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Celebrate National Home Ownership Month with a Custom Home

“For generations of Americans, owning a home has been an essential element in achieving the American Dream.  Homeownership is often the foundation of security and prosperity for families and communities and an enduring symbol of American freedom.” ~ President Donald J. Trump

welcome home - shutterstock_216379063In his proclamation declaring June 2017 as National Home Ownership Month, the President of the United States reaffirmed the many benefits of home ownership – not just to the family who lives there, but also to the community where they live and the Nation as a whole. Beyond the proclamation, conditions appear to support the concept of increasing the number of home owners. According to the National Home Builders Association/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence continues to climb – a very good sign in light of the housing market crash less than a decade ago. As a matter of fact, May 2017 marked the second highest HMI on record since the downturn. The HMI is derived from a monthly survey of builders that measures current sales conditions, as well as 6-month projections. Even though single-family new home inventories are at some of their highest levels witnessed since July 2009, spec home builders still struggle to keep up with consumer demand. However, there’s an excellent “work-around” for buyers who seek a beautiful new home but don’t want to contend with low inventories and the hassle of being outbid or beat to the chase by other buyers… a custom home.

A custom home affords its owners with the knowledge that their house has been designed and constructed to fit their family’s unique needs, tastes, personalities and interests. Based in Atlanta, Highlight Homes is strategically positioned to aid in the construction of custom homes in some of the city’s most distinctive and highly sought-after neighborhoods – including Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell and beyond. We can even help you locate the ideal lot for your custom home in the perfect area of town to suit your family. To begin YOUR personal celebration of National Home Ownership Month by breaking ground on a custom home crafted by the experts at Highlight Homes, contact us TODAY at 678-873-9234, info@highlighthomesga.com or via our convenient online contact form. To learn more about Highlight Homes, sneak a peek inside our gallery and peruse our current inventory of homes for sale, be sure to visit us at www.highlighthomesga.com.

Building Beautiful Backdrops for a Bounty of Backyard Barbecues

Building Beautiful Backdrops for a Bounty of Backyard Barbecues

outdoor dining shutterstock_297166031The scene is set. A couple slabs of baby back ribs, a perfectly preheated grill, “Kiss The Cook” apron tied at the waist and a massive set of tongs in hand. But to truly set the scene, you’ll need a beautiful backdrop in which to create your mouth-watering masterpiece. Between the fact that May is National Barbecue Month and indications that the incorporation of outdoor living spaces continues to trend upward in luxury  home renovations, we thought we’d share a little inspiration to turn your own surrounding landscape into an awe-inspiring outdoor oasis. Here’s the Highlight Homes’ recipe for building a beautiful backdrop for your next backyard barbecue…

  • Finding the Right Ingredients:  Just as you might pore over cookbooks to find the perfect recipes to complete an unforgettable meal, it’s important to do your research to find the elements you believe will make your outdoor living space really stand out. Between Pinterest, Houzz and a treasure trove of online resources to interior design magazines and home improvement shows, inspiration abounds. Create a dream book of elements that really speak to you.
  • Make a Shopping List:  Now that you’ve created a book of elements that have you dreaming of countless shindigs under the stars, it’s time to make a list of all the ways you’d like your outdoor living space to function. Is it primarily a tranquil garden for quiet reflection at the end of a long day? Is it a big playroom on the exterior of your home where all the neighborhood kids can hang out? Is it a sports bar surrounded by loads of cozy seating with a flat screen TV for watching the big game? Is it a warm and welcoming space with an outdoor kitchen and long dining table where all the neighborhood grownups will want to hang out? Or is it a combination of two or more of those things? The possibilities are endless.
  • shish kebobs on the grill - shutterstock_249302788Hiring the Right “Chef”:  A really great landscape architect or general contractor can take the inspiration of the ingredients you’ve collected in your dream book, your shopping list of desired functions and the blank canvas of your backyard to develop a marriage of the three. Once you find the perfect balance of your vision, your budget and the realistic capabilities of the space, it’s time to make that vision a reality. Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to crank up the heat on your concept of a luxury outdoor living space. Contact us for a free consultation and proposal: 678-873-9234, info@highlighthomesga.com or fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch right away.
  • Season to Taste and ENJOY!: Furnish and accessorize your brand new outdoor living space to fit your own unique sense of style (we’ll be happy to help there, too!) and then invite your friends and family over to christen the space with a backyard barbecue of epic proportions!

