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What Makes a Great Room Great?

What Makes a Great Room Great?

There is no better time than the holiday season to really explore all of the elements that make a Great Room truly GREAT. Also known in many circles as the “Family Room”, it’s a room of the home where countless everyday moments happen AND where major milestones are marked. As the backdrop to all of these special occasions, special care should be given to the design and realization of this living space that sees an awful lot of living. Whether creating this space as part of a major renovation of your current home or placing an emphasis on this space in the design of your new custom home, Highlight Homes has some opinions on the matter of taking a Great Room to the Greatest Room you’ll ever know (and love!)…

The Hearth of the Home:  From the materials used to create the surround to the mantle itself, the fireplace in your Great Room should be a focal point – a veritable work of art. It should reflect your personality and sense of style, as well as complement the rest of your home. From stacked stone with a rough-hewn timber mantle to a marble surround with intricate woodwork, you can go as casual or as formal as you wish to set the tone for the rest of the room.

Raise the Roof: One component many builders use to make a Great Room feel GRAND is an open second story – opening the space up immeasurably. At Christmastime, just imagine how TALL your Christmas tree could be! If a two-story Great Room isn’t in the cards, there may still be a way to raise the ceilings to 10 feet for more of a sense of spaciousness.

The World Outside: Windows are an important element of your Great Room. If you have a particularly beautiful and PRIVATE backyard, a wall of windows may serve to make the room seem more expansive – connecting it to the world outside. If that is not the case, the addition of just a few windows to let the light shine in might be a better way to go – helping to keep the focus inside the room itself.

All the Trimmings: Woodwork can serve as the frame to the Great Room of your dreams. For a more rustic, cozy feel, you might elect to go with timber rafters. For a more traditional, formal feel, you might incorporate a coffered ceiling, crown molding and built-in bookcases.

Go with the Flow: If you always dreamed of having one of those enormous overstuffed sectionals where you and the entire family can lounge around eating popcorn and watching a Christmas movie marathon, it’s important to communicate this to your builder. The layout of the room should be designed in such a way to accommodate your vision – from the placement of the sectional to the location of the TV.

The Ground Beneath Your Feet: Choice of flooring can serve to enhance this space, as well. If you elect to go with hardwoods or tile, you’ll want to invest in throw rugs to soften the space and make it more inviting. The addition of carpet will make it more welcoming to bare feet, but be aware that spills in this popular space are a very real possibility – making the investment in stain-resistant carpet a wise one.

A Little Light on the Subject: Lighting is an oft overlooked design element that – when wielded properly – can result in a stunning transformation of any space. If your Great Room doesn’t get a lot of natural light, you’ll want to pay attention to the placement of your lighting. For a truly dramatic effect, invest in one showstopper fixture in the center of the room.

Color Me Happy: The choice of paint colors in this space can serve to open up the space further AND set the mood. You might want to keep it neutral and let your décor do the talking, or you may want to choose a paint and trim color that will enhance the ambiance. Gray is all the rage in home design. You might elect to paint the walls a pale gray and the trim a slightly darker gray. Gray exudes a sense of balance, formality and sophistication. Other emotions/sensations tied to color include: beige = calm, white = clean, black = edgy, brown = earthy and rustic, pink = innocent, red = passionate, yellow = happy, green = natural, blue = serene and inviting.

The team at Atlanta-based Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to help you transform the look of your current family room, add a Great Room onto your existing home or design a custom home on your behalf that includes the Great Room of your dreams. Getting started is easy! Simply call us at 678-873-9234 or email us at info@highlighthomesga.com to schedule your no obligation consultation. You can also elect to complete our convenient online contact form.

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

Highlight Homes Named Among the Top Custom Home Builders in Georgia

Highlight Homes Named Among the Top Custom Home Builders in Georgia

Home Builder Digest has released its list of the Top 15 Custom Home Builders in Georgia, and Highlight Homes is proud to be included among them. Appearing on the list at #4, Highlight Homes was selected for our dedication to quality, endurance, education and training, professional credentials, and brand recognition.

 

“We are honored to be included on a list among other local builders that we truly admire and are grateful to Home Builder Digest for selecting us,” said Tony Pourhassan, Founder and Principal of Highlight Homes. “We strive to achieve many of the attributes that they were looking for in our work every day. Beyond our obvious devotion to crafting a home of unsurpassed quality, I will be forever proud of Highlight Homes’ endurance over the last 13 years since our company launch. We survived the housing downturn when many of our colleagues did not and have evolved to include a luxury renovations division, a custom home division and a commercial construction division. What has kept us going is the satisfaction of building something lasting that people will love for years to come – a beautiful backdrop to their own daily life and enduring memories.”

