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Back to School Preparation In Atlanta

Sope-Creek-Elementary-SchoolIt is time for kids to return to school. Many children look forward to this while others simply take it in stride. Children should be encouraged to become involved in school activities and after-school events as well. This requires parents to take the time to transport youngsters and show an interest in their activities.

Check the school calendar and make sure you are able to attend school events where your children participate. This includes choir and band performances, scout troop activities, athletics and even the school play. Know when science projects are due and help your kids to be creative.

New Home

You may have moved into a new home in a new neighborhood. Your children may be starting new schools. It is not a bad idea to actually tour the school and have students learn more about it and the neighborhood before class begins. Parents can talk to the new elementary teacher or secondary school counselors if desired.

A newly constructed home should be completed for move-in before school starts. Although minor work may be necessary to complete the job, the home should be ready for occupancy. Young people may also have a chance to meet other children the same age in the new neighborhood if you can move in before school starts. This will make the transition to the new school easier.

Talk with your children about moving to a new school where they may not known anyone. Let them know that it is okay to express their concerns and reassure them that they will make friends.

Study centers

If you are building a new home or renovating and old one, consider a quiet study area. This can be a dormer room or a den off of the family room. Your new kitchen island can have an area for studying with separate drawers for any needed school supplies. The study area should have computer access since this is how people of all ages now study.

The student’s cell phone has to be turned off during study time. This is even tougher than keeping them away from online computer games and Facebook. Keep video games in another area. Check homework before your kids start to play the latest fad game, access social media or other fun stuff.

New technology

Young people live with their cell phones, tablets and laptops. Schools in North Georgia, Decatur, Sandy Springs, Marietta and Smyrna integrate computer studies with classroom lessons. Attend all parent meetings schools may hold at the beginning of the year to inform parents how computers are used in the classroom.

The schools should also explain to parents about computer use for studying at home. You should know what the school expects from students and their laptops and what should be avoided.

Many schools have open conversations with parents and kids about bullying through direct contact or via text messaging. Although a school may be a “dead zone” for cell phone use, the phones are turned back on when kids leave the school grounds. Children must be taught to use their phones and other devices responsibly.

Safety

Go over the route to and from school for children who walk, ride bikes and take the school bus. Review the usual safety rules of only riding with parents or people approved in advance that the school knows about.

Camdur Building Group will build or remodel your Atlanta area home with special features that will give your children convenient living space for learning. Contact us for information on new construction or remodeling your home to your specifications.

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Host the Perfect Summertime Backyard Barbecue

Everyone loves summer, not only for the heat and the longer days, but also for summer activities such as swimming, sports, and outdoor festivities. One of the top ways to celebrate summer in Georgia is with a barbecue. Here are a few tips for hosting the perfect summertime BBQ.

 

Serving up Perfection

The best way to keep your guests happy is to keep the drinks flowing and the food coming. Guests who are drinking and eating are bound to also be laughing, talking, and just in general having fun.

So what do you serve at the perfect barbecue? The important thing is to offer up some variety, and be accommodating of people with special diet needs, such as vegetarians. Here are a few suggestions of both traditional and non-traditional BBQ foods to offer.

  • Traditional BBQ foods: Burgers, hot dogs, brats, and chicken breasts
  • BBQ alternatives: Portobello mushrooms, salmon, veggie burgers and veggie dogs
  • Anything else that sounds like fun to grill: Corn, pineapple, and even grilled pizza — anything you can think of that might lend itself to grilling
  • Sides: Cole slaw, potato salad, pasta salad, beans, and other sides that are easy to serve and compliment the grilled food well
  • Condiments and toppings: Cheese, grilled pineapple, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and of course, BBQ sauce
  • Desserts: Popsicles, ice cream, and fruit platters, or even grill some peaches and other fruit to serve with ice cream

In addition to the food, make sure you have a selection of soda, beer, wine, and bottled water. Punch is always a hit, especially if you spike it, for the adults only–of course!