Top 17 “Bang for Your Buck” Renovations for 2017

Top 17 “Bang for Your Buck” Renovations for 2017

Plans and Tape Measure shutterstock_283662473 (lo res)Any professionally-executed renovation to your home calls for an investment on your part – of time, space and (of course) money. That’s why it’s important to know which renovations could potentially add value to your home – proving a good return on investment on all counts. Besides the “wants” like a dedicated man cave or luxury home theater, there are a number of renovations that have lasting value – a very good thing when it comes time for you to list your home with a real estate professional.  According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, here are the Top 17 “Bang for Your Buck” Renovations for 2017 nationwide:

  1. Fiberglass Attic Insulation: ROI = more than 100% (meaning you can easily recoup your costs!)
  2. Steel Entry Door: ROI = 90.7%
  3. Manufactured Stone Veneer: ROI = 89.4% (an excellent way to upgrade the look of your home’s exterior!)
  4. Minor Kitchen Remodel ($20.8K or less): ROI = 80.2%
  5. Garage Door Replacement: ROI = 76.9%
  6. Siding Replacement: ROI = 76.4% (are you noticing the trend toward exterior upgrades?)
  7. Wood Deck Addition: ROI = 71.5%
  8. Second-Story Addition: ROI = 71.1% (an excellent ROI, particularly when you consider the fact that you just doubled your living space capacity. As a matter of fact, it’s trending up from last year’s ROI percentages
  9. Basement Remodel: ROI = 70% (been considering finally having that basement finished? That ROI should help do some convincing… again adding to your living space capacity and the overall enjoyment of your home!)
  10. Family Room Addition: ROI = 69.3% (an improvement over last year’s ROI percentages)
  11. Roofing Replacement: ROI = 68.8%
  12. Universal Design Bathroom: ROI = 68.4% (the term “universal design” refers to the incorporation of certain elements – such as wider wheelchair-friendly doorways, walk-in showers, grip bars in bathrooms and more – to make your home more universally accessible to people with/without disabilities and older adults.)
  13. Major Kitchen Remodel ($62K+): ROI = 65.3% (trending up from last year’s ROI percentages)
  14. Composite Deck Addition: ROI = 65.2% (an improvement over last year’s ROI percentages)
  15. Upscale Bathroom Remodel: ROI = 64.8% (is it time to update YOUR master bathroom? It’s amazing what a soaking tub, new shower, granite countertops, new flooring and a fresh coat of paint can do to help you reimagine this space into a tranquil room worthy of the name “restroom”.)
  16. Upscale Master Suite Addition: ROI = 64.8% (we mentioned this trend a couple of years back, but the addition of a second master suite – or expansion of your current master – continues to remain strong, particularly among families with multiple generations co-existing. This year’s ROI shows an improvement over 2016 numbers.)
  17. Backyard Patio: ROI = 54.9% (with three of the top 17 renovations falling into this category, can you detect a continuing trend towards outdoor living?)

As trusted experts in Atlanta luxury renovations since 2005, Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to help your incorporate any and all of the remodeling projects listed above to your home.  Contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation at 678-873-9234 or info@highlighthomesga.com To learn more about us and view the full list of services we offer – including custom home construction – please visit us at www.highlighthomesga.com.

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017 Will Really Grow on You

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017 Will Really Grow on You

Greenery Color Swatch - Pantone Color of the Year 2017Pantone® – THE authority on color for the fashion and design industries – has found the ideal cure for Spring fever with its 2017 Color of the Year. Dubbed “Greenery” (Pantone 15-0343) is literally a breath of fresh air. Whether bringing a new look to a living space by incorporating an accent wall, evoking a feel of welcome by painting your front door or adding pops of color throughout your interior with accent pieces and décor, Greenery is “a refreshing and revitalizing shade… symbolic of new beginnings.”

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

This yellow-green hue plays well with others. Pantone suggests palettes that include everything from a tropical bright such as Calypso Coral (Pantone 17-1744), to a cool neutral like Bronze Mist (Pantone 17-0843), to a sweet pastel such as Spa Blue (Pantone 12-4306) and virtually everything in between.

Past Colors of the Year from Pantone have included Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520), Serenity Blue (Pantone 15-3919), Marsala (Pantone 18-1438), Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224), Emerald (Pantone 17-5641), Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463) and Honeysuckle (Pantone 18-2120) – among others.

