Month: July 2013

Shades & Highlights: Things We Like July 2013

Highlight Homes is currently building in the Buckhead/Brookhaven area of Atlanta
Highlight Homes is currently building in the Buckhead/Brookhaven area of Atlanta

This summer has brought much to be thankful for to Atlanta custom construction and renovating company – Highlight Homes – with even more promise just on the horizon. In every installment of Shades & Highlights, we often credit our inspiration to people, companies and products related to our industry. However, this month we take a look outside to the climate – both weather-related and economic, and to one of Atlanta’s most iconic neighborhoods. We also pay homage to the fine art of designing and building a home from the ground up.

Sunshine: The 30-year average for rain fall in Atlanta during the month of June is less than 4 inches. This year, Atlantans saw more than 9.5 inches fall during June alone – spoiling countless pool days, parades, and picnics. Until just recently, July hasn’t proven much better. Highlight Homes would like to say “Thank You” to our clients for understanding that we have no control over the weather. One of the benefits of working closely with a company like ours is that when Mother Nature has other plans on the days when we are scheduled to be working outdoors, we can adjust our construction schedule to tackle indoor renovation projects until the sun shines once more.

Low Interest Rates: We love the fact that interest rates have been at historically low levels for some time now. Not only are they favorable for buyers of our custom construction homes, low interest rates also benefit our clients who finance their home renovation projects.  Rumor has it that as the housing industry continues to recover and home prices begin to rise, interest rates will follow suit. Now may be the best time to lock in a low interest rate and tackle that home improvement project you’ve been considering.

Custom Homebuilding: After six long years away from one of our favorite segments of the business, Highlight Homes is delighted to be building again. While we have truly enjoyed focusing on the renovation side of our company – and will continue to do so – nothing beats the feeling of designing a home and building it from the ground up. We so enjoy working closely with our homebuyers to add those unique touches that make it all their own. We have several more custom home construction projects lined up over the coming months – so stay tuned to our Pinterest and Facebook pages for photos and updates!

Buckhead Area of Atlanta: As one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods, Buckhead is a major draw for discerning homebuyers.  It’s proximity to Downtown Atlanta provides ease of commute, as well as convenience to some of the city’s finest shopping and dining establishments. A blend of both old and new money, Buckhead encompasses tree-lined streets that are graced with historic manors, sprawling Tudor estates, and charming bungalows.  The site that many Atlanta fashion trends stem from, Buckhead is also home to a growing housing trend – tear it down and rebuild. Highlight Homes’ latest project involves the tear-down of an outdated ranch home, which will soon be replaced with a sprawling 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 3-car garage estate – complete with gourmet kitchen, Master-on-Main, coffered ceilings, covered porches, brick-and-stone exterior, and so much more!

Whether desiring the custom construction of the home of your dreams or wishing to transform your home to a dream home through a thoughtfully designed and expertly executed home renovation, the talented design-build team at Highlight Homes welcomes your call!  We can be reached by phone at 678-873-9234, by e-mail at, or by filling out our convenient online contact form. To learn more about Highlight Homes and the services we provide throughout Metro Atlanta, please visit us at

Celebrate Christmas in July with a Home Renovation

In celebration of “Christmas in July,” Highlight Homes invites you to FINALLY tackle that home renovation of which you’ve been dreaming. By the time it’s complete, you’ll be ready to invite family and friends over to celebrate the ACTUAL holidays in style. Consider it an early Hanukah or Christmas gift for your whole family! Here are just a few renovations that could be fully enjoyed by a house full of guests in November and December 2013:

Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen during the holidays is the one room in the house that is often best put to use. In addition to being command central for meal preparation, it is also a gathering place where friends and family members share (and make) memories. Don’t accept the fact that your kitchen is outdated or cramped – you’ll be amazed by the transformation that could take place right under your own roof with regard to style and space. Highlight Homes specializes in structural engineering and we aren’t afraid to swing a sledgehammer to knock out that wall that takes your galley kitchen to an entirely new dimension with plenty of room for everyone!

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Take a moment and spend some time in your guest bathroom. What is the impression you derive from that room. Is it a place you just can’t wait to run from or is it welcoming and relaxing. If you answered with the latter, you’re all set – but if your answer was someplace between the latter and making a run for it, you may want to talk with one of our designers about options. Highlight Homes can turn even the ugliest bathroom into a spa-like experience. The only drawback – your houseguests may never want to leave.

