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The Best Bathroom Remodelers in Atlanta

Overview

In 2017, over 150 people gathered at the Atlanta History Center to celebrate the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s 25th Annual Contractor of the Year Awards. The event featured 22 awards in specialized categories like residential whole houses, landscapes, kitchens, interiors and exteriors, basements, and bathrooms — the last of which recognizes excellent bathroom remodels around $50k. Bathroom designs are singled out and honored alongside these other categories because they, too, are signature spaces that help complete and define a home.Hundreds of professionals in Atlanta alone are committed to the artistry, resources, and teamwork that go into producing modern bathrooms for a modern clientele. When choosing a building company to remodel a bathroom, there are many factors to consider. What follows is a list of top general contractors excelling in new bathrooms, and bathroom remodel contractors who produce the most high-end and award-winning bathroom remodel projects in metropolitan Atlanta. They were chosen for the number and quality of awards received for bathroom remodels; for the skills, experience, and credentials of their teams and leaders; and for the upscale areas in Atlanta in which they work

Top Remodelers

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Affinity Kitchen & Baths

Featured Professionals:
Elizabeth Ellsworth

Address:
3005 Trotters Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30004

About Affinity Kitchen & Baths

Affinity Kitchen & Baths was chosen for its high-quality bathroom remodels in nice Atlanta neighborhoods, and it appears as #15 only because there are so many companies on this list whose bathrooms have been recognized with multiple awards and honors. Affinity’s leader is Elizabeth Ellsworth, company president, and her team consists of skilled and experienced artisans, fabricators, and installers, who handle everything from custom kitchen and bath cabinets to countertops, flooring and any other bathroom remodeling ideas suited to the homeowners’ styles and needs.

Affinity’s website features several of its most modern and elegant bathrooms, including wide-set and freestanding bathtubs, sophisticated marble tile, and spa-like showers with metal fixtures. They also include double vanities and decorative bathroom cabinets that generate storage space. Many of them feature decorative light fixtures that draw attention to the bathtub as the centerpiece of the room, and the large, curved, or patterned-glass windows bring in a lot of natural light.

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Oneida Builders

Featured Professionals:
Rocco Sinisgalli

Awards:
GAHBA Professionalism Awards for Residential Remodeling

Address:
4675 N Shallowford Rd Suite 112, Dunwoody, GA 30338

About Oneida Builders

Oneida Builders was chosen for its experienced team and award-winning bathroom remodel projects in upscale Sandy Springs. Founder and owner Rocco Sinisgalli and his team of licensed contractors have more than 25 years of experience in the home remodeling industry. The company belongs to the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA), and Sinisgalli served as the 2000-2001 vice president and president of the Inner Atlanta Chapter, as well as the 2008-2009 chair of The Remodeler’s Council.

The company received a Professionalism Award for Residential Remodeling through the GAHBA in 1993, 2001, and 2008. One of its projects won a Gold OBIE award (named for the obelisk shape of the award) for a bathroom over $25,000 at a Sandy Springs residence. The repeat clients’ goal was to liven up their outdated bathroom with a more glamorous style. Oneida removed white melamine cabinets, the bathtub, and the stained glass window and replaced them with a spa shower reminiscent of a five-star hotel suite, featuring custom-painted and glazed cabinets and marble floors decorated with artistic mosaics. Oneida understands that bathroom remodeling costs can be high, so the company works to produce spaces that suit homeowners’ lifestyles and budgets.

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Intown Renovations Group

Featured Professionals:
Barry Wright

Awards:
OBIE Gold Awards

Address:
1579 Monroe Drive NE, Suite F-901, Atlanta, GA 30324

About Intown Renovations Group

This company has completed projects for 600 clients and counting. Intown Renovations Group has received multiple awards for all kinds of remodeling projects, including three OBIE Gold awards for best bathroom under $25,000 in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

In its 2017 award-winning bathroom remodel, Intown Renovations Group started with a tired-looking space, outdated in both features and function. The company livened up the space with new and bright colors, added rich and interesting textures and materials, and brought in new decorative fixtures, all without modifying the foundational structure of the space. The bathroom was praised for its striking transformation that involved so little structural modification.

The company has been serving Atlanta since 2003 and is operated by founder and President Barry Wright. It specializes in in-town residential properties and works on homes in some of Atlanta’s nicest areas: Virginia Highlands, Morningside, Ansley, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Candler Park, and Inman Park.

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Keiffer Phillips Patricia Brown

Featured Professionals:
Keiffer Phillips
Patricia Brown

Awards:
NARI Awards,
Chrysalis Award

Address:
2451 Cumberland Parkway SE #3409, Atlanta, GA 30339

About Keiffer Phillips Patricia Brown

This company is operated by husband-and-wife team Keiffer Phillips and Patricia Brown. They believe that men and women see things differently, and that it behooves the client to have the wisdom of both — in their case, derived from a combined 45 years of experience in the building industry.

Over the last 20 years of service, this company has built and renovated some of the finest properties in Atlanta, with Brown working to ensure that a wide range of visions are accessible to clients in a sometimes male-dominated industry. Brown attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and played violin and piano with the World Youth Symphony. Her bachelor’s degree is in business administration from Kennesaw State University. Phillips began as a trade carpenter and cabinet maker, eventually becoming president of the Architectural Fixture Corporation in Atlanta.

The company has received NARI awards for house remodels and baths, as well as a Chrysalis award for a basement renovation. Two of the company’s awards through NARI recognize baths, one a residential bath under $250k and the other for a residential bath between $75,000 and $100k.

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Glazer Design and Construction

Featured Professionals:
Randy Glazer

Awards:
Atlanta Home Improvement’s Before and After Awards

Address:
4167 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

About Glazer Design and Construction

Glazer Design and Construction has completed high-end and award-winning bathroom remodel projects in some of Atlanta’s nicest neighborhoods, including Sandy Springs, Inman Park, Druid Hills, Buckhead, and Brookhaven. Owner and President Randy Glazer, who started the company in 1995, has a degree in design and building. He also has experience in construction and flipping houses, and he is state licensed for residential and commercial building.

The company is a Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control, is EarthCraft Home Builder certified, and is a Greater Atlanta Homes and Builders Association member. Glazer contributes to the Atlanta community beyond construction. He has assisted with pro bono work for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and with Sunshine on a Rainy Day. The company has donated to the American Cancer Society, Camp Twin Lakes, the Scleroderma Foundation, the Coralwood Foundation, and the Special Olympics of Georgia.

Glazer Design and Construction has been featured in several print and online articles, including Atlanta Home Improvement’s Before and After contests, where it earned four awards over the years, including a first-place prize and third-place prize in the 2014 Best Bathrooms category. The first involved adding a vanity with plenty of storage, marble countertops and tile, brand-new cabinets, a heated floor, and a multiple-fixture shower with a bench. The second was an expansion in a space above the home’s garage that made room for a brand-new freestanding bathtub, custom-made shelves, and two large vanities.

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Cardinal Construction

Featured Professionals:
Charley Hipple

Awards:
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association OBIE Awards

Address:
3221 Hill Street #112, Duluth, GA 30096

About Cardinal Construction

Chosen for its OBIE awards in multiple categories — including bath remodels — Cardinal Construction offers building services in both commercial and residential properties in metropolitan Atlanta. Cardinal Construction is also a design-build company, working with clients from the initial idea stage to the final occupancy paperwork, or the final touches on a remodel project.

President Charley Hipple started his career in remodeling and roofing in Texas while attending school for architecture and business. He and his wife relocated to Duluth, GA, in 1993 to start his own business, and he has been committed to the building industry in and around the Atlanta area ever since.

Cardinal Construction received 11 Gold and Silver OBIE Awards and honors between 2010 and 2012 for residential remodeling and residential additions. These include an outdoor living area, a home theater, a basement, and a kitchen remodel all valued over $75,000; an exterior over $100k; and a whole house renovation over $500k. In 2012, Cardinal Construction earned two OBIE awards through the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association for excellence in bathroom remodels: a Gold award for a bathroom remodel over $25,000 and a Silver award for a bathroom remodel under $25,000.

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Bires Remodeling

Featured Professionals:
Dean Bires

Awards:
Guildmaster Awards for Excellence in Remodeling and Construction,
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year Award

Address:
5154 Lake Carlton Road S, Loganville, GA 30052

About Bires Remodeling

Owner Dean Bires has been remodeling Atlanta residences since 1990. He started Bires Remodeling in 2004, and this family-run business focuses on kitchen and bath remodeling projects, basement renovations, luxury closets, and turnkey home additions. For 2010, 2011, and 2012, Bires received Guildmaster Awards for excellence in remodeling and construction. The company is a certified remodeler, holds EPA Lead-Safe certification, and is a member of NARI.

Bires says that since kitchens and bathrooms are the two most commonly used rooms in the home, they require specific attention to functionality. One of the company’s kitchen projects was featured on the cover of Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, a special interest publication of Better Homes and Gardens. Additionally, one of its bath projects received a 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year award. With Kelly Carlisle as the designer, the bathroom is striking for its floor pattern — a geometric display of marble and porcelain layers from Renaissance Tile and Bath, and Walker-Zanger. Bires Remodeling also remodeled the closet, the master bedroom, and three secondary baths, all of which contain the same intricate geometric tile pattern.

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Hammersmith

Featured Professionals:
Warner McConaughey

Awards:
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year

Address:
807 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030

About Hammersmith

Hammersmith is a general contractor providing design-build services in new custom homes, kitchen and bath renovations and remodels, green building, and universal design. Perhaps best known for its work on kitchen and bath remodels in Atlanta, Hammersmith has been chosen as a prominent tour feature for 17 years straight by the Junior League Tour of Kitchens, and the company’s kitchens and baths have been recognized through more than 150 awards and publications.

Hammersmith’s baths tend to be modern and elegant, often featuring rich hues and materials and stylish tile patterns. One bathroom, chosen as an Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year in 2017, belonged to a 1930s Craftsman bungalow residence. The project was a challenge in making the most out of a small space. The result was an elegant space with minimalist elements: smooth white marble tile on both the floor and wall that curls into a rounded ceiling above a large white tub with a wide and curved circumference. The tub is decorated with metal faucets that create an industrial vibe.

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Atlanta Design & Build

Featured Professionals:
H. Dale Contant

Address:
1631 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066

About Atlanta Design & Build

Atlanta Design & Build is a full-service design/build firm that has provided the northern suburbs of Atlanta with quality remodeling services since 1996. Dale Contant, president and principal owner, has over 40 years of experience in construction, design, and technology. He has served in leadership roles with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) at the local and national levels.

The staff’s credentials include certifications through NARI as Master Certified Remodeler, Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, Universal Design Certified Professional, and Certified Lead Carpenter. The company’s proprietary HomeStyle® System ensures their client-centered approach for each project of listening to client needs and desires and transforming each space to fulfill them. Their works are being recognized through several awards, including NARI Contractor of the Year Awards.

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Mosaic Design Build

Featured Professionals:
Rich Goldstein

Awards:
QR Master Design Silver Award,
Chrysalis Regional Award,
NARI Contractor of the Yeay Award

Address:
2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30341

About Mosaic Design Build

Mosaic was chosen because it has received over 30 awards, honors, and recognitions for Atlanta-based renovation and remodels, with several of its awards for bathrooms: a 2016 QR Master Design Silver award for a bathroom $50,000 to $75,000, a 2015 Chrysalis regional award for a bathroom, and a 2015 Contractor of the Year Award for a bathroom. Mosaic is a design-build contractor, so its team discusses all of their bathroom ideas with clients, and then handles the design and build process all the way to completion.

With 30 years of experience in Atlanta’s building industry, Mosaic is staffed by a NARI-certified remodeler and a NARI-certified green professional. The company is a Georgia-licensed contractor, a NARI-certified universal design specialist, and a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) master certified kitchen and bath designer. Mosaic is also certified for renovation and new homes by EarthCraft, certified through Energy Star Builder, and is an EPA Lead-Safe certified firm.

Rich Goldstein, owner, is a registered architect and green certified remodeler. Mosaic serves a number of locations throughout Georgia, including prestigious neighborhoods in metropolitan Atlanta like Ansley Park, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chastain Park, and Druid Hills.

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Raymac

Featured Professionals:
David McDonald
Ramon Frangi

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards

Address:
4185 Etcetera Lane, Cumming, GA 30041

About Raymac

Raymac is operated by Co-owner David McDonald, a NARI-certified remodeler originally from Australia, and Co-owner and Lead Carpenter Ramon Frangi, an Atlanta native. Frangi learned about the building industry by working for his father during breaks from school. His interest continued through and after high school, and in 1998, he started Raymac with David McDonald, a longtime friend and associate.

The company has earned a number of industry awards through NARI, including two Contractor of the Year awards in 2013, one in 2012, and two in 2011. The awards were for kitchens, baths, residential interiors, and home theater and media rooms.

One of the company’s bath remodels in Cobb County transformed an ordinary, outdated bathroom into an expression of modern elegance. The end result features a spa-like shower with sophisticated, gray-patterned tile and a home sauna. The room is decorated with modern lighting fixtures over two large sets of sinks with their own cabinets for additional storage. A color palette of stone-gray and pale lavender sets the mood for tranquility.

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Small Carpenters at Large

Featured Professionals:
Danny Feig-Sandoval
Amanda Johnson

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
Chrysalis Awards,
Best of the South Design Award,
QR Master Design Awards,
Remodeling Design Award

Address:
884 Lake Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

About Small Carpenters at Large

Atlanta-based design/build firm Small Carpenters at Large has remodeled high-end bathrooms in upscale Ansley Park, Oakhurst, Grant Park, Avondale Estates, and Virginia Highlands. Its bathroom remodels in Morningside-Lenox, Medlock, Druid Hills, Inman Park, and Lake Claire all received awards in excellence. Between 2003 and 2016, Small Carpenters at Large earned six Contractor of the Year awards, two Chrysalis awards, a Best of the South Design award, two QR Master Design awards, and a Remodeling Design award, all for baths and bath remodels from $30,00 to $75,000.

Its remodel in Morningside-Lenox started with an undersized and outdated bathroom with only one sink and a modified tub/shower. Small Carpenters at Large turned it into a luxurious walk-in closet, and then transformed one of the house’s bedrooms into a new bathroom with tons of natural light, double vanities, a frameless glass shower, quartz countertops, and gray cabinets matching the porcelain tile. A large tub became the room’s centerpiece.

The company’s work has been mentioned in 61 print and online articles. The team is affiliated with NARI, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Southface Energy Institute, GA Solar Energy Association, and NKBA. They are also EarthCraft certified and Level 1A certified through the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

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CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

Featured Professionals:
Steen Clausen

Awards:
QR Master Design Gold Award,
Chrysalis Awards,
Atlanta Home Improvement Awards

Address:
6527 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, GA 30071

About CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

Since the company started in 1992, CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio has earned numerous awards for its work on residential interiors, basements, kitchens, and baths, with its bath remodels earning increased attention and praise. CSI Kitchen & Baths has earned a Qualified Remodeler Master Design Gold Award for Best Bath $30,000 to $50,000, three Chrysalis Awards for a Best Bath Remodel under $40,000 in 2008, a Best Bath Remodel between $40,000 and $60,000 in 2008, and a Best Bath Remodel under $40,000 in 2005. Its work has been featured in 16 publications, including Atlanta Home Improvement’s 2012 “Best of the Best,” “Makeover of the Month,” and the 2011 “Cabinets and Countertops.”

The company’s founder, Steen Clausen, brings 30 years of experience in the building industry. A licensed contractor in the state of Georgia, CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio offers both design and remodeling services and represents the cabinet lines of Jay Rambo Company, Leicht, Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry, and Schrock. The company is affiliated with NARI, NKBA, and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

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Canonbury Homes, Inc.

Featured Professionals:
Neil Johnson

Awards:
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year

Address:
PO Box 81344, Atlanta, GA 30366

About Canonbury Homes, Inc.

Canonbury Homes has received fewer awards than other bathroom remodeling companies on this list; however, it was selected as #1 for its qualified staff and elegant residential remodel projects. Its 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year is arguably the most chic and artistic bathroom remodel project on this list.

The company, started in 2005, works in prestigious Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Sandy Springs. Its work has been celebrated in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Buckhaven Lifestyle, and Modern Home Builder. Owner and President Neil Johnson has several years of experience in the building industry, with specialties in woodworking, cabinetry, and furniture restoration.

Canonbury Homes built the 2017 Bath of the Year with the coordinated effort of distinguished architect Scott West of West Architecture Studio, and designer Willem Stear of Tonic Design Studio. The room — a “Zen sanctuary” designed to marry the experience of bathing indoors with being out in nature — is reminiscent of a retreat or art exhibit. It combines glass, stone, marble, and wood for a serene ambiance, and an intricate blown-glass chandelier adds a splash of elegance. The custom-designed walnut vanity and shower are framed with marble. A striking, 11-foot glass wall opens the majority of the room to views of an outdoor, Zen-style moss garden, which is contained by a beautiful Cherokee stone wall.

The Best Kitchen Remodelers in Atlanta

Overview

The kitchen, said to be the heart of the home, has evolved over the years from a place of food preparation to a place of stylish self-expression. Last year, Americans spent around $67B on kitchen products alone, and several TV shows focus solely on kitchen remodeling ideas and projects.

Atlanta is a home to bustling commerce and modern trends, historic and new architecture, and Southern cuisine and hospitality. It’s no surprise that dozens of Georgia contractors are honored each year for their creative and impressive work remodeling kitchens in the metropolitan Atlanta area. This is a list of some of the most recognized building companies that work on single-family residential kitchen remodeling projects in and around Atlanta. They were chosen for the awards their kitchen remodels and renovations have received through prestigious organizations, for the high-quality work they do in upscale Atlanta areas, and for the experience, affiliations, and credentials of their teams.

Top Kitchen Remodelers

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Silver Oak Remodel

Featured Professionals:

Address:
3605 Presidential Parkway, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30340

About Silver Oak Remodel

Chosen for its high number of kitchen projects in popular neighborhoods, Silver Oak Remodel has worked on home remodel projects in Buckhead, Brookhaven, Druid Hills, Chastain Park, Johns Creek, Avondale Estates, and Sandy Springs, among other locations.

The company describes a new kitchen as “one of the most exciting and dramatic renovations” in the entire household. Kitchens, the center of most family and recreational gatherings, should be beautiful and functional, a source of convenience and also of pride. Each remodel project comes to life under the supervision of a project developer, designer, project manager, account manager, and customer service representative, plus an assigned superintendent who oversees large projects.

Silver Oak establishes the optimal team for each remodel project during a pre-construction meeting, after the company has an understanding of the homeowner’s unique preferences. The company asks the homeowners if they plan to stay in the house long-term, if they are a single-cook household, and if those preparing meals need easy access to other rooms in the house, perhaps to supervise children while cooking, and so on. The company aims to design kitchens not just for today, but rather for what each homeowner’s future requires.

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Platinum Kitchens and Design

Featured Professionals:
Mike and Leslie Karp

Address:
5965 Shiloh Road E, Suite D, Alpharetta, GA 30005

About Platinum Kitchens and Design

According to Platinum Kitchens & Design, the kitchen is the new family room. The company is owned and operated by husband-and-wife pair Mike and Leslie Karp, who bring to the industry 16 years’ worth of experience in kitchens in the Atlanta area. Leslie, CFO, says: “So many people prefer to stay in these days and want to transform their homes into an inviting retreat to share with family and friends.”

Michael, an Atlanta native and musician, started Platinum Kitchens in 2006. Leslie’s interest in design began when she observed her father’s architectural work and poured through her mother’s art history book collection. She studied furnishings and interiors at the University of Georgia and studied abroad in London, England.

One of the company’s notable renovations was for a family who needed home improvement while also saving on kitchen remodeling costs. As part of a contest for a $20,000 kitchen makeover through news/talk WSB radio, Platinum Kitchens provided kitchen renovation services to contest winner Mishael Porembski. Porembski is the founder of Team Hot Widows, which promotes exercise and activity as a coping method for the loss of loved ones. Platinum Kitchens brought her home kitchen up to date, added wood fixtures and kitchen storage space, and freshened it up with a warm color palette and glass doors to let in natural light.

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Raymac Remodeling

Featured Professionals:
David McDonald
Ramon Frangi

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Award

Address:
4185 Etcetera Lane, Cumming, GA 30041

About Raymac Remodeling

Raymac Remodeling is best known for its work on bath remodel projects, but it is singled out here for its award-winning kitchen, which received a 2011 National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Contractor of the Year Award for a residential kitchen under $40k. The company has also earned Contractor of the Year awards through NARI for a residential interior $100k and over, two residential interiors $100k and under, a home theater and media room under $150k, and several high-end bath remodels.

The company, established in 1998, is run by friends and co-owners David McDonald and Ramon Frangi. McDonald is a NARI-Certified Remodeler, originally from Australia, whose upbringing gave him experience in construction as well as business. Frangi, an Atlanta native, developed an interest in remodeling during childhood, when he worked alongside his father during school breaks. As Raymac’s lead carpenter, he supervises job sites in person, manages on-site staff, and communicates with clients.

In addition to its NARI award-winning kitchen, Raymac has worked on kitchen remodels in and around Atlanta, including Marietta, Dawson, Roswell, Buford, Suwanee, and Sandy Springs.

