Renovations

In the Heart of Midtown

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As builders, each project comes to us with its unique challenges. The house on Monroe was no exception. We found it in a horrific state - a tree had fallen and split it directly down the middle! Talk about an opportunity to problem solve!

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Level Craft worked with the owner to design and build an incredibly stylish 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath Tudor style home with an open floor plan. High end finishes and detailed architectural elements give it a refreshing uniqueness.

This home has a convenient two-car garage leading inside to a wonderful custom designed mudroom and desk area. The home is flooded with natural light and creative storage solutions.

The back of the home has 2 levels of decks and porches that overlook the Atlanta sky line! And it’s only a short stroll to Piedmont park.

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We’re incredibly pleased with the the simple beauty and functionality of this home.

Call us. We love what we do and are looking forward to discussing your dream home.

Best,

Debbie + Virginia

Some Real Progress

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Watching a home go up is such a joy. Every addition, every detail, the smells, the paint colors and finishing touches - we love it all. 

A couple months ago, on Instagram, we posted a photo of the framing of this house. Go take a look (and please follow us while you're at it)! We sure have come a long way. This spec home is one of two we have available in Scottdale - which is an up-and-coming neighborhood in Atlanta - and it has really taken shape. We're  almost finished. If you want more information just go to our For Sale page and take a look. We'd be happy to give you the tour. Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of some of the timeless materials we're using!

This house is going to make a lovely home for someone. Maybe you! 

Let us know if you want to see it in person.

Best, 

Virginia + Debbie

Deana Kingsbury's 1926 Mediterranean Stunner

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Level Craft is so happy for the recent recognition this historic home and its owner have received by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Level Craft is proud to have completed renovations and is absolutely thrilled with the overall appearance of this exquisite home. This 4,200-square-foot house contains five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. It will be on the Druid Hills Home & Garden 50th Anniversary Tour. You can catch a glimpse of the tour, buy tickets, or volunteer online here: Druid Hills Tour

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

We absolutely love the bold jewel tones and modern, yet playful, pallete of selected furnishings. 

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

Photo by Christopher Oquendo

We could share more wonderful images, but why not go see it for yourself? Congratulations Deana on bringing this beauty back to life. What an amazing home. (We only gave you a peek - the landscaping and backyard are also something to see!) Do not miss out on this gem. Oh, and did we mention that it was designed by Leila Ross Wilburn? There are so many remarkable details to this home. 

Full AJC Article

Maybe we'll run into on the Druid Hills Home & Garden Tour, April 20 – April 22. Hope so!

Get your tickets today!

 

Best,

Virginia + Debbie

5 Things to Consider When Renovating Your Home

You flip through the magazines daily, seem magnetically drawn to paint chips at the hardware store, and are constantly daydreaming of having a more beautiful house. We understand! But what do you do when you're finally ready to take the plunge? We've outlined 5 things to consider when you are really ready to start tearing down walls.

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Budget-

Money is always the issue, isn’t it? Know your budget, then add 15-20% for contingency costs. You never know what potential nightmare is hiding behind your walls or if you’ll absolutely never forgive yourself if you don't upgrade to the higher-end materials. You must have that sputnik chandelier! Overruns, errors in estimations,  account for the majority of budget snags. Having contingency costs built into your budget will allow you to start your project without worrying that you’ll go over. So, do your homework!

Photo compliments of Angela Georges Photography

Photo compliments of Angela Georges Photography

Lifestyle-

The spaces we help you design and build should be indicative of your daily activities and routines. Ask yourself about your family’s habits. Do you love to cook? You'll need more space in the kitchen. Do you love hosting formal parties? Well, we’ll need to take that into consideration when planning your dining room or your foyer. Where do you usually relax after dinner? Do you resign to the sitting room? My family always lingered around the kitchen table while my parents did the dishes. So, I designed my kitchen as a wide open space that accommodated  those after dinner discussions. And my sink is located on the island, so while I do dishes I’m facing the audience and can be a part of the antics! The right contractor takes all of these lifestyle choices into consideration when planning the design and functionality of your home.

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Photos by Angela Georges Photography

Photos by Angela Georges Photography

Natural Light-

We are very keen on the effects of natural light in our custom builds and renovations. There are so many documented health related benefits tied to natural light, not to mention the aesthetic and energy saving appeal. All of the studies have encouraged us to pay attention and to incorporate natural light into our designs when possible. According to an article in Architectural Lighting, scientists at the Lighting Research Center in Troy, NY have reported that “day-lit environments increase productivity and comfort, and provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms.” Who doesn't enjoy an afternoon nap in filtered sunlight? It's invigorating! Mad props for vitamin D.

Photo compliments of Heidi Parlato

Photo compliments of Heidi Parlato

And if you’re a houseplant lover, did you know that north facing windows provide the most consistent levels of light throughout the day? Yes, we think about these things when planning your renovation.

Photo compliments of Judith de Graaff

Photo compliments of Judith de Graaff

Engineering + Functionality-

Do you know the concepts Value Engineering and Efficiency and Green Building? These are not just industry buzzwords, you’ll want to know how they benefit you and save you money on your remodeling project! Value engineering is a method in which we propose designs that cut costs while maximizing the value and functionality of your spaces by giving you more livable square footage. For example, one thing we consider in the planning stage of your renovation is the amount of walkspace in your hallways and vestibules. We pride ourselves in finding creative ways to utilize the wasted space we find around your home. We are also Earth Craft builders so we look for ways of being more efficient and green. We want our homes to be constructed and designed to reduce environmental impacts – Level Craft feels it's our responsibility to do our part! 

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Storage-

It might be the least fun thing to think about when planning your renovation, but we’re up for the challenge. You'll need organized spaces for your cleaning supplies, extra bedding, and all that sporting equipment your significant other keeps buying! Are you a clothes hoarder? Regardless of the situation, we will take care of your needs. There are several innovative ways to create extra storage spaces around your home. Hide the clutter, but keep it handy for when you need it.

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Now that you are feeling confident in your ability to take on the task of planning your renovation, give us a call and we'll share our expertise! We really do care about making your dream come true. Let's get started!

We're waiting to hear from you,

Virginia + Debbie

SPOTLIGHT IN THE DECATUR FOCUS

We love the title of this article in our local neighborhood publication. Thank you Decatur Focus! We are busier than ever and are loving every minute of it. Call us during Women in Construction Week, March 4th- 10th, and let's have a conversation about putting your project in motion. We're ready to get started.

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There are so many great articles to read in the March issue of Decatur Focus -  find out which Saturday is your Neighborhood Cleanup Day, what native plants you should plant in your garden this year, which 5K races to register for, and don't forget Touch a Truck Day.

March is a month full of wonderful events. We'll see you around town!

Best,

Virginia + Debbie

SOME LOVE FROM THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA

Virginia Van Lear and Debbie Hollonbeck are a real inspiration for members of Atlanta Professional Women in Building and in the homebuilding industry throughout the South.

We realize you might want to know how we got our start. So, here it is! Thank you to the Home Builders Association of Georgia for spotlighting Level Craft Construction in their 2017 Sept/October issue of Georgia Builder. We have such a passion for what we do and we simply can't wait to work with you. Spread the word. We're making our mark in Atlanta!

 

Thank you for all your support, 

Virginia + Debbie