First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members
Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from
Across the Country
Atlanta, Georgia -- March 19, 2012 – Dresser Homes of
Atlanta, Georgia has been awarded “Best Of Remodeling” 2012 by
Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling
and design. The 15 year old residential construction firm was
chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the
The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2012 is given in two
categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer
Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who
rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in
12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to
contractors and other residential remodeling professionals.
Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the 1.2
million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than
16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via
the Houzz site and iPad/iPhone app.
“Houzz has become an invaluable tool for me and my clients
in designing their new home or remodeling project,” said Gary
Dresser, owner of Dresser Homes. “I am very excited to be chosen
for this honor.”
“With 3.5 million monthly unique users and 80 million monthly
page views, Houzz has rapidly become the largest community of
active remodelers, providing homeowners and design enthusiasts
with first-hand advice from Houzzers who have been through the
renovating and decorating process,” said Liza Hausman, vice
president of marketing for Houzz. “This is a real stamp of
approval for Dresser Homes from the Houzz community and we’re
thrilled to welcome them to this elite group of ‘Best Of’
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated
professionals like Dresser Homes, but also those whose work
visually aligns with their own design goals. Homeowners can also
evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz
platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their
responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
About Dresser Homes
Since the late 1990s, Gary Dresser has been building high-end
custom homes in Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods. With keen
attention to detail and a commitment to client satisfaction,
Gary has earned a reputation as the builder of choice in Ansley
Park, Morningside, Sherwood Forest and Virginia-Highland.
Houzz (www.houzz.com) is the leading online platform for home
remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and
support for homeowners and home improvement professionals
through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the
largest residential design database in the world, articles
written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant
community powered by social tools, and information on more than
1.2 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who
can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc
Cabinets - Shiloh Cabinetry, Oxford
Beaded Inset Door Style, Finishes on Maple - Soft White Paint
with Slate Highlight & Espresso Stain with Black Highlight
Flooring - Dresser Homes
Countertops - Oldcastle Surfaces
Backsplash - Specialty Tile
Tile - Specialty Tile
Sinks - Rohl, Shaws Original Apron Front
Faucets - Danze
Kitchen Light ing - Progressive lighting
Appliances - Disposal - Badger; HoodShiloh
Cabinetry and matching decorative hood;
Range - Wolf;
Dishwashers - Bosch;
Refrigerator - Sub-Zero; Wine Cooler
- U-line (in Butler's Pantry); Microwave
Oven - Bosch
Architect - Harrison Design Associates
Builder - Dresser Homes
l andscaping - Sun Nurseries
Paint - Sherwin Williams
|ABOUT THE KITCHEN
This kitchen is literally the heart of this gracious
new home in Sherwood Forest. Its central location,
opposite the casual dining area, and adjacent to the
cozy keeping room and wide open family living space,
allows it to shine as the focal point for this young,
The homeowners turned to Gary Dresser of Dresser Homes
to build this traditional brick two story. Gary
brought in Jeff Reed and DCD to provide cabinetry. The
kitchen, naturally, was the main design element.
After reviewing the home's architectural plans, a
classic raised panel door style from Shiloh
Cabinetry'S inset collection was selected. The finish
for the main kitchen is a warm soft white paint with
highlighting. The focus is the matching cabinetry hood
with arched valance, corbels and display shelf. The
island, meant to give the appearance of fine
furniture', is in a rich espresso stain with black
glaze. Here the kitchen's ability to function really
shines, as the island includes a pull out trash bin,
rollout shelves, vertical tray storage, cookbook
shelves and a place to hide special occasion items
tucked away in the knee space. Attention to detail is
apparent throughout the design with varied depths,
stacked moldings, and elegant legs for the island.
Stainless appliances, bold granite countertops, and
satin nickel fixtures and hardware complete the
polished look. Now that they've moved in and the dust
has settled, this family is finally getting to enjoy
their beautifu l custom home with a marvelous kitchen
at its heart.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
For over 35 years, our staff of experienced designers,
installers and service reps have worked with builders,
remodeling contractors, and homeowners to create
beautiful kitchens, baths, work and leisure spaces.
Our ever-changing showroom displays provide
inspiration, and help you visualize your next project.
are ready to make your dream a reality, our designers
work with you to translate your ideas and needs into
customized drawings to let you really see what your
finished space will look like. We support you through
the process of designing, measuring, ordering,
installing and servicing. Our goal is to make sure
becomes a happy reality. Our strength is our expertise
and dedication to providing great cabinet and
countertop solutions. We want to make your life easier
and more enjoyable, in a home you will be proud to
share with your family and friends. Visit our
showroom, explore our website, and make an appointment
one of our designers. Diversified Cabinets would like
to work with you.