Through our custom home construction and luxury renovation divisions, Highlight Homes regularly assists clients in the selection of colors – in addition to eco-friendly construction materials, design elements, interior and exterior finishes, and more. If you’d like to learn more about all of our service offerings and see some of our work, we invite you to visit us at www.highlighthomesga.com. To schedule a free consultation for a reimagining of your current home or to discuss your vision for your custom dream home, contact the Highlight Homes team at 678,873.9234 or info@highlighthomesga.com.

About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com/plus.

Tis the Season to Take Note

Tis the Season to Take Note

Notes-leave-839225_1920Talk about the ultimate holiday wish list! When considering a whole home renovation or custom home construction, the holidays are an excellent time to take note of the functions your current home performs and the styles that suit you best. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a houseful of overnight guests this holiday season, pay close attention to see if the flow of your present layout is working for you or if you feel you could benefit from more space in everything from bathrooms and bedrooms to dining room and living spaces. Are you lacking room to comfortably entertain your guests once everyone has left the dinner table? You and your visitors might be better served with an expanded exterior living space featuring a stunning native stone outdoor hearth and flat screen TV over the mantle or a finished basement with full bar, home theater and game room. Are both sets of visiting in-laws sharing a guest bathroom? Separate private baths might promote holiday harmony a bit better. Long story short – from roof to cellar, take notice of what works and what doesn’t.

And don’t merely use your own home to take note this holiday season. When you visit other peoples’ homes for parties or overnight stays, pay attention to the things you like or dislike about their individual rooms and the way they function. Think beyond the way the specific spaces might serve your family, and consider the way you would like for them to serve your guests – even if they only come to visit once or twice a year. Pore over magazines and websites for the latest interior design styles that really ring your jingle bells – from the hardwood floors to the coffered ceilings – and add them to your “Dream Book”.

To help you get started, you may want to go room-by-room and make note of the things that work for your family and those that don’t. Also, begin to compile a wish list of enhancements that might make the room better – including function AND form. For instance, let’s say you’re focusing on the living room. Is it formal enough to fit your sense of style or are you a more informal host/hostess? Is it large enough to serve all your favorite people in one room? Would shiplap walls up the ante for you on the warmth and beauty of the room? Would a butler’s pantry enhance the function of this space? Consider also the rooms you DON’T currently have that you believe would prove an ideal addition – such as a screened porch for enjoying your morning coffee or three more bedrooms to house your growing family.

Once you have a fairly good notion of what your dream home might look like, it’s time to contact a master renovator or custom construction builder like Atlanta-based Highlight Homes. They may have ideas you’ve never even considered to increase the space and function of your current home or to create the ideal custom home to fit your family’s collective personality, needs and wishes. So instead of having visions of sugar plums dance through your head this holiday season, you could instead have visions of smart home systems, glass paned cabinets, industrial-inspired lighting and burnished brass faucets.

Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve the home of your dreams. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your upcoming luxury whole home renovation or custom home construction. Our team of dedicated professionals can be reached by calling 678-873-9234, e-mailing info@highlighthomesga.com, or filling out our convenient online contact form. To learn more about Highlight Homes and view our portfolio, we invite you to visit our website at www.highlighthomesga.com.

From all of us here at Highlight Homes, we wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season!

Hearth and Home: Highlight Spotlight on Today’s Fireplace

Hearth and Home: Highlight Spotlight on Today’s Fireplace

Keeping Room Fireplace 1 - HLH 2016

Since the beginning of man, fire has been central to the home. A necessity from the start, it can stave off the cold, serve as a light in the darkness and aid in the preparation of countless meals. Used mainly now to create a sense of ambiance, the fireplace – or hearth – remains at the heart of most major living spaces today. The mantle often sets the tone for the décor in the room – many now dominated by flat screen TVs in place of artwork. From ornately carved woodwork and marble to repurposed rough-hewn timber and stacked stone, the hearth is also central to the feeling of the space that surrounds it. One home may feature a traditional fireplace adorned with beloved family photos, while another may boast a floor-to-ceiling stone hearth with a minimalistic slant towards interior design. And with many homes extending their living spaces outside, the outdoor hearth continues to gain steam as a popular addition to exterior “rooms” of the home.