Setting a Picture-Perfect Scene

The setting is equally as important as the food, even if it remains in the background, literally. Here is where outdoor living spaces, which is becoming popular in custom-built and newly-renovated homes, comes in handy. Make sure you have plenty of seating for guests, and set up the food buffet-style on one table. A bar or bar cart adds a classy touch to your outdoor living space.

Don’t forget the lighting! Even if your party starts during daylight hours, remember that eventually it’ll get dark and your guests will still want to be able to see. Strings of outdoor lights, outdoor lamps, and tiki torches are all attractive ways to light your outdoor space. Installing a fire pit if you don’t already have one can really add the perfect finishing touch to your barbecue, and you might also want to light some citronella candles to ward off the bugs.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget about those finishing touches! Plastic reusable dishes allow you to serve in style, or if you don’t want to wash that many dishes, go green and buy disposable plates that can be composted after your party is over. For the finishing touches, a few subtle decorations will help to bring your outdoor space together and set the mood for the barbecue.

Hosting a barbecue is perfect not only for hosting a summer party or get-together, but also for showing off your dream home to your friends. By following these tips you’ll be sure to amaze your friends not only with your beautiful home, but also with a well-planned party and delicious food.

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improve and add on to your existing home, Camdur Building Group can help make your dream a reality. Contact us today to find out more about our home construction and renovation services.

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How to Keep Yourself Cool in the Summertime Heat

Life is great in Georgia. Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs are among the most vibrant places in the country, and the natural beauty here can’t be beat. But one thing that can be a definite challenge in Atlanta is staying cool in the summertime heat. Of course, air conditioning is a must. But there are some other steps you can take to stay cool.

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Drinking enough water is one of the most important things you can do to stay cool and comfortable during the heat of the summer. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink up: thirst is actually a late sign that you are getting dehydrated. You need even more water than usual during summer’s heat to replace all the water you lose due to sweat. Drinking water is important because it helps your body regulate its own temperature, which means that dehydration can quickly become dangerous on hot days, when your body needs to cool itself off. If you aren’t a fan of plain water, try adding fresh sliced fruit or flavors like mint.

Wear the Right Clothing

Dressing for the weather isn’t only a concern in the dead of winter, when you need to bundle up to stay warm. In the summer, though, it’s harder to dress to stay comfortable because you can only take off so many layers of clothing. You can still minimize the impact of the heat by wearing loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight fabrics, such as linen or cotton. Synthetic fabrics are more likely to retain heat. Light colors are also likely to be cooler than dark colored clothes.

Avoid Peak Sun

The sun’s rays are hottest at certain times of day, which means that you will not only be more likely to get overheated but also likely to get sunburned at these times. The hours between noon to 3 p.m. are usually the hottest. If you have to be outside during these times, protect yourself by staying in the shade as much as possible and avoiding a lot of physical activity.

Find Other Ways to Keep Your Home Cooler

Staying indoors during the hottest part of the day is a great way to beat the heat, and you can do a lot to keep your home cool besides just running the air conditioning. You can keep your indoor temperature cool, whether you have air conditioning or not, by keeping the blinds closed and the lights off as much as possible. Choosing the right window treatments can also make a big difference. White or light colored shades or blinds will deflect the heat away from your windows, and curtains on windows facing south and west should be closed during the day.

Consider Green Home Building

Energy efficiency is an often overlooked key to keeping houses cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The amount that home building technology has changed in recent decades is much more than you might realize. Building a green home is not only better for the environment, it can also lower utility costs and keep the temperature of your home more comfortable. Green construction techniques can help you renovate your home to become more energy efficient.

Camdur Building Group specializes in home building and construction and can help you find the best possible way to make your home more comfortable in any season. Our team has over 200 years of combined experience, so you know you can trust us. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your home renovation and building projects.