 

READ THE ARTICLE “Best Custom Home Builders in Georgia” on Home Builder Digest!

 

Home Builder Digest is a website devoted to bringing people together with builders and architects, while providing helpful articles to anyone considering constructing a custom home in the U.S. To learn more about Highlight Homes and the process of building a custom home with our company, please visit www.highlighthomesga.com and then contact us at 678-874-9234 or info@highlighthomesga.com.

 

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Highlight Homes Combines its Talents for One EPIC House

Highlight Homes Combines its Talents for One EPIC House

1463 Hearst Drive in Brookhaven - HLH - August 2017The team at Highlight Homes is particularly excited about our newest venture in the City of Brookhaven.  We’ve begun construction on a home that involves a marriage of our very best architectural, engineering, renovation and new construction talents. Rather than involve a complete tear-down of an existing home in order to gain access to a superlative home site in one of Atlanta’s most sought-after neighborhoods, we found a hidden gem in a standing property. Providing an excellent structure to build upon, the ranch-style home at 1463 Hearst Drive, has been stripped to its studs on the existing first floor. This will now serve as the main level, which will eventually boast an open floorplan with jaw-dropping gourmet kitchen, expansive family room that opens to the dining space, bonus room (which could serve as a stunning sunroom), half bath and highly desirable master suite-on-main. Upon that base, we will build UP by incorporating a second-floor addition. This level will showcase a SECOND master bedroom with walk-in closet and in-suite bathroom, two more bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a flexible space which could serve as a playroom or media space. For even more room to spread out, the home will also feature a finished basement and huge covered deck with fireplace – ideal for entertaining. Initially offered at $1,050,000, this home will definitely be one to watch!

 

Poised between the sparkling waters of Silver Lake and Peachtree Golf Club, the home will offer close proximity to upscale shopping and dining at the positively chic Town Brookhaven ‘live, work, play’ district. It is also convenient to Peachtree Road for an easy commute into Downtown Atlanta. School age children living here will have an opportunity to attend Montgomery Elementary (which scores a 10 out of 10 from GreatSchools for test scores!), as well as Chamblee Middle and Chamblee Charter High Schools. A number of excellent private schools are also located nearby, including The Marist School, Pace Academy, The Lovett School, St. Pius X. Catholic High School and more. Best of all, it’s located just down the street from another distinctive house, expertly crafted by Highlight Homes.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CITY OF BROOKHAVEN!

 

To enjoy a semi-custom experience, we invite prospective homebuyers to get “in on the ground floor” in order to select all of the distinctive finishes such as woodwork, cabinetry, paint colors, flooring and more that will make this one-of-a-kind home uniquely your own. To learn more, contact Melanie Pourhassan of Keller Williams Realty at 404-531-5700 (office) or 678-873-9232 (cell). She can also be reached via e-mail at MelanieHP@kw.com. For more information about Highlight Homes – including a chance to view other custom homes and luxury renovations in their online portfolio – please visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

 

READ “5 BENEFITS TO GETTING INTO A SEMI-CUSTOM HOME ON THE GROUND FLOOR”!

 

 

Commemorate National Anti-Boredom Month with Highlight Homes

Commemorate National Anti-Boredom Month with Highlight Homes

cheers shutterstock_297917804While a luxury kitchen renovation, room addition or reimagined exterior could go a long way in transforming the appearance of your residence, remodeling projects geared at tackling its functionality could rekindle your love affair with the place your family calls home. The month of July is not only an occasion for celebrating our nation’s independence, it’s also National Anti-Boredom Month. When considering a renovation project from the angle of chasing away the dreaded echoes of “I’m bored,” that’s when the real fun begins!  Here are just a few renovation projects that could go a long way in battling boredom:

Home Theater:

A state-of-the-art media space with all the bells and whistles – made to look and feel like an actual theater – is an ideal fit for a family of movie buffs and sports fans. Imagine countless slumber parties hosted in this space, as well as tailgate parties for the day of the “big game.” If you have an avid gamer in your midst, you can ramp up this room’s functionality by adding video game components for hours of engaging play.