Media Room

When you have a house full of guests – particularly those that range in age from toddlers and teens on up to adults – you may want to have a number of options for people to go and feel entertained. Convert a rarely used room, loft or basement into a sprawling entertainment zone for movie watching parties, sports viewing, and video game tournaments. Highlight Homes can help you design and build the ideal space to fit your family’s needs and unique personality.

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Living in Georgia means that – even in the month of December – we sometimes have those wonderfully mild evenings, perfect for gathering around a fire under the stars. This is a particularly popular option for homeowners who don’t own a sprawling estate and wish to have guests feel comfortable both indoors and out.  We can help you create a very special exterior living space – complete with seating and landscaping – where guests can gather and spin tales while young ones roast marshmallows for s ‘mores.

Room Addition

You may have learned from previous holidays that your home is a little limited with regard to space. If you don’t have a basement to finish, a room addition may be a viable option. Our design/build team is happy to listen to your needs and challenges before developing a plan to grow your living space in a way that you’ll never know how you lived without it. From a stunning sunroom filled with windows for star-gazing to a spacious formal dining room that opens to a deck overlooking the backyard, Highlight Homes can help you find the ideal space solution.

Are you as excited as we are to bring these exciting changes to your home?  We hope so!  But… HURRY!  Our availability calendar is filling up quickly and we want to be able to accommodate your renovation needs before the holidays are upon us.  To schedule a no-obligation consultation, call us at 678-873-9234, e-mail us at, or fill out our helpful online contact form TODAY! We can’t wait to hear what you and your family are cooking up for the holidays.

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Imagine Celebrating National Ice Cream Month in a Highlight Homes’ Kitchen

Photo Credit: Never the Rock Photography
Photo Credit: Never the Rock Photography

They don’t call it the “heart of the home” for nothing!  A kitchen is often family command central – where lunchboxes are packed and the day’s stories unfold. Not only are meals prepared, but laughter is shared regularly in this popular family living space. A kitchen may serve as an impromptu dance floor during a neighborhood gathering, homework headquarters throughout the school year, and center stage for the aspiring chef. Modern kitchens often feature an island – which acts as a breakfast counter and prep station rolled into one. Imagine making a masterpiece of an ice cream sundae amongst the beauty of granite countertops, hardwood floors, cherry cabinets and artistically inspired lighting – the ideal backdrop for making memories. Throughout the month of July – also known as National Ice Cream Month – we invite you to dream of making countless ice cream creations with the ones you love in a setting you and the Highlight Homes’ design team craft together.

Photo Credit: Never the Rock Photography
Photo Credit: Never the Rock Photography

You may select something based in natural elements, such as stone and timber set against warm earthy tones – like a traditional banana split. Or perhaps you’d like to opt for something clean and crisp, like a pure white-on-white countertop and cabinet combination with stainless steel appliances and fixtures – like a classic scoop of french vanilla with chocolate sprinkles. There’s always the possibility that you have something completely different in mind – something we haven’t dreamed up yet. That’s when the real fun begins – just like building a completely original ice cream sundae of your own creation.

Oak Point Kitchen Renovation - HLH 2013While it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to transform your current kitchen in time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month this year, you can begin dreaming of what it will look like when you celebrate this auspicious occasion NEXT year. And to add to your inspiration – much like the proverbial “cherry on top” – for all renovation contracts* signed during the month of July, the homeowners will receive a $500 gift card to Lowes, Home Depot or Bed, Bath & Beyond to help them decorate their new Highlight Homes’ kitchen!

Guerissi Kitchen RemodelScoop up this special deal before it melts away! Contact Highlight Homes today to schedule your no-obligation consultation. We can be reached by calling 678-873-9234, by e-mailing, or by filling out our convenient online contact form.  Our talented design-build team can hardly wait to meet you and hear your ideas! To learn more about Highlight Homes and our extensive list of services, please visit us at

* Good for contracts of $10,000 or more; Highlight Homes is not affiliated with Home Depot, Lowes, or Bed Bath & Beyond.  Offer Expires July 31, 2013.  Must mention offer at time of consultation/signing of contract in order to receive gift card.