 

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DIY Projects: Why Some Should Be Left for Professionals

As specialists in remodeling, new home construction, and repair, we at CAMDUR Building Group naturally encourage others to enjoy the same thrill of accomplishment we feel every day. Do-it-yourselfers are not our competition. We fully understand that you, the homeowner, are eager to save money, improve your Atlanta-area home, and feel pride in building something with your own hands. So when we say five areas should be off limits to do-it-yourself remodelers, we say it not to build up our own business, but to protect our neighbors. step-1

1. Changes to Structure

Do you know the difference between a non-load-bearing and load-bearing wall? If you even hesitated to answer that, then structural changes are not on your to-do list. Do you own jack posts, bottle jacks, or wall jacks? If those words are unfamiliar to you, do not attempt to make changes to your home that involve walls and floors. A professional contractor has a few advantages over the typical do-it-yourselfer:

  • Tools
  • Trained crews
  • Experience with the permitting process
  • Knowledge of building codes

2. Basements

Many older Atlanta-area homes have basements that would not meet current building codes for living spaces. Other issues most homeowners do not consider:

  • Mold abatement
  • Relocating plumbing and sewage pipes
  • Supplying adequate electrical service for a living space
  • Uneven floor
  • Insulating bare concrete walls

The way to find out about your do-it-yourself skill level is not by opening up the main stack in the basement. If you do not know what the main stack is, or what it has in it, you are not skilled enough to remodel your basement.

3. Roof Work

Many do-it-yourselfers visit the emergency room almost as much as they visit the hardware store. Falls from roofs are life-threatening, so leave your roof repair or replacement to skilled contractors. You may know how to buy a square of shingles, roll out underlayment, or how to adhere water shield, but consider this:

  • Most manufacturers’ warranties require installation by certified roofers
  • A professional roofer usually offers a contractor’s warranty, adding to your protection

4. New Windows

Really skilled do-it-yourselfers probably know the difference between U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). They may even know how to select an energy-efficient casement window or a double-hung vinyl replacement window. Replacing an existing window, though, is not at all the same as adding new windows, skylights or garden windows. When you cut into your home’s structure, you must be sure you can adequately seal the opening against water and air infiltration. That sort of new window work is best left to professional contractors.

5. Kitchen Renovation

By all means, CAMDUR Building Group encourages you to change out your own cabinet hardware, install a new lighting fixture, or take down wallpaper in favor of fresh paint. If you are planning to relocate an island, move your oven, or redo your countertops, it would be wise to consult professionals.

Complete kitchen renovations can mean uncovering earlier remodeling efforts, which can involve:

  • Unexpected live electrical lines
  • Gas fittings
  • Structural deficiencies in walls and floors
  • Rerouting ductwork
  • Old plumbing with lead solder
  • Asbestos insulation

Professionals

By hiring professional contractors for plumbing, electrical, general contracting, roofing and other specialized work, you protect your home, yourself and your family. Contractors carry insurance against problems with their work, your home, and injuries to their employees.

Once you have a clear vision of the renovation, repair or remodel you want in your Atlanta-area home, contact the professionals at CAMDUR Building Group. We can help you separate the fun do-it-yourself projects from the serious structural work that can transform your home.

 

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Best Shopping Malls for Families in Atlanta

When choosing a location for a new home construction, one thing many people neglect to consider is proximity to shopping. This is a mistake, since shopping is such a crucial part of your life. Having a family to buy for and children to cart around makes it all the more important to find shopping opportunities near your home. Take a look at what these malls north of Atlanta have to offer for your family.

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Located in beautiful Alpharetta, North Point Mall boasts plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities for the whole family. With over 100 retail stores, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for when you visit. In addition to shopping, North Point mall offers dining at places like The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, and, of course, the food court. Once you’ve finished lunch, enjoy a movie at the AMC Theater or relax while your kids play in the designated children’s play area or on the kiddie rides. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, you can always take a cruise on the carousel.

Town Center at Cobb

Its convenient location makes Town Center at Cobb the go-to shopping destination in Northwest Atlanta. Just two blocks east of I-75 on Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw, Town Center is home to more than 175 stores, a versatile food court, a designated soft play area for kids, and indoor train rides. Looking for something fun to do after your shopping adventure? Check out the Canvas Painting classes at Planet Art to end your day.