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Construction Ahead

Featured Professionals:
Austin Foster
Rachel Foster
Clay Gienger
Sarah Jordan

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
GuildMaster Awards,
NARI Jerry McDaniel Award for Educational Excellence

Address:
3976 Spalding Drive, Atlanta, GA 30350

About Construction Ahead

Construction Ahead operates in upscale Atlanta neighborhoods. The company has received multiple NARI Contractor of the Year awards for best kitchens: one an honorable mention and the other for a residential kitchen over $100k. For nine years straight, the company was rated GuildMaster with Distinction or Highest Distinction. Between 2006 and 2010, NARI singled it out for outstanding service as a director and through the Jerry McDaniel award for Educational Excellence. Remodeling Magazine listed it in their Big 50 for teamwork.

The company’s team has a combined 30 years in the building industry. It is led by founder Austin Foster, who graduated from the University of Georgia with a landscape architecture degree. He is joined by his mother, Rachel Foster, who brings with her eight years of professional experience working for Coca-Cola and several years of experience working for an international consulting firm. Clay Gienger, born in Atlanta, studied industrial design at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture and brings 10 years of experience working in architecture and IT. The final team member is Sarah Jordan, who studied interior design at Ball State University and worked for Ethan Allen as a design consultant before becoming the design manager for Construction Ahead.
The company has worked as a kitchen remodeler in Dunwoody, Oakhurst, and Duluth, as well as in prestigious Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, and Brookhaven.

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The Counterpoint Group

Featured Professionals:
Marc Tyson
John Gum

Address:
119 Smokehill Lane, Woodstock, GA 30188

About The Counterpoint Group

The Counterpoint Group has received awards for kitchen remodels, but it is also singled out for its seasoned staff. Created in 1999, The Counterpoint Group is an Atlanta general contractor that began specializing in kitchens and baths in 2004.

Owner Marc Tyson has 33 years of construction industry experience, 15 in commercial work and the other 15 in residential. He studied electrical engineering at Southern Technical Institute. John Gum, current member of The Counterpoint Group, was the operator of KitchenWorks for 18 years. Gum joined The Counterpoint Group in 2013 and brings with him many years of experience in both design and business, not to mention a degree from George Washington University.

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Kitchen & Bath Concepts

Featured Professionals:
Jim Meloy

Address:
11444 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, GA 30076

About Kitchen & Bath Concepts

Kitchen & Bath Concepts has been offering home remodel services in the state of Georgia since 1986, with a focus on bathroom and kitchen remodels. The company works in Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, Cumming, Milton, Johns Creek, and East Cobb.

Kitchen & Bath Concepts has completed hundreds of remodel projects and received dozens of awards through the NKBA, as well as from the Calla Awards, Subzero Wolf, Chrysalis Awards, Dupont Corian, Corsi Cabinets, Holiday Kitchens, and SEN Design. The company has also been recognized in Signature Kitchen and Bath Magazine, Country Home Magazine, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Women’s Day Kitchens and Baths, and many more. Kitchen and Bath Concepts has participated in the Atlanta League’s Tour of Kitchens and the Atlanta Decorators’ Showhouse, and provided the kitchen for the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve.

In 2008, the company won the grand prize for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles’ Kitchen of the Year contest. Jim Meloy, former president of the Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee Chapters of NKBA, transformed the 120-square-foot kitchen into a breakfast area and bar, and added a home office with an audio-visual system. The dining room was turned into the new kitchen, with easy access to the pool and backyard. The homeowners sought an “old Hollywood” ambiance, achieved through stainless steel, dramatic lighting fixtures, and striking shades of red and black.

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Atlanta Building Co

Featured Professionals:
John Southwell

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards

Address:
P.O. Box 948, Grayson, GA 30017

About Atlanta Building Co

Atlanta Building Co is run by John Southwell, a native Georgian and Atlanta resident since 1973. With 35 years of experience in residential and commercial building and home remodeling, his work is estimated in total at over $500M in construction projects. He has held leadership positions with several construction agencies and is a licensed residential and general contractor in the state of Georgia and a licensed real estate broker in the state of Georgia. He is also a certified EPA remodeler and is certified by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
Southwell holds credentials as a Master Certified Remodeler and a Universal Design Certified Professional from NARI, along with a Certified Professional Home Builder designation from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. The company operates in affluent counties like Jackson, Barrow, DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb, and its work has received multiple Contractor of the Year awards through NARI, including a 2010 award for a residential kitchen under $40k and a residential kitchen between $40k-$80k.

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Harbour Towne

Featured Professionals:

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
Chrysalis award for Best Kitchen

Address:
Sandy Springs, GA

About Harbour Towne

Harbour Towne Construction serves clients throughout upscale metropolitan Atlanta, including areas like Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Roswell, East Cobb, and Alpharetta. Since its beginnings in 1979, the company has won several building industry awards, including five Contractor of the Year awards from NARI, one for the Southeast Region, and a Chrysalis award for Best Kitchen. The company has been featured nine times in publications, from Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle to Better Homes and Gardens and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles.

Harbour Towne Construction was affiliated with the Planning Commission of the City of Dunwoody, where Dwyer served as a member; the Community Council for the City of Dunwoody, where Dwyer served as a chairperson; and the Code Enforcement Task Force. Dwyer attended the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University and is a former president of Atlanta’s Chapter of NARI. He currently serves on its board of directors, and he holds EPA lead-based paint and Earthcraft House certifications.

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Kitchen Connections

Featured Professionals:
Jill D. Weber

Awards:
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Award for Kitchen of the Year,
Decora Best Kitchen Design National and Regional Awards
Atlanta Home Builders Association Gold Awards
NARI Contractor of the Year Award in the Southern Region

Address:
Alpharetta, GA 30022

About Kitchen Connections

While Kitchen Connections provides award-winning home remodeling, design, kitchen and bath cabinetry services, it focuses on kitchen remodels in Atlanta. It was chosen for its award-winning and distinguished owner, Jill D. Weber, who has over 20 years of experience in the building industry and personally oversees each project herself.

Weber founded the company in 2002 and has since received several awards in both kitchen and bath categories. Among them are the 2005 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Award for Kitchen of the Year; the 2004 National and Regional Awards from Decora Best Kitchen Design; the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Atlanta Home Builders Association Gold Awards for two kitchens and a bath remodel; and the 2005 NARI Contractor of the Year Award in the Southern Region for a kitchen between $60k-$100k. A home she worked on in Duluth received an international award through Trends Magazine as one of the Top 50 American Kitchens.

Weber is a licensed residential contractor in the state of Georgia and a NARI-certified remodeler. In 2006, she was president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, and she is a founding member of the Westye Independent Designer Group, which educates and supports independent designers in metropolitan Atlanta. She frequents the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase on an annual basis to keep up with the latest building trends.

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Atlanta Design & Build

Featured Professionals:
H. Dale Contant

Awards:
Atlanta Service Excellence Award,
Remodelers Doing Great Stuff Award

Address:
1631 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066

About Atlanta Design & Build

Atlanta Design & Build has received numerous awards, honors, and recognitions for its work on home remodels and additions in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Of the company’s design-build services, its kitchen projects are some of the most praised. Between 2007 and 2017, the company received fifteen Contractor of the Year awards through NARI. They have received Atlanta’s Top Residential Remodeling Contractors recognition annually 2006 to 2017 by Atlanta Business Chronicle and 2018 Best of Houzz in the Customer Service category.

In Marietta, a recent Contractor of the Year award-winning kitchen required installing a 10-foot and an 18-foot steel beams to remove load-bearing walls from the 1990s-style floor plan to create the now open design. The kitchen added custom cabinetry with several separate cabinet work centers, a walk-in pantry with a stylish, easy-access barn door and incorporated a fully-functional island with a 9’ 3” x 5’ one-piece solid slab of Colonial Gold granite as the room’s new focal point.

Atlanta Design & Build is a full-service design/build firm that has provided the northern suburbs of Atlanta with quality remodeling services since 1996. Dale Contant, president and principal owner, has over 40 years of experience in construction, design, and technology. He has served in leadership roles with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) at the local and national levels. He is a recognized Wellborn Professional Contractor, and an NKBA member.

The staff’s professional credentials include certifications through NARI as Master Certified Remodeler, Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, Universal Design Certified Professional, and Certified Lead Carpenter. The company’s proprietary HomeStyle® System ensures their client-centered approach for each project of listening to client needs and desires and transforming each space to fulfill them.

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Renewal Design + Build

Featured Professionals:
Peter and David Michelson

Awards:
OBIE Awards,
Chrysalis Awards,
Professional Remodeler Magazine Best of the Best Design Award

Address:
124 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

About Renewal Design + Build

Renewal Design + Build is a general contractor in Atlanta specializing in custom design-build projects. It is known for its award-winning home remodels on baths and kitchens. The company, started in 2001 by brothers Peter and David Michelson, operates in a number of trendy, prestigious, and historic neighborhoods in metropolitan Atlanta, like Candler Park, Decatur, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Druid Hills.

Renewal has won three Contractor of the Year awards for kitchen projects through NARI, two OBIE awards (named after the obelisk shape of the award) for remodeling a kitchen at $50k and over, six Chrysalis awards for kitchen remodels, and a 2009 Best of the Best Design Award for a kitchen through Professional Remodeler Magazine. Renewal has also received seven recognitions for its work in historic preservation through the City of Decatur’s historic preservation commission, and for its environmentally conscious building methods. In 2005, the company earned Earthcraft’s Renovator of the Year award. The Atlanta Business Chronicle rated it third-place Residential Remodeler in 2017.

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Hammersmith

Featured Professionals:
Warner McConaughey

Awards:
Sub-Zero and Wolf National Kitchen Award

Address:
807 Church Street, Decatur, GA 3003

About Hammersmith

HammerSmith is mainly known for its prized Atlanta kitchens. The company was founded by Warner McConaughey, a Stanford graduate whose work has been acknowledged by Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle — which rated the company as the 9th Residential Remodeling Contractor. The company’s kitchens have been featured for 17 years straight on a Junior League Tour of Kitchens and recognized in 150 publications, articles, and awards.

One of its kitchen renovations—in McConaughey’s own residence— earned the 2006/2007 first place prize National Kitchen Award through Sub-Zero and Wolf. The kitchen, part of a 1928 residence located in historic Druid Hills, was chosen from among 1,650 other kitchens. Largely energy-efficient and primarily industrial in style, it features oak wood floors, cherry kitchen cabinets, Italian soapstone counters, a walk-in pantry, a kitchen island, and a wine bar and wine refrigerator.

Another kitchen received the 2015 Kitchen of the Year Awards, featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. This Druid Hills renovation involved carefully dismantling a historic property in order to bring it back to life, while simultaneously respecting its 100-year legacy. The project required gutting the former kitchen and removing the adjoining walls to double the room’s square footage. His team inserted decorative beams on the ceilings to keep a feeling of the past. The beams, the most intricate details in the kitchen, define the room.

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Small Carpenters at Large

Featured Professionals:
Danny Feig-Sandoval
Amanda Johnson

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
Chrysalis Awards,
Best of the South Design Award,
QR Master Design Awards,
Remodeling Design Award

Address:
884 Lake Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

About Small Carpenters at Large

Small Carpenters at Large is an Atlanta design/build firm that works in upscale neighborhoods like Virginia Highlands and Buckhead. Danny Feig-Sandoval, state licensed contractor, certified remodeler (NARI) and Earthcraft Builder, started the company in 1980. He got into building with a degree in urban studies from Georgia State University, and much of his artistic inspiration comes from a journey he took through Europe and the Middle East before beginning an apprenticeship as a carpenter. Lead Architectural Designer Amanda Johnson joined the company in 2001 with a degree in architecture from Clemson University.

Multiple times, Atlanta’s chapter of NARI has named Small Carpenters at Large the Contractor of the Year for its work on single-family Atlanta residences in upscale areas like Medlock Park, Lenox Park, and Morningside. The construction company has won over 50 awards since its origin, primarily for home remodeling projects on baths, basements, and kitchens.

In 2016, 2006, and 2005 the company was a NARI Contractor of the Year winner. The company also earned Chrysalis awards in 2008 and 2005. In 2005, they won Best of the South Design Awards and a QR Master Design Award. In 2015, Atlanta Home Improvement named the company the Best Remodeler for Intown Atlanta.

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Mosaic Design Build

Featured Professionals:
Rick Goldstein

Awards:
Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award,
Professional Remodeler Design Silver Award,
Chrysalis Regional Award,
Atlanta Home Improvement Best Before and After Competition Awards
Contractor of the Year Award,
Chrysalis Award
2014 Atlanta Home Improvement Best Before and After Competition – 2nd Place-Kitchen

Address:
2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30341

About Mosaic Design Build

Chosen as first place for the quantity of its awards for high-end kitchen remodels, Mosaic operates with a skilled staff throughout upscale Atlanta areas. Founder Rick Goldstein started out as a carpenter. Today, he is a registered architect with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Mosaic is an award-winning design-build firm with over 30 years of experience serving Atlanta. Mosaic’s team has credentials as a NARI-certified remodeler and universal design specialist, an NKBA master certified kitchen and bath designer, and a certified Energy Star Builder. The company also has an EPA Lead-Safe certification and an EarthCraft certification for new homes and for renovation. Mosaic serves around 60 areas throughout Atlanta, including prestigious Brookhaven, Buckhead, East Cobb, Chastain Park, Midtown, Morningside, and Sandy Springs.

The company has received more than 30 awards for excellence in design, construction, remodeling, and customer service. It received seven awards for kitchens: a 2009 Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award, a 2012 Professional Remodeler Design Silver Award, and a 2012 Chrysalis Regional Award, each for a kitchen remodel over $100k. The team has also earned a 2014 Atlanta Home Improvement Best Before and After Competition 2nd Place Award for a kitchen and a 2011 Award for a 1st Place Kitchen; a 2012 Contractor of the Year Award for a residential kitchen between $80,001-$120k; and a 2009 Chrysalis Award for a kitchen over $100k.

The Best Residential General Contractors in Atlanta

Overview

Atlanta, they say, is the city that rose from the ashes of the Civil War. Now more progressive than many of its more conservative neighbor cities in the American South, Atlanta has grown into a national hub for transportation, technology, education, cuisine, commerce, and art. It is famous for its picturesque, tree-covered landscape, as well as for its striking buildings and homes. Since the 1864 fire that destroyed the majority of the city, Atlanta’s architecture has embodied both the past and present, with architects designing structures to reflect where the city came from and where the field of architecture, as a whole, is going. The following architects excel in a number of project types and have received many awards and recognitions. They were qualified based on their achievements in designing high-end, single-family residential properties. These professionals have taken such care to form connections: between the old and new, the structure and its landscape, the beautiful and functional, the luxurious and environmentally sustainable, and the fusion of European styles with the traditional, deep American South aesthetic.

Top General Contractors

DiG Architects

Address:
1101 Houston Mill Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

About DiG Architects

Focusing on modern residential and commercial architecture, DiG Architects brings with it the sleek, minimalist, and sustainable designs of the industry’s latest architectures. The newly established firm is headquartered at the heart of Georgia and was founded by David Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt—a member of the AIA, NCARB-certified, and a LEED AP BD+C holder—relies on a process banked on research to deliver modern architectural solutions through BIM and 3D remodeling design methods. His experience as a designer and architect can be attributed to his long history of designing award-winning projects and working with the best of the best in the industry: Atlanta’s Perkins+Will, Lord Aeck Sargent, and New York’s KPF and Dattner Architects. The results are multi-awarded designs recognized by SARA and many regional AIA chapters. Industry publications, such as Archello, Green Building & Design magazine, and A&C Architecture magazine, among others, regularly feature the firm’s works.

The Split Box House is Goldschmidt’s most notable work and to say that it’s the most popular is an understatement. The industry’s biggest institutions like the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), for instance, honored the project with its 2019 National Design Award of Excellence and the Architecture Masterprize Honorable Mention recognition. In the same year, AIA Georgia gave the project its prestigious Honor Award and People’s Choice Award. AIA Atlanta awarded it the Residential Merit Award in 2018. Magazines and other publications such as Architizer, Design Equilibrium, American Luxury Magazine, Dwell, and Archdaily, to name a few, featured the project’s impressive architecture, especially when it comes to taking on the challenges of its terrain and at the same time, incorporating sustainability and minimalism into its overall architecture. Another project follows the same pattern of using green solutions and creating a simple, yet functional design. The Box House was designed to provide a modern dwelling in Atlanta’s suburban landscape. The home was designed to minimize the carbon footprint of its future dwellers and at the same time, simplify their lives through a minimalist approach to living.

Norwood Architects

Address:
807 Forrest St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

About Norwood Architects

Originally founded by James Norwood “Woody” Vaughan as Norwood Design Build in 2004, Norwood Architects has evolved to offer comprehensive services in architecture and interior design. The firm employs different delivery methods such as design-build and design-bid-build to produce commercial and residential structures of varying styles, values, and complexities. As a designer that offers customized services, the company emphasizes that unlike other firms that identify themselves with the style of homes that they produce, Norwood Architects allows project owners to define the style and guide the project’s designs according to their lifestyle needs and individual preferences. This is the main idea of the company’s philosophy: “Architecture is as much a matter of serving people as it is a matter of good design.” Following this as its guiding principle, the company has secured its place as a leader in the region’s architectural industry. Aside from its lifelong memberships with the AIA, and the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the firm is NCARB-certified, a professional licensed to practice in 15 states and is a registered interior designer in Georgia. The company has also won multiple annual OBIE Gold Awards.

Commended for its “rugged sophistication” by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution publication, this French-Country home located northwest of Atlanta is one of the firm’s most unforgettable works. The 7,950-square-foot residential design houses five bedrooms, seven full baths, and three half baths. The most intriguing element of the home’s design is its choice of materials: the heart pine was salvaged wood from an old barn with a history that goes back to the Civil War. Given a new life, the wood added more character to the home’s interior, providing a charming exposed beam ceiling to give out a farmhouse-country vibe. From the outside, the residence was designed to appear asymmetrical and irregular, the basic elements of a unique, “rambling” house that features a center core of stacked brick of Tennessee fieldstones. The home’s interesting choice of natural materials like wood and stones represent the homeowner’s rural Kentucky and Georgia origins.

Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

Address:
675 Ponce De Leon Avenue, Suite 4400, Atlanta, GA 30316

About Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

This firm is highlighted for its eccentric style. Established in 1971, Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects was originally committed to small-scale, unconventional projects. After almost five decades in the industry, the firm has grown to offer more comprehensive design solutions in Atlanta’s residential design scene. Today, the firm has an extensive portfolio that features preservation works, restoration, incorporating modern elements to historic buildings, and designing stunning residences across the region. Principals James Choate and Dennis Hertlein have completed several Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects, many of which passed the Gold-level certification. The firm is supported by a team of renowned professionals whose works were recognized through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, including the 2017 Honor Award in Residential Over $1M. Beyond Atlanta, the company’s Casa DeSilva in Nuevo Leon project in Mexico was recognized in recent years by the same organization’s Residential Design Awards during the Atlanta Build Something Great event.

The firm’s Urban Hill House project in Atlanta was designed for urban infill development. Although the home was modestly sized to fit its location, the firm made sure to explore its potential to “feel” spacious. One solution was to design a south-facing living room that opens to a vast backyard, dotted with trees, and blessed with a wide view of the skyline. The home features a modern design but with a nod to nature: the house was built out of cedar, stone, and unpainted stucco, a combination that exudes warmth and relaxation. Expansive windows and hints of exposed steel in the foundation give it its industrial, stylish accent. Another unique work is the Black/White Minimalist home, also built in Atlanta. It was designed to cater to a minimalist lifestyle. Bright, spacious interiors open up straight onto an expanse of forest. The house has four bedrooms with dedicated bathrooms, a spacious and sun-drenched kitchen, a dining room, and family room, as well as a study, garage, swimming pool and children’s rec room. The exterior and interior are structured in abstract, white rectangles to create a striking contrast with its tree-lined surroundings.

Brightwater Homes

Address:
227 Sandy Springs Place NE, Suite 110, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

About Brightwater Homes

Brightwater Homes is one of the homegrown firms that have greatly contributed to the Atlanta community through active local involvement and efficient business practices. Charlie Bostwick, the firm’s founder, has extensive experience in architecture, neighborhood planning, and homebuilding. Bostwick is also the current president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, is a Certified Professional Home Builder, and an experienced Trustee of the Atlanta International School as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. This expertise allowed Bostwick to build a company that can take on a comprehensive design-build operation while providing full architectural design services. While his firm is known for completing a number of high-end residential homes in Atlanta, Bluffton and Charleston, Bostwick is also a local role model. He is a volunteer for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Etowah River Habitat Conservation Plan, and the Georgia Native Plant Society. He also helped write the Cherokee County Conservation Zoning Ordinance. In the past, he served on the board of an Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Affiliate.

Brightwater Homes received the 2016 Residential Design Award of Honor for a single-family traditional design, the Yonson Residence located in Milton. The home was designed to combine the elements of the region’s farmhouse style, with a more modern interior aesthetic. Occupying 4,652 square feet, the house features a traditional front porch with cedar siding. Its layout features a round and spacious interior that generates strong energy flow across its rooms through multi-rowed glass doors that opens into a private courtyard. The most noticeable elements of its interiors include reclaimed beams, concrete plaster, and metal fixtures. These complete the residence’s combined rustic, industrial, and modern styles. Another project built in Peachtree was a custom home designed for a family of four. The architecture features paneled walls and ceilings, hardwood floors with wide planks, a spacious kitchen and cozy, open-air back porch with fireplace and seating.

Ross Piper Architect, Inc.

Address:
1708 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 107, Atlanta, GA 30309

About Ross Piper Architect, Inc.

