HOME & GARDEN
Spending More Time at Home? Upgrade Your Windows For Better Comfort and Energy-Saving Benefits
It’s no surprise that windows and doors can have a noticeable effect on your energy bills. New windows can be up to 45 percent more energy efficient. And because windows account for 10-25 percent of your home’s total energy consumption, upgrading to more energy-efficient windows can start saving you money from the moment they are installed.
For best in class energy savings look for ENERGY STAR® approved windows. ENERGY STAR® is a federal program that determines whether or not a variety of products, including windows and doors, meet certain energy-efficiency standards. AVI Windows & Doors offers a wide selection of ENERGY STAR® products, including Marvin Windows and Doors. Marvin offers thousands of windows and doors with two or three panes of glass that are energy-efficient, versatile, and beautiful. Plus, special gases between the panes slow the transfer of heat to further enhance insulating power.
Curious about upgrading your windows? AVI Windows and Doors showrooms are available on a strict by-appointment-only basis. The AVI installation experts utilize technology to provide window estimates and have introduced a Remote Quote Checklist to initiate window replacement projects. If virtual consultations are not feasible, outdoor on-site meetings may be conducted. Learn more at aviwindowsanddoors.com or call 678.297.1111.
More Businesses to Help with your Home Renovation
B-Level SE, Inc.—Need your concrete lifted for a more even appearance? Call B-Level for your free quote. Mention this ad for 10 percent off.
Chamblee Fence Co., Inc.—Finally get the perfect fence for your property. For a limited time Chamblee Fence Co is offering a free walk gate ($250.00 value) if you mention Atlanta Best Media.
Mr. Hardwood Inc.—Find durable, functional flooring you will love with the help of Atlanta’s flooring experts serving Atlanta since 1989.
Green Queen—Check out this small, local mom-owned organic home services company. The team does green cleaning, organic pest control, natural mosquito spraying, organic turf, and termite prevention!
Royal Maids of Atlanta—Providing professional residential and commercial cleaning and sanitizing services.
4 Unique Ways to Spice It Up with Sod
Think sod is just for creating a nice lawn? Think again and change up your landscape design with these four creative ways to use sod from the lawn masters at NG Turf:
1. Create a luscious green border
Use strips of sod around planting beds or hardscape features to create verdant lines that flow through your landscape. You’ll get a sleeker, more modern look than using traditional ornamental grasses or border plantings. A quick weekly once-over with a Weedwacker and an edger will keep your sod border neat and trim.
2. Build pathways to protect your tootsies
Few things hurt more than burning your feet on hot pool decks or pavers when walking around outside in the summer. A simple fix is to use sod to create cool walkways between your patio door, the pool area, and any other entertainment zones. Mowing these walkways is a breeze, especially if the surrounding hardscapes are set just a bit lower than the grass.
3. Soften and beautify stone paths
Instead of using gravel or sand between your large walkway pavers, set the stones a little further apart and install strips of sod. The contrast of the stone against the lively green sod can be particularly breathtaking when you create artistic patterns or set your stones on a diagonal. For easy mowing, be sure the stones are set at least half-an-inch lower than the sod.
4. Define your outdoor rooms with a sod carpet
It’s a common interior design practice to define a space with an area rug. Why should your outdoor living spaces be any different? To limit irrigation and mowing needs, install sod “carpets” between larger areas of hardscapes to define your outdoor dining and entertainment areas.
No matter what clever ways you dream up to incorporate splashes of beautiful green sod into your landscape, be sure you choose only the freshest, certified turfgrass. Farm-fresh sod from NG Turf is cut to order and available in quantities large and small.
For a custom quote call (770) 431-1344 or visit NGTurf.com
DIY Pizza Garden with Pike Nurseries
Fresh produce is the key to any good meal, and that includes pizza. Get your green thumb growing by creating a pizza garden with these simple steps:
- 1 ‘Patio’ Tomato, 1 gal.