North Dekalb Mall

If you’re looking for a mall that partners with its community, then make a visit to North Dekalb Mall. Located just ten miles from downtown Atlanta, this mall plays host to a number of special events each month, most of which are free to the public. In addition to shopping, dining, and events, at North Dekalb you’ll find something no other shopping venue has to offer: a garden. North Dekalb Mall Community Garden was established in 2012 to benefit refugee families and to provide educational opportunities to residents of the surrounding area.

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If bargain shopping is your thing, then outlet malls are for you. At North Georgia Premium Outlets, you’ll find name-brand clothes at prices that won’t break the bank. Shopping doesn’t have to be cause for concern – you can get what you want and stay within budget. Located in beautiful Dawsonville, North Georgia Premium Outlets is always worth the trip.

At Camdur Building Group, we’re here to help you make the best decisions regarding your new home construction. After all, these are decisions you have to live with for years to come. Contact a member of our team today to learn more.

 

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Top Parks in Atlanta

If you have plans to build a new home, there are a lot of things to consider. Besides picking the perfect layout and finding the right number of bedrooms to fit your family’s needs, you will probably want to consider the neighborhood and surrounding activities that will be available to you.  Before you begin your new home construction, consider settling in near one of these fantastic Atlanta parks.

chattahoochee_nature_centerChattahoochee Nature Center.  Nestled across 127 acres of pristine natural beauty, the Chattahoochee Nature Center is home to wildlife and wetlands, and it is a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the nearby city life. This is a very family-friendly atmosphere, as kids love to get up close and personal with the animals and birds that call this area home while enjoying the Wildlife Walk. There are paths that will take you around Beaver Pond and hiking trails that will take you deeper into the forest. Water activities like canoeing and inner tubing are available, too. The calendar at this park is full of fun festivities throughout the year!

McKoy Park.  McKoy Park is a kid-friendly park located in Decatur. The nine acres are home to a baseball field and picnic pavilion. The hot summer days can be kept at bay with the pool and “beach” entrance. The playground is extensive, offering plenty of room for the little ones to run down some energy.  The skate park is a particular favorite for older children.

kennesaw_mountain_national_battlefield_park_camdurKennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.  Marietta is home to some of the Atlanta area’s best schools, but the learning should not stop in the classroom. Just north of Marietta, you will find a park which is steeped in history. Once belonging to the Cherokee Nation, then later becoming a vital part of the Civil War, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is now home to hiking trails and educational opportunities. This park is perfect for packing up a picnic and enjoying the sunny days of summer.  Horseback riding is a favorite function at this park, too.

Morgan Falls River Park. When you are looking for a place where you and your four-legged friend can both enjoy the Great Outdoors, Morgan Falls River Park is a perfect option. Located in Sandy Springs, GA, this park has a built-in dog park and a pavilion with fire its and swinging benches that overlook the water.

stone_mountain_camdurStone Mountain Park.  3200 acres of park surround the world’s largest piece of exposed granite at Stone Mountain Park. If you are up for a physical challenge, head to the trails, which are sure to give you a workout. If you’re less inclined to hit the inclines, you can make it to the top via the Skylift. There are plenty of activities at this park. A 1940s-era train will give you a ride around the park, and a choreographed laser show is a favorite function after the sun has fallen. Family-friendly activities include mini-golf, rides, and other amusements. Make sure you check out the intricate carving of General Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson while you’re there.

Silver Comet Trail.  Running along the original train track that ran in 1897, the Silver Comet Trail is a serene piece of history in Smyrna. The trails are scattered with beautiful bridges and great views. You can rent bikes here or the option of bringing your own. This park is perfect for walkers and joggers.

At CADMUR Building Group, we specialize in building beautiful, earth-friendly homes. Learn more about the new home construction opportunities that we can offer you, contact a member of our team today!

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Atlanta’s Soaring Home Sales

camdur_atlantaThe housing crisis of 2007-2008 devastated the Atlanta metro area. New home construction came to a virtual stop, while existing homeowners saw the value of their properties depreciate for the first time in decades. In 2015, however, the outlook for Atlanta is much stronger.