Ross Piper Architect, Inc. has had a strong and unforgettable impact on Atlanta’s architecture industry. Expertise’s professionals rank listing identified the company as one of the best architects in the city. Principal architect Ross Piper earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University. In the past, he has worked with leading architecture firms, including Kenneth Lynch & Associates, T.S. Adams Studio, and Norman Davenport Askins Architect. The experience allowed him to design luxurious, high-end residential properties. In his past and current practice, Ross has been known for his detail-oriented approach to each project. His designs are commended for staying faithful to the period, style, and historical significance of its projects. The results are architectures that embody the individuality of its owners and redesigns that pay tribute to the historical relevance and style of each home. Some of these projects have been featured in Atlanta’s Home Living and Art and Signature Homes magazines.

A deep renovation project by Ross Piper led to the remarkable transformation of an Atlanta single-family residence into a charming, Cape Cod-style cottage. The project immediately caught the attention of Southern Living magazine. While its initial design was striking on its own, the firm and the client know that the home had huge potential to be more stunning and unforgettable. The firm addressed the home’s imperfections, including a correction of the imbalanced roofline and expansion of its entrance. At the same time, it amplified its original cottage-style elements and produced an architecture that highlights Cape Cod aesthetics. The new design celebrated the house’s charming cottage presence while upgrading its structure and functionality to fit the demands of modern living. Another project, the 60 Lake Forrest Lane in Atlanta, is a 2016 modern farmhouse that sits on a tree-filled oasis in Chastain Park. With an expansive front porch and metal roofing, the house comes with spacious living areas and french doors leading to outdoor seating.

Harrison Design

Address:
3565 Piedmont Road NE, Bldg 1, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30305

About Harrison Design

RecognizedOutstanding for its multi-awarded portfolio, Harrison Design has completed classic and modern luxury residences, townhouses, and commercial properties since its inception in 1991. The firm’s architectures are found in Atlanta but they are also scattered across the US and Asia. Over the years, the team has delivered home designs in Georgia, California, New York, Washington DC, Florida, and China. The company operates through a large crew of motivated and accomplished principals headed by Bill Harrison, AIA, who is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology. His past experiences in traveling and studying in Europe strongly influenced his work to this day. The firm’s team of architects, designers, landscape architects, and interior designers share the same philosophy that has fueled the firm for decades: designing homes is a form of art, and that buildings are investments. They are art forms that endure; they provide spaces where occupants can freely express and enjoy their lifestyles. The products of this concept have long been celebrated in the industry. Some of them were recognized through Georgia’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards and featured in publications, such as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Galerie, Southern Home, Traditional Home, Southern Style, Montecito, Ocean, Home & Design, Architectural Digest, Cabin & Cove, Interiors, Bazaar, Kitchen Trends, Veranda, Seasons, Spring Cottage, Luxe, Period Home, Home Renovation Trends, and many more.

The company’s English Manor Home project in Atlanta is one of its featured works. The structure occupies 8,050 square feet and has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, two limestone fireplaces, a dining area, entertainment rooms, home office, and a two-car garage. The home’s gourmet kitchen was featured in Beautiful Kitchens and Baths Magazine. The outdoor area provides a place for recreation, with amenities that include a fireplace, a separate fire pit and patio, a koi pond, a potting shed, and space for a swimming pool. Another luxury property that the firm designed in the past is a custom home valued at almost $4M when it was built. It has seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, and ceilings as high as eleven feet. It also includes a dining room and living room with a master fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with double islands, a breakfast room, a paneled lounge with a fireplace and wet bar, a rec room with a fireplace, a home theater, and a sauna. The firm also designed a separate guest house with its own kitchen, set of bedrooms and bathrooms, and garage.

Dencity Design

Address:
Piedmont Park at 1440 Dutch Valley Place NE, Suite 785, Atlanta, GA 30324

About Dencity Design

Dencity Design stands out for its ability to create architectures that smoothly blend with their surrounding landscapes. Founded in 2000 by Bryan Russell and Staffan Svenson, Dencity started in Atlanta and expanded to a second office, in order to serve project owners in Berkeley, California. Partners Bryan Russell, R.A., Erica Loesing, and Ali Knox strive to design living spaces that will cater to the functional and stylistic needs of its residents. By combining the emotional and technical aspects of residential design, the firm delivers beautiful and enduring homes. Bryan Russell studied architecture at Mississippi State University and has several years of experience working on commercial properties in California. Passionate about the uniqueness of the Georgian landscape and the challenge of designing residential properties, Russell co-founded Dencity to initially deliver architectural designs to the city’s metropolitan area. Erica Loesing received her Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art & Design and has years of experience completing projects. Loesing’s interest in design started at a young age, and as a student, she was chosen to present her earliest design portfolio to renowned architect, Frank Gehry. Ali Knox, Allied ASID, joined the firm in 2019 to lead its interior design services. A small but accomplished team, the company is listed as one of Atlanta’s Best Architects, according to Builder Direct.

The firm’s Mineral Bluff Residence features unobstructed panoramic mountain views through its transparent glass walls. This design choice allows not just an abundance of daylight but also helps create an open, spacious atmosphere indoors. Other details of the design include custom-tile bathrooms and showers, modern cabinets and fixtures, and a hardwood-lined kitchen, living room, and bedrooms. Another project completed by the company is the Weststrate Residence. It’s a haven that was designed “to float in the trees.” The firm chose a variety of natural elements, allowing seamless integration with its surrounding natural landscape. This three-story, single-family residence that covers 3,732 square feet, appears to rise up from the earth and impose itself against its surrounding greenery.

West Architecture Studio

Address:
659 Auburn Ave, Studio G-5, Atlanta, GA 30312

About West Architecture Studio

West Architecture Studio has been singled out for doing so much with so little; the firm specializes in designing elegant, modern homes that fill small spaces. The principal of this firm is Scott West, an AIA architect who holds LEED Accredited Professional (AP) designation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). He has been a licensed architect in the state of Georgia for over 20 years. A graduate of Georgia Tech and Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he worked with some of the most established architecture firms in Atlanta. He later on founded West Architecture Studio in 1998, and, since then, has made remarkable achievements in both residential and commercial designs, completing projects from The Paul Mitchell School at King Plow Arts Center, the Westside Shops at Howell Mill, to several contemporary and traditional single-family residences valued at up to $4M. The firm also works on mid-century modern renovations, historical and industrial re-concepts, and restrained traditional and farmhouse modern aesthetics. The team seeks out unusual projects that challenge the balance between contemporary and traditional styles.

The firm’s 177 Randolph Street residence was one of its notable designs. The 2,680-square-foot house is a three-level building that houses four beds and four bathrooms. It features a high-end European kitchen, 11-foot ceilings, and large glass doors that open onto a fenced yard. A custom-fit fire pit and a pond occupy its outdoor spaces. On top of the house is a third-floor roof deck that presents a nice view of the city. Another design project located in Atlanta is a 1,860-square-foot, single-family home with three bedrooms, two full baths, and a two-car garage. Made largely of glass walls and hardwood flooring, the home opens up to a garden area with a pond and an outdoor fire pit with seating. It also has a spacious rooftop deck that serves as an observation deck—a perfect place to witness the magnificent city view.

Ross Design, Inc.

Address:
847 Ormewood Terrace SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

About Ross Design, Inc.

Selected for its achievements in designing luxurious homes, this firm is listed on ThreeBestRated as one of the top residential architects in the Atlanta area. The listing considered the firm’s reputation as a designer and architect, its history, client reviews, project value, and its overall excellence as a professional. Specializing in high-end and custom residential houses, the firm also offers additions and renovations. The firm’s projects have been constantly featured in publications like Atlanta Home Improvement, Kitchen Trends, Bathroom Trends, The Living Kitchen, and Atlanta Homes and Style, to name a few. Principal and founder Robert Ross, who formed the company in 1997, was inspired by his passion for designing custom residences and applying innovative renovation techniques. Ross has also developed a special interest in the social and contextual aspects of designing brand-new residences. Since its origin, the company has grown to provide designs for specialty retail spaces as well as historic redevelopment services, property evaluation, and construction management.

The firm’s Ansley Park project in Atlanta was a design for a custom home that will occupy one of the community’s remaining lots. The spacious residence was designed specifically for entertaining visitors, with main-level rooms large enough to comfortably host gatherings for up to three hundred people. The terrace overlooks fully landscaped courtyards. A separate garage area is “bridged” via a sloped lot behind the house, to connect to the second floor. Another custom home project, this time in Greensboro, occupies three lots of Reynold’s Plantation. The large, high-value home features a separate master suite, entire guest wings, an elevator, a home theater, an attached three-car garage, and another detached three-car garage that has a two-bedroom apartment on its second level.

T.S. Adams Studio

Address:
2969 Hardman Court NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

About T.S. Adams Studio

This firm is highlighted for its vision and presence in Atlanta. Tim Adams, the founder of T.S. Adams Studio, has over 20 years of experience in designing homes. He is a member of the AIA, the Historical Preservation Society, and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Since his firm’s inception in 2001, it has grown to provide more complex services and to cater to a bigger demand in the residential sector. Its team has grown as well, to include not only architects but also project managers, and other experts in construction. Committed to high-end residential properties, the firm seeks to create houses of “visionary distinction” without compromising the budget and schedule set by its clients. The firm focuses on congruence: the key to its approach in how it combines the best elements of traditional craftsmanship and design with the convenience and functionality of modern methods. Its projects have been recognized in countless publications and press rankings, including a place in Expertise’s 2017 Best Architects in Atlanta listing.

One of the firm’s renovation projects was featured in Traditional Home. The publication highlighted how the firm redesigned the 1918 residence, originally designed by legendary Georgia architect Neel Reid, and transformed it into a modern masterpiece. T.S. Studio honored the house’s traditional style and elegance while adapting it to meet modern-day needs. The firm tore down a kitchen wall to expand the room, renovated it in a way that freely allows natural light in. It also renovated the family room and used wood for insulation. Salvaged wood was also used for its new flooring. One interesting part of the home was the main ceiling and its charming 1920s-style wood beams. To maintain the integrity of the original design, T.S. Adams Studio kept the glass windows but applied insulation to keep the room usable year-round. The company also put in a new carriage house with wide overhangs, an arbor, and an additional guest suite. Another project is a design service for the founder, Tim Adams’s home. The large and elegant, brick-sided Tudor-style home located in the neighborhood of Buckhead occupies 6,000 square feet features artistic woodwork and dashes of old-world Georgia architecture.

Philip Babb

Address:
2914 Nancy Creek Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

About Philip Babb

Philip Babb is a nationally and internationally acclaimed architect. Aside from establishing a good reputation in Georgia, his achievements span New York City and London where he has designed a number of multi-awarded commercial and residential projects. He has been recognized in countless publications, received several awards, and lectured in a number of academic settings. With a degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Philip also studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before completing further architecture studies at Yale University. He completed several projects in the academic sector, including the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Clifty Creek Elementary School in Columbus, Indiana. In 1981, he became the associate-in-charge of the award-winning High Museum of Art in Atlanta. In New York, he completed several renovation projects in high-end neighborhoods. He managed the design of the Eisenman Architects’ competition-winning Columbus Convention Center in Ohio, designed an office building in Edinburgh’s historic New Town, and led the development of performance spaces for Emory University’s Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta. He also led a team to redevelop Port Authority’s World Trade Center plaza. In 2004, Philip Babb relocated his practice to his home state of Georgia, where he works primarily on high-end residential properties.

Philip Babb’s Serenbe House in Palmetto, GA is a luxurious lakeside residence specifically designed to honor its community’s spirit of preservation. Locals to the area, 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta, are passionate about active, outdoor lifestyles, nature appreciation, and sustainable building initiatives. The house comes with two-sided porches within reach of the street, a two-story courtyard with its own private living space, guest bedrooms, a media room, an exercise room, and an office. The living room, dining room, and master suite open straight onto the courtyard, and the second story of the house features its own wraparound porch with outdoor seating and an entry bridge. An additional screen pavilion sits atop the garage roof for further outdoor recreation and seating. Another notable work is the Nancy Creek project. It includes a pool and guest house that complements a 1958 modern house in one of Atlanta’s most picturesque, tree-lined neighborhoods. In place of a long-time neglected tennis court, Philip Babb designed a large swimming pool, a stone terrace, a landscaped courtyard, and a pool house with its own living area, kitchen, bathroom, and guest room. Each component was designed in alignment with the sun’s rotation to enable day-long sunlight in the pool area, while also achieving a sense of privacy within the trees. Sliding and glazed glass doors to the pool house’s guest room give way to an open-air pavilion designed with a fresh and modern aesthetic.

William T. Baker & Associates

Address:
3475 Oak Valley Road NE Suite 20 Atlanta, GA 30326

About William T. Baker & Associates

Chosen for his impact on the architecture world, and in particular, for his spectacular creations within Atlanta, William T. Baker is the founder and principal of William T. Baker & Associates. The firm is an acclaimed residential architecture company with accomplishments recognized nationwide. The firm’s projects have received international attention for their high-end designs, through the prestigious Arthur Ross Award for Architecture in New York City, the Urban Design Commission Award for Excellence in Atlanta, and the Philip Trammell Shutze Award for Architecture by the SE Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) in 2013. William T. Baker also published a book that represents his design philosophy, New Classicists. The work became an international bestseller that was later on translated to Mandarin. Baker is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture, the American Institute of Building Designers, and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism. Baker also serves community organizations determined to provide affordable housing initiatives for low-income citizens. He is also a member of several historical societies.

William T. Baker’s homes occupy a special place in the state of Georgia. One of his most remarkable designs is a Neoclassical French Chateau that sits on two acres of landscaped grassland. Occupying 14,000,000 square feet, the estate was inspired by the European craftsman style and was designed to represent William T. Baker’s high attention to detail. The house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four half-bathrooms, and a domed, marble entrance taking up 26 feet. A nod to Versailles, the home’s luxurious living room comes with a marble fireplace, 16-foot ceilings, three separate family rooms, a study, and a library. It also has a terraced garden filled with walkways and a swimming pool. Many of William T. Baker’s homes in the Atlanta area are high-value and fit the luxury home category. His Lotus House residence, which was built around an interior garden with a lotus pond, features an abundance of natural light visible through steel casement doors; a separate meditation room, bar, and recreation rooms that lead to covered, open-air porches with a fireplace; and a rooftop terrace accessible via private elevator or curved staircase. Designed for hosting events, the steel-framed terrace has its own fireplace. The house sits on one of the highest points of the region, which allows for expansive views of nature during daytime and star-gazing at night.

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Sawhorse

Featured Professionals:

Awards:
Professional Remodeler Magazine Best of the Best National Award’,
Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence,
home Remodeling Consumers’ Choice Awards

Address:
690 Miami Circle NE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30324

About Sawhorse

Sawhorse is an Atlanta-based residential contractor highlighted for its years of experience and for its many awards and media recognitions. It focuses on high-end and energy-efficient residential home remodeling and renovation projects in metropolitan Atlanta. With more than 30 years of history serving Atlanta, Sawhorse’s design-build remodeling projects have earned over 100 national and regional awards in categories like the Best of the Best National Award from Professional Remodeler Magazine, Best Residential Universal Design from the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence, and Consumers’ Choice Awards for Home Remodeling. The company has also received NARI’s Contractor of the Year Award in categories like Best Bath and Best Kitchen.

Sawhorse has received honorable mentions for sustainability from Environmental Design Construction Magazine, was awarded the Green Project of the Year Award in Remodeling from the NAHB, and won The Best Sustainable Practice Award from the Sustainable Buildings Industry Circle. This construction company’s work has been featured in countless articles in publications like The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and Atlanta Building News. Sawhorse has worked on properties in prestigious areas, such as Buckhead, Sandy Springs, and Midtown. One of the company’s design-build projects, a 5,000-square-foot modern basement renovation, was for a local NBA star in Sandy Springs.

The Best Interior Designers in Atlanta

Overview

Many residents of Atlanta are seeking houses that are both homey and stylish, modern but infused with Southern hospitality and charm, and suited to busy professionals and growing families. There is a collective respect for the region’s history and cultural traditions, but also for technological advances, the progressive nature of its people and growing corporate climate, and an increasing sensitivity to sustaining the environment. These sentiments, and the tensions between them, often play out in the new styles of Atlanta homes. The following interior design firms were chosen for their creative and high-end work in Atlanta residences, their recognition and prestige, and their mission-driven and client-centered approaches to design.

Top Designers

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Nandina Home & Design

Designers:
Susan Victor
Sue Shannon
John Ishmael
Michelle Merritt
Jessie La Falce

Address:
6170 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

About Nandina Home & Design

Co-owner, interior designer and Director of Marketing Susan Victor says that “great interiors are defined as much by emotions as they are by beauty.” Nandina Home & Design works with decors that include traditional, transitional, eclectic, and contemporary. Victor is joined by co-owners/designers Sue Shannon and John Ishmael, as well as Lead Designers Michelle Merritt and Jessie La Falce. The team’s Atlanta office, which opened in 2010, is run by John Ishmael, bringing to the firm more than two decades of combined interior design experience. Nandina Home & Design has been featured as Best South Carolina Interior Designs by KeyInteriorDesigners.com, and the Atlanta branch of the firm has been called one of the top Atlanta Interior Designers.

Featured Projects

Nandina designed the interior of an Atlanta home in 2015 with an estimated project cost of $500k. The home, which is classical in style, features white built-in shelving; a traditional wooden dining table; upholstered chairs decorated with cursive, French words; gray-and-white paneled walls; sofa and chair sets with sophisticated patterns; artistic light fixtures; a cozy, stone fireplace; a granite kitchen counter below pendant lights; a powder room; and a master bathroom featuring his-and-her sinks. Another residence in Atlanta designed by Nandina in 2012 cost an estimated $500k and utilized 5,600 square feet of interior space. The clients sought a brighter atmosphere with a better sense of connectivity. Their house, which was transformed into an open-concept, family-friendly residence, now contains soft, beige walls, a stone hearth fireplace, arched walkways over hardwood floors, a series of brightly colored pillows to spark joy and excitement, detailed area rugs and patterned curtains, large windows letting in natural light, a home library containing several wooden bookcases, a round dining table to emphasize togetherness, a chic modern granite kitchen counter, bar stools with splashes of daffodil yellow, and outdoor furniture made of wicker.

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Jeffrey Bruce Baker

Designers:
Jeffrey Bake

Address:
1145 Zonolite Road NE, Suite 2, Atlanta, GA 30306

About Jeffrey Bruce Baker

Jeffrey Bruce Baker is a full-service architecture, interior design, and design-build firm located in Atlanta. Known for its modern designs, the firm was founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Baker. Since then, its designs have popped up in Metropolitan Atlanta, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, and Mexico. Jeffrey Bruce Baker is NCARB certified and works on projects ranging from luxury residential to restaurant, small business, and hospitality. He is the chief client experience Advocate, CEO/design director of the firm, as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and he formerly worked for Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart & Stewart, and for Hunter Group Architects. Jeffrey Baker is joined by Chris McKinley, client experience director and vice president/COO, who has more than 20 years of expertise with client experience, marketing, and business management. McKinley formerly did advocacy work to raise hundreds of millions of fundraising dollars for nonprofit organizations, both national and international.

Featured Projects

The firm’s team is licensed for architecture and interior design and also completes design-build projects for clients seeking both a designer and contractor. One project, a hillside residence in Atlanta, had an estimated project cost of $1.5M. The house boasts views of tree-covered hills and a small river that runs behind the property, underneath it and then cuts across the yard. The goal was not to detract from the presence of nature around this house. Instead, the firm created vistas specifically for residents to better appreciate the natural beauty in their immediate surroundings. Although modern in style, the house was designed in such a way that it would blend in with the hillside and features an interior courtyard/swimming pool area with a stone fireplace and outdoor seating. The outdoors and indoors feature modern decorative pieces, light fixtures and wall hangings; a common thread in Jeffrey Bruce Baker designs is warm yet modern interiors.

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Erika Ward Interiors

Designers:
Erika Ward

Address:
1035 Research Center Drive, Suite F, Atlanta, GA 30331

About Erika Ward Interiors

A full-service and Atlanta-based firm, Erika Ward Interiors offers creative and client-focused solutions to design dilemmas. The firm’s approach is founded on “clienteling,” where both clients and Facebook and blog fans are placed front and center. Erika Ward operates on three principles: 1) the firm stands for everything that matters to its clients, 2) luxury doesn’t have to be expensive and 3) the firm keeps it real, i.e., transparency enables strong, long-lasting client-designer relationships. Erika Ward Interiors’ designs have been featured in Atlanta Homes, Better Homes and Gardens, Atlanta Neighborhoods, Refresh Magazine, The Huffington Post, and several others. She has appeared on Fox 5 and was selected as a top design firm by The Atlanta Tribune. She appears on Expertise as one of the top 21 interior designers in Atlanta.

Featured Projects

One of Erika Ward’s projects, in Dunwoody, GA, started with a bland and dim-lit living room, making poor use of the room’s space, and turned it into a warm and cheery Nantucket-style family area. In place of drab furniture, Erika Ward brought in a single, L-shaped Bernhardt sectional sofa, a durable jet-blue rug to arouse the mood of the ocean, and swapped the small wall photos with large works of art by Barclay Butera. The pieces are maritime-themed, and their size helps the room feel larger than it really is. Accessories like knit throw blankets, an ornamental boat oar, and reclaimed wood enforce the maritime pattern. Another design, this one for a residence in Alpharetta, GA, brought a feeling of calm to a bustling neighborhood. Inspired by the urban farming community in Serenbe, the design includes bright green colors, wood furnishings with a weathered look, and several neutral-colored textiles, all conjuring images of nature.