 

Keeping Room Fireplace 2 - HLH 2016

When constructing a semi-custom or custom home, bear in mind that your fireplace should fit the overall aesthetic of your home. For example, a more traditional Craftsman-style home might prove a great fit for a rustic stone fireplace with timber mantle whereas a Contemporary-style home might call for a more modern firebox with clean lines and smooth, sleek finishes. Functionality is also a major consideration. Traditionalists may prefer a wood-burning fireplace, but gas logs continue to dominate the market for their convenience and affordability. As many homes become more technologically connected, some gas logs can be controlled via wireless remotes – plus there’s no need to sweep up ashes at the end of the day. Outdoor hearths should also be a major consideration – whether a firepit at the center of a brick patio under the stars on a crisp, cool Spring night or a true showplace hearth set inside a covered deck for countless Autumn evenings spent watching the embers glow.

 

Outdoor Hearth - Highlight Homes 2015No matter what your vision of the ideal hearth to fit your home might be – a breathtaking addition to a two-story great room or a romantic enhancement to a master bedroom (or BOTH), Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to help you make that vision a vibrant reality. To schedule a consultation with a member of our custom construction team, call 678-873-9234, e-mail info@highlighthomesga.com or fill out our convenient online contact form. To learn more about Highlight Homes and view some of our work, please visit us at www.highlighthomesga.com.

Celebrate National Home Ownership Month by Breaking Ground on a Custom Home

Celebrate National Home Ownership Month by Breaking Ground on a Custom Home

House and plans shutterstock_138681968June marks National Home Ownership Month – and it’s not too late to get in on the celebration. Launched in 2002 with a proclamation by President George W. Bush, the goal of its commemoration is to inspire more families to achieve the American Dream. What better way to celebrate a month devoted to home ownership and the American Dream than by breaking ground on the custom home of your dreams? A custom home provides the homeowner with a unique opportunity to be intimately involved in all aspects of its realization: from the selection of the ideal site and floor plan, to the incorporation of special elements that prove the perfect fit for your family’s needs and tastes. Custom builders are different from volume builders. They serve as your expert on the ground at your home site, ensuring that the end result matches – and sometimes even exceeds – your vision. The very best custom builders will invite you to be as involved – or removed – from the project as you wish.

Highlight Homes is proud of our standing as a premier custom builder in Atlanta. Our team welcomes the opportunity to partner with you on the realization of the home you’ve always dreamed of owning. Let’s celebrate National Home Ownership Month together! To learn more about the custom construction process, be sure to read: 10 Steps to Making Your Dream Home a Reality. When you’re ready to get started, contact us by calling 678-873-9234, e-mailing us at info@highlighthomesga.com, or filling out our convenient online contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Too excited to wait until a custom home is built? Check out the gorgeous homes currently available in our inventory!

Put the Finishing Touches on this Beautiful Brookhaven Home

Put the Finishing Touches on this Beautiful Brookhaven Home

BHI_Highlight Homes-3236 Inman rendering-STD-1Premier custom home builder – Highlight Homes – is nearing completion of another stunning semi-custom home in the highly sought after Brookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta. Showcasing the incredible Craftsman-inspired Aspen Manor floorplan, this beautiful home – located at 3236 Inman Drive – boasts 6100 square feet of awesomeness with 3 floors, 6 sprawling bedrooms, 5.5 spa-themed bathrooms, 2 car garage with carriage doors + an additional detached 2 car garage, finished basement, elevator, gorgeous gourmet kitchen and spacious open floor plan. What is perhaps most surprising about this fantastic find is that it is priced at just $1,450,000. There’s still time for one lucky homebuyer to make this home uniquely their own by choosing the paint colors that will set the tone for their life inside this dramatically distinctive domicile.

 

A terrific home for the family who loves to entertain, the expansive Grand Room – which features a 10’ coffered ceiling, stacked stone fireplace and wall of windows – opens onto a sprawling veranda with outdoor hearth overlooking the private yard. The enormous gourmet kitchen is flanked on either side by a formal dining room and bright and airy breakfast room. The main level also offers a small wine cellar for would-be wine aficionados and a sunroom with a chic pair of sliding barn doors. Just upstairs, the large master suite with fireplace, spa-inspired bath, his and her walk-in closets, sitting room, porch and adjoining master retreat encompasses more than half of the entire second story. Two spacious secondary bedrooms with Jack-and-Jill bath and a laundry room make up the rest. On the third level, a fourth bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath borders a generously proportioned flex space that can serve as a playroom, rec room or media room. This floor also features a wonderful outdoor living space that is comprised of a covered porch and rooftop terrace.

 

Want to see the original rendering and floorplan? CLICK HERE!

