Atlanta-based Custom Construction and Remodeling Firm Awarded the Gold OBIE by the Greater Atlanta Home Builder’s Association for Best Kitchen Remodeling Under $75,000
Highlight Homes was honored to be among the boldest and brightest of the Atlanta residential development, construction, and remodeling industries at the 31st Annual OBIE Award Ceremony on Saturday, November 12. The beautifully adorned ballroom at Cobb Galleria Centre was filled with some of the South’s most gifted craftsmen, designers, and visionaries all there to celebrate one another and their individual crafts. Company Principal Tony Pourhassan and Construction Superintendent Chris Gilliam were all smiles when it was announced that Highlight Homes had won the Gold in the Kitchen Remodeling under $75,000 category.
“It’s extremely rewarding and humbling to have your work recognized and heralded in this way by a panel of your peers,” says Tony. “When the housing market fell into a freefall a few years ago, we made the decision to diversify and launch a renovation division based on all of the same principles of our custom home construction business – commitment to quality, dedication to our clients, and devotion to Earth-friendly practices. This award is a tangible signal to us that we are definitely doing something right. We’re extremely thankful to the Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association for this recognition.”
The project that was submitted for consideration was the kitchen of a 1970’s Colonial home in the highly esteemed Newnan Pines Country Club in Newnan, Georgia. The original vision involved an update of the small, outdated galley kitchen in hopes of creating an inviting interior living space where the homeowners could easily entertain family and friends. Tony and the rest of the design-build team worked tirelessly to ensure that the homeowners’ vision was met and paid particular attention to the fact that old blended in with the new so the changes appeared seamless. Structural engineering played a major role as square feet were added to the home and the layout was reconfigured for flow. All told, the renovation involved a complete kitchen remodel, room addition, and deck addition PLUS transformations of the living room, dining room, half bath and laundry. The crown jewel of the kitchen remodel – something that really sets it apart and makes it one-of-a-kind – is the tile mosaic over the stovetop. It is hand painted and manufactured by the oldest tile company in Jerusalem. Highlight Homes not only ordered and installed it, but offered it to the family as a thank you for their business. In the end, the full remodel only took seven weeks to complete, and the clients were so elated that they have recommended Highlight Homes to a number of their friends and neighbors.
“This was perhaps one of our favorite renovations to date,” explains Tony. “We share this award with the family who welcomed us into their home and trusted us so completely with their renovation. As wonderful as this OBIE Award is, the true reward comes from knowing that you have transformed someone’s home beyond their wildest dreams. Nothing beats tears of joy and a show of true gratitude from a homeowner who is seeing the completed work for the first time.”
Highlight Homes was also the recipient of the 2008 OBIE Award for Best Interior for their Cottages at Stillwood development, and our sister development company, Vesmont, Inc. won Best Community Logo for its Terrasol community. The OBIE Awards first made their debut in 1980 and have grown since to now feature more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The OBIE Awards, named after the obelisk shape of the actual award given, are the premier awards of Atlanta’s residential building industry. Highlight Homes is looking forward to another big win next year. Just think! YOUR kitchen, bath, or whole home could be our winning entry!
Considering a home renovation? Why not hire an award-winning company? Highlight Homes welcomes the chance to work with you in making your “home sweet home” a little sweeter. Call us TODAY at 678-873-9234 to schedule your FREE consultation. Sign a contract with Highlight Homes before December 31, 2011 and your name will be automatically entered into our drawing for a chance to win an Apple iPad 2*!
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