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Thursday, March 21, 2013
When discussing kitchens with our home owners, sometimes the topic of organization comes up, specifically kitchen organization. I have had people ask me where they should put different items in the drawers and cabinets, in an effort to streamline cooking and storage items. I am happy to advise them, recommending they take note of how they move around the kitchen in their current home to get an idea of how they use the space. Everyday items need to be on lower shelves, holiday dishes can be stored on upper shelves or even in a storage area in another part of the house.
One of the areas that always seems to come up is that bit of counter space near the phone or near the back door where you come into the house most often. This is where the basket ends up, gathering loose papers and odds and ends that need a home. In our new home plan designs, we are incorporating a Drop Zone in the homes, typically near the entrance from the garage and near the kitchen. This area serves as a place to recharge the phones, stash your handbag or briefcase, house the family calendar and put items for easy retrieval the next morning.
With a counter area at a convenient height, wall cabinet above and base cabinet below, this can serve as a mini command center for your home. Instead of just tossing items into the cabinet above, consider organizing your cabinet like the photo above. I found this photo here and thought they did a great job with their organization.
The family notebook that she refers to has become quite popular in recent years as it holds information for each member of the family, including medical information, insurance cards, pertinent phone numbers and emergency information. This book would be quite handy in an emergency as you can grab it and go.
The magnetic panel on the back of the door is a great place to display a lunch menu or class schedule. I keep a list of my neighbors phone numbers as well in there. Magnetic hooks hold spare keys or those customer courtesy cards for your favorite stores.
The charging station is great if you come home and want to plug your phone in to charge while cooking dinner and find it easily accessible when you are out the door for sports practice or dance lessons.
At Atlantic Builders, we want to help keep you organized and able to find items at a moment’s notice.
~Melanie Edwards, Atlantic Builders' Design Director
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Color schemes can be monochromatic, meaning several shades of one color; or complementary, meaning shades that are opposite each other on the color wheel. One favorite is the analogous color scheme, which is using colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green.
Monday, June 4, 2012
When Sid Means played second base growing up in West Virginia, he felt “consistency” was his hallmark as a player. His favorite ball player then was Roger Maris, the quiet, steady home run hitter who edged out the more flamboyant Mickey Mantle in 1961 to break the single season home run record held by Babe Ruth. Sid brings his vast experience in construction and “day in, day out” consistent hard working ethos to Atlantic Builders as our Purchasing Manager.
Sid’s first job at 10 was a laborer for his father who was a trim carpenter and also Sid’s baseball coach. Sid grew up to love coaching baseball and coached his own son Wes from ages 6-19, including from 2003-2005 at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania, VA. Last month, Sid enthusiastically arranged a fun outing to the Richmond Squirrels for almost 50 Atlantic Builders team members and their families.
When he is not working hard, Sid also manages to ride his Harley, which he loves to ride on weekends or often to the Myrtle Beach Bike Week. What happens while in Myrtle Beach stays in Myrtle Beach as Sid jokingly says, “Some stories can’t be shared”.
Sid takes construction and home building very seriously, though. His tremendous knowledge of construction and thoroughness have been key to Atlantic Builders’ updating of our home designs to comply with the recent March 2012 adoption of the most recent building code standards in Virginia. Sid feels that the newer, higher standards make today’s homes superior to others he has built in the past. This is from a man who has been involved in building over 3,703 homes in his career and counting. Sid feels home buyers will appreciate, for example, that new wind bracing requirements require homes to withstand up to 90 mph winds in the Fredericksburg area. He also feels that municipal building departments and inspectors are more thorough and professional today than ever before.
Sid is key to the Atlantic Builder’s team effort in designing new homes like the new townhomes in Ladysmith Village in Caroline County and our expanded and revamped line of Executive Homes designs. Sid combines great value engineering skills with a wise understanding of customer preferences for style and included features. He is proud of his longevity with the few companies he has worked for over his long career, but says he loves being at Atlantic Builders since our culture encourages collaboration and continuous improvement. We hope he remains here for the rest of his long and continuing career.
Monday, April 30, 2012
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The current economy has definitely heightened people’s “green” awareness. Green – as in ecology AND economy!
The hard truth: It costs a lot to build – and maintain – a home. From material costs to heating & cooling, owning a home can be an expensive proposition. Luckily, Atlantic Builders has embraced the elements of green building, and has been able to incorporate them into our homes. From careful site designs to right-sized floor plans, green materials to energy-efficient systems, air quality to water conservation, there are dozens of ways for homeowners to build a “green” home.
Come see us and we’ll get you started the green home of your dreams!