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CG Interiors Group

Designers:
Caryn Grossman

Awards:
Southeastern Design Challenge Museum of Design Atlanta Best Interior Designer in Atlanta,
Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award,
Best of Atlanta Store Design

Address:
537 Rosalyn Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

About CG Interiors Group

cg interiors group was founded 20 years ago on the simple notion that good design is magic; that each space tells a story all its own. Led by principal designer Caryn Grossman and senior associate Chris Buxbaum, cg interiors group prides itself on listening — transforming clients’ dreams and desires into solutions that are elegant, playful, enticing, and extraordinary.

The company provides a full range of interior design services to both the residential and commercial markets, from boutique hospitality to turn-key renovations and expansions. Driven by boundless curiosity, CG Interiors Group is known for its bold use of space, sustainable solutions, and innovative sourcing from around the world.

Based in Atlanta, projects span the country, including Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago. The company has been recognized locally and internationally, including winner of the Southeastern Design Challenge at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the Spark International Design Awards, Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award and numerous Best of Atlanta awards.

Featured Projects

Several of CG Interiors Group’s projects are located in Atlanta, and many occupy modern, high-end places of residence. In addition to newly built structures, the firm also specializes in revitalizing historic buildings. In a 1915 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the firm combined two vacant warehouse units to create one spacious modern loft. The firm went out of its way to honor and preserve the original structure, maintaining the exposed brick and plaster walls, timber columns and beams, and hardwood and concrete flooring. All furniture and fixtures within the space were custom-designed by CG Interiors Group and local artisans, and feature an innovative palette of sustainable materials, original artwork, and bold colorways.

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Habachy Designs

Designers:
Michael Habachy

Awards:
ASID Gold Awards

Address:
434 Marietta Street, Suite 406, Atlanta, GA 30313

About Habachy Designs

Michael Habachy, owner of Habachy Designs, has created luxury interiors for decades. He attributes his success to passion, strong work ethic, and positive relationships with clients. The firm’s designs have appeared in several publications — local, national, and international. One of Habachy’s projects was chosen to appear on the cover of Trends Magazine, and another was featured in the Museum of Design Atlanta. His work has received multiple recognitions and awards through ASID, including gold awards, and one of his designs has appeared on HGTV’s Design Wars. Dawen Huang, the firm’s senior designer, completed designs in New York City for high-end, residential properties, which remain his continued focus today. In the past, he worked on luxury private residences, offices, retail properties, boutiques, and even restaurants. He is NCIDQ certified from the Council for Interior Design Qualification and also a certified professional with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Featured Projects

The firm’s style has been described as atmospheric, luxurious, timeless yet modern, and filled with hints of Southern charm. The firm works on properties both commercial and residential, and has designed chic spas, fashionable restaurants, and glamorous nightclubs. Habachy Designs’ work was featured at the 44th Annual Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorator’s Show House and Gardens. Habachy designed the pool house, a project starting with a great deal of raw space, which enabled the firm to hand-pick and design the majority of the elements in the final product. These included water-jet cut, Chevron-tiled floors, and a custom-designed, built-in bar. To honor the house’s history — a 1920s Philip Schutze design — Habachy Designs worked to create a space that embodied both Miami-style Art Deco and glamorous, Hollywood-chic. The design’s focal piece was a chandelier sculpture made by Apparatus Studio. The piece utilizes mirrors in order to reflect imagery of the outdoors.

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Peace Design

Designers:
William Peace

Awards:
National ASID Project Awards

Address:
349 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, C2, Atlanta, Georgia 30305

About Peace Design

William Peace, founder of Peace Design, has 25 years of experience in the interior design world. Famous for his sophisticated and peaceful interiors, the firm creates detail-oriented designs whose every element — each color, texture, and type of light — is thoughtfully aligned into what becomes the backdrop to a given client’s lifestyle. Pulling inspiration from worldly and natural beauty, like Montana mountains, Parisian cafes, and Rothko’s works of art, the firm creates spaces that express clients’ tastes and make clients’ lives more comfortable. The firm has received several awards, including the National ASID Project award for residential interiors, City of Atlanta Urban Renewal, and Southeastern Designer of the Year. William Peace has been on the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Design in Atlanta and a member of the Advisory Committee for the College of Design at the University of Kentucky, where he studied architecture, interior design and fine arts. The firm’s work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Veranda, Western Interiors, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and more.

Featured Projects

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles featured a project by Peace Design described as artful and elegant. A New York executive and his wife seeking a second home in Atlanta approached Peace Design for a design for their new high-rise condo. The goal was a space that would feel sophisticated, ideal for entertaining and socializing, and also comfortable for family. At the same time, the firm aimed to honor the art collection central to the residence without reducing the space’s overall warmth. Peace Design created windows with wide views that also act as frames for the family’s sculpture collection, and designed rooms modeled after galleries to house all of their paintings and photographs. Splashes of sophistication were placed throughout the home, including bronze, marble, onyx, leather, wood, silk, and mohair. The furnishings merge vintage with modern aesthetic, and all of the artwork was purchased at local, Atlanta galleries. Another talked-about project by Peace Design was for the Make a Room project through the American Craft Council. For this experiment, Atlanta designers were provided with a piece of art to use as inspiration for an original, 10 x 10 foot space. Peace Design chose a ceramic piece by artist Michael Schwegmann and a metal piece by Donna D’Aquino, which inspired a room with a clean and industrial interior design. Peace Design envisioned these works of art housed in a room with minimalist style, warm tones and subtle textures, so that the pieces would be enhanced rather than overshadowed.

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VRA Interiors

Designers:
Vanessa Mitchell
Reem Tomeh

Address:
4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338

About VRA Interiors

Founded by Vanessa Mitchell and Reem Tomeh in Atlanta, VRA Interiors’ team has a combined 10 years of experience in interior design. The firm’s mission is to create places where clients love to live, and the team achieves this through listening to clients’ needs, expectations, and desires, then seeking entirely creative and new ideas to meet them. VRA Interiors sees any given client’s history, experiences, and lifestyle as the greatest resource to inspiration. The firm’s ultimate goal in its residential-focused interior design is to create not only visually appealing houses, but homes where family, friends, and loved ones come together and form memories that last. Key to VRA’s success is making sure each client maintains full ownership over his or her home, while at the same time exceeding all expectations and producing outstanding results. VRA Interiors’ website is full of five-star, detailed testimonials written by members of the Atlanta community, and the firm is listed as one of the 21 Best Atlanta Interior Designers of Expertise.

Featured Projects

In 2016, VRA designed a two-bedroom condo in midtown Atlanta, whose renovation cost an estimated $100k. The new design features fresh paint, new floors, cabinets and countertops, brand-new accessories, and window treatments. The space is modern but clean, with glamorous touches of ash grays, burned orange, brass, navy blue, and rich browns. VRA Interiors also added new tiles and enhanced a decorative pillar with metal tiles to achieve a centerpiece, both artistic and modern. VRA’s 2016 extensive design project on a home in Wieuca Road in Buckhead cost around $100k and features a brand-new kitchen, living room, dining room, and home office. The space is designed to appear friendly but sophisticated, with both warm and cool colors, including passionate reds and bright teals on a primarily soft, gray palette. The kitchen boasts a gray stone subway backsplash as the centerpiece, and walls were broken down to create a more airy feeling to the cooking area. The kitchen also contains new cabinets, counters, furniture, light fixtures, window treatments, and decorative accessories.

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Rooms Revamped Interior Design

Designers:
Robin LaMonte

Address:
134 Dickerson Road NE, Marietta, GA 30067

About Rooms Revamped Interior Design

Rooms Revamped Interior Design is led by Robin LaMonte, known for creating spaces that are beautiful, comfortable, personal, and revealing of each client’s story. Selected for her wide range of high-end projects, which have been featured prominently in Atlanta’s design community, her clients have included young families, professional sports figures, busy single executives, professional couples, and baby boomers. For 15 years, she has designed homes, condos, vacation homes, kitchens, and bathrooms primarily in the Atlanta area, but also in Hilton Head, Florida, New Jersey, and New York. Her work was showcased in the 2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorator’s Showhouse, as well as in the 2012 Mansion in May and the 2013 and 2014 Christmas at Callanwolde. She has appeared on a decorating segment of Good Morning America, and one of her designs appeared in a segment on HGTV. Her work has also been featured in a number of magazines, including Atlanta Homes, Atlanta Home Improvement and Homes & Gardens. She is a member of ASID and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

Featured Projects

Rooms Revamped assessed a decades-old kitchen to determine whether it needed a complete remodeling or could do with simply a facelift or “botox renovation.” To keep costs down, the firm kept the original cabinetry, repainting the wood in bright yellows and greens, and kept the dark-stained, base-level cabinets in order to maintain a level of warmth in the aesthetic. An iron pot rack was removed, and metal fret orange drum shades installed in its place. The kitchen now features large, sunlit windows, bright and bold splashes of color in the brand-new light fixtures and wall decor, a marble backsplash, and new faucets. The focal piece is a dramatic blue hood for the stove, painted to appear with a copper tint. The project cost around $25k. In a higher-end project, Rooms Revamped designed a modern Atlanta loft, whose estimated cost was around $200k. A complete renovation, this project involved a brand-new kitchen, three bathrooms, a retractable exterior awning, and custom outdoor furniture. This chic, brick-walled loft now features modern light fixtures and a more open floor plan; Rooms Revamped removed some of the walls between the bedroom and home office and installed sleek, sliding wall panels in their place.

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Joel Kelly Design

Designers:
Joel Kelly

Awards:
ASID Best in Show Award (Residential),
ASID Gold Awards

Address:
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Suite 12B, Atlanta, GA 30305

About Joel Kelly Design

Joel Kelly Design began with watercolor. His mother an artist, Joel Kelly was inspired by his early childhood experiences of observing beautiful things appear on paper. He learned to see, rather than look — to study the details, the textures, and the sounds. He learned “to inhabit the place in which you are.” Later, this translated into design. Joel Kelly studied at Georgia Tech, Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at Princeton, where he learned about the connection between architecture and story. An academic journey through Roman ruins and Greece helped him see how meaning gets attributed to spaces over time. Joel Kelly Design has earned several awards and recognition, including the Georgia Chapter 2016 ASID Best in Show (Residential) award, the 2016 ASID Gold Award for Interior Design for projects over 3,500 square feet, the 2016 ASID Gold Award for Interior Design for a Townhouse, Condo or Loft, and the 2016 ASID Gold Award for Interior Design for product design. In 2015, he was the Global 2nd Place winner in the Sub-Zero Wolf Kitchen Design Competition within the Transitional Kitchen Category. In 2015, he also won the ASID Georgia Chapter’s Best in Show (Residential) and the ASID Gold Award for Interior Design, all through the Georgia Chapter.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s projects appeared in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles in an “Anything But Ordinary” feature. In collaboration with architect Peter Block, Joel Kelly created a Buckhead residence the magazine described as a “timeworn beauty.” The award-winning space was intended to be a sanctuary, a place suited to pets and children for generations to come. Still, the clients sought an eclectic, rather than ordinary, residence. The result, inspired by historical architecture, was a 7,000-square-foot house divided into unique wings where old meets new: although the house is functional in a modern world, its aesthetic is reminiscent of Old England, with steep roofs, lime-washed brick, and windows with multiple panels. Indoors, the building contains painted wood beams and thickly plastered walls. The library, the “most designed room in the house,” was inspired by an old map of London split into 24 different panels and is stocked with salvaged books. The room is filled with unexpected and quirky decorative pieces, creating a cozy, collector vibe. Intimate without being austere, the interior has a muted color palette with occasional dashes of bright orange.

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Melissa Galt Interiors

Designers:
Melissa Galt

Address:
3475 Oak Valley Rd NE Suite 1740, Atlanta, GA 30326

About Melissa Galt Interiors

Selected for her fame, acclaim, and high-end design projects, Melissa Galt, great-granddaughter of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, has 20 years of experience in Atlanta’s interior design business and community. Galt measures the success of her designs by positive changes taking place within her clients’ personal lives during, or following, her design projects: one client reached her goal weight during the firm’s design of her home, another got engaged just following the design process, and another retired in order to spend more time in the environment newly designed by Melissa Galt Interiors. Galt studied at Cornell and the Southern Institute and has traveled through Africa, Australia, India, and Spain, to name a few. While design may be in her genes, her designs are most inspired through her curiosity about other cultures, countries, and customs. Melissa Galt has also facilitated classes at Oglethorpe University, Emory, and Spruill Arts Center. Her work has been featured in Southern Living, Decorating Spaces, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Living in Atlanta, Atlanta Style & Design, Home Improvement, and more.

“I launched my interior design firm in 1994 when a couple of key design clients urged me to go out on my own. They knew that I felt limited where I was practicing and encouraged me to launch my own interiors practice.” – Melissa Galt

Featured Projects

One of Melissa Galt’s high-end projects was designing the main level of a home for a pediatrician and family, who had an extensive wine collection in East Cobb. A couple years following the initial design, the client returned to the firm for a complete renovation of the basement, as well. The design relied heavily on strong, copper hues, aubergine, and amber, and one of the client’s goals was to have spaces appropriate for entertaining. The new space includes a movie room, a guest room and bath, a family room, a bar area, and a wine tasting room, ideal for socializing. The client called the new design a “place we look forward to escaping to at the end of the day” and says it is such a comfortable space that friends and neighborhoods never want to leave. The estimated project cost was $100k. Another design by the firm, this one a modern luxury project in Johns Creek, was inspired by a unique combination of influences: 1) high-end golf courses, and 2) the client’s pet, a gray-furred and green-eyed housecat. This 90-day renovation involved three stories and culminated in brand-new furniture, HVAC, window treatments, and floor coverings. The kitchen was merged with the dining area to allow a more spacious atmosphere. The firm added a careful balance of wood, stone, glass, metal, and textiles, and the new color palette featured dashes of the feline-inspired gray, silver, and green. A glass wall waterfall was specifically commissioned for the stairwell. The project cost around $300k.

“I’ve always seen one’s home as your external heart and as such it deserves to be handled with the utmost care, creativity, and respect. Design, when done well and right, has a profound positive transformative impact on the lives going on inside it. I’ve had the great fortune to witness clients improve their health, deepen relationships, increase financial fortune, and change their lives all by design.
It’s always an honor and privilege to be invited to work on a client’s home, and in several cases, they’ve hired me to redesign their offices as well. When you change your interiors, you truly change your life. Being able to see beyond where my client is now to where they want to be, enables me to create living and working environments that empower my clients to reach their full potential.” – Melissa Galt

The Best Office Architects in Atlanta

Overview

Metropolitan Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, especially in terms of population and employment. That surprising growth can be attributed to a strong economy, with a performance that usually makes it to the top of national and global rankings. Additionally, the city is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies and international brands. The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T, Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, Hyundai, and Rubbermaid all have offices in Atlanta. The following architecture firms, singled out for their acclaim and accomplishments, as well as for their innovative, mission-driven, and sustainable designs for corporate clients, reflect the city’s adaptability to rapidly changing and evolving workplace demands, especially for a new generation of employees.

Top Architects

Smallwood, Inc.

Architects:
Gil Garrison
John Gerondelis
Charles G. Hull
Michael Murphy

Address:
3495 Piedmont Road NE, Building 10, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30305

About Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart

Smallwood, Inc. is a homegrown firm that has been serving different regions in the US for over three decades. Its Atlanta office is headed by eleven principal architects, many of whom are members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Professionals. The team’s diverse and cross-disciplinary backgrounds enable complex innovations in design that seek to lead the design industry as a whole into the future. As an architectural firm, one of the primary objectives of the company is to seek interesting design challenges that provide opportunities for groundbreaking solutions. This idea guides the company to complete diverse projects in every sector and design discipline. The firm also follows a more holistic approach to design, highlighting how architecture should respond to the needs of its users and how design helps enhance communities. Over the years, the firm has worked on designs in corporate, commercial, hospitality, multifamily, industrial, governmental, and educational settings.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s notable projects in Atlanta is Chick-fil-A’s “office of the future.” The project is a 21,770-square-foot structure located inside a warehouse not far from the restaurant chain’s main campus. The firm transformed the building into a dedicated testing area. The location includes versatile areas where different types of work can be completed. At the same time, the same was designed to inspire teamwork, so that different types of professionals can easily engage. Workstations of all types, meeting the needs of various employees, are positioned alongside smaller, more private stations. Quiet rooms offering further privacy are also available, but the key to the design is the collaborative areas, which encompass 30 percent of the structure’s total square footage. The design also includes video conference spaces featuring cutting-edge technology, and adaptable furniture.

Perkins+Will

Architects:
David Dymecki

Awards:
ULA Atlanta Development of Excellence Awards,
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Merit Awards,
AIA Design Award,
Top 10 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Project

Address:
1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

About Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will began in 1935 and since that time it has grown into an interdisciplinary architecture, design, and research firm. Composed of over 2,000 employees worldwide, scattered across 20 different offices, the firm’s architects, interior designers, urban designers, and landscape architects seek to be leaders in the field, especially when it comes to sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. The firm’s research sector seeks creative technologies and solutions, enabling it to design more evolved environments. The firm receives hundreds of design awards each year and is constantly ranked as one of the world’s top firms in the industry. While Perkins+Will creates versatile designs for all kinds of clients, one of its key concentrations is on creating corporate buildings and office spaces; for this firm, a strong design plan promotes successful businesses and represents an organization’s mission and work culture.

Featured Projects

Perkins+Will has a growing presence in Atlanta. One of its key contributions is the 1315 Peachtree, a structure that houses office spaces for the Atlanta-based Perkins+Will team. This 45,000-square-foot building was certified through the Sustainable Sites Initiatives program and is also a LEED Platinum-certified structure. 1315 Peachtree succeeded by “upcycling” a 1986 office building into a “living laboratory” of sections, including office spaces suited to hold 240 employees, civic gathering spots, and a library. The building features an open-air civic plaza, built on a space that was formerly a parking deck. It features innovative stormwater solutions, including a 10,000-gallon cistern designed to store and reuse rainwater. It also made use of and materials from paints and wall graphics for its carpets—all screened to reduce toxic substances. An underfloor air distribution system promotes optimal ventilation and fresh air, an exterior terrace is covered by a steel trellis and motorized overhang, and the design to let in natural light reduces energy-run lighting by 67 percent. Of the building’s structure, more than 60 percent is designed to be demountable, deconstructed and reused. The building received three Development of Excellence awards from ULA Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Livable Communities Coalition, and the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. It also received a Merit Award through the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), earned a Design Award through AIA Georgia, and was named a Top 10 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) project. Mayor Kasim Reed praised the building for its “true innovation in design, sustainability, and reuse.”

Warner Summers

Architects:
Scott Ward, AIA
Rob Meleski, ASID
Dana McClure, AIA

Awards:
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Awards,
International Interior Design Association (IIDA) “Best of the Best” Award

Address:
1550 Southland Circle, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30318

About Warner Summers

Warner Summers, founded in Atlanta in 1964, provides architecture and design services to corporate, office, financial, religious, medical, industrial, educational, and civic settings. Leading the firm are three principals, Dana McClure, C. Scott Ward, and Robert Meleski. These leaders strive to capture the vision, image, and culture of each client in order to optimize business goals, encourage and inspire clients, and make visitors feel welcome in the spaces the firm designs. Scott Ward studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and both Ward and McClure are members of the AIA. Robert Meleski is NCIDQ certified and has received several awards and recognitions, including multiple Design Excellence Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a “Best of the Best” Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Featured Projects

Although not the largest firm on this list, Warner Summers has designed multiple office spaces for high-profile companies within Atlanta including the Home Depot Corporate Headquarters. At 1.650 million square feet, the office consists of flexible workspaces built to accommodate future growth. The building also houses a cafeteria, conference center, television studio, auditorium, and five division offices. Warner Summers also designed an Atlanta-based office for AT&T, which features 30,000 square feet of collaborative areas and private team rooms. For the Lincoln Financial Group, Warner Summers contributed to the design of a $5.4 million upgrade of an existing workspace.

Niles Bolton

Architects:
Niles Bolton
Ray Kimsey

Address:
3060 Peachtree Road NW, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30305

About Niles Bolton

Niles Bolton defines success by how well a project realizes the vision of its clients and how well a project fulfills the needs of the people who live, work, or experience a given space. Rather than focusing strictly on aesthetics, this firm sees architecture as a process of listening, analyzing, and engaging each client. For the company, design is a system of applied knowledge and experience, helping to achieve true collaboration and long-lasting relationships with active members of a community. With each design, the firm aims to put artistry, style, and functionality into an inspired balance while meeting clients’ unique sets of preferences and needs. Niles Bolton began in 1975 at a time when around 50 percent of Atlanta architects were unemployed. Today, the team is led by a number of promising principals: G. Niles Bolton (AIA), the chairman and CEO, and Ray Kimsey (AIA, LEED, AP), the firm’s president.