Analysts predict new home sales will increase more than 10 percent over last year, with several more years of sustained growth. After almost eight years of struggle, Atlanta homeowners can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

What Caused The Recovery?

The resurgence of home prices is a combination of two factors. First, Atlanta has seen some of the strongest employment growth in the country, and not just in minimum wage jobs. The rate of new job creation in the area was 4.6 percent, almost double the national average of 2.4 percent, with many of the lucrative jobs in industries like financial services and construction. These higher paying jobs provided enough income that residents could pursue home ownership once again. The second reason for the rise in home sales in the area is that prices remain affordable. Median housing prices remain affordable for more than 75 percent of area residents, putting Atlanta among the top 20 metropolitan areas with over 500,000 residents. Coupled together, these two factors drove tens of thousands of new people to the Atlanta area and necessitated a surge in construction.

What Does This Mean For Homeowners?

All of this is great news for homeowners, as a strong market increases the number of potential buyers, and helps homes sell faster than they did even a year ago. However, if you’re looking to put your house on the market, you should be aware of potential issues. Since there are so many homeowners trying to sell, while prices are high and they can afford a bigger place, competition is fierce. Your home needs a point of differentiation that will attract buyers, and help move the property. That’s why it’s a good time to invest in home improvement and remodeling projects, such as an exterior makeover or a kitchen update, because they can yield more in the sale price than you spent on the work.

If you’re looking to purchase a home, the news is even better. As current homeowners are trying to move on to another residence, there’s a wealth of affordable starter homes and older homes for first time home buyers. In addition, a strong construction market means there are plenty of brand new homes available for sale, and finding your dream home won’t be such a chore. There are even opportunities to work with custom home builders, who will allow you to tailor a property to your specifications as it’s being built. Despite what the name might imply, custom homes are similarly priced to other new construction projects and won’t cost you a fortune.

The professionals at CAMDUR Building Group have more than two centuries of combined experience in home design and construction. Contact us today to learn more about our custom building projects and remodeling services.

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Great Atlanta Communities to Build Your Custom Home

After seven very lean years, the real estate market in Atlanta is finally looking up. Now is a great time to think about building that home in the Atlanta metro region. Atlanta is poised to become the sixth largest metro area in the US within the next two decades, which means that a custom home built today is a great investment. Some of our favorite areas are the beautiful and welcoming cities of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta Smyrna and Decatur.

The city of Atlanta offers residents all the conveniences of living in a metropolitan, like access to a variety of top restaurants, shopping and cultural venues. But Atlanta is also a city of neighborhoods – each one with its own unique vibe. Your best bet is to check out as many neighborhoods and see which one fits your lifestyle. Some include:

  • Grant Park, which is quickly gentrifying
  • For the young and artsy, Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown
  • For hipsters, East Atlanta and Little Five Points
  • Inman Park
  • Candler Park
  • Poncey Highlands
  • Virginia Highlands
  • Brookhaven
  • Kirkwood

Sandy Springs, Georgia is a lively and bustling community that includes seven beautiful parks totaling 950 complete acres. The city sponsors events such as concerts, Fourth of July fireworks, children’s enrichment programs, as well as recreation sports. Offering easy access to I-285 and GA 400. With lots of older carport ranches on large lots, Sandy Springs is a great choice for building a new home. Businesses, such as Mercedes Benz, continue to move into the area, making real estate a great investment.

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Holding the fourth largest population in the state, Marietta, Georgia is home to almost 57,000 people. Marietta is located in Cobb County, about 20 miles outside Atlanta, and a short commute on I-75, traffic permitting. In 2006, the National Civic League awarded Marietta an All-American City designation, the most respected community award in the country. Marietta has six historical districts, and a lively parks and recreation department that sponsors numerous concert series, and maintains 18 parks and two recreation centers.

