  Our talents don’t end with just kitchens – Highlight Home Restoration can design and construct everything from bathrooms to basements, decks to sunrooms, room additions to whole home renovations, and MORE! Highlight Homes can even help you build the custom home of your dreams from the ground up. To set up an initial consultation, call us at 678.873.9234, e-mail us at, or fill out our helpful online contact form.  At Highlight Home Restoration, we don’t just renovate rooms – we create living spaces where you and your family will make memories together for years to come.