Featured Projects

In Atlanta, Niles Bolton Associates created a 90,000-square-foot office for Byers Engineering Company. The building is four stories high and consists of limestone, precast concrete, and sloping, glass façades. Inside, the building contains meeting areas, flexible workspaces, communal areas, and break and recreation areas. The goal of the project was to deconstruct the basic box, with the four-story design inspired by a rectangle made of precast concrete: removing particular segments of “the box” creates a sloped structure where glass windows overlook the sprawling landscape beneath. Deliberately imbalanced in some areas but solid at its core, the design for this building achieves a unique tension. The atrium includes a grand staircase and a combination of hard shapes with natural curves emphasizes the notion of deliberate imbalance. The firm’s other projects in the city include the 3445 Peachtree, UH Midtown, Camden Places, the Home Depot Little Apron Academy. The firm also led the design of an office building for Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP. The project consists of a dual-level interior bridged by a large and central staircase. The space is comfortable but professional, a tone that reflects the work of the law firm inhabiting it, and it includes areas reserved for meetings and training sessions, a boardroom, and even a mock courtroom. The client sought a design that would reinforce its values, and Niles Bolton Associates fulfilled the request with a resulting architectural plan that is modern, efficient, and professional.

5G Studio Collaborative

Architects:
Jim Viviano

Awards:
AIA Atlanta Award
Architecture Firm of the Year Award,
IIDA Lavish Most Innovative Design Award

Address:
260 Peachtree Street, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30303

About 5G Studio Collaborative

5G Studio Collaborative goes after visionary clients with challenging projects, a significant choice that has produced inspired designs. With a holistic approach to collaboration, the firm tackles its work based on a profound understanding of the life cycle of a given building, its relevant costs, and marketability, and ultimately, its design aesthetic. Founded in 2005, 5G Studio is an award-winning firm that has earned global praise for its innovative and fresh designs found across ten countries. Many of its projects were created for high-profile clients and have won multiple recognitions. In the past, the firm has received the 2016 Architecture Firm of the Year Award, a 2016 United Masonry Contractors Association Golden Trowel Awards Honorable Mention for Restoration, an IIDA Lavish Most Innovative Design Award, and much more. The firm’s projects have been featured in publications like Commercial Property Executive, Arch Record, Hotel Business, Forbes, Design, Film Journal International, Curbed, and The Dallas Business Journal.

“Study Nature and be Inspired.” – Jim Viviano

Featured Projects

5G Studio designed the office headquarters for Georgia’s AIA branch in 2014. The 2,000-square-foot structure is small but sleek and occupies one corner of the Woodruff Volunteer Center in downtown Atlanta. The office is positioned behind a colonnade beneath the building and is completely transparent, with glass walls connecting employees to its bustling metropolitan landscape. The structure is known for its large, vertical bi-fold door, which is made out of locally sourced oak trees that, if not used for this office design, would have been sent to the chipper. At 1,000 pounds, the door was manufactured by Schweiss, engineered by Foresite Group, and installed by Eutree. It can be opened to create a large conference, a meeting area, or lecture space, and closed to attach to the wall, seamlessly creating a gallery space suited to hosting events.

IA Interior Architects

Architects:
David Bourke
Tom Powers

Awards:
ASID Gold Design Excellence Award

Address:
383 17th Street NW, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA, 30363

About IA Interior Architects

IA studies environments through the lens of interior architecture, a once-radical concept in design when the firm was founded in 1984. Today, the firm is driven by the principles of change, creativity, innovation, and community service. IA is operated by co-Presidents and CEOs David Bourke and Tom Powers, both seeking to uphold the legacy of David Mourning, the firm’s founder. His legacy revolves around helping clients achieve their business goals through smart, efficient designs that enhance, stimulate, and inspire workers to perform well. Some of the many publications that featured IA’s office designs include FastCoDesign.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, design*milk.com, SEGD Magazine, CNBC.com, Interior Design, Contract Magazine, and Metropolis Magazine. The firm’s long list of notable clients for its corporate workplace market includes Bacardi, LinkedIn, McMillan, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, Sapient Atlanta, Enel Green Power, Jet, and Invenergy.

Featured Projects

Sapient Atlanta, a modern office with a bold color palette and sleek, futuristic furniture, was the recipient of the ASID Georgia Gold Design Excellence Award for the Corporate Office under 25,000-square-feet-category. The space contains brand messages appearing on digital platforms, a wall with laser-cut logos, collaborative team zones, a hallway made out of walls that can be written on, independent work areas and meeting rooms, graphic carpet designs, and a combination of industrial and colorful fixtures creating a focused but comfortable atmosphere. The firm also designed the Atlanta-based office for J. Walter Thompson: a two-level glass tower with a 50,000-square-foot workspace that incorporates a central, asymmetrical staircase, a series of both interactive and enclosed meeting areas, a hidden media library with a seating area, and digital media walls. Central to the design is its nonhierarchical atmosphere: it doesn’t include a single enclosed office. Instead, each of the 220 employees, including middle management and executives, operates within the same type of seven-foot module.

HKS

Architects:
Dan Noble
Jeff Stouffer
Bryan Trubey

Address:
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30303

About HKS

Highlighted for its efforts to produce sustainable office spaces within Atlanta, HKS sees the act of design as a means of enhancing the human experience—an everyday design philosophy that the firm strictly adheres to in order to consistently deliver optimal results. The firm’s executive committee is made up of some the most influential figures in the industry, starting with its president and CEO Dan Noble, Atlanta Principal Julie Volosin, and other multi-affiliated principals working to complete achievements in areas such as architecture, planning and development, programming, project management, structural engineering, interior design, graphic design, branding, sustainability, research, and more. Known for its designs for corporate headquarters, some of HKS’s clients are international brands, such as Lear, Aviva, Radioshack, and Avon Cosmetics. Several of its projects in the US and abroad have received awards. Locally, its Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Airside Modernization Fire Station 40 and Atlanta’s Medline Regional Activity Center Livable Centers Initiative, earned the Outstanding Health Planning recognition in 2015, given by the Georgia Planning Association.

Featured Projects

Terminus 200 is a 585,412-square-foot mixed-use structure located in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. It was designed in collaboration with Duda/Paine Architects. The building is LEED Gold certified. Its workplace section is rated one of the Top 10 Shared Office Spaces in the area, based on a popular reviews platform’s ranking. The project is now home to some renowned companies and institutions, such as Fitzgerald & CO, Film Connection Film Institute, Greenberg Traurig LLP, City National Bank, and Servcorp—which occupies the 20th floor. Servcorp’s office features sweeping views of the cityscape, a brightly lit marble interior lobby, splashes of orange alongside contemporary furnishings, two-day suites, a boardroom, a five-star coworking space with eight workstations, and landscaped paintings by local artist, Ford Smith, all evoking appreciation for the natural beauty that the artist witnessed during his world travels. One notable milestone in the firm’s portfolio was when it designed its own eco-friendly office in Atlanta, a project commended by Inhabit through an online feature. A LEED-certified design, 191 Peachtree Tower includes solutions to water reduction, energy efficiency, use of sustainable materials, maximization of furniture and equipment reuse, and recycling construction waste. The sleek and modern interior also includes low-flow water fixtures, which enable a 30-percent reduction in potable water use, and lighting fixtures that reduce energy use by 20 percent. Almost 80 percent of the space’s construction debris was later recycled, and the firm brought in previously used furniture from one of its former locations.

HOK

Architects:
Leah Hofferkamp

Awards:
Houston Business Journal Landmark Award,
Southern California Development Forum Design Award

Address:
133 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 4800, Atlanta, GA 30303

About HOK

HOK is an international firm composed of over 1,600 professionals from its 24 locations across three continents. The firm aims to create exceptional, creative, and environmentally sustainable designs for a diverse set of clients from every sector. Its portfolio currently includes large-scale commercial projects, civic and cultural centers, research facilities, and corporate headquarters. Selected for its achievements, HOK sees “work” as something people do—a commitment, an active process driven by a mission, and a set of principles. When Hok works with clients seeking to create or enhance their business offices or headquarters, the firm’s goal is to support the client’s employees, help the client better embody its brand, and achieve a level of flexibility to help the client adapt to its constantly evolving business needs. The firm’s designs for workplaces have received several awards, including a Houston Business Journal Landmark Award in the Office Building Category for its work on Phillips 66 Headquarters in Houston, and a Southern California Development Forum Design Award for HOK’s design for the DIRECTV Office in Los Angeles. Many of the firm’s designs are located in Atlanta.

Featured Projects

HOK designed the Porsche Experience Center and Headquarters in Atlanta, a LEED Silver-certified facility that merges an advanced customer experience center with contemporary office space. The project was designed to motivate 450 employees of Porsche to work together in one main hub, while also providing an engaging visitor experience for potential customers, Porsche fans, and auto enthusiasts. The building sits across from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and acts as one of the first Atlanta landmarks that visitors see upon entering the region. Detlev von Platen, CEO and president of North America’s Porsche operation, sought a sleek, high-performance building encapsulating the Porsche brand. The space achieves exactly that, with a 1.6-mile driver development track running through the courtyard, six modules for driving demonstrations, a vehicle gallery, a restoration center, a human performance center, multiple cafes, and a driving simulator lab. The building even features a restaurant named after the first Porsche ever produced and offers a view of the test track. The 13k-square-foot business center includes conference rooms, event spaces, and a design studio where visitors can create virtual vehicles.

tvsdesign

Architects:
Janet Simpson
Becky Ward

Awards:
ASID Design Excellence Awards

Address:
1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2700, Atlanta, GA 30309

About tvdesign

tvdesign was founded by Bill Thompson, Tom Ventulett, and Ray Stainback, all seeking to create inspired designs for an evolving world. Today, tvdesign is run by President Janet Simpson and Managing Principal Becky Ward. The firm has 50 years of experience and has contributed to the designs of millions of square feet across the world. The firm excels in office designs, with a team of office architects providing services for workplaces that embody each client’s values and promoting communication, creativity, and productivity. Led by a dedicated workplace design team, the firm has created corporate spaces aiming to improve employee wellness and retention and keep up with the changing needs of the modern office. In recent years, ASID Georgia has recognized the firm with two Design Excellence Awards in the corporate office design category, one for Fiserv’s Client Experience Center and the other for LPL Financial’s Ft. Mill campus.

Featured Projects

tvdesign’s 1015 Techwood Building, an expansion of Turner Broadcasting Companies, acts primarily as an operations facility. Located in a classic, collegiate campus, the building includes eight floors that are reachable through a series of covered walkways. A portion of the building’s roof includes a rooftop garden. The building features brick, precast concrete walls, with a color palette and texture that complement nearby buildings. One section of the building is made entirely of glass, allowing an abundance of natural light in. The glass section contains a playful pattern of panels, both translucent and transparent, and reflects the spirit of the building’s creative character. Another project is the Savannah River National Laboratory, a work in progress, located in Augusta, Georgia. While the structure is a mixed-use building, a big portion of it is designed to provide workspaces for business professionals. The design is part of a larger project that will combine the headquarters of the Savannah River National Laboratory with Augusta University School of Science and Technology, with the final product occupying 500,000 square feet of office space. Central to the design is a “collaboration courtyard” built on a raised, landscaped plaza where employees and visitors can congregate, share meals, and socialize.

Gensler

Architects:
John Adams
Lisa Adkins
Shamim Ahmadzadegan
Chuck Albright

Awards:
AIA Design Firm of the Year, Innovation by Design Awards for General Excellence

Address:
999 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30309

About Gensler

Gensler’s clients come from a variety of national and global market sectors. Since its inception, the firm has served over 3,500 clients, some of which are ranked among the top Fortune 500 companies, while others are listed as emerging and established technology giants in the United States. Singled out for its success in designing offices, the firm works on projects ranging from large-scale to mid-range, private to public, and for-profit and nonprofit. Known for its collaborative process and client-centered approach, Gensler, led by Managing Director and Principal John Adams, Studio Leader and Senior Associate Lisa Adkins, Design Principals Shamim Ahmadzadegan and Chuck Albright, among others, has received notable awards for architecture and interior design. In the past, it has been recognized as Design Firm of the Year and was a finalist in the 2017 Innovation by Design Awards for General Excellence. Within Atlanta, the firm has completed a number of artistic office designs for high-profile clients.

Featured Projects

Some of Gensler’s notable designs include workplaces in the 525 North Avenue building, the offices of 22squared, one of Atlanta’s largest independent advertising communications agencies, the Atlanta Tech Village, FOCUS Brands Headquarters, NCR Midtown, the Hyundai Capital Operations Center, and the Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters. Central to Gensler’s designs is sustainability; 22squared originally approached the firm for help redesigning its workspace, and the firm produced solutions that enabled a smarter use of space and enhanced workplace collaboration by 20 percent. The firm was also commissioned to design the Hyundai Capital Operations Center. The 50,000-square-feet office aims to increase productivity and quality of work for employees. Each workbench has a view through a window; desk spaces are separated by translucent glass panels allowing privacy without preventing connectivity; and a textured, cloud-like ceiling sits overhead, unique in its composition of 2,425 fabric cones that create the impression of a gentle movement. A white and gray concrete color palette keeps this modern workplace elegant. It was designed to pass for USGBC’s LEED Gold certification.

Cooper Carry

Address:
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2400, Atlanta, GA 30303

About Cooper Carry

Outstanding for its multi-awarded portfolio and its consistency to secure awards for many of its projects, Cooper Carry remains one of the most established architectural firms in the region. Aside from winning 2020’s IIDA Georgia Best of the Best Awards for its Solis Decatur design, the company has also won the approval of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for its contributions to the country’s commercial real estate and corporate environments. Across the US are notable projects that have transformed how people work through innovative, smart, and stunning workplaces. In the past, a Virginia project won NAIOP’s Award of Merit for the Best DC Urban Office Building category. Another project in the region was featured by the Washington Business Journal as 2012’s Best New Office Development. In Atlanta, some of its projects for the corporate industry earned the Energy Star Awards, Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Awards, among others. The company has come a long way since Walter Carry and Jerry Cooper started it in 1960. Today, the firm works as a creative collective, championing collaborations and technology-based designs to dominate a long list of industries.

Featured Projects

Some of the firm’s most iconic corporate office buildings reshaped Atlanta’s skyline. These high-rise, high-value architectures exhibit the company’s ability to turn the most complex design ideas into functional, high-performing structures. The Riverwood 200, for instance, is a 319,617-square-foot modern highrise facility that houses multi-tenant office buildings to cater to a new generation of office workers. The project was designed to be sustainable and efficient and currently holds a LEED-CS v2009 Silver certification. Another impressive project still located in the city is the Midtown Union. This state-of-the-art building, expected to be completed in 2022, allocates 600,000 square feet for its office facilities, and the remaining spaces are designed to accommodate hotel rooms, multifamily units, retail spaces, and parking decks. Just like Riverwood 200, its design follows the industry’s strictest green standards. The office building is set to achieve LEED v.4 Silver certification.

Stevens & Wilkinson

Address:
100 Peachtree St., NW, Suite 2500, Atlanta, GA 30303

About Stevens & Wilkinson

Recognized for its comprehensive architecture, engineering, and interior design services, Stevens & Wilkinson serves a wide range of markets across multiple US locations. Its extensive portfolio features designs, planning, and engineering projects for the healthcare, aviation, entertainment, cultural, government, residential, hospitality, commercial, academic, and corporate sectors, among others. Headed by its chairman, Ron Stang, and its president, Robby Aull, the company is composed of over 100 professionals. Its offices are equipped with in-house project teams that work on projects for specific sectors. Since its founding over a century ago the firm has won multiple awards from the AIA, Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia), and The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. As an architect for the corporate workplace sector that serves Atlanta and other cities in Georgia, it has completed projects for Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia and the Delta Air Lines.

Featured Projects

The company’s McKenney’s and Delta Airlines are some of its most notable works for Atlanta’s corporate and workplace sectors. The McKenney’s project gave the firm an opportunity to transform an existing 1960’s office to a contemporary new building to upgrade the office for its bigger, more advanced workforce. The project involved the building design and the interior design of the facility as well as campus evaluation. One significant purpose of the renovation was to open up the structure to better views of its exteriors so that every work area has an unobstructed view of its surrounding landscape. The project for Delta Airlines, on the other hand, was for the redesign of the workplace’s lobby and office cafe. The project was vital to how the airline company presents its brand to those who enter their facility. The goals were to create a good impression, enhance the image of the brand, and at the same time, provide an exciting and stimulating work environment for the company’s visitors and employees. The firm’s sister company, idea|span, provided the project’s interior design.

The Best Restaurant Architects in Atlanta

Overview

In Atlanta, restaurants pay homage to traditional Southern cuisine and hospitality, while also meeting the demand for a thoughtful, stylish edge to the dining experience. The list below features some of the architect and design firms whose works in Atlanta’s restaurants, cafes, and food halls have been well-received by the community. Some of these firms specialize in restaurant architecture while others are well-versed in a wide spectrum of design projects for diverse markets. These companies come in small teams and others thrive in collaboration with other design professionals. Overall, these firms represent professionals who produce functional and stylish restaurants, each tailored to the needs of a variety of clients. The following firms stand out for the innovative, creative, mission-driven nature of their designs, the intimate roles they play in the community, and for their success in producing award-winning and locally celebrated Atlanta dining spaces.

Top Architects

ai3

Architects:
Ann-Marie Lima
Amy Price
Kerry Wittwer
Kellon Minor

Address:
916 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30318

About ai3

ai3 is a collection of designers, architects, artists, and thinkers striving to create meaningful spaces born out of clients’ stories. Inspired by the teamwork that went into designing the Georgia Aquarium, this steadily growing and inter-disciplinary firm has one of the most widespread influences on Atlanta’s dining scene today. ai3 is led by Lucy Aiken-Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Dan Mass, and Principals Ann-Marie Lima, Kerry Wittwer, and Kellon Minor, many of whom are members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Professionals. The firm believes that helping clients narrate their own stories allows the clients to create verbal blueprints for the desired form and function of their properties. The process emphasizes the firm’s client-focused approach. That process ensures that clients are the true “owners” of their projects. Using this philosophy, the firm has successfully completed designs for some industry giants, including the Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft Atlanta, the Atlanta Sports Complex, Central Atlanta Library, Atlanta Hawks, and the Atlanta Country Club. As a restaurant architect, the firm has completed 48 projects, primarily in the Atlanta area, and nearly all of them in the state of Georgia.

Featured Projects

ai3 collaborated with Peace Design on the design for Lure, a fresh seafood restaurant in midtown Atlanta. Inspired by the commercial fishing industry, Lure’s entryway is a landmark in and of itself—a giant, 200-year-old anchor salvaged from a ship that once sunk to the bottom of the Boston Harbor. Inside, the restaurant brings together maritime elements like wood and metal, rough-hewn timbers and beams, an antique wooden pulley and chain suspended from the ceiling, birch wishbone chairs, brass portholes, and fittings, and a lamp made out of a piece of a World War II bomber. Outside, wooden shutters separate diners from the bustling sidewalk and help maintain the sensation of being in a ship’s hull. Another collaboration was for the Drift Oyster Bar project, an upscale—yet not uptight—restaurant that features a design inspired by the culinary choices that it serves. With a vintage oyster can collection, suspended oars, custom steel sculptures, sail cloths, and twinkling lights, Drift sets the tone as if diners are enjoying a seaside vacation. Another collaborative project in midtown Atlanta, The Globe, features a giant chalkboard and globe lights in a European bistro-style eatery, prompting the name of a whole new aesthetic, “schoolhouse chic.”

CCS Architecture

Architects:
Cass Calder Smith
Barbara Vickroy
Melissa Werner
Taylor Lawson

Awards:
Hotel Architecture + Design (HA+D) Best Restaurant Design

Address:
44 McLea Court, San Francisco, CA 94103

About CCS Architecture

CCS Architecture was founded in 1990 by Cass Calder Smith. Smith is now joined by other partners, Barbara Vickroy, the Director of Interior Design, Melissa Werner, Director of Operations, and Tim Quayle, Director of Architecture. Although its two locations are in San Francisco and the other in New York City, many of its projects can be found across different cities and regions in the US, including Atlanta. The firm offers architecture and interior design services for a variety of public and private structures. The Cass Calder portfolio is composed of award-winning residential designs but it also has outstanding works for the restaurant and hospitality sector. The firm is driven by creative exploration, common sense, experience, and a desire to bring each project to its full potential. Its creations exhibit exceptional spatial and material qualities, setting its style apart from other design firms. Most importantly, the company is known for its client-centered approach to design.

Featured Projects

The firm’s East coast and West coast locations allow it to expand its services across other regions, including Georgia’s capital, Atlanta. One of its major contributions to the city is its work for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s dining and hospitality section where restaurants like Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Argo Tea operate. The design also accommodated spaces for a media tower, projection screen, and several charging stations. The firm also designed a high-end project that earned the Best Restaurant Design at the Hotel Architecture + Design (HA+D) Awards Ceremony in Hong Kong. The firm followed a three-fold approach, consisting of a restaurant, lobby bar, and cafe area inside the 1967 Hyatt Regency Hotel. The modern, clean, and timeless spaces were designed to give guests a luxurious dining experience. The restaurant, Sway, used to be a bare extension of the hotel lobby. Deep renovation by CCS Architecture turned it into a chic, all-day restaurant with an exhibition kitchen and a wine bar. The interior is cozy, with warm lighting and sophisticated furnishings.

DeCarlo and Hawker

Architects:
Michael DeCarlo
Sara Hawker

Address:
2470 H. L. Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317

About DeCarlo and Hawker

This firm is the combined creative efforts of husband-and-wife team Michael DeCarlo and Sara Hawker. DeCarlo, who started his practice in 2009, has experience working with Atlanta’s Summerour & Associates, where he specialized in detailed and high-end projects. A licensed architect since 2000, he studied at Georgia Tech and took part in an intensive program in Versailles. He is a board member of Atlanta’s historic preservation Easements Foundation. Hawker, who began working in the firm in 2013, specializes in restaurant design and has collaborated on several projects with other designers on this list. She studied architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. DeCarlo and Hawker have partnered with many other designers in the city to deliver local classics that may soon become national landmarks for being a big part of the region’s historic community. Its projects, such as the Marrakesh, Bellina, Biltong Bar, Ton Ton, and Botiwalla, can be found in the Ponce City Market.