Smyrna is also in Cobb County, but is much smaller than Marietta–housing just over 50,000 residents in about 15 square miles. It is located about one mile from the city of Atlanta, giving residents easy access to anything they need. Smyrna is one of the very few Atlanta metro areas that saw housing prices continue to grow during the real estate downturn in 2008.

agnes scott college in decatur, georgiaDecatur, Georgia, in DeKalb County, is a small (about four square miles) community, home to about 20,000 people. It has good schools, is rich with history and teeming with great shopping and restaurants – much of which is walkable. Decatur is close to Atlanta, as well as to Emory University, Agnes Scott College and the CDC. Many of the original bungalow-style homes in the area are being replaced by newer, larger homes that feature Craftsman-style design elements.

Whether you are looking for a big or small town, the greater Atlanta area offers myriad options for you. If you are looking to build a new home, contact Camdur Building Group today for unparalleled expertise and customer service.

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Top Elementary Schools In Atlanta

If you are going to be constructing a new home in the Atlanta area, it would be smart to do a little bit of research regarding the elementary schools in the area. Building your home in a good school district will give your children a better chance of doing well academically, plus it will help the resale value of your home even if you do not have school-aged children.

One of the best resources for researching schools is GreatSchools.org. The site lets you see all of the schools in a given area, how parents and students rate the schools, and it pulls information from the state itself to put together a cumulative ranking.  Picking an elementary school from this GreatSchools.org list can make it easy for you to select the right area.

Rocky Mount Elementary School – Marietta (Cobb County) – This public school is the top ranked elementary school in the Atlanta area, rated as a 10 by GreatSchools.org. The suburb of Marietta is an excellent place to raise a family, and it boasts the highest number of top schools in the metro area. Rocky Mount offers a Pre-K program, and goes up to 5th grade. With 592 students and a 12:1 student to teach ratio, it does significantly better than the 14:1 ratio that is standard throughout the rest of Georgia.

Clairemount-Elementary Clairemont Elementary School – Decatur (Dekalb county) – The highest ranking charter school on this list, also rated as a 10 on GreatSchools.org, Clairemont Elementary has a fairly low number of students at 320, and a very good student to teach ratio of 12:1, though this is to be expected with a K-3 school.

Winnona Park Elementary School – Decatur (Dekalb county) – Another Decatur elementary school with a 10 ranking is Winnona Park Elementary, which is also a K-3 school, similar to Clairemont. With 326 students and a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, it’s a great choice for any parent in the area looking to send their children to a charter school.

Tritt-Elementary-SchoolTritt Elementary School – Marietta (Cobb County) – Tritt Elementary in Marietta is one of 6 Marietta public schools to receive a 10 rating from GreatSchools.org. At 898 students in PK-5 and a 13:1 student/teacher ratio, you can rest assured your children will get a quality education if you decide to build your home somewhere in the Marietta area.

Garrison Mill Elementary School – Marietta (Cobb County) – Another great Marietta school is Garrison Mill Elementary, this public school has a GreatSchools rating of 10 and serves as a moderately sized PK-5th grade school with 718 students. It’s student to teacher ratio is lower than the Georgia average at 13:1, giving students an excellent chance to learn with great teachers.

Sope-Creek-Elementary-SchoolSope Creek Elementary School – Marietta (Cobb County) – Sope Creek is a larger public school with 1119 students, but it still maintains a relatively low 14:1 teacher availability ratio for a PK-5 facility. Like with many other Marietta schools, Sope Creek gets the highest rating of a 10 from GreatSchools.org.

Timber Ridge Elementary School – Marietta (Cobb County) – Timber Ridge off of Roswell Rd. has a good 13:1 student/teacher ratio for a public school. With 635 PK-5th grade students and a GreatSchools rank of 10, your kids should excel if you decide to build in this part of Marietta.

Mount Bethel Elementary School – MariettaMount-Bethel-Elementary-School (Cobb County) – Rounding out the elementary schools with a 10 rating is Mount Bethel Elementary. With a slightly higher 15:1 students to teacher ratio than most schools, there are still more than 70 teachers for this public PK-5 school of 991 students.