Finished Basement:

Whether your basement is already finished or has been left unfinished and used primarily for storage, it can be reimagined into a space that will likely become your family’s favorite go-to destination. For a family who loves to entertain, a bar with kitchen that opens to a spacious multi-functional room with pool table, sprawling sectional and big screen TV may prove the ideal answer. For the family who loves to host overnight guests, you can finish a couple of warm and welcoming guestrooms here with attached full baths and a gathering space at the center; and for the family who likes to stay fit, an expansive home gym may be the perfect addition. The possibilities are truly endless!

Outdoor Living Space:

HighlightHomes-ad-for-Atlanta-Home-Improvement-Magazine-Apr09-photo-300x199Holding its own as one of the hottest remodeling trends as more and more families opt to extend their home’s functionality to the Great Outdoors, a focus on an Outdoor Living Space is always a wise choice. Have someone in the family who fancies him or herself as an aspiring chef? An outdoor kitchen with counter for “live culinary performances and luxury dining space for sharing the fruits of your labor is a terrific use of your existing exterior space. Active families may prefer a pool with dedicated pool house, while families who like to kick back and relax may be better served by a covered space that comprises an outdoor hearth, weather-resistant flat screen TV and loads of cozy seating. An outdoor oasis with sprawling garden, koi pond, gazebo with pathways emanating out in all direction plus benches for reflecting might be the perfect escape at the end of a long day.

Atlanta-based Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to help you chase the boredom blues away! Celebrate National Anti-Boredom Month with us by booking a luxury home renovation with our talented team. We can design-and-build the ideal space to fit your family’s unique needs, wishes and collective personality. To get started, simply call us at 678-873-9234, email us at info@highlighthomesga.com or fill out our convenient online contact form and someone will be in touch with you shortly!  To learn more about Highlight Homes and view our online gallery of work, please visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

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.

Ten Steps to Making Your Dream Home a Reality

  1. dream house shutterstock_321489179Contact Highlight Homes:  Step #1 is as easy as picking up the phone or reaching out over the internet. Simply contact Highlight Homes by calling 678-873-9234, e-mailing info@highlighthomesga.com, or filling out our convenient online contact form. We will schedule a meeting to discuss your wants and needs, as well as budgetary restrictions.
  2. Choosing Your Home Site:  If you already own land on which to begin construction of your new custom home, the exciting design phase can begin immediately. In the event that you haven’t found your ideal home site, Highlight Homes can help you find the perfect lot on which to begin building your home.
  3. Building Your Dream Book: While we begin our quest for your new home site, you can begin putting together a special scrapbook of many of the elements you wish to incorporate in your dream home. Pour through home décor magazines, search the internet, draw your own renderings, snap photos of other homes around town, etc…
  4. Meeting with the Architect: Once we’ve found the perfect lot, a Highlight Homes’ architect will schedule another meeting to sit down with you to look through your scrapbook, learn about your family, and develop a strong sense of what you are hoping for from your new home.
  5. Designing Your Home: The architect will then take this knowledge back to his drafting table to develop truly distinctive house plans custom made to fit your family. From mom’s wish to have a laundry room upstairs, to dad’s wish to have a home office with built-in bookcases, to each child’s wish to have spaces that feel all their own – your family’s “wishlist” is our command.
  6. Approval of Blueprints and Estimate: When you approve of the blueprints for your custom home, an estimate of construction costs will be developed and – once approved – construction can begin. Our talented team of designers and builders will work closely with you throughout every step of your custom home project to make sure your visions and wishes are being met.
  7. Acquisition of Permits and Inspections: Highlight Homes will take care of the acquisition of the necessary permits and the execution of inspections so that the construction phase goes smoothly from start to finish.
  8. Construction Phase: Depending on the size and scope of your custom home, once the permits are obtained the construction phase could take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete. We have a solid reputation for finishing on-time and on-budget, and – more importantly – for exceeding expectations in every project we undertake. All along the way, you will have direct access to Highlight Homes through our client portal where you can check the timeline and issue any requested change orders.
  9. Final Walk-through: A Highlight Homes’ construction supervisor will accompany you through your new home to complete a punch list of any remaining items that need to be addressed within seven days of closing. Highlight Homes also extends a 2-10 warranty on your home from the moment the sale closes.
  10. Closing and Moving Day: Once the purchase of your home has been completed, you and your family can begin moving into the home of your dreams and start making memories right away.

Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to become your family’s custom homebuilder.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!