 

Every bit as attractive from the outside as it is on the inside, the home is situated on a picturesque lot set back on a winding tree-lined drive. The fact that it overlooks a protected bird sanctuary allows for an abundance of natural beauty and privacy. Situated on one of the city’s most scenic streets, surrounded by multi-million dollar homes – this new construction home is poised near Peachtree Golf Club and Town Brookhaven. Town Brookhaven is a vibrant live-work-play development that features such popular retailers as Costco and Marshalls, as well as a collection of specialty boutiques like Dress Up and Boogaloos, a Cinebistro, and a slew of great restaurants that run the gamut from Flying Biscuit Café and Lucky’s Burger & Brew to Noche and Smash Kitchen & Bar. Children living here will have an opportunity to attend Montgomery Elementary, Chamblee Middle and Chamblee Charter High Schools or the highly revered private Marist School – which recently landed at #9 of 100 Best Private High Schools in Georgia (Niche Rankings).

 

To learn more about this one-of-a-kind property, we invite you to view the listing, and then contact the property representatives at Keller Williams First Atlanta Realty – Melanie and Tyler Pourhassan. Melanie can be reached via e-mail at melaniehp@kw.com or by phone at 678-873-9232, and Tyler can be reached via e-mail at apourhassan@kw.com or by phone at 678-833-2051. They would be happy to schedule a tour of the home with you.

For more information about new construction homes, custom homes and luxury renovations by Highlight Homes  – please visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

Find Your Dream Home in Dunwoody

Find Your Dream Home in Dunwoody

x876eNestled on a tree-lined street in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most sought-after suburbs, the four-sides brick Dunwoody home at 4953 Leisure Drive is an entertainer’s paradise with 5 spacious bedrooms, 4.5 spa-inspired bathrooms, showplace gourmet kitchen, inviting living spaces, full daylight basement, expansive back deck overlooking a private lake, fabulous mudroom, three-car garage and so much more. Priced at an incredible $1,049,000, this 4,239 SF spectacular spec home – elegantly designed, expertly crafted and exclusively YOU by Atlanta’s premier custom home builder, Highlight Homes – is move-in ready.

k753Aspiring chefs are likely to want to spend more time in the fabulous kitchen than anywhere else in the home. Just imagine the recipes one could create on the generously proportioned island. The crisp white cabinetry, pale gray tile backsplash and light granite countertops are offset by rich, hand-rubbed hardwoods, brushed nickel hardware and stainless steel appliances. The adjoining keeping room boasts a soaring cathedral wood ceiling and dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace. On warm Spring and Summer evenings, the choice to dine al fresco is an easy one thanks to the proximity of the deck to the kitchen space.

L070Surprisingly sophisticated touches can be found throughout the home – from the living room with its built-in bookcase with glass doors and coffered ceiling, to the magnificent oval-shaped double trey and wall of windows in the master bedroom. The master bathroom is truly special – giving off an air of Old Hollywood, with its soaking tub, tile plank flooring, his and her vanities and glass and tile shower stall. Even the secondary bedrooms have the feel of slightly smaller master suites with incredible attached bathrooms, walk-in closets, trey ceiling and more.

n01-236aWhile the overall feel of the home – from the gray shake siding, taupe board-and-batten shutters, double oak front doors and pale brick exterior to the luxurious yet completely livable interior – is overwhelmingly classic, it’s perfectly suited for today’s modern family. At the top of the stairs on the second floor is a striking tech center with built-in bookshelves, drawers and double desks – the ideal space for a homework station or home office. The home also comes equipped with “smart” technology for interior climate control – which isn’t merely cool and convenient, but could equate to some significant cost savings on utility bills.

LR346Children who live in this home can attend Kingsley Elementary, Peachtree Middle and Dunwoody High Schools – or the highly reputable Marist School, which was just ranked #9 out of the Top 100 Private High Schools in Georgia by Niche Rankings. #25 – Brandon Hall – is also located nearby. The entire family will enjoy the surrounding City of Dunwoody – with its convenience to I-285, Perimeter Mall, world-class dining, wonderful parks and terrific community events. To learn more about this distinctive Dunwoody home, please contact our real estate representatives at Keller Williams First Atlanta Realty – Melanie and Tyler Pourhassan. Melanie can be reached via e-mail at melaniehp@kw.com or by phone at 678-873-9232, and Tyler can be reached via e-mail at apourhassan@kw.com or by phone at 678-833-2051. They would be happy to schedule a tour of the home with you.

For more information about new construction homes, custom homes and luxury renovations by Highlight Homes – please visit www.highlighthomesga.com.