Month: June 2013

Shades & Highlights: Things We Like June 2013

Photo Credit: Sarina Roth/Never the Rock Photography
Photo Credit: Sarina Roth/Never the Rock Photography

Earlier this month, Highlight Homes submitted a kitchen renovation for consideration for a 2013 OBIE Award from the Sales & Marketing Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Having won a Gold OBIE for a previous kitchen renovation in 2011 and a slew of OBIEs over the years for a number of development and residential construction projects, we look ahead to the November awards ceremony with great anticipation. At the same time, we’d like to take a look back at the companies who played a role in what was likely one of our favorite renovations to date. We’re big fans of teamwork and know that the success of this renovation is thanks – in part – to them. Win or lose come November, we’ve already won in our eyes. The homeowner couldn’t be happier with their new kitchen – and for Highlight Homes, that’s what it’s all about!

True Source Cabinets: This Atlanta-based wholesaler provides a wide variety of cabinets from budget and upscale manufacturers, such as Omega –  the #1 rated custom manufacturer by Consumer Reports, Kemper – which was recently featured in the Street of Dreams Luxury Home Show, KraftMaid – the country’s largest manufacturer which has often been featured on Extreme Home Makeover, and more. The proper selection of cabinets is an integral part of any Highlight Homes’ kitchen or bath renovation.

Mega Granite: As the leading fabricator of natural stone, quartz and solid surface countertops in the Southeast, Mega Granite provides a wonderful showcase-worthy finish to any kitchen renovation. Highlight Homes not only enjoys working with the Mega team because they are Atlanta-based like we are, but because their stunning countertops are often the crowning touch to our kitchen and bathroom renovations. We also love the fact that many of their products are sourced from natural stone.

Bob Bailey’s: The home appliance experts at Bob Bailey’s are wonderful to work with and extremely knowledgeable about everything from stovetops and ovens to dishwashers and refrigerators. Bob Bailey represents such well-known and highly respected manufacturers as Viking, Jenn-Air, Maytag, Electrolux, GE, Sub-Zero, KitchenAid, and more at discounted prices. We really love that this Stone Mountain-based business is family owned-and-operated – just like us!

ProBuild: The guts to our glory, ProBuild is the nation’s largest supplier of building materials for the home building, commercial construction, and renovation industries. Their ProEarth initiative promotes sustainable building practices – of which Highlight Homes is a major supporter.

Lansing Building Products: As part of our OBIE Award-nominated kitchen renovation, we added a room to open up the space. Lansing is a supplier of exterior building materials to professional contractors. They are literally the icing on the cake.

AVI Marvin: One of our favorite elements of this particular kitchen renovation was the incorporation of a gorgeous wall of windows to let in the light and overlook the homeowner’s lovely backyard (which is now home to a breathtaking outdoor hearth and bricked in seating area designed and crafted by yours truly). AVI Marvin is a highly respected supplier of windows, doors, specialty hardware, millwork and more. Their windows and doors look fabulous in this kitchen!

Color Your World

Photo Credit: Nicolas Raymond/Stockvault
Photo Credit: Nicolas Raymond/Stockvault

When undertaking a home renovation – whether working within a small space like a guest bathroom or pursuing a revamp of a sprawling living space such as a great room – the use of color should be a major part of your overall decor. When utilized properly, color can help weave a story and set a mood. According to the experts at True Value® Paint, there is an undeniable psychology to the use of color – as widely varying as the shades of a rainbow. Color can be representative of one’s personality while conveying a feeling to each person who enters the room.

If you’re considering an upcoming renovation, think about how you would like the remodeled space to make you feel – relaxed or excited, happy or tranquil, calm or energized. In addition to the renovation itself, color can help you accomplish all of those feelings and more:

Black: A terrific accent color, black conveys an air of sophistication and elegance. Those who like black are thought to be ambitious and stylish.

White: Representative of youth and purity, white gives the impression of a cozy yet clean space. People who like white are believed to be methodical and dutiful.

Green: The color of nature, green is believed to bring “life” to a room. Depending on the shade, it can be calming or energizing. People who like green are thought to be balanced and traditional.

Red: A color that universally means love and power, red can bring excitement and energy to a room. People who like read are believed to be passionate and daring.

Blue: Symbolic of the skies above, blue is calming and cool. People who like blue are thought to be loyal, friendly and trustworthy.

Purple: A color often associated with royalty and wealth, purple stimulates the imagination. People who like purple are creative and romantic by nature.

Yellow: The color of the sun, yellow is inspirational. People who like yellow are believed to be happy and optimistic.

Brown: Often associated with the Earth, brown evokes a sense of security and contentment. People who like brown appreciate simplicity and comfort.

Gray: Classic and elegant, gray works well with warmer colors. Those who are drawn to gray are believed to be intelligent and disciplined.

Pink: Soft as a baby’s bottom, those who like pink are thought to be innocent and romantic.

Orange: The color of a ripe piece of fruit, orange is warm and enthusiastic. People who are drawn to orange are often friendly and full-of-life.

Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to help you transform the rooms of your home and color your world!  Call us TODAY at 678-873-9234 to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Visit us online at to learn more about our design-build team and the services we provide throughout the Metro Atlanta area!

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Show the Love During National Home Ownership Month

Show the love by updating a guest bathroom. Photo credit: Highlight Homes
Show the love by updating a guest bathroom. Photo credit: Highlight Homes

The arrival of June means it’s time once again for National Home Ownership Month. Intended to honor the place of home ownership in the American Dream, it’s the ideal time for first time home buyers to achieve their part in that dream.  It’s also the perfect occasion for home owners all across the country to “show the love” to the place that serves as shelter to their families and house to their treasured memories.

A couple of excellent ways for home owners to express their appreciation for their home is to take care of some much-needed home maintenance issues in order to ensure its well-being for years to come and to pursue a home renovation to update or restore its beauty and functionality.  The craftsman and designers at Highlight Homes can help you with either (or BOTH) of these quests.  Here are just a few examples of ways Highlight Homes can assist you in “showing the love.”

“Show the Love” Home Maintenance:

  • The replacement of drafty doors and windows with energy efficient models can not only affect the family’s comfort levels, but also wind up saving the home owner money over time.
  • A fresh coat of paint can help restore the beauty of your home, but also protect the home’s trim and siding.
  • The repair of wood rot all around the exterior of the home can ultimately protect the home’s interior.

“Show the Love” Home Renovation:

Change the look, feel and flow of your home's interior with a well-planned kitchen renovation. Photo Credit: Never the Rock Photography
Change the look, feel and flow of your home's interior with a well-planned kitchen renovation. Photo Credit: Never the Rock Photography
  • Update your home’s interior with a kitchen or bath renovation – two projects that have a track-record of great return-on-investment.
  • Extend your home’s living spaces to the exterior with the creation of a gorgeous outdoor oasis.
  • Grow your home’s interior living spaces by adding a room to the main level’s layout or by finishing a basement.

To schedule a no-obligation consultation with Highlight Home’s talented design-build team, call 678-873-9234 or e-mail  To view other services that Highlight Homes’ provides – including custom home design and construction – please visit us online at