- 1 Bell Pepper, 4 inch
- 1- Flat Parsley, 4 inch
- 1- Greek Oregano, 4 inch
- 1- Basi,l 4 inch
- 1- Thyme, 4 inch
- 1 – Large terracotta pot (if growing in a container)
- Pike Potting & Container Soil
- Dr. Earth Root Zone starter fertilizer
- Find a sunny spot (6 to 8 hours of sun)
- Choose a large pot (5 gal. or more) with drainage holes if using a container
- Soil – if growing in a container use potting mix, if growing in the ground use garden soil and mix 50/50 with existing soil
- Add some organic starter fertilizer to jumpstart root growth
- Plant the tomato in the middle & add a cage for support
- Add your favorite pepper plant
- Plant herbs around the edge
- Water well
Pike Nurseries is on hand to assist with all your gardening needs. They are exclusively offering curbside pickup or delivery of orders. Have some questions about your plants? Feel free to call your store or reach out on social media to be put in touch with their team of experts. Plus, Pike Nurseries recently delivered over 1,000 beautiful columbines to healthcare workers at Piedmont Hospital to help brighten up their day and thank them for their service.
Bjork Studio—Home to quality, hand-crafted furniture, Bjork Studio has shifted some of their production to create and donate masks to healthcare workers, friends, and clients – including Atlanta Best Media! Named Project Mask, production consists of very simple, breathable and washable masks in a wide variety of colors, prints and styles. Most masks will have a place to insert a filter of your choice – coffee filter, interfacing, paper towel, etc. Some masks will be accordion-style only. If you know of a healthcare professional or other frontline group that needs masks you may reach out to Bjork at [email protected].
Better Tomorrow Solar—Better Tomorrow Solar is donating all profits from solar projects signed now through July 31 to COVID relief efforts in Georgia. They install solar below market price. Sign a project in 2020 and get a 26 percent federal tax credit.
Daniels Floors—Conducting video call consultations and show samples Monday – Saturday from 10 am-3 pm. Call or text (678) 768-4888 to schedule an appointment.
NG Turf—Keep your lawn green and lively with farm-fresh sod from NG Turf, now offering online ordering with delivery!
Oneida Builders Inc.—Oneida Builders is now specializing in creating year-round porches with both screens and plexiglass inserts along with mini-splits for heating & cooling. Use in the winter with heat, and open up with screens in the summer/spring for cool breezes. See them in the Additions Gallery of their website. These conditioned porches can help add value to your home and enjoyment to your family all year long!
Eileen Rosencrants – Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty—Atlanta’s Spring Housing Market is quite busy despite the challenges of COVID-19. Atlanta is unique in that we are constantly growing with an influx of companies that continue to relocate here.
Décor and Cooking Classes
Sugarboo & Co.—Sugarboo & Co. adds beauty and light to homes with deals and daily promotions including 20% off entire purchases with FREE shipping on all orders.
The Cook’s Warehouse—They have launched virtual cooking classes out of their Peachtree Station location. Cook up something yummy with family and friends online.
Find Your Perfect Flooring With This Quick Quiz
There’s a lot of time for redesign while staying at home.
Whether you’re looking at remodeling the kitchen, or planning that dream bathroom, it all starts with the floors.
Try this quick quiz from Enhance Floors & More to find out what type of flooring best fits your needs and your dreams.
Home Businesses Giving Back
Peacock Alley—Peacock Alley successfully converted manufacturing to making protective face masks. They have donated more than 3,000 masks to local hospitals and other groups in the front lines. Due to the new CDC recommendations that everyone wear masks in public to further contain the spread of Covid-19, they have decided to list our masks on our website so that everyone can have the access they need.
Curtin Team Cares —Created by the team behind Curtain Team Real Estate, Curtain Team Cares is a dedicated nonprofit that helps with local causes and charities. Donate now to make an impact in the community.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams—Thanks to their incredible team of sewers, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams have been able to pivot their production from crafting upholstery to making non-surgical masks and gowns for workers on the front lines. As a home furnishings brand that has been socially minded since 1989, they want to do their part and use their manufacturing facility and resources to make protection for those courageously fighting this virus.
Design & Décor
Bridgette Boylan Interiors—Their showroom in Peachtree Corners remains open to serve the design needs of clients and builders. “Drive-by” appointments are also available.
CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio—Offering virtual appointments for any remodeling projects people are considering for their home.
Eating With Erica—Candles are currently 30% off using the code LOVE.
Grayson Pratt Interiors, LLC—Offering free 15-minute design consultation by phone.
Studio M Interiors—They are up and running and offering complimentary ‘Zen Zoom Room’ consultations as well as full-service interior design services.