David C. Fowler Architecture and Dresser Homes have been collaborating on some of Atlanta’s finest homes for over 5 years.
David C. Fowler Architecture is a full service architecture firm providing designs and drawings for both renovations and new home construction. David works closely with his clients to create and develop unique homes specific to his client’s expression of what their “dream home” must provide for their family. After a design is developed, David monitors the construction process to ensure that the design is implemented to its fullest potential.
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles
A Dresser Homes kitchen will be featured on the Junior League of Atlanta’s Tour of Kitchens
The kitchen at 1692 Friar Tuck resides in a Manor Style House composed of brick, stone, and exposed heavy timber. The home is abased on a traditional floor plan that has been opened up to facilitate the modern lifestyle of today’s living patterns.
The home’s rustic façade gives way to a casual, yet sophisticated interior. The easily accessible kitchen is creatively designed to perform with ease and elegance while entertaining.
The kitchen’s spacious design provides a main work space contained in a galley style formation defined by a large island allowing the cook to maintain casual conversations while putting the final touches on the meal.
The cabinets are a traditional flat panel door with a small bead on the interior of the rails. They are painted Gettysburg Grey by Benjamin Moore. The counter tops are Venatino Marble. The main wall of the kitchen is covered with 1x10 planking with no upper cabinets. The wall contains a few open shelves that display white, ceramic serving dishes similar to those found in an old English farm house.
Better Homes and Gardens
Special Interest Publications • Kitchen and Bath Ideas
Crafty Newcomer – In a historical neighborhood, the new kid on the block respects its Arts and Crafts elders while living in sync with the present.
Is it possible to teach a new house old tricks? Absolutely. With a nod to the past as well as the future, this showcase kitchen artfully blends early-20th-century style with design elements that appeal to modern sensibilities.
The 19x13-foot room is the centerpiece of an Arts and Crafts home by architect David Fowler and builder Gary Dresser. Their goal was to create an estate-level spec house that would blend into Ansley Park, a historical Atlanta neighborhood.
Like its 1920s neighbors, the two-story home is suffused with architectural character. Details such as flared columns and graceful arches are introduced on the exterior and continued throughout. The floor plan also borrows heavily from the past, incorporating intriguing nooks and cozy spaces, while keeping room-to-room connections relatively open.
Fowler admits that blending old and new ideas isn’t always easy, especially in a kitchen. “You’re constantly trying to balance the contemporary desire for open spaces with a need for concealment,” he says. “Basically, you want to be able to converse with guests and family while you’re cooking, but you don’t want everyone staring right at the sink clutter. And you don’t want them underfoot.”
Three rooms surround the kitchen. On one side, a counter-height peninsula separates the cook’s zone from a casual dining area, offering guests a perch. Behind the main sink and cleanup zone, a partial wall rises 54 inches, creating a “peek-through” to a central hall and family room across the way. “We’ve found the 52 to 54 inches is just the right height to bring people together while still offering enough concealment,” Fowler notes. Stout, tapered pillars and a dramatic arch frame the view.
The kitchen’s third neighbor is a traditional butler’s pantry, which creates a link to the formal dining room. An actual butler might never appear, but caterers find it a handy staging area for parties—as do the homeowners. Hutchlike cabinets there keep formal china and glassware where needed, and the room’s additional sink and dishwasher speed special-occasion cleanup.
The range placement is another twist on a bygone notion—isolating the stove so that its heat doesn’t make living areas uncomfortable. Here, two sing walls form an alcove for the range and microwave oven. “In a space this size, it’s really nice to keep the cooking area a little bit separate from the places where children and guests tend to gather,” Fowler says.
Even the kitchen’s style is fresh take on the past. It’s Arts and Crafts, but with a lighter touch. “This was a spec house, so we kept the overall palette fairly neutral,” ways interior designer Kay Douglass, who selected the surfaces and finishes. The sophisticated look combines khaki cabinetry and walls with an oak floor stained like black walnut. The gentle contrast warms handle faucets, and subway tile add vintage flavor.
The result is a classic, richly detailed space that will no doubt withstand the test of time—perhaps even better than its venerable neighbors.
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