Featured Projects

The Ponce City Market is a mixed-use property located in a historic neighborhood in Atlanta. The complex is known for its local stores, restaurants, a food hall, office and boutique spaces, and even some residential units. At 2.1 million square feet, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Now, investors and owners want to transform Ponce City Market and make it one of the nation’s famous food halls, along with Pike Place in Seattle, San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and the Chelsea Market in NYC. The diverse design elements for each enterprise in the food hall gave the firm an opportunity to showcase its versatility and its understanding of design. For Marrakesh, for instance, the firm designed a brightly lit, Mediterranean-chic mini-market with colorful tiles decorating both the floors and ceiling and wooden baskets tucked in every nook and cranny. For Bellina, the firm designed a charming Italian bistro with deep hues, rich textures, and soft light. Biltong Bar features its sleek upholstery, warm glow, and sophisticated brick walls. Ton Ton, a ramen restaurant, is characterized by its traditional, decorative wood paneling; and Botiwalla, an Indian street food grill peppered with all the decorative details of a bustling city street. Long-term goals for this overall property include rooftop gardens to enable local restaurants to grow their own food.

Habachy Designs

Address:
351 Peachtree Hills Ave NE, Suite 422, Atlanta, GA

About Habachy Designs

Composed of a team of interior designers, architects, and graphic designers, Habachy Designs introduces a high-caliber standard in conceptualizing residential and commercial spaces for the region’s most sophisticated clients. The firm is led by its principal, Michael Habachy. As a team that offers interior architecture, interior design, and branding the company has produced award-winning projects that have caught the attention of many industry organizations and publications. In 2019, for instance, Veranda Magazine and ADAC awarded the firm with the prestigious Southeast Designer of the Year award. Local, national, and even global publications have also featured many of the firm’s works. Atlanta Magazine, Home, InDesign, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, The Atlantan, among others, highlighted the company’s ability to come up with creative, highly sophisticated, and timeless interiors and architectures.

Featured Projects

Since its founding over fifteen years ago, the company has built up a commercial portfolio that showcases award-winning hotels, nightclubs, spas, and restaurant interiors. One of its most innovative projects as a restaurant designer is the East Wave Cafe in Downtown Atlanta. Its eccentric use of shapes and patterns introduces a whole new experience for dining and socializing. Its unique design won the Georgia Chapter Design Excellence, Bronze Award, given by ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers. Other projects found in Georgia are commended for their nod to luxury. The firm’s Viande Rouge Steakhouse as well as a Korean restaurant, Breakers, design concept introduces the firm’s ability to create elegant interiors that pay tribute to the unique cultural aspect of every project.

Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

Architects:
Bill Johnson

Address:
191 Peachtree Tower, 191 Peachtree Street NE, #2400, Atlanta, GA 30303

About Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry, an Atlanta-based firm chosen for its achievements in restaurant design, focuses on the holistic aspects of quality dining: cuisine matters, but so does each element of the space in which we eat. The Johnson Studio recognizes that the strength of the setting can elevate the dining experience from a tasty meal to a significant and long-lasting memory of an entire occasion. Focusing on the dynamic between food and place — “the emotional connection between what we eat and where we eat it” — is central to this firm’s success. With 25 years of experience and over 500 project completed, The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry has created important, unique, and memorable restaurant aesthetics throughout the country.

Featured Projects

The KR Steakbar in Atlanta, a new-age Italian steak bar specializing in small plates, was designed to promote a feeling of neighborliness. Located in a 30-year-old former designer showroom, the restaurant features an open-floor plan and glowing walls decorated with walnut wood strips that create a spacious, open mood. A rectangular bar is positioned over cozy, leather lounge seating, which complements the friendly nature of the elegant and exposed kitchen. In Sandy Springs, Kaiser’s Chophouse on Roswell Road provides high-end cuisine in a space designed by The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry. The Chophouse features a contemporary aesthetic with traditional elements, from an open bar to seating areas divided by a cozy library wall made up of bookshelves. Friendly booths for intimate dining are punctuated by wooden tables. Described as “London chic” by the client, the restaurant is filled with friendly booths and classic wooden tables.

Meyer Davis Studio

Architects:
Will Meyer
Gray Davis

Awards:
Interior Design Best of Year Awards,
Boutique Design Gold Key Awards,
International Hotel & Property Awards,
Hospitality Design Awards

Address:
180 Varick Street, Suite 404, New York, NY 10014

About Meyer Davis Studio

Although based in New York, Meyer Davis Studio has established its presence in Atlanta through multiple commercial projects that helped shape the local scene. Bar Margot, King & Duke, and St. Cecilia are some examples of its works in Georgia. Meyer Davis was founded in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis. Since then, the firm has received national and international recognition for its work in hospitality, specifically restaurant settings and workplace designs. The firm is remarkable for the bold creativity of its multiple restaurant designs. With each project, the firm seeks to tell a story using space, form, texture, and light; each design creates a “visual experience that seeks to compel and inspire.” Meyer Davis has worked with renowned restaurateurs and celebrity chefs including Michael White, Andrew Carmellini, Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Josh Capon, and Ford Fry. The firm’s work with restaurant settings has received recognition and praise from Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards, Boutique Design’s Gold Key Awards, The International Hotel & Property Awards, and the Hospitality Design Awards.

Featured Projects

Atlanta’s St. Cecilia is a 10,700-square-foot establishment modeled after European bistros to offer a coastal Italian vibe. The design includes a creamy and natural color palette with ocean blues that evoke relaxed, seaside gazing. Its quirky details lighten the mood—the space has no straight walls, maintaining an open ambiance with tons of natural light. The design relied on local and natural materials including hardwood floors, industrial-style exposed steel, and custom leather barstools. Antique mirrors allow views of a giant oak and brass bookcase decorated with small treasures, all reminiscent of an Italian seaside. Bar Margot, another design by Meyer Davis, is located within the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. CovetED called it a bold and whimsical design inspired by Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums, containing wit and moodiness, while somehow managing to incorporate the “cool charm” of modern Southern hospitality. Another Atlanta restaurant by Meyer Davis, in collaboration with NO Architecture, King & Duke was built around open-fire cooking. Central to the design of the restaurant are a 24-foot open-fire hearth, coal-burning grills, one wood-burning grill, and an assortment of rotisseries and Dutch ovens. King & Duke is located on West Paces Ferry and Peachtree.

NO Architecture

Architects:
Tim Nichols

Address:
489 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312

About NO Architecture

NO Architecture is a one-man firm established by Tim Nichols, a veteran architect that has worked with the internationally renowned design firm, HoK. While a full-service architectural and interior design company, NO Architecture focuses on creative and immersive spaces, including restaurants and workplaces. Popular for the design of the Atlanta restaurant The Optimist, some of NO Architecture’s other notable works include the Joystick Gamebar, The Lawrence, and Double Zero. Tim Nichols teaches interior design as an assistant professor at Georgia State University and facilitates art tours throughout Europe, including Paris, London, and Barcelona. Named after the limitless possibility of a blank starting page of any truly creative and brand-new design, the firm’s goal is the “confrontation with the unknown”. Courage and conviction, rather than the safety of preconceptions, drive each project. Central to the firm’s success is collaboration—the best antidote to preconceptions. The firm was founded in 2008 and its portfolio is a product of its independent practice as well as collaborative works with other industry leaders. The firm’s strongest presence in Atlanta is represented by its work in restaurants. NO Architecture collaborated on the design of a number of local establishments, including BeetleCat, Superica, and King & Duke.

Featured Projects

The firm’s most talked-about project in Atlanta is The Optimist & Oyster Bar, a dual project in which Tim Nichols worked in partnership with famous chef Ford Fry. It was also a collaborative effort with fellow design firm Smith Hanes and builder Ben Lassbeck. The location, a former meat distribution warehouse, was transformed into a classic seafood restaurant that serves sustainable cuisine baked in a wood-burning oven. The restaurant, located in Midtown West at Howell Mill and 8th, includes 16-inch-deep windows made of steel, oak ceilings, steel shelving, and decorative textiles that soften the decor. The new design opened up the restaurant to bring in an abundance of natural light and an unobstructed view of its surrounding landscape. The Optimist was declared Best New Restaurant of 2012 by Esquire. Adjacent to The Optimist is the Oyster Bar, the more informal companion establishment that features an outdoor patio.

Place Maker Design

Address:
1000 Circle 75 Parkway, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30339

About Place Maker Design

Outstanding for its multiple restaurant architecture and design projects across Georgia, Place Maker Design is one of the city’s most preferred professionals for this market sector. Since its founding in 2004, Place Maker Design has worked with large and medium enterprises to complete projects that embody the firm’s philosophy: good design will always come first. The company makes sure that projects—regardless of size or value—enjoy a high quality of service and expectations. The firm is led by principal architects, Tim Vaccaro and Kevin Maher. Together, they have delivered retail, residential, and other commercial spaces to the region’s growing markets. As restaurant architects, the firm’s designs have not only changed Atlanta’s hospitality sector, they have created award-winning landmarks that will be remembered for generations. The firm’s work for a new city center in Alpharetta, for instance, won the 2018 Development of Excellence award from the Atlanta Regional Commission. This project houses eateries, shops, and other establishments that offer locally-celebrated dining and shopping experiences.

Featured Projects

In Georgia, the company has completed multiple projects for the restaurant sector. Like its work in Alpharetta and other cities in the region, these dining spaces have become a part of the city’s unique local experience. The Bazati Hall, for instance, was designed to provide a haven for locals to enjoy good food and good company. Additionally, the firm also worked with Tin Lizzy’s Cantina to design five locations across the region. These restaurants feature architectures that exude a “modern, casual, and energetic” atmosphere—the restaurant’s signature vibe and the main reason why it has become a constant in the local dining experience.

Seiber Design

Architects:
Ed Seiber
Stacey Kirby

Awards:
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Awards

Address:
680 Murphy Ave. SW • Building 4000, Suite 4210, Atlanta, GA 30310

About Seiber Design

Founded by Ed Seiber in 1995, Seiber Design is a studio of architects and interior designers. Its primary market comes from the private sector and other commissions for individual project owners. The firm was selected for its long list of popular restaurant projects completed in Atlanta. Backed with a solid foundation in architecture, Ed Seiber began his solo practice in designing high-volume and upscale dining. In 1996, Stacey Kirby joined the firm and became a partner by 2005. The firm works on designs tailored for restaurants, stores, businesses, and residences. Seiber Design’s motto is “everything matters.” Every detail of the design is deliberately selected, then carefully fitted into place. The firm’s Atlanta-based project, Proof and Provision, received the 2013 Bronze Design Excellence Award in the Restaurant Category from the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. For its work on Ray’s on the River, the firm received the 2008 Gold Award in Design Excellence.

Featured Projects

As a project that earned the Silver Design Excellence Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Eugene, is one of the firm’s most notable restaurant designs. With an area that covers 3,400 square feet, the building is a high-end and contemporary restaurant in The Aramore Condominiums near Atlanta’s Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. The design exudes a cozy and elegant ambiance due to its warm colors, deep textures, and sophisticated lighting. Another award-winning project, Ray’s on the River, occupies an 11k-foot structure right at the edge of Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River. The building was originally a seafood restaurant. After undergoing a full interior and exterior renovation, the building now features a classic supper club atmosphere, characterized by modern details and striking, decorative focal pieces. At the client’s request, the firm made sure that the design honors the river and put it at its center stage, an element meant to enhance the patron’s dining experience.

Smith Hanes Studio

Architects:
Maggie McBride

Address:
949 West Marietta Street NW, Studio X-113, Atlanta, GA 30318

About Smith Hanes Studio

Smith Hanes Studio collaborated on The Optimist, Esquire’s Best New Restaurant of 2012 and one of the most popular dining spots in town. This Atlanta-based firm favors projects involving spaces where people live their lives and entertain themselves. Working on everything from restaurants and cafes to houses and art galleries, the firm aims to make a difference in the way its clients’ experience their lives. Smith Hanes Studio seeks out clients who excel in their own fields and who value the process of creation — entrepreneurs, chefs, business owners. His gallery design for legendary art dealer Fay Gold reveals the precision common in his designs, coupled with an elegant yet comfortable aesthetic. In particular, Smith Hanes is praised for his involvement in Atlanta’s restaurant community, and his work has been featured in Luxe and Bon Appetit. Two of his collaborations, The Optimist and Watershed, are community classics.

Featured Projects

Le Fat was modeled after a fusion of Parisian bistro and pre-WWII Hanoi — a particularly hopeful and stylistic time for French Indochina. The cuisine served by chef Guy Wong is known for its evocative aromas, and the combination of culture and quaint Parisian style makes this a truly unique restaurant within Atlanta. The setting is peppered with classic millwork elements, a Zinc bar, and fruitwood tambour columns. The lighting is a testament to the resourceful and conscientious nature of the design, with entirely handmade or found lamps, all belonging to the era that inspired the decor, illuminating the charming interior. Completing the French bistro aesthetic is a mirrored bar reflecting the hand-painted decorations on the walls. Another of the firm’s collaborative designs is Watershed on Peachtree, which Zagat has mentioned in 23 articles, such as “The 12 Best Brunches in Atlanta,” “Best Fried Chicken in Atlanta,” “Where to Eat Brunch,” and “This Week’s Best Food Deals and Events in Atlanta.” Zagat gave Watershed a 4.2 for its cuisine and a 4.3 for its decor, described the ambiance as “refined yet hip,” and singled out the “trendy bar as helping to fuel a romantic, cool vibe.”

Square Feet Studio

Architects:
John Bencich
Vivian Bencich

Awards:
Contract Magazine Inspirations Award,
City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence,
Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award,
International Interior Design Association Award of Merit

Address:
154 Krog Street NE #170, Atlanta, GA 30307

About Square Feet Studio

Square Feet Studio is not only known for its award-winning restaurant designs in Atlanta, but also for the thoughtful nature of its projects. The firm goes out of its way to honor the city’s history and celebrate the Southern spirit through timeless and culturally relevant projects. Led by founding principals John Bencich, Vivian Bencich, and partner Blake Burton, the firm offers architecture, planning, and design services to a diverse market. The firm prioritizes environmentally sustainable resources in all matters of design, in order to minimize environmental impact while maximizing long-term quality and function. Many of its works have been featured in Zagat, Retail Design Blog, Hospitality Design, Curbed Atlanta, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Vogue, Imbibe, and many more. Although the firm excels in a number of project types, some of its most high-end and highly-acclaimed designs exist in restaurant settings, with projects found across the city.

“I have always been fascinated with making things and knew I wanted to be an architect since I was in high school. Upon completion of my degrees at Georgia Tech and working in the profession for 9 years, my wife and I launched Square Feet Studio so we could have a practice in which architecture, planning and interior design were inseparable. That was not the status quo at the time. The disciplines were siloed and firms specialized or has separate “studios” doing planning or interior design. We thought that was unnatural. In the 17 years we’ve been practicing together, we’ve found that our integrate approach allows us to have more honest conversations with our clients because we are discussing their needs in terms of how people respond to complete experiences rather that in the unnatural buckets created by the profession. We can talk about the traffic patterns, the parti and the window treatments in the same conversation. ” – John Bencich

Featured Projects

Staplehouse started as an underground supper club founded by Ryan and Jen Hidinger. Located in a historic brick building, the space was once a general store. After it was renovated, the building became an open-kitchen restaurant with a cozy outdoor space, walls coated in ivy, and a brand-new dining patio with a prep kitchen built in the shadows of a large oak tree. A private dining area with scenic views sits above the main level, and a side room houses The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local, struggling restaurants. The design for Staplehouse was the grand prize winner of the 2016 Contract Magazine Inspirations Award and was the winner of the 2016 City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence. Another Square Feet Studio project, White Oak Kitchen, won the 2012 Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award and the 2013 Award of Merit from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Georgia’s Best of the Best in Hospitality Design. Inspired by the client’s appreciation for high-quality whiskey, the restaurant is decorated with barrels, steel straps, and oak slats. Charred wood panels warmed by dim lighting add a layer of sophistication. To elevate the patron’s dining experience, the building showcases a stunning view of the Atlanta skyline.

The Best Custom Home Builders & Design-Build Firms in Atlanta

Overview

Atlanta’s design-build experts are committed to preserving the historic aesthetic of traditional Georgia neighborhoods while also enriching the landscape with new, modern styles. Atlanta is still filled with French chateaus, Mid-century ranches, and Craftsman-style bungalows, but the 2007 Modern Atlanta Home Tour ushered in a new trend with sleek, unconventional modern homes, often with hints of industrial styles. Boasting multitalented teams of architects, contractors, and even interior designers, the following firms create entire high-quality homes from scratch, from the earliest design stage all the way to the final touches on construction. The firms on this list value environmental sustainability, the principles of universal design, and the accessibility of high-quality homes for all. They were chosen for their presence in Atlanta-based publications and awards; the depth of their missions in building creative, sustainable, and accessible homes; and for the educational, professional and artistic backgrounds of their founders and leaders.

Top Custom Home Builders

LG Squared

Team:
Jodi Laumer-Giddens
Chris Laumer-Giddens

Awards:
EarthCraft Project of the Year,
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Project of the Year Award for Single-Family Volume

Address:
553 Amsterdam Ave., NE, Suite 3 Atlanta, GA 30306

About LG Squared

LG Squared offers purposeful innovation, holistic design, and masterful building services in its hometown of Atlanta and throughout the country. The firm focuses on residential architecture, consulting, and building but also offers interior design and HVAC design services. Run by the husband-and-wife pair of Jodi Laumer-Giddens and Chris Laumer-Giddens, the company’s projects are driven by the principle that creativity extends beyond the technical and visual. The firm takes pride in integrated solutions that are honest, durable, and inspiring, with collaboration being their key to designing and building homes. The firm’s projects have appeared in publications like Remodeling Magazine, Atlanta Home Improvement, gb&d magazine, Architect Magazine, Inhabitat, and Know Atlanta.

Featured Projects

Collaborating with The Imery Group, LG Squared designed the house that won the 2013 Earthcraft House Project of the Year Award and the NAHB Project of the Year Award for Single-Family Volume. One of LG Squared’s notable projects is their design for the house that won the EarthCraft Project of the Year award in 2013 and the NAHB Project of the Year Award for Single-Family Volume. The house, constructed by The Imergy Group and located in Serenbe — an environmentally sustainable community in Chattahoochee Hills, GA — received an EarthCraft Platinum certification, as well as certifications for Energy Star Version 3.0, WaterSense and EPA Indoor airPLUS. It was also named a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award Winner for 2014 in the Custom Category. The purpose of the design was to show that an energy-efficient home was capable of reflecting a sophisticated architectural style without requiring its occupants to compromise.

Urban Purpose Design

Team:
David Hauser
Micaela Roberts Quinton

Awards:
Design Student of the Year Award

Address:
120 North Candler St., Suite 17, Decatur, GA 30030

About Urban Purpose Design

Chosen mainly for its seasoned team of architects, designers, and builders, Urban Purpose Design serves the Atlanta area. The firm is led by its founders, Principals David Hauser and Micaela Roberts Quinton. With ten years of experience in the industry, David originally studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he graduated from his architecture program with honors. He gained experience in high-end residential projects from the design stage to the final aspects of the building process while working for Whole House Studios. Michaela, Design Principal of Urban Design, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Valdosta State University with a minor in design and was student chapter president of ASID. During her studies, she won the Design Student of the Year Award and went on to gain experience in commercial architecture.

Featured Projects

Urban Purpose Design has a reputation for adding modern flare to neighborhoods with more traditional styles. The company primarily serves the greater Atlanta area, but one of its boldest and most recent designs is the 416 E. Bolton Street residence in Savannah, completed in 2016 and sold for $760k. A strikingly modern touch to a historic neighborhood, the house, with its three-story rectangular and glass exterior, juts several feet higher than its neighbors, and its simplistic entrance, free of front porch spaces or patio rails, creates an energy flow with the remainder of the street and sidewalk that the other, older houses lack. The Urban Purpose Design team has worked on such wide-ranging projects as Dutch Island renovation, Intown Alternate Modern, outdoor hybrid living spaces, Atlanta Beltline Contemporary, a micro-cottage in Alabama, and historic renovations honoring local style.

Glazer

Team:
Randy Glazer

Address:
4167 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

About Glazer

Glazer Design & Construction began doing design-build in 1995. Over the years the firm built a name for custom-designed homes and its commitment to building projects that aim to go green. Glazer is a certified EarthCraft Home Builder whose projects have been featured dozens of times in publications like the Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Jewish Times, and Atlanta Home Improvement. Randy Glazer, owner and president of the firm, has a degree in design-build and is a member of the NAHB and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Francois Lodde, Lead Project Manager, oversees the entire design-build process, complete with a high level of attention to customer service in every project. The firm is committed to universal design, offering services in designing and building handicap-accessible houses.