Heards Ferry Elementary School – Sandy Springs (Fulton County) – Heards Ferry is one of the best elementary schools around Sandy Springs, with a GreatSchools rating of 9, and a very low 12:1 student to teacher ratio. With only 609 students in PK-5th grade, it does very well for a smaller public school, enabling kids to have more personalized attention from their teachers.

King Springs Elementary School – SmyrnaKing-Springs-Elementary-School (Cobb County) – Smyrna boasts one of the top 10 public elementary schools in the area with a GreatSchools ranking of 8. 702 students are enrolled in PK-5th grade with a 13:1 student/teacher ratio.

There are several great options to choose from when it comes to sending your children to a good elementary school. Marietta seems to have a great public school district, making it much more likely that no matter where you decide to build, your children will go to a highly ranked school. Give Camdur Building Group a call today to find out more about what you can expect when you are building a house in the area, and how we can help you with the entire process start to finish.

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Questions to Ask Before Building a Custom Home

Building a new home is a major commitment: you will spend time researching, purchasing, or building the house, and then years and months moving into the house and turning it into a home. Time, money, and a sense of security are at stake, and once you’ve made your decision you have a house to maintain. We hope the following tips will provide you with information that gives you peace of mind as you set off on your custom home buying journey.

Before you buy

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) lists several answers to questions common to first-time homebuyers. Some key points include the value of potential tax write-offs related to interest payments, seeking out a real estate broker to facilitate the home-buying process and ensuring that you have enough money to devote to your down payment in order to qualify for your loan.

Specific issues also should be investigated depending on the location of your home purchase. Location, location, location isn’t just a motto referring to finding an ideal neighborhood, with the local amenities such as an excellent school district, accessible restaurants, and a low crime index, it includes local hazards such as being at risk for flooding.

a state map of Georgia showing flood plainsFloodsmart.gov lists resources homeowners need to ensure that their new house is protected against floods and water damage. Particularly given the history of floods in local areas of Georgia, understanding what flood insurance covers can help you to determine if flood insurance is right for you, and the type of coverage best fits your home purchase. Buyers should keep in mind that any purchased coverage takes effect 30 days later.

Some other questions to ask include: your price range and desired house style and number of rooms, the number of bathrooms present in the home, and any special accommodations necessary for you or your family.

While Searching for a Home

Custom homes offer many potential advantages over traditional tract housing. As noted in our earlier article on maximizing home value, a large, open kitchen, modern bathrooms and an open floor plan all contribute to higher home resell values. Building or buying a custom home can give you all of these features. Customizing your home isn’t limited to interiors either: we’ve found that buyers today are tired of the stucco and siding that has been popular here for the past twenty years, and are looking for fresh outdoor treatments, like custom brick work.

Let Us Help You with Your Custom Home Search

If you are interested in purchasing a custom home, talk to the professionals at Camdur Building Group. We have decades of experience renovating, designing, and building homes. We can provide you with the information you need to buy your ideal custom home. Contact us today!

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Common Additions To Consider When Building A Custom Home

The new home construction process is your opportunity to completely design the home of your dreams, including those little details and unique spaces that make life more functional and enjoyable. However, it’s easy to overlook the details when in the process of planning a custom home – and it’s more costly to add them on later. Before you finalize your new home design make sure you consider adding:

pinterest social media site with pantry idea boardsA walk-in pantry Your kitchen is likely the busiest room in your home and storage is essential to keeping the space organized and clutter-free. One of the best ways to boost your kitchen’s storage is to add a walk-in pantry. It provides you with easy and attractive access to storage for everything kitchen-related. For modern families, that means a place to store bulk purchases from stores like Costco, as well as a home for special kitchen equipment such as a juicer, rice cooker or mixer. Take a look at Pinterest to see great ideas for customized shelving and cabinetry for your kitchen’s walk-in pantry.