AVI Windows and Doors—Call today to plan your window replacement and fast-track your project for tomorrow. Schedule an online virtual window consultation from the safety of your own home so your project will be ready to go when safe to do so. AVI Windows and Doors remains open to serve you. All it takes is a tablet, tape measure and 30 minutes to receive an estimated price to consider. Call 678-297-1111.
B-Level SE, Inc.—Free estimates on your concrete lifting and repair needs and 10% off all scheduled jobs with the mention of this ad.
Fleming Flooring & Design Centers—Private in-store appointments available as well as online shopping. Call 770-420-3009 or go to flemingcarpet.com.
Stone Showcase—For all your stone needs, consider Stone Showcase in Buford. With a large selection of natural stone, including high-quality quartzite, a less expensive, but equally beautiful alternative to marble.
Archadeck of Alpharetta—Outdoor living is where it is at. Due to the outdoor nature of the industry, Archadeck of Alpharetta is still able to build and conduct appointments. Online appointments are available, with no contact visits to property also available. The work is outside while you stay safe inside.
Glazer Design & Construction—They are open for business on outside projects. Let them know how they can help you make your dream outdoor living space a reality!!
Aldridge Pite LLP—The real estate closing department here in Sandy Springs, located at 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NW Suite 200, is still open and available to assist you with all of your closing needs. They are set up to conduct closings via video and power of attorney if you are not able to come into the office.
Inside the Industry
NARI Atlanta—The Cutting Edge: Remodeling Education Expo goes virtual. NARI Atlanta will hold the Cutting Edge on Wednesday, May 20th via Zoom Webinar. Though the conference will be virtual and will look quite different than in years past, they are still offering up to 6 CEUs. Registration will reopen soon.
Southface Institute—Southface Institute is here to help your business or organization become more sustainable and resource-efficient. Contact them for green building certifications, building science training, energy audits, sustainability planning and more.
Find Your Zen by Starting a Garden with These Calming Herbs
Gardening is a great way to pass the time and keep up social distancing. You can even plant herbs that have a calming effect in teas and when used for aromatherapy.
Jamie Rosenthal of Roots Down, an urban agriculture initiative in Atlanta, recommends planting these herbs in the garden for their calming effects:
- Lavender is a really calming herb that blooms multiple times a year. The Ruffles Blueberry variety has an amazingly attractive bloom and great foliage.
Tulsi (Holy Basil) has a wonderful sweet smell and is great mixed into your Sun Tea recipes. It is also used for calming nerves and shows up in a lot of medicinal recipes.
Lemon Verbena is a tender perennial herb whose fragrant leaves smell like lemon candy.
Sage comes in many amazing varieties. Pineapple sage is a big favorite. The beautiful red blooms attract hummingbirds and the wonderful pineapple scent is reminiscent of tropical beach vacations.
Order these wonderful plant varieties for delivery or pick-up from home and garden stores such as Ace Hardware and Pike Nurseries, or order local from independent nurseries such as Neighborhood Seed and Feed in Smyrna, or Kelli Green Garden Center in Marietta.
Jamie Rosenthal will happily come out to your garden for a free social distancing-friendly consultation. He will even bring along a sample of plants so you can get a better idea of what your dream garden might look like! To schedule a consultation reach out to him at [email protected]
Candice Keilin Designs—With all the time spent in our homes these days it is important to create a space you love. Candice Keilin Designs is currently offering online design appointments available in several packages to kick off your redesign, including a free 15-minute mini home makeover.
Overhead Door Company of Atlanta™—Completely refresh your curb appeal with a new garage door or have your current garage door serviced with the help of Overhead Door. Zero contact service calls available!
Randall Brothers | PMC – Here to help you with your outdoor living projects, Randall Brothers is still open for customer pickup and delivery of their quality decking and patio materials.
Wellness Within Your Walls—Wellness Within Your Walls’ Healthy Living System provides a holistic, 10-step approach to health and wellness in living environments. As many of us move our workspace into our home, the Healthy Living System serves as a road map to thoughtful and responsible choices to increase the health and wellness of household spaces as they become full-time work, education and play spaces.
Collette McDonald and Associates—The team at Collette McDonald and Associates is raising money to support the Brookhaven community. Using money donated the team is purchasing meals from local restaurants and giving them to Brookhaven firemen and women, paramedics, police, healthcare workers, and other essential workers. Visit the GoFundMe here to donate!