Roof Replacement in Mill Glen

Roof Replacement in Mill Glen

I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life when I have been so thankful to have a roof over my head.  The big storms that hit on Easter Sunday were a reminder of how fortunate we are to have a nice home and how quickly that can be taken away.  That, coupled with the 5 weeks of quarantine that we have been in, have made me ever more grateful for my little family and the house that we have been blessed with. As crazy as it is with littles running around all day long, it is a blessing to be able to provide them a home and with that, of course, comes a good roof.

We were trying to think of things that people might be able to get done, or need to get done, without having people inside their homes and what better than replacing a roof?

So, today’s blog post is not a big glamorous before and after, but what I call a rather “boring” before and after.  Steven then corrected me that it might not be glamorous, but it is one of the most important updates that houses need over time.  Our house needed a new roof about 2 years ago.  Actually, it probably needed one about 4 years ago, but we put it off.  There were little brown patches on the bonus room (over the garage) ceiling from roof water leaks that kept appearing ever so slightly bigger.  Was it really getting bigger, or were we just worrying?  It wasn’t super obvious, so we tried to ignore them, and then one night Steven decided to put a tiny pen mark on the edge of them to see if they were growing.  Sure enough, after the next big storm it had grown rather a lot.  Word to the wise: when you start seeing brown patches on your ceiling you most certainly need a new roof!   The extra damage being caused by water getting in could cost you way more in the long run.

So alas, we had to get a roof.  It’s one of those updates that no one notices, but you really want to have a good job done.  One of my husband’s many skills is doing plenty of research on who to get to do the job.  After getting quotes from no less than 7 roofing companies, he chose Nick Mees from Element Pros and we could not have been happier.  Nick came in with one of the lower prices than many of the other companies we had come out, and seemed like someone we could trust to do a good job.  We also chose Nick because his business is located in Dunwoody. Take a look at the wonderful work his team did on our not so boring roof.  Here is one of the holes that was responsible for those dreaded brown marks:

And here are the before and afters placed side by side for you to see the changes.  In the first set you can see Nick added a chimney cricket (Steven had to tell me what this is!) to shed the water away from our chimney when it rains:

And this is what it looks like now, without a hole and with new pipe flashing:

In the current economic climate we like to try to support our local businesses as much as possible and Element Pros roofing is headquartered in Dunwoody.  They have been in business since 2006 and make it their goal to provide a stress-free and surprisingly affordable roof replacement process for our customers. Nick is very friendly and shared that his job is to learn, listen and consistently deliver on an improved construction experience.  He understands that it is better to do the job right the first time, and build roofs that are built to endure the elements.  If you are in need of a new roof then we encourage you to reach out to Nick.  Click here for his contact information.

Ranch Renovation in Dunwoody

Ranch Renovation in Dunwoody

It’s week three of quarantine and we are all hanging in there.  My house looks like a tornado ripped through, my kids are still eating more than I ever thought was possible, and if I step on one more lego….  Anyway, I digress!  Funnily enough, writing this blog is a wonderful distraction and I hope it serves to do the same for you as you read.

Before all this started, I enjoyed taking photos of some great houses.  One of the things that motivated me to get this thing off the ground was trying to figure out how people make the most out of the space they have.  The house we are featuring today has maximized its space beyond belief.   The Jeon family did a kitchen renovation a few years ago and the house in the before photos is almost unrecognizable now.  With 4 children, they need all the space that they can get, and they definitely achieved that with the work that they have had done.  They extended the kitchen into the garage and then built another garage on the side of the house.  I didn’t take a photo of the exterior of the house but, for reference, they live in a ranch style house and it is shocking how much bigger the interior of the house is with this renovation.  Below are 3 photos of the kitchen as it was originally, and a photo of the dining room which was knocked through to the old garage to become the new kitchen:

And this is what it looks like now, with enough space for a bar stool (chair) for each child!

Wanda designed the whole thing with her contractor knowing that they wanted plenty of counter space, good flow to the room, and a farm sink.  She also added an extra dishwasher which, in my humble opinion, is genius!  This is especially true right now, when we are stuck in our homes all day… the number of dirty dishes!  Crazy!  Here are some more photos of the amazing space they created:

The Jeon’s renovation made such a difference to the communal space in their home, and it looks phenomenal!  As with so many of our other featured renovations, Wanda said that she was glad to be involved in every step of the process as there is no detail that is insignificant.  Even little things like where a light switch should go, where on the wall you want the thermostat to be positioned, or which way you want a door to open, are all things that may seem insignificant at the time but will bug you for years to come if they are installed in the wrong way.

Jeon’s, thank you SO much for letting me into your house pre-lock down, I’m so thankful we managed to fit it in.