Outdoor living space We find that most of our customers want to extend their home’s living space out into the backyard. Add an outdoor kitchen or a fireplace is a great solution. If, as is often the case in hilly north Georgia, your home site is going to make a walk-out patio area challenging, consider upgrading and enlarging a standard backyard deck with extras like a ceiling fan and fireplace. In the same vein, a sunroom provides you with the space to enjoy the beautiful Georgia outdoors year-round. You can customize the sunroom to fit your your hobbies into the space – whether that is sailing on the lake or gardening.

Home office or study A well-designed home workspace is an easy way to really improve daily life for your family. Consider adding custom built-ins and organizational systems. Designing a custom home affords you the chance to really personalize a space for your needs. Think about what they will be over the coming years. You might need a space for the occasional work from home day, or a study area for your children, or even a schoolroom for home schooling. Now is the time to create that space for your family.

At Camdur Building Group we are committed to helping our clients bring their custom home dreams to life. We have years of experience in new home construction and when you begin the process with with us, we can help you with the wide variety of options available to meet your family’s needs. Contact us today – we’d love to hear about your plans for your next home.

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Why Earthcraft Certification Is Important

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As consumers become increasingly aware of green alternatives to traditional living, industries have responded with the products they desire. Earthcraft Home Builders are an important part of the trend toward sustainable living. We are certified construction professionals who build with rapidly renewable and energy efficient elements specifically suited to the climate in which they are located.

Earthcraft offers programs for residential homes, multi-family buildings, renovation of existing structures, and the construction of entire communities. As an experienced and certified Earthcraft contractor, CAMDUR Building Group has been promoting and following their strategic guidelines for efficiency, comfort, and reduced environmental impact for nearly two decades.

We have seen firsthand how our efforts have resulted in reduced materials consumption, lower repair and maintenance costs, healthier indoor air quality, and higher energy and water efficiency. Earthcraft.org projects annual energy costs for a certified, single family dwelling that are 30 percent below those of a traditionally built home–an average annual savings of $480.

Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Greenhouse gases, deforestation, and other conditions detrimental to our environment can only be controlled when everyone does their part. It’s a big job, but it can be accomplished with consistent effort. Earthcraft buildings are constructed with this in mind.

Homes built to Earthcraft specifications call for a range of sustainable materials, construction techniques with low environmental impact, and appliances that use less energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Energy efficient heating and air conditioning units, customized to the space
  • On-demand hot water heaters to save energy costs
  • High performance windows, double panes with argon, that help regulate indoor climates
  • Thicker walls with cellulose insulation
  • Rapidly renewable materials, such as flooring with fibers from young trees
  • Adequate ventilation for better air quality

While these options might initially increase the price of a traditional building, the costs contribute to the building’s overall sustainability and they are recovered over time, due to lower energy and water costs.

The Earthcraft Program

The Earthcraft Program was established in 1999 by a partnership of nonprofits, Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. They recognized that homes in the southeast were being built with a greener end in mind, so they decided to set standards that would make construction a consistent process resulting in energy and resource efficiency.

When builders follow the Earthcraft model, they construct energy efficient buildings that are more comfortable for the residents and less costly to operate than traditional buildings. Buildings must comply with a long list of certification requirements. Here are just a few:

  • Site compliance with connectivity and recycling guidelines
  • Proper construction waste management
  • Energy Star compliance
  • Pass third party inspections and diagnostic tests
  • Compliance with technical advisor’s inspections at various stages throughout construction
  • Guidelines for trees, wildlife, and other site sustainability issues

Builder Certification

CAMDUR Building Group and other builders who choose to offer Earthcraft certified homes to their clients must be trained, tested and certified through a formal process. The list of requirements reinforces the professionalism, knowledge, and experience necessary to comply with stringent construction guidelines:

  • Be a member of a local Home Builders Association
  • Take Basic Building Science online class
  • Participate in online and classroom training
  • Pass the certification exam
  • Pay a training and annual house builder fees
  • Participate in continuing education

Build Your Dream Eco Friendly Home Today

CAMDUR Building Group has the expertise and experience to build your new home or renovate your existing home. Contact us today to turn your dreams into a reality.

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