Featured Projects

Glazer’s numerous renovation and design projects are featured online. Some of the company’s build-design residential homes include a Brookhaven residence at 5531 Clinchfield Trail. With 3,200 square feet and features like an exercise room, solarium, 9-foot-tall ceilings, a wet bar, a whirlpool bath, and outdoor fire pit, the house is valued at $550k. Another Brookhaven property, 1158 Dorby Park Drive, features a modern, brick façade that gives way to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a family room, a luxurious screen porch, and a large garage with thoughtful spaces designed for extra storage. It also features a library, a banquet-sized dining area, and a gourmet kitchen that boasts copper farm sinks, an island with quartz countertops, and a full butler’s pantry.

Terracotta Design Build Co.

Team:
Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson
Luly Bestard-Melarti

Awards:
ASID Design Excellence Awards,
HGTV Faces of Design Award Big City Digs Category

Address:
403 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, #215, Decatur, GA 30030

About Terracotta Design Build Co.

Terracotta Design Build is singled out for its artistic and accomplished female leaders and for its excellence in interior design. Started in 2005, Terracotta is run by Principals Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson and Luly Bestard-Melarti, long-time friends since architecture school and seasoned designers. The majority of team members who make up Terracotta Design Build are women. Terracotta was featured in multiple magazines and received two awards for outstanding interior design projects from ASID at the 2017 Design Excellence Awards. Principal architect, interior designer and founding partner Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson has degrees from Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, and Ecole D’Architecture and is registered with the NCARB, NCIDQ, and ASID. She is also a member of the Georgia chapter of the Contractors Association, the Decatur Business Association, and the National Association of Women Business Owners. Principal architect and co-founder Luly Bestard-Melarti studied at Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and Ecole D’Architecture and is a registered architect in New Jersey and Georgia, as well as a member of AIA and the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce.

Featured Projects

Terracotta produces thoughtful designs for tasteful homes. The firm’s website is sprinkled with colorful photographs of works in progress, where projects range from deep renovation, brand-new designs, and tiny and artistic touches that make already finished rooms spring to life or relax into deep seas of calm. One of Terracotta’s projects, the Atlanta Townhome with Timeless Appeal, was featured on HGTV: Big City Digs, where it was declared the editors’ choice for the 2017 HGTV Faces of Design Award in the Big City Digs category. HGTV.com describes the home as a brick-façade townhouse with handsome columns and crisp black shutters, all features that give the home sophisticated curb appeal. Terracotta achieved a feeling of openness and spaciousness with this project by inserting “small punches of color and pattern” onto a primarily white canvas.

Mosaic

Team:
Rick Goldstein

Awards:
National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Atlanta Contractor of the Year,
Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards,
GuildQuality Service Excellence Award

Address:
2358 Perimeter Park Dr, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30341

About Mosaic

Mosaic was selected to be included on this list because of its strong presence in the Atlanta area, with services in 60 neighborhoods within and around Atlanta, as well as for the company’s numerous recognitions. The firm has received several awards in a variety of categories within the design-build industry, including the 2016 NARI Atlanta Contractor of the Year award in three categories. Co-founders William Fadul and Rick Goldstein hold multiple credentials in green building and remodeling. The company is affiliated with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Southface, Dunwoody, SSPC, and Leadership Sandy Springs.

Featured Projects

The Barn, a pool house created in 2015, adds hospitality and rustic charm to an Atlanta home. A type of home in and of itself, The Barn comes with upper and lower decks and interior sunrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking tree-filled views. It has extensive space for storage and recreation areas, a kitchen and bar area, a modern bathroom with rustic flare, and an entire spare bedroom. Outdoor extensions, patio spaces, and pool houses may well be Mosaic’s forte, with several more residential build-design projects completed in and around Atlanta. In Brookhaven, Mosaic designed and created an outdoor retreat area connected to a family’s home that is worth $150k and includes an upper deck, a swimming pool, a landing, an outdoor kitchen and fireplace with modern amenities, and a flagstone patio with deck chairs.

HammerSmith

Team:
Warner McConaughey

Awards:
Sub Zero and Wolf 1st Place National Kitchen Award,
Smart House Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year Award

Address:
807 Church St, Decatur, GA 3003

About HammerSmith

HammerSmith was selected for its recognition in prestigious publications, its awards, and its commitment to sustainable building. It also has a commitment to universal design and strives to make housing accessible to everybody. HammerSmith compares the design-build approach to one of the most notable artists in human history. “Imagine the results,” the company’s website says, “if Picasso designed his works in his imagination and then bid out the implementation of his ideas to several different painters or designers.” Warner McConaughey, founder and CEO, attended Stanford University and has been recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. The company ranked ninth in the Atlanta Business Chronicle for Residential Remodeling Contractors, and for 17 years in a row, a HammerSmith kitchen has been featured on a Junior League Tour of Kitchens. Over 150 publications, articles, and awards have recognized HammerSmith kitchens. The company approaches every project with attention to environmentally sustainable efforts, as well as to the needs of residents ranging from small children to disabled individuals and the elderly. HammerSmith also serves its community through a custom-made and cost-efficient payment plan, giving all residents access to quality homes.

Featured Projects

HammerSmith’s projects aim to fit clients’ needs and lifestyles, regardless of income and ability. HammerSmith earned the Sub Zero and Wolf 1st Place National Kitchen Award for the design and renovation of the kitchen in his own residence, a 1928 English home in the historic Druid Hills of Atlanta. The space, selected from over 1,650 competitors, is an energy-efficient kitchen, both functional and durable, with an industrial style infused with hints of antiquity. Cherry cabinets, Italian soapstone countertops, dark oak floors, and light fixtures by Urban Archaeology give the room a modern yet timeless feel. While the space is small, it also features a walk-in pantry, an island, several modern appliances, and a wine bar with an ice maker, a faucet for filtered water, a wine refrigerator, and storage for wine glasses and bottles. Among HammerSmith’s other notable achievements was a modern addition to a 1930s craftsman-style bungalow, which won the Smart House Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2017 Bath of the Year award. The entire bathroom centers around its acrylic slipper tub and curved, marble shower area. French doors add a dramatic flare, and smooth, simple lines made out of dark wood trim maintains an elegant, craftsman style consistent with the rest of the house.

Home ReBuilders

Team:
Bill Bartlett

Awards:
Chrysalis Awards,
Southeast Regional Contractor of the Year Awards,
National Contractor of the Year Awards,
Master Design Awards

Address:
2120 Plaster Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

About Home ReBuilders

Home ReBuilders is a top-licensed remodeling firm in the Atlanta area. With 30 years of experience in residential renovation projects, the company has expanded to provide design-build services to both create custom homes from scratch and bring them into being. Between 1993 and 2015, the company received over 100 awards and recognitions in its field, including: Chrysalis awards, Southeast Regional Contractor of the Year awards, National Contractor of the Year awards, Master Design awards, No. 1 and No. 2 rankings in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Top 500 Remodeler recognitions, the Consumers’ Choice Award for Home Remodeling Contractor, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine awards, BenchMark Marketing Leader awards, a HousingZone.com Web award, CotY Award, Silver Professionalism Awards, Gold Professionalism Awards, a Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation award, and Georgia Contractor of the Year. Home ReBuilders has created several of intown Atlanta’s most luxurious homes while staying within their clients’ respective budgets. Staying true to Atlanta’s traditional neighborhood style, building codes, and real estate price points, the firm is also committed to sustainable building practices. Bill Bartlett, owner of Home ReBuilders, is a decades-long pioneer in the Atlanta home market. A background in engineering sets him apart from other design-build experts, and he was a member of the Board of Directors on the Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Green Council for 2010. Currently, he is a member of both NARI and NKBA. Home ReBuilders is an EarthCraft certified builder.

Featured Projects

Located at 1629 Monroe Drive in an unsuspecting, tree-filled area near Morningside Park, one of Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhoods, an old, neglected bungalow caught the attention of the Home Rebuilders team, who tore it down and created a large, Craftsman-style residential property in its place. With five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and a terrace-level family room, not to mention in-law suites, a multi-car garage, walk-in pantry and butler’s pantry, a sun-drenched kitchen and family room, the home makes excellent use of its small space within the broader area, famous for its history, expensive homes, and picturesque and preserved landscape. Home ReBuilders also created a custom design for a family seeking to live in their dream neighborhood, Virginia Highland (colloquially, Va-Hi). This area — determined “best overall neighborhood” and “most walkable neighborhood” in Atlanta by Creative Loafing, and the “favorite neighborhood overall” by Atlanta Magazine — is home to many popular bars, restaurants, and cafes, as well as a number of high-end and historic houses. This project began with a request: clients wanted to build a brand-new home that would be suited to starting a family and also give them easy access to the bustling amenities of their dream neighborhood. Home ReBuilders created a home with four bedrooms, a traditional floor plan, a spacious kitchen, and a large family room. The home met all of the family’s requirements, and the project stayed within budget, meeting the family’s needs.

Heirloom Design Build

Team:
David Radlmann

Awards:
EarthCraft House of the Year Award

Address:
245 North Highland Ave, Suite 230-367, Atlanta, GA 30307

About Heirloom Design Build

Heirloom Design Build, chosen for its high-end projects and extra attention to sustainable, green projects, is a licensed top-tier unrestricted general contractor in Georgia that focuses on residential projects ranging anywhere from the initial design stage of brand-new homes to the last stages of the building process. The company is affiliated with the United States Green Building Council, the Atlanta Green Building Council, Builder America, EarthCraft, and Energy Star. It also holds EPA Lead-Free certification and employs LEED (AP) certified staff. Principal David F. Radlmann, CGC, an LEED Advanced Professional certified in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD&C), brings to his projects 18 years of experience in the Atlanta construction industry, with work in general contracting and development totalling close to $400M. He is a founding member and currently serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Green Council. In 2014, Heirloom won six OBIE awards through the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

Featured Projects

One of Heirloom’s renovations, a modern Atlanta residence at 106 Richmond, was featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block. The home features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and was completed in 2013. One of Heirloom’s design-build homes, the New Neoclassical Home at 1013 Euclid Avenue in the Historical Inman Park, received EarthCraft House of the Year at the 2014 OBIE Awards. The house is an EPA Energy Star Certified Home, an EarthCraft Certified Home, an NGBS Green Certified Home, a Department of Energy Net Zero Ready Home, a GA Power Earthcents Home, and an EPA WaterSense Certified Home. With a 50 HERS rating, the house is known for its black plaster, polished aggregate pool designed to fill the living room with sounds of running water, wood fixtures from a local tree belonging to a sustainable woods program.

Cardinal Construction, Inc.

Team:
Charley Hipple

Awards:
OBIE Awards

Address:
3221 Hill St, #112, Duluth, GA 30096

About Cardinal Construction, Inc.

Cardinal Construction offers services in both design and construction, but it is notable here for its remarkable, high-end remodelling and renovation projects within the Atlanta area. Although located in Duluth, Cardinal Construction has operated in the design-build industry in the metropolitan Atlanta area since 1999. It received multiple OBIE awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The company also received recognitions for accomplishments in residential remodelling and additions, such as a home theater valued over $75k, an outdoor living area over $75k, and a kitchen over $75k. The company was also recognized for a whole-house renovation costing more than $500k, a home exterior project over $100k, a basement over $75k, and a bathroom remodel over $25k. The firm has humble roots; Charley Hipple, president of the company, attended architecture and business school while working for a small remodelling and roofing company in Texas.

Featured Projects

Serving a number of areas in the Atlanta area, Cardinal Construction, Inc. is responsible for the Johns Creek Home, a custom home build project near Duluth, which cost more than $2M and features a pool with a waterslide, an upper and lower patio with a fireplace and kitchen amenities, a gazebo with a firepit, and an elaborate home office. The basement alone is valued at around $500k and comes with a full kitchen, guest rooms, a home movie theater with multi-level rows and easy chairs, and extensive bathroom spaces. One of Cardinal Construction’s greatest specialties might be deep, large-scale and high-end basement renovations, with the company’s completed work in both commercial and residential properties appearing prominently on Houzz.com, which features Cardinal Construction projects completed not only on John’s Creek, but also in Chateau Elan, Suwanee, Flowery Branch, Falling Brook, and the Atlanta Country Club.

Renewal Design + Build

Team:
Peter Michelson
David Michelson

Awards:
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
OBIE Awards,
Chrysalis Awards,
Decatur Design Awards

Address:
124 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30030

About Renewal Design + Build

Renewal Design + Build has received a great deal of recognition for its achievements in the Atlanta area. This accomplished design-build company is also notable for its small team. A family-run business, Renewal specializes in the renovation of old homes and serves 20 neighborhoods in and around Atlanta, including some of the wealthiest areas: intown Atlanta, Ansley Park, Avondale Estates, Candler Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Inman Park, Toco Hill, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Chastain. Operated by brothers Peter and David Michelson, both fourth generation contractors, Renewal has been ranked a Top Five Residential Remodeler by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Since its origin in 2001, Renewal has received more than 70 awards and recognitions for design, craftsmanship, and customer service.

Featured Projects

Among Renewal’s design-build successes are their many ranch renovations, wherein old-fashioned, ranch-style residences are transformed into tasteful and stylish homes with elegant exteriors and modern kitchens. In the last couple years, Renewal completed multiple design-build projects in some of the nicest homes in a few of Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhoods: Poncey-Highland, Ansley Park, Virginia-Highland, and Morningside. The Sherwood Forest Modern Whole House Renovation project started with a stagnant arrangement of rooms on the house’s first floor. Key to this deep renovation process was creating a brand-new kitchen at the center of the house, paving the way to create a walk-in pantry, wine bar, and storage space. Making the kitchen central also achieved a smoother energy flow between rooms, encouraged socializing and entertaining, and warmed up the entire first floor of the home. The dining room and home office were also relocated, connecting more rooms and strengthening the flow between living spaces. The new master suite has vaulted ceilings, skylights, dual vanities, a walk-in shower, and a walk-in closet. Even the front entrance and garage were transformed to be far more modern and sophisticated.

Craftbuilt

Address:
644 Antone St., Ste. #10 Atlanta, GA 30318

About Craftbuilt

Craftbuilt is a full-service design-build firm offering a wide range of construction services from remodeling to historic renovations to new construction. The firm’s reputation for fine craftsmanship and a hands-on process was carefully built by Atlanta natives Aaron and Gina McGinnis. Aaron serves as Build Director while Gina serves as Design Director. The two have both built their knowledge of global architecture by studying the construction industries in Europe and Japan.

Featured Projects

The firm has extensive experience in construction, renovation, and remodeling. The Sycamore House, pictured here, is one of the firm’s best. Built-in accordance with National Green Building Standards, the firm is highly-efficient and refreshingly modern. This home takes inspiration from traditional Japanese Shoji screens.

Boyce Design amp; Contracting

Address:
303 Perimeter Center North, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30346

About Boyce Design amp; Contracting

Winners of NARI Contractor of the Year in 2018 and 2019, Boyce Design amp; Contracting is a skilled full-service design-build firm operating all over the Metro Atlanta area. The firm knows interior and exterior construction well; it began operations in the year 2000. Thomas Boyce started the business as a lawn and landscaping maintenance firm, slowly building its repertoire of services. An enterprise founded by a high schooler is now an established firm, recognized by awards from Atlanta Business Chronicle, Inc. 5000, GuildQuality, and NARI.

Featured Projects

Boyce’s projects are beautiful and functional. The Contemporary Cabana displayed here is an example of this balance between aesthetics and pragmatism. The home takes cues from Brazilian beach huts and European ski chalets, generating a luxurious, yet cozy atmosphere.

The Best Commercial Architects in Atlanta

Overview

Atlanta is characterized by a traditional Southern landscape, rich in lush scenery, parks, and botanical gardens. Its local community is renowned for its interesting diversity of workers, thinkers, and artists. The city is also home to some globally-recognized landmarks, from the world’s busiest international airports, one of the world’s largest aquariums, to other signature structures and institutions, such as the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Most importantly, to help shape and reshape the city’s ever-evolving architectural landscapes, the city is supported by some of the region’s biggest architecture firms. These companies have designed many significant commercial properties in the city, many of which have provided places for entertainment, the arts, and social engagements for the city’s varying demographics. The list below features the top Atlanta architects whose work proved to have a notable impact on the city’s culture and economy, and whose designs have shaped some of Atlanta’s most unforgettable and well-known landmarks today.

Top Architects

Wakefield Beasley & Associates

Architects:
Lamar Wakefield, AIA, NCARB
John Beasley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Awards:
ENR Southeast Best Practices Award

Address:
5200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, GA 30009

About Wakefield Beasley & Associates

Led by its chairman and CEO John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., Wakefield Beasley & Associates has offices in a variety of cities nationwide. Although not headquartered in Atlanta, Wakefield Beasley & Associates qualifies for this listing for its iconic contribution to the city: the mixed-use portion of the home of the Atlanta Braves. The firm has designed office buildings, movie theaters, theme parks, golf course clubhouses, conference hotels, and resorts. It has also contributed to the creation of several civic, courthouse, and educational structures in the American South, including communities throughout the state of Georgia. Operating with teams, each led by experienced designers who excel in a particular project type, the firm strives to achieve optimal results through both specialization and collaboration, encouraging design teams to challenge one another and to seek shared solutions. The firm aims to create beautiful and sustainable buildings that are highly flexible, marketable, and cost-effective to own and operate.

Featured Projects

For its most notable achievement in Atlanta, Wakefield Beasley & Associates collaborated in the design of a large-scale, mixed-use complex to accompany the stadium that is home to the Atlanta Braves. The structure dubbed as “The Battery” houses 500 residential units, a hotel, a number of offices and corporate spaces, multiple restaurants, and retail spaces. National and local brands can be found in this massive facility. Locations for international brands like Coca-cola, Roxy, and other some of the highlights of this development. The design also includes a building dedicated to Comcast’s regional headquarters, a nine-story tower with an innovation lab, a restaurant, views of SunTrust Plaza, and several office spaces. The building alone houses 1,000 local employees.

Gensler

Address:
999 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30309

About Gensler

Composed of more than 6,000 professionals across its over 40 locations in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Gensler is one of the most established companies in the world. As a design firm, it has contributed to shaping the commercial, retail, and mixed-use architectural landscape of many metropolitan areas. Its Georgia office has worked with giant brands, such as Coca-Cola and Red Bull, to complete several locations in different parts of the region. The company has also designed modern corporate offices and headquarters for a wide range of high-value markets through its interior and full architecture planning and design services. Its Atlanta office is led by Principal Robert Fischel, a member of the AIA and a LEED-accredited Professional (LEED-AP). Tory Winn, IIDA, NCIDQ, and Kevin Songer, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, RDI, are the location’s co-managing directors. Songer, known for his thought leadership and innovations in the retail design industry, serves as the firm’s Retail Practice Area Leader for the Southeast Region. In 2019, he earned the Retail 40 Under 40 honors.

Featured Projects

The firm partnered with retail giant Zara USA to complete the architecture and interior design of multiple offices across the US. The retail giant has locations in Georgia and other stores around the country, including a flagship store in New York City’s Broadway area. In order to adhere to US building codes and adapt to the local market, the company worked with Zara’s Spain-based team to make the necessary modifications to its original design standards. The collaboration was also meant to, despite the adjustments, stay true to the brand’s renowned “sleek and modern aesthetics”. In the end, the partnership produced 14 stores, with location sizes that range from 20,000 to 35,000 square feet, and buildings that feature one to two-story structures.

HKS

Address:
191 Peachtree St NE, #5000, Atlanta, GA 30303

About HKS

HKS is an international interdisciplinary company that serves ten different markets. Beyond architecture and interior design, it has expanded its global team of experts to cater to a more diverse, complex, and high-value clientele. As a veteran firm with the commercial industry as one of its major sectors, it has worked with major brands and Fortune 500 companies through its services in architecture, planning, interior design, and branded environments. Over the years, it has earned awards from Architizer A+ magazine, Design+Construction, Dezeen, and ASID. In its Georgia office, the company has worked with established companies such as Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Cousins Properties, Piedmont Healthcare, and Emory Healthcare, to complete healthcare, aviation, commercial, and mixed-use properties. Julie Volosin, Office Director and Principal for the Atlanta location, is a LEED-AP and a member of the IIDA. Volosin is an interior designer that applies a hands-on approach to every project. She works closely with the client and her design team to deliver creative and functional design solutions that answer the specific needs of the project and the brand that it represents.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s most notable commercial design projects in Atlanta is the planned mixed-use Quarry Yards. The project will cover 70 acres of development located in West Midtown. The firm collaborated with global architecture firm Populous to complete the architecture of the region’s future gateway to Westside Park. The design is a nod to the locality’s industrial roots. It features a combination of natural materials that include brick, concrete, metal, iron, glass, as well as repurposed shipping containers to accommodate future tenants. The development’s initial phase is a $400 million-worth project. Once completed, the building will be home to 75,000 square feet of commercial retail and restaurant spaces, 300 hotel rooms, 850 residential units, and over 575,000 corporate office spaces.

Davis Architects, Inc.

Architects:
Neil Davis, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
Julee Potter, AIA, LEED AP
Greg Clever, AIA

Address:
1000 Marietta Street NW, Suite 304, Atlanta, GA 30318

About Davis Architects, Inc.

Davis Architects is highly commended for delivering some of Atlanta’s landmark mixed-use and commercial architectures. The firm, led by Neil Davis, was originally established by E.B. Van Keuren. In 1946, the company evolved to design high-end educational, institutional, and commercial structures. The firm currently operates across Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, and Georgia. In the past, the firm received numerous awards for its work in Alabama and was recognized in many publications for its designs. Its structures have even been featured in traveling art exhibits. In order to best serve the Atlanta community, the firm developed Studio Architects in 2016, a dedicated company created to respond to the city’s demand for modern design and architecture services. Through this, the company has completed large-scale retail and mixed-use buildings, as well as several multi-family residential complexes.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s most unforgettable architecture and restoration projects in Atlanta is the 131 Ponce. The project is an urban infill development designed to accommodate 280 apartment units and a two-story parking structure. The building features scenic views of the city and puts residents and visitors within walking distance to amenities, restaurants, and the historic Fox Theater. For another project in Athens, Georgia, the firm partnered with Wilmot Greene to transform the interior of the 1889 Georgia Theater into a fresh and new Art-Deco style. The transformation blends with the building’s historic exterior. The resulting architecture became famous for its curved and intersecting stairways and balconies. The design fosters excellent views and acoustics that are said to recreate the “magic” that was lost during a devastating 2009 fire incident. A new rooftop restaurant and bar area provide views of downtown Athens. To acknowledge the firm’s contribution to the region’s valuable architecture, it was included in Expertise’s Top 18 Architects Operating in Atlanta ranking.

Portman Architects

Architects:
Robert Halverson, AIA, NCARB
Gregory Botsch, AIA, NCARB
Gordon Beckman, AIA

Awards:
AIA Building of the Decade for 1956 – 1965
AIA Hotel Design Medal

Address:
303 Peachtree Center Avenue NE, Suite 575, Atlanta, GA 30303

About Portman Architects

Portman Architects has been selected for the firm’s monumental accomplishments and the undying legacy of its founder, John C. Portman Jr., FAIA. Portman was a world-renowned architect known for trying out big and new ideas. The Peachtree Center, a 14-block complex in Atlanta, Portman’s hometown, showcases a number of his best-known designs. The Peachtree Center started in 1960 and now includes AmericasMart, the world’s largest single wholesale marketplace. Downtown, his work for the Hyatt Regency building received international recognition from The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. Famous for his mixed-use complexes, his work has been featured in museum exhibits in Atlanta, and the Angel Orensanz Foundation chose him to be Member of the Senate of the Accademia Internazionale d’Arte Moderna in 1966. He served on a number of boards specific to the arts and earned awards, including American Institute of Architects (AIA) medals. His projects appear in six books, and a documentary has been made about his architecture.  Today, the company is led by Robert Halverson, AIA, NCARB, as its President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. Halverson has been with the industry for over 25 years, practicing in the United States and Asia. Under his leadership, the firm continues to serve people by creating designs rooted in basic, human needs. 

Featured Projects

In the past, the AIA awarded the Peachtree Center with the Building of the Decade award during the Atlanta 100 Years of Atlanta Architecture awards ceremony. Covering 18.9M square feet, the building is the city’s biggest mixed-use structure, containing offices, hotels, AmericasMart, health clubs, meeting and event spaces, retail, and entertainment venues that fill 14 city blocks. The structure offers interior and exterior parks and plazas, many of which display large sculptures. Another timeless project contributed to the city is the Westin Peachtree Plaza, an AIA Medal awardee under the Innovations in Hotel Design category. With 1,100 rooms, an exhibition center, and a ballroom and meeting space, this 73-story building takes up 56,548 square feet. At the building’s center sits a 90-foot tall lobby skylight that features different works of art. At the top of the building sits a multilevel, revolving restaurant made out of glass that showcases sweeping views of the city.

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates

Architects:
Kevin Roche
John Dinkeloo

Awards:
AIA Gold Medal,
Pritzker Prize,
AAF George M. White Award for Excellence

Address:
319 Peck Street Suite I-9, New Haven, CT 06513

About Roche Dinkeloo & Associates

Roche Dinkeloo & Associates, recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award, is highlighted for its famous achievement in Atlanta: the design of the Bank of America Plaza. The firm is pioneered by Kevin Roche, an architect with decades of experience. His son, Eamon Roche, assumed the role of Managing Director in 2018. The team works on large-scale projects across the world to provide services like master planning, programming, architectural design, interior design, specification, and construction administration services. Its national achievements include the Central Park Zoo and the design for the expansion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For its achievements, Kevin Roche received the Pritzker Prize, the AIA Gold medal, and various awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; while the firm has received two AIA 25-year Awards and the AIA Architectural Firm Award, “Vast Contributions to the Architectural Worth of the World”.

Featured Projects

TheThe firm excels in international, large-scale commercial projects scattered across the world. From the Dublin convention center and the Helsinki Guggenheim to major renovations for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the firm has been responsible for designing some of the most iconic landmarks in and outside of the US. One notable project in Atlanta is the Bank of America Plaza, a 55-floor skyscraper, which is currently the 17th tallest building in the country. Known for its Art Deco architecture, it features a 90-foot obelisk-like spire at its top, with most of its part covered in 23-karat gold leaf. Beneath the obelisk sits a glowing, steel pyramid reminiscent of a style used in the Messeturm of Frankfurt am Main. Another notable work is found an hour-and-a-half south of Columbus in Georgia. Total Systems Incorporated is a commercial project that covers a massive area of one million square feet. The campus sits along the Chattanooga River and provides a riverwalk for both tenants and the general public. The structure features broad, sunlit stairs and an elliptical atrium.

BLDGS

Architects:
David Yocum, AIA
Brian Bell, AIA

Awards:
AIA Silver Medal,
Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices Award

Address:
786 Murphy Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

About BLDGS

BLDGS is chosen for its distinguished principals. David Yocum, AIA, completed his undergraduate years in Dartmouth and went on to pursue and complete his Master of Architecture degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He currently teaches as a Professor of the Practice in Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). As the firm’s principal and co-founder, he oversees design projects at BLDGS alongside Principal Brian Bell, AIA, who studied at the University of Washington and Harvard University. Bell has taught in Seattle, Rome, Boston, and Atlanta and is also a professor at Georgia Tech, College of Architecture. Under their leadership, the company earned several awards, including the 2017 Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices Award and the prestigious 2016 Atlanta AIA Silver Medal Firm Award, recognizing the company’s design excellence and community leadership. The firm focuses on large-scale civic projects, like museums, educational buildings, art galleries, and corporate offices. Its work has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Some of the firm’s clients include Bloomberg LP, Steelcase Inc., and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s featured commercial projects was for the design of the High Museum of Art, Woodruff Arts Center’s Octane Coffee Cafe. Dubbed a “pocket cafe”, the company transformed a former box-office space to become an iconic place of comfort and relaxation inside the center. The building is characterized by an exceptionally narrow interior but the limited space was reconciled with its mirrored ceilings to give a sense of an expansive space. The same purpose was created when it added mirrored alcoves that visually dissolve against its black walls. Its need for equally created light fixtures is answered by suspended neon arcs, creating an O-shaped overhead. The structure, given its location and pressure of blending with the value and significance of the center as a place for magnificent artworks, was well-designed and well-thought of. This project exhibited the firm’s innovative, playful, and creativity.

Lord Aeck Sargent

Architects:
Antonin Aeck, AIA
Joe Greco, AIA, LEED AP

Awards:
AIA Honor Awards for Excellence in Architecture

Address:
1175 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2400, Atlanta, GA 30361

About Lord Aeck Sargent

Singled out for the strength of its presence and the scope of its achievements, Lord Aeck Sargent has a wealthy portfolio of over 3,000 projects completed since 1942. Its team is composed of 160 experts in architecture, interior design, urban design, landscape architecture, land planning, cost estimation, and zoning. The firm works out of six offices nationwide. Over 50 of its team members are certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and more than 70 of its projects have been LEED-certified. As a leading figure in green design advocacy, the firm is one of the pioneers in The 2030 Challenge, a sustainability movement urging a 50-percent reduction of energy usage in new commercial buildings and in major renovations within the private sector. For its projects in museums, art centers, multi-family housing and mixed-use buildings, government buildings, laboratories, and corporate headquarters, the firm has earned 200 awards, including three R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year and multiple AIA Honor Awards for Excellence in Architecture. The firm is also a member of 1+—that is, one percent of the team’s working hours are dedicated to pro bono and nonprofit services. Joe Greco, president of the firm since 2010, studied architecture at Georgia Technical Institute and Harvard. Greco earned a scholarship to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Antonin Aeck, the firm’s founding principal, is licensed to practice in four countries and in 15 states in the US. He is a former AIA Atlanta Chapter president and has received numerous awards throughout his career.

Featured Projects

The Swan House, one of Atlanta’s historic landmarks, was originally a 1920s home designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze and belonged to Mr. Edward Inman, the wealthiest man in Georgia during that time. The property is included in the National Register of Historic Places and operates today as a house museum. In collaboration with The Atlanta History Center, the firm designed an elaborate renovation of this historic home. From 1998 through 2004, major structural alterations were made, such as restoring the cascading water fountain and garden walls, redoing the interior to better match and honor its original 1920s aesthetic, and recovering the historic butler’s pantry. All mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and security systems were updated. To make sure that the elements are historically-accurate, every detail, from the plasterwork, the marble, wood, to each decorative painting, was diligently researched. The exterior of the home has been featured in films, including The Hunger Games. Another notable work is the Seventh Midtown mixed-use project, which the company designed with The Loudermilk Cos. The design produced a stunning building that features luxury residential condos and above ground-level commercial retail. With an area that totals to 48,000 square feet, the building includes private roof terraces, two penthouse suites, and 21 full residential units. The property has been recognized by AIA.

HOK

Architects:
Todd Bertsch  AIA, LEED AP

Awards:
AIA Honor Award,
Urban Land Institute Atlanta Annual Awards for Excellence

Address:
191 Peachtree Street NE #2250, Atlanta, GA 30303

About HOK

HOK is selected for the magnitude of its accomplishments in the entertainment and transportation sectors in Atlanta. The firm is a global team of 1,600 architects and designers spread throughout 24 offices across three different continents. The firm has been in operation since 1955. As an organization, it is inspired by its goal of enriching people’s lives through excellence in innovative design. The firm’s mission is to design projects through “the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science, and art.” The firm has received countless awards over the years for projects in London, Singapore, Hawaii, Canada, California, Hong Kong, and more. President and CEO Bill Hellmuth, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, says that HOK’s significant geographic reach is meant to help people have easy and comprehensive access to the firm’s high-caliber services. Although hugely successful in large-scale architectural projects, a large part of HOK’s mission is focused on research. Through working closely with a diverse range of clients and partners, HOK seeks to discover new solutions to the challenges of the built environment.

Featured Projects

Covering two million square feet of land area, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one of the biggest and most significant landmarks in Atlanta. In collaboration with other firms like tvsdesign, Goode Van Slyke Architecture, Stanley Beaman & Sears, and BuroHappold, HOK completed the world-renowned sports arena’s iconic architecture. Inspired by the Roman Pantheon, the structure’s roof consists of triangular and semi-transparent “petals” that strategically let in sunlight by moving along tracks. The petals open and close, mimicking the movement of a camera leaf shutter. The exterior sections operate as a transparent 16-story window that shows the views of the city. A 1,075-foot video board wraps around the roof’s perimeter, and the stadium features 2,000 other television screens. The structure is made up of over 4,000 miles of fiber-optic cable and includes a 600,000-square-foot cistern that collects and reuses rainwater, as well as preventing neighborhood flooding. Architectural Digest wrote that the project is “one of the most beautifully designed stadiums on the planet.” For another project, HOK also collaborated with Stanley, Love-Stanley, P.C., and Chasm Architecture, L.L.C., two Atlanta firms, to modernize a domestic passenger terminal of one of the world’s most utilized airports, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The project is a $6 billion expansion that covered 60,000 square feet of building structure, which was estimated to take 20 years to complete. The plans included a 15,000-square-foot atrium that features a translucent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene-paneled dome above a nature-filled setting reminiscent of Atlanta’s landscape. The project makes use of natural and LED energy-efficient lighting. The redesign includes improved traffic and navigation, and provided easier ways for guests to flow between sections and corridors.

Cooper Carry

Architects:
Brent M. Amos
Pop Bullock
Brian Campa
Angelo A. Carusi
Kevin R. Cantley

Awards:
AIA Design Excellence Awards,
AIA Design Merit Awards,
ASLA Honor Awards,
ASLA Merit Awards

Address:
191 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

About Cooper Carry

Recognized for its success and creativity, Cooper Carry is a firm that offers people-oriented and connective architecture—design solutions that connect people and community and, at the same time improve their way of life. The firm is headed by Principals Brent M. Amos, Pope Bullock, Brian Campa, and Angelo A. Carusi, and President Kevin R. Cantley, among others. Affiliated with countless organizations from AIA to APA and ASLA, the firm puts environmental sustainability at the forefront of its designs. The company goes out of its way to ensure that all aspects of the building process, from the materials used to the methods used to construct new structures, are compliant with the industry’s most stringent guidelines in green design. Over the years, the firm has received almost 150 awards for design from prestigious organizations, including the AIA and ASLA. Many of its awards were given for its achievements and services completed for Georgia’s communities.

Featured Projects

Cooper Carry earned two awards in 2013 from Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Georgia Engineering Alliance for its Academic Science Building at Atlanta Metropolitan College. This project was a collaboration with Paul Cheeks Architects. Covering 55,000 square feet, the building is a central structure to the main campus’s entrance. It houses several classrooms and laboratories needed for the school’s Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Sciences, and Engineering research initiatives. The rooms come with high-end audio-visual equipment with up-to-date features. The firm also worked on a project to transform an old parking lot in midtown Atlanta into a brand new structure. Situated between a Four Seasons and a Marriott Suites on 14th Street, between West Peachtree Street and Crescent Avenue, the project was to design a Marriott property shared by two brands. The 266,000-square-foot building accommodates 300 rooms and an attached parking structure. Included in the architecture are a rooftop pool and lounge area.

Perkins + Will

Architects:
David Dymecki, AIA

Awards:
AIA Top 10 COTE Project,
Environmental Design Research Association Great Places Design Award

Address:
1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

About Perkins + Will

Perkins + Will is composed of over 2,000 professionals throughout 20 offices worldwide. The company records countless achievements in the areas of architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture. As part of its commitment to sustainability, the firm conducts research to produce new design technologies and design solutions for complex built environments. Annually, the firm receives hundreds of design awards and has been recognized as one of the top firms worldwide. Additionally, the firm has been constantly ranked as the number one firm in Atlanta in terms of gross architectural revenue. The firm has been around for almost four decades and has been guided by a number of distinguished principals. David Dymecki, managing director for its Atlanta office, has three decades of experience in the programming, planning, and design of large-scale athletic and recreation projects. He is a lecturer and writer on the subject of architecture and has contributed to projects like the Coppin State University, the East Campus Athletic Village at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the renovations and additions to the historic Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale University, and the recreation center for the University of Massachusetts.

Featured Projects

Among the firm’s most notable designs in Atlanta is still a project in progress: 98 Fourteenth Street, the city’s soon-to-be second tallest building after the Bank of America Plaza. The structure will rise as high as 920 feet. It is a residential and commercial tower central to the Midtown Art Walk, an area that features widespread pedestrian landscape punctuated with interactive art pieces. The building will contain 74 stories with 382 luxury residential living spaces, 180 corporate suites, a heated infinity pool, conference and media rooms, a fitness center and yoga studio, a children’s play area, storage for bicycles, and a gourmet bar and kitchen. The ground level will house retail spaces, and a full-story sky lounge will offer views of the city. The building is set to be completed in 2020. Although the building is still in progress, it will be a remarkable addition to the Atlanta skyline and is expected to bring a wide-ranging influence on the community.

tvdesign

Architects:
Janet Simpson
Becky Ward, Assoc AIA, LEED AP

Awards:
ASID Design Excellence Awards,
Employee Stock Ownership Association Awards

Address:
1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2700, Atlanta, GA 30309

About tvdesign

Tvdesign is one of the most influential firms in Atlanta. This woman-led firm was originally founded by Bill Thompson, Tom Ventulett, and Ray Stainback, as a means of creating inspired designs through close collaboration. With 50 years of experience, offices in Dubai and Shanghai, and several commercial and institutional projects built around the world, tvdesign is now one of the largest firms on this list. Its portfolio is the most extensive in terms of scale, and type of projects. The firm is guided by its vision of a world where public spaces give neighborhoods energy and where people feel connected to dynamic communities, ultimately inspiring cultural growth and economic development. Operated by President and CEO Janet Simpson and Managing Principal Becky Ward, the firm received two national awards from the Employee Stock Ownership Association at the 40th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and three GA Design Excellence Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The firm collaborated with HoK on a design for the remarkable Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and other designs that include the Georgia Dome, the CNN Center, the Omni Hotel, and the Georgia International Plaza.

Featured Projects

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta serves as a sanctuary to several thousand species and is one of the firm’s most interactive projects. Until the Marine Life Park in Singapore opened in 2012, it was the largest aquarium in the world. The building’s large, blue metal exterior is indicative of cutting-edge initiatives in preservation, conservation, and education, allowing observers to discover the secrets of the ocean. Another significant tvdesign project is the Georgia World Congress Center Complex that accommodates 350,000 square feet of exhibit space. The complex housed a number of events during the 1996 Summer Olympics and acted as the setup location for the International Broadcast Centre. The tvdesign team designed a linear concourse at the interior, filled with light, from which the meeting and exhibit areas flow as branches from a tree. The firm also designed Atlantic Station, a large area in midtown Atlanta containing an entire retail district, office space, condominiums, townhomes, and apartments.

The Best Residential Architects and Designers in Atlanta

Overview

Atlanta, they say, is the city that rose from the ashes of the Civil War. Now more progressive than many of its more conservative neighbor cities in the American South, Atlanta has grown into a national hub for transportation, technology, education, cuisine, commerce, and art. It is famous for its picturesque, tree-covered landscape, as well as for its striking buildings and homes. Since the 1864 fire that destroyed the majority of the city, Atlanta’s architecture has embodied both the past and present, with architects designing structures to reflect where the city came from and where the field of architecture, as a whole, is going. Those included on this list of the best residential architects and designers in Atlanta excel in a number of project types and have received many awards and recognitions, but were selected here because their work in designing high-end, single-family residential properties has taken such care to form connections: between the old and new, the home and nature, the beautiful and functional, the luxurious and environmentally sustainable, and even between European styles and those that are traditional to the deep American South.

Top Architects

Brightwater Homes

Architects:
Charlie Bostwick
Kristen Eudy, AIA, NCARB

Awards:
AIA Residential Design Award of Honor

Address:
227 Sandy Springs Place NE, Suite 110, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

About Brightwater Homes

Brightwater Homes is one of the homegrown firms that have greatly contributed to the Atlanta community through active local involvement and efficient business practices. Charlie Bostwick, the firm’s founder, has extensive experience in architecture, neighborhood planning, and homebuilding. Bostwick is also a past president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, is a Certified Professional Home Builder, and an experienced Trustee of the Atlanta International School as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. This expertise allowed Bostwick to build a company that can take on a comprehensive design-build operation while providing full architectural design services. While his firm is known for completing a number of high-end residential homes in Atlanta, Bluffton and Charleston, Bostwick is also a local role model. He is a volunteer for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Etowah River Habitat Conservation Plan, and the Georgia Native Plant Society. He also helped write the Cherokee County Conservation Zoning Ordinance. In the past, he served on the board of an Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Affiliate.

Featured Projects

Brightwater Homes received the 2016 Residential Design Award of Honor for a single-family traditional home, the Yonson Residence, located in Milton. The Yonson home was designed to combine the elements of the region’s farmhouse style, with a more modern interior aesthetic. Occupying 4,652 square feet, the house features a traditional front porch with cedar siding. Its layout features a round and spacious interior that generates strong energy flow across its rooms through multi-rowed glass doors that opens into a private courtyard. The most noticeable elements of its interiors include reclaimed beams, concrete plaster, and metal fixtures. These complete the residence’s combined rustic, industrial, and modern styles.
For another unforgettable work in Milton, the firm also headed the development of one of its most iconic residential communities, Sweet Apple. The Sweet Apple community is commended for its nod to sustainability and green design. This neighborhood retreat covers acres of green spaces that are protected through a conservation trust. It is also among one of Georgia’s first neighborhoods to include solar panel systems as a standard feature for its homes. The neighborhood’s eco-conscious designs and contribution to the industry’s green building advocacy exemplify the firm’s dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Dencity Design

Architects:
Bryan Russell, R.A.
Staffan Svenson
Erica Loesing

Address:
659 Auburn Avenue NE, #G9, Atlanta, GA 30312

About Dencity Design

Dencity Design stands out for its ability to create architectures that smoothly blend with their surrounding landscapes. Founded in 2000 by Bryan Russell and Staffan Svenson, Dencity started in Atlanta and expanded to a second office, in order to serve project owners in Berkeley, California. Partners Bryan Russell, R.A., Erica Loesing, and Ali Knox strive to design living spaces that will cater to the functional and stylistic needs of its residents. By combining the emotional and technical aspects of residential design, the firm delivers beautiful and enduring homes. Bryan Russell studied architecture at Mississippi State University and has several years of experience working on commercial properties in California. Passionate about the uniqueness of the Georgian landscape and the challenge of designing residential properties, Russell co-founded Dencity to initially deliver architectural designs to the city’s metropolitan area. Erica Loesing received her Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art & Design and has years of experience completing projects. Loesing’s interest in design started at a young age, and as a student, she was chosen to present her earliest design portfolio to renowned architect, Frank Gehry. Ali Knox, Allied ASID, joined the firm in 2019 to lead its interior design services. A small but accomplished team, the company is listed as one of Atlanta’s Best Architects, according